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Jonny Evans: Swansea attacking style will suit Manchester United perfectly

Swansea's attacking style will suit Man United perfectly, says Evans

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14:18 GMT, 22 December 2012

Jonny Evans hopes Swansea's continental style will benefit Manchester United on Sunday.

The progressive Welsh outfit developed a reputation for neat passing football, first under Roberto Martinez, then Brendan Rodgers before his departure for Liverpool in the summer.

Michael Laudrup's arrival has led to subtle changes, but Swansea's core philosophy remains the same.

Swan song: Evans is relishing the battle with the South Wales club

Swan song: Evans is relishing the battle with the South Wales club

Already this term it has brought success against Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle, plus a draw against Chelsea.

Evans has the utmost respect for the work Laudrup is doing in south Wales, but he feels United's vast European experience could work to their advantage.

'We have got a history of being a counter-attacking team, but if you look at Swansea, they play like a European side,' said the Northern Ireland defender.

'They like to keep the ball on the floor and pass it around, which you don't always get an awful lot of in the Premier League.

'That will suit us. We are used to playing against European competition and this will be no different.

'Swansea will have large periods where they have the ball so we have to be patient and keep our formation and our shape. Hopefully we can nick the ball off them and score goals.'

Evans recognises the task will not be straightforward.

In Michu, Swansea have the man currently challenging Robin van Persie for the Premier League's Golden Boot prize and Evans has already seen enough to recognise a stern examination awaits at the Liberty Stadium.

'I have been really impressed,' said Evans. 'We watched a couple of videos on them I have seen them quite a bit on TV. The football they play is very good.

'When they changed their manager, maybe people thought they might change their style. But, although they are a little bit more direct, largely they stuck to it.

Euro style: Evans has the utmost respect for Swansea

Euro style: Evans has the utmost respect for Swansea

Euro style: Evans – with girlfriend Helen has the utmost respect for Swansea

'They are still a side that scores a lot of goals.

'We know it is going to be a tough game but we know how to play against them and it is a game we are looking forward to.'

United managed to keep a couple of clean sheets against Swansea last season.

How Sir Alex Ferguson and his players would like one of those given they have managed only four in all competitions this season, with memories of losing out on the title to Manchester City on goal difference last term still vivid.

And the knowledge United presently head their major rivals by just one, despite boasting a six-point advantage heading into the weekend fixtures, is causing a little bit of concern.

Certainly it justified Ferguson's irritation after last weekend's tussle with Sunderland when the Red Devils cruised into a three-goal lead before easing off, allowing the Black Cats to get themselves one back and create the opportunities for more.

Focused: Sir Alex wants to erase the memory of losing out to City last season

Focused: Sir Alex wants to erase the memory of losing out to City last season

'It is not a worry if you are winning the games, but when you take your foot off the pedal it is very difficult to get it back,' said Ferguson.

'I don't think we can afford to do that. Hopefully that is a reminder to us that we have to kick on all the time.

'The way we were playing we had a good chance to score goals in that game.

'Hopefully we can start adding to our goal difference, which at the moment is similar to City's.'

Arsene Wenger hints at Stephan El Shaarawy move in January

Wenger hints at January transfer swoop for Serie A top goalscorer El Shaarawy after refusing to rule out move for Milan star

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12:36 GMT, 18 December 2012

Arsene Wenger could be ready to bolster Arsenal’s front line in the January transfer window with an audacious bid for highly-rated AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old for some time and Wenger has expressed his admiration of the Italian striker.

Wenger believes the Italy international would effortlessly slot into his side and believes his technical ability and speed make him an ideal signing.

Admirer: Arsene Wenger refused to rule out a move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy

Admirer: Arsene Wenger refused to rule out a move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy

The Frenchman told Eurosport: ‘El Shaarawy is a very mobile, very technical young player. His philosophy fits perfectly with mine.’

But Wenger will have a fight on his hands if he wants to land Serie A’s top goalscorer.

