All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
There really is only one place to start, and that is Liverpool’s outstanding 5-1 victory at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
Two goals apiece from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling and one from Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds all three points against the then-league leaders.
It was a performance that had many – myself included – adding the Reds to the list of potential title winners. However, manager Brendan Rodgers has said otherwise.
Speaking to the BBC after the match, he said, “I don’t see ourselves as title contenders. As a team, it’s too early for that.
“We’re a team and a group that is still evolving.
“We are now looking at making a big jump into the top four. It doesn’t mean it’s any lack of ambition. It’s reality.”
As ever, Rodgers impressed with his candour, but given the form his players find themselves in, they could…just could…be a little ahead of schedule come May. But if they don’t, they are in an excellent possession to build on this year’s success and push on in the new campaign.
Rodgers also reserved special praise for Luis Suarez – who surprisingly did not get on the score-sheet at Anfield.
In quotes published by the Express, Rodgers said, “Luis Suarez – if anybody needed to know about a guy who plays for the team; he played in a wider role but put in a selfless job.”
And finally, Pepe Reina has been speaking about his future.
The goalkeeper is currently on loan at Napoli, but in an interview with Marca he said, “I don’t know where I’ll be next year, but my plan is to enjoy this season and do a good job. Then I’ll have to go to Liverpool and make a decision.
“My future is here, in Italy, and we’ll see what happens in June.”
So it seems clear the Spaniard hopes to remain in Serie A.
But with a contract at Anfield that runs until 2016, it will be his parent-club who ultimately decides his future.
image: © Eric The Fish (2013)