By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes.
W/c Monday March 23rd 2015.
Welcome to our new weekly round-up, a diary of news and events on the site, matters relating to LFC and also the world of football generally.
The Week in Football – Liverpool FC:
Referee Martin Atkinson was right to send off Steven Gerrard during their home defeat against Manchester United on Sunday, former World Cup official Graham Poll says. (Daily Mail)
Wayne Rooney had just one regret after his side’s 2-1 win at Liverpool, tweeting: “Very happy tonight. Fans were amazing. Juan Mata – great goals. Should have let him take penalty. And the United fan in the Kop. Brilliant.”
Only one problem Wayne – as the Daily Mail reported:
Manchester United fan with an away scarf in the Kop at Anfield was a hoax… but even Wayne Rooney fell for it!
Seems it was a photoshopped image of a Thai Man Utd fan on a pre-season tour of Thailand in 2013, at the airport waiting for the United team to arrive, plonked into an image of the Kop taken from a 2011 match against Birmingham City! Nice one Wayne.
“Big big result,” added Rooney’s team-mate Michael Carrick. “These are the ones that you remember. A lot more than just three points. Mr Juan Mata – magic, just magic.”
“Great win – all together,” tweeted Marouane Fellaini after Manchester United won at Liverpool
“BBC Radio 4 have announced that this week’s special guest on ‘Just a Minute’ will be Steven Gerrard,” tweeted comedian Tony Cowards.
A couple came out on Gerrard’s side:
“That’s how you deal with doing something stupid. Very honest and classy apology from Gerrard,” posted journalist and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan on Twitter.
Retired former Southampton and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham tweeted: “Great that Gerrard has come out and spoken. No excuses, just honesty.”
Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge pulled out of the England squad to face Lithuania and Italy with groin and hip injuries respectively. And Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and faces a three-match ban.
So we managed to lose three points and four players against our bitterest rivals on Sunday, with Gerrard and Skrtel suspended and Lallana and Sturridge injured. Now that IS a bad day at the office.
Raheem Sterling should sign the contract that Liverpool have offered him or risk incurring the anger of their supporters, according to former Reds defender Jamie Carragher. (Mirror)
Bruce Grobbelaar believes Steven Gerrard is already thinking about playing for MLS side LA Galaxy following his red card against Manchester United. (Talksport)
A Liverpool fan who grabbed Mario Balotelli during Sunday’s loss to Manchester United says he did it because he was worried the Italian striker would be sent off. (Liverpool Echo)
Germany boss Joachim Low says Emre Can should play at this summer’s European Under 21 Championships:
“Emre Can, Kevin Volland, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka all have a big future, but they should play at the tournament”.
Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is considering asking Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard to address his Europe side when they play the United States in 2016. Cue BBC Sport Salford to snipe in with ‘presumably the speech will last for more than 38 seconds.’ Guys you’re so funny …
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