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Brendan Rodgers cool on re-signing Luis Suarez to a new deal


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is in no rush to sign Luis Suarez to a new contract.

When asked about progress is extending Suarez’ deal beyond 2016 – when it’s currently set to run – Rodgers played it cool.

“There’s nothing to report on that,” said Rodgers.

“That (the contract) will all take care of itself, I don’t think there’s any rush at this moment in time with anything on that.”

No rush? Is anyone actually believing that nonsense?

There most definitely is a rush to re-sign Suarez.

First and foremost, he is currently in the best run of form of any player in the world. He’s on a torrid scoring pace, having netted 17 goals in 11 league matches, including hat-tricks against West Brom and Norwich.

Assuming he keeps up that pace Suarez is on target to score 51 goals this season, which would be twenty goals better than the (38-game) Premier League scoring record of 31 set by Alan Shearer in 1995-96 and matched by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007-08.

Secondly, the sharks are circling Liverpool’s ship.

Arsenal attempted to buy Suarez last summer by offering just over £40 million in hopes of triggering his release clause.

Suarez, who had forgotten the clause was removed from his contract the year before, nevertheless had his head turned.

Last week, Arsene Wenger mused on his failure to acquire Suarez, a man the French boss described as an “angel” off the field and a “demon” on it.

If Wenger isn’t done dreaming of bringing Suarez to Arsenal then cash cow clubs like Real Madrid aren’t either. Last summer Los Blancos dropped £85.3 million to acquire Gareth Bale.

If Bale is worth that sum then Suarez could foreseeably go for upwards of £100 million. Of course that’s not to say that, even at that amount, Liverpool would agree to sell the Uruguayan. But it won’t stop those offers from being tabled.

The more offers tabled and the more substantial those offers, the more likely Suarez and even Liverpool could pull the trigger. There is no such thing as ‘not for sale.’ Everyone has a price.

So don’t let Rodgers’ passiveness fool you. Liverpool is pressing to lock Suarez down until kingdom come.

If they aren’t then there’s something seriously wrong.

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC
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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

[ MORE: Klopp unveiled as “the Normal One” ]

In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

Sigi Schmid
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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.