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Liverpool Locked up Longtime Legend

My favorite piece that I have ever writtern.  Original Link to FutNSoccer here: http://futnsoccer.com/2014/07/25/liverpool-negotiating-longtime-legend/

 

Liverpool FC continues to stir the rumour mill with many names still bouncing around with ties to the club.  They have officially spent £60 million on four new additions, with another one coming soon.

Loïc Rémy is reportedly a done deal for Liverpool.  Rémy had a medical midweek and seems to be a like-for-like replacement for Fabio Borini.  And now, The Liverpool Offside is saying Divock Origi is in America for his medical with the team.  Rémy would be signing for about £8.5 million and Origi is costing about £9.5 million.

While all these new additions are going on, the Reds have not forgotten about their local legend. With Steven Gerrard retiring from his international duties with the Three Lions, Brendan Rodgers says he will do everything in his power to keep Gerrard at Anfield for a few more years, and then some.

Rodgers told The Telegraph, yesterday, that he “knows that Gerrard can play beyond this season and now that he is done with international football, he will have that freshness.”

Rodgers went on to say that the deal will extend on top of the ambassadorial role that is already in Gerrard’s contract.  That role promises Gerrard would move from a player straight to being on staffwith the club, once he decides to hang up his boots.

Late Friday afternoon, The Daily Star said the deal was done.  The 34-year-old has extended his contract until 2016, per the Daily Star, not that Gerrard wanted to play anywhere else.

Gerrard grew up in the Liverpool youth system and made his first appearance with the senior team when he was 18-years-old in 1998.  He has scored 173 goals at Liverpool and he has captained the squad for the last ten years.

Steven Gerrard has benefitted greatly from Brendan Rodgers, who became the manager in 2012. While the two initially bumped heads, since then, Rodgers has created formations around Gerrard in an effort to save his aging legs and keep him on the pitch more.  With Champions League games fixed in the midweek this year for the Reds, this becomes an even bigger point of emphasis.

The chemistry this team forged last year becomes even more important now.  Liverpool is committing to Gerrard for a few more years now, which makes the work of Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho all the more important to help cover the ground Gerrard may not be able to as time goes on.

And now the plethora of new additions become crucial fill-ins.  Emre Can and Lazar Marković will get the chance to play on the sides of Gerrard and will be counted on to cover the flanks with their speed.  And Adam Lallana will get to sit right in front of Gerrard and learn directly from him.

A lot of this sounds like Gerrard is aging and only coming back as an icon.  He can still play, and play at a very high level.  With all the youth that Rodgers is bringing in this summer, Gerrard’s experience and leadership skills will be trusted, and used often.  He is a manager on the pitch and he will be able to help these new players mature quickly.

In the end, this is a great ‘signing’ as Liverpool get to keep their captain, and the face of the club. Liverpool have brought in some great additions during this transfer period, but locking up Gerrard for the future was an important step to take.

Jerry Sandusky Update

Throughout the month of June (and the rest of the case) I will be doing a little coverage of the Jerry Sandusky Trial and the crime of his 52 counts of molestation on ten young boys.  ABC has an in-depth background on the trial that starts today.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jerry-sandusky-trial-major-players/story?id=14925158#

The opening statements start this morning in Pennsylvania.  Eight of the 10 young victims, now grown men, are willing to testify against the former Penn State football coach.  None of the  victims are expected to testify today.  I expect this case to last for many, many months because it will take a lot of time to get to all the accounts from the victims, Sandusky, another coach who witnessed one account, and a janitor who saw Sandusky in another instance, and many more people who are investigating the events.

Some more information from the AP Press via ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8036772/penn-state-nittany-loins-jury-sees-pics-alleged-jerry-sandusky-victims

My Website and Thoughts

Welcome to my website! I will try to keep this updated with new and current thoughts and events going on in the world.

Right now I cannot wait for Friday.  Friday is a big day for soccer, you see, Euros 2012 start on Friday.  This giant tournament takes place every four years and pits the sixteen best European countries against each other to see the who the best is.  Last time this happened, in 2008, it was the fourth biggest sporting event in the world (behind the Summer Olympics, the World Cup, and the Super Bowl).  As for now, my favorite to win has to be Spain, but there is a bunch of countries returning that have been absent from the tournament for years; they could play spoiler and should be fun to watch.

Also on Friday, World Cup qualifying begins for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  The United States opens up against Antigua and Barbuda.  Antigua and Barbuda are two separate islands in the Caribbean Sea that form as one country.  They have 89,000 people on the two islands.  The United States play six games in the preliminary rounds against Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, and Jamaica.  These countries are small, but these games now carry weight and it will be fun to see USA finally put their complete squad on the field, instead of the mix and match combination of players they have used in all their friendlies thus far.  USA should win all six games but it will great to see some goals and fun-to-watch soccer.