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Liverpool 3 Zenit 1 (agg 3-3): match report

Liverpool 3 Zenit 1 (agg 3-3): Reds bow out on away goals at Anfield despite Suarez's free-kick brace

PUBLISHED:

21:56 GMT, 21 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:56 GMT, 21 February 2013

Liverpool's Europa League campaign ended on Thursday night despite a spirited effort in their attempt to score the four goals needed against Zenit to progress.

Jamie Carragher's error allowed Hulk to score a priceless away goal for the Russians in the 19th minute and give Liverpool a mountain to climb.

A free-kick from Luis Suarez followed by a goal from Joe Allen gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead at half-time, but they still needed two goals without response in the second half to progress.

But, despite Suarez scoring a second free-kick early in the second half, Liverpool couldn't force a fourth goal.

More to follow

Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

Beauty: Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick in front of the Kop to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead on the night

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen (Shelvey 59), Downing (Sterling 84), Gerrard, Henderson (Assaidi 59), Suarez.

Subs not used: Gulacsi, Coates, Suso, Wisdom.

Booked: Shelvey.

Goals: Suarez 28, 59, Allen 43.

Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev, Aniukov, Luis Neto, Lombaerts (Criscito 46), Hubocan, Witsel, Denisov, Shirokov, Danny (Faitzulin 46), Hulk, Semak (Rodic 84).

Subs not used: Zhevnov, Bruno Alves, Bukharov, Kerzhakov.

Booked: Denisov.

Goals: Hulk 19.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

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Roberto Mancini says Manchester City are still in the title race

'We can recover': Mancini says City still in the title race despite the cavernous nine point gap between them and United

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

19:15 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 3 February 2013

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insisted the Barclays Premier League title race was not over after his team's 2-2 draw with Liverpool this afternoon.

The result at the Etihad Stadium leaves second-placed City nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United.

Acute: Sergio Aguero (right) scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw from the tightest of angles

Acute: Sergio Aguero (right) scored the equaliser in the 2-2 draw from the tightest of angles

And following the contest, Mancini told Sky Sports 1: 'There are still 13 games until the end.

'No, (it is not over) – I think we can recover nine points.'

Edin Dzeko put the hosts in front before strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard to made it 2-1 to Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero then equalised in the 78th minute, capitalising superbly on an error by Reds goalkeeper Jose Reina.

It's not over: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini (pictured) insisted the title race is not over, despite sitting nine points behind neighbours Manchester United

It's not over: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini (pictured) insisted the title race is not over, despite sitting nine points behind neighbours Manchester United

Mancini felt aggrieved that play had not stopped in the build-up to Sturridge's goal after Dzeko was challenged by Daniel Agger.

He said: 'I think Liverpool played a good game. We conceded two goals, stupid goals for me.

'But before the first goal there was a big foul – if it had happened with us, probably there would have been a red card.

In the lead: City did go 1-0 up through an Edin Dzeko (pictured) goal

In the lead: City did go 1-0 up through an Edin Dzeko (pictured) goal

'Instead, the referee and linesman did not see anything. In the end, though, I think it was the right result.'

Asked if he felt Liverpool should have put the ball out when Dzeko was left on the turf by Agger, Mancini said: 'Probably, because after this foul I think there were several seconds (before the goal).

'I think so, but this can happen. I think it was a foul and should have been a yellow card. The rules are the same for everyone always.'

Liverpool fight back: Daniel Sturridge drew the Reds level with a strike from outside the box

Liverpool fight back: Daniel Sturridge drew the Reds level with a strike from outside the box…

...Before Steven Gerrard (right) put Liverpool into the lead with a beautiful half-volley that flew beyond Joe Hart

…Before Steven Gerrard (right) put Liverpool into the lead with a beautiful half-volley that flew beyond Joe Hart

Doni suffered heart-attack during time as Liverpool goalkeeper

I almost died! Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni reveals he suffered a heart attack last year

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 1 February 2013

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni shockingly revealed he suffered a heart attack in the summer which led to his long absence from football.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, whose last match for the Reds came on the final day of the 2011/12 season in May, has not featured in any squad since.

