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Wojciech Szczesny plays for Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Szczesny starts for Arsenal but can't prevent U21s defeat to Liverpool

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:19 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:03 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wojciech Szczesny started for Arsenal’s Under 21 side but could not prevent the visitors falling to defeat against an impressive crop of Liverpool youngsters at Anfield.

The Poland international has not been given a senior appearance by Arsene Wenger for over a month, with Lukas Fabianski being preferred over his error-prone countryman.

Szczesny's dad recently launched a furious attack at Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of making his son the scapegoat for the Gunners' poor.

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

The 22-year-old defended his manager however, claiming his dad was wrong to criticise his boss.

But Wenger did not even name Szczesny on the bench for Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Brom on Saturday.

'I rotate the goalkeepers on the bench because when they are two games on the bench then they work for two games, because when they sit always on the bench they lose fitness,' he said.

Last night at Anfield, Adam Morgan beat the Pole to draw first blood for Liverpool before Chuba Akpom equalised for the Gunners.

Krisztian Adorjan put the Reds back in the lead after half-time, but Serge Gnabry kept his cool to level things up once again.

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

There was no response, however, after Morgan snatched his second at the Kop End to clinch victory for the hosts.

England
Under 21 international Jonjo Shelvey also turned out for the Liverpool
side, but it was Adjoran and Morgan who ensured the hosts ran out
winners.

Adorjan burst down the right flank before drilling an accurate cross into the area for Morgan.

The 18-year-old made no mistake, knocking the ball past the stranded Szczesny from inside the six-yard box.

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Romelu Lukaku fights to release father from prison

Lukaku fights for father's release after he's given 15 months in prison for assaulting lover and keeping her in his car boot

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

10:37 GMT, 5 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 5 April 2013

Romelu Lukaku is fighting to release his father Roger from a Belgian prison after he was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assaulting a female and keeping her in the boot of his car.

The father of the Chelsea striker, currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion, was stunned by the verdict after failing to attend the trail and claimed that the woman, a former lover, had invented the story.

Lukaku Snr missed his trial after he moved to another part of Brussels and claimed that he missed his summons because he wasn’t registered at his new address.

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

Battler: Lukaku has made a big impact at West Brom this season

‘My client was sentenced because he didn’t appear in court,' his lawyer said. ‘He doesn’t belong in jail. His wife is suffering, but his sons, Romelu and Jordan, are doing everything to get their dad free as soon as possible.

‘Mr Lukaku has lodged an objection to the judgement and the case will be tried again in the coming days. To this day, we still do not know the date of the trial.’

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

Promising: But the striker may not be able to help his father

The Footballers" Football Column – Steven Reid: I carried on playing with a broken leg – there

STEVEN REID: Liam Ridgewell went to a Justin Bieber gig… he didn't even have the excuse of taking his kids – he went with one of the other West Brom lads!

PUBLISHED:

10:01 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Reid

Steven Reid is the kind of player everyone wants in their team. He played on with a fractured leg at the Emirates this season and took it upon himself to thrash things out with Peter Odemwingie following the striker's decision to drive to QPR on transfer deadline day. He has just celebrated his 32nd birthday and is now hoping his West Brom team can qualify for Europe… even if some of his team-mates are going to Justin Bieber concerts. Before you read his Footballers' Football Column, watch his video…

Footballer's Football Column: Steven Reid, West Brom

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I didn't know it at the time that I was playing with a broken leg against Arsenal. It happened after about 10 minutes when our keeper, Boaz Myhill, cleaned me out. I knew straightaway that I had a problem. His knee has hit my knee, which was my first concern.

I was struggling for the rest of the half. Then a penalty was given against me (following a 'tackle' on Santi Cazorla) and in my own head at least I thought: 'There's no way I'm coming off now.'

When you have just given a penalty away
and then you come off… you want to stay on the pitch and turn it
around, especially with 60,000 people watching you.

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Taking a tumble: Santi Cazorla (19) goes down after a challenge from Steven Reid

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

Penalty: Arsenal are awarded a penalty after Cazorla goes down after a challenge by Reid, who was playing with a fractured leg

I didn't have anything done at half-time. I was too annoyed about the penalty decision. I went out in the second half and, to be honest, it didn't really affect me too much. I wasn't that conscious of it.

