Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher reveals that Brendan Rodgers wanted to have Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luis Suarez in the same team.
Rodgers inherited a team that contained Luis Suarez, who later became one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League despite having spent only a couple of years in English football. Suarez came on the verge of single-handedly helped Liverpool win the league title in the 2013-14 season. Unable to lift major honours with Liverpool since joining the club in a £22 million deal, Suarez saw the opportunity to join Barcelona as the best possible outcome.
He left for the Catalan club in the summer of 2014. There was a significant lack of strength in depth at Liverpool back then. However, it would have been so different if Rodgers was able to bring in Mkhitaryan before the Armenian international joined Borussia Dortmund. Carragher says that Rodgers planned on using Luis Suarez as the main striker followed by Mkhitaryan in a number 10 role. Read more…
Manchester United boss José Mourinho has heaped the praise on winger Ashley Young by saying that the player has been setting an example in the dressing room.
Young is certainly not one of the first team regulars at United. He has been shuffled around the pitch a lot in the last two managerial regimes. Even though he is a winger by nature, Young has also played in positions like left back and wingback in order to help the team out. Mourinho also says that Young is a player who is always available irrespective of any injuries that he may be carrying.
The statement by the Portuguese boss comes amidst a fallout with Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw. The manager recently criticised the duo after they failed to make themselves available for the game against Swansea City.
Even though the match finished as a 3-1 victory, Mourinho says that players should be able to play through the pain barrier if they are to help the team’s cause 100%. It was surprising to see the Manchester United boss question his player’s commitment even early into his regime at Old Trafford. At all of his previous clubs, his exit has been forced upon largely because of results suffering immensely as a result of losing the dressing room.
“There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.Yes, it takes time [to change] but with the help of people like Phil Jones, who was playing without having even trained, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, with these people it will not be an impossible mission but a possible mission.Of course, it is not just the players, it is the players and the people that surround the players,” said Mourinho.
La Liga champions Barcelona have said that their star striker Luis Suarez is not on the market as several reports have been linking him with a return to England.
Manchester United are the leading side touted to get the Uruguayan, especially with woes in the front attack line. Since the goal drought of main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United have gone winless in games. Suarez is one of the few strikers that is known would make instant impact if he agrees to the move, hence the link to solve Jose Mourinho’s problems in his first year at Old Trafford.
The Catalan side have ruled out the possibility of Suarez ever leaving the club in the nearest future. Rather, they are keen on the former Liverpool star signing a new deal that could see him end his career at the Nou Camp.
Liverpool are another side that is being rumoured to be interested in signing the former Ajax forward. The 29-year old has quickly established himself in Spain since moving there two seasons ago. He has formed a formidable partnership with other top stars Lionel Messi and Neymar. They are fondly dubbed “MSN.” Read more…
Brendan Rodgers says that Luis Suarez has transformed into the best striker in the world ahead of the meeting between Celtic and Barcelona in the Champions League group stages.
Celtic will be the overwhelming underdogs going into the game and fans will be hoping that they avoid it thrashing at the hands of the Spanish giants. Rodgers managed Suarez for a couple of years before selling him to Barcelona for £ 75 million. Suarez had come to English football with a lot of prodigious talent and reputation, but it is widely credited to Rodgers using the style of football that got the best out of the Uruguayan time and time again.
Rodgers will be reunited with his former player when he steps into the dugout of the Camp Nou, which is one of the formidable grounds in Europe. The Celtic boss is expecting nothing less than a tough encounter when his team are up against the reigning Spanish champions. After the failure to win the Champions League last season, Barcelona will especially be motivated a lot. Furthermore, success in the opening game is extremely important to carry on the form in the rest of the group matches, which will be far more tough since they are against the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City.
Chelsea winger Pedro has backed Eden Hazard to recover from one of his worst seasons in his career and he expects the Belgian to go on and achieve the levels of Lionel Messi.
Regarded as the best player in the world, Messi has been lauded with five best player in the world titles. He has also been the recipient of numerous individual awards as well. Hazard has been spoken of in the same breath as some of the best players in the world and this certainly includes Messi. However, he has been a winner of a major individual accolade only once in his career.
Furthermore, he comes on the back of a very poor campaign in which sufferings were not limited to the player alone and extended to the club as well. Chelsea finished their campaign 10th in the table and it is the worst ever finish since 1996. Hazard showed signs of recovery during the Euro 2016 when he was instrumental behind Belgium almost reaching the semifinals of the tournament. Pedro, who has seen the talent within the 25-year-old from close quarters, says that Hazard is now refreshed to take on the season and he could not have been in a much better position. Pedro expects Hazard to use his talents and potentially reach the levels of Messi.