WHEN Mario Balotelli left Manchester City and England a legion of would be mo-dels and kiss ‘n’ tellers sighed. What now for tales of Mario-fuelled pyrotechnics in the bedroom, to go with fireworks in the bathroom?
Thankfully, Liverpool bought the Italian forward. And readers get to learn what it like to share a “night of passion” with the player:
TALKING Balls: The BBC’s football expert Robbie Savage is talking about Manchester City in the Daily Mirror.
Robbie Savage column: Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City can forget Champions League Final win already
One game into the Champions’ League and Savage delivers a rousing speech that only Chelsea should bother turning up for the tournament’s remaining games.
Best league in the world or not, the opening statements from England’s clubs in the Champions League this week were an embarrassment.
LIVERPOOL FC don’t want their fans to swear at the match.
Liverpool’s official Instagram account features a picture of Bart Simpson writing “I will not swear when I sing the Stevie G song”.
Bart Simpson sings about Steven Gerrard? We thought he just had shares in the club.
The Liverpool language police who want to turn their fans into 2D supporters working to a prime-time TV script then supply the lyrics:
“He’s big and he’s VERY hard! #LFC @stevengerrard.”
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Swansea’s Wilfried Bony For Less Than Spurs And Liverpool Bought Him For
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express reveals that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are in for “£19m target Wilfried Bony”. The headline ends a little esoterically: “CONFIRMS interest.”
THE Daily Mirror’s Brian Reade – the man who ‘assassinated’ an area and its white population in the “White Man’s Gulch” of Eltham – is upset at treatment meted out to Chesela’s Cesc Fabregas And Liverpool’s Fabio Borini:
Why are Fabio Borini and Cesc Fabregas now having to defend themselves against online character assassinations?
That question is soon followed by another?
Borini, who spurned two moves away from Anfield this summer has taken abuse from Sunderland, QPR and Liverpool trolls for being a greedy little git. Since when has having the determination to fight for your place at the club you signed for been a crime?
HOW journalism works: a look at the Daily Mail’s repoting of Liverpool and England’s teenage tyro Raheem Sterling.
The Mail’s Neil Ashton watched Sterling play against the Swiss:
England played with speed and purpose when they surged forward. More of this please. Most of it was down to the mesmerising touches of Raheem Sterling. When Sterling spins off his marker, dropping deep to demand the ball off his centre-halves you know that he is comfortable playing at this level. These deep-lying missions are reminiscent of Zidane or Maradona.
Blimey, Sterling was that good.
Transfer Balls Awards: Arsenal Sign Cavani And Khedira, Manchester United Get Vidal, Kroos And Hummels – Falcao To Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: Over the summer Anorak has been highliting the utter balls newspapers and football websites have presnted as fact. Time to review some of the choices cuts. As ever the biggest balls features Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Cheslea.
The Daily Mail told Manchester United fans that Miranda was on his way to the club from Atlético Madrid. He was looking at local schools for his children. He never left home.
The straw-clutching CaughtOffisde wesbite told its readers that Arsenal had signed Sami Khedira. The player remains at Real Madrid.
Transfer Balls: Radamel Falcao Joined Chelsea Twice, Signed For Manchester City And Manchester United And Headed To Arsenal And Liverpool
TRANSFER Balls: A look at reporting on Radamel Falcao, the Monaco player linked to Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Cheslea. It’s been a pretty rich summer of utter balls being passed off as a fact.
The Metro says Falcao has agreed to join Manchester United for £51m.
Is that to be believed? In 2013, the Mirror said Falcao had joined Manchester City for £54m.
The Mirror added:
…the deal is also a major coup for Pellegrini, with 27-year-old Falcao keen to work for the Chilean, who is expected to sign a two-year deal at City within a fortnight.
On August 29 2014, The Week asked if Falcao had joined Real Madrid.
On August 29, the Metro said Arsenal had a clear run to buy Falcao:
The ever dire Goal.com said that Falcao had signed for Chelsea.
The equally rubbish CaughtOffide stated that, yes, Falcao had joined Chelsea.
Of, course the same site said Cheslea had bought Falcao for much less money the year before.
