All the news and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend...
After last weekend’s rout of Newcastle United, Liverpool lost their scoring touch in the Merseyside derby. The 0-0 draw at home to Everton means the Reds remain five points behind David Moyes’ side with just two league games remaining.
Daniel Sturridge missed several opportunities to continue his recent scoring run, while Everton’s Sylvain Distin headed home only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on ‘keeper Pepe Reina.
The result means the Toffees will almost certainly finish above Brendan Rodgers’ side in the table; a fact that Steven Gerrard called “no big deal” prior to the game.
In a statement containing both frustration and intent, the Liverpool captain said, “It’s nothing to finish six or seventh.”
“We want to win the derby but if we finish above Everton, there will be no celebrating as it’s nothing, really.”
It looks unlikely the Reds will have even that. But there is a sense of looking forward, of the success next season may bring.
Rodgers spoke in a similar vein prior to the match, declaring his belief that Liverpool remained the dominant force on Merseyside.
While acknowledging Everton’s fine form in recent seasons, he spoke of the need for the Reds to find consistency next season.
Dismissing the notion of a shift in supremacy he said, “...I don’t believe there is a shift in power, no.”
In transfer news, Luis Suarez has reiterated his desire to remain at Anfield next season.
Rumours have been rife about a possible exit since the striker bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and was subsequently banned for 10 matches.
But the Uruguayan has rubbished those reports.
“I have a deal with Liverpool and this is my present – and future,” he said.
Following last week’s reports that the striker was on Pep Guardiola’s wish list when he takes the reins at Bayern Munich, it now seems the striker will remain in England for at least another year.
Finally, reported Reds target Josep Ilicic has spoken of his desire to remain in Italy if he is to move from current club Palermo.
How solid Liverpool’s interest was, and how certain the Slovenian is of his preferred destination, remains to be seen.
The only thing we do know is there will be plenty of players linked with Anfield between now and the summer.
Just like their captain, no player will see sixth or seventh as good enough in their next campaign.
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