But for two days afterwards, I couldn't walk on it.

I went for an X-ray which didn't show up anything. Then I had a scan and that shows the bone in greater definition and it came up as a fracture and I ended up being five or six weeks out.

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Failed move: Peter Odemwingie could not secure his transfer away from West Brom on deadline day

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Starting out: Reid played for Millwall alongside Tim Cahill and Neil Harris in 2001

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

Irish eyes: Reid won 23 caps for the Republic of Ireland

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Obviously when you are out for that long, you get the chance to watch a few games and
I went and sat with the West Brom fans at Wigan. I was under cover, a
big woolly hat covering my face, a big coat on. I was trying to keep
under the radar.

You don't
get to sit with the supporters too often, going to a game as a fan, it
gives you a different perspective. I didn't sing along with the songs –
but then I also shied away from giving the players a bit of stick.

I have played in different positions over my career, but I consider myself a right back now.
I'd like to think I could do a job in midfield if there was an injury
crisis but I feel that I have developed that side of my play.

Roy Hodgson was good for us, he did wonders for us. I was learning the defensive side of my game under him. I'm happy to play there.

Since the time I've been here the club has evolved and pushed forwards, that is why we are doing so well. They are getting a better quality of player, the right sort of player.

For example, G-Mac (Gareth McAuley) has been sensational since he arrived. He trains every day the way he plays every game – especially coming from the Championship because he hadn't played much Premier League football.

There are a few lads who have been here for a long time – such as James Morrison – he's arguably our player of the season.
The scouting department isn't going to go out and spend massive money
but we have brought in Claudio Yacob on a free. He's a tough
Argentine, a good character.

And then you have got the likes of Liam Ridgewell…he went to see Justin Bieber the other night! I'd like to offer up the fact that he went with his kids as an excuse – but he didn't…I think he went with George Thorne [West Brom's 20-year-old midfielder].

If we were to qualifying for Europe it would be an amazing achievement.
I was with Blackburn when we qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing
sixth and it's one of the biggest achievements of my career.

It was a relatively small squad that we had at Blackburn, pretty much the same size as the one we have here at West Brom.

I think it would be the same here. When you are in it, it's tough.

Playing Thursday somewhere in Europe and then again on Sunday.

I don't think the fans get that. It's a
tiring week. It's one thing I can't have that you can't be tired if you
are playing three games in seven days. With the travel, it's hard.

Liam Ridgewell

Justin Bieber

Bieber-mania: Liam Ridgewell (left) went to a Justin Bieber (right) gig with Baggies team-mate George Thorne

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Premier League team news for March 9-10

All the FA Cup and Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

PUBLISHED:

08:54 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:12 GMT, 8 March 2013

Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Barclays Premier League team as it breaks ahead of another action-packed weekend.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Resistance: Heavy rain this winter will be no problem for the Maxim

SATURDAY

FA CUP

Everton v Wigan 12.45pm

Manchester City v Barnsley 5.30pm

PREMIER LEAGUE

Norwich v Southampton 3pm

QPR v Sunderland 3pm

Reading v Aston Villa 3pm

West Brom v Swansea 3pm

SUNDAY

FA CUP

Millwall v Blackburn 2pm

Manchester United v Chelsea 4.30pm

PREMIER LEAGUE

Newcastle v Stoke 3pm

Liverpool v Tottenham 4pm

FA Youth Cup: Liverpool 3 Leeds 1 – Steven Gerrard gives thumbs up to Kop kids

FA Youth Cup: Liverpool 3 Leeds 1 – Gerrard gives thumbs up to Kop kids

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

20:56 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 February 2013

Liverpool's Academy is brimming with
talent and Jordon Ibe, one of its most gifted pupils, showed why he is a
name to note by firing his side into the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Ibe, who was brought to Anfield in an
initial 500,000 deal from Wycombe Wanderers in December 2011, scored
twice as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners against Leeds to set up a trip to
Hull City in the next round. Jack Dunn completed the scoring in injury
time after Lewis Cook had pulled one back.

