Liverpool are to announce the creation of a "technical committee" of "football people" in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the transfer deadline day debacle that led to the club allowing Andy Carroll to go out on loan without a replacement striker being signed.The Telegraph
Around an hour from now there's a brief documentary set to air on BBC One, with current listings limited to the Northwest in England and Yorkshire. For those in the UK it's on the BBC's iPlayer, and those overseas will have to scramble a bit to find ways to watch, but it shouldn't be too difficult to catch a live viewing. Combined with ITV's documentary of the same name, which is set to air tomorrow, and the release from the Hillsborough Independent Panel on Wednesday, this week has shone yet another spotlight on the events of 23 years ago that will hopefully--finally--lead to some sort of peace for the families of the victims.
Despite being taken off at the half by Roy Hodgson as England cruised to a 5-0 win over Moldova, Steven Gerrard today insisted it was only a precautionary move with the match already in hand and England's manager looking to keep his captain fresh for Tuesday's game against Ukraine. "There are no problems at all," said Gerrard, "I'm fit and fine. I think when you come up against nations like this, ideally you want to finish the game by half-time. Sometimes they make it difficult and put a lot of men behind the ball but I thought we pressed them really high, won the ball high up and we were lethal in front of goal." Hodgson may only have been thinking of Tuesday's tougher opponent when he brought Gerrard off, but with an important visit to Sunderland for Liverpool coming up next weekend the unexpectedly early end to his day against Moldova could prove as beneficial for his club as for England.
Through the first three matches of the season, Liverpool have fielded the second-youngest starting eleven in the Premier League, with only Arsenal above (or...below) them. They're nearly five years younger on average than Fulham, and four full years younger than the average age of Everton's eleven. It's a drop of almost a year from last year's squad, and one that, unsurprisingly, has come with some growing pains. Nowhere has the been more evident than in attack, where Luis Suarez is the club's oldest forward at 25--Stewart Downing can stake a claim at 28, but given his level of influence, it's up to the Uruguayan to lead a contingent that's composed of Oussama Assaidi (24), Fabio Borini (21), Raheem Sterling (17), Adam Morgan (18), and Samed Yesil (18). The drop in average age represents both a shift in philosophy and limitations on the squad, and with the way things wrapped up in the summer window, it's likely that we'll continue to see Brendan Rodgers selecting an eleven that's just as young--if not younger--as it's been over the first three matches.
The activity of Joe Allen in Liverpool's midfield has been a wonderful sight, and one of the club's best midfielders of all time has taken notice, as Jan Molby praised the early displays of the young Welshman: "What Allen does above anything else, and it's Barcelona-like, is he moves the ball so quickly. At no stage does he indulge himself and think, 'I'll do a little bit for myself'. With Joe it's always about doing his bit for the team...it's about moving the ball to the next player as quickly as he can and then always making himself available." With Steven Gerrard struggling for form and Lucas out for a couple more months, Allen's going to be the foundation in Liverpool's midfield, so we'll remain hopeful that he can continue to produce in the manner that Molby highlights here.
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