‘Outstanding’ Sterling not to blame for Liverpool’s humiliation at Arsenal – Rodgers

first_img1 Raheem Sterling Brendan Rodgers refused to use Raheem Sterling’s contract saga as an excuse for Liverpool’s horror show at Arsenal.The Merseysiders were blown away by the Gunners at the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime to leave their top four hopes in tatters.But Rodgers was adamant that the intense speculation over Sterling’s future ahead of the big game, not helped by an unsanctioned interview given by the starlet, played no part in his side’s 4-1 defeat.The 20-year-old won a second-half penalty for Liverpool, which Jordan Henderson converted, and Rodgers felt he was his side’s standout performer.Asked if the Sterling situation had played a role in the disappointing display, Rodgers told BT Sport, “No, not really. I thought Raheem was outstanding today, in fairness the kid’s done great today.“It’s not distractions, we were just poor defensively. You see from our record the last six games we haven’t conceded away from home. It’s just a disappointing day when you concede bad goals, you’re always going to be up against it against a team that’s obviously got good confidence.”Liverpool’s misery was compounded by a late red card for Emre Can, adding to their defensive woes, but Rodgers felt the German had been unlucky to get a second yellow card for what appeared to be a scissor challenge, with his manager saying he had slipped.“In all fairness, he’s not that type of player,” Rodgers said. “It’s a wonderful surface here, but it’s actually quite greasy, quite slippy with the way they water it. He’s tried to reach around the back with the right foot but then slips with his left and then it looks like a scissor challenge, but I know him well enough to know he’s not like that.”last_img read more

Southgate reveals his favourite stadium and best memory on talkSPORT

first_img BEST OF 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Alongside Tony Adams in defence, Southgate played every minute for England as they reached the semi final of Euro ’96 and it was his penalty that was saved in the shoot-out defeat to eventual winners Germany.However, Southgate, who exclusively joined Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Thursday’s edition of Drivetime, admitted the 4-1 victory over Holland in the group stages was his favourite match to have been a part of. ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Paul Gascoigne is the best player Southgate has played alongside Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Southgate answered questions for talkSPORT 3 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED “Holland in Euro 96 was a great game to play in,” he said when asked what his best memory for England was, before adding: “To manage England to a World Cup semi-final was very special.”He went on to say the original Wembley, which was demolished in 2000 was his favourite ground to play at. 3 MONEY no dice RANKED Southgate in action at Wembley during Euro 96 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Paul Edwards REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “Old Wembley, I used to love the walk up the old tunnel and come out like gladiators out of the tunnel, very special, not so great as a fan, I’ve done that as well.The Three Lions boss also admitted Paul Gascoigne was the most talented team-mate he played alongside, while naming a legendary Brazil duo as the best he has come up against.“Ronaldo and Romario were a good pair, one of the last times I was in Paris facing them, although the other one (Cristiano Ronaldo) is not bad either,” he said. England manager Gareth Southgate was in a nostalgic mood as he revealed his favourite stadium to play in was the old Wembley and that famous win over Holland at Euro 96 was his best memory as an player.Southgate, who starred for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, represented his country 57 times as a player between 1995 and 2004. When asked which three guests he would have round for dinner, Southgate gave a considerate answer.“Nelson Mandela would be one. Unfortunately, we went to South Africa (for England in 2003 a match he scored in) and there was a photo opportunity arranged and I didn’t go and that was taken as a snub years ago and that absolutely wasn’t the case.“You would need some humour so, Eric Morecambe would have been on the list for that and for music, and Bono.”last_img read more