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Nuri Sahin thanks God he doesn"t play for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool anymore

Thank GOD I don't play for Rodgers any more! Ex-Liverpool midfielder Sahin (who wasn't very good) sticks boot into Kop boss

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 14 March 2013

Nuri Sahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his failure to make an impression at Anfield and thanks God he isn't playing for the Northern Irishman any more.

The Turkey midfielder joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer but he made only 12 appearances before the deal was terminated in January.

The 24-year-old claims he was played out of position without explanation by Rodgers and is now glad not to be playing under him.

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Sahin, now on loan at Borussia Dortmund, told Spanish newspaper AS: 'Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a 10. But I do not play behind the forwards.

'I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position. The boss could not answer me… still, I am not sorry about it.

'To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous.

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

'Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy.

'But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Sahin made his name at Dortmund before joining Real in 2011.

He said: 'I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect. After returning to Germany, I feel much better.'

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

Luis Suarez posts picture with a snowman

Having fun Luis Diving charges may be snow joke but Suarez gave them the cold shoulder as he enjoyed the wintry weather

By
Sunni Upal

PUBLISHED:

18:32 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:44 GMT, 18 January 2013

Despite the recent handball ‘cheat’ claims and the self-confessed diving storm, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez showed things are still all white in his world.

The Reds star Kopped it from his manager yesterday but he gave the critics the cold shoulder today as he posted this picture of him enjoying England’s wintry weather.

While Liverpool’s impeding charges for diving against the striker may be snow joke, at least the Uruguayan was able to enjoy himself ahead of Liverpool’s match against Norwich tomorrow.

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Ice cool: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses with a snowman

Suarez recently admitted to falling in an attempt to win a penalty in a Premier League match against Stoke this season, a confession that landed him in hot water with manager Brendan Rodgers.

It was wrong to say what he said,’ said Rodgers. ‘It was not acceptable. This club has always kept its matters in house and that’s what we will do. But diving is not something we advocate here.’

He added: ‘I’ve spoken to Luis on it. I’m not sure it makes a big difference if we are saying he is fined one week’s, two weeks’ or four weeks’ wages.

‘This is a big club, bigger than anyone and whatever people say goes around the world. It certainly doesn’t help him but, more importantly, it doesn’t help the team.’

Suarez may be ice cool today but let's hope he warms up properly tomorrow.

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Fun: Suarez and his manager Brendan Rodgers looking relaxed at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Prolific: Suarez has scored 15 league goals this season

Suso signs long-term Liverpool contract

This is one of the best days of my life: Suso delighted to sign new Liverpool deal

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17:19 GMT, 19 October 2012

Happy days: Suso was delighted to put pen to paper at Anfield

Happy days: Suso was delighted to put pen to paper at Anfield

Liverpool midfielder Suso has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.

The 18-year-old Spaniard, who joined Liverpool from hometown club Cadiz in 2010, committed his future to the Reds when he put pen to paper on the new deal at the side's training complex at Melwood.

After signing the contract, Suso told the club's official website: 'I am really happy. Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and this is the right place for me.'

Suso was given his senior debut for Liverpool in the Europa League win over Young Boys last month after impressing in the youth ranks and the reserve side.

'I am happy Brendan has shown trust in me,' Suso said.

'I had no questions about signing a new deal and I am really glad to have done so.

Break through: Suso is becoming a big part of manager Brendan Rodgers' plans

Break through: Suso is becoming a big part of manager Brendan Rodgers' plans

'I am comfortable here. I have played some games for the first team and I hope to continue doing that, but I need to work hard every day for that to happen.

'This is one of the best days of my life.'

Since his debut, the teenager has made four further appearances for the first team, and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers believes he has all of the qualities needed to develop into a top class player at Anfield.

Rodgers said: 'We are all delighted Suso has committed his long-term future to Liverpool Football Club.

'At 18, he has demonstrated outstanding technical qualities but also shown very good temperament to play for such a prestigious club.

'His commitment is very good news for all our young Academy players and the excellent work taken place by the Academy coaches and staff.'