Milan are reluctant to part with El Shaarawy, who has scored 14 goals so far in the league, and are keen to get value for money should the 25million-rated striker push for a move in January.

Another stumbling block for Wenger is that the youngster would be loath to leave the Rossoneri, as a life-long fan of the club.

But despite the remote prospect of landing El Shaarawy in January, Wenger refused to rule out a move.

This weekend he said: ‘You never know. I just say I love the way he plays.’

Despite El Shaarawy’s exceptional season, his side sit in seventh place in Serie A after a disappointing start to their campaign.

Hair raising: It is believed El Shaarawy would cost in excess of 25million

Hair raising: It is believed El Shaarawy would cost in excess of 25million

Wenger is ready for a busy January transfer window, and has already been linked with a move for Barcelona right back Daniel Alves to improve his side's defensive record.

El Shaarawy isn't the only striker he has his eye on. Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry could make a return to the Emirates on loan in Januray, and Newcastle hitman Demba Ba could yet be persuaded to swap Tyneside for north London.

Meanwhile, Arsenal hammered Premier League strugglers Reading 5-2 at the Madejski Stadium last night, as they bounced back from last week's crippling defeat at the hands of Bradford in the Capital One Cup.

Returning hero: Thierry Henry may go back to the Emirates on loan

Returning hero: Thierry Henry may go back to the Emirates on loan

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce denies copying "rough-house" tactics of Tony Pulis

I'm not the same as Pulis: West Ham boss Allardyce denies copying 'rough-house' tactics

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19:24 GMT, 17 November 2012

Sam Allardyce has refuted suggestions that he employs the same tactics as West Ham manager that his Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis is renowned for.

Pulis takes his Stoke side to Upton Park on Monday night with the Hammers flying high in the Barclays Premier League.

Demanding: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

Demanding: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

It was discussed when Allardyce first took over at West Ham 17 months ago that his perceived long-ball style would not suit the club's supporters.

But after guiding West Ham back to the top flight at the first time of asking Allardyce has been commended for the attacking nature of his side's performances at the start of this season.

Pulis has always had to deal with claims his side play an unenviable brand of football and asked if he felt Monday's fixture was a meeting of two similar approaches to the game Allardyce said: 'They are not the same.

'Mine are not the same as Tony's. I'm an individual. Nobody copies Sam Allardyce. I don't copy anybody else.'

Allardyce commended Pulis on his achievement of keeping Stoke in the Premier League with limited resources, something he has done at clubs for more than a decade.

'We have the same philosophy in terms of we both want to defend well and make sure our team is organised and understand what's needed to be done in terms of game-plan,' he said.

Determined: Tony Pulis' side have a rugged reputation

Determined: Tony Pulis' side have a rugged reputation

'We both also have to maximise our resources to make sure that the club is successful. When you look at what Tony has done, Stoke fill their ground every week and have been doing so for years now.'

Both sides can boast decent defensive records so far this season with only 21 goals conceded between them.

Allardyce reckons the quality of defending in the league has worsened in recent years and bemoans the impact that can have on a manager.

He said: 'From a professional point of view, I think the defending in the Premier League is not as good as it used to be and I think that's why there have been more goals scored.

'I think that side of the game has diminished rather than improved over the last few years. From an entertainment point of view, that's a fantastic situation because more goals are being scored than ever before.

'As a manager and as a professional it's not my cup of tea to tell the players to not bother too much when they haven't got the ball and not worry about defending too much because we'll score more than the opposition.'

Allardyce, a tough-tackling defender back in his own playing days, believes the rules have altered and are now too protective of attacking players.

'The rule changes in the game, and FIFA and UEFA in terms of trying to stamp out what is a serious foul tackle, have now gone even beyond that,' he said.

Heartbeat: West Ham's Kevin Nolan

Heartbeat: West Ham's Kevin Nolan

'A really good tackle is now a booking – unfortunately, they can't distinguish what is a good tackle and isn't any more.