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Hot shot: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe scores the opening goal

Hot shot: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe scores the opening goal

Liverpool's Jordan Ibe celebrates his strike

Take that: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe celebrates his strike

Though Leeds – who had the backing off more than 250 hardy souls from Yorkshire – showed signs of promise in the opening exchanges and finished strongly, they had no answer when Ibe went impressively through the gears in the space of 10 first minutes to take the tie away from the visitors.

Frank McParland, Liverpool’s Academy Director, said: ‘It was a really physical game and I am just pleased we have come through it. Leeds were strong and had more experience and were older than most of our boys.

‘It is great to be in the next round and, of course, Jordon’s performance was excellent. He has been doing really well for the reserves this year and with him being 17, he can play in this competition next year. He took his goals really well.’

Playing on the left-flank and looking to dovetail at every opportunity with Jerome Sinclair – who became the youngest player in Liverpool’s history when he had a brief run out in the Carling Cup against West Brom last September – it was not difficult to see why Ibe is held in such regard.

High jump: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe tangles with Alex Mowatt

High jump: Liverpool's Jordan Ibe tangles with Alex Mowatt

Top man: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was at the match

Top man: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard was at the match

He showed great poise in the 29th minute
to skip inside a challenge, after being teed up by Dan Trickett-Smith,
and rifle a shot through the legs of Leeds defender Afolabi Coker, that
left keeper Eric Grimes with no chance.

If the manner in which he dispatched that was impressive, his second
goal was even more so. When Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter won a
challenge deep inside his own half, Ibe had no other option but to set
off on a run.

Such was his change of pace, though, he left Leeds’ Alex Purver trailing
before slaloming around Corey Roper to crack a drive past Grimes. Ibe
went on Liverpool’s tour to the USA last summer and, if he maintains
this progress, another call up to Brendan Rodgers’ squad will not be far
away.

This, however, was not a one-sided contest. Leeds, who came into this
tie having suffered just one defeat all season, started brightly and had
a goal correctly disallowed in the 24th minute when substitute Eoghan
Stokes was adjudged to have fouled Liverpool keeper Ryan Fulton.

Liverpool struggled to find a rhythm in the second half yet Leeds could
not make their domination of possession pay. Cook gave hope of a late
comeback when he cracked a shot past Fulton after being teed up by Alex
Mowatt but their pursuit of an equaliser left them susceptible to a
quick break.

So it proved in injury time when Dunn and substitute Kristoffer Peterson
combined to leave the first named with the easy task of finishing from
six yards.

Too much: Leeds' Lewis Walters was distraught at being substituted

Too much: Leeds' Lewis Walters was distraught at being substituted

Cool head: Kristoffer Peterson flicks the ball past Leeds keeper Eric Grimes

Cool head: Kristoffer Peterson flicks the ball past Leeds keeper Eric Grimes

Watching brief: Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe

Watching brief: Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe

Video: Ibe's sensational solo effort

Premier League team news for February 9-11

All the Barclays Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

PUBLISHED:

08:01 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 8 February 2013

Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Barclays Premier League team as it breaks ahead of another action-packed weekend.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Resistance: Heavy rain this winter will be no problem for the Maxim

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Newcastle 12.45pm

Chelsea v Wigan 3pm

Norwich v Fulham 3pm

Stoke v Reading 3pm

Sunderland v Arsenal 3pm

Swansea v QPR 3pm

Southampton v Man City 5.30pm

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v West Ham 1.30pm

Man Utd v Everton 4pm

MONDAY

Liverpool v West Brom 8pm

Nuri Sahin set for Liverpool exit after Borussia Dortmund call press conference

Sahin completes Anfield exit as Dortmund re-sign Kop flop

, but will now spend the rest of the campaign with Borussia Dortmund, the side with whom he won the 2011 German championship.

'The Real Madrid man made a total of 12 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals – including a match-winning brace against West Brom in the Capital One Cup.

'Everybody at LFC would like to wish Nuri all the best for the future.'

Heading back: Sahin won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund

Heading back: Sahin won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund

Sahin, 24, never made the impact Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was hoping for and has not played in the Premier League since early November.