But then the Mirror said Falcao had “already agreed” to kon Real Madrid. That was January 2013.
On Augut 7 2014, Falcao was heading to Liverpool.
On August 17, Falcao was heading to Juventus, said the Daily Mail.
It’s a Transfer Balls Royal Flush as Falcao is linekd with all give of English football’s biggest clubs.
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls – betting special. Every day the betting industy pumps out PR missives that desperate journalists can turn into a story. Let’s take a look and see what the trusty bookmakers have been feeding the press about Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, linked, as he has been, with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
As ever, there is no talk on the size of the market. It might be that a few people have actually been mad enough (or got insider knowledge – ed) to gamble on the transfer season being as it is full of “lies” (source: Arsene Wenger).
The Daily Star tild us to put our money on Falcao to Liverpool:
TRANSFER Balls: IS Cheslea’s Fernando Torres leaving Chelsea. The Times says Torres is heading to Roma on loan. The del also involves Roma receving £20m for striker Mattia Destro, 23.
Torres has two years left on his Chelsea contract. It pays him a meagre £180,000 a week.
Walter Sabatini, a Roma director, flew to London yesterday for the second time in a week, accompanied by Mauro Baldissoni, the club’s general manager, to try to thrash out a deal. Sabatini tried to tempt Chelsea and Manchester United into buying Mehdi Benatia on his first visit at the weekend and is also looking for a replacement in England for the Morocco defender.
The Mail has reported this month that Torres is wanted by Valencia, Atletioc Madrid and Inter Milan.
Dod they all really want Torrest, the man who gave the Indy this headline on August 13:
Fernando Torres fails to score in 266 pre-season minutes after another miserable night for Chelsea
He had his chances to score agasint the mighty Slovenia’s NK Olimpija Ljubljana:
Why is player who was so good now so bad? The Mirror quotes Jose Mourinho:
“Fernando is a good player and will not be sold. Maybe the self-esteem in terms of goalscorer is not at the top. All eyes are on him and when he misses a goal, everybody remembers. But his work for the team is fantastic and because of that we can play with two of the forwards at the same time, no problem…”
£50m for a good player. What does a great player cost? And if Cheslea give him the boot, what then for Torres’ faltering self-esteem?
Well, he’s not going to Roma. The Telegraph reports:
“It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia,” Destro’s agent said on Thursday. “But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation.
“Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma.”
Still, at least the Chelsea fans love him…not:
Maybe Torrest should go back to Lvierpool. As he said:
“One day, Steven Gerrard came to say to me, ‘Fernando, now, you have to think of yourself. Do what you have to do’,” Torres told French magazine So Foot. But when I went to tell him that I was going to accept the Chelsea offer, it destroyed him. Announcing my departure from Liverpool to Gerrard was one of the most difficult moments of my career. He was my best team-mate and I am not sure of finding another like him in the future. We were made for each other.”
Stranger things have happened…
TRANSFER Balls: Having been linked with amove to Arsenal, is AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli on his way to…Liverpool?
THE Premier League season is udnerways. And the Mirror and Express lead with a Liverpool player who no logner plays for the Reds. Both paper ask the same question: “Who Needs Luis Suarez?”
The simple answer would be ‘the media does’.
But the Sun and star have a different answer. They say that Luis Suarez played a key role in Liverpool’s home win over Southampton, its feeeder club. It was thanks to Luis, now of Barcelona, that Daniel Sturridge scored the game’s winning goal. And he did it all with the power of a single text message.
Brendan Rodgers saw the text and concludes, according to the Sun:
“His heart will always be with Liverpool.”
Sure it will, Brendan. And his teeth will always be with Ajax, his hand with Uruguay, his racial awareness with South Africa…?
What Rodgers actually said was, according to the Indy:
“Luis Suarez sent us a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and telling us to start strong – it’s a lovely gesture. We’re bigger than any one player, I still think we need a striker so we’ll search through until the end of the window for that. He sent the text to me personally. What did it say? Don’t be so nosey! I texted him back – it’s a great love in I’ve got with him! He’s a great boy but he’s gone. It was a lovely touch. Liverpool will always be in his heart.”