'That's a great shame because this country loves commitment and loves to see a good tackle as it loves to see a good pass, as it loves to see a good goal.

'And committed defending is what people like in this country and throughout the world, not 'tippy-tappy', not pinching and nicking.'

A number of injuries to key attacking players means Allardyce will have to tinker with a winning formula when they entertain Stoke.

Both Yossi Benayoun and Matt Jarvis were substituted in last weekend's win at Newcastle and are both doubtful for Monday night.

Fellow forward Ricardo Vaz Te remains sidelined until the new year with a dislocated shoulder although Matthew Taylor is back training with the squad following a thigh problem.

With Jack Collison also a long-term absentee Allardyce identified the number of players on the treatment table as a potential issue in the coming weeks.

'The lads are just trying to make sure we continue where we left off against Newcastle and try to beat Stoke City on Monday and continue to load up the points as quick as we possibly can,' he said.

'The confidence is good and I think the only problem we've got at the moment is injuries. I think overcoming these injuries and continuing to get results is going to be our biggest problem.'

Stoke, who have 12 points from their 11 games to date, are unbeaten in the Premier League on their own turf this season and last lost a home top-flight fixture in February.

Upbeat: Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Upbeat: Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Their away form – which shows no league victory since January – is a different story, though, and something they are looking to improve with Monday's trip to West Ham. Pulis feels his side have actually played well on the road this term and is somewhat baffled as to why results have not gone their way – but is convinced they soon will.

'The disappointing thing is that if you look at the performances this season away from home, we have probably been better than we have at home,' Pulis said.

'For some reason we just can't turn it into victories. There was the late penalty for Reading (in a 1-1 draw) and the Wigan game (a 2-2 draw) where the goalkeeper (Ali Al Habsi) makes that outstanding save from the deflected shot (Charlie Adam's free-kick) with a few minutes to go.

'We played better at Manchester United this year (in a 4-2 defeat) than we have done previously, and we got a great point at Liverpool (drawing 0-0), deservedly so.

'We have played well – we just haven't turned it into wins.

'If you are asking me the reason why, I just can't work it out.

'We've certainly created lots of opportunities to win games of football, but we just haven't got over the line.

'But it will happen – I am absolutely convinced it will turn.

'As long as the players keep believing and working as hard as they have been, then we will be fine.'

Christian Benteke: I love Arsenal and thought Aston Villa were based in London

After admitting he thought Aston Villa were in London, Benteke declares his love for Arsenal

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08:25 GMT, 16 November 2012

Christian Benteke has declared his love for Arsenal and revealed he thought Aston Villa were based in London before he signed for the Midlands club.

The revelations are likely to stun Villa supporters after seeing the Belgian forward swiftly become a fans' favourite since he arrived from Genk in a 7million deal in August.

IInternational duty: Benteke scored in Belgium's midweek defeat in Romania

International duty: Benteke scored in Belgium's midweek defeat in Romania

Benteke, who has scored four goals for Villa and moved ahead of 24m signing Darren Bent in Paul Lambert's pecking order, also cited Gunners legend Thierry Henry as his idol, admitting it would be a dream to play for Arsene Wenger's side.

'Arsenal are the club I love,' Benteke said. 'I like their philosophy of selecting young players and, besides, they had Thierry Henry.

Flying high: Benteke has impressed for Villa after arriving on a 7million deal

Flying high: Benteke has impressed for Villa after arriving on a 7million deal

'For me he is the best player in the world and was my boyhood idol. I'm not afraid of making enemies at Villa by saying I love Arsenal.'

The 21-year-old added: 'When I joined Villa I didn't know where they played. I thought they were a London club!

'One can say worse things. I'm a Villa player for now. They're the right club at the right time.'

Phil Jagielka hits back at Steven Gerrard for comparing Everton to Stoke

Jagielka hits back at Gerrard: Everton may play long balls but at least we don't just pass short for the sake of it!

