The Week That Was – Friday 28th August

The Week That Was – Friday 28th August
August 28, 2015 Chris Rowland

By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes.

W/c Monday August 24th 2015.

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The Week in Football – Liverpool FC:

Monday:

Liverpool can gain an advantage over Arsenal with a victory on Monday, says Brendan Rodgers. (BBC Sport)

Liverpool lost 4-1 at Arsenal in April, and have managed just one away win over the Gunners in the past 15 years.

But Rodgers believes there is a way to win there.

“If you assess the last 10 games Arsenal have lost at home, it’s been about dangerous possession for the teams who have won,” Rodgers said.

“No matter when these games come in the season, they are always good for the psychological effect.”

“The teams who have been [to Arsenal] have only averaged about four shots on target, with 43% possession. It tells you that you don’t need to dominate the ball, but you can dominate the space.

“Like Arsenal, we do like to dominate the ball, but there are certain games where you look at the tactical approach of what will get you the result. That’s something we’ve done and have been working on this week.”

Rodgers also talked about Alberto Moreno: (LiverpoolFC.com)

“Alberto has trained very well,” Rodgers said ahead of Monday’s clash with Arsenal.

“He understands the reasons why he’s not in the team at this moment, but he, like all the other players, it was very important for me to acknowledge to them that it will be difficult between now and the international break, especially if the team is winning.

“But there are going to be opportunities for players this season, and there are opportunities every single day in training. And Alberto has trained really, really well, with no drop-off in his enthusiasm. He has quality and knows the areas where we want to help him improve in.”

Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool will regret selling winger Raheem Sterling, 20, to Manchester City. (London Evening Standard)

“I personally rate Raheem Sterling. We will see that in the longer term,” he added: “I personally don’t think that Sterling was making a lot of drama. It’s just during the transfer window that that happened.

“Liverpool is in a position they can make their own decisions,” he said. “They refused to sell us [Luis] Suarez, so I cannot feel too much sympathy for them.

“During the season, the boy was quiet – never made any stupid statement. I don’t think he made too much noise. He’s a quality player.”

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