So. Why did Alexis Sanchez choose to play for Arsenal? The Daily Star has the truth. The headline declares:
Arsene Wenger reveals the REAL REASON why Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool
What is the real reason. We thought it was a combination of money, London and Champions’ League football.
Paul Brown writes:
ARSENE WENGER claims Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal over Liverpool because only the Gunners could match his Champions League ambitions.
Is that what Wenger said? No. He said:
“Transfers at that level take always time to get every detail right, so because it takes time, you think always that somebody else can come in – PSG, Bayern Munich. We met his agent in Brazil a few times and talked about the transfer. In Europe we did it with Barcelona. Once we got the decision he would like to join us we were happy. He had maybe not had number of games he wanted at Barcelona and I tried to convince him I could help him develop the quality of his game, that the way we play would suit him.”
But what is the ‘REAL REASON” Sanchez joined Arsenal. Brown has failed to deliver on the headline.
Over on Arsenal.com, Wenger says:
“I don’t know why he has chosen us and not anybody else, but we are very happy that he has done that.”
Such are the facts…
Last night Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the Capitol Cup. Liverpool scored one goal after a long bout of passing. But how many passes did the experts count?
Daily Mirror: “Raheem Sterling lifted the pressure on Brendan Rodgers after an astonishing 52-pass move from Liverpool’s kings of keep-ball”
The Times agrees: 52 passes.
Daily Mail: ‘There were a staggering 51 passes in the build up to Sterling’s opener”
Daily Telegraph: “A lengthy move led to the goal, comprising 39 passes”
Looking to buy tickets for the Bournemouth v Liverpool game at south coast’ club’s Goldsands stadium, (capacity: 11,700) Anorak was not all that surprised to see that the Capitol One Cup quarter-final clash was sold out. More intersting is how far AFC Bournemouth have come.
Wow! It’s big enough for France:
Where do we stand on footballers surrounding the referee, getting in his fave when a decision goes against their team? Today Manchester United profited from the linesman’s flag. The referee’s assidtant declined (wrongly) to raise his flag and Juan Mata’s headed goal stood. Should Liverpool have gone nuts, harranging the referee?
Henry Winter says they should’ve:
As United celebrated, as social media devoured footage of the incident, Liverpool players did not appeal, did not vent any anger. They accepted the injustice, a worrying sign for Rodgers as he seeks fight in his players. He would also have every right to question his players’ marking of Mata too.
As Manchester Unted play Liverpool in the Premier League, the Sun wonders what the most offensive thing United manager Louis Van Gaal has heard:
The Manchester United boss will be ready for anything from the stands when his side take on bitter rivals Liverpool. It would be difficult to top the Feyenoord sickos who taunted him when he was at Ajax and his first wife was dying of cancer.
Should they try to?
The ‘Iron Tulip’ was at the centre of an ugly episode with sections of supporters on his way to the title with Ajax in 1994. His wife, Fernanda, was dying of cancer and Feyenoord fans taunted LVG from the stands with a banner that translated as “cancer b****”.
After she passed away from liver and pancreatic cancer, LVG was targeted again with chant of “Louis van Gaal, he lives alone”.
At the time he said: “They were singing loud, I was the victim, that’s true. But I was able to analyse it and not let it get to me. That’s why I could bear it. It was just a group of the fans who sang.”
Over to you, Liverpool fans…
Robbie Savage is sticking up for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the Daily Mirror:
Kop boss knows it’s not been good enough this season but Reds were closer to the Championship than the Champions League just three years ago
Three years ago – season 2011-2012 – Liverpool finished 8th. But, true enough, Liverpool were 17 points off a Champions’ League spot and 16 points of the relgation zone.
THE Merseyside derby… the Manchester derby… the North London derby… they’re all well and good, but having a rivalry based on your postcodes is really very, very boring.
Much better is when teams hate each other because there’s a clash of culture or because of something else entirely. Manchester United and Arsenal is one such rivalry that beats the local-affairs, but just pipping it is the squabbling cousins of Manchester and Liverpool and, this Sunday, that lot from Old Trafford take on that lot from Anfield.
When asked about the difference in hatred between Man City and Liverpool, one Manchester United fan said: “City are our rivals – Liverpool are the enemy.”
And things are already heating up, with Jamie Carragher chipping in on Twitter, saying:”Question for Lfc fans- win tonight or Sunday? Tonight for me, rather qualify for the CL than beat the 7th best team in the Prem last season!”
Scouse shade there. Liverpool will travel along the M62 on Sunday, seven points off United, but as we know, form goes out of the window for games like this.
So with that, let us look at the best Man Utd-Liverpool games.
Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United 1987/88
In the Eighties, Liverpool were the kings of English football and Alex Ferguson was still pretty fresh to the United job. At Anfield, a six-goal thriller with some absolutely appalling challenges from both team, and Gordon Strachan and Peter Beardsley on fine, fine form.
Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool 1989/90
In the late ’80s, Manchester United were perennial underachievers while Liverpool were the dominant force. However, on New Year’s Day, Fergie’s Fledglings started to show their worth. Mark Robins and Lee Sharpe sparkled, while little Russell Beardsmore played the game of his life. Brian McClair scored an absolute belter too!
Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool 2009
One of Liverpool’s finest ever performances came when they turned Man Utd over 4-1 at Old Trafford, back when Fernando Torres was absolutely blistering! Andrea Dossena’s lob is one of the best goals ever scored in a match between the two sides.
Liverpool 3-3 Man United, 1994
One of the greatest matches in the Premier League’s history, Man Utd steam into a 3-0 lead after 25 minutes and on the back of a 17-game unbeaten run. Liverpool, were placed ninth. However, thanks to goals from Nigel Clough and Razor Ruddock, Liverpool completed one of the most entertaining comebacks in English football.
Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool 1995
Eric Cantona, returning from his lengthy suspension for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan, came back for another MUFC/LFC classic. Meanwhile, Liverpool were adjusting the crown of their own local legend, with Robbie Fowler grabbing two wonderful goals. Of course, Cantona managed to score the equaliser in front of a delirious Stretford End.
Liverpool 1-4 Manchester United 1969
At Anfield, a Manchester United team which featured a number of the stars that won the European Cup, basically tore Liverpool a new one. Liverpool were a team in transition, but so too were United. However, when you’ve got George Best in the side, it always helps. The fourth goal from Bobby Charlton is an absolute corker.
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool 2010
United fans will remember this game as the afternoon when Dimitar Berbatov paid his £30m transfer fee back with a hat-trick against Liverpool. A match where Berba scored a wonderful overhead kick from the edge of the area that had the decency to whack the crossbar on the way in, just to look better.
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Get Chelsea Reject Reus, Who Agreed To Join Barcelona, Manchester United And Real Madrid
The Daily Express says Mrco Reus is heading to the Premier League. He’s coming to Liverpool. No, Arsenal. No, wait, Manchester United. He’s not going to Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have no first refusal option over Marco Reus, leaving the door wide open for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder to move to the Premier League.
Odd. Because the Express has previously told readers that…
Reus is off to Real Madrid. Arsenal and Manchester United can forget it…
Reus is off to Barcelona. Manchester United have lost out…
Reus is staying at Dortmund. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are crushed…
But Chelsea were delighted…
Reus was then snubbed by Chelsea…
And then on December 1, the Express said the Chelsea move was on…
Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a timely boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
And Manchester United are going to buy Reus in the summer…
Such are the fact in the Daily Express…
Liverpool Balls: Mario Balotelli is attracting attention for posting a message online that contained a racist trope. Balotelli says he will fight any FA ban.
Oliver Kay writes:
Football has endured a succession of depressing race-related controversies over the past few years — John Terry, Luis Suárez and, more recently, Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan — but Balotelli’s latest indiscretion would appear to belong in a different category.
Whatever his flaws, Balotelli, the poster boy for multicultural 21stcentury Italy, born to Ghanaian immigrants in Sicily, brought up by a Jewish family in Lombardy, subjected to appalling racist abuse in his homeland, did not seem an obvious candidate for the sport’s latest race storm.
The problem with Balotelli, according to many who have worked with him, is that he gets bored very easily and, to be polite about this, lacks qualities of discernment. That is why on Monday evening, at a loose end, he re-posted a mocked-up picture of Super Mario, the computer game character, along with the words “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew” …
The FA — not before time — has sought to send out the message that such phraseology and such stereotyping is not acceptable in English football. It is a policy that Balotelli, who felt so let down by the football authorities in Italy, would probably applaud if he took a moment to think about. Unfortunately, he rarely thinks until it is too late.
Mario Balotelli is a good bloke. He’s entertaining. Sure, he posted a stupid picture of ‘Super Mario’ grabbing coin “like a Jew“, but he’s apologised.
A man who lets of fireworks in his bathroom might not be someone who thinks things through…
Mario Barwuah Balotelli’s mother is a Jew. She’s the daughter of Holocaust surivors. Yep, Mario is a black Jew. This is great news for racists who are tired to attacking the player’s skin tones. They can now broaden their chants.
But is his being the son of a Jew enough to save the Liverpool striker from the censors and offence-seekers?
He hopes so.
Is Mario Balotelli the self-loathing Jew?
Shut up about what?
Liverpool FC’s local newspaper the Liverpool Echo speaks truth to power with the story that the club are doing great.
Liverpool FC may be struggling – but the stats show Arsenal and Manchester United are faring worse!
This is the current Premier League table.
It will be interesting to see how the Liverpool Echo looks at that table and concludes that Liverpool are above Manchester United and Arsenal.
Liverpool FC may be having a difficult season so far, but Manchester United and Arsenal are doing worse, statistics suggest.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has attracted the attention of ex-Reds ‘keeper Bruce Grobbelaar, who tells BBC Sport:
“I’ve likened Mignolet to worse than Dracula. At least Dracula comes out of his coffin now and then. He seems to stay on his line and that’s it. That whole area, not just the six-yard area, is the goalkeeper’s.”
