Luis Suárez says he will stay at Liverpool

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Reports this morning suggest the unthinkable is happening.

It sounds like controversial Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez is about to make a U-turn of epic proportions.

Suárez, 26, spoke to Uruguayan newspaper El Observador while on international duty for La Celeste in Japan. He stated that he wishes to remain at Liverpool following the huge support he’s received from the fans.

“For now, due to all of the people’s affection, I will be staying.”

Other reports suggested that Suárez told journalists he will be staying at Liverpool and could even sign a new contract to stay at the club…

Is this really happening? Liverpool said they’ve yet to hear form the wantaway striker, but this is pretty groundbreaking news. There are plenty of contrasting reports out there as the news continues to filter through.

(MORE: Luis Suárez refuses to apologize, as saga enters new low)

Following Arsenal’s long pursuit of the player throughout the summer, the Suárez saga hit an impasse last week when Liverpool’s American owner John W Henry insisted Suárez would not be sold at any price.

Since then, Suárez has been ordered to train on his own and his efforts in training have noticeably dipped according to sources inside the club. After threatening to sue the club for breach of contract following a transfer to Arsenal was blocked, the Suárez story has reached murky waters.

(MORE: In latest twist, Liverpool’s American owner says Suárez is not for sale)

With the Gunners thought to have triggered a clause by offering £40 million and £1 to try and talk to Suárez, Liverpool rejected that such a clause existed and Suárez kicked off. With other clubs also interested, the Uruguayan star wanted out. He tried to get the Professional Footballer Association (PFA) involved and they instructed him that Liverpool were correct and he couldn’t speak to Arsenal about a transfer.

The relationship between the player and the club has deteriorated further since then.

But now it seems as though Liverpool’s notoriously passionate fans have struck a chord with Suárez. They’ve stood by him, despite his fallout’s with the manager, teammates, the directors and pretty much everyone else in English soccer.

(MORE: Suárez receives 10-game ban after biting Branislav Ivanovic)

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. The comments from Japan this morning almost suggest that Suárez is reluctantly accepting his fate and is fed up of requesting an Anfield exit. He will miss the first six games of the season, following his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season. But it now seems likely we’ll see Suárez lining up for Liverpool when he returns to Premier League action.

Suárez scored in Uruguay’s 4-2 win over Japan on Wednesday, and now he will return to England to try and sort out this sorry mess. After upsetting manager Brendan Rodgers, the owner and many fans and pundits across the Premier League, will Suárez finally admit the error of his ways by apologizing and concentrating solely on playing soccer?

I hope so. But don’t hold your breath folks. We still haven’t heard the last of this.

Liverpool fan attacked by Roma support outside pub

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Ugly scenes surrounded Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League visit from AS Roma, as visiting supporters used the occasion as an excuse for violence.

[ MORE: LFC 2-1 Roma | Klopp reacts ]

Several reports say Roma support — some armed with belts, others with hammers — stormed Liverpool supporters outside a pub near Anfield, with a 53-year-old man requiring treatment after 80 people charged the Albert Pub using a side route.

The Liverpool Echo says Merseyside Police are investigating the incident, and Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft provides some details on the harrowing events.

Comeback kids Roma defiant after loss: “We are not beaten yet”

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AS Roma turned around a three-goal first leg deficit against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, and i Lupi feel prepared to do it against Liverpool, too.

Roma fell 5-2 to the Reds on Tuesday, but again struck late to bring away goals back to Italy. This time, it was Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti ruining a host’s clean sheet.

[ MORE: Match recap | Klopp reacts ]

Manager Eusebio Di Francesco was not thrilled with his side on the night. From ASRoma.com/En:

“We weren’t on their level tonight – we were lacking a bit of strength and physical presence,” he said. “We let them swamp us too easily on occasion.”

A better second leg is almost assured, but can Roma complete another comeback?

“I have total belief,” Di Francesco said. “You can’t just give in during a game, especially in this type of competition. Sometimes you take a few hits, but the team wasn’t able to stay in the game and at times we lost a bit of unity.”

Sporting director Monchi admits that he thought his side was cooked before Dzeko opened Roma’s account.

“Up until the final 10 minutes we were out of the competition,” he said. “Now we still have some hopes, and we must take this small chance and do the same thing we did against Barcelona.”

Former Spurs defender Federico Fazio, now with Roma, thinks it can be done.

“We always focus on the positives,” said Fazio. “We are fighters and we will give absolutely everything until the last second. We are not beaten yet, once again with the strength of our fans behind us we will fight to the last moment to try and turn this tie around.”

Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s 5-2 win, Ox’s “bad news” injury

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Liverpool won Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal 5-2 against Roma at Anfield, but it’s show-stopping 80-minute isn’t carrying a ton of momentum in the echoes of the final whistle.

[ RECAP: Liverpool 5-2 Roma ]

That’s because of two factors:

  1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was stretchered off the field with an ugly injury
  2. The two in the score line came in the final 10 minutes, as Liverpool almost inexplicably lost focus.

Before we get to Point No. 2, here’s Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on “The Ox”:

“Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,” Klopp said on BT Sport in England. “That is bad news for us. The squad doesn’t get bigger at the moment so we need to be creative in the next few games.”

As for the Roma goals, Klopp was frustrated but ultimately happy to walk away with a three-goal lead.

Edin Dzeko headed home the Roma opener in the 81st minute before Diego Perotti converted a penalty kick after James Milner handled a ball in the box. Roma collected shot attempts in the final 10 minutes to finish the match 21-14 in Liverpool’s favor.

Klopp did not think it should have been a PK.

“Long term perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so,” he said, via the BBC. “We made defensively one mistake. Penalty is not a penalty but that is the situation and now it is 5-2. Of course we would have been more happy with 5-0 or 5-1 but 5-2 is a fantastic result. We go there and try again.”

Liverpool on late let-off: “You can’t do that in the Champions League”

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Count Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson among those let down by the final 10 minutes of their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday.

The Reds took a 5-0 lead and conceded goals to Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti to give the visitors hope with two away goals heading back to Italy for the May 2 second leg.

[ RECAP: Liverpool 5-2 Roma ]

“It felt as though we were in full control but we basically gave them two goals, you can’t do that in the Champions League,” Henderson said. “At the same time we played well, we will go there with a three goal advantage.”

Reds center back Virgil Van Dijk was visibly frustrated even when discussing the boss-level effort in building a lead which should be very hard to erase in Rome.

“It was a fantastic evening, lot of good goals,” Van Dijk said. “A lot of passion, frustration, but the last minutes stays in my mind right now. … It can’t happen. Obviously we know Roma have a lot of quality but we need to do better. But we have a 5-2 lead to take with us to Rome. It’s going to be very tough, but we’ll be ready.”

So 3-0 or 4-1 would do it for Roma next week in Italy, but that’s far easier said than done. Liverpool fans won’t be booking too many flights for Ukraine yet, but Jurgen Klopp will be scouting Bayern Munich and Real Madrid on Wednesday with an eye toward Kiev.