Jordan Henderson Admits Liverpool Players are Missing Anfield as He Issues ‘YNWA’ Rallying Call

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said the players are using the club WhatsApp group to keep themselves entertained during the coronavirus shutdown, and alleviate the boredom of being away from Anfield. 

Football is entering its third week of complete shutdown in the UK, with Liverpool’s march to their first ever Premier League title remaining on pause until at least 30 April. 

And speaking in a remote interview with ​Liverpool’s YouTube channel, ​Henderson – who hasn’t featured since February due to injury – has given an insight into how the players are keeping their spirits up.  

“We’ve got a big WhatsApp group and things are getting fired in quite often, so everybody’s sort of staying in contact and chucking different videos in and different challenges that we can do. 

“There has been a lot of contact with the lads because normally we’re spending every day together and travelling together and all sorts of stuff. To not see each other for a long period of time is strange, especially at this time of the season. 

“But at the same time, when we have the off-season, again, it’s pretty similar to that. It’s just the time that we’re at and the stage that we’re at in the season that it is a little bit different. Now we’re in the house and you can’t really do anything else, it is a bit strange.”

We’re all locked indoors at present and fans across the world are desperately missing football to pass the time. Liverpool fans are no exception to that; quite the opposite, in fact, as they are desperate to get the action back underway and celebrate the remainder of their ​Premier League title challenge – be it indoors or otherwise. 


And Henderson admits the players are missing the fans too, reiterating the message so often heard emanating from the Kop; You’ll Never Walk Alone. 

“We’re missing them too, that’s for sure! I would just say stay safe, of course, stay inside and keep listening to all the advice that the government and the authorities have given us. If we do that, this will sort of pass quicker than we hope. 

“But just try to stay positive. It’s a perfect sort of chance to use our song that we sing every game in terms of You’ll Never Walk Alone – it’s the perfect opportunity for that. I’ve seen stuff on social media where the nurses were singing along to it, but stuff like that is really powerful. 

“This is the time where it’s not just words, you’ve got to use it as best we can as people and as human beings. 

“But just listen to the authorities, do your bit, do what you can and hopefully this will go sooner rather than later and everybody can get back to some sort of normality and look forward to what the future holds.


Graeme Souness Names the Biggest Regret He Holds Over Managerial Career

Graeme Souness has revealed that the biggest regret of his managerial career was his ‘aggressive’ mentality.

Following a glittering playing career which saw him win multiple First Division and European Cup titles with Liverpool, Souness managed a host of clubs, picking up silverware at Anfield as well as with Rangers, Galatasaray and Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers

However, he has not managed since 2006, when he was sacked with his ​Newcastle United side on the brink of relegation.

Souness was known for a disciplinarian approach to man-management, but admitted to David Jones, who was hosting Sky Sports’ Off Script podcast, that he would change his former attitude if he could start his managerial career again.

“I think if I had my time again, I’d be quite a different manager,” said Souness. “I’d be less aggressive, less harsh, less demanding on people. Later in my career, I sort of realised not everybody had the same attitude that I had.

“Some people are a little bit more relaxed about it, and I would get extremely frustrated by people that didn’t appear to have that win-at-all-costs mentality.

“I would fall out with people over that.”

Souness’ career was characterised by a series of high-profile bust-ups with senior players, including a training ground altercation with Dwight Yorke at ​Blackburn after the former ​Manchester United man tried to tackle his boss during a practice game.

Craig Bellamy also became the subject of the Scot’s ire during Souness’ tenure at Newcastle as the pair clashed when the Welsh forward after he objected to being substituted.

His reputation for belligerence as a manager is more fondly remembered by Galatasaray supporters, who will recall Souness infamously celebrating his side’s Turkish Cup final victory by planting a flag baring its club colours into the centre-circle of arch rivals Fenerbahçe.


Xavi Names Two Barcelona Transfer Targets as He Admits He Wants Nou Camp Return

Barcelona legend Xavi has given his clearest indication yet as to his intentions to return to the Catalan giants, even naming Serge Gnabry and Jadon Sancho as two players he would like to bring to the club. 

Since leaving in 2015, Xavi has earned his stripes coaching in Qatar, and was approached by the club earlier this season following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde.

He rejected it then, and although he says he doesn’t regret that, he does want an eventual return – but only if he is given full control.