Bruce, mate. The old joke is that like a vampire, [insert player’s name] is scared of crosses.
Transfer Balls: Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool And Arsenal Do The OK Koke For Manchester United Star
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express says “Barcelona ready to beat Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool with a summer bid for Koke”.
As ever, the Express aims to get as many big clubs as possible into its story. The aim – the fabled Full House – is to link a player with the top five English clubs.
Footy expert Bruce Archer tells readers:
…reports in Spain say Koke, along with Lars Bender, is Barcelona’s priority for the summer.
Transfer Balls: Which Player Is Heading To Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, Swansea, Everton, Hull And Spurs?
TRANSFER Balls: Marseilles striker Andre Ayew has uttred not word on moving to the Premier League. But that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating:
Daily Express, November 13: “Andre Ayew could join Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United for just £1.5m in January”
SpyGhana, November 5: “West Ham looks to sign Andre Ayew”
Liverpool Echo, November 3 2014: “Everton FC transfer gossip: Blues eye Ayew January swoop”
Hull Daily Mail, October 20: “Hull City face competition to bring in the forward during the January transfer window.”
The Sun, October 19: “Liverpool, Everton, Swansea, Hull and West Ham are all keen and are watching developments.”
Daily Express, October 14: “Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs handed January BOOST with Andre Ayew set for exit”
Daily Star, October 14: “Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester United and Spurs target Andre Ayew set for January switch”
In other news, Andre Ayew is going to Napoli…
WERE Liverpool cheated as they went down 2-1 to Chelsea in the Premier League? Let’s see what the local papers say:
The London Evening Standard: nothing. Not one word on the penalty not given.
They should have had a penalty in the 88 minute when Cahill stopped a Gerrard shot with his arm.
Such are the facts in the papers of record..
LIVERPOOL have been beaten by high-flying Chelsea 1-2 in the Premier League. Matt Law says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will never manage Chelsea. Well, that much should be obvious: back-to-back home league defeats against his former club have hardly made Rodgers look like Mourinho’s successor.
DID you find Liverpool’s Champions’ League match in Real Madrid a tad predictable? Liverpool lost 1-0, which suggests the match was closely fought. It wasn’t. Liverpool would have been more of a threat to the Madrid goal if they run up to it and shouted ‘BOO!’
LIVERPOOL Balls: Can Brendan Rodgers be absolved of blame for signings that haven’t been top-notch?
Dave Kidd writes in the Mirror that Liverpool’s trasnfer policy could have been organised by ‘The Muppets Show’. We loved that TV show, but Kidd means it not to be praise.
So Liverpool are rightly proud of their history and yet owner John W Henry and his Fenway Sports Group are less keen to remember what made the club great – strong managers. Brendan Rodgers does not enjoy the same power as his great bootroom forebears, Shankly, Paisley and Fagan, even though his achievement in challenging for last season’s title ought to have earned him the right to autonomy.
LIVERPOOL Balls: The Daily Express says the Reds offered Barcelona £3million more than Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez.
James Dickenson notes:
Arsenal paid £33m to bring Sanchez to England – where he has flourished with 10 goals in his first 16 games. However, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Liverpool’s offer to Barcelona for the Chile international was greater than Arsenal’s.
But the Metro said Arsenal paid £32m for Sanchez.
WHOn is the Liverpool fan behind the “[Brendan] Rodgers Out” campaign?
All we know is that they tweet as @RodgersOutClub on Twitter. They plan to decorate the air over Liverpool’s upcoming game against Chelsea this weekend by flying a banner behind a plane.
It was declare:
Bit weak. Bit Manchester United (United fans flew a Moyes Out banner last season.)
Why not let Mario Balotelli handle it with fireworks? If you’re going to accuse your manager of loving other clubs, it’s a good idea not to copy your most desperate rival…
Liverpool Balls: Brendan Rodgers Says Suarez And Sturridge Are 4 Times Better Than Balotelli And Sterling
LIVERPOOL Balls: Brendan Rodgers loves to talk. He’s always so heartflet and earnest. Last season, when on course of the Premier League title and three goals up at Crystal Palace, Liverpool self-combusted.
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TRANSFER Balls: First Manchester City came for Chelsea’s Frank Lamaprd. Now they are coming for Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.
In “Tug Of War” Martin Hardy writes in the Sunday Times:
MANUEL PELLEGRINI is ready to spark a fight for the services of Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain. Gerrard, who played poorly in his side’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United yesterday, has admitted there is uncertainty regarding his future at Anfield, with his contract set to run out at the end of the season.
IN readiness for Bonfire Night, the The Daily Mail have obtained photos of Mario Balotelli’s bathroom – the one his friends (not him – no, not him) let off fireworks in. Then with Manchester City, now with Liverpool, Balotelli’s friends (no, not him – his friends) caused £400,000′s worth of damage to the £3 million-valued property in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire.