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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

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.

Brendan Rodgers to miss Liverpool clash with QPR due to illness

Liverpool boss Rodgers to miss QPR clash due to illness

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UPDATED:

13:22 GMT, 30 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers will not be on the touchline for Liverpool's match at QPR after being sent home from London with an illness.

Rodgers has picked up a likely virus, and the club's doctor has advised that he shouldn't be in close proximity with the players.

Absent: Rodgers will miss the match at QPR due to illness

Absent: Rodgers will miss the match at QPR due to illness

Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh will deputise for the manager for the crucial match in London, Liverpool's final game of 2012.

Goalkeeper Brad Jones and Liverpool's head of performance Glen Driscoll have also been sent home.

Sent home: Goalkeeper Brad Jones won't be at the match in London

Sent home: Goalkeeper Brad Jones won't be at the match in London

Club doctor Zaf Iqbal said: 'It was impossible for Brendan, Glen and Brad to attend the game. They are not fit to be at the match and any contact with the rest if the squad could cause the bug to spread to more of the playing staff.'

The Reds will be anxious to bounce back after their defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day.

Bafetimbi Gomis agent in talks with Tottenham and Liverpool

Tottenham and Liverpool to battle it out for Lyon ace Gomis after talks with striker's agent

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14:44 GMT, 5 December 2012

Spurs and Liverpool have stepped up their hunt for Bafetimbi Gomis after the player's representatives flew to London for a meeting last week.

The player's agents were reportedly speaking to both clubs prior to their clash at White Hart Lane.

Gomis, who is currently second in the goalscoring charts behind PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic with ten goals to his credit has just one year left on his current contract with Lyon.

In demand: Spurs and Liverpool are chasing Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis

In demand: Spurs and Liverpool are chasing Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis

The forward is surplus as Lyon want to cash in on a transfer fee in lieu of Champions League money this season.

They currently top Ligue 1 by five points – although it seems their major asset may be off to seek a new challenge in the Premier League.

His representatives saw both Spurs and Liverpool with Andre Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers both in the marketplace for a strong targetman.

On song: Gomis is the second top scorer in the French league this season

On song: Gomis is the second top scorer in the French league this season

Gomis is similar in style to Didier Drogba but the 27-year-old will command a hefty fee.

However, with both Spurs and the Reds short in attack, the only question appears to be whether Lyon, on course to qualify for next season's Champions League, take the gamble of off-loading a man who has been a rich source of goals for them this season.

Shane Long wanted by Liverpool

Rodgers thinking of going Long as Liverpool weigh up 12m move for West Brom striker

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UPDATED:

11:30 GMT, 2 December 2012

Knee-sy does it: Long has scored seven goals in all competitions for West Brom this season

Knee-sy does it: Long has scored seven goals in all competitions for West Brom this season

Liverpool are considering a 12million January bid for West Brom striker Shane Long.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is desperately short of attacking options and he is a fan of the Republic of Ireland international having worked with him when the pair were at Reading.

The 25-year-old's current deal at the Hawthorns runs to 2015 but Daily Star Sunday are reporting that he would be very interested in a move to Anfield.

Long has been in fine form for West Brom this season, netting five league goals to help the club into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table.

West Brom do not want or need to sell Long, but it is thought they would be tempted by a 12m bid for a man they paid 6.5m for in August 2011.

Rafa Benitez knows place in Roman Abramovich"s Chelsea empire – Martin Samuel

Rafa the 'interim' knows his place in Roman's Chelsea empire

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UPDATED:

08:11 GMT, 26 November 2012

We once visited a house that had an orangery. It was very nice, except it seemed quite like a conservatory. What was the difference At a certain price, we assumed, your conservatory became an orangery.

Managing Chelsea is a little like that.

At most other clubs, Rafa Benitez would be a caretaker. At Chelsea, he is an interim. Spend money at the rate of Roman Abramovich and that's what you get: an interim.

