Everton midfielder Gareth Barry is of the opinion that Ross Barkley can one day become like the Steven Gerrard of Everton but he needs to come up with performances on a more consistent basis.
Barkley is seen as one of the latest highly talented youngster from the famed Everton youth academy. Over the years, several top stars like Wayne Rooney have emerged from these stables. After having been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City in the last few years, Everton have been able to keepBarkley even without the European football.
After recently undergoing a managerial change to bring Ronald Koeman to Goodison Park, the club has spent substantial amount of money in order to aim for European qualification on a regular basis. As a youngster,Barkley will know that he will have to face a lot of disappointments as he gains experience. One of the latest has come in the form of being left out of the England squad by manager Sam Allardyce. Even thoughBarkley has started the season in sparkling form, he has missed out on the squad announced by the new manager. Forcing his way into the new manager’s thoughts will be extremely difficult, but Barry reckons that it is possible with consistent performances.
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Steven Gerrard has revealed that Roma forward Francesco Totti is the one player he has always wanted to play with.
Roma’s one club man Totti has been serving the club for more than 25 years, but he will represent to the club for one last season. He has announced his decision to retire from the game at the end of the 2016-17 season. He will take part in his final pre-season of his career and Gerrard has the possibility to celebrate this occasion by taking part in the friendly games. Roma are currently in the United States playing against the likes of Liverpool and Montreal Impact.
Gerrard also came close to being one of the few one club players in the world before he joined LA Galaxy on a two-year contract last summer. He had resisted the urge to join Chelsea back in 2005. Even though Totti has had opportunities and offers from different clubs across Europe, he resisted the chance to move even though it meant that he has won fewer titles in his career. The 39-year-old has made more than 750 appearances for Roma since making his debut in the 1992-93 season. However, he has managed to win only one league title in all these years. Read more »
Steven Gerrard feels for the young English players, who, he says, are almost afraid right now because of heavy media scrutiny after a shameful show in France, but, he reckons it’s for the good of them as they would now be tougher personalities .
The legend, who has only had about two years out of international Football, reckons having been through a bad experience once, a player would never desire to be through it again and thus he would labour as hard as possible so that it doesn’t get wrong next time for him.
According to the Galaxy playmaker, like all the other people who live and breathe soccer in England, he was also optimistic and had not anticipated a knock-out at the hands of a team which had barely had any top drawer Footballer and that too before the quarter final.
The quarter final was the lowest stage the previous skipper had foreseen the Three Lions making it to, but, not to be, causing much frustration to him as to the entire nation.
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Speaking at a question and answer session in the States, Steven Gerrard has told fans that he will return to Liverpool at some point of his career.
He said that he missed his hometown as well as his friends and that he will return at the appropriate time.
However, he was keen to state that this is not going to be in the immediate future as he is still happy at LA Galaxy. He said that he did not want to create any rumors that he is going to leave the club soon.
He stated that he and his family were happy to live in California, but there are some things that he missed. For instance, he missed some friends and relatives residing in England and above all he missed going to Liverpool game.
He added that he has spent 35 years in Liverpool and that Liverpool is his home. Although he considers California as a second home, he said that there is nothing compared to life in Liverpool. Indeed, this is the place where he has grown, and this is where his friends and relatives are. Read more »
Jamie Carragher has branded the Europa League comeback against Borussia Dortmund as one of the best nights at Anfield in the club’s history.
Liverpool secured a 4-3 win over the German outfit in order to progress to the Europa league semifinals 5-4 on aggregate. The two teams had managed a 0-0 draw in the first leg. Dortmund were one of the favourites to win the tournament and looked in an extremely strong position after taking a 2-0 lead in their away game at Anfield. However, Liverpool responded in brilliant fashion.
Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang have been regarded as a lethal partnership in European football. Liverpool were stunned after conceding two goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Yet, they managed to not get deflated with the setback. Belgian international Origi pulled one back just at half-time, but the two-goal advantage was restored by striker Marco Reus in the 57th minute. Even then, Liverpool refusal to accept defeat saw them go on a stunning spree in the last 30 minutes. Philippe Coutinho and defender Sakho scored to get the club back on level terms, but they still needed a goal because Dortmund were going through on away goals. The most impressive comeback was completed with an injury time goal from defender Lovren to sign Liverpool through. Read more »
The Brazilian born winger of Brisbane Roar, Henrique originally joined Brisbane Roar back in 2009 with the purpose of serving as a backup option for Reinaldo but Henrique has slowly been getting more and more playing time in the main team of the Australian side.
Henrique still hasn’t turned into one of the most influential or important players in the team of John Aloisi as his playing time is limited but even though he is mainly serving as a substitute and back-up option in the Australian outfit, Henrique has stated that he wants to stay with the club for as long as possible.
The contract of Henrique is reaching it’s last stages as it only has around 6 months before expiring and the Brazilian born performer is hoping that what he has accomplished so far has been enough to impress the manager John Aloisi and offer the 30 year old player a new contract.
“Every week I’ve been scoring goals. I am not sure about contracts now. I am just essentially on my football and I’m pretty sure if I keep playing like I have been, the contract will sort out. For me, for my family, it is a big thing. I am really happy to be Australian,” Henrique said.
The 30 year old player wants to continue working hard in Brisbane Roar and eventually seal a consistent spot in the main lineup of John Aloisi, this is something that he has failed to do despite having joined the Australian outfit over 5 years ago. Read more »