Fabio Borini out for three months

Borini out for three months leaving Kop boss Rodgers with just ONE striker

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16:33 GMT, 17 October 2012

Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Fabio Borini has been ruled out until the New Year.

It leaves manager Brendan Rodgers with just one fit striker in Luis Suarez.

Borini broke his foot while on international duty with Italy Under 21s last week.

Injury blow: Brendan Rodgers is down to just one striker with Fabio Borini sidelined for the next three months

Injury blow: Brendan Rodgers is down to just one striker with Fabio Borini sidelined for the next three months

A club statement read: 'Liverpool have confirmed Fabio Borini is to undergo an operation on a fractured bone in his foot.

'The forward originally sustained an injury to the area during the recent Anfield clash with Manchester United.

'He then further aggravated the problem resulting in a fracture and returned from international duty with Italy last week.

'Borini
was assessed by the club's medical team upon his return to Melwood and a
decision was made for the 21-year-old to have surgery.

'Typically, an injury of this nature requires a three-month rehabilitation period.'

The injury forced the forward's early
return from international duty with Italy Under-21s last week, as he
aggravated a problem first suffered in the recent 2-1 defeat to
Manchester United.

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Lone striker: Luis Suarez is now Liverpool's only recognised forward

Borini was replaced by young Spaniard Suso at half-time during that game but still joined up with his national team, only to damage the bone further in training ahead of the European Championship qualifier against Sweden. Italy won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Borini, who cost the Reds 10.5million, has yet to score in five Barclays Premier League games since his summer move from Roma, with his only goal coming in Europa League qualifying against Belarussian side Gomel.

Charlie Adam interview: The midfielder talks about why he left Liverpool for Stoke

Charlie Adam on why he had to leave Liverpool: I love my football too much to sit and do nothing

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09:32 GMT, 6 October 2012

Charlie Adam would go just about anywhere to watch a game of football.

It is not unusual for him to turn up on the terraces at League Two Fleetwood Town or on the sidelines in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Alliance with bacon sandwiches for his mates.

But when Brendan Rodgers told Adam that he would be little more than a spectator at Liverpool this season, the Scotland playmaker decided enough was enough.

Fresh start: Charlie Adam swapped Liverpool for Stoke

Fresh start: Charlie Adam swapped Liverpool for Stoke

‘I’ve got more respect for myself than that,’ says Adam. ‘I could have sat there for the next two or three years and played here and there in the Europa League, come off the bench if I was lucky or sat in the stands like I was against Manchester City in the last game I was there.

‘But I don’t want people saying I just sat doing nothing.
‘I’ll probably get more respect as a person by taking the opportunity to play somewhere else.

‘It was hard to leave because Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I want to play football. I went to see the manager after being on the bench for the first couple of Europa League qualifiers because he had brought in Joe Allen, Lucas was coming back from injury, Stevie Gerrard is one of Liverpool’s greatest players, and Jonjo Shelvey was playing as well.

Getting stuck in: Adam gets used to his new surroundings in Stoke

Getting stuck in: Adam gets used to his new surroundings in Stoke

‘He said he saw me as a squad player. I respect the decision he made. He said I could look for a club and I did that.’

Barely a year after completing a 6.75million move from Blackpool and being driven through the gates of Melwood by Kenny Dalglish, Adam was following his boyhood hero out of the club. But he is proud of what Liverpool achieved in a season in which cup success ended a six-year wait for a trophy, but failed to mask a dismal Premier League campaign.

‘Kenny Dalglish was the greatest to play for Liverpool and Scotland, so for someone like that to sign me was an honour,’ he says.

‘It was difficult when he left but the owners put a lot of money into the club and felt they had to change the manager.

New signing: Brendan Rodgers signed Joe Allen which push Adam back in the Liverpool pecking order

New signing: Brendan Rodgers signed Joe Allen which push Adam back in the Liverpool pecking order

‘Time wasn’t on Kenny’s side but Brendan Rodgers will get the time. There’s a lot of pressure but he’ll get it right. I enjoyed my year there and I think it was successful. We got to a Carling Cup final which we won and an FA Cup final we lost. It’s a great place to play and I’m looking forward to going back.’

