United won 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last seasonbut that doesnt tell the full story, withDavid De Geahaving the game of his life andRaheem Sterling squandering a number of gilt-edged opportunities.
But did Ferguson really knock Liverpool off their perch?
Liverpool, up until their 3-0 defeat to West Ham, had shown encouraging signs and their new signings appear to have settled nicely.
It’s the biggest fixture in the Englishfootballleague calendar.
The two clubs’ intense rivalry runs deep and after respective defeats in their lastPremier Leaguematches, both will be looking to inflict a damaging psychological blow so early in the season.
In the first post-Fergie season, United slipped to seventh while Liverpool were described as “the team of the year” by the Red Devils’ former boss.Last seasonit wasthe Reds who fell from grace dramatically with their great rivals replacing them in the top four.
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Arjen Robben is another — he was at Real Madrid, let’s not forget.”
“I was surprised that [Alexis] came on the market,” he added. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the transfer window should close before the season starts, in the wake of big transfers by Manchester City and Chelsea this week. I have had players like that before, players who want to win so much, but he has the style as well.
“So after a year or two of them not playing, you can get a good deal. “Sometimes there are so many big players in the other big, big clubs who are good but do not play.
Wenger missed out on Suarez in 2013 after seeing Liverpool reject a bid — 1 over the Anfield club’s reported 40m asking price — but the Gunners boss believes he got a good deal for “spectacular” Chile international Sanchez.
“At the start, when I saw Suarez went to Barcelona, I thought that is the obvious deal, one going one way and the other, the other way,” he continued.
Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez are of a similar quality, and says Arsenal will continue to target players who are looking to leave elite clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Sanchez has that desire to go forward and provoke, he is a guy who provokes chaos in the defences because he has a go at them. Sanchez is a case. But I met Sanchez’s agent in Brazil at the World Cup, I had a few meetings with them, and I could see [there was an interest in Arsenal].
ESPN FC’s Alison Bender gives some key updates on Arsenal and their transfers ahead of their clash with Liverpool. Pedro is another case. “Suarez is a central striker and Sanchez is more a wide player who likes to go up and down and is involved in dribbling, but they have similarities.
“And he plays to win in every single game. He does not go across, he goes straight. His desire to go forward, to provoke opponents, to run at people, creates danger.
Sanchez, 26, left Barcelona for Arsenal in a 35 million deal on July 10 last summer, with the Spanish giants going on to sign Suarez from Liverpool for 75m a day later.
“What Sanchez has is that, in the first two yards, he is lightning-quick. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers states that he and his side have a clear game plan to get a result against Arsenal. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti insists that Arsenal look more cohesive ahead of their tie with Liverpool and the crew react to Arsene Wenger’s comments regarding the transfer window. He has that explosive attitude linked with his spirit and that makes him even more spectacular.”
Arsene Wenger has compared Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.
Wenger admits that he feared Liverpool would land Sanchez in an exchange deal involving Suarez — who went on to win the Treble with Barca last season — and feels fortunate that the Copa America winner was even available to sign from the Blaugrana.
“He is already better than he was when he arrived. Wenger added that he will continue to look for stars such as Sanchez, who decided to leave Barca in search of regular first-team football — a decision Pedro also took this week by departing the Camp Nou for Chelsea.
“Sanchez and Suarez are at the same level,” he told reporters. In his final finishing there is room for improvement, in his final ball he is already much better, his vision is quite good and incisive.”. “So I had not much hope
“This was always going to be a game that was very important for us despite the (Arsenal) defeat.”
Rodgers said the heart to heart with his squad was par for the course at fifth-placed Liverpool who also lost their previous league match at home to Manchester United. it’s just unfortunate something else was made of it”.
Rodgers is expecting a tough match following the 0-0 draw in the first game at Anfield last month.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn Rovers, Rodgers praised “a great bunch of players who work tirelessly every single day and give me everything”.
“The group is very committed to winning this trophy and hopefully we can finish the season strongly.”
Rodgers said Liverpool, who are now seven points adrift of the Champions League qualification places, would now focus firmly on the clash with Championship club Blackburn.. “This was no different really to a whole host of meetings that we have had throughout the year.”
“They have some excellent players and they defended well when they came to Anfield,” he said. “We go there really focused and determined and we can’t wait to play again after the weekend’s disappointment.