There in black and white: Benitez grimaces during yesterday's game, as the teamsheet shows he is indeed interim boss (below)

There in black and white: Benitez grimaces during Sunday's game, as the teamsheet shows he
is indeed interim boss (below)

There in black and white: Benitez grimaces during yesterday's game, as the teamsheet shows he is indeed interim boss (below)

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And interims are perfect because they
have even less power than the usual Chelsea manager. A full-time
employee would at least hope to have some input into policy, even if his
wishes were largely ignored. An interim appointment has as much of a
say in club matters as the work experience.

A fact Benitez let slip on his first day in charge when he announced the termination of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. Benitez made it plain that this was not his decision. He didn't say he agreed with it but he didn't disagree with it, either. His thoughts were of no relevance either way.

This was merely something he had gleaned, not from his first training session but from his first meeting with Roman Abramovich. The boss had no use for either man after this season. It wouldn't stop Benitez calling on them until that point but beyond they were gone.

Much like Didier Drogba. Chelsea ditched the striker who won them the Champions League and now they will lose their best full back and one of the finest midfield players this country has produced.

Teams evolve, we know that. Yet there seems to be something almost spiteful about the process at Chelsea because it is not being driven by the coach.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been ruthless at Manchester United on occasions. He dumped Phil Neville, who has gone on to have an outstanding lease of life with Everton. Yet Ferguson's actions never felt vindictive. They were his judgments, his calls and he was professionally expert and entitled to make them.

What jars at Chelsea is that a succession of managers – Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and now Benitez – appear to be under instruction to hurry out the old guard, whether or not they believe that this is wise.

Moving on: Cole is poised to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

Moving on: Cole is poised to leave Chelsea at the end of the season

Abramovich clearly hated it that Di Matteo preferred Drogba to Fernando Torres so gave him no choice in the matter. He would not have appreciated Di Matteo's view that Cole was worthy of a new contract, either.

Villas-Boas was clearly expected to build a new Chelsea and Benitez has already been given his orders.

There was no question that bramovich might seek the counsel of his interim appointment, having given him time to work with the squad and provide an educated assessment.

Benitez could find Cole without peer in English football; he might believe the edge Lampard gives Chelsea in the matches he plays is worth another year. Abramovich is not mindful of Benitez's opinion.

Calling the shots: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches his side take on City yesterday

Calling the shots: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches his side take on City yesterday

Calling the shots: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich watches his side take on City yesterday

Would he be mindful of those of Pep Guardiola At first, maybe. Of the Premier League and Champions League games played by Lampard this season, Chelsea have lost one, away to Shakhtar Donetsk, and he went off injured in that after 18 minutes. Cole is closing in on his 100th cap for England and Leighton Baines, in outstanding form for Everton, is still not in danger of usurping him.

Carlo Ancelotti will try to take Cole to Paris Saint-Germain in January. Ferguson has discussed his potential for Manchester United, too. Lampard is 34, Cole 32 next month. Injuries are occurring more frequently, the relentless workload of an English season is beginning to tell.

It is not unusual for a club to evaluate the worth of a new contract at this stage in a player's career. It was four years ago, at a press conference at the Club World Cup, that Ferguson spoke of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville being phased out.

Don't tell Sir Alex what to do: Gill or a Glazer brother does not presume to tell Ferguson when Giggs's time is up

Don't tell Sir Alex what to do: Gill or a Glazer brother does not presume to tell Ferguson when Giggs's time is up

Giggs's presence has remained constant, Neville retired, so did Scholes and then thought better of it. In each case, though, the call came from the manager.

David Gill or a Glazer brother does not presume to tell Ferguson when Giggs's time is up. And there is the difference. In being so candid, Benitez confirmed the only view that mattered at Stamford Bridge. It wasn't his. He is just the interim. Sounds posh, like orangery. In reality, it's just words.

