What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop . . .
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Liverpool are score losers
The stat that’s been making the rounds here his week is that after John Stones’ goal against Manchester United on Sunday, Everton’s defenders have now scored more goals than Liverpool’s strikers! Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Stones have collectively scored nine goals – that’s one more than the Reds’ strike force of Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. Sturridge’s injury-hit season hasn’t helped, but those drafted in to take his place are apparently not up to the job! A number of Liverpool fans have argued that most of Raheem Sterling’s seven league goals have come from a central striker role, but he is not predominantly a striker, and, well, that would just spoil the stat! In all seriousness, if Brendan Rodgers’ men want to challenge for a Champions League spot next season, this is the area the fans are desperate to see improve this summer.
The Toffees’ new guard
There seems to be a change happening at Everton and it’s promising to see. The youngsters are slowly becoming the core of the side that Roberto Martinez has built so far. The ‘new guard’ including James McCarthy, Coleman, Ross Barkley, Stones and Romelu Lukaku are the players the fans all expect to see on the team sheet every week. Not to say the ‘old guard’ isn’t still up to it, but the likes of Jagielka, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, and even Gareth Barry, have limited time left in their prime years. It seems that the transition from old to new could be a very smooth one thanks to a new generation. It’s vital that Everton keep this current crop of youngsters at the club for as long as possible, but that won’t be easy.
Title torment for Reds
This year marks 25 years since Liverpool FC last won the league title. For a club of such magnitude it simply isn’t good enough and the fans are not happy as they expect more. Football is a different game now and money plays a major part, Liverpool are no strangers in spending big. In fact, since they last won the title back in 1990, Liverpool have spent a total of £770million on 190 players! A lot of fans are starting to seriously question where their club has fallen short; consistency, bad transfers, poor planning, owners, and the list goes on . . . They came extremely close last season but fell at the final hurdle, who knows when their next chance will come? Here on Merseyside, it’s a record supporters are very unhappy with – unless, of course, they are Everton fans!
Everton Ladies can make history
It’s not all about the men on Merseyside this week! Everton Ladies have made the semi-final of the Women’s FA Cup and face Notts County this Sunday at Goodison Park. A historic first final at Wembley in August is on the cards for the winner. After relegation for the first time in 21 years last season, this is a great achievement for manager Andy Spence and his team. Hopefully a win on Sunday can see them make history.
Farewell Sir Philip
It was a somber occasion at Goodison Park last week after former chairman and lifelong president of Everton Sir Philip Carter passed away at the age of 87. It was touching to hear the whole of Goodison Park pay their respects to the club’s most successful chairman with a minute’s silence. Tributes flooded in for the gentleman from all over the world and current chief Bill Kenwright described his friend as “a giant . . . a great man a great leader and the very best friend and colleague anyone could ask for.”
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