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01:46 GMT, 31 October 2012

Phil Jagielka has hit back at Steven Gerrard’s assertion that Everton are 'just like Stoke' with his own barbed comments about Liverpool’s style of play.

Everton were incensed by Gerrard’s comments following Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, particularly as stats for the game showed they made more passes (448 to 314) and enjoyed more possession (56 per cent to 44 per cent) than Liverpool.

While Jagielka was happy to admit Everton could be direct when they want to be, to utilise the strength and aerial prowess of Marouane Fellaini, he suggested that Liverpool’s methods of always wanting to play on the ground are flawed.

Standing up for his club: Phil Jagielka has hit back at Steven Gerrard

Standing up for his club: Phil Jagielka has hit back at Steven Gerrard

'If Stevie says we are a long ball team then I’m not going to deny the fact that we play long balls,’ said Jagielka. ‘Do we play them for the full 90 minutes No. But we play quite direct.

'Who wouldn’t when you have someone in form like Marouane Fellaini, who can bring the ball down for fun and we start creating things from there Why wouldn’t you do that We don’t believe in passing it around for half an hour for the sake of it.

'If we can put the ball forward and cause them trouble then let’s cause them as much trouble as possible. We won’t change the way we play. We won’t start to look to put in a thousand passes a game.

'If we need to play forward to Felli to create chances, or to Nikica Jelavic or to Victor Anichebe, then guess what That’s what we’ll do.’

Hitting out: Gerrard compared Everton to Stoke

Hitting out: Gerrard compared Everton to Stoke

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, though, is not someone who will change his philosophy and he has added further spice to the fallout by backing up his captain’s claim that Liverpool have to play in a certain, attractive manner.

He did, however, acknowledge that Everton do have a number of skilful players who have made significant contributions this season.

'I believe there were two different styles,’ said Rodgers. ‘This is a club brought up with a certain way of playing. Its history has been defined by the many great managers who have been here. You have to win games but you have to win games by playing in a certain style.

'It’s the beauty of the Premier League – there are so many diverse ways of working and playing. We play a certain way. If you look at Everton and a number of other teams, they are a bit more direct and then play off the front players.

Focal point: But Everton were not guilty of long-balls to Marouane Fellaini

Focal point: But Everton were not guilty of long-balls to Marouane Fellaini

'But they have players with finesse like Leighton Baines and Leon Osman, who are terrific footballers. For us here at Liverpool, there’s a way in which we play and want to win games. the supporters and the history of the club dictates that.’

There is a feeling amongst Evertonians that Gerrard’s comments have shown that David Moyes’ squad have started to get under Liverpool’s skin. Everton are six points ahead of their neighbours and aim to finish above them in the table for the second successive year.

'I suppose it’s a backhanded compliment,’ said Jagielka. ‘Stevie must have thought Liverpool were in a game to come out which such comments. It makes you chuckle, but if Stevie is saying things like that, there must be a reason behind it which must be that we are doing something well.'

Rafa Benitez surprised not to be considered for Liverpool job

Benitez admits surprise at being overlooked for vacant Liverpool manager's job in the summer

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11:06 GMT, 10 September 2012


Surprise: Rafa Benitez has admitted his disappointment at being overlooked for the Liverpool manager's post following the dismissal of Kenny Dalglish in the summer

Surprise: Rafa Benitez has admitted his disappointment at being overlooked for the Liverpool manager's post following the dismissal of Kenny Dalglish in the summer

Rafa Benitez has told of his surprise that he was not approached about the Liverpool job in the summer.

The Spaniard, who managed the Anfield club between 2004 and 2010, was not considered for the role left vacant when Kenny Dalglish was sacked in May despite knowing the club inside out.

Launching a new book called ‘Champions League Dreams’, which recalls how Liverpool challenged for European honours during his time there, Benitez, who is currently without a club, said it was ‘strange’ to be overlooked in favour of Brendan Rodgers.

