All the news and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
What manager Brendan Rodgers called “a difficult week” ended in elation as Liverpool won 6-0 away to Newcastle on Saturday.
In the first of the team’s 10 games without the banned Luis Suarez, the Reds completely outplayed their relegation-threatened hosts.
A brace apiece for Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge, plus one each from Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini gave Liverpool both the three points and the belief that they can score (plenty) without the Uruguayan frontman.
Despite not getting on the score sheet, Philippe Coutinho was man-of-the-match with an outstanding display of incisive attacking play.
“Coutinho is only going to get better,” Rodgers said after the game.
“I think he was born with a football at his feet. He has got a wonderful touch.”
The result moved Liverpool to 54 points, five behind sixth-placed Everton.
With three games still to play, including the Merseyside derby next Sunday, Rodgers won’t have given up hope of finishing the season ahead of David Moyes’ side.
In a thoroughly unexpected twist in the managerial merry-go-round, it is being reported that Manchester City are lining up Rodgers as a potential replacement for Roberto Mancini.
The reports claim that Rodgers was City’s preferred choice while at Swansea. But the fact that Mancini ultimately secured the Premier League title and Rodgers moved to Anfield put any approach on the back-burner.
Former Reds boss and current Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is also being linked with the Etihad hot seat.
In transfer news, Luis Suarez has been linked with a possible move to Bayern Munich should the German champions miss out on Robert Lewandowski.
While it is claimed Suarez’s preferred destination should he leave Anfield is La Liga rather than the Bundesliga, the fact he is represented by Pep Guardiola’s brother may sway him.
The soon-to-be Bayern boss is a great fan of Suarez, although Manchester City and Juventus also maintain an interest.
And finally, talk of Andy Carroll leaving the club may be premature, as he has reportedly bought a new house in Stockport.
Carroll has made no secret of his intention to prove his worth at Anfield, and he may see the prolonged absence of Suarez as a way to show Rodgers he can be more than an impact substitute next season.
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