Adam returns to Anfield on Sunday with Stoke, the club he joined on transfer-deadline day.

There was interest from Fulham, Newcastle and Fenerbahce. He also had a chance to move across Stanley Park and join Everton, but Stoke gave Liverpool back 4m on their investment and offered Adam a 45,000 weekly pay packet.

Sitting at Stoke’s training ground, Adam smiles: ‘I can’t say if it was going to happen because I’ve come to Stoke and that would be disrespectful to them. I had the choice of two or three clubs, but it was about making the right choice.

Making his name: Adam made a big impact in Blackpool's debut Premier League season

Making his name: Adam made a big impact in Blackpool's debut Premier League season

‘When you leave a club like Liverpool you have to go somewhere you’ll feel comfortable and progress as a player. To come to Stoke was an easy decision.’

On the face of it, Liverpool’s pass-and-move philosophy could not seem further from the aerial assault routinely unleashed on Stoke’s opponents. The signings of Adam and Michael Owen may have signalled a slight change of thinking but the Scot insists they must adapt to Stoke, not the other way around. However, his dead-ball deliveries should be a devastating addition to Stoke’s armoury.

‘Stoke have always been able to pass the ball but when you’ve got somebody like Peter Crouch up front at 6ft 7in, why not use it’ asks Adam.

‘I wouldn’t say Stoke’s image is going to change because they’ve been successful with what they do.’ Adam has played for six clubs since making his senior debut for Rangers eight years ago.

Moving on up: Adam enjoyed one season at Anfield

Moving on up: Adam enjoyed one season at Anfield

He admits to being ‘homeless’ after selling his house in Poulton-le-Fylde and moving into a hotel while looking for a place nearer Stoke.

It is a wrench for the boy from Dundee who adopted Blackpool as his home.

This is where Adam met his wife Sophie-Leigh (he married the former Miss Great Britain on the banks of Loch Lomond in June) and had some of the best moments of his career inspiring Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League in 2010.

Adam will not forget what Blackpool did for him as a person and a player.

He still visits the club to chat with their manager Ian Holloway and his old team-mates, and is regularly seen around town or playing golf with his friends.

He even sponsors their local Sunday league team, with his support stretching beyond simply arranging for a new set of kit and training gear.

‘I was watching them one Sunday and I took them bacon rolls and a cup of tea each before the game. They were delighted with that.

‘Since I moved to Blackpool I’ve met a lot of great people and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be as successful as I was, because I’m settled off the pitch. They’ve helped me so I thought I’d repay them a bit by sorting out new kit.

‘It doesn’t matter whether it’s Fleetwood or Blackpool, I love to watch games. I was meant to go to Blackpool the other week, but it was too cold. I stayed in and watched the Champions League!’

Adam struggled to make an impact at Liverpool, scoring just two goals in 37 games, as well as missing a penalty in the Carling Cup final shootout with Cardiff.

Dalglish — dogged by the Luis Suarez controversy and nearing the sack — had been without Adam for 11 games after he suffered a knee injury at QPR in March.

Adam still finished the season with more assists than any other Liverpool player, however, so it seems unfair when his name is thrown in with those of Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing as Dalglish signings that did not work out.

‘I played in the Premier League for Blackpool and earned the right to go to a club like Liverpool,’ he adds.‘My time there was up and down. I created a lot of goals but the biggest disappointment was that I never scored enough.

‘At 26 I still want to play for my country, and that had to be taken into consideration too. If I wasn’t playing for Liverpool, I wouldn’t have been playing for Scotland.’

Ready to see old friends: Adam returns to Liverpool for the first time on Sunday since leaving in the summer

Ready to see old friends: Adam returns to Liverpool for the first time on Sunday since leaving in the summer

Brendan Rodgers and Sir Alex Ferguson set tone before Anfield showdown

Passion and respect! Rodgers and Sir Alex set tone before Anfield showdown

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 21 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers says he came to
Liverpool seeking ‘peace and satisfaction’. At Anfield on Sunday, he may
get one but it is certain he won’t get the other.