Talking to the Irish Independent, he said: ‘It was strange. We know the club, the players, the Academy and we have even more experience now.

‘The fans were positive about the idea and if you read the book you will understand why. So it was strange not to be approached.’

During his tenure, Liverpool regularly competed in the Champions League and won the competition in 2005, his first season in charge. They also reached the final in 2007 and won the FA Cup in 2006, alongside a succession of top four league finishes.

‘Some people were taking these great games for granted,’ he said. ‘We used to play so many important games that it seemed it was normal and it wasn’t.’

Following a patchy start to the season, as Rodgers tries to introduce a philosophy of attractive, attacking football, some sections of the Liverpool support have suggested owner John W Henry may be as bad as former American chiefs Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Looking for work: Benitez has been without a managerial role for nearly two years after being sacked by Inter Milan

Looking for work: Benitez has been without a managerial role for nearly two years after being sacked by Inter Milan

Benitez remembers those days only too well: ‘I was working three years under Hicks and Gillett and it was quite difficult, especially the last year.

‘Ian Ayre [the club’s Managing Director] said Liverpool was close to administration and still we were performing on the pitch. I don’t know how it us under the new owners so I can’t compare.’

Benitez hasn’t been in managerial work since an ill-fated spell at Inter Milan in 2010, but he says ‘it’s a question of time’ before he is on the touchline again. He did, however, refuse to comment on how close he came to the Chelsea job after Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed.

Steffen Freund admits Tottenham return is a dream come true

A Freund in need! Steffen admits Tottenham return as AVB assistant fulfills dream move

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13:30 GMT, 16 July 2012

New Tottenham coach Steffen Freund has described his dream return to the club as an offer he simply couldn’t refuse.

Freund re-joined the north London side this summer as assistant coach to new manager Andre Villas-Boas, having previously played for Spurs in a successful spell between 1999 and 2003.

I'm going back to Spurs! Steffen Freund had previously worked with Germany's national youth teams

I'm going back to Spurs! Steffen Freund had previously worked with Germany's national youth teams

The former Germany midfielder revealed that he was called by Villas-Boas and Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy while on holiday with his family but that he didn’t need much convincing to seal a dream move back to White Hart Lane.

Freund said: ‘That’s my dream, to one day come back to Spurs. Four years ago I did my Pro License, worked for four years for the DFB (German FA), three years with the Under 17s and we were successful, a really nice time.

Thinking time: Freund needed little convincing to rejoin Tottenham

Thinking time: Freund needed little convincing to rejoin Tottenham

‘Of course, it’s a good job, but when Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas call, you have to ask to release the contract and move to Spurs. That’s what happened, all in two weeks! I was on holiday with my family and the next day, Andre called me and said ‘I would like you here at Spurs’. My family is still on holiday and I’m back to work!’

Apart from emotional attachments, Freund told Tottenham's official website that an exciting football philosophy, similar to the model he was working with the German youth teams, was another influence in moving back to Spurs.

The north London outfit have built a brand new training complex which the club claim to be one of Europe’s finest and the former Leicester player is convinced he has the experience to thrive again at the club.

‘We spoke about my role and my situation and Andre’s philosophy,’ Freund continued, ‘I know all about the philosophy of Spurs, everything is the same. The philosophy of the youth teams in Germany is exactly the same as at Spurs – play well, be strong with the ball, dominate games and be strong and solid without the ball. In three hours, we spoke about the future together.

‘It was a special feeling [returning]. We’ll soon move to the new Academy (training centre) and I’ve heard that’s one of the best in Europe, maybe the best, so I can’t wait for that.

‘My role here is to work for Andre and the first team, but still I like to see the youth teams, to know what’s going on. We’re all together at the Academy and I can’t wait for that. It was an exciting day, not easy for me, a little nervous, but I have more experience now and I think I can handle it.’

