Thursday Aug 7Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

Jamie Carragher Soccer Camp @ Heron Eccles

Hi Everyone,

Please see the attached document about a Jamie Carragher Soccer Camp @ Heron Eccles playing fields 26th-28th August 3 day camp, 9am-3pm.

I have met the people involved and can confirm their approach is excellent and ethically sound. All proceeds generated will go back into the JC23 Foundation that supports children and young people in Merseyside.

The Foundation are also looking to support MYA Grassroots football sites in various ways in the future so it would be great if this event is a success.

Have a look and get in touch with James Olsen 07795954446   or    Sean Williams 07429359983  from the Soccer School to book places.

 

Please forward this to your contacts or anyone else who may be interested.

 

Best Wishes

 

Liam Corcoran

Operations & Business Development Manager

Merseyside Youth Association

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Thursday Aug 7Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

Jamie Carragher Summer Camps

Hi parents

It’s that time of year again were we invite your children to come together for technical, physical, physiological And social development.

With your on going support and Attendance of our soccer camps we out giving you children personal invitation before the camps going public.

Attached I have the leaflet if you could give the coach running the camp you want child to attend a call just to book a place that would be great so we can cover them for insurance details, payments will be taken on the day.

Any problems don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the coaching staff.

Everyone at Jamie Carragher soccer school look forward to seeing you.
Regards

James Olsen
07795954446
Director
Jamie Carragher Soccer Schools
Jamie Carragher Sports & Learning Academy
Community Soccer&Sports Coaching
www.jamiecarragheracademy.co.uk
@jamie_Carra_SLA
@23soccerschools

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Wednesday Aug 6Posted by: Tom Noon  Comments Off

Liverpool Transfer Window So Far

Liverpool Transfer Window (by @FountainofSport)

 

Activity so far

Lallana and Lambert will be reunited at Anfield.

Lallana and Lambert will be reunited at Anfield.

Liverpool have been busy in the window so far, signing Southampton trio Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, Leverkusen’s defensive midfielder Emre Can, Benfica winger Lazar Markovic and Lille’s Divock Origi, who will be loaned back to his old club for the season. Javier Manquillo joined on loan from Atletico, and the signing of fellow Spanish fullback Alberto Moreno  is supposedly imminent. Liverpool have already spent a fair portion of the money gained from Suarez’s £75 million move to Barcelona, on players who add a lot of depth, compared to the paper thin squad which finished second last season.

 

What is still needed

The fullback positions should be strengthened by Manquillo and Moreno in the coming weeks, leaving the forward position as the main one to strengthen. If Borini leaves, then Lambert and Sturridge will be the only strikers left at the club, compared to Manchester City who have four first team quality strikers. 21 year old Mauro Icardi scored 9 goals for Inter last season, and has been recently linked with a move to Anfield. Bony, Lavezzi and highy rated German prospect Volland have also been touted as potential replacements for Suarez, and even Marco Reus has been suggested as Liverpool’s marquee signing this season. In addition, Dani Alves has been linked in recent days after speculation over his Barcelona future, a move which would surely see the end of Glen Johnson’s Liverpool career, whose recent performances have been desperately poor.

 

Best case scenario

Moreno signs, Liverpool buy a forward who forms a great partnership with Sturridge, and the Reds win the title they were so close to last season.

 

Worst case scenario

Moreno opts to stay in Seville, Liverpool buy an untested foreign striker who struggles to adapt to the Premier League, and the Reds drop back out of the top four.

 

Transfer Window rating so far

 

7/10

Lovren will add some leadership to the defence, Moreno’s potential arrival will help solve the left back problems, Emre Can’s ball-winning ability will be vital, and Lallana and Markovic add even more depth and flair to the attacking positions. A striker is still needed, and questions could be asked over the prices paid for some of the new additions, but overall, the squad is much stronger in depth than last season, an area which contributed to the failure to win the title last season.

