Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has said there will always be a job for Jamie Carragher at the club as the defender prepares to play his final game before retiring this weekend. The 35-year-old will make his 737th Reds appearance against QPR on Sunday before moving into television punditry with Sky Sports next season.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he loved the way Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher plays his football. Both Carragher and Ferguson will retire on Sunday and the Scot told LFC TV of his admiration for the defender. "He's absolutely a player I admire," Ferguson said.
Liverpool is closing in on a £3.5million deal for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori. Sportsmail revealed last month that Brendan Rodgers was stepping up interest in the young Portuguese who had been identified a year earlier by club scouts. However, the 20-year-old's valuation has quadrupled since that first recommendation after he broke into Sporting's first team and established himself as one of their most consistent performers.
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol (Google Creative Commons)
Liverpool look set to bolster their defense this summer, with Brendan Rodgers keen to add depth to the back-line. The manager is rumored to be interested in signing Real Madrid's Raul Albiol, as well as Lille's Lucas Digne, and the deals may be imminent.
Liverpool face into their final game of the season and Jamie Carragher's final game ever for the club this Sunday. It is sure to be a highly-charged occasion for the man who has played 736 games for the club and Anfield will be rocking to his every tackle, tousle and triumph in the game.
Liverpool have handed defender Lloyd Jones a three-year professional contract after the Welsh youth international impressed for the under 21 side. At just 17 years of age, Jones has already been included in Brendan Rodgers' plans this season, taking to the bench against Fulham last Sunday. And the teen will also feature against Manchester United in the Under 21 semi-final on Tuesday night, giving him a chance to showcase his skills for the manager once more.
What might have been for Michael Owen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The announcement, made back in March, that Michael Owen will be hanging up his boots at the end of this season ultimately came as little surprise to anybody.
The decision was an expected one, but in many respects his retirement at just 33 years of age will be an ignominious conclusion for a player once seemingly destined for the upper echelons of the game; it will be a quiet, almost sheepish exit compared to the grand fanfare he could have once expected.
Jamie Carragher will bring down the curtain on a career which has seen him pull on the famous red shirt of Liverpool over 700 times on Sunday. Carragher will lead the team out at Anfield to face QPR in what will be his 737th and final game for the Anfield outfit. The former England centre-back has collected an impressive set of honours in his long career, but there's one thing missing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could swoop for Wigan stars Callum McManaman and James McArthur this summer, after the club was relegated from the Premier League. Wigan dropped down to the Championship after a cruel defeat at Arsenal, just days after their heroic victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Rumors are swirling over a possible exchange of players with Barcelona which could send Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Barcelona and send Cristian Tello to Anfield. As the rumor mill continues to spin ever-so-fast, attention must be shifted to that of captain fantastic Steven Gerrard.
At 32, Liverpool have reportedly been allowing Gerrard to play with an apparent shoulder injury which he's been suffering with for around three months as BBC Sport notes.
Daniel Agger has admitted that he wants compatriot Christian Eriksen to join him at Liverpool in the summer. According to speculation the Reds are chasing the in demand Ajax playmaker who appears to be on his way out of the Erdivisie and having expressed an interest in the Premier League, Agger wants him at Anfield.
In the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, only two sides managed to keep clean sheets across eight fixtures, once again highlighting the value for entertainment held in the English top flight.
With Arsenal, Manchester City and newly-crowned FA Cup champions Wigan Athletic still to feature in this week's meetings, the action doesn't look likely to stop there, either.
Manchester United marked Sir Alex Ferguson's 13th and final Premier League title with an open-top bus tour around the city today. Fergie addressed crowds gathered outside Old Trafford taking time to request fans attend tomorrow's under-21 clash with Liverpool before the bus set off on its trip to the city centre.
Liverpool have held talks with Lille's young star Lucas Digne in a bid to rejuvenate their defence, writes The Mirror. The £8million rated defender is hot property and Brendan Rogers may be looking to splash his cash over the summer transfer period. The French left-back has reportedly also been linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
My favourite image from Sunday, it's just a shame there isn't a bigger version... Image: gettyimages Liverpool came back from a goal behind at Craven Cottage on Sunday to win the game 3-1 courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge hat trick. Berbatov opened the scoring for the home side but the Reds quickly found an equaliser and went from strength to strength.