Fan favourite: Spurs supporters quickly took to Freund (left) who became a tough tackling midfielder during his four years at the club

Fan favourite: Spurs supporters quickly took to Freund (left) who became a tough tackling midfielder during his four years at the club

Freund, who was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame with Darren Anderton in 2009, also admitted he can’t wait to step out at White Hart Lane again but warned Spurs fans that he can’t guarantee instant success.

He added: ‘Don’t even ask me! That will be a special day again. That was my living room, from 1999 to 2003.

‘I can’t say we will improve straight away in the table and that’s not my job at the moment, that’s up to Andre and Daniel to think about what is possible, but I can help because I know the club.

‘That was my dream when I started my B License five, six years ago. Now is the day to come back and I can’t wait.’

Olivier Giroud joins Arsenal

Wenger's spending spree continues as Giroud finally seals 13m Arsenal arrival

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10:05 GMT, 26 June 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hailed Olivier Giroud after unveiling the 13million striker.

Giroud, who arrives from Montpellier, has joined German striker Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium in a new-look attacking line-up.

It remains to be seen whether they will play alongside Robin van Persie, who has one year left on his deal and is wanted by Manchester City.

Looking ahead: Olivier Giroud has been unveiled as Arsenal's second major summer signing

Looking ahead: Olivier Giroud has been unveiled as Arsenal's second major summer signing

Wenger is delighted to bag the 25-year-old, saying: 'We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud.

'He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic.

'We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.

Done deal: Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Olivier Giroud

Done deal: Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Olivier Giroud

Head over heels: Giroud is excited to join Arsenal

Head over heels: Giroud is excited to join Arsenal

'He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier’s championship-winning side last season.

'We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt.'

Giroud, who scored 21 goals in 36 league games last season to finish as the French league's top goalscorer, has only recently returned from France's miserable Euro 2012 campaign.

He said: 'I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football.

'It's a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.

'I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsne Wenger’s 'touch' at this club.

'I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here.

'I’m very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.'

Winning feeling: Giroud fired French club Montpellier to the title last season

Winning feeling: Giroud fired French club Montpellier to the title last season

Arsenal could also now resurrect interest in Yann M'Vila after Champions League finalists Bayern Munich cooled their interest in the Rennes midfielder.

The Gunners set to look to offload some of their fringe players, such as Morocco international Marouane Chamakh, Mexico forward Carlos Vela, Brazilian midfielder Denilson and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner – who is attracting “global interest” according to his representative.

Fulham, meanwhile, are reported to be ready to step up their interest in a 5million move for Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey following the departure of their captain Danny Murphy to Blackburn.

Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

OLIVIER GIROUD FACTFILE

1986: Born September 30 in Chambery, France.

1999: Joins first professional team, Grenoble, aged 13.

2005: Signs first professional contract at Grenoble aged 19, scoring 15 goals in 15 matches for the reserves and earning a call-up to the first team.

2006: Makes his debut in March, coming off the bench in a 1-1 draw with Gueugnon. Made a full member of the first team squad and assigned the number 22 shirt for the 2006/07 campaign.

2007: After a slow start scores his first goal for the club in February with an injury time winner against Le Havre.
Spends the 2007/08 season on loan at French third division side Istres scoring 14 goals in the campaign.

2008: Returns to parent club Grenoble only to be placed on the transfer list. Joins Ligue 2 side Tours FC in May, netting 14 goals in 27 appearances.

Celebration: Giroud toasts one of his goals for Montpellier

2010: Signs for Ligue 1 club Montpellier in January on a three-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of 2million euros. Loaned back to Tours for the remainder of the season, finishing up the league's top goalscorer and named in the league's team of the year.
July – Makes his club and European debut, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hungarian side Gyori ETO in the Europa League. Montpellier go on to lose the tie on penalties in the second leg.

2011: Scores the winner in the 117th minute of the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Paris St Germain to send Montpellier through to their first major final since 1994.
Finishes the club's top goalscorer and rewarded with a contract extension until 2014 and a call-up to the national team in November for friendly matches against the United States and Belgium.

