Everton youngster Ross Barkley has generated numerous deserved headlines in recent weeks, given his outstanding start to the new season. But the midfielder has received advice from an unlikely source, with Steven Gerrard advising him to follow the Liverpool captain’s route to success.
Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Barkley said, “He told me that I’m from Liverpool, a local lad playing for the team I support, and there is nothing better.
“He’s done that throughout his career. He said playing is the main thing, going to another team and not playing is no good for my development.”
Barkley has already attracted interest from some of the country’s biggest clubs, but it seems that, for now at least, he will remain exactly where he is.
And while Gerrard has clearly laid out his own blueprints for a happy and rewarding career, Liverpool fans may not thank him in years to come, should Barkley remain at the Toffees and become the player he has the potential to be.
In transfer news, the Express reports that Liverpool may make a January move for Palermo striker Abel Hernandez.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the player in the past. But after no summer deal materialised, it seems the Reds could make their move.
The Uruguayan is said to be good friends with countryman Luis Suarez, and for a reported fee of £4million, he could soon be turning out with him at Anfield.
And finally, Wayne Rooney has claimed that Manchester United against Liverpool is a bigger game than those against Manchester City.
In what may have been more a sly dig at the Blues than a compliment to the Reds, he said, “City have had their success recently. But I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.”
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