Sportsmanship leads to gamesmanship and then we all lose out

The controversial goal by Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano against Nordsjaelland of Denmark last week should have been a moment of realisation for football. Instead, no doubt as part of its one-rotten-idea-a-day quota, it has brought a disciplinary charge from UEFA.

Here's what happened. Nordsjaelland's Morten Nordstrand was barged over by Fernandinho near the centre circle. With Nordsjaelland in possession, referee Anthony Gautier, of France, stopped the game. Restarting with an uncontested drop ball, Willian, of Shakhtar Donetsk, kicked it down field to return possession to the Danes. On doing so, Adriano collected the loose ball, rounded goalkeeper Jesper Hansen and scored an equalising goal.

Nordsjaelland protested furiously then
and again moments later when what they thought was permission to score,
unchallenged, from the kick-off as a means of restoring their lead was
halted by Shakhtar defender Taras Stepanenko. From there, Shakhtar
played on.

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match

What did I do Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano sparked a furious reaction from FC Nordsjaelland players after he raced onto an uncontested bounce ball back pass to score in their Champions League match

A few observations. First, why did Gautier stop the play It wasn't a foul and Nordstrand did not appear to be in agony or unconscious. As his team had the ball, were his team-mates concerned for his well-being, they could have kicked it out, allowing him to receive medical attention.

Second, when Willian struck the ball forward, the obvious recipient was a Nordsjaelland defender, Jores Okore. Adriano's run appeared initially intended to close him down but instead Okore ambled in the wake of the ball, meaning Adriano sped past him to take possession.

This raises another issue, in what has now become a counter-productive grey area for football. The ball having been returned, at which point can the opposition start to play Was Adriano to stand still, while Okore shuffled about before deciding that, yes, he was now happy to receive the ball in 30 yards of clear space

In the 2006 FA Cup final, Steven Gerrard's late equalising goal to send the game into extra time was scored after the ball had been kicked out of play to allow treatment to be administered to a Liverpool player.

On target: Gerrard's late equaliser against West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final came after the ball was kicked out following an injury to a Liverpool player

On target: Gerrard's late equaliser against West Ham in the 2006 FA Cup final came after the ball was kicked out following an injury to a Liverpool player

Liverpool were instructed to throw it to the nearest opponent, West Ham United full back Lionel Scaloni, but then immediately began closing him down. Struggling to control the bouncing ball, his panicked clearance went straight to a red shirt, and Liverpool scored from the second phase of that play. Some felt the pressure on Scaloni was unsporting on Liverpool's part but what were they to do How long were West Ham to be allowed to play unchallenged These are unnecessary complications.

At the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, a Real Madrid player went down and his team-mates played on. Then they lost possession to Manchester City and began screaming at their opponents to do the right thing and kick the ball out of play.

As so often happens in football, sportsmanship becomes gamesmanship. This never used to happen and nobody died. If a player is seriously injured, the referee can still suspend play and restart the old-fashioned way, a contested drop ball.

What happened in Denmark on Tuesday is all part of the modern fad of game management, in which a referee sees himself also as mediator, facilitator and part of the show. The old way was better. Play on until otherwise instructed. What could have been simpler

And while we're at it…

Jose Mourinho knew he was being unkind at a difficult time but that did not make his observation less true. It was fortunate that it was Manchester City's manager who had disappointed again in Europe, he said, because, had he failed to get Real Madrid out of their Champions League group, he would have been sacked. And he certainly would have. Had Mourinho wanted job security, he could have stayed at Porto for life.

Pressure: The Real Madrid manager doesn't shirk from working under the most intense stress

Pressure: The Real Madrid manager doesn't shirk from working under the most intense stress

'Beautiful blue chair, the Champions League trophy, God, and, after God, me,' as he put it. He is mocked for wanting to work only for the moneyed elite but every job he has taken has carried an enormous level of expectation.

The number of hirings and firings at Chelsea show what a feat he did to stay in Roman Abramovich's employ for three years, the same with Inter Milan – the club he left wanting more – and now Real Madrid, who go through managers the way Lewis Hamilton uses petrol.

