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Liverpool 1-0 Olympiacos-Player Ratings-Liverpool claim narrow first win in International Champions Cup

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones   7.2

Did not put a foot wrong in goal for Liverpool, although he did not have a lot to do. Looked comfortable for set pieces and made a important save in the last couple of minutes to deny Olympiacos a goal.

Defenders

Glen Johnson   5.9

Johnson was Liverpool’s worst defender on the pitch. He constantly gave the ball away in dangerous areas and would not get back down the pitch for his defensive duties when going forward. Johnson did nothing to please Liverpool fans who want Johnson out of the team for the coming season.

Martin Kelly   6.2

Looked comfortable at the back and passed the ball very well while in danger. Got forward a couple of times, but looks more assured in his defensive job. Kelly performed better than Johnson when he was on the pitch, making Liverpool a lot tighter at the back.

Martin Skrtel     8.8-Man Of The Match

Skrtel was superb at the back for Liverpool today and showed manager Brendan Rodgers that he remains Liverpool’s best defender. Skrtel made a number of key interceptions in the game to stop certain goals and looked comfortable while on the ball. Skrtel was dominant in the air winning every header, proving that Lovren should partner Skrtel at the back for Liverpool this season.

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Kolo Toure       7.3

Toure Came under fire a lot from Liverpool fans last season after a number of costly errors, but put in a comfortable showing for Liverpool in this game. Toure is currently Liverpool fifth choice defender showing they have a vast number of defensive options if needed.

Sebastion Coates   7.0

Coates put in another comfortable showing for Liverpool but it currently way behind in the pecking order for the Reds. Looked solid in the air and showed he is a solid defender that could put him in the shop window for clubs that are interested.

Jose Enrique     7.2

Enrique looks to have recovered from the injury that plagued him last season after another impressive first half showing here. Made some critical interceptions and tackles and got forward when he needed to.

Jack Robinson   6.7

Robinson got forward a number of times but lacks a final ball that will make him a better player, which will hopefully come with experience. Comfortable in defence but was vulnerable when he galloped forward too many times.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard   8.1

Gerrard showed all of his experience in this game and does not look like he needs pre-season to prepare himself for the coming season. Controlled the tempo of the Liverpool play and made a delightful pass to Sturridge in the build-up to the goal. Made some great tackles and passes in the game and showed why he is such an important player to Liverpool for the coming season.

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool's play

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool’s play

Emre Can     7.4

Can only played 45 minutes but looked impressive during the time he was on the pitch. Can showed he’s got good pace and strength to succeed in the Premier League.

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Jordan Henderson     7.8

Henderson played the full 90 minutes and showed what an engine he has. Ran all day and showed great link-up play with his fellow midfield players and forwards. Henderson will be a key player for Liverpool this season with his engine and work effort being pivotal to the Liverpool cause.

Lucas Leiva         6.3

Lucas has a point to prove to Rodgers to prove he should be in Liverpool’s first team plans, but on the basis of this performance Liverpool have better options. Gave away a number of needless free-kicks, which he consistently does, and did not look good on the ball.

Joe Allen           6.2

Allen had a very similar performance to Lucas and ultimately failed to impress once again. Allen gave away the ball a number of times, with one of them very nearly costly. The Welshman could not get his passing together and ended a number of Liverpool attacks.

Lazar Markovic   7.5

Markovic made an impressive debut and gave glimpses of what he is about. Markovic was at his best when running at defenders and had a decent chance but curled it over the bar. The Serbian showed Rodgers he could be a key player this season after showing good signs here.

Markovic looked lively on debut

Markovic looked lively on debut

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling scored the only goal of the game and showed great instinct and finishing to get into the position and finish it off. Sterling looked lively all game and was always on the move. With the departure of Suarez then Sterling could be in for a big season this year.

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Coutinho             7.4

Coutinho looked good on the ball and always looked dangerous on the ball. The Brazilian looks more dangerous when playing in a more central position but still threatened from the wing. Coutinho made a number of superb passes and linked up well with the forward players.

Jordan Ibe           6.3

Ibe did not get to many minutes to make his mark on the game but looked lively. Ibe made a number of good runs and put in Joe Allen for a great chance at the end of the game after a superb run and pass.

Forwards

Daniel Sturridge       6.8

Sturridge had a very quiet game in front of goal but showed goo link up with the midfielders. The England international scuffed a shot that deflected to Sterling for the goal but did not have the chance to get around the box as he would have liked.