He alienated Rodgers by complaining that he was being used out of position, and from that point on, Liverpool were looking for ways to get him off their wage bill.

Dortmund were happy to oblige and have put together a package that has reunited Sahin with coach Jurgen Klopp, who brought the best out of him during their first stint at the Westfalenstadion.

Everton"s Thomas Hitzlsperger wanted by Eintracht Frankfurt

Toffees could come unstuck in battle to keep Hitzlsperger as Eintracht Frankfurt line up bid

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UPDATED:

23:20 GMT, 31 December 2012

Eintracht Frankfurt want Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

The 30-year-old Germany international is out of contract this month as he only signed a short-term deal after joining as a free agent.

Everton manager David Moyes is contemplating giving him a fresh contract after his performances in recent weeks but his resources are limited.

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

Blue is his colour: Thomas Hitzlsperger has impressed in his brief Everton spell

That could change if Galatasaray firm up interest in defender John Heitinga with a bid. The 29-year-old is keen to leave and Gala and Fenerbahce who – are also showing interest in West Brom defender Jonas Olsson – have been monitoring his situation since the summer.

His agent Rob Jansen last week said: 'Heitinga is definitely not happy with what it happening at Everton and we don't hide that. He is looking at a solution. When an appropriate situation arises for a transfer, we will certainly not ignore it.'

Meanwhile, Everton scouts have watched 22-year-old Moreirense striker Nabil Ghilas. The Algerian has a French passport and has scored seven goals in 12 games this season.

Premier League team news – December 29-30

All the Barclays Premier League team news ahead of the weekend

PUBLISHED:

07:17 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

09:05 GMT, 28 December 2012

Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news on every Barclays Premier League team as it breaks throughout Friday.

Simply click on your team (when it appears in blue) in the fixture list below to find out who is injured and who is back in action…

Bale, Van Persie and Tevez

SATURDAY

Sunderland v Tottenham (12.45pm)

Aston Villa v Wigan (3pm)

Fulham v Swansea (3pm)

Manchester United v West Brom (3pm)

Norwich v Manchester City (3pm)

Reading v West Ham (3pm)

Stoke v Southampton (3pm)

Arsenal v Newcastle (5.30pm)

SUNDAY

Everton v Chelsea (1.30pm)

QPR v Liverpool (4pm)

Adel Taarabt will stay with QPR after missing Africa Cup of Nations

Huge boost for Redknapp in relegation scrap as QPR star Taarabt misses Africa Cup of Nations

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 26 December 2012

Adel Taarabt has not been included in the Morocco squad for the Africa Cup of Nations – answering QPR boss Harry Redknapp’s prayers.

Last week the playmaker defiantly announced he would travel in the event of being picked, despite Redknapp’s pleas for him to stay and help QPR avoid relegation.

No go: Adel Taarabt will not be travelling to the African Cup of Nations

No go: Adel Taarabt will not be travelling to the African Cup of Nations

But Taarabt, 23, appears to have now asked to be overlooked for the tournament which will take place in South Africa from
January 19 to February 2.

He can now be called on for games against
Spurs, West Ham, champions Man City and Norwich.

Just days ago he sent an impassioned appeal to Rachid Taoussi, the Moroccan coach who took charge in the summer.

‘I will do everything I can to prove to him that I deserve to be there,’ he told the African football blog on lequipe.fr.

Taarabt, who has recently advertised
himself to both AC Milan and Barcelona, also admitted his club manager
had asked him to make himself unavailable.

‘[Redknapp] came to see me to ask me
not to go, but I told him, “if they call me, I can’t refuse, boss. I
love my country, I love the Moroccan people and football means a lot to
them.”

‘I warned him that the only solution
was that the coach doesn’t call me up. The coach isn’t obliged to take
me. I hope to be at the African Nations Cup but even if I’m not there,
and that would be painful, I will be the biggest Morocco supporter.’

QPR take on West Brom this afternoon and face Liverpool on Sunday at 4pm.

Boost: Harry Redknapp will be delighted the midfielder is not going

Boost: Harry Redknapp will be delighted the midfielder is not going