1 He may not be a Liverpool regular, but Mamadou Sakho is clearly a fan favourite.Often described as gangly and clumsy, Sakho emerged as one of the Reds’ most consistent performers last season as the Merseysiders embarked on a 13-game unbeaten run between December and March.This season, however, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has handed the maligned Dejan Lovren a shot at retribution at the expense of Sakho’s place in the side.That triggered doubts about the player’s Anfield future, with both Roma and Bayer Leverkusen allegedly tabling bids for the French centre-back.Reports emerging on Friday though claim that Sakho has been offered a new £100,000-a-week deal to fend off interest from other clubs.Liverpool supporters seem overjoyed at the club’s decision, with many taking to Twitter to voice their approval. //storify.com/talksport/liverpool-fans-praise-wise-decision-after-defender.js?border=false[View the story “Liverpool fans praise ‘wise decision’ after defender Mamadou Sakho is offered new deal” on Storify] Mamadou Sakho
In the summer transfer window, Tottenham were chasing a number of strikers in a bid to bolster the ranks up front.There were numerous bids for Saido Berahino and former Milan striker Alexandre Pato was also linked with a move to north London.It was even reported Spurs had launched an £8m bid for the latter, but after talking over his future with his agent, remained at Sao Paulo in his native Brazil, while West Brom did not budge in their valuation of Berahino.And Pato continued to show the goal scoring exploits that saw him interest Spurs with this fantastic goal in his side’s 3-0 win against Vasco de Gama on Wednesday night. Alexandre Pato scores a great goal for Sao Paulo against Vasco de Gama 1
2. Steven Gerrard – Left in July 2015 for LA Galaxy – In his final two seasons at Liverpool, it was clear that Gerrards legs were beginning to go. However, why couldnt the legendary midfielder have seen out his career at Anfield? Its hard to imagine that Gerrard would have rejected the opportunity to extend his stay unless the club informed him that he no longer had a significant role to play. While his involvement on the field may have dwindled, his impact behind the scenes is what may be missed the most. 5 5 During Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool tenure, much emphasis was focused on the performances – or lack thereof – of the players signed by the Northern Irish manager, perhaps just as crucial in his disappointing reign are those that he let go.Of course we all remember Luis Suarez’s £75m to Barcelona, just two months after the Reds had almost completed a spectacular run to the Premier League title, but there are a significant number of others whose departure may have played a part in seeing the identity of the Merseyside club come into question.Take a look at five key players that Rodgers controversially agreed to either sell or not to hand a new contract to, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.Did Brendan Rodgers deserve to be given the boot so soon into the new season? Who should replace him? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below… 1. Raheem Sterling – Sold in July 2015 to Manchester City – After the controversy at the end of last season, Liverpool had few other options than to grant the unhappy winger his desired transfer. In receiving £49m for his signature, Liverpool arguably received far more than his worth. However, along with how poorly the money was spent, the concern is the message that it sends out to rival clubs. Having sold two key players over the past two summers in Suarez and Sterling, the Reds looked to have become a selling club under Rodgers. 5. Pepe Reina – Loaned to Napoli in 2013-14 season, sold in August 2014 to Bayern Munich – Reina spent eight years with Liverpool, but his treatment in his final two seasons with the club left a sour taste. Following confusion surrounding Reina replacing Victor Valdes at Barcelona, Liverpool prepared for life without the Spaniard by signing Simon Mignolet. After this never happened, the Reds decision to then send Reina on loan without telling the player himself was no way to treat the goalkeeper. A season later he joined Bayern Munich and this summer returned to Napoli. Reinas departure signalled a poor start to life on Merseyside for Rodgers. 5 5 3. Luis Suarez – Sold in July 2014 to FC Barcelona – After his tumultuous 2014 World Cup followed the Premier League title slipping out of Liverpools grasp, Suarez may have felt that he had little choice but to start afresh elsewhere. And with Barcelona offering £75m for his signature, FSG may have felt that taking the cash was the best move for the club. However, with the money having been poorly spent and Daniel Sturridge spending the next eight months out with an injury, selling Suarez was even more of a blow than expected. In selling the Uruguayan, Liverpool effectively ended any hopes of silverware in the new season. 5 4. Daniel Agger – Sold in August 2014 to Brondby IF – With YNWA tattooed on his knuckles, there are few other players from the modern Liverpool era that had as much affection for the club than Agger. Rodgers decision to sell, therefore, as Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure moved ahead of him in the pecking order, was perhaps a poor decision. According to the player himself, Agger constantly argued with Rodgers and felt undervalued, leaving him with little choice but to seek an exit.
