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SHOCKING! Superstar forward set to dump Liverpool for rivals Chelsea

Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko had claimed that he will accept a £19m move to Chelsea, rather than move to their domestic rivals Liverpool, according to recent reports. The 25 year old forward plays for Ukrainian club Dinamo Kiev and has attracted the attention of a list of European giants. A move is surely on the cards, but the attacker has still not decided which club he wishes to move to, in the summer.

First, he was heavily linked with Liverpool. However, reports now say that Yarmolenko would prefer to move to Stamford Bridge instead. Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho would surely love to add this player to his squad and are all set to make a £19m offer. Yarmolenko is having a great campaign and has been quite outstanding during the course of this term, scoring a tally of 15 goals in just 29 matches.

Throw Back Thursdays – FA Cup Semi-Final 1996 – Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Now Liverpool has beaten Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup Sixth Round replay, they face the prospect of a Semi-Final clash with Aston Villa.  For me, this brings back memories of our last meeting in the competition in 1996.

In a rather convenient twist of coincidence, today happens to be Robbie Fowler’s birthday, so it’s fitting he is remembered here.

The two were in the top four in the League, Villa had just won the League Cup (sponsored by Coca Cola) beating Leeds United at Wembley, replacing Liverpool as holders of the trophy.  They were two of the top sides in the country at the time.

The other Semi-Final kicked off earlier in the day at Villa Park where league leaders, Manchester United beat Chelsea, 2-1 with goals from Andy Cole and David Beckham. Attention now turned to Old Trafford for the second Semi-Final.

Liverpool and Aston Villa were meeting for the third time in the three months.  At the end of January goals from Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler gave Liverpool a 2-0 win at Villa Park.  Five weeks later, in one of the most pulsating starts to a Premier League match ever seen, Robbie Fowler was again on target, twice, as he and Steve McManaman destroyed Villa within eight minutes of the kick-off.  At that stage Villa had only been beaten twice since just before Christmas and Liverpool had been their avengers on both occasions.

This Semi-Final was Villa’s first since 1967, but Liverpool were at this stage for the second time in five years and their fourth in the previous ten.


Villa, managed by former striker Brian Little, suffered a blow in the first half when Gareth Southgate injured a knee in a challenge with Mark Wright.  He hobbled off but responded to treatment and was able to come back on a few minutes later.  His first duty was to defend a free-kick and that’s when Liverpool took the lead.  Jamie Redknapp, playing his first match for four months, floated the ball into the area and that man Fowler got on the end of it, as his diving header went under Mark Bosnich.  Fowler was being marked by Southgate but got to the ball first and scored his seventh goal in just six games against Villa in his short career and got Liverpool off to a great start.

Southgate eventually succumbed to his injury and was replaced by former Liverpool defender, Steve Staunton.  Staunton, who won an FA Cup winners medal with Liverpool in 1989, had, had a torrid time against Fowler in their recent meetings but he needed to try and shore things up at the back.

The goal seemed to galvanise Villa and they had a shout for a penalty just three minutes after going behind.  Dwight Yorke headed the ball on for Ian Taylor to burst in between McManaman and John Scales but as McManaman got his foot to the bouncing ball, Scales’ challenge from the other side appeared to impede Taylor.  Referee Paul Durkin adjudged the ball the chance to have gone before Scales challenge came in and he waved away the protests.

David James saved bravely from close range to deny Yorke from a corner as Villa were getting the better of the chances.  Liverpool still lead at the break and Collymore might have put the game beyond Villa’s reach just after the re-start if Fowler’s pass had found him.  The second half was real end-to-end stuff.  On the hour Villa had another great chance when Milosevic headed down a cross and Ugo Ehiogu tried to turn the ball in from three yards out but again James got down to smother the ball.

As the game moved into the final quarter of an hour, Paul McGrath’s tentative backpass almost allowed Fowler in but Bosnich managed to tackle him inside the area and the chance had gone.  Minutes later Collymore was sent through but this time McGrath timed his tackled perfectly to deny the Liverpool striker.  Milosevic was lucky to get away with a Beckham-style kick at Jones before Ehiogu was again denied by a crucial block from Scales just six yards out.

As Villa struggled to keep Liverpool out John Barnes, in a central position 25 yards from goal, bent a shot which crashed against the upright with Bosnich beaten.  There was a scramble in the Liverpool area when James decided to come for a corner but found the ball curling away from him and by the time he got a hand to it he was almost out of the area. Needless to say he dropped the ball and after a frantic moment, Liverpool cleared.  In a rather surreal passage of play, at one end there was James trying to get to a corner regardless of where the ball was going to land in the area, then when it was cleared downfield and out of play, the opposite keeper, Bosnich, took the resultant throw-in for Villa.  Strange breed these goalkeepers.

With four minutes to go Liverpool then sent on the competitions record goalscorer, Ian Rush and his first action came when Liverpool were awarded a free-kick wide on the left about 15 yards from the bye-line.  Redknapp took it right footed and Staunton headed it away from his six yard line and probably thought he’d cleared the danger, but Fowler, as if he’d almost read an advance copy of the script, was waiting there to chest the ball down and volley it left-footed in off the post.

It was his 33rd goal of the season and his fifth against Villa this season.  As Villa then pressed forward, McManaman broke away and squared for McAteer to roll the ball into the net to complete the scoring.  Liverpool won 3-0 and earned their eleventh FA Cup Final appearance.  Fowler had scored twice at Old Trafford back in October when Cantona returned after his ban, and he was here again against a side who must’ve been sick of the sight of him.

Liverpool’s dream of a sixth FA Cup triumph came to an end when Cantona’s late goal gave Manchester United their second double in three years.

