What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop….
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Silver lining for Klopp
Jürgen Klopp will lead his Liverpool side out at Wembley against Manchester City on Sunday in the hope of winning his first piece of silverware as Reds boss. The club last won the Captial One Cup in 2012 under former gaffer Kenny Dalglish but fans are very excited for this season’s showpiece because they’ve won it eight times – the best record of any club. Liverpool are confident they can make it nine this weekend.
Everton’s high five
Eleventh-placed Everton may currently sit in the bottom half of the league but one thing no one around Goodison is worried about is a lack of goals. The attack actually rates as the 5th best in the Premier League, with star striker Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone, Gerard Deulofeu and former Toffees hitman Steven Naismith all contributing.
It is no surprise to see it’s the defence that has been their weakness this season. Fans have been very outspoken in calling for a change between the sticks and Roberto Martinez has responded by recently dropping keeper Tim Howard for Joel Robles.
Sturridge speaks out
Injury-plagued Daniel Sturridge has been forced to clear up the rumours that he didn’t want to play for Liverpool during his latest two-month lay-off this season with a hamstring injury. After netting on his return in Liverpool’s 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa, the 26-year-old has been forced to dismiss speculation linking him with a move away from Merseyside and insists his future is at Anfield. Sturridge hit out: “I think it is astonishing, disappointing – whoever is saying it – but that’s football and people are entitled to their opinions.”
Barca in hunt for Toffees stars
A trio of Everton stars are on the radar of Barcelona – John Stones, former Barca kid Gerard Deulofeu and now, Ramiro Funes Mori. The Argentine centre-half, who only joined the Toffees last summer, caught the eye of scouts for the La Liga champions during a recent trip to Goodison Park to watch Deulofeu.
The Spanish winger has been in impressive form this season and could also be attracted back to the Nou Camp if Barca utilise the buy-back clause they put in place when he left last year, but they’ll face competition from Chelsea for Stones’s signature. The Toffees, however, remain hopeful that they can keep hold of their stars this summer.
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