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Fixture List for Next Season Released: A look at the first few Weeks. Liverpool FC and Arsenal

Well, there are a lot more weeks of summer, but fans are already waiting on another exciting season of football when it kicks off come August.


Arsenal have arguably the hardest start to the 2011/12 BPL season. Put it this way, they are up against Newcastle United in Week 1, before two pretty vital games against first Liverpool FC and then Manchester United in the following week up for the Gunners.

Arsenal started pretty well last season, although starting off by dropping 2 points against Liverpool on week 1. They picked up a full 6 points for their next two games against Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers. A good start is crucial for Arsenal, who could find themselves out of the title race early on should they drop many points at the start of their season.

Liverpool FC

The first fixture for Liverpool next season is really interesting already, with Jordan Henderson set for an early meeting with his old friends, with Liverpool set to welcome the Black Cats to Anfield on Week 1.

Jordan Henderson will certainly want to make his mark for Liverpool next season to justify the massive transfer fee that came attached to his transfer to Merseyside in the summer. With Dalglish around, Liverpool will want to put in a better start to the season, especially compared to the one they had last year.

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Liverpool FC 2011/12 3rd Kit: Going Blue [PICTURES]

Liverpool have officially announced the colours and the design of their brand new third kit for the up-coming season in the Barclays Premier League.

Personally, I absolutely LOVE the design, it looks pretty much as inspired as Liverpool FC’s away kit and it looks like the guys at Adidas certainly left a mark on us Liverpool fans in their last year in charge of making the shirts for Liverpool, however, although the design is wonderfully produced, I don’t think that the colours were the best colours that were ever chosen.

True, that Liverpool’s first ever home kit was in fact blue, however the fact is, personally, I wouldn’t like to be associated to the other half of Merseyside in terms of kit, with Everton donning their classic blue home kit for next season as well. But here are the pictures anyways, it looks freaking amazing!

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The Kids From Spain Are Just Too Good: The Young Lions’ Lucky Escape. Spain U21s 1-1 England U21s

Spain showed they were the best in the world at the World Cup almost a year ago now, and yesterday they showed why they would dominate the sport for years to come after a dominant display against England’s U21s.

Spain took the lead in the first half through a decidedly controversial yet deserved lead on the 14th minute. Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera managed to come in at the far post to head/handball it into the net from point-blank range. The English defenders were looking distraught at that point, with stars such as Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson wanting to use this tournament to justify their price tags.

However, the Spanish under 21s indeed showed a very similar aura of invincibility in the middle of the ball park, with Herrera, Thiago and Javi Martinez put on a show worthy of that being a Xavi-Iniesta-Busquets performance in the middle of midfield.

Put it this way, if Barcelona’s drubbing of Manchester United was dominant, this was about twice that amount the dominance minus the goals. Spain were practically running rings around the English Under 21s as if they were like school boys at the park, and as the term goes: Spain played them out of the park.

England managed to score in pretty controversial fashion as well, scoring late on in the 88th minute, with Danny Welbeck being played onside when replays showed that he was slightly offside. But nonetheless, he got behind La Furia Roja’s back four and managed a very cool finish.

De Gea managed another impressive performance to show exactly why so many teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal to name a few want him to be their long term number one, with several inspiring saves to prevent an equalizer for the young lions.

Liverpool fans will certainly hope that they can see more of Henderson in England’s next few matches, as although his technical game was sound today, Herrera, Thiago and Martinez absolutely dominated that midfield and didn’t give England time to dictate the game, so he was definitely restricted quite a bit today.

Spain indeed dominated possession-wise, but they do lack one crucial quality: ruthlessness.

Spain U21s 1-1 England U21s : Parity only in the scoreline

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The June 13th Transfer Gossip

Well, a rather early release of our transfer gossip column, but I guess I had the time today, so I thought my as well get it out of the way earlier in the day.

So let’s get straight to it!

All You Need to know about the Phil Jones Transfer Deal

This deal really should have been concluded a long time ago, Manchester United paid the release clause, Jones did a medical with them, and the Blackburn defender has agreed the basic personal terms of the deal. So that’s all the makings of a transfer, right? NO.

Well, Liverpool apparently came in with a bid of 22 million pounds for the English defender. Now that’s some money there, and that is way over the 16.5 million that Manchester United paid to trigger the release clause. So Blackburn’s owners are now trying to sell their prized asset for as much money as possible.

Rovers are unhappy that United – and other clubs – were aware of a ‘price clause’ in Jones’s contract. The Rovers regime were willing to stand firm and make Jones stay with them and see out the rest of his contract, which still has four years to run.

United believe they have done nothing wrong but could offer more money to speed up the transfer.