Satisfaction is attainable on the day
Manchester United come to town. A win or a draw coupled with a
dignified tribute to the Hillsborough dead will see Rodgers head home to
the Formby Coast happy enough.

Big test ahead: Sir Alex Ferguson speaks during a press conference at Carrington on Friday morning

Big test ahead: Sir Alex Ferguson speaks during a press conference at Carrington on Friday morning

Whatever happens, though, this will be an emotional, visceral day. The peace and the quiet will have to wait.

‘This is a game that is emotionally charged and it’s difficult,’ said Rodgers.

Four Barclays Premier League games into his time at Anfield and Liverpool’s young manager faces his biggest test. United at home is always a raw afternoon but this time it carries increased significance.

There is the attendant focus of a
pre-match Hillsborough tribute and the possibility of another meeting
between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. It is also possible — although
perhaps unlikely — that by tea time Liverpool could be bottom of the
league table for the first time in more than half a century.

Competitive: (left-right) Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Samed Yesil battle in training on Friday

Competitive: (left-right) Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Samed Yesil battle in training on Friday

Keen eye: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (second right) oversees training at Melwood

Keen eye: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (second right) oversees training at Melwood

Rodgers didn’t look troubled by any of this. He rarely looks troubled by
anything. He understands the significance of the game, though. His
shoulders — he says — are plenty broad enough.

‘I’m comfortable,’ he said. ‘Yes, absolutely. First and foremost you
want to be a pillar of support. You know what these (Hillsborough)
families have been through over the last 23 years. I am also sure of the
hope that they can get from the tribute on Sunday and everyone there
will recognise that. I am happy.

‘This is about life here at Liverpool. It’s not just about a coming in
at half nine and doing a coaching session and going home again.

‘But I am more than comfortable to represent the support here on and off the field.

‘As I have said when I first came in, I am really one of them. The only
difference is that I get to stand on the side and work with the
players.’

Over the course of the last 10 days, both Liverpool and United have
struck the right tone ahead of this game. Certainly both managers have
helped.

At United, Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t need telling. He attended the
Hillsborough service at Anfield that followed the tragedy in 1989 and
has found the right words and — in writing to his away support — the
right deeds once again 23 years on.

The Scot tried to keep his dialogue with the media to the football. At
Liverpool they appreciated that. He was right, though, to caution
against trying to take too much heat out of an occasion notable down the
years for its intensity.

‘I don’t think anything will change in terms of the animosity towards each other,’ he said. ‘No question of that.

‘What can change is going beyond the pale, the chants that refer to
Munich or Hillsborough or whatever. I think and hope that this is the
end of that. And then they can fight as much as they like.’

Ferguson’s last comment was delivered with a smile and was not meant
literally. It’s a moot point, though. Try and take the feeling out of
games between Liverpool and United and you may as well watch something
else.

Rodgers grew up in Northern Ireland watching these games on TV in his grandfather’s sitting room. He understands them already.

He spoke of contributions to the fixture made by fellow countrymen
Norman Whiteside and Sammy McIlroy while a chance encounter with former
Anfield powerhouse Steve McMahon will also have served to remind him
just how much Liverpudlians want to win.

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

He has had some contact with Ferguson. The United manager wrote to him
after he was dismissed by Reading in 2009 and was by all accounts
complimentary after his team beat Swansea last season.

Some endeavoured to draw comparisons between Rodgers’ arrival at Anfield
and Ferguson’s at Old Trafford in 1986. They had a point, too.
Liverpool are currently without a league title for 22 years while United
had been waiting 19 on the day Ferguson strode in to town aged 44.
Neither manager particularly warmed to the theme, though.

Ferguson said, rather peculiarly, that: ‘Liverpool had success last year
in the Carling Cup’. Perhaps he had forgotten that United lifted the FA
Cup in the year preceding his own arrival.

Rodgers, meanwhile, said: ‘I am my own man. When he arrived at
Manchester United he had been a manager for a long period of time, he
had won trophies.