Xavier Hernandez

“I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited,” Xavi said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, as relayed by ​The Guardian. “Now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players. But I made it clear to them that I saw myself in a project that started from zero and in which the decision-making was mine.”

He went on, specifically discussing the decision not to return to the club back in January – saying that there would have to be no ‘toxicity’ in the dressing room for him to take over.

“I don’t take it back. I have no problem,” he went on. “I don’t hide. I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty and who are very valid people. There can’t be anyone toxic around the dressing room.”

All that squares with reports from February which claimed Xavi rejected Barca’s advances after they failed to agree to his conditions – ​all eight of them.

The legendary midfielder, who won eight La Liga titles on the pitch, was said then to have wanted full control over all sporting matters, while also demanding the appointment of Carles Puyol as director of football, and a coaching role for his brother. Additionally, he wanted to take over in the summer, with Barca not budging on their ‘now or not-at-all’ stance.

But while an agreement couldn’t be reached then, Xavi’s words now suggest the door is far from closed. He went as far as to discuss his signing policy were he to be appointed, and while he admitted he would be unsure about bringing Neymar to the club, the other two names mentioned are likely to excite fans – the electric Sancho and Gnabry.

He added: “I don’t know if Neymar would fit in due to the social issue, but in football terms I have no doubts it would be a spectacular signing. They don’t need many new players: maybe Jadon Sancho [or] Serge Gnabry.”

Thiago Alcantara do Nascimento,Jadon Malik Sancho,Serge Gnabry

Recent rumours suggest Barca are growing increasingly confident over a ​deal for Inter star Lautaro Martinez and Espanyol teen ​Nico Melamed – though it’s likely any big-money signings will have to be proceeded by the departures of the likes of Philippe Coutinho given the ​current financial situation at the club.


Jose Mourinho Expected to Let Tottenham Youngster Leave This Summer

​Tottenham do not expect youth team player Kazaiah Sterling to have the quality required for the senior side and forward is expected to leave the club in the summer.

Sterling joined Tottenham’s academy in 2015 but despite making more than 60 appearances for sides at various age ranges, the striker is yet to start for the senior team and has failed to impress in each of his three loan spells over the past 18 months. He had previously made substitute appearances under Mauricio Pochettino in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Kazaiah Sterling

Since January 2019, the forward has been loaned out to League One’s Sunderland and Doncaster before underwhelming at Leyton Orient in the lowest tier of professional football in England in the second half of this season.

According to ​Football Insider, José Mourinho has no intention of including Sterling in his plans for the future, and the club are open to offers for the 21-year-old to move when he returns from Orient.

​Spurs were hoping the forward would gain valuable experience from playing competitive senior football but this has not been the case. At Sunderland and Doncaster, Sterling made a combined 12 appearances, only once featuring in a starting lineup. However, in limited minutes the striker did manage to score for each club. 

Since arriving at Leyton Orient on transfer deadline day in January, Sterling hasn’t even been included in a matchday squad.

Tottenham have been plagued by injuries since the turn of the year, with their frontline taking a particular hit. Both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were out indefinitely but due to the suspension of sport in the United Kingdom – in reaction to the outbreak of coronavirus – Spurs’ star striker expects to be fit when professional football returns, whenever that may be.

In the absence of his star players, Mourinho has shown a reluctance to turn to 18-year-old striker Troy Parrott, so his viewpoint on Sterling, a player who has received a fraction of the hype his younger colleague has been given, is unsurprising.


How Real Madrid’s Loaned Out Players Will Get on When They Return to the Bernabéu – Ranked

Real Madrid are the ultimate footballing reminder that life just isn’t fair, and you need look no further than their frankly extravagant squad depth as proof of that.

If boasting some of the greatest footballers to play the modern game in their first team wasn’t enough, the army of Real loanees dotted throughout Europe would probably give whoever you support a decent game.

Zinedine Zidane is a manager who knows what he likes and what he doesn’t, however, and it remains to be seen how many of these exiles can work their way back into his plans. Let’s take a deep dive.

9. Jesús Vallejo

It might shock you to hear that this fella played for Wolves this season, although we wouldn’t blame you if you missed his underwhelming league displays against Chelsea and Southampton, or were catching up with Midsomer Murders during his two EFL Cup appearances.