2012: February – Scores his first international goal in a 2-1 friendly win over Germany. Scored 21 goals for Montpellier as they win the Ligue 1 title.
June 26 – Arsenal announce agreement has been reached with the player over a long-term contract.

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool need trophies not silky football

Liverpool need trophies not silky football… Rodgers happy to trade style for substance

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11:45 GMT, 19 June 2012

Brendan Rodgers would trade attractive football for success as the new Liverpool boss plans to bring the glory days back to Anfield.

The Northern Irishman masterminded victories over the likes of champions Manchester City, Arsenal, as well as his current club on the final day of the domestic season.

He is expected to reproduce that on a much bigger scale at Anfield but stressed that for all the style it was substance which mattered.

Focus: Rodgers wants to bring the glory days back to Anfield

Focus: Rodgers wants to bring the glory days back to Anfield

'The way I want to play here is the Liverpool way,' he said.

'The history and tradition of this club has been about offensive football, attacking football – but always with discipline.

'The game will be based around what Liverpool are about, which is control, dominating games with the ball, working very hard when you haven't got the ball and keeping the game as simple as possible.

'Of course I'll bring in a certain philosophy which I'm attached to but the principles of your game are based around the players.

'For me the best thing about the game other than scoring goals is having the football, and that'll be the idea and the fundamentals we'll work on – but they are playing ultimately to win.

'We're in the business of winning and hopefully we can entertain along the way.'

Tiki-taka: Rodgers is aware of the need to entertain as well as deliver success

Tiki-taka: Rodgers is aware of the need to entertain as well as deliver success

The 39-year-old said he was not trying to emulate Barcelona, whom his Swansea side were likened to in terms of approach, but develop his own approach.

'I suppose the tiki-taka football has come from Barcelona and that Spanish version,” he added on liverpoolfc.com.

'It probably came up with the players at Swansea, who referred to it a lot in our training and our work on having the ball and resting on the ball.

'It doesn't matter if it's tiki-taka football or possession football – the supporters and all of us want winning football. That's what the philosophy will be about.

'It will be about playing attractive, attacking football full of imagination.'

Joe Cole will have Liverpool chance – Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers keen to give Cole a chance at Liverpool after fruitful Lille loan spell

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09:38 GMT, 15 June 2012

Joe Cole will be given a chance to prove himself in a Liverpool shirt according to new boss Brendan Rodgers.

The midfielder impressed on loan at Ligue 1 Lille last season in France and Rodgers will give the 30-year-old a shot at Anfield.

He played 42 times for the French side and notched nine goals after being deemed unnecessary by Kenny Dalglish.

Chance: Joe Cole could still make an Anfield impact

Chance: Joe Cole could still make an Anfield impact

Cole is keen to make an impact on Merseyside and Rodgers is happy to let him have a go.

The former Swansea manager said: 'I met up with Joe Cole when I was in Spain. I certainly know he’s looking to come back. I’ve got to assess all the players.

'With the likes of Joe – he’s a very talented player. He’s obviously gone out to Lille and done very well and he has the opportunity to come back here and show his qualities.

'For me it’s fresh for everyone. I’ll be new into the club. Of course I know lots of the players and their qualities but Joe is obviously a player who’ll want to come back and show his worth to the group.

Born again: Brendan Rodgers will give Cole a chance to prove himself in a red shirt

Born again: Brendan Rodgers will give Cole a chance to prove himself in a red shirt

'There are a lot of players I’m aware of and they wouldn’t be at Liverpool if they didn’t have the qualities.

'I suppose going forward and over the course of pre-season I just need to decide the types of players who are going to fit into the function and the philosophy and the structure of the team.

'When a new manager comes into any club, it always sparks off that renewed motivation for players.

'The cycle with Kenny was a terrific cycle but I’m a different tactician and a different type of person and that will give all the players an opportunity to perform.'