‘I don’t think there are too many comparisons other than when he entered there in 1986 he had a massive job to do.

‘It was a failing school. He was having to pick it up from his knees.
For me, the similarities are only that I have come in to an incredible
club.’

Before kick-off the obligations of both clubs and both sets of
supporters are obvious. From a football standpoint, United will seek
their first convincing away showing while Liverpool will pursue an
opening league victory.

In that context, perhaps Liverpool’s need is slightly greater. And they
have done well here against their old rivals in recent years.

‘We just want one win,’ said Rodgers optimistically. ‘Then we will start to fly.'

Sir Alex Ferguson writes letter to Manchester United fans ahead of Liverpool match

I know I can count on you! Ferguson pens letter in final plea to United fans ahead of Anfield clash

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18:12 GMT, 21 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has written a letter to Manchester United supporters attending Sunday's Premier League encounter with Liverpool.

The letter will be presented to fans as they enter the turnstiles and is a final plea aimed at getting them to behave themselves.

Earlier on Friday Ferguson spoke of the sensitivities surrounding the fixture, Liverpool's first at home since the damning judgement on the Hillsborough disaster was released last week.

Big test ahead: Sir Alex Ferguson speaks during a press conference at Carrington on Friday morning

Big test ahead: Sir Alex Ferguson speaks during a press conference at Carrington on Friday morning

And he wants an end to the baiting of Liverpool fans over the disaster, in which 96 people died.

As published by the club's official website, Ferguson's letter reads: 'Dear Supporter,
'The great support you gave the team here [at Anfield] last season has
seen our allocation back up to near-full levels. I want you to continue
that progress today.

'But today [Sunday] is about much
more than not blocking gangways. Today is about thinking hard about what
makes United the best club in the world.

Competitive: (left-right) Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Samed Yesil battle in training on Friday

Competitive: (left-right) Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Samed Yesil battle in training on Friday

Keen eye: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (second right) oversees training at Melwood

Keen eye: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (second right) oversees training at Melwood

'Our rivalry with Liverpool is based
on a determination to come out on top – a wish to see us crowned the
best against a team that held that honour for so long.

'It cannot and should never be based
on personal hatred. Just 10 days ago, we heard the terrible, damning
truth about the deaths of 96 fans who went to watch their team try and
reach the FA Cup final and never came back.

'What happened to them should wake the conscience of everyone connected with the game.

'Our great club stands with our great
neighbours Liverpool today to remember that loss and pay tribute to
their campaign for justice. I know I can count on you to stand with us
in the best traditions of the best fans in the game.

'Yours sincerely, Sir Alex Ferguson.'

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

Respect: Everton and Newcastle showed their support on Monday for the 96 victims of the disaster

Ferguson admitted he could not
discount the emotion having a negative effect on his players. Liverpool
intend to mark the occasion with a number of significant gestures,
including a mosaic across three sides of the stadium.

And having gone through something
very similar four years ago on the 50th anniversary of the Munich air
disaster, the Red Devils boss accepts it may have a hidden impact.

Head and shoulders above: Luis Suarez in training

Head and shoulders above: Luis Suarez in training

'It's a possibility, I don't deny that,' Ferguson said. 'Human nature can be that way.

'When we played Manchester City for
the 50th anniversary of Munich the place was so flat in the dressing
room before the game. I even felt it myself.

'We just couldn't perform and were
glad to get it out the way. It was such an emotional day for us and it
could be that way on Sunday.'

If the significance of the occasion cannot be understated, neither can the need for points.
Liverpool are yet to win since Brendan Rodgers' arrival and hover precariously over the relegation zone.

United have stabilised their campaign
with three successive victories since an opening weekend loss at
Everton, but they have failed to win any of their last five matches at
Anfield – their worst return for two decades.

'It's similar to when I came down here,' said Ferguson. 'We could beat Liverpool but we couldn't win the league.

'The motivation leans on the side of
Liverpool, particularly at Anfield. The crowd get behind them and they
make it a real competition in terms of challenges and tackles.