“It’s a real strong objective for us this season to do well in the cup competitions and this is an opportunity for us to get to another semi-final,” he added.
LONDON, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his players amid media reports of an acrimonious squad meeting following the 4-1 loss at Arsenal at the weekend, their second Premier League defeat in a row.
Asked whether a reported ‘crisis meeting’ had taken place at the club’s Melwood training ground, he added: “It was nothing really, it was just purely analysing performances and where we are at …
“We have lots of meetings here in terms of analysing performances,” he explained
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Ral has also been included in FIFA’s list of 100 greatest living footballers.
Position: Attacking Midfielder
ClubsValladolid (1987 – 1989)
Real Madrid (1989 – 2003)
Al Rayyan (2003 – 2004)
Bolton Wanderers (2004 – 2005)
National TeamU21 (1989 – 1990)
Spain (1989 – 2002)
Though Fernando Ruiz Hierro was more of a defensive midfielder, he had this great quality of combining his defensive play with some amazing passing and goal scoring ability. In fact, he was the Player of the Tournament at Euro 2008. He has been lucky enough to play for Spain in 3 major tournaments, the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012, all of which they have won.
Alfredo Stfano di Stfano Laulh has the unique distinction of representing 3 different countriesArgentina, Colombia, and Spain. He is the only player to have won UEFA’s ‘Best Forward of the Year’ three times. Since 2008, Spain have managed to win 1 World Cup and 2 Euro Championships. Carles Puyol was a vital part of the winning Spanish team in Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.
Spain’s recent domination of world soccer is so great, that it has managed to win Euro 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010, and Euro 2012, a feat unmatched by any country.Spain has a rich history of soccer. But when they did, it was a sweet treble. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders and playmakers of our time. Ironically, with so many great players in their ranks over the years, they failed to win a major tournament for so long. His goalkeeping skills were considered so good, that he was an integral part of the Spanish National team for 4 FIFA World Cups and 3 Euro Championships.
ClubsReal Madrid (1994 – 2010)
Schalke 04 (2010 – 2012)
Al Sadd (2012 – present)
National TeamU18 (1994)
U21 (1995 – 1996)
Spain (1996 – 2006)
Ral Gonzlez Blanco is the highest goal scorer for Real Madrid of all time, with 323 goals to his name. He has been a part of the team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
Xavier Hernndez i Creus is the first player to ever represent FC Barcelona in 150 games. Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2010, and was Man of the Match. He is also feared for his sudden change of gameplay. And it is without doubt that in the coming years, we will see many more greats emerge from this sporting nation.
Born: Nov 25, 1981
Born: Dec 13, 1984
Position: Center Back
Born: Jan 25, 1980
ClubsReal Madrid (1999 – present)
National Team U15 (1996)
U16 (1996 – 1998)
U17 (1997 – 1999)
U21 (1999 – 2000)
Spain (2000 – present)
Iker Casillas Fernndez is the goalkeeper cum captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish National team. He was known to have great stamina, and was very tactical, versatile, and had great vision. In fact, he scored in Spain’s victories in the finals, both at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
Gerard Piqu i Bernabeu has been and is associated with the best clubs in the businessManchester United and Barcelona. He has been a part of Spain’s victories at FIFA 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. He was the top goal scorer at Euro 2008, and was also awarded the ‘Silver Boot’ at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Santi Cazorla has been part of the winning Spanish team at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012.
Carles Puyol i Saforcada is well-known as a defender who is strong, explosive, and with the quickest reactions. He won the ‘Golden Glove’ award at the FIFA World Cup 2010. He has been a part of the national team at the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Under his leadership, Spain has won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. His transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, for 50 million, made him the most expensive Spanish player ever. Their style of play is superstar-like, and the stars from this country are role models for millions of soccer fans all around the world. Iker Casillas is the most capped player ever for the Spanish National team.
Andoni Zubizarreta held the record for the most games played for Spain till the end of 2011. Besides his position, he is known to play well on the right defense too. He is famous for setting up the winning goal in the FIFA World Cup 2010 final, and as also been part of the Spanish National team in the FIFA World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.
David Villa Snchez is the first Spanish player to score 50 international goals, and is currently Spain’s top goal scorer of all time. Besides all the club success that he has enjoyed, David Silva has also been an important member of the Spanish National team that won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.