A young Liverpool fan desperate to meet hero Fernando Torres ended up becoming part of Chelsea's Europa League trophy presentation. Louis Kearns, aged 11, had been at the match with his dad. As Chelsea's players made their way past Louis' seat, he was desperate to get up close and personal with Torres and former Liverpool [.
Liverpool captain and legend will miss the rest of the season for The Reds due to a left shoulder injury that requires surgical repair.
Gerrard told The Sun that he originally injured his shoulder three months ago against Oldham in the FA Cup, but has played through the pain. He said since the original injury he has aggravated the shoulder on multiple occasions, but until recently has been able to push through.
Fernando Torres has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years. Ever since his transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea, the Spanish international has failed to deliver on the hefty price the west London club splashed for him. Chelsea did indeed buy him at a strange time. Though he'd been very effective for Liverpool since they purchased him from Atletico Madrid in July of 2007, the Spaniard struggled his way through the World Cup in South Africa and didn't look quite the same when Chelsea did dig deep into their pockets to accommodate his transfer in January of 2011.
Daniel Sturridge wreaked havoc on his return to west London, firing Liverpool to an easy win at Fulham with a superb hat-trick at Craven Cottage. Sturridge had not scored against the Cottagers during his time at the club's local rivals Chelsea or while he was at Manchester City, but he took Martin Jol's team apart with three well-taken strikes.
Liverpool has been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ajax's Christian Eriksen after the playmaker revealed he's keen on a move to Borussia Dortmund. The Reds are known to be trailing the talented Dane, but with Dortmund set to lose Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich next season, it looks as though they've stolen a march on the competition in the race for Eriksen.
Brendan Rodgers is still learning. That, an admission from the Liverpool manager himself this week, is confirmation of something evident to all in the early days of his Anfield career. Whether he truly has learnt over the past nine months, and what has been learnt in that time, is a debate set for the summer.
Liverpool's hopes of signing Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori have been hampered by reports suggesting Valencia are also in contention for the defender's signature. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a break out campaign for the Portuguese club during the second half the season, taking a place in Jesualdo Ferreira's starting XI after impressing for the club in the NextGen series.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling doesn't seem to be going anywhere thanks to Serie A giants Fiorentina. The Italian club has had a move for the big forward rejected, which means it's going to be even more difficult for Liverpool to sign the forward if Brendan Rodgers thinks he fits the bill for his Anfield project.
Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to make Barcelona's promising forward Christian Tello his first summer signing. The Reds appear to be locked in a three-way battle for Tello's signature with Spurs also in the frame. The Reds tried to sign Tello last summer, but they failed to broker a deal.
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An unfamiliar formation, lined up in a 3-6-1, and an end-of-season tempo led to Liverpool passing and possession without reward for the first half an hour, an unwelcome reminder of the toothlessness which was all too frequent at the start of the season.
Manager Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Munich (Google Creative Commons)
As everyone surely knows by now, FC Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes is planning to retire at the end of the season. Believe it or not, this was Heyncke's third stint as head coach at Bayern: he managed the team for four years starting in 1987, and then again for several weeks at the end of the 2009 season (after Jürgen Klinsmann was sacked).
Liverpool has won the race to sign Spanish attacker Sergi Canos after it was revealed that the youngster had rejected a new contract with Barcelona in order to make the move to Merseyside. A number of weeks ago it was reported in Spanish newspaper Sport that Liverpool had been in contact with representatives of the youngster for some time as they attempted to convince him to reject a new deal at Barcelona.
After a match winning Daniel Sturridge hat trick against Fulham on Sunday, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said that he could be one of Europe's top strikers. The former Chelsea and Manchester City man has led the line for Liverpool since Luis Suarez was hit with a ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Liverpool outcast Andy Carroll is set to send fans on Tyneside into a frenzy after declaring that he is prepared to take a pay cut to engineer a return to Newcastle United this summer. The 24 year old England international made a 35 million pound switch from Newcastle to Liverpool in January 2011, but failed to settle down at Anfield, and was sent out on loan this season to West Ham United as the Reds tried to get the expensive youngster off their wage bill.