Rickie Lambert   6.5

Lambert came on in the closing minutes off the game but held the ball well up front to take the pressure of the defenders.

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Steven Gerrard on international retirement: I need more time to decide

GerrardEngland and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he needs more time to make a decision on his international future.

The 34-year-old has made 113 caps for England, and with England being knocked out of the World Cup after losing their first two games Gerrard has a big decision to make.

He said: “There is no truth I’ll be making any announcement on my England future in the next week. I need more time than that.

“I’m still hurting and I’m still broken from the last couple of weeks.”

England will play Costa Rica in their last game of the World Cup, after Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez’s brace condemned England to a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay to subsequently knock them out of the World Cup.

Gerrard is just short of breaking David Beckham’s all time outfield player with the most caps for England and said before the tournament that he will consider his international future after the World Cup.

But Gerrard is confident that England have a bright future ahead of them he said: “I don’t know what the plans are going forward. I do agree with what the manager has said that the talent is in the group.

“The talent is there. At the moment, it is very difficult for myself, the players, to find a lot of positives.

“When you look at the bigger picture, things can change very quickly in football.

“I think we have got world-class players and I think we’ve got players with world-class potential. But these tournaments only come around every two years. We’ll have to wait and see.”

 

 

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Luis Suarez confident he will make the World Cup and is proud people in Uruguay have become avid followers of Liverpool

Luis Suarez2Liverpool and Uruguay star Luis Suarez is confident he will be playing at the World Cup despite his recent knee operation.

The Uruguay striker damaged his meniscus in his left knee in training on May 22 and went under the knife, leading to many believing he will not make the World Cup.

But the 27-year-old old, who won both major player of the seasons honours for Liverpool after scoring 31 goals, has insisted he never feared missing the World Cup.

“Emotionally, I’ve felt fine; psychologically, I’ve been spectacular,” said Suarez. “At no time did I feel pressured. At no time have I felt sad because at no point did I think there was a chance of me missing the World Cup. The thought never went through my mind.

“I could have really cried [in pain] because of this injury but I didn’t, because I knew. I knew. When the doctor first spoke to me three little tears fell, but no more. My wife said, ‘I can’t believe how strong you’re being’ but I knew I’d make it.

“Injuries are not only a physical question, which is the most important thing of course, but also a question of your mind. If you’re thinking, ‘I’m not going to make it’, ‘I can’t cope’, ‘It hurts’, ‘It’s never going to get better’, then it won’t.

“My objective was clear: Be strong emotionally and physically. I wanted my children to be able to see me play at the World Cup.

“If they had said to me that the extent of the injury was greater, I’d have been worried. But knowing the grade of the injury, I was confident. I knew that there was time to make it.

“I’ve heard so many meniscus stories. Some players say, ‘I was back in 15 days’, the next one says 20, the next says 25. Each case is different. Some players said, ‘I was walking on the second day’ [after surgery]. But then they admit, ‘After 20 days it swelled up again.'”

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Opinion: Player of the year ordered

6. Adam Lallana

Not to many people knew what this lad was capable of at the start of the season, people are aware now. He has played in every one of Southampton’s 35 Premier league games so far this season, racking up an impressive 9 goals from midfield. He has burst on the international scene with England and is a dead cert to be on the plane to Brazil for England. The 25-year-old has more tactical ability that most England players lack and has a great creative ability to set other players up. The best clubs in the Premier League have put Lallana on their wanted list with Manchester United and Liverpool showing strong interest. Southampton have had a good season and have produced a number of good players with Lallana being the stand out performer, he doesn’t quite match up to the seasons that other players have had but does thoroughly deserve his place in the top six.

5. Daniel Sturridge

The first of three Liverpool players listed for the Player of the Year award is Daniel Sturridge who has had a great season at the Merseyside club. Sturridge has scored an impressive 20 goals in just 26 league appearances, with a further 7 assists to add to that. Sturridge is another certainty to be on the plane to Brazil for England and will most likely be in the starting eleven. Sturridge could have been higher on the list but his season has been derailed by a number of injuries, although none to serious. Sturridge is a striker that will drift in and out of games but give the lad one chance and he will punish you with his finishing ability. Liverpool picked up a real bargain in signing Sturridge for just 12million from Chelsea and has proved his doubters wrong this season playing a key role in Liverpool’s title bid.