According to the Mail:
“He [Suarez] sent me a lovely text this morning wishing us all the best and telling his old team-mates to start strongly. He’s a friend of Liverpool now. I sent one back. He’s a good boy but he’s gone. His heart is with Liverpool. He’ll always be Liverpool and it was a lovely touch.’
Accordign to the Telegraph:
“He sent us a lovely text wishing us all the best, which was a great gesture. He is a friend now of Liverpool. He is a good boy but he is gone. His heart will still always be with Liverpool. Our ambitions here at Liverpool have to be bigger than one player. We are bigger than any player.”
And on the Sun goes, telling readers that Suarez made the Reds what they are today.
BRENDAN RODGERS insists Luis Suarez is helping Liverpool’s title bid again — despite leaving Anfield this summer. Shamed striker Suarez departed for Barcelona in a £75million move after his World Cup bite. But Rodgers reckons his winning mentality rubbed off on his old team-mates… Rodgers believes Liverpool have more strength now than last season’s Suarez-inspired squad…
Over on the BBC, the Luis Suarez love-in is a little diluted:
The Reds required a 79th-minute winner by Sturridge to overcome a determined Southampton side 2-1 at Anfield. Asked if Liverpool are a better team following the departure of Suarez, Sturridge said: “I think so, with the players we’ve brought in. No disrespect – he’s a great player and will be missed – but we move on.”
If only the tabloids would…
LIVERPOOL Balls and a daily look at the wisdom of Brendan Rodgers, who says:
“If you’re a football player in Europe watching how we played last season and saw our supporters, then your reaction would be that you’d want to play in that environment.”
Over to you Alexis Sanchez. And, yes, they do pick up Liverpool matches in Southampton…
ON the list of modern football stuff that annoys Anorak is ‘The Double’. The Double used to mean the FA Cup and League title.
But to this Manchester City fan it means something else.
Transfer Balls: Samuel Eto’o Heads To Liverpool Via Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan And Sunderland
TRANSFER Balls: Is Samuel Eto’o heading to Liverpool? What about Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan or Sunderland?
The Sun says he might be.
The Sun’s story is an “exclusive” – that you can also read in the Daily Star:
The Star says “Liverpool have yet to make a formal approach for Eto’o”.
Transfer Balls Full House: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool And Man City
TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and speculation being passed off as fact in the media. So, is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus heading to the Premier League? As ever, the media contest is to link every top player with every top English club.
Manchester United target Marco Reus will cost £40m… Midfielder Reus had a £29.4m buy-out clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund. But it is understood the situation has changed since Bayern Munich activated a similar clause to snatch Mario Gotze last summer.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira heading from Real Madrid to Arsenal?
The Daily Star manages to link the player with four of the biggest English clubs:
Liverpool and Man United join Arsenal and Chelsea in four-way £24m fight for Sami Khedira
Jack Wilson is in full Balls mode:
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old Real Madrid midfielder.
Linked by whom? Jack doesn’t say. Instead he just speculates to deadline:
But their attempts to sign him could be hit by their Premier League rivals… Manchester United were after Khedira last summer and ready to try and snap him up again. Liverpool could also reportedly move for the German.
GOOD news, Liverpool FC fans. Luis Suarez can be replaced. Who says? Why, Tita Camara, that’s who:
When Liverpool sold Titi to West Ham United in 2000, there was much weeping and wailing. But the Reds muddled on. But they pulled themselves together, won the FA Cup, the League Cup and finished third in the League table…
TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour, speculation and opinion backed by anonymous sources presented as ‘news’ in today’s mainstream media. The focus is on Luis Suarez:
Daily Mail: “Liverpool are holding out for £75million but Barcelona are hoping to make the payment in stages, with part based on performances.”
And shirt sales. As the Indy notes:
Luis Suarez is yet to complete his £63m move to Barcelona, but that hasn’t stopped one merchandiser in Spain pre-empting the Uruguayan’s arrival.
Can that £12m shortfall be made up by Suarez merchandise sales?
TRANSFER Balls – Anorak’s regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal.
Simon Jones writes:
Arsenal have agreed a £34million deal in principle with Barcelona for Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez but Barcelona are waiting to see if Juventus can match the offer.
