Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he will be having cash to spend in the coming transfer window. Liverpool have once again failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages, which has the capability to provide around £ 30 million in revenue. Since arriving at the club in the summer, Rogers has spent a significant amount of money on several players like Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge. However, the club has made just an improvement of one position in the league over last season. Liverpool finished eighth in the league last season, while they are currently seven this time around.
Daniel Sturridge was signed for around £ 12 million, while Allen is thought to have cost the club around £ 15 million. Despite spending such vast sums of money, the club will once again give him the cash in the summer according to Rogers. A few weeks ago, he spoke about the importance of spending in order to bring in quality players. Rodgers dismissed the notion that players will not be ready to arrive to Liverpool due to the absence of Champions League football. Rodgers has spent more than £ 40 million since becoming the Liverpool manager.
“The players have given everything this season. We are where we are and for us to improve we need quality – and that will take investment. I believe so, in the areas that we want to improve, and that is going to be very important for us,” said Rodgers. Liverpool were last seen in the Champions League back in the 2009 season. The absence of playing in this Premier European competition has hurt Liverpool over the last few years as they have been unable to compete with the likes of top British clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City in the transfer market.
This weekends only Premier League fixture sees Brendon Rodgers Liverpool welcome his former side Swansea City to Anfield.
The hosts go in to the game having suffered back to back defeats, first to West Bromwich Albion in the league on Monday, then in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie with Zenit St. Petersburg three days later.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, and could welcome back Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, who were both cup-tied midweek.
Top scorer Luis Suarez is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.5 (7/2), with Sturridge, who has three goals in four games for the Reds, a 5.5 (9/2) shot with most firms.
The home win is best priced with Paddy Power at 1.67 (8/13), with Swansea widely available at 6.0 (5/1). The draw is a 4.33 (10/3) chance with Bet 365.
Swansea, who are a week away from facing Bradford City in their first ever major cup final, have lost just one of their last five games; piling more misery on bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers last time out by thumping them 4-1.
Defender Chio Flores misses out through injury with either Kyle Bartley or Gary Monk set to deputise.
Michu, who has sixteen goals so far this season, is 9.0 (8/1) with Paddy Power to open the scoring, though you may be more tempted to take advantage of the 26.0 (25/1) on offer from Bet Victor for in-form midfielder Jonathan De Guzman to net first.
Sunday afternoon’s game at Loftus road sees bottom of the table Queen’s Park Rangers host Liverpool, with both sides looking to bounce back from Boxing Day defeats.
Saturday’s results leave Rangers eight points from safety ahead of a tricky run off fixtures that includes Wednesday’s trip to Stamford Bridge followed by a visit to Harry Redknapp’s former club Tottenham Hotspur.
Defender Ryan Nelson has a virus and could miss out, while there are concerns over the fitness of Julio Cesar, Nedum Onuha and Park Ji Sung.
Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has two goals in his last four games, and is 9.0 (8/1) with Bet 365 to open the scoring, while Adel Taarabt is 11.0 (10/1) with the same firm.
QPR are widely available at 4.0 (3/1) to get a much needed victory, with Liverpool favourites at 2.0 (1/1). The draw is 3.8 (14/5) with Bet Victor.
Liverpool’s defeat on Wednesday meant that they have now last as many games as they have won, and leaves them in tenth place at the half way point in the season.
Top scorer Luis Suarez is expected to play despite nursing an ankle injury, with midfielders Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling pushing for recalls after being left out of the starting line up in the last two games.
Suarez is 5.2 (21/4) with Sporting Bet to open the scoring, whilst captain Steven Gerrard, who has scored in his sides last three games is widely available at 9.0 (8/1).
The Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has said that he feels that the club have improved a lot under the management of the former Swansea man Brendan Rodgers, despite the club struggling to get into the top half of the table. Liverpool have managed just four victories in the league this season. As a result, they currently sit in the 11th position a massive seven points behind the top four positions. At the start of the season, the objective of finishing in the top four was the priority for the club, but they are extremely poor in the league and in the cup competitions.
Statistically, they are also in a much worse position than they were under the former manager Kenny Dalglish. This is because last season at the same stage anywhere in the sixth position with the hope of qualifying for the Champions League. The club are looking to achieve a different philosophy under the management of Brendan Rodgers, which will take time according to Daniel Agger. This season has been extremely similar to the one on the Kenny Dalglish last season because Liverpool have dominated matches and had a number of chances, but they have been unable to finish them. Yet, Agger believes that they can qualify for the Champions League this season.
“The last couple of games we’ve played really well. I think the Tottenham game (a 2-1 defeat last Wednesday) was one of the best games I’ve played in for a long time – we played them off the pitch. Confidence is a big thing here and I think we have it. We are brave on the ball, want to go forward and we are not just playing around and I think that is the difference,” said the Denmark defender ahead of the match with Southampton during the weekend.
The Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said that he feels that the Liverpool duo of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have the capability to become the next Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia. The former Liverpool player Sami Hyypia had an incredible partnership with the youth academy product Jamie Carragher many seasons ago. Even though the 35-year-old Jamie Carragher has been reduced to a bit part player in recent seasons due to his age, Pepe Reina believes that Liverpool have already found the replacement in the form of the Danish defender Daniel Agger and the Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel.
Martin Skrtel was signed by the former manager Rafa Benitez for around £ 6 million. He was recently subject to interest from the Premier league champions Manchester city, but he rejected the possibility of any speculation growing by signing a new deal with the club. The 27-year-old Daniel Agger is also regarded as one of the best players in the world, and he straightaway rejected speculation linking him with Manchester city in the summer. These players can become the backbone of the defence for the next five years according to the goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Daniel Agger was also offered a contract extension in the summer.
“It’s good they’ve signed contracts because it’s a fact that they are one of the best centre-back couples in the Premier League. The understanding between them is great and they’ve been really solid lately. In the last year and a half or so they have been brilliant for us. It’s great for the club and I’m happy for them that they’ve got new deals. If I am not mistaken they are similar ages to each other, so they have five or six years still to play their best football,” said the Liverpool goalkeeper on the official website of the club.
Manchester city manager Roberto Mancini has said that the Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has not been on the club’s radar, despite reports linking him with a move for the 27-year-old by the likes of Liverpool fanzine Anfield Roar.
It is thought that Manchester city are interested in bringing a new defender who can play in a back three formation. It is thought that he has lost his patience with the former Everton defender Joleon Lescott after his mistakes last season. He has gone to extreme lengths to playing other defenders in place of Joleon Lescott this season. The Manchester city manager, though, has said that he is not interested in the Danish defender Daniel Agger.
His comments came after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool during the weekend. This was an extremely disappointing result for Roberto Mancini after they came extremely close to losing the match until an error from the defender Martin Skrtel was enough to get his side out of the trouble. Mancini has already stated that his team needs to improve defensively if they are to retain the Premier league title this season. However, they have conceded more than two goals in numerous matches now. Mancini, though, has said that he is likely to sign the Swansea winger Scott Sinclair.
“No, no, no. Agger was never one of our targets. Sinclair? Maybe. But we can say the names all day, all we know is we have five days to do our business. We need to bring players in. How many? Ten, fifteen, maybe?! We have five days and we will work hard for those five days. It was like the penalty we conceded here (in the Carling Cup) last year. It was not a penalty, it was not a free-kick, that is it,” said Mancini. Man city won the Premier league title in impressive fashion last time around.