What is it about Liverpool manager and their tone deaf support for Luis Suarez? Kenny Dalglish failed the understand the public's opinion of Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra. Now it is Brendan Rodgers turn to fail to understand the public sentiment.
A day after Luis Suarez was given a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match Sunday, the Liverpool boss said that the length of the ban had left the club "bitterly disappointed.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has brushed off any comparison of his record with that of former Reds boss Roy Hodgson. Defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day meant the Northern Irishman has exactly the same points haul - 25 - from 19 league matches as that of the now England manager. Hodgson did not make it past 20 league games as defeat at Blackburn in early January 2011 put an end to a difficult and much-criticized six months in charge.
England boss Roy Hodgson looks sets to call upon Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for Friday's World Cup qualifier if Frank Lampard does not recover for the knee injury he suffered on Saturday. It was believed that due to the suspension of Steven Gerrard and retiring of John Terry, Frank Lampard would captain the side but after picking up a knee injury in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Norwich Hodgson is considering giving the captaincy to Joe Hart or Wayne Rooney.
Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez claims he is 'almost certain' he will one day return to Anfield to become the manager of Liverpool again. Benitez parted company with Liverpool in the summer of 2010 after the Reds had limped to seventh place in the Premier League, having endured their worst run in 22 years during the campaign.
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Well we can stop that talk about how Liverpool had a chance to finish in the top four in the Premier League. Today's 2-0 defeat at home ended all hope of that, and probably ended any hope of even qualifying for the Europa League.
This was a game that Liverpool dominated, but as they have done in the past they could score.
Liverpool starlet Daniel Pacheco has left Liverpool to join Segunda division side Huesca on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 22-year-old has struggled to break into the first team at Anfield previously under Kenny Dalglish and under Brendan Rodgers this season, having made just 17 appearances for the club since his move from Barcelona to Merseyside in 2007.
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Howard Webb has been named as the referee for Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. It will be the first time the Rotherham official has taken charge of one of the biggest domestic club fixtures in world football since the two contested an FA Cup tie in January 2011.
Nicks' Note:A behemoth Liverpool post coming your way. Arunkumar Sekhar, who has already penned something for BigFourZa before, is quite effusive with his pen here, as he writes about the first six months of the Rodgers regime. Take it away!
"Judge me after 10 games"
Those were Brendan Rodgers' famous quotes when he became the manager of Liverpool F.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing had a rare day to remember at Anfield as his first Barclays Premier League goal for the club wrapped up a comfortable victory. Only last week the England international had admitted he may leave next month after manager Brendan Rodgers said he could go. If that was the incentive to put himself in the shop window it worked as he registered his first league assist in setting up Steven Gerrard - after Martin Skrtel's opener - and capped his performance with a goal of his own before Luis Suarez added an injury-time fourth.
Liverpool's £35million striker Andy Carroll has reportedly given up on making at Anfield and wants to return home to play for his boyhood club. Carroll's famously expensive move from Newcastle United to Merseyside looks to have finally been written off and he wants to return to St James' Park, according to the Daily Star.
Liverpool briefly considered making a move for Borussia Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze in the summer of 2011, but instead the club chose to pursue and eventually sign Jordan Henderson from Sunderland. The Times report that former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and the club's former director of football Damien Comolli that the Germany international was briefly considered when the club outlined their summer transfer plans, only to discard his name and push forward with their efforts to bring Henderson to Anfield.
Stewart Downing is frustrated at his limited opportunities at Liverpool - but he is in rush to leave the club. The England international has been restricted to making the majority of his appearances in the Europa League since boss Brendan Rodgers succeeded Kenny Dalglish in the summer. And Downing has been linked with a return to boyhood club Middlesbrough but, ahead of Liverpool's Sunday Premier League game at West Ham United, he is committed.
As the Hillsborough tragedy was brought into light again this summer, the ache and pain will forever remain despite the bit of justice that was served this year when Prime Minister David Cameron announced to the world that Liverpool's fans were not at fault.
After 23 years of being made the culprits, the focus has finally shifted as people begin to truly see that Liverpool's fans and most importantly the families of the 96 that lost their lives are the victims.
Liverpool is set to launch a £12million January bid for striker Shane Long. Even though West Bromwich Albion are riding high in the Premier League – and even though Long, 25, still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract – the striker would jump at the chance to move to Anfield. Brendan Rodgers remains a fan of Long's from his time managing Reading and the fact the Reds made a bid to sign him when Kenny Dalglish was in charge shows they have serious intentions.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to make a £10 million move for Liverpool's Stewart Downing, according to reports. Wenger has tried to sign Downing before as a replacement for Samir Nasri but was outbid by Liverpool. Now he believes he can salvage Downing's career after a disappointing time at Anfield.
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has urged Joe Cole to consider returning to Lille instead of trying to force himself into Liverpool's first team. The former West Ham United and Chelsea star joined the Ligue 1 outfit on a season-long-loan last campaign after struggling to impress under Kenny Dalglish following his move from Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers warns that rebuilding Liverpool will take time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that patience is the key as they strive to take the club back to where it belongs.