'We know that will happen on Sunday.

'Last season we handled them much
better. It was 1-1 in the league and nothing between the teams, then we
threw away the FA Cup tie.

'We were by the far better team that day. If we get that performance on Sunday we will be okay.'

Reds boss Rodgers has built an
impressive reputation through his time as a coach at Chelsea and
eye-catching managerial stints at Watford and Swansea.

Yet some are already starting to question whether the 39-year-old is the right man to occupy such a challenging role.

It reminds Ferguson of the position Andre Villas-Boas found himself in at Chelsea. And that did not end well for the Portuguese.

'Any young manager needs time but in the modern world you don't get a lot of that,' said Ferguson.
'Look at Villas-Boas at Chelsea last season. He was a young man who lasted about seven months.

'We're in an age where patience is not a realistic thing. It's just not there.'

Ferguson accepts times have changed
from his arrival at Old Trafford, where he was into his fourth year
before he finally managed to secure some silverware. But the key to
success remains the same. You have to win.

'The only route for any manager is success,' he said. 'It's a results industry so winning matches is important.

'It's a different game from when I started. There was less pressure.

'The world has changed. The press has changed. But I always felt I needed to win games.

'That's what you're in it for. It
doesn't matter whether you're managing Port Vale, Liverpool or
Manchester United, you have to get results.'

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Rodgers expects the game to be played in the right spirit.

He said: 'There has been dialogue all week. There is respect in terms of the traditions of both clubs. We want this day to be remembered for the right reasons before the game, and the footballing reasons.

'A lot of work has been done and hopefully Sunday will pass off peacefully and well and we can talk about the tributes and football.

'It is an emotionally-charged game. I wouldn't sit here and tell Liverpool supporters how to behave. I know how they have behaved over many years has been fantastic.

'These are well-educated supporters who value humanity. I have no issues or no problems there, the message has been clear, and from Sir Alex as well, in relation to his supporters.

'I am sure once we pay the tributes to the families we can get on with the football.'

Brendan Rodgers backs Raheem Sterling to stay focused and set example for other Liverpool youngsters

Rodgers backs Sterling to stay focused and set example for other Liverpool starlets

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 14 September 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident teenager Raheem Sterling can handle his meteoric rise and believes it sets an example to the club's other youngsters.

The 17-year-old received a surprise call-up for England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine earlier this week after a number of good performances for his club.

Bright prospect: Raheem Sterling (third left) has been a stand out star for Liverpool this term

Bright prospect: Raheem Sterling (third left) has been a stand out star for Liverpool this term

Rodgers had voiced his concerns previously about over-exposing the youngster but believes Sterling can cope with the additional focus.

'I got the call from Roy (Hodgson) and he explained the reasons for it,' said the Reds boss.

'He feels he is one for the future and it was an opportunity for Raheem to get a sense of what he can achieve in the next few years.

'He knows how much work he has to do to get to that level on a consistent basis but the strides he has made for a 17-year-old have been fantastic.

'We have to keep it in perspective and focus on his development and hopefully in the years to come he can progress and become a very good player for England.

'He is very level-headed and I have been really impressed by his mentality and it is the job of people who surround him just to support him.

'As soon as he got the call-up I rang his agent straight away and said 'Make sure you're not coming up here in a hurry'.

'There is a plan mapped out for him and I think people know he is in a good place here. The job for the manager is to pick the right opportunity and he has come in and done very well but taking them out at the right time is as important as putting them in.'

Handing out advice: Brendan Rodgers talks with Oussama Assaidi at the club's Melwood training ground

Handing out advice: Brendan Rodgers talks with Oussama Assaidi at the club's Melwood training ground

In addition to the bonus Sterling's on-field performances have brought so far Rodgers has noticed a knock-on effect elsewhere as other young players are now looking to emulate his progress.

Their claims are likely to be enhanced by the failure to bring in a replacement forward once Andy Carroll was sent on loan to West Ham which leaves Rodgers with gaps to fill.