Liverpool, who refused to comment on
Doni's revelation, said it was for personal reasons but, after securing a
deadline-day move back to his homeland to join Botafogo, the goalkeeper
has explained the circumstances, which began while he was undergoing
medical tests at the club.

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

'I almost… I almost ended up on the other side. I had a heart attack for about 25 seconds,' the former Roma player told calciomercato.com in Italy.

'I've been to one of the best doctors in Europe who looked at me carefully. He's asked me to stop for a few months.

'Now I have to stay put until April, then I can return to the field, I want to play in the 2014 Paulista championship.'

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Doni also told Brazilian broadcaster Globo: 'I always had an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and during some tests in Liverpool suffered a cardiac arrest.

'I carried out checks across Europe and I had to extend my period of absence from the field.'

Jack Butland will only leave Birmingham for first-team football

England goalkeeper Butland will only leave Birmingham for first-team football

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

11:14 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:48 GMT, 10 January 2013

Goalkeeper Jack Butland insists he won’t leave Birmingham just to sit on the bench for another side.

The 19-year-old has won one England cap and was in goal for Team GB during the Olympics last summer.

Despite Butland being Birmingham's No 1, they are keen to get their hands
on the potential 6million his sale could generate.

I'm No 1: Butland will not settle for a place on the bench if he leaves Birmingham

I'm No 1: Butland will not settle for a place on the bench if he leaves Birmingham

Four Barclays Premier League sides – Liverpool, Everton, Southampton
and Fulham – already having expressed an interest.

They are facing the worrying prospect of going into administration if they can’t raise funds from the sale of more players.

Liverpool are the preferred option for Butland, but there will only be a spot for him if Pepe Reina makes his expected move to Arsenal.

Butland is confident that he can make the step up from the Championship, having said in December: 'I don’t think the occasion would be a problem. I’d back myself and my ability. I want to be playing at the top level for as long as I can in my career.'

Safe hands: Butland makes a save for England against Italy in August

Safe hands: Butland makes a save for England against Italy in August

Manchester United showing interest in Fernando Muslera

United showing interest in Muslera (to replace De Gea)

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

Manchester United are showing interest in Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Reports in Turkey claim a 14million offer has been made but it is understood no bid has gone in yet.

Sportsmail revealed last month that United want Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic while Liverpool’s Pepe Reina had also been discussed.

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Muslera, 26, is a Uruguay international. He impressed during his side’s 1-0 win over United in the Champions League group stage.

United’s David de Gea could yet be sold to Real Madrid in the summer.

Arsenal weighing up January move for Simon Mignolet from Sunderland

Arsenal weighing up January move for Sunderland's Mignolet as back-up for Szczesny

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 23 December 2012

Arsenal are calculating a January bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, to give Arsene Wenger the back-up he needs.

First-choice at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny, is still one of Wenger’s favourites, but the Gunners boss has lost confidence in bench-warmers Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.

Fabianski is free to seek a new club in January and while Mannone has presented competition for Szczesny, may opt to find first-team football elsewhere.

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Target: Sunderland's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is wanted by Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Still No 1: Wojciech Szczesny is still considered to be the first choice keeper at Arsenal

Wenger is believed to be prepared to lodge 5million for Mignolet, who is likely to be a more cost-effective target than preferred custodian, Liverpool’s Pepe Reina.

The Belgian has made 18 appearances this season, kept six clean sheets and is said to be a target for Chelsea.

Arsenal reserve stopper Damian Martinez has been singled out by Wenger as a key prospect and will be promoted to become the first team’s No 3, potentially creating a very attractive second-choice place.

Chief scout Steve Rowley has ruled out bidding for Wigan’s Ali Al-Habsi and Asmir Begovic of Stoke, on the grounds of their erratic and inconsistent performances.