Today’s Issue of The Daily Mirror

Manchester United have indeed increased their offer to just over 20 million pounds and it indeed looks like enough to push the deal through for Blackburn to sell. Now that’s quite a lot of cash for a rather overrated young centerback, don’t you think?

And Sanchez

With Phil Jones’ transfer saga already put away (for now), we turn our attentions to Alexis Sanchez, the Udinese winger. Apparently, Manchester United are still hoping to beat Barcelona to the prize, which is Sanchez. Now here’s a line from The Daily Mail:

Manchester United are still hoping to pip Barcelona for Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.

Today’s Issue of The Daily Mail

And chances of this deal happening has increased for the Manchester club following Barcelona’s signing of a right sided winger just yesterday night, with that being Kiko Femenia from Hercules.

And Away from Manchester United, Neymar’s Developments

Could potentially be awarded the “Most similar transfer to Fernando Torres’ transfer” transfer in the summer. It looks like Chelsea are set to (finally) meet the asking price of Santos as apparently, the Metro has claimed that Abramovic and the men at Brazil are very close to an agreement.

The original asking price of Neymar was in fact around 40 million pounds, however that has been dropped by Santos chiefs following perhaps suggesting the impossibility of a move happen should the fee be that high. Well, so that’s done and dusted.

Money’s not an issue for Nasri Leaving Anymore

Well, let me get this clear, that this move has not been made by Arsene Wenger. Although that can already be easily understood, with Arsene Wenger normally more than reluctant to use the resources available to him to their full. Two examples being contract issues: Clichy and Nasri.

Stan Kroenke has come out with a statement claiming that he will practically offer Arsenal’s French contract rebel (Nasri, not Clichy) whatever he wants to keep him at The Emirates. This comes amid interest from their rivals Manchester United.

That’s it for today guys, so come back tomorrow for more!

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4 Lost Gems: Four Who Have Lost Their Way

Today, we look at the potential bargain buys of the summer, the players who have a lot of talent, but all that talent has been somewhat lost this season.

1. Diego Ribas

I think that noone can really come closer to the term talents who have lost their way this season. A Brazilian legend in the making just several years ago with Werder Bremen, but following a move to Juventus, everything turned very sour for the talented Brazilian.

Had several bright sparks at the start of his career in Turin, with him being deployed as the playmaker (aka: just behind the two strikers) giving him room to roam and dictate player. But an injury and loss in form to a very lost Juventus squad meant a managerial change, and newly crowned manager of Juventus, Luigi Del Neri, didn’t like the 4-3-1-2 formation that Diego works best in, he was personally a fan of the 4-4-2, thus signalling the end of the talented Brazilian’s Italian adventure.

2. Yoann Gourcuff

Had a very short stint at drawing comparisons to the likes of Zidane, etc. But everything has gone wrong this season for the Frenchman. Following a move to Lyon, the goals and assists have dried up. Put in this way, last season he racked up 9 goals and 10 assists in a total of 43 games.

This season, he has only managed a rather mediocre total of 4 goals and 6 assists in 34 games. And even he has noticed this change to his game. n early February 2011, Gourcuff admitted that he was “disappointed and frustrated” with his performances with Lyon since joining the club stating “”I expected a lot more of myself” and “It’s clear that my attacking contribution is not enough”.

A former Arsenal target that has in all honesty looks to have given himself no hope at all of a potential move to a big club anywhere else after his dismal season.

3. Joe Cole

Definitely the biggest disappointment of the season, even though he arrived on a free transfer. It has to be remembered that he is currently holding out at Liverpool for a huge pay packet. There was a huge buzz around Liverpool fans when Liverpool signed Joe Cole, with him being claimed the one that could potentially send Liverpool up the table again.

But ever since the Arsenal game, nothing has worked out correctly. At least in his point of view. Red card against Arsenal, countless injuries, lack of match fitness, all this has resulted him in only being able to play a part in their largely disappointing Europa League campaign, where he less than impressed.

4. Fernando Torres

Ever since the World Cup, he simply hasn’t looked like the kid that we knew from 12 months ago. Lack of goals, with his pace dropping quite a bit since his hamstring troubles from the time he was at Liverpool and his 50 million pound move in which he hasn’t shown anything of much importance to Chelsea’s campaign.

Form is temporary, class is permanent is the cliche, so he, along with the rest of the players on this list will certainly hope for a better 2011-12 campaign, as this has been one for him to forget. Made a mockery from all angles, what can I say other than what I have?

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The June 12th Transfer Gossip

Sorry about yesterday, had some things that I had to do over yesterday, and as a result, no transfer rumour column yesterday, but I’m back today!

Manchester City in for Luka Modric

The Daily Mail are claiming they are ‘set to spark a three-way auction’ with a £30m bid for the Tottenham playmaker. And they are fighting with their neighbours Manchester United over who will win the transfer auction for the Tottenham man. With Champions League football secured at Eastlands, Modric might consider a move to Manchester City in the summer.