And as he has virtually ruled out signing a free agent as cover – his only option now the window is closed – attention will turn to the club's youngsters.

There have been no attempts (to sign an out-of-contract player). [There's] nothing in the pipeline,' said Rodgers, whose recruitment for January reinforcements can now start after a chief scout and overseas scout joined this week.

'I will always look to what I have within before I look outside so it's going to be an opportunity for young players.

'There is money invested into our academy and we have some young talents.

'We
brought a big group of young players up to Melwood this week and they
have been fortunate to work with model professionals like Jamie
Carragher and Stewart Downing and see the demands I put on young
players.

'It is not just about talent it is about personality and if you have that you have a chance of playing.'

Closing down: Pepe Reina (25) chases down assistant boss Colin Pascoe during Friday's training session

Closing down: Pepe Reina (25) chases down assistant boss Colin Pascoe during Friday's training session

The 'Sterling effect' has also been noted by Rodgers.

'I have seen it with a number of players already, he added. 'The biggest thing you need in your life, whatever profession you are in, is hope.

'I think Raheem has given all the young players, from eight years of age to the young professionals, hope.

'When you come to Liverpool you are never sure as a young player whether you will get a chance. Now all of a sudden in the next few months we are going to see a number of players 18, 19 years of age around the squad and playing.

'I have seen a marked difference in the enthusiasm and desire of the young players because of one reason – hope.

Liverpool, in 18th place after their worst opening to a season for 50 years, head to Sunderland on Saturday looking for their first win.

'We would have liked a better start but we are all motivated and we are certainly not moping about all doom and gloom, the attitude has been first-class,' said Rodgers.

'Our performance against Manchester City (the 2-2 draw which has given them their only point) was very good so we showed we can compete.

'The thing for this season is to be as consistent as we can be. But if we can get that first win sooner rather than later that will kick us on.'

Nuri Sahin: Liverpool must be in Champions League

Liverpool must be in Champions League… and I'll help get them there, roars Sahin

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15:40 GMT, 28 August 2012

New Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin has his sights set on helping the club break back into the Barclays Premier League top four this term.

The 23-year-old's season-long loan move from Real Madrid was confirmed by the Reds on Saturday and he was in the stands at Anfield the next day to watch his new side draw 2-2 with league champions Manchester City.

With Liverpool putting in their most encouraging performance yet since Brendan Rodgers' appointment as manager in the summer, Sahin was impressed by what he saw in that game and the Turkey international feels a top-four spot should be the target for the Merseysiders in 2012-13.

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Plenty to say: Nuri Sahin speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

Plenty to say: Nuri Sahin speaks during a press conference at Liverpool's Melwood training ground

'If you watch the game against Manchester City, you see that the style the team is playing is very good and of course, Liverpool has to play in the Champions League,' Sahin said. 'A big club like Liverpool has to play every year in the Champions League and we will do everything to get in the top four.

'Also there is the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, and with the potential we have here, we can do some good things.'

Liverpool, who could only manage a disappointing eighth-placed finish last season, brought in Rodgers after he achieved success at Swansea with a dynamic football philosophy.

It is a style of play the club's owners hope he can make work for the Reds and one Sahin believes he is well suited to.

'The project with Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers is the best for my situation I think – that is why I am here,' he said. 'I think the style I play is the same as how the manager wants the team to play.

'I have settled in very well and I hope it will be the same on the pitch and that we will have a great season.'

The long and the shirt of it: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers pipped Arsenal to Sahin's signature

The long and the shirt of it: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers pipped Arsenal to Sahin's signature

Real pedigree: Turkey international midfielder Sahin is on a season-long loan from Madrid

Real pedigree: Turkey international midfielder Sahin is on a season-long loan from Madrid

Sahin was strongly linked with Arsenal before making the switch to Liverpool, but he is in no doubt that he has made the right decision.

'Everything people told me about Liverpool is there, what I see now,' said Sahin, who has revealed Real's ex-Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso urged him to make the move. 'It is a very big club with a huge history and I think I have made the right choice.'

Sahin joined Real last summer after catching the eye during a successful spell with German side Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the Bundesliga title in 2010-11.