Tuesday Aug 5Posted by: Guest Writer  Comments Off

Redmen TV : Liverpool 1-3 Man United | Reds Lose in ICC Final | Uncensored Match Reaction

Liverpool slipped (yes, United fans, slipped, ho, ho) to a 1-3 friendly defeat to Man United in the Final of the International Champions Cup in Miami. The Reds went 1-0 up through a Steven Gerrard pen before a 2nd half comeback through Rooney, Lingard and co

Tuesday Aug 5Posted by: Guest Writer  Comments Off

An Assessment of the Squad After the Tour of the USA

By @mkjchrystal

Liverpool’s passing in the first half last night was crisp and their high pressing game startled United’s defence, causing numerous misplaced passes in the first 20 minutes. Yet, Liverpool was unable to sustain the pressure for the full 90 minutes, allowing United back into the game.  On top of this, United made tactical adjustments at half time that exploited Liverpool’s weak squad links.   While it should be acknowledged that this was just a pre-season friendly, I think such rationale would be a papering over of cracks in a team that over achieved last season.  The squad does not currently look like top 4 material when considering the distraction of the Champions League group stage.  So, let’s look at each area of the team and see where Rodgers still needs to make some adjustments before the window closes.

Goalkeeper
The goalkeeper situation is a curious one.  Clearly Reina is disgruntled and there is no possible future for him at Liverpool.  To this point there were numerous rumors yesterday that he had even offered to cancel his contract.  Surely this is an option that Liverpool will only entertain once the window closes and they have lost the opportunity to recoup a transfer fee in exchange for his exit from the club.  Mignolet in contrast does not look as comfortable in goal as Reina did in his first season at Liverpool.  As a result, it is likely that this is a make-or-break season for him.  With Jones a reasonable starting option for only a few games per season, Rodgers desperately needs to bring in another top quality goalkeeper to challenge Mignolet.

Defence
The match last night was a prime example of the weakness Liverpool possess in both fullback positions.  Kelly, for all his passion for Liverpool, does not look like a top-level player.  Johnson, who switched to left back in last night’s match, also looks past his best at right-back and only average as a left-back option.  He was out of position on Manchester’s equalizing goal in the 55th minute, pulling both Sakho and Skrtel out of position. For Mata’s goal only 2 minutes later, again it was a square-ball from the wing, this time the left, which cut Liverpool open.  Finally, in the 88th minute Johnson was again out of position, and a cross from the right resulted in an unmarked Lingard firing in from a central position on the edge of the box.   It is hard to argue that Liverpool would have fared any better with the erratic Enrique, or Flanagan on the pitch. Flanagan does offer some promise, but he is more of a traditional English fullback than the technically gifted wingbacks that characterize the modern game, and will struggle to really add to Liverpool’s high-energy and technical methodology as a result. It seems that two new recruits are on the way, but it is not realistic to assume, given their inexperience at this level or in England, that they will assimilate quickly.

The central defensive options look better this year than last.  Sakho has had a year to settle and if he shows the same form as he did in the World Cup, and so far in preseason, he will be a solid upgrade on Liverpool’s options last year.  It seems Agger is destined to move on, but in Sakho, Skrtel and Lovren Liverpool possess three players that are significantly better defenders than Agger. Unfortunately, Liverpool are thin behind these three.  Toure is experienced, but his ability has declined significantly.  Coates was much heralded upon his arrival at Liverpool but has never looked to have the quality to make the step up to the Premier League.  He lacks the strength to dominate in the air and also the decision-making to be a top quality tackler and passer.  Rodgers has played him extensively this pre-season, but he is too quick to go to ground and has continued to show an inability to become the commanding aerial presence required for him to be a strong starting option this season. Liverpool don’t need to strengthen further here this season, but they will need to recruit or develop another high-quality central defender within the next 12 months.

Midfield
In Central midfield, Emre Can has made a promising start.  He looks very assured on the ball and in the tackle.  He also has surprising pace, which will be needed to cover for Gerrard’s diminishing powers.  Allen has had a good pre-season and looks likely to realize some of the promise that he showed early in his first season with Liverpool, before falling victim to injury and expectation.  Henderson remains a lynchpin in the midfield and without his running and link-up play the midfield lacks the dynamism required to play to Rodgers preferred style.  It is possible that Can has been recruited to play a similar role, given the change in Liverpool’s fortunes during Henderson’s absence at the end of the season.  Yet, it seems that they are missing another quality player in the middle. Coady doesn’t seem to have the ability to step up to Premier League level, and in Rossiter Liverpool have a future England international, but he is still several years from making the grade.  Consequently, it would be surprising to see Liverpool release Lucas without having another high quality incoming player to replace him.  The problem is that in Gerrard and Lucas Liverpool do not possess the speed and energy for 90 minutes of sustained pressure on the opposition, and really need another recruit to fulfill this need over the grueling season to come.

