Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called for an end to the sickening chants often associated with fixtures between the two sides. Liverpool fans have often been subjected to chants about the Hillsborough disaster whilst they themselves have also been guilty over chants relating to the Busby Babes Munich air disaster. It comes after the recent dramatic findings relating to the Hillsborough disaster this week. Liverpool’s first home game since the events is at Anfield against United on the 23rd September and Ferguson hopes the fans have drawn a line in the continuance of such actions and appreciate the mutual respect they should have for each other.
Liverpool have a few injury concerns ahead of their fixture with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but most prominently is the recurring ankle problem for Jose Enrique who may be forced to miss the game.
In that circumstance Stewart Downing is expected to fill in at left back. Joe Allen is fit after recovering from a bug picked up while on international duty with Wales but Brendan Rodgers insists that forward Luis Suarez and centre back Sebastian Coates are available despite extensive trips to South America to represent Uruguay this week. Lucas remains a long-term absentee.
Liverpool’s owner John Henry insists he and his business associated joint venture Fenway Sports Group is not in any way considering selling the Boston Red Sox. There has been questions raised whether FSG have both the financial capacity to run two large clubs in the form of the BoSox and Liverpool another accusation that Henry was quick to quash. He made it abundantly clear that he was not interested in selling either club in the foreseeable future as they remained important rojects that he considered unfinished and exciting for the future.
The FA have become the latest association to apologise to Liverpool FC and the friends and relatives of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago. Current chairman David Bernstein issued the apology along with representatives from Sheffield Wednesday after it was revealed that the stadium did not possess the requisite safety license ahead of the FA cup semi-final fixture with Nottingham Forest that ended so tragically.
Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers has announced his pleasure at the emergence of Raheem Sterling so far this season and believes he is a shining light and inspiration for the other youngsters at the club. The 17 year old, who was recently called up to the senior England squad for the first time, has made an impressive start to Liverpool’s otherwise patchy start to the campaign.
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