Although Rodgers stopped short of blaming Kenny Dalglish for the current situation at the club, but the Liverpool manager highlighted the fact that the club will have to amend the financial mess it had got into.
Kenny Dalglish has said he was not dismissed as Liverpool manager due to his defence of Luis Suárez and believes more senior Anfield figures should have taken responsibility for the club's handling of the striker's racism charge. Dalglish was at the forefront of Liverpool's belligerent support for Suárez after he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and handed an eight-match ban last season.
Ex-Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says the controversial decision to wear t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez following racism allegations against him was not made by him. He claims the decision was made by the players. He told talkSPORT: "I didn't send them out in the T-shirts. The boys decided that themselves.
Emerging from a proverbial nadir, Liverpool FC has striven to eradicate the mediocrity within the squad this season and bring in fresh new faces that actually deserve to play for the famous Red shirt. Manager Brendan Rodgers' no-nonsense approach has certainly been a plus point this season, with the former Swansea manager not giving an iota of time to sentimentality as Kenny Dalglish perhaps did and dished out the cold hard truth to average performers of last season such as Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson.
'The Great Scouse Summer Splurge of 2011' as absolutely nobody calls it will be forever be remembered with heavy hearts by Liverpool fans. Armed with long promised funds from across the Pond, newly-appointed permanent manager Kenny Dalglish and his trusty director of football Damien Comolli waded into the murky depths of the transfer [.
With the shock news of Liverpool's Fabio Borini breaking a bone in his foot while away with Italy's U-21,s. It leaves Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool FC with only one recognised striker in Luis Suarez for six to eight weeks. It further underlines FSG's flawed Summer tranfer dealings or the lack thereof.
It is no surprise to see the name of Mark Hughes heading the sack race to be the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season after the dreadful start to the season his QPR side has made.
However, it is Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers who was overwhelmingly and amusingly voted the Premier League's "Naffest Gaffer" of the month award for September by readers of the popular news and gossip website, thesackrace.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been named the Welsh Footballer of the Year for 2012 after a year in which he flourished at Swansea and earned a move to Merseyside. Allen was one of the star perfumers for the Swans last season as they entertained and excelled during their first season in the Premier League under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers.
Brendan Rodgers insists he has no intention of changing his passing style in order to pick up points after Liverpool's disappointing 0-0 draw with Stoke at Anfield on Sunday. Rodgers is seemingly struggling to implement his passing style on the Merseyside club, having taken over from Kenny Dalglish in the summer.
Liverpool will hope their mini-revival has not lost any momentum when they host Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. The Anfield club hammered Norwich City 5-2 in the Premier League last weekend but then threw away the lead to lose at home to Udinese in the Europa League on Thursday night. Manager Brendan Rodgers was very critical of his players after the midweek defeat, describing them as making 'lazy' errors, and he will be demanding improvements.
Liverpool are targeting PSV Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens as their first acquisition in the January transfer window. The Belgian winger has been attracting a lot of interest around Europe and it is believed that long term admirers Liverpool will make the first move in trying to bring the PSV man to the Premier League.
Luis Suarez of Liverpool (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
With a much greater emphasis this season for Liverpool being placed on their Premier League form and placing than last year, where Kenny Dalglish aimed for cup glory at the ultimate expense of league wins, Brendan Rodgers looks has named something of a surprise team tonight for the Reds' Europa League clash at Anfield against Udinese.
We read with astonishment the tirade of Joey Barton last night on that Twitter account of his when Didi Hamann the former Newcastle central midfielder Kenny Dalglish signed in 1998 tried tohavea logicaldiscussionwithJoey. Didi Hamann while at Newcastle That was Didi's first mistake because Joey Barton is not built to have any logical [.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke joined Newcastle as the Assistant manager to Ruud Gullit, when the Dutchman was appointed the Newcastle manager, after Kenny Dalglish was fired early in the 1998-1999 season. Steve Clarke - West Brom manager and former Newcastle coach Ruud only lasted one season on Tyneside, and was fired about a year [.
Well not if your surname is "Ferguson," "Wenger" or "Mourinho" perhaps, but for most, if not quite all of the others who won the award, it has seemingly been a ticket to disaster, despair, and possibly permanent career oblivion, or at least a prelude to a big dent in the manager's CV. In this story, [.
CAPITAL ONE CUP Liverpool 1 - 3 Swansea City So, after Wednesday night's defeat to a counter-attacking team in Swansea City, which would you prefer us to progess in. Given that winning the League Cup last Season was not enough to save Kenny Dalglish from the sack. Does it matter that much, this early in the Season?
Oh God, not this guy. What was his name again? Ralphie? Robbie? Roger? Rafa! Rafa Benitez. Wow, I thought they locked him up. Did he say he's a blogger now? That's just sad. And now he's trying to give me a dossier about how Alex Ferguson is the puppet master behind the Illuminati. This is making me uncomfortable.