What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop . . .
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The season may have ended but the football talk hasn’t taken a break on Merseyside, especially since Liverpool announced the departure of assistant manager Colin Pascoe and coach Mike Marsh. It came as a shock to Liverpool fans around here, but more so for the fact that Brendan Rodgers wasn’t leaving along with them. It seems that this decision was by mutual consent of both the Reds manager and owners, Fenway Sports Group.
There has been no explanation at the moment but fans are interested to hear why Rodgers has split with his long-term assistant. I’ve heard rumours that ex-Liverpool star Sami Hyypia is who a lot of fans are hoping will be their new No2. I’m sure a decision will be made soon.
There will be at least one new face at Goodison Park come the new season in August as Tom Cleverley made the move from Manchester United to Everton last week. The 25-year-old is a player long admired by boss Roberto Martinez, so it’s no surprise to Evertonians that he’s signed. However, his arrival sparked panic amongst some fans, who fear what this means for Ireland ace James McCarthy. With Everton already having a few midfield players in the squad, there’s been speculation on Merseyside that fan favourite McCarthy could be on his way out . . .
You won’t be surprised to hear that the mention of Raheem Sterling’s name on Merseyside doesn’t bring much joy. He’s the man gaining most of the headlines still as his future at Anfield remains uncertain. A few ex-Liverpool players have spoken out about the situation including Michael Owen who said that Sterling is ‘replaceable’ while Steven Gerrard has urged the 20-year-old to stay at Liverpool and not join another club to become a squad player.
However, a list of the ‘Most Valuable Players in Europe’ was released this week by the Football Observatory and you’ll find Sterling in at No6, just behind Sergio Aguero and ahead of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. They say the Liverpool man is worth an estimated £60million. I’m sure Liverpool fans will be happy to take that figure for him this summer but will hope Rodgers spends it a lot more wisely than he spent the Luis Suarez money.
Ings and outs
Danny Ings has finally made the switch from relegated Burnley, having been linked with a move to Anfield in January. The opinion of the Liverpool fans on the 22-year-old seems to split at the moment, with half seeing the potential and the other half wanting a bigger name. However, scoring goals was their main issue last season – and his 11 goals last season for Burnley beats that of the Reds strikers combined
The supporters are also excited by former Manchester City ace James Milner becoming a red. After Gerrard’s departure, it was vital that Rodgers opted for experience as well as potential and as Mark Lawrenson said, his arrival could help Liverpool attract more top players. That’s exactly what the fans are hoping for!
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