Sergio Busquets Burgos took less than a year to break into the ranks of the Spanish National team after making his professional debut. David Villa has also scored more World Cup goals than any other Spanish player.
Santiago ‘Santi’ Cazorla Gonzlez is known to play well on either flank due to his control, speed, and shooting accuracy. Sergio Ramos has played for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.
Andrs Iniesta Lujn is known for his balance, ball control, and superb agility. He played for Spain in 4 FIFA World Cups and 2 Euro Championships, besides his long stint with Real Madrid which lasted nearly 15 years.
ClubsReal Sociedad (1999 – 2004)
Eibar loan (2000 – 2001)
Liverpool (2004 – 2009)
Real Madrid (2009 – present)
National TeamU18 (2000)
U21 (2002 – 2003)
Spain (2003 – present)
Xabier ‘Xabi’ Alonso Olano is well-known for his playmaking skills. In terms of awards, he is the most successful Spanish player ever.
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Born: Mar 23, 1968
Born: Jan 17, 1983
ClubsSporting Gijn (1989 – 1991)
Real Madrid (1991 – 1996)
Barcelona (1996 – 2004)
National TeamU21 (1990 – 1991)
U23 (1991 – 1992)
Spain (1991 – 2002)
Luis Enrique Martnez Garca was such a versatile soccer player, that throughout his career he played in all positions besides the defense. Alfredo di Stfano was nicknamed ‘blond arrow’, and considered by most of the soccer greats as ‘the most complete footballer in the history of the game’.
Born: Oct 23, 1961
ClubsAtltico Madrid (2001 – 2007)
Liverpool (2007 – 2011)
Chelsea (2011 – present)
National Team U15 (2000)
U21 (2002 – 2003)
Spain (2003 – present)
Fernando Jos Torres Sanz is known to be technically proficient, and having spectacular speed and positioning capabilities. Over the last decade or so, some amazing players have come up into their ranks, which is why they are the side to beat at present.
There have been many famous Spanish football players over the decades, and here, we will check out those who stood out among the rest.
Position: Central Midfielder
Born: Jun 27, 1977
ClubsReal Madrid (1995 – 2010)
Besiktas (2010 – 2011)
National TeamU18 (1995)
U21 (1996 – 1998)
Spain (1999 – 2005)
Jos Mara Gutirrez Hernndez was with Real Madrid for 1 decade, and helped them win 15 major trophies. Luis Enrique represented Spain in 3 FIFA World Cups and 1 Euro Championship.
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Born: Oct 31, 1976
Fernando Hierro. He is also widely respected for his hardworking style and leadership qualities. Victor Valdes
Francesc ‘Cesc’ Fbregas Soler, besides playing as a central midfielder for his club and country, when required, also plays as a winger, attacking midfielder, and striker. He has been an important part of the defense of the Spanish National team, who are known to be very difficult to score against, and played in the FIFA 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, which Spain won.
Born: Feb 2, 1987
Lived: Jul 4, 1926 – Jul 7, 2014
All these famous soccer players from Spain have, with their talent and hard work, helped both, their country and clubs win at the highest levels. His 741 appearances is also the most by any player for the club. He has been an integral part of the Spanish National team for over a decade, representing them in the FIFA World Cup 2006, FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2004, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012.
Position: Central Midfielder
Born: May 20, 1981
Born: Jan 8, 1986
ClubsSevilla (2004 – 2005)
Real Madrid (2005 – present)
National TeamU17 (2002)
Spain (2005 – present)
Sergio Ramos Garca has been am important part of the defense of both, Real Madrid and the Spanish National team for nearly a decade. Xavi has been part of the Spanish National team which won the FIFA World Cup 2010, Euro 2008, and Euro 2012. Initially, he began as a striker, but then eventually settled down in the midfield, where he showed his class for the club and also the country.
Position: Central Defender
Alfredo di Stfano
Position: Full Back
Born: Apr 13, 1978
Born: May 11, 1984
ClubsReal Madrid (2004 – 2005)
Deportivo La Corua (2006 – 2007)
Liverpool (2007 – 2009)
Real Madrid (2009 – present)
National TeamU17 (2001)
Spain (2008 – present)
lvaro Arbeloa Coca plays in the defense, and is more than capable on playing both, on the right and left side at the back. He was also respected for his calmness and stamina. Also, in Euro 2012, he was chosen the Best Player of the Tournament.