What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Atherton gives us the inside scoop on Everton and Liverpool…
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Brendan Rodgers has been very active in the transfer window once again, bringing in some very experienced Premier League players to add to his squad. New faces such as Christian Benteke and James Milner made their Liverpool debuts, however all the attention this weekend went to Philippe Coutinho and that goal! The Brazilian took all the headlines and is fast becoming a firm favourite with the Liverpool fans… and who can blame them? Even fellow Brazilian and former Ballon d’Or winner, Kaka, has urged Rodgers to build his squad around the 23-year-old. Coutinho certainly continues to impress everyone here on Merseyside!
Baines Out, Who’s In?
Leighton Baines’ season hasn’t quite kicked-off in the way he would have imagined! The left-back has an ankle injury which is unfortunately rumoured to be pretty serious. In his absence – and with usual replacement Luke Garbutt on loan at Fulham – it’s down to Brendan Galloway and Bryan Oviedo to fight it out for the left back position. Roberto Martinez opted for youngster Galloway for The Toffees’ opener against Watford last weekend, but Oviedo has spoken to the Liverpool Echo this week stating his intention to be first choice and declaring himself fully fit. Oviedo came on as a substitute against Watford, but will be hoping to be in the starting 11 against Southampton on Saturday. The fans are hoping for that too; a poll with the Echo showed over 80% of fans would like to see the Costa Rican take Baines’ place.
Enrique Gets ‘Alienated’
With so many new faces at Anfield, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about a few of the long-term squad members such as Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini. Enrique hasn’t been shy in speaking openly about his treatment by Rodgers, claiming that he has been ‘alienated’ by the Liverpool boss, along with Borini and Mario Balotelli. All three were left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour and their future at Anfield remains uncertain. Enrique isn’t happy with his treatment, however he isn’t preparing to leave just yet. He has vowed to “stay and fight” for a place in the squad saying that he wants to “prove that some are wrong”. I think he means Rodgers!
Carra Says Stay!
It’s no secret that Chelsea are interested in taking fan-favourite John Stones away from Goodison Park. It’s been one of the main topics of conversation on Merseyside and almost everyone has an opinion on what they think is best for the 21-year-old. Jamie Carragher understands what it takes to be a top Premier League defender and his advice to Stones: stay where you are. He believes getting more experience at Everton is what the defender needs before moving to a club like Chelsea. I’m sure there will be plenty more developments in this story, but for now, as long as John Stones is still an Everton player, the Evertonians are happy!
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