Liverpool had prevailed in the Semi-Final against Aston Villa playing three at the back, Wright, Scales and Ruddock, with two wing-backs, McAteer and Jones.  Wonder if they’ll play the same formation in a few weeks’ time and get the same result?

Guest Blog by the famous Liverpool fan Pete Spencer. Follow his articles here and his articles on our parent site soccersouls.com

LATEST! Liverpool Set To Make Bid For Monaco’s Midfield General

Premier League side Liverpool are looking to make a move for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports from various media outlets. Brendan Rodger’s side have been linked with a list of mid-fielders with skipper Steven Gerrard set to depart for the MLS next season. Kondogbia is considered a midfield “general” or “enforcer” and has a total of 39 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, scoring twice.

He has really been impressive for Monaco this season, since making a big money move from La Liga outfit Sevilla in 2013. He even scored a crucial goal against The Gunners last month, as the French club dumped Arsenal out of the Champions League competition in their round of 16 tie. Though the French international is quite a handful, he clearly won’t be cheap as Monaco aren’t exactly in need of money at the moment. On the other hand, the Reds need to make some high quality additions to their squad if they wish to challenge for some major trophies, next season.

SHOCKING! Liverpool Planning To Make A Shock Bid For Manchester United Striker

Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool are now having talks with Manchester United’s on-loan forward Radamel Falcao, according to the recent rumours in the transfer market. The Columbian international who joined United at the start of the season on a season long loan has failed to impress Dutch manager Louis van Gaal since making his move to Old Trafford.

Falcao
Falcao

The Dutchman does not seem to keen on extending Falcao’s stay with the Premier League side and will not sign him permanently from Ligue 1 side Monaco at the end of the season. This would mean that the Columbian superstar would be returning to France and could then make a move elsewhere. Now, according to recent claims by The Liverpool Echo the Reds are interested in bringing the forward to Anfield, once his loan spell expires next season. Falcao has managed to make 20 appearances for the Manchester based side and has managed to score four goals, since his move. The superstar striker could add the much needed spark to a relatively poor Liverpool side.

SHOCK! Liverpool’s Midfielder (Not Sterling) Could Make A Shock Move To Chelsea

Liverpool were quite poor and deserved that humiliating loss at the weekend, at the Emirates against Arsenal. The game ended in a 4-1 victory to the Gunners with skipper Jordan Henderson scoring the only goal for the Reds, from the penalty spot.

Now, the Reds were already trying to get Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal and if that wasn’t enough to worry their fans, the Daily Star further reported that Henderson could be off to league leaders Chelsea, as well.

The 24-year-old midfielder’s contract expires at the end of next season, has also turned down a new deal. The Merseyside club have been poor in recent times after recovering from a poor start to the campaign, with back to back losses to Manchester United and Arsenal. Henderson has declined a new contract worth £80,000 per week and the Star stated that more talks are being planned with the Blues monitoring the situation closely. A move could surely be on the cards if Brendan Rodger’s side fail to secure a Champions League  spot for next season.

WATCHOUT Arsenal! Another London Club Enters The Race To Sign Liverpool Superstar

Premier League leaders Chelsea have now shown interest in acquiring the services of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, according to recent reports. Manager Jose Mourinho wants to spend wisely in the summer and wishes to add more quality to his current Chelsea side. The Blues will have a decent amount amount of funds at the end of the season and could look to make a move for the England international, who has recently rejected a new deal offered to him by the Reds.

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling

The west London side are ready to join the race for Sterling and compete with their rivals from north London, Arsenal, in an intense race to secure his services.  Despite these speculations, manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that the 20-year-old forward is going nowhere and will sign a new contract with the Merseyside club soon. Now, the Englishman had claimed that he wants to win trophies and might make his decision based on the final standings and Champions League football could play a huge part in his decision to stay or move away.

Liverpool legend: “Say NO to INGS, Buy Higuain”

Reds legend Phil Thompson has urged Kop boss Brendan Rodgers to sign a world-class striker at the end of the season. Liverpool have struggled to score goals this season since Luis Suarez left for Barcelona last season. Further, England international Daniel Sturridge has had his set of injury problems as well and is not in the best of form. This has urged Thompson to suggest that the Rodgers needs to add reinforcements to his side.

In an interview, he told Sky Sports,

“Sturridge’s latest injury confirms that you cannot rely on him throughout the course of a season and Liverpool need suitable cover for him.”

“It’s always been the way for Sturridge, he’s proving quite fragile and we might not see the best of him until next season now.”

“Burnley’s Danny Ings doesn’t have the experience to carry that weight and I think Brendan Rodgers needs to bring in a more established striker.”

“Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani or somebody of that ilk is required, which means Liverpool are going to have to spend big to be considered title contenders next season.”

It is not exactly clear which player the Merseyside club will look to sign, but the need for more attacking options is clearly eminent if Liverpool look to challenge for silverware next season.

Deal Done: Manchester United Complete First Summer Signing, Agree £18.6m Deal For Arsenal And Liverpool Target

Based on reports, Manchester United have now made an agreement to sign Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino, who is an attacking midfielder. Louis van Gaal’s side have been linked with Firmino in the recent weeks, with United scouts attending the recent Hoffenheim matches.

In a shock turn of events the Daily Star reports that the Red Devils have pushed ahead on a deal and have now agreed to bring in Firmino, in the summer. The Premier League giants have agreed a fee of £18.6m and the switch should go through at the end of the current campaign. The news would hurt the ambitions of domestic rivals Liverpool and Arsenal, who were both quite keen on making a move for Firmino themselves. The Brazilian who joined the Bundesliga side in 2011 has made a total of 133 appearances for them till date and has managed to score a tally of 38 goals. If the move does indeed go through, it would be a huge boost for van Gaal’s future plans at Old Trafford.