The Metro has similar news, only it does that neat trick of altering the fee to stand out as a unique story on the search engines:
The Mirror reads the round-up of figures and opts for the more circumspect:
Mirror Sport understands a deal hasn’t been completed yet, but the Gunners are working to agree a fee with Barcelona.
So. The consensus is that Sanchez is a Gooner.
Well, not quite.
On July 2, the Express told us:
Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal
And on June 25, the Express reported:
LIVERPOOL have already completed the signing of Chile’s Barcelona star, and Arsenal and Manchester United target, Alexis Sanchez…
So said Phil Thompson, who told one and all:
“Just yesterday I heard things from people, newspaper guys who are very close to the ground at Liverpool, saying that the Sanchez deal was actually done.”
Oh, and in case any Arsenal fans are feeling happy at the news, the Independent notes:
So. No deal done…yet…
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls: a look at the media rpeorting on Alexis Sanchez, the Barcelaona player wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (among others). Today the Sunday People (prop. Trinity Mirror) notes:
Liverpool are refusing to give up the chase for Alexis Sanchez – with manager Brendan Rodgers on standby to meet the Barcelona striker. Rodgers believes he could at least persuade the 25-year-old to consider joining the Reds – if he got the chance to talk to him.
Believes. Could. Consider.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Luis Suarez off from Liverpool? Today’s news round-up now follows:
Transfer Balls: Luis Suarez Leaves Liverpool For £70m As Arsenal Get £32m-Rated Alexis Sanchez For £20m
TRANSFER Balls: A look at Luis Suarez’s likely move form Liverpool to Barcelona, as told by the mainstream media. Do they know anything? Let’s find out:
LUIS SUAREZ’S transfer to Barcelona moved a giant step closer after positive opening talks with Liverpool. Barca yesterday accepted they must pay £70million for the bite-shame Uruguayan striker — allaying Kop fans’ fears he would be sold on the cheap.
So. Barcalona must pay £70m to get their man.
The Guardian says:
Luis Suárez is close to sealing his preferred move to Barcelona after the Catalan club held a “productive” first meeting with Liverpool and offered around £70m for the controversial forward…The fee falls short of Liverpool’s initial £80m valuation, and has not been accepted…
So. The Sun says Saurez can go for £70m and The Guaridan says he can’t.
What says the Mail?
Barca have offered massive a £72m for the Uruguayan
That might be over the asking price.
The other part of the Suarez to Barcelona story is that Alexis Sanchez will make the opposite journey, leaving the Spanish club to join Liverpool. Can the papers agree on facts about that?
Kop boss Brendan Rodgers has inquired about taking Barca’s £32m-rated Alexis Sanchez as part of the deal. But the Chile winger, 25, wants to stay or join Juventus or Arsenal.
The Mail lowers that fee:
Liverpool maintain an interest in Alexis Sanchez and he could yet be included as a makeweight with Liverpool having already valued him at around £30m.
And then teh Express declares:
ARSENAL are looking to beat Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez with a £20m bid…
Such are the facgts.
More Transfer Balls every day…
Transfer Balls: Barcelona Begin Alexis Sanchez Auction As Arsenal, Liverpool And Manchester United Check His Teeth
TRANSFER Balls: Is Alexis Sanchez heading from Barcelona to… Liverpool? Let’s see what the trusty media have been saying today:
The Daily Express says Sanchez is Liverpool bound:
Liverpool to bank Alexis Sanchez as Barcelona jet in for Luis Suarez deal
It’s a banker. Bookmakers in Malasia are paying out. But wait a moment. The Daily Mail says the player is not keen on the move.
Alexis Sanchez would prefer Arsenal to Liverpool despite Barcelona wanting to use him as part of Luis Suarez deal
TRANSFER Balls presents the Daily Luis Suarez – a round-up of news on the Liverpool striker?
Barcelona are increasing their charm offensive by seducing the player with honeyed words.
The Mirror hears Barcelona’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta hail Suarez:
“Suarez has shown he is humble enough to admit an error, which is very important. He has been humble enough to apologise to those he has affected, because it happened in the middle of a festival of football. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do.”