What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop….
Liverpool are Firm favourites
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is no secret, but the clubs meeting for the first time in a European competition set the stakes a little higher. The Reds were anticipating a tough game ahead of Manchester United’s visit on Thursday night but Jürgen Klopp’s men put on a great display to win the first leg 2-0, thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s spot-kick and a goal from Roberto Firmino, which settled a few of those nerves. Liverpool fans are feeling confident they can go on and knock United out of the Europa League in style at Old Trafford next week. For now, they’re feeling pretty optimistic.
New investor for Everton
Everton have welcomed new investor Farhad Moshiri with open arms. The billionaire, who now owns a 49.9 per cent share in the club, is pledging to put more money into both the club’s transfer dealings and the infrastructure. Manager Roberto Martinez seems as happy as the fans with the new arrival and believes Moshiri’s investment can reignite his fight for Champions League football for the Toffees. He said: “I wanted a winning team and I wanted to get into the Champions League and that is still the case. With a new investor and fresh blood into our club, all of a sudden you have a new opportunity to get to those aspirations quicker.” It is believed Moshiri will make an appearance at Goodison Park for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.
He’s hinted at a return to Liverpool before and this week former Reds star Luis Suarez thrilled the fans by turning up at their training ground. Unfortunately, the Barcelona superstar was only at Melwood to catch up with the many people he misses from his successful spell at Anfield. Suarez was granted some time off from Barca so, of course, decided to spend it at a place he loves, admitting: “The people that work here are really nice and I miss them so I wanted to come and see some friends.” Liverpool are up for welcoming Suarez back to Merseyside anytime …
Just the ticket
Everton are sticking with their values as the ‘People’s Club’ by lowering season ticket prices for fans next seasons. With gestures including extending the junior age group from 16 to 18 and reducing adult season ticket prices by at least five per cent. While supporters across the country are feeling more and more neglected by their big-money teams, Evertonians are proud of what their club is doing to buck the trend. Blues chief executive Robert Elstone says the decision was made as Everton “put the fans at the heart of everything we do.”