David Moyes hails Tim Howard on eve of his 200th consecutive Everton appearance

Moyes hails history man Howard set to become second player to make 200 consecutive appearances

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 14 December 2012

David Moyes has paid a glowing tribute to Tim Howard as the Everton goalkeeper prepares to add his name to the Barclays Premier League history books.

Howard will become only the second man in the Premier League era to make 200 consecutive appearances when he takes to the field at Stoke this afternoon – the only other player to achieve the feat is his compatriot Brad Friedel.

There have been questions raised about Howard’s form this season, particularly after he was culpable for goals against Newcastle, Southampton and Norwich, but Moyes has been quick to defend a player he took from Manchester United in 2006 to replace Nigel Martyn.

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

Up for it: Tim Howard is on the verge of becoming the second ever player to hit 200 consecutive games

There will come a time in the future when Moyes knows Howard needs replacing and Everton’s manager is already on the lookout for a potential successor – he enquired about England Under-21 international Jack Butland in the summer.

Moyes, though, is adamant that the day when he is no longer Everton’s No 1 is a long way off and has hailed the talent and durability which has made him one of the best in the league.

‘Tim has not had many instances in his time here where he would warrant criticism,’ said Moyes.

‘Before him, Nigel was reliable, consistent and a great man to work with. To try and find another keeper like that, who you think most weeks you can trust, was not easy – But Tim has been that.

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

Superb: Moyes gave Howard a glowing review and said he was a pleasure to work with

Current consecutive appearance standings

Date achieved

Goalkeeper

Consecutive apps

29/09/2012

Friedel, Brad

310

Current

Howard, Tim

199

01/04/2012

Reina, Pepe

183

20/04/2008

James, David

166

26/12/2005

Lampard, Frank

164

23/02/1998

James, David

159

11/12/2010

Green, Robert

143

31/10/2004

Given, Shay

140

02/03/2008

Jaaskelainen, Jussi

121

14/08/2004

Holland, Matt

115

‘He has to be kept on his toes like everyone else and there are standards we feel, like everyone, he has to get to. But he has been fantastic for us, he really has. Since we took him from Manchester United, he has been an excellent goalkeeper and a great guy to work with.

‘I think he is very conscientious about his work and how he goes about it. He has helped us in so many games and he is a big part of what we do. He is a big voice in the dressing room as well.

'Tim has competition and in the main his play has been very good. We are really comfortable with him.’

Moyes will work closely with his goalkeeping coach Chris Woods when recruiting another goalkeeper and Birmingham keeper Butland, who has also been watched by Liverpool, is a player who would fit the bill.

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

Onwards: David Moyes says despite Howard's excellence he will still be considering the club's future keeper

‘You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn Who is the next Tim Howard We are always looking to see who that next one would be,’ said Moyes.

‘You have to do that. We have enquired a couple of times about Butland, but not recently.’

Everton jumped into the top four last week with a dramatic win against Tottenham and the progress they have made over the last 12 months is significant as on this weekend last year, they were 15th with 17 points.

They must do without influential forward Kevin Mirallas, though, at Stoke.

The Belgian has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem and Moyes, who has revealed that Tony Hibbert requires surgery to repair a calf injury, said: ‘It is a worry because we are missing a really good player and someone who gives us a different attacking dimension.’

Liverpool training: Jamie Carragher dons shorts and Brendan Rodgers without gloves at Melwood

Frosty reception for Liverpool at training… with Carragher as only player to dare the big freeze in his shorts

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UPDATED:

15:02 GMT, 13 December 2012

Liverpool were handed a frosty reception when they arrived at Melwood Training Ground on Thursday.

The Reds, who host Aston Villa on Saturday, were put through their paces by Brendan Rodgers. The Liverpool manager was the only member of his staff and playing squad brave enough to brace the arctic conditions without gloves.

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Braving the cold: Rodgers took training without gloves while Carragher (below) donned a pair of shorts

Although Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher gave his boss a run for his money with the veteran donning a pair of shorts during the cold snap.

The MailOnline columnist embraced the barmy conditions without trousers as the rest of his team-mates were dressed head-to-toe in winter clothing… although we're pleased to announced no snoods were on display.