Everton striker Steven Naismith Manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he will meet with Steven Naismith to discuss his future at the club next month, and admits he could sanction a move away from Goodison Park.Scotland striker Naismith has found himself increasingly sidelined, with Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley starring in the attacking positions.Norwich, Everton’s opponents on Saturday, made a deadline-day bid for Naismith in the summer, but the offer was rebuffed by Martinez.However, with Naismith not having been involved in a Premier League game since mid-October, it appears a move in January could now be on the cards after the striker admitted he wanted more first-team football.Martinez said: “That’s something we need to look into whenever that situation arises. It happened in August, it wasn’t the right time. We’re going to see how the next three or four weeks go.“It’s so important to have a strong squad. We’ve got a period of a lot of games in a short amount of days and every single player will have a very important role in those weeks.“So I’m sure in four or five weeks we’ll have a clear idea of where we are and it’ll be the right time to make a decision.“Steven is a very intelligent man, intelligent footballer, and I think he’s got an incredible degree of confidence.“It is true it’s been very frustrating for certain players in those attacking positions due to the fact some of the players that are playing in those roles have reached an incredible level of form. I think as a player you understand that.” 1
John Obi Mikel: Reserve midfielder to finally leave Chelsea? – The news from Turkey is that Galatasaray are looking at Mikel, who rarely plays for Chelsea. The midfielder made six starts last season and his deal runs until 2017. 8 Oscar: Chelsea attacker is potential replacement for Pogba – If Juventus don’t want to shell out for Cuadrado they may target Oscar, especially if Paul Pogba leaves. And the Mail say Juve are not giving up on the Blues’ Brazil international. Alex Teixeira: Shakhtar man has scored 22 goals in 15 games and says Chelsea are keen – Teixeira has been linked to Chelsea before and was recently quoted saying interest from the Blues is real. That’s according to Tutto Juve in Italy, who report the 25-year-old Shakhtar man is about to stop for Ukraine’s winter break, adding he is only thinking about his holiday in Brazil before deciding on his future. 8 8 Juan Cuadrado: Chelsea to be stuck with £25m winger? – As talkSPORT revealed, Juventus are considering whether to pull out of negotiations with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Cuadrado who is on loan in Turin. A sum of £14m is being discussed, but if the Italian champions don’t fancy it, then the winger may return to Stamford Bridge. 8 8 Bernardo Silva: Blues to pip Euro giants to playmaker? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Chelsea transfer rumours – Chelsea’s season is going from bad to worse and fans of the club will hope there is either an improvement from the players, but if they can’t raise their game then supporters will surely demand money is spent on new blood. Monaco’s 21-year-old playmaker has been linked and is valued at around £21m, but Silva has also attracted interest from Juventus, Man City and Barcelona. John Stones: £40m stopper to stop Chelsea conceding goals? – Chelsea failed to buy Stones in the summer, but according to the Express the club will target the £40m-rated Everton defender again as soon as the winter transfer window opens. Jamie Vardy: Top scoring striker to transfer goals to Chelsea? Mourinho likes him… – Ahead of Leicester’s win against Chelsea, which saw the Foxes maintain their place at the top of the Premier League, Blues boss Jose Mourinho was talking up Jamie Vardy. He said he wasn’t surprised the England man was being linked to big clubs and praised the goal record that saw him score in 12 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the campaign. If these kind words were a way to put the striker off his game it didn’t work as Leicester beat Chelsea 2-1. James Rodriguez: Would you swap the Real Madrid man for Hazard? – Spanish outlet Don Balon report rumours of a potential swap between Real Madrid and Chelsea involving Rodriguez and Eden Hazard. 8 Chelsea have lost again, this time being beaten by high-flying Leicester in the Premier League.Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy helped the Foxes remain top and leave the Blues struggling to lift themselves up the table.MOURINHO FEELING ‘BETRAYED’ BY PLAYERS AFTER CHELSEA DEFEATChelsea are now one point above the relegation zone having lost for the ninth time.So will manager Jose Mourinho spend money on new players in January? The club have certainly been linked with a number of new faces, so click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the latest rumours. 8 8
1 Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez Riyad Mahrez has no plans to leave Leicester during the January transfer window.The winger has been one of the stars of the Premier League this season, and his 11 goals and seven assists have attracted the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.The 24-year-old has ruled out a January exit with the Foxes currently riding high at the top of the table, but the Algeria international admitted he could leave the club at the end of the season.“It’s best for me to stay until the end of the season,” Mahrez told RMC.“I was at Le Havre, I had six months left but nobody came to get me. Leicester tried very hard to get me.“I could feel that they wanted me. I took the decision without knowing the culture or the area. It was a risk.“When you come from far away and you end up in the Premier League it makes you happy. I am happy that I signed for Leicester.”
