Liverpool are still searching for their first Premier League win after a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Fabio Borini had several opportunities in the first half however Liverpool did find opposite keeper Simon Mignolet in fine fiddle. They eventually went 1-0 down after Craig Gardner’s excellent run was finished well by Steven Fletcher for his third goal in 2 games. Luis Suarez however smashed home the equaliser in the second half in order to earn a hard fought point on Wearside for Brendan Rodger’s men.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted he does not want Luis Suarez to change his playing style despite being booked for a dive during the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. He now sits just two bookings away from a one match suspension and Rodgers did concede he may need to try and calm his emotions slightly in order to avoid such ordeals. He went on to praise the Uruguayan’s attitude however claiming he is a pleasure to work with but is just ‘passionate’ and ‘runs on emotion’.
Manchester United and Liverpool executives will hold talks before the clash between the two at Anfield on Sunday; the first game at Anfield since the unveiling of new evidence relating to the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago. It follows reports of abusive and deplorable taunts about the disaster at Old Trafford on Saturday during United’s tie with Wigan Athletic. It is believed United chief executive David Gill and Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre will lead the discussions as a usually volatile game in its own right will be under the spotlight even more this weekend and the discussions are aimed at preventing any abusive chants from either set of fans occurring, in particular reference to the Hillsborough disaster and Munich air disaster.
Meanwhile Sam Allardyce has revealed that Liverpool do have the right to exercise a recall clause in Andy Carroll’s loan deal at West Ham United. The former Newcastle United player was loaned out after not being considered part of Brendan Rodger’s plans for the future development of Liverpool FC. The recall clause is valid in January and should Liverpool struggle in their pursuit of another attacking option at that time Brendan Rodgers may be forced into recalling the striker who he shipped off to Upton Park on Transfer Deadline day.
And finally, Alan Shearer had critical words for Joe Allen's patient style of play on Match of the Day on Saturday night, arguing he needed to force the issue more when his side were chasing a goal. Is he right or wrong? Have your say in the debate here.
What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Liverpool FC on the 17th September 2012?
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