Say what you like about Mourinho but he doesn't shirk from working under the most intense stress.

Rory's taking the Nike

It won't have pleased his new sponsors, Nike, but Rory McIlroy's comment on switching from Titleist equipment was priceless.

Couple: McIlroy poses with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after winning the DP World Tour Championship

Couple: McIlroy poses with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after winning the DP World Tour Championship

'I don't think it will make any difference,' he said. 'A hockey stick and an orange serves me all right.'

Jaffa would appear to have missed a trick here. Not to mention the Man from Del Monte.

Ref justice for Long and Co

If referees do not know what a foul looks like, they really have to lay off the cautions for diving. Mike Dean is the latest to appear foolish, booking Shane Long of West Bromwich Albion for what was plainly a trip by John O'Shea of Sunderland.

O'Shea appeared to think he had received his second yellow card of the match and was about to head to the dressing room without complaint. To his surprise, it was Long who received Dean's caution. Following on from equally horrendous decisions given against Fernando Torres, of Chelsea, by Mark Clattenburg and Danny Rose, of Sunderland, by Lee Mason, it would appear English football is now giving the benefit of the doubt to the cloggers. Another step forward.

Old Trafford support

There was a fantastic turn-out for the unveiling of a giant bronze statue in Manchester. But who knew Edward Woodward (below left) was so popular at Old Trafford

Edward Woodward

Sir Alex Ferguson

Everybody ignore Chris

So now England's rugby players know how to react to penalties. Consult captain Chris Robshaw, listen keenly to what he has to say, do the opposite.

Satire is dead

'I'm too intelligent to be a footballer,' says Joey Barton. I've checked its pulse but, officially, it would now appear that satire is dead.

Baggies dare to dream

Steve Clarke, rightly, wasn't getting carried away.

'It doesn't mean too much,' he said after West Bromwich Albion went third with a 4-2 win at Sunderland. 'We just need to stay grounded, focused and not get ahead of ourselves.'

We all know the reality is that, if West Bromwich are still holding a Champions League position at the end of the season, Clarke will be a contender for manager of the century.

Flying high: West Brom are up to third in the Barclays Premier League table

Flying high: West Brom are up to third in the Barclays Premier League table

Yet, at the same time, his striker, Peter Odemwingie, dared to dream. He recalled that his Lille team did not even have Champions League bonuses written into their contracts because the possibility was not considered, yet they finished second behind Lyon to qualify.

That's the spirit. There are enough factors holding back small clubs in the Premier League without adding dour fatalism. Don't get carried away but never believe it can't happen.

The enthusiasm for the straitjacket of financial fair play among the elite clubs tells us only one thing: deep down, they are frightened they are not good enough, too.

FIFA slow on the uptake

A mere six years after the Carlos Tevez affair threatened to tear English football apart, FIFA have resolved to take action over third-party ownership of players. Really sprung into action there, didn't they

Scott won't be missed

Michael Scott, who masterminded the Great Britain swimming team at the Olympics – of which the best that can be said is nobody drowned – has quit as performance director. Moving from his base in Australia was apparently the deal breaker for him. He won't be missed, except by Qantas.

Thistle better than Barca

Using the traditional Scottish logic that beating England in 1967 made them world champions, does this now mean that Inverness Caledonian Thistle are better than Barcelona

Joe Cole still thinks he can be Liverpool hero

Cole believes he can still make the grade at Liverpool after fine Europa League display

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23:10 GMT, 22 November 2012

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole believes he can still be a success story at the club.

The 31-year-old scored and set up Jonjo Shelvey in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Young Boys at Anfield in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Cole claims he has impressed at each of his former sides and can repeat that on Merseyside.

Aiming high: Joe Cole says he can be a success at Anfield

Aiming high: Joe Cole says he can be a success at Anfield

'I was a good player at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille and I think I can be a good player at Liverpool,' he told ITV4.

