What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop . . .
Jeering at Sterling
You won’t be surprised to hear that most of the talk here has been about Raheem Sterling. The youngster is taking an awful lot of criticism for his likely departure from Liverpool this summer — so much so that he was even booed when he went up on stage to collect the club’s Young Player of the Year award on Tuesday night at their end of season awards! Probably not the right way to go if you want to encourage him to stay at the club . . .
But I get the feeling when I talk to most Reds fans that they have had enough of his demands and are not sure he is worth it. Liverpool supporters are understandably hurt, mainly by the way his agent Aidy Ward has dealt with the situation in the last couple of months. But if he doesn’t want to stay, there will be plenty of clubs willing to take the talented 20-year-old off their hands this summer.
Cheering for Jagielka!
I was at St George’s Hall in Liverpool on Wednesday night for Everton’s 10th annual end of season awards to see Phil Jagielka steal the show. The Toffees captain took home Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and The Goal of the Season award, which was voted for by fans. His strike in September’s derby at Anfield earned a whopping 91 per cent of the vote, beating goals from Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley.
It has definitely been Jagielka’s season; one in which the 32-year-old has made an impressive 47 appearances and shown true leadership in a tough campaign for the Toffees. The cheers inside the hall for him were deafening and well deserved on a night I’m sure he won’t forget.
Galloway’s one to watch
It’s been quite a week for Everton’s rising star Brendan Galloway, who took home the U21 Player of the Year award after his impressive displays for David Unsworth’s side this season. It comes in the same week that saw the 19-year-old make his first-team debut against West Ham. I made the trip to Upton Park and everyone was surprised to see him on the team sheet ahead of Luke Garbutt, who has made a numerous appearances in Leighton Baines’ absence.
But Roberto Martinez went for Galloway and he showed he has the potential to be a first-team regular with a solid performance on his debut. The crowd were on a high after Romelu Lukaku’s last-minute winner against the Hammers and as the team celebrated with the travelling fans at the end of the game, Galloway kissed the badge! He’s going to be a fans’ favourite!
Rodgers set for showdown talks
It’s been a big comedown for Liverpool this season. While finishing second and scoring over 100 goals was always going to be hard to beat after losing superstar Luis Suarez, fans didn’t expect to fall as much as they have. There’s no Champions League, they could possibly have to qualify for a Europa League spot, and now Sterling looks set to follow Steven Gerrard out of the exit door.
Owners Fenway Sports Group are not happy and they want a meeting with Brendan Rodgers to find out where this campaign went wrong. Of the signings he made last summer, only Emre Can can be considered a success. Is Rodgers the man to turn it around? It will be an interesting summer for the Reds and there could be a lot more changes . . .
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