1:02 AM EDT, Tue April 21, 2015

Report: Jordan Henderson Agrees New Five Year Deal

Another piece of next year's puzzle slides into place as Jordan Henderson allegedly agrees to stay on until 2020. Such vision! Liverpool — or perhaps, Liverpool fans — are at a crossroads at this point in the season. With high-profile losses in the league, a crash out of an FA Cup semi-final that should have been immensely winnable on paper, and more than a handful of players not looking to discuss contract extensions until the summer, it's a stressful time for those trying to piece together what the club's future might look like both long and short term. Who will be left standing come...
The Liverpool Offside 6 hours ago

Kolo Touré Offers Support to Steven Gerrard after FA Cup Nightmare

The veteran defender had some consoling words for his Liverpool colleague in the aftermath of Liverpool's desperately disappointing defeat to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final. There will be no opportunity for silverware this season for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, or Steven Gerrard. Although defeat at Wembley sparked some speculation about the future of Brendan Rodgers, it is likely that he will be given another season to continue the progress he has made since taking over from Kenny Dalglish in June 2012. Liverpool will have more chances next season and beyond, Steven Gerrard will...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 6 hours ago

Five Things: Brentford 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

We take a look at five talking points from and around Saturday's 2-2 draw at Brentford Bolton Wanderers had one of their most positive away days in a season of terrible performances as they secured a point with a 2-2 draw at Brentford on Saturday. But what are the five key takeaways from our penultimate away match of the season? 1. Footballers shouldn't be getting drunk in the team hotel This may sound like a fairly obvious statement, but clearly it's a lesson that certain players need to learn. Yes footballers are human and they may need to blow off steam between matches, but...
Lion Of Vienna Suite 8 hours ago

LOVPod 7 is out!

It's that time of the week, LOVPod is up, and your ears should be very happy! It's LOVPod time! Check Out Soccer Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Lion of Vienna Suite on BlogTalkRadio This week sees episode 7 of the Lion of Vienna podcast make it's appearance in the universe. It's hosted by Mr. Chris Manning, and he's joined by Lee Tennant and Dan Murphy, with occasional guest appearances from Dan's dog. They discuss the big stories surrounding Bolton Wanderers on the 20th of April in the year 2015. There is mention of the drab 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic, Barry Bannan and Neil Danns'...
The Tilehurst End 9 hours ago

Reading 106 Side Snubbed In FL Team Of The Decade

Recency bias? Which Royal would you put in the side? One hundred and siiiiiiiiiiiix... We've got the record... It's our chant whenever anyone claims we've got no history, or asks us "who we are", to put it kindly. Reading's 2005/06 Championship-winning side broke the Football League points record for a season, knocking in 99 goals in the process (what a magic double it would have been had we broken the ton...). A 33 game unbeaten run after a frustrating defeat at home to Plymouth on the opening day, that epic journey sparked the current wave of support behind the club and turned the players...
Bitter and Blue 10 hours ago

Tests Reveal No Fracture For David Silva

After taking an elbow to the face from West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate, tests on City midfielder David Silva have revealed that his cheekbone is not broken, which is a huge relief for a City team in need of its stars for the final stretch of the season. Silva, whose knock and subsequent time down on the field resulted in nine minutes of stoppage time, reassured fans that his test results revealed that there was no break via his Twitter account. Many thanks to all the messages of support, all the tests have gone well and I'm already home.The 3 points is what was important! — David Silva...
Royal Blue Mersey 10 hours ago

Everton need to solve their penalty confusion

Martinez needs to get a grip before a penalty miss really costs us Such has been the bizarre, head scratching nature of this season; Everton can’t even win a game without some sort of controversy these days. Kevin Mirallas’ first goal was enough for the Toffees to see off a spirited but technically limited Burnley side, a result that sees them breach the ‘magical’ 40-point barrier and finally begin to look up the table rather than down. But the game will also be remembered by more farcical scenes involving penalty kicks. It was the unfortunate Ross Barkley who was in the firing line...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 10 hours ago

Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Could Lose Skrtel to Wolfsburg

Liverpool could be facing a complete rebuild at the back this summer if rumours of interest in Martin Skrtel—who has one year left on his contract—from Germany are to be believed. He may not be the flashiest name on the teamsheet, but Martin Skrtel remains one of the first. Fully adjusted to the demands of playing under Brendan Rodgers, the 30-year-old has again been a mainstay at centre hlad for the Reds, and, for second season in a row, he nears the end of the season one of the club’s best and most consistent performers. Given his age and that he only has one more season to run on...
Cartilage Free Captain 12 hours ago

Tottenham vs. Newcastle Man of the Match - Nabil Bentaleb

Looking not unlike he did in the African Cup of Nations, Nabil Bentaleb helped lead Spurs to a decisive win in Newcastle upon Tyne. Showcasing his greatest attributes in a mature beyond his years exhibition, Nabil Bentaleb ran away with hearts and minds in helping pace Spurs to a well earned 3-1 victory over Magpies. When his tackles weren't making a difference on the defensive side of the ball, the Algerian international put on a passing clinic that Andrea Pirlo would look at fondly. If you don't believe it, this passing chart should help convince you otherwise: 91 touches, 64...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 13 hours ago

Lallana and Lambert Named to Championship Team of the Decade

Adam Lallana’s injury-plagued first season at Liverpool may not have seen the midfielder hit the highs he regularly did for Southampton, but when fit, glimpses of the silky skill that compelled Brendan Rodgers to sign the 26-year-old last summer have been apparent. And it’s those skills have today seen the England international, along with teammate Rickie Lambert, named to the Championship’s team of the decade for 2005-2015, a span over which Lallana spent four seasons in the league with his former club. Lallana first broke into Southampton’s squad between 2006 and 2009, making 46...
The Short Fuse 13 hours ago