'I'm getting stronger with every game. It is normal that a player wants to play all the time.

'It was my third game back from a hamstring problem and I felt good.

'On a personal note it was quite good. The overall sense though is disappointment that we didn't see it out in the end.

'But the young lads especially have been terrific this year. We just keep going.'

In a Liverpool side teeming with youth Cole was one of the more experienced figures.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: 'It was nice for Joe Cole to play well. He has been working very hard in training.'

Asked if Cole had a future at the club, he added: 'He's certainly working hard. He knows it's difficult because he's been away from the club on loan.

'Joe's a fighter and he's working very hard. That's all he can do.'

Cole was upset that his side could not hold on to their slim lead, with a wonder goal from Elsad Zverotic after 88 minutes enough to earn the Swiss team a point.

Now they face a difficult away game in
Italy to play Udinese, in which they must at least match Young Boys'
result against Anzhi to progress.

Cole believes Liverpool should not be finding themselves in such a position, when a win meant they would have qualified.

Setback: Elsad Zverotic (left) struck late to confound Cole and Co

Setback: Elsad Zverotic (left) struck late to confound Cole and Co

'It's disappointing. It was just the game management at the end,' he said.

'We need to see the game out. Maybe we had a few young players on the pitch but we should have killed the game off.

'Fair credit though it was a good finish from their kid.'

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second of the game

Driven home: Cole fires in Liverpool's second of the game

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Liverpool halted Michael Owen"s potential

He could've been better! Ferguson claims Liverpool hampered development of Owen

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UPDATED:

12:29 GMT, 17 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Liverpool halted the potential of Michael Owen as a footballer.

The Manchester United manager claims that Liverpool hampered the striker’s development because they played him too often as a teenager.

Owen broke through for the Reds when he was just 17 and earned a place at the 1998 World Cup for England, but Ferguson says that his relentless playing schedule at such a young age has had a negative effect on the player in the long term.

Hampered: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen suffered for playing too many games at Liverpool

Hampered: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen suffered for playing too many games at Liverpool

Ferguson said: 'You can play too much football, particularly young players growing and developing physically.

'That’s exactly what happened with Michael. He would’ve been a far better player if he’d been allowed to improve technically and develop rather than playing all the time.'

After an astonishing display at the World Cup in France, Owen went on to play 40 games for Liverpool the following season while still only 18.

As a 17-year-old, Owen played a staggering 44 games for the Reds in the 1997-98 season after playing for the England youth team in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia.

Ferguson, who signed the 32-year-old in 2009 before selling him to Stoke this summer, was quoted in The Sun saying: ‘When the England youth team played in that tournament in Malaysia we had two players in the tournament at the same time, Curtis and Wallwork.

No rest: Owen, modelling his Movember moustache, played 44 games as a 17-year-old for Liverpool

No rest: Owen, modelling his Movember moustache, played 44 games as a 17-year-old for Liverpool

‘We gave them a month’s rest after they came back from the tournament but Liverpool put Owen right back in the first team.

'And then the following season he played in the World Cup so he never had a summer break.

'I don’t think he was allowed to develop technically, as he himself said to me when I discussed it with him.

'It’s maybe a bit churlish to say that’s the reason he wasn’t better. I think he would have been better technically but he was still a fantastic player.'

Gerard Houllier lauds Brendan Rodgers" Anfield revolution

Former Liverpool boss Houllier lauds Rodgers' youthful Anfield revolution

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 30 October 2012

Gerard Houllier has hailed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for showing faith in youth as he looks to rebuild the Anfield club's fortunes.

The likes of winger Raheem Sterling, 17, attacking midfielder Suso, 18, and defender Andre Wisdom, 19, have all worked their way into Rodgers' first-team this season.

And former Liverpool boss Houllier – who was in charge at Anfield from 1998 to 2004 – believes that Rodgers' approach will pay dividends in the long run.