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Steven Gerrard acknowledges the photographers

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Gerrard acknowledges the snappers

All smiles: Lucas and Jordan Henderson mess around on the floor as Steven Gerrard acknowledges the photographers

Among those who were absent from training at Melwood this morning was Jose Enrique, who is confident his side will collect a full quota of points when they face Villa and then host Fulham seven days later.

But the Spaniard admits he's unsure whether he'll feature for Rodgers's side this weekend.

Pepe Reina

Raheem Sterling

On the ball: Pepe Reina and Raheem Sterling are put through their paces on Thursday morning

Happy: Luis Suarez appeared to enjoy training in the cold

Happy: Luis Suarez appeared to enjoy training in the cold at Melwood

'I am okay, but I don't know if I'll be ready for the game,' said Enrique, who remains a doubt after limping out of Liverpool's 3-2 win at West Ham last Sunday.

'It's nothing bad, but I don't know if I'll be able to play.' Speaking to the club's website, Enrique added: 'I've had some treatment and then we will see. I hope I can be fit for the game.'

Brad Jones to sign new deal at Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Jones set to sign new deal after impressing Rodgers

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers is set to reward Brad Jones’s improvement by offering him a new deal.

The Liverpool keeper, 30, who moved to Anfield in August 2010, is entering the final six months of his contract.

Jones' has been battling with Pepe Reina for the No 1 spot but the Spaniard is set to leave the club.

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Rodgers is considering January moves for Birmingham's England goalkeeper Jack Butland or young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler.

Rodgers has been unsure about Reina, 30, since he arrived in the summer and wants a long-term replacement.

The Liverpool boss almost moved to
sign England international Butland in the summer but held off. Now he is
ready to step up his interest in the 19-year-old when the transfer
window opens.

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Zieler, meanwhile, is one of the best keepers in Germany and is contracted to Hannover with a 12.2m buy-out clause.

Having
started his career at Manchester United, the 23-year-old joined
Hannover in 2010 and has played more than 70 games. He also has two full
Germany caps.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina must prove he"s still the No 1 at Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Reina must prove he's still No 1 at Anfield

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 16 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers is ready to re-launch
Pepe Reina's season but has warned the goalkeeper he is facing the
biggest challenge of his Liverpool career.

Reina has missed the last seven games
with a hamstring problem that he initially sustained on internatinal
duty but, now he is fit again, the Spaniard is poised to replace Brad
Jones between the posts for Saturday's game against Wigan Athletic.

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Jones has not done much wrong during Reina's spell on the sidelines and the fact Rodgers is facing a decision to make about who to play has shown how much things have changed for him.

Since arriving at Liverpool from Villarreal in the summer of 2005, Reina has been the automatic choice as No 1 but while Rodgers has no doubt doubts about his ability, he wants to see an improvement in his form.

'I have no doubt with Pepe Reina,' said Rodgers. 'He has been very impressive since I came here and it's all about confidence. It happens to every goalkeeper. Look at Joe Hart against Sweden.

'He didn't seem to have that same happiness and physicality he had a few months. I have one of the top goalkeepers in the world, a top guy who is intent on making himself a better keeper and when we have that we have one of the best in Europe.

Focused: Reina during training

Focused: Reina during training

'He is really committed to his work, a model professional. I have been talking regularly with him to help him get back to the levels that he wants to be at. Pepe is determined to be a top goalkeeper here for next the nine or 10 years.'

There was a spell a couple of seasons ago when Reina was undoubtedly the best in the Barclays Premier League but his form has dipped over the last 18 months yet Rodgers feels the improvement Jones has made can actually help the 30-year-old back to where he once was.

'It's important for any player to know they have a challenge,' said Rodgers. 'Brad had been here two years and played four games, once from the bench. He's played ten games this season and done well, which is a credit to him.

'When I arrived he was number three but he has stepped up to the plate and I've seen great improvements in him over these months. He's shown that in his performances, so whatever happens we have a goalkeeper who has grown in confidence.'