Jesus Vallejo

The 23-year-old should probably start clearing his desk at the Bernabéu, with a decent spell at Granada after his Wolves loan was cut short unlikely to impress Zizou despite some promising signs at the beginning of his career.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 0/10

8. Borja Mayoral

Though Mayoral has had a slightly better time of it than Vallejo, the striker hasn’t exactly pulled up any trees with his five goals for Levante this season.

Given Karim Benzema is unlikely to be shaking at his boots at the thought of Mayoral coming home, Real Madrid will probably look to move the forward on before his contract expires in 2021.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 0/10

7. Andriy Lunin and Luca Zidane

It’s not easy being a third-choice keeper in Madrid – Lunin has struggled to convert his potential into playing time, squeezing five league appearances out of loan spells with Leganés and Real Valladolid, while a cynic might argue that the main thing going for Luca Zidane right now is being the gaffer’s son.

Luca Zidane

However, there are a few contingencies in play which could prolong the careers of both men in white, including whether Real Madrid manage to permanently sign Alphonse Areola as understudy to Thibaut Courtois, and Madrid might be loath to give up on potential back-up options Lunin (FIFA Under-20 World Cup Golden Glove winner) and Zidane (the son thing) any time soon.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 5/10

6. Dani Ceballos

It was going so well for Ceballos at Arsenal… until it wasn’t – he had his own song, footage of him humbling Burnley’s star-studded midfield at the Emirates was the talk of the town, and he looked like an important part of Unai Emery’s plans.

Injuries and inconsistent form then took their toll, and while he has regained some pizzazz under new boss Mikel Arteta, there has been very little buzz about him staying in north London. With the Spanish international not a favourite of Zidane’s, expect to see him head out on loan again next season.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 5/10

5. Álvaro Odriozola

Another national team player who hasn’t quite cut the mustard at Madrid, the right-back made a surprise loan move to Bayern Munich in January after opportunities were limited at his parent club.

Alvaro Odriozola

What gives Odriozola the edge over Ceballos is that more opportunities could open up in his position – especially with Achraf Hakimi’s future far from certain – and it could be that he ends up deputizing for Dani Carvajal next season.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 6/10

4. Takefusa Kubo

If this lad can take his YouTube compilation form to the Bernabéu, the footballing world is in for an absolute treat.

With lightning quick feet, a cracking shot, and a weight of pass most senior players can only dream of, the teenager has looked tidy in his first season in La Liga on loan at Mallorca.

Kubo, who has already played seven times for Japan, will probably head out on loan again next season, but the future looks bright for him already.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 7/10

3. Achraf Hakimi

Probably one of the best players to watch in world football at the moment, Hakimi’s explosiveness on the Dortmund flanks is enough to make you feel slightly out of breath in front of your TV.

If it weren’t for the lack of clarity as to whether Real Madrid will look to keep him when his two-year loan ends this summer, Hakimi would be higher up this list, but don’t be surprised to see the Premier League vultures circling if nothing is resolved by June.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 8/10

2. Sergio Reguilón

Ferland Mendy is going to be kept on his toes at left-back by a man who has quietly evolved into one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders, and his rounded skillset makes him the perfect fit for a modern football team.

Though there’s some indication that Reguilón might fancy staying at Sevilla, there’s undoubtedly a seat reserved for him at the biggest club in the world, and the challenge of jostling with Madrid’s £50m man for a place is all down to him.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 8/10

1. Martin Ødegaard

Admit it, we all thought the next time we’d remember Ødegaard’s name would be during a particularly difficult Sporcle quiz in 2030.

The man has somehow waved goodbye to Freddy Adu and Ravel Morrison and escaped the faded starlets retirement home to put up some ludicrous attacking numbers for Real Sociedad, in esteemed company with Santi Cazorla and a certain Lionel Messi as one of the best passers in the league.

As Luka Modrić and Cristiano Ronaldo could tell you from their early days in Madrid, there’s no such thing as a sure thing at Real, but this kid is as close as it gets, and his two-year loan deal in San Sebastián could be cut short abruptly, especially if the effects of the coronavirus on the upcoming transfer window force Sociedad to cut their losses on certain players.

Likelihood of Making it at Real Madrid: 9/10