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  • DiskiFan 19:33 on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Liverpool, Man u, , reds, rodgers, sir alex ferguson   

    Hopes for calm at the Man U vs Liverpool match 

    Manchester United vs Liverpool on Sunday

    Sir Alex Ferguson said the emotion of Manchester United’s visit to Liverpool on Sunday (8:30 a.m. ET) could have a negative effect on his players.

    “It’s a possibility, I don’t deny that,” said Ferguson of the match, the first for Liverpool at Anfield since the findings on the Hillsborough tragedy were announced by an independent panel last week.

    “Human nature can be that way. When we played Manchester City for the 50th anniversary of Munich the place was so flat in the dressing room before the game. I even felt it myself.

    “We just couldn’t perform and were glad to get it out the way. It was such an emotional day for us and it could be that way on Sunday.”

    Liverpool will mark the match with a number of significant gestures, including the formation of a mosaic across three sides of the stadium.

    Sir Alex has already appealed for calm from United fans in what is certain to be a tense atmosphere.

    Only time will tell whether Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will shake hands before the match, if they both play.

    Quick stats for Liverpool and Man U

    • Liverpool: Unbeaten in last 4 home league matches vs Manchester U (3-0-1).
    • Liverpool: Winless in first four league matches in a season for first time since 1911-12.
    • Manchester United: Won last three matches after season opening 1-0 loss at Everton.

    • Manchester United: 17 league wins since start of 2012, most in Premier League (17-4-2).

    Liverpool desperate for points

    If the significance of the occasion cannot be understated, neither can Liverpool’s need for points.The team has yet to win since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival and remain precariously close to the relegation zone early in the season.

    United have stabilized their campaign with three successive victories since an opening weekend loss at Everton, but they have failed to win any of their last five matches at Anfield — their worst return for two decades.

    “It’s similar to when I came down here,” said Ferguson.

    “We could beat Liverpool but we couldn’t win the league.

    “The motivation leans on the side of Liverpool, particularly at Anfield. The crowd get behind them and they make it a real competition in terms of challenges and tackles.

    “We know that will happen on Sunday.

    “Last season we handled them much better. It was 1-1 in the league and nothing between the teams, then we threw away the FA Cup tie.

    “We were by the far better team that day. If we get that performance on Sunday we will be okay.”

    Rodgers has built an impressive reputation through his time as a coach at Chelsea and excellent managerial stints at Watford and Swansea.

    Yet some are already starting to question whether the 39-year-old is the right man to occupy the role of Reds’ coach.

    Ferguson is reminded of the position Andre Villas-Boas found himself in at Chelsea. And that did not end well for the Portuguese.

    “Any young manager needs time but in the modern world you don’t get a lot of that,” said Ferguson.

    “Look at Villas-Boas at Chelsea last season. He was a young man who lasted about seven months.

    “We’re in an age where patience is not a realistic thing. It’s just not there.”

    Give Rodgers time?

    Ferguson accepts times have changed from his arrival at Old Trafford, where he was into his fourth year before he finally managed to secure some silverware.

    But the key to success remains the same. You have to win.

    “The only route for any manager is success,” he said.

    “It’s a results industry so winning matches is important.

    “It’s a different game from when I started. There was less pressure.

    “The world has changed. The press has changed. But I always felt I needed to win games.

    “That’s what you’re in it for. It doesn’t matter whether you’re managing Port Vale, Liverpool or Manchester United, you have to get results.”

     
  • DiskiFan 13:17 on July 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Carroll, , Liverpool   

    Carroll moving to Newcastle? 

    Andy Carroll, the expensive Liverpool signing who has not quite covered himself in glory with the Reds, speaks of possible move “home”. Home is Newcastle, apparently.

    An initial move by Newcastle has already been declined by Liverpool but it is expected that a further approach will be made.Despite interest from other sides, including West Ham United and Aston Villa, it seems that Carroll’s first choice would be home.

    Carroll is not feeling the love at Liverpool, having been virtually put into the shop window without having any chance to show the new Reds boss, Brendan Rodgers, what he is made off. The team would almost certainly make a loss on Carroll but no more hugely expensive players are expected at this stage.

    Clint Dempsey (Fulham) and Joe Allen (Swansea) will be sitting close to their telephones, as Rodgers apparently has an eye on them.

     
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