Along with Champions League football, Manchester City are set to increase the Croatian’s wages up to around 16o,ooo pounds a week. So well, should Modric move to Manchester City or wait for a better bid from Manchester United? I personally think that he should wait on Manchester United.

Besiktas set to sign Manchester United and Arsenal strikers

The two are in fact Manchester United’s Bebe and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner. Both are in some way or another are unsettled at their respective clubs and Besiktas apparently have some cash that they have inherited from somewhere. A loan deal for Bebe looks imminent, with an option of a 2 million pound buy-out of his contract at the end of his year with the Turkish giants.

Bendtner on the other hand, is set to move there as well, after The Daily Mirror has reported that Besiktas have come in with a mega bid of 12 million pounds for the Danish striker.

Liverpool Sign (another) Jones

After missing out on Phil Jones, Liverpool have sealed the signing of Plymouth centerback Lloyd Jones. Apparently, he impressed Liverpool FC scouts during a short trial with the Merseyside club. Phil Jones’ namesake is in fact 15 years old, and although he  hasn’t even made his name with Plymouth, he is reported to have ‘immense talent’.

So I certainly hope that’s a good deal. So that’s the end of today’s paper round, so come back tomorrow for more! (if I’m not busy XD)

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Liverpool FC | Going British

Going British | Liverpool’s summer targets

Player Club
Position Cost
Charlie Adam Blackpool Center-Mid €12m
Connor Wickham Ipswich Town Forward €10m
 James McCarthy Villarreal Winger/Midfielder €7m

It’s the most interesting time of any year, fans are all watching the transfer market to see who’s coming in and who’s going and preparing to see their new team line up for the season ahead. And today, it’s all about who’s coming in for Liverpool FC, the British players whom Liverpool are interested in.

Charlie Adam

Well, I am going to start on Liverpool’s interest in Blackpool’s Charlie Adam. A lot are interested for the midfielder, whom is all but certain of leaving Blackpool in the summer, as a result of Blackpool’s relegation from the Premier League, so Liverpool will have a rather simpler task of convincing him to move on.

But a stumbling block is that many of the top clubs are interested in the Scotsman, with Tottenham almost sealing a deal for the free kick ace on deadline day of the January transfer window. Along with Tottenham, Manchester United are also known admirers of the 25 year old.

But do we really need him? I personally don’t think that we need another central midfielder anymore. Now we have Gerrard, Meireles, newly transferred former Sunderland player Jordan Henderson, Lucas and even the returning-from-loan Alberto Aquilani. So my answer to that, we personally don’t need another central midfielder.

Another question: How big is Liverpool’s interest? Well, the answer to that, their transfer interest is quite big indeed. The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Star have all run very similar stories, with Kenny Dalglish wanting Charlie Adam to follow Henderson in joining the Merseyside outfit.

(Note: Scotland is a part of British territory)

Connor Wickham

Apparently, he has been made ‘Liverpool’s Number 1 priority’ following the signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland. Liverpool have already made a rejected bid of 7 million pounds just several weeks ago and they are set to launch another bid for the young Englishman sometime soon.

Liverpool became interested in the January transfer window, following the departure of star striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea. But they couldn’t exactly come to an agreement with the Championship club then. But now it looks like they have the resources and time to haggle their way towards a deal.

And so now I ask the question: Do we need him? My answer: it wouldn’t matter too much. The reason I say that is because although Liverpool have a more than capable strikeforce in Carroll and Suarez, it won’t hurt for an extra backup man as Ngog is set to leave in the summer. Along with that reason, he’s one for the future and could really shape up into a real Michael Owen (when he was younger).

The second question, how likely is this move? And the answer: Almost certain. Liverpool have made him their priority following their signing of Henderson and them losing out on Phil Jones, so  you can most certainly bet on this move without the fear that you would lose money.

James McCarthy

Another young Scotsman who is capable of great things. Young and talented, his second goal against Blackburn Rovers this season was incredible, taking it in, juggling the ball (the nerve of doing that!) and then finishing it in the bottom left hand corner. Talent.

Do We Need Him? Once again, I bring up the fact that we have more than enough central midfielders, but McCarthy is pretty versatile, because he can play on both the left and right hand side of midfield as well, a good passer and a decent crosser, we certainly need someone out on the wings, so McCarthy could just be our man.

How Likely? A few weeks ago, I would have said that this one would have been almost certain, but times have changed, and I haven’t exactly heard of any developments from the Liverpool camp over this pending move, with more news to do with Wickham, but I guess he is in Kenny Dalglish’s wish list, so this probably will happen.


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