Once again he was a member of a championship-winning squad in 2011-12 as Real claimed the Primera Division crown, but Sahin suffered with injuries and with there also being plenty of competition in midfield at the Spanish club, in the end, his involvement amounted to only a handful of first-team appearances.

This term, he is hoping to be far more a part of the action.

Old pals: Sahin revealed former Reds favourite Xabi Alonso urged him to join the Anfield club

Old pals: Sahin revealed former Reds favourite Xabi Alonso urged him to join the Anfield club

'This is very important for me after the injury I got last year,' Sahin said. 'We became champions at Real Madrid, but I didn't play so many games, so for me it was important to come to a club where I had the chance to play at the highest level.

'I think in this case Liverpool is the best club for me right now.'

Asked about the prospect of him making a permanent transfer to Anfield, Sahin said: 'In football you never know.

'I am here for this season and then you never know what will be happening in a few months.

'I am looking forward to playing this year here and after, we will see.'

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City will have to spend big on Daniel Agger

Agger will stay at Anfield… unless Man City pay 'ridiculous money', says Rodgers

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UPDATED:

22:04 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Brendan Rodgers has warned Manchester City they will have to pay 'ridiculous money' if they want to prise Daniel Agger away from Anfield.

The Barclays Premier League champions have made one bid for the Denmark international, who has two years remaining on his current contract, that Liverpool instantly dismissed.

City, however, remain interested in Agger and are likely to return with another offer but it would need to be in the region of 30million for Liverpool to even consider doing business.

Wanted man: Daniel Agger trains with Andy Carroll at Melwood on Tuesday

Wanted man: Daniel Agger trains with Andy Carroll at Melwood on Tuesday

Agger, who is set to start in the
Europa League qualifier against Belorussian side FC Gomel, has given no
indication he wants to leave Liverpool and Rodgers is not actively
looking to sell.

‘There’s no way I want to lose one of
my best players and Daniel is one of the leading centre halves in
European football,’ said Rodgers.

‘There’s been contact from City, yes.
But it’s nowhere near the valuation of what the player is worth and you
can only consider something like that if it is going to benefit you.

‘Of course you might lose a top
player but if it benefits you going forward – and you can make two or
three steps because of it – you may have to consider it.

‘But we don’t want to sell Daniel. So
unless someone comes in with a ridiculous offer, that makes you think
you can benefit in one or two other areas, (we will not).

‘Daniel and I have had a number of
conversations so he knows where I am at, he knows where the club are at
and he doesn’t want to leave, which is great.

Case for the defence: Agger in action for Liverpool against Tottenham last season

Case for the defence: Agger in action for Liverpool against Tottenham last season

‘In my first conversation with him at
the European Championships, he made that quite clear. He loves the
club, loves the supporters so that was music to my ears.’

Rodgers, who is hoping to complete
the signing of Joe Allen from Swansea and is also interested in taking
Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid, enjoyed a considerable fillip on
Tuesday when Luis Suarez signed a new contract extension.

The Uruguay striker had been a target
for Juventus and Paris St Germain and Rodgers admitted that he was only
confident Suarez would be a part of his debut season at Anfield after
he signed his deal.

'We just never knew what would
happen, (simply) because I didn’t know the character and personality (of
Suarez) well enough,’ said Rodgers, who added that Suarez 'will start'
against Gomel as Liverpool look to protect their 1-0 first leg lead at
Anfield.

A new era: Luis Suarez joins Brendan Rodgers at Melwood

A new era: Luis Suarez joins Brendan Rodgers at Melwood

‘I had to exhaust my efforts to
ensure I could present to him the way forward, how exciting it was, and
what an integral part he would play.

‘You can never be 100 per cent
confident until the person signs the paper. So it was a concern (he
might leave), but his heart is here and in the end it was an easy
decision for him because he loves the club.

‘Obviously it has been difficult for
him over the last year but this is a new beginning. I can only judge on
what I have seen and he has been a breath of fresh air. He loves his
football and his best years are still ahead.’