Cannon Fodder: Monday

what in the world (of soccer) is going on? ENGLAND: Reading's Adam Federici was a huge part of why Saturday's game ended only 2-1. Unfortunately, that's not what he'll be remembered for. His manager Steve Clark, however, has Federici's back. And presumably not in the way that chairmen have manager's backs, which would mean Federici gets fired today. With Chelsea's under-18 team set to play in the FA Youth Cup final today, Jose Mourinho trumpets the success of Chelsea's youth policy. But the fact remains that it's been 15 years since a Chelsea youth player became a regular player for...
The Short Fuse 14 hours ago

Lukas Podolski thinks his Arsenal future is brighter than it is

The German international, currently on loan at Inter, believes he can start at Arsenal next season. In other news, Lukas Podolski has strong convictions about his Arsenal future. Remember Lukas Poldoksi? Seems like it's been awhile since we last talked about him in these pages, but here we are this morning covering him on our front page. Why? Well, let's have Podolski explain it: ‘When I go back (to Arsenal) I think I have the chance to play there,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I have one year left so well will see what happens. I feel very well at the club and with my teammates as well. I...
Arsenal Blogger 14 hours ago

4 things we learned from Arsenal 2-1 Reading

1. Do not change a winning formula I don’t know what New Year’s resolutions our boys had but it has certainly worked. We have hardly put a foot wrong since the start of the year and have more or less played the same team. It was then a bit surprising to see Wenger make several […]
Cartilage Free Captain 15 hours ago

Pochettino: Kane owes his teammates dinner after 30th goal

The Spurs manager understands the concept of an individual rewarding team support. Harry Kane scored his 30th goal of the season on Sunday, poking a counter-attack goal past Tim Krul to clinch Spurs' 3-1 win at Newcastle. It's a remarkable achievement: it's the first time a striker has scored 30 goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1992. Even Gareth Bale only scored 26 in his most prolific season. And in post-match comments Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks that he owes his teammates a meal. "Congratulations to him because he deserves this moment. I think he needs to pay for a...
7500 To Holte 15 hours ago

WATCH: Goals from Benteke and Delph sink Liverpool in FA Cup semifinal

We've got the highlights from Aston Villa's thrilling FA Cup semifinal win over Liverpool. Aston Villa were the underdogs against Liverpool yesterday, but Tim Sherwood's banged up side managed to go into Wembley and grab an absolutely convincing 2-1 win in the FA Cup Semifinal. The match might very well have been the best that Aston Villa played all season. The attack, led by Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph, and Jack Grealish, looked as potent as it has in ages, and after some early shakiness the defense settled down and managed to prevent Liverpool from adding on. But you know all this....
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 16 hours ago

On Wasted Seasons and Tarnished Legacies

Steven Gerrard is arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever player, but repeated attempts to ensure he has a key role in his final year have only served to waste a season and—at least in the short term—tarnish his legacy. A tired Steven Gerrard played passenger over 120 minutes against Chelsea, the ageing captain unable to provide any energy as the League Cup semi-final wore on. He commanded the base of midfield as Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League and got off to their worst start in the league in half a century. His impact against rivals Manchester United was straight red thirty...
Cartilage Free Captain 17 hours ago

Monday Morning Hoddle Of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News And Links April 20, 2015

Tottenham Hotspur news and links for your Monday. Happy Monday Spursland! Are we happy? We played Not-Ryan-Mason and the sky dd not fall. In fact we played Paulinho over Mason for the majority of the game and it was fine.  It was like he doesn't make us better, but he doesn't undermineour defense with his positioning. No, aside from poking the Mason for Minister (of Magic not Prime Minister, lets be real about this) I want to point out one thing.  Everyone for the most part has been careful of not over-hyping Kane this year.  Always with the caveats of "this is just one season" "the...
The Tilehurst End 17 hours ago

Federici Apologises For Error; Fans Worldwide Show Support

Fans from all over the world respond with messages of support for the Aussie goalkeeper, who had produced some exceptional saves to take the match to extra time before the cruel incident which decided the FA Cup Semi Final. It must have been a long weekend for Adam Federici. After making the unfortunate error which sent Arsenal through to their second consecutive FA Cup Final, Federici left the Wembley Stadium pitch in tears before being selected for random drugs testing after the game. And the Sunday papers weren't sympathetic towards the 'keeper either, diverting all their attention...
The Tilehurst End 18 hours ago

Reading 1-2 Arsenal: Key Moments

For the first time in 88 years, Reading walked out as FA Cup semi-finalists at Wembley. Reliving the action, @jonnyscott862 gives us a timeline of all the key moments, with his take on an historic day out. What. A. Game. For those of us lucky enough to be there, I'm sure we all will have equally vivid memories of all the moments that I have picked out, but for those of you who weren't able to make it, here is what I think is the best timeline of events to show how the game really went. Behold, my 12 key moments that defined Reading's Wembley experience. 06:39 - A Warning From Özil ...
Bitter and Blue 18 hours ago

Toure Praises Team Spirit After Victory Over West Ham

City earned a 2-0 victory over West Ham at the Etihad, keeping their hopes of finishing second in the table intact for the time being. City locked up three points at the weekend, meaning the Sky Blues are now just two points behind Arsenal and one point shy of Manchester United in the table. The scintillating quest for second place carries on. The victory over West Ham on Sunday was absolutely crucial, as City desperately needed all three points to keep pace with Arsenal and United. The victory also ensured that the second half of the season will not be remembered as a full-blown...

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