 

4. Eden Hazard

It took Hazard a while to adjust to English football after his 32million move from Lille to Chelsea, but this season he has been a revelation for Chelsea. Chelsea often play three attacking midfielders behind the striker and Hazard is always one of them. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho likes to swap and change with the team resting key players but with Hazard he knows he has to play the Belgium winger. Hazard has scored a total of 14 goals in 33 league appearances, and is still at the tender age of just 23 years of age. Hazard has all the qualities to be potentially one of the best footballers in the world in a couple of years, he has pace, can finish and can dribble with the ball past the best defenders in the world.

 

3. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has revelled in the fact that new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has given the three time African player of the year more licence to go further up the field. The manager has been rewarded in his decision with Toure, 30, scoring 18 goals in 31 league appearances. His best goal tally previously was 6 league goals in Man City’s previous three seasons, tripling his previous goal tally for City. Toure is has got raw power and very surprising speed for a man of his size. Yaya Toure has led Man City on a title charge, but whenever he has been missing, not surprising, Man City have not played as well. Often at times this season he has switched between attack and defence depending on the game, but usually has licence to be a box-to-box midfield and roam the field.

 

2. Steven Gerrard

Nobody thought Steven Gerrard could have a season like he has at the age of 33,but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers decision to play Gerrard in a deeper role for the Reds has worked a treat. Gerrard does not need to run as much as he used to and he can sit back and supply the balls for players of the calibre of Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling etc. The Liverpool skipper has scored 13 goals this season, his second best total in the Premier League. With 10 assists this season he has been a creative force for Liverpool in their overall game. When Liverpool have needed a cool head to convert vital penalties in big games Gerrard has stepped up to the park to convert them. It’s not just his overall game as the reason he is this high on the list it’s his leadership on and off pitch. Liverpool have a relatively young and inexperienced team and need to have a leader on the pitch to get them through the games, this was emphasised most in the emotion and the team huddle led by Gerrard at the end of the critical Manchester City win telling the other players to go into the next game exactly the same. The skipper has had a great influence in Liverpool’s title bid and even non-Liverpool fans want Gerrard to finally claim a Premier League winners medal.

1. Luis Suarez

Surely this is the year that Luis Suarez can win the player of the year award after having a remarkable season at Liverpool. Suarez was well on course to possibly winning it last season, but the now infamous moment of madness with Ivanovic caused Suarez to be banned for 10 games. Suarez has scored an incredible 30 goals in 30 league appearances, having missed the first five games of the season due to the ban. Suarez is currently regarded by many as the third best player in world football, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Uruguayan deserves credit for turning his career around with dazzling performances on the pitch, having been looking like Suarez would Leave Liverpool in the summer. But, recently he has signed a new contract at Anfield and he couldn’t look happier as Liverpool lead the league currently by five points. The 27-year-old has notched 12 assists this season to top both the scorers and the assists charts currently. Suarez has earned peoples respect on the pitch and deservedly deserves to win the player of the year award.

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Gerrard rejected chance at a big move just last summer

Liverpool captain claimed he had turned down the chance to join a Champions League side last summer, with Bayern Munich the team being that were rejected reportedly.

Gerrard is urging Luis Suarez to do the same as him, which is to turn down any approaches and fight to get Liverpool back into the top four.

Gerrard would not name the club that came in for him, but a number of reports have stated Bayern Munich, who won the Champions League last season, were the team.

The 33-year-old insists he was happy at the Reds and will not quit. Gerrard is determined to get Liverpool back into the top four.

“I had a chance to leave last year,” the England international said.

“It was for a club in the Champions League, not a Premier League club, but I wasn’t tempted. I’ve been through that before.”

And Gerrard, who was once a target of Chelsea, wants Suarez to remain at Anfield despite two bids from Arsenal.

“I had a chance to leave last year. It was for a club in the Champions League, not a Premier League club, but I wasn’t tempted. I’ve been through that before.”

Gerrard said: “I think the only person who knows what’s happening is Luis himself.

“He has a huge decision to make and, as his team-mate, I have to show him respect and give him space to make whatever decision he wants to make.

“But I think everyone knows how highly I rate him and how much I want him to stay.”

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s testimonial against Olympiacos, Gerrard added: “While I’ve still got a couple of years left – and maybe a few more – I have to make the most of it. And that is about adding more medals to what I already have and to leave this club in the Champions League. That is the challenge for me personally.

“It is not the same club because we are not in the Champions League, so it becomes an awful lot more difficult to attract the top players.

