What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop after an extraordinary week in Liverpool…
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Everton’s hero of the month
It’s not often a nine-year-old wins a professional club’s Goal of the Month award! Evertonian George Shaw, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was a guest of Gerard Deulofeu’s for Everton’s match against Swansea in January and scored a half-time penalty in front of The Gwladys Street. George won an astonishing 86 percent of the vote to claim the January award, seeing off competition from some of his Everton heroes: Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas. George’s reaction? “I thought Ross Barkley would win!”
Reds star men on road to recovery
Liverpool have certainly not enjoyed playing West Ham United this season, with two defeats in the Premier League and now an exit from the FA Cup thanks to a last minute extra-time winning goal from the Irons to end Liverpool’s FA Cup dreams. Despite the loss, the midweek replay did bring some positives for Jürgen Klopp’s side, including the return of their star man Philippe Coutinho – who scored Liverpool’s goal. Injury plagued Daniel Sturridge’s return also offered a boost to the fans as he showed the quality he brings to this Liverpool side.
Moores chews over Toffees takeover
An Everton takeover rumour is hardly breaking news nowadays, yet still, every time the rumours surface so do the inevitable discussions. American John Jay Moores is a name that has been circulating amongst Evertonians for a little while now and the former owner of Major League Baseball franchise the San Diego Padres looks the most likely candidate, along with partner Charles Noell, to secure a suggested £200 million deal. Watch this space!
Victory for Liverpool fans
Liverpool’s staged walkout on 77 minutes at Anfield last week has been hugely successful. Fenway Sports Group have retracted their decision to raise the most expensive matchday ticket at Anfield from £59 to £77 in reaction to the protest and also apologised to the fans in an open letter. Jamie Carragher joined the 10,000 or so fans at Anfield in support of the protest, saying they were “standing up for fans around the country”. Carragher also said that he was proud of his club for holding their hands up and apologising for getting it wrong. Well done to the Liverpool fans!
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