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

Revolution: Rodgers has overseen major changes at Liverpool since arriving

'I am pleased with the way Brendan makes the team play,' the Frenchman told Liverpoolfc.com.

'He plays the right way and I’m pleased he’s given a chance to some of the young players. Some are very good.

'Sterling could be a major player for the club in the future and at the moment he just needs to be a little more composed, particularly in the final move of his game.

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

Wing wizard: Sterling has been in outstanding form this season

'Suso, Andre Wisdom and Joe Allen are all good players and it’s very good for the future of the club.'

Houllier was at Goodison Park for Sunday's 2-2 Merseyside derby draw and he feels that the Reds were unlucky given that Luis Suarez had a late winner wrongly ruled out for offside.

'Liverpool posed a major problem to Everton in changing the system in the second half and I thought Brendan was very clever,' said the 65-year-old.

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

Ruled out: Suarez was denied a winner in stoppage time at Goodison Park

'It really helped the team and in the end they probably could have won it.

'It was a goal. I don’t know what the referee saw there because it wasn’t offside. I thought initially he had given a foul for a push by Coates but the flag was for offside. It wasn’t offside.

'Sometimes things even up. I mean, we’ve got to remember we were lucky that time Sander Westerveld’s clearance hit Don Hutchison in the last minute and went in the net, and that was disallowed.'

Divers like Luis Suarez are turning fans way from football, says David Moyes

Divers like Suarez are turning fans away from football, says Everton boss Moyes

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23:20 GMT, 26 October 2012

David Moyes has accused players like Luis Suarez of turning supporters away from English football and he demanded serial divers be punished with bans.

The Everton manager stoked the fires ahead of the 219th Merseyside derby, which will be refereed by Andre Marriner, by admitting he is 'worried' about Suarez, especially after last season when the Liverpool striker's dramatic reaction to a challenge led to Jack Rodwell being wrongly sent off.

Moyes, who has long held strong views about players who go down too easily, referred to that incident yesterday as 'a dive' and believes the culture of players cheating to gain an advantage will eventually mean football loses spectators.

Spoiling the game Moyes believes divers should be harshly punished

Spoiling the game Moyes believes divers should be harshly punished

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'I would (be concerned about Suarez) because I think he has got history,' said Moyes.

'But I am not the referee, I am not the one that (makes decisions). But I tell you what — it will turn the supporters away from football if they think players are conning their way to results.

'People like to see things done in the main correctly. If the ball hits a hand, of course you are going to claim for it. And you will take every decision you get. But when people are out to manufacture it, supporters in general will not like it.'

When Moyes was asked if his comments were directed at Suarez in particular, he replied: ‘It is generally. I think it is a discussion to be had. I don’t think supporters like the idea of players going down easily.

'Everybody who has played football and who is involved in it, you would hate to see that happening in the games you played. You would say “get up”. You just find it very hard to go along with but you have to give the referee the chance to referee the game the way he sees it.'

Moyes added: 'Players should stay on their feet. I have got a view that retrospective viewing of diving should be seen as more important than some of the technology they are talking about coming in. I think if you banned players, it wouldn’t take long before you cut (diving) out.'

Shocker: Suarez is starting to earn himself something of a reputation

Shocker: Suarez is starting to earn himself something of a reputation

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers launched an astonishing defence of Suarez following a 0-0 draw against Stoke earlier this month, claiming he is the victim of ‘wrong and unfair treatment’, and he reiterated that Liverpool have suffered at the hands of referees.

Moyes, who is similarly aggrieved about decisions that have gone against Everton, regularly reminds his squad about the code of conduct he expects them to follow on the pitch and will not tolerate them diving.

Rodgers said: 'I have seen it over the years – the real firecrackers of games, full of intensity and passion, which they should be because that is what derbies are about. But it is also important to stay calm.'

Outspoken: Moyes is preparing his side to face Liverpool on Sunday

Outspoken: Moyes is preparing his side to face Liverpool on Sunday