“But I think the club’s history and size – we’ve just been on a tour which has seen us play in front of nearly a quarter of a million people in 10 days – means the pull is still here.

“We need to break back into the top four to get back the pull we had four or five years ago when we were comfortably in the Champions League year in, year out and challenging to win it.

“Players who come and get the club back into the Champions League will experience some of the biggest nights of their career, because playing European football in front of this crowd is different to any other.”

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Lucas: Gerrard the best player in the world

Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool claim their fifth European Cup at Istanbul in 2005 and the Liverpool and England skipper would comfortably claim a starting berth in the five time world champions Brazil’s squad according to Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool supporters will honour the Huyton born midfielder this weekend when Liverpool play Olmpiakos in Gerrard’s testimonial match.

Lucas has graced the field with some Brazilian superstars of the calibre of Ronaldinho, but no teammate matches the ability of Reds number eight Steven Gerrard in the 26-year-olds eyes.

Asked if the Liverpool skipper would fit in with the samba style, Lucas told LFC TV: “Definitely – he would be one of the starters, of course.

“He has been a world-class player for many years. Everyone that speaks about him, and players from Brazil, rate him very highly.

“He’s probably the best, I would say the most complete player. I had the chance to play with Ronaldinho and other magic players but Stevie has everything.

“He is able to score goals but he can still defend very well. I think he is the best midfielder I have played with. When I came here very young, I was lucky to be able to watch him a lot and learn.

“It’s a different style of play but you can still learn a lot from him, and I’m still learning to be honest.”

Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool captain for a decade now and has become the clubs longest serving skipper in Liverpool’s illustrious career.

Lucas has played alongside Gerrard for six years now and there is a deep level of respect between the two men.

The No.21 continued: “It doesn’t matter what you need to do to be able to perform and to win – that’s his message every day.

“He has been in difficult moments with injuries, and low points, but he always gets his head down and works really hard to get back. That’s what I take from him.

“He does everything he can to be in the right shape and able to perform well – we can see when he doesn’t think that he has performed well, he really shows us.

“That means that he is a winner and he wants to win every single time.

“We can see what he has achieved. I was lucky to get the best years of Stevie at the club probably. He has been brilliant during his whole career for Liverpool and it is a well-deserved testimonial.

“But he still has the hunger to train and that’s what players should look at. He is what Liverpool is about; a winner with the right mentality.

“That’s what the club always tries to look for, players with a winning mentality and a lot of passion for the club.”

Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool claim their fifth European Cup at Istanbul in 2005 and the Liverpool and England skipper would comfortably claim a starting berth in the five time world champions Brazil according to Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool supporters will honour the Huyton born midfielder this weekend when Liverpool play Olmpiakos in Gerrard’s testimonial match.

Lucas has graced the field with some Brazilian superstars of the calibre of Ronaldinho, but no teammate matches the ability of Reds number eight Steven Gerrard in the 26-year-olds eyes.

Asked if the Liverpool skipper would fit in with the samba style, Lucas told LFC TV: “Definitely – he would be one of the starters, of course.

“He has been a world-class player for many years. Everyone that speaks about him, and players from Brazil, rate him very highly.

“He’s probably the best, I would say the most complete player. I had the chance to play with Ronaldinho and other magic players but Stevie has everything.

“He is able to score goals but he can still defend very well. I think he is the best midfielder I have played with. When I came here very young, I was lucky to be able to watch him a lot and learn.

“It’s a different style of play but you can still learn a lot from him, and I’m still learning to be honest.”

Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool captain for a decade now and has become the clubs longest serving skipper in Liverpool’s illustrious career.

Lucas has played alongside Gerrard for six years now and there is a deep level of respect between the two men.

The No.21 continued: “It doesn’t matter what you need to do to be able to perform and to win – that’s his message every day.

“He has been in difficult moments with injuries, and low points, but he always gets his head down and works really hard to get back. That’s what I take from him.

“He does everything he can to be in the right shape and able to perform well – we can see when he doesn’t think that he has performed well, he really shows us.

“That means that he is a winner and he wants to win every single time.

“We can see what he has achieved. I was lucky to get the best years of Stevie at the club probably. He has been brilliant during his whole career for Liverpool and it is a well-deserved testimonial.

“But he still has the hunger to train and that’s what players should look at. He is what Liverpool is about; a winner with the right mentality.