Attack
On the other hand, Coutinho and Sterling look lively and capable of carving open any defence at any opportunity. With the addition of Lallana, Markovic and emergence of Ibe, Liverpool have strength out wide and in the hole behind the striker. It is this striker role that is going to prove to be a major problem though.  Lambert has showed some steady touches in the matches so far, but does not look like a player capable of firing Liverpool into the top 4 this season.  With Sturridge’s injury record and the likelihood that Markovic will take a year to settle, Liverpool do not currently look capable of replacing the goals lost to Suarez’s departure.  Yes, Lallana will add 5-10 goals, but if Liverpool are to be serious contenders they look in desperate need of a top-level goal scorer.  Their preseason has been a clear example of this.  The first half of last night’s game was dominated by Liverpool and with a better striker in the middle, this surely would have resulted in at least 1 or 2 additional goals on the night.  They have looked short of goals against all of the preseason opposition so far. It is hard to argue that Lallana or Markovic will solve this problem.  Rodgers’ issue is two-fold: this late in the window there is a lack of player availability, and the highly publicized fee they recouped for Suarez.  Combined, these factors are hampering his ability to recruit the required replacement, with the value of players often getting doubled as soon as Liverpool’s name is linked to them.

Verdict
For all of the publicity about Liverpool’s recruiting campaign so far, they still lack the squad quality to win the title, and will struggle to achieve a top 4 place this season.  The team needs a quality goalkeeper to challenge Mignolet, two quick wingbacks capable of protecting the team defensively, another high-energy central midfielder and a striker capable of bagging 20 goals this season.  Without these further additions, Rodgers could find himself under considerable pressure by November.


Monday Aug 4Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

Best of British sporting heroes captured on canvas

Captain Steven Gerrard’s goal-scoring header leads the way to victory against Milan. The Liverpool fans jump to their feet, singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and scream ‘GOAL!’ at the 2005 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul.

Captain Steven Gerrard’s goal-scoring header leads the way to victory against Milan. The Liverpool fans jump to their feet, singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and scream ‘GOAL!’ at the 2005 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul.

The biggest sporting moments from the best of British, including Lewis Hamilton, have been immortalised on canvas and will be auctioned from September 4 to 14 for Willow – the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.  The artworks will be on show at a public exhibition, September 9 & 10 at Bonhams, London W1.

Britain’s top sporting heroes Mo Farah; Lewis Hamilton; AP McCoy; Theo Walcott; Steven Gerrard; Wayne Rooney; Andy Murray; Sir Bradley Wiggins; Sir Ben Ainslie; Ian Poulter; Justin Rose; Hannah Cockroft and Christine Ohuruogu have all taken part in Sportwaves.  The stunning collection depicts a fine art portrait of the sportsmen and women in action, combined with a digital soundwave of the moment captured.

Each original artwork has been signed by the sporting great and will be available to view at the public exhibition, and to bid for online in the charity auction.  Artwork is available to view now at www.sportwaves.org

Each piece has been created by artist Rob Highton, whose stunning work includes paintings of sporting heroes, music and popular culture, and Tim Wakefield, a new media artist whose work features the exuberant infusion of digital sound waves with paintings.

“The combination of fine art and high profile sporting heroes is an exciting match for any sport or art lover.  The Sportwaves collection captures special moments in sporting history.  Funds raised at auction will enable Willow to provide its own special moments for those living with life threatening conditions at a time when they need it most,” said Bob Wilson, Willow co-founder and Life President.

To date Willow has provided more than 10,000 Special Days for people living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington’s, amongst other conditions.  These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will treasure forever.

Willow was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, Bob Wilson and his wife, Megs, as a lasting memorial to their daughter, Anna, who died of cancer aged 31.

For more information about Willow visit www.willowfoundation.org.uk or telephone 01707 259777.