The cash injection that Brendan Rodgers received after selling Luis Suarez has allowed him to reinforce just about every area of the squad as Liverpool has signed new defenders, midfielders and forwards.
Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are the new forwards that Rodgers has so far signed during this summer transfer window with both of those attacking players expected to fill in the gap left by the Uruguayan Luis Suarez and play alongside the duo which consists of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge as the main scoring outlet of Liverpool for the years to come.
Even with all of those offensive players at the disposal of Brendan Rodgers, rumors still continue being transmitted involving Ac.Milan’s Mario Balotelli and a possible transfer to Liverpool.
There are a few concerning elements that surrounds Balotelli as the Italian attacker has experienced problems with just about every manager he has worked with throughout his entire career. Balotelli has dramatically improved as a player compared to some years ago but he still continues being a short tempered performer that could cause issues in the dressing room of Liverpool and this is not something that Brendan Rodgers would like to have in his squad.
Radamel Falcao is another high profile player who has lured the attention of Rodgers but this would be an even more difficult target to sign taking into consideration that the Colombian has already voiced his desire to play in the Santiago Bernabeu as a performer of Real Madrid as he does not have any intention of making a move to the Premier League anytime soon but if Liverpool is willing to offload a substantially high amount of money for Falcao then they could tempt As.Monaco on releasing the Colombian attacker.
Hull city manager Steve Bruce has stated that the club may need to look at the upcoming Europa league campaign with mixed views. This has been the case with every other small teams to have qualified for this competition. The sheer amount of games one has to go through in order to at least get away from the group stages has often led to teams suffering in terms of league performance. Clubs like Swansea and Wigan have learned this the hard way, but Bruce has stated that it would be a welcome to see Hull playing in Europe.
Hull city came extremely close to creating a major upset after a 2-0 lead against Arsenal in just 20 minutes of the first half. Arsenal then managed a spirited comeback and won the match 3-2 to lift the FA Cup title. Despite this defeat, Bruce was not heartbroken this was a great run with his team. Hull have not previously reached the FA Cup final in their history. The club was promoted from the Championship only last summer. In order to cope with the difficulty second campaign in the Premier league and in the Europa League, Hull are expected to make a couple of signings to strengthen the squad in the summer.
“We have to look forward to European football. We’re going to have to try and enjoy it. Whether we’ve got the resources, whether we’ve got the man-power. I think we’ve got four [European] games by the end of August. And for a club like ours, I don’t think we’re ready for that. Now is not the time to reflect on that, it’s the time to dust ourselves down, enjoy our holiday and come out and play in Europe,” said the manager, who saw defender Curtis Davies produce an immense performance against Arsenal.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that he is still haunted by the slip against Chelsea that saw Liverpool so far 2-0 defeat at Anfield. This was the decisive turning point in the Premier League title race last season as it gave the impetus back to Manchester city with three matches remaining. City then went on to lift the league title, thus dashing the two decade wait for a Premier league title for Liverpool fans. Gerrard has desperately craved the opportunity to lift the league title, which is the only missing trophy from his cabinet.
Ironically, he had slipped at the back that allowed Demba Ba to score Chelsea’s first goal. Ahead of the World Cup 2014, Gerrard has stated that he is still haunted by this defeat. The 34-year-old has also dismissed fears that he may allow this failing to spoil his World Cup campaign as well. He says that he will be totally over the slip by the time World Cup kicks off. This could be Gerrard’s last major tournament at international level, as the 34-year-old has been stating in recent weeks that he will consider his England career after the World Cup.
England manager Roy Hodgson, though, has urged his captain to continue playing even after the World Cup.
“I take responsibility for the slip and the damage it’s done. But is there anybody around this table who has not slipped at any time in their life? The difference is I did it at a bad time and at a bad place, at a bad moment. I keep saying to myself: ‘How, where and why?’ If I had done a bad back-pass, scored an own goal, or done my job wrongly, it would have really beaten me up,” said the midfielder ahead of the friendly matches against Peru and Ecuador.