Kenny Dalglish admitted to Skysports.com that during Liverpool’s Europa League exit to Braga on Thursday there were teething troubles with how best to use full-debutant Andy Carroll.
In patches, the Geordie striker terrified the Portuguese defence, his sheer physical presence alone a hark back to the days no team went without a traditional number nine. For the most part, however, he and Liverpool were nullified.
Kenny Dalglish believes that the Merseysiders were too quick to resort to the long ball, restricting their attacking options in the process. “Andy has tremendous assets which we have to learn how to get the best out of and we have got assets that will help,” Dalglish said. It would be a two-way process. “But he has to learn how we can get the best out of him,” Dalglish said.
Suarez and Gyan meet again.
Luis Suarez and Asamoah Gyan were at the centre of the World Cup’s most controversial, and heartbreaking, moment.
Suarez palmed a goalbound Ghanaian header away on the line in the final minute, stopping a certain Ghana winner. Sent off, he then celebrated ecstatically as Asamoah Gyan’s penalty cannoned off the bar. Inevitably the Uruguayans won on penalties. However, Gyan is willing to let bygones be bygones and will forgive Suarez as they meet this afternoon.
“I will shake his hand when I see him before the game because I am a good sportsman,” Gyan told the Daily Mirror. Whilst concentrating on the wonderful World Cup he and his compatriots had, Gyan admitted that, “Suarez didn’t come anywhere near me to try and say sorry.”
Ambitious Reina to depart?
The speculation surrounding Pepe Reina’s future continues apace. The Spaniard is known to crave Champions League football and to be competing for trophies year-in, year-out and is thought to be considering whether he will be able to fulfil his ambitions with Liverpool.
“We have to strengthen,” he told Skysports.com, inferring his Anfield future rests upon how ambitious Liverpool are in the transfer market this summer. “It’s not about being patient. It’s about the club winning and I want to be competitive.”
Hinting he is considering a move away from Anfield, he said: “We used to be amongst the top teams and be in the Champions League. Sadly, that is not the case now. I want to win titles.”