Gael Bigirimana 1 Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has extended his loan spell at high-flying Coventry until January 24.The Burundi international moved back to the League One side, with whom he started his career, on loan in November and has made five appearances so far.Newcastle have now confirmed that Bigirimana, whose loan deal was due to expire this week, will remain at the Ricoh Arena for another fortnight at least.The 22-year-old, who was bought from Coventry for £1m in 2012, has made 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies but has not featured under Steve McClaren.
11 15. Eric Dier (centre midfield) 23. Christian Eriksen (left wing) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre back) 11 11 3. Danny Rose (left back) 11 It might have been by a slim scoreline, but Tottenham continued their incredible run of form by defeating Watford last weekend.It was not Harry Kane, Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen who was the hero though, in the end it was right back Kieran Trippier was fired home at the back post to make it four Premier League wins in a row.The victory put them second in the table but now they must face title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Earlier this season, Spurs ran out 4-1 winners at White Hart Lane but they could find it tougher this time out.Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury news so still has to continue without summer signing Clinton Njie and Jan Vertonghen.So how will Spurs look against the Manuel Pellegrini’s side?Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Tottenham XI for their match with Manchester City… 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 11. Erik Lamela (right wing) 10. Harry Kane (striker) 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre back) 11 11 11 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! 19. Mousa Dembele (central midfield)
Arsene Wenger has revealed he may have ended his Arsenal tenure had his side failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final.Arsenal, who host Steve Bruce’s side in the fifth round of this season’s tournament on Saturday, ended their nine-year trophy drought with a 3-2 victory against Hull.The north London club were overwhelming favourites to win the showpiece at Wembley but found themselves two goals down inside eight minutes.Santi Cazorla pulled one back for Arsenal before half-time before Laurent Koscienly took the game to extra time where Aaron Ramsey scored the winner.“I don’t know, honestly, I don’t know,” said Wenger when asked if he would have lost his job if Arsenal had failed to win.“It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final. If we had lost it I don’t know.“It would have been a problem if we had not won. It would have been a massive disappointment for everyone, but we won.”Wenger, who signed a new three-year extension 13 days after the victory, added: “Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything. I think as well to say to you that if 17 years at a club depend on one Cup final, it is better you don’t go to the final.” 1 Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2014
Organizers served a “simple solitary supper” of bread and the same variety of lentil soup served in Sudan and eastern Chad. “It reinforces the concept of social justice that’s one of the pillars here,” said 20-year-old Oscar Borboa, a theological studies major. “For me, this triggers more discussion because we haven’t done enough as a global community.” About 600 students showed up for Williams’ speech inside Burns Recreation Center. A much smaller group camped out on the lawn, spending Wednesday night sleeping in the tents as a solidarity move. Rachel Mock, a 21-year-old studying communications and music, handed a green paint bottle to a friend, who began drawing a heart-shaped world on a large paper banner that will be sent to a school in Chad. “A lot of us are in our own little bubble,” Mock said. “It’s good to have such awareness (about Darfur).”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Moments after urging Loyola Marymount University students to tap into their “righteous anger” to pick a social cause, Nobel Peace Price winner Jody Williams strode into a cluster of tents on the school’s lawn. Stopping to speak with students as she walked, Williams emphasized the importance of activism, especially for raising the profile of causes such as the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. “These students are well-informed,” Williams said. “Character matters. It’s the only thing that matters.” Williams won the Nobel in 1997, mostly for her efforts to gain an international ban on anti-personnel land mines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.More than 100 nations signed a treaty agreeing to the ban that year. In February, Williams led a United Nations Human Rights Council mission to the Darfur area. The subsequent report calls on the council to condemn the Sudanese government. Coinciding with Williams’ visit, students set up 10 tents to represent a typical African refugee camp that receives people fleeing from the repressive tactics of Sudanese militias such as the Janjaweed. Students decorated each white, A-frame tent with messages and facts pertaining to one of the world’s genocides. Images of refugees flickered on one tent. Inside another tent, a banner with blood-red numbers recounted 1.5 million Armenian victims of the Ottoman Empire in 1915.