“That’s what the club always tries to look for, players with a winning mentality and a lot of passion for the club.”

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Gerrard: Liverpool must keep Suarez at the club or risk losing out on Champions League spot

Liverpool captain Steven Gerard has admitted that he has spoken to Suarez over staying at Liverpool but admits it is ultimately Suarez’s decision.

Gerrard has insisted Liverpool need to keep their star player at Anfield or risk losing out on the Champions League places, especially if they sell to one of their biggest rivals in Arsenal for the top four.

“I’d say to Luis: ‘Give it one more year, see if we can achieve that’,’’ Liverpool’s captain said.

Gerrard has admitted that Liverpool still have work to do in the transfer market with Liverpool needing to invest in a world class defender and attacker, as well as keeping hold of Suarez.

“This club needs to make one or two big signings if we are to compete for the top four – and keep Suárez.

“Alongside Gareth Bale, Luis is the third best player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis and Bale are the two hottest properties out there at the moment.

“When you’re in that position, you’re going to get all kinds of teams wanting to pull you away, especially when you are at a club not in the Champions League. It’s nothing to do with the British media [criticising Suárez]. Knowing the guy as I do that’s probably the thing on his mind: wanting to be in the Champions League.’

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Gerrard: It’s great to be back

Steven Gerrard completed his first 45 minutes of football since having a shoulder operation in the 2-0 victory over Indonesia XI on Saturday.

Goals from Coutinho and Raheem Sterling sealed the win for Liverpool and Steven Gerrard was replaced at the half-time interval for Joe Allen, the 33-year-old declared after the match that ‘it was great to be back.’

“It’s nice to play football again in front of our all our supporters,” the skipper told LFC TV.

“My shoulder felt fantastic, so it was nice to get the first 45 minutes under my belt and hopefully I’ll get slightly more time in Australia.

“It’s been feeling fine now for a few weeks in training, there have been absolutely no problems. The surgeon gave me the go-ahead to play tonight and the manager was sensible in giving me 45 minutes. I’m really happy with how I feel.

“It was a difficult game. There’s no air out there to breathe and recover after long runs and the training has been very tough, so the legs are heavy. But we won the game and we got the fitness in.

“At the moment, it’s all about the fitness and getting the physical condition back. The results are not really too important, but we’re happy with the win and we move on to the next game. Hopefully we’ll feel better physically.”

New signings Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas all started the match at the Gelora Bung Karno National Stadium.

In the time they played Alberto rattled the crossbar and looked lively throughout, Aspas was dangerous throughout and Mignolet and Toure both looked solid.

“I thought that all the new lads did well tonight,” said Gerrard. “I thought [Mignolet] was fantastic with his feet and he did everything well.

“Toure looked assured at the back and was very vocal. People are talking about missing Jamie [Carragher] and Jamie’s voice, but I thought Kolo led from the back tonight.

“The two Spanish lads, as I said earlier in the week, are wonderful technicians on the ball. Aspas works his socks off for the team and you can see Alberto’s quality. That’s what we bought him for – to play against sides where it’s difficult and you need someone to unlock the door.

“They’re the magicians who are going to unlock the defence. I’m really pleased with all the newcomers tonight.”

Gerrard reserved his final praises to the support they were given buy the Indonesian fans.

It was a night to remember for Gerrard who has played in a Champions League final and FA Cup finals but this will be remembered by Gerrard.

“It was unique,” he said. “It’s difficult to put it into words when talking to people back home on the phone. But I think the game was live, so I think they saw it for themselves.

“There was close to 60,000 people in here tonight, which is mind-blowing. There are very few sides in the world – never mind Europe – who can match that support and we’re very lucky to have that support.”

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Loyalty in football is a dying breed and it is our own fault

With the recent news that Steven Gerrard had extended his contract to remain a one club player, he is the last of a dying breed that lacks any sort of loyalty from players and there is only the Premier League to blame and the lack of home grown players.

The Premier League is an English league and yet there are only a handful of English players compared to the amount of foreigners that are in the division. If you look at the amount of Spanish players in La Liga or the amount of German players in the Bundesliga is it any wonder why the English national team are faltering as well as any sort of loyalty in the game gone?

When a club signs a player, on most occasions, the player will try to use this club as a stepping stone for a much bigger move if an offer comes in for him. When Liverpool signed Torres or Suarez did we really expect both of them to remain at Liverpool for the rest of their careers and not want a move to team that are challenging for League titles and the Champions League?

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