Put this pressure on yourself, you’re transferred for huge money by a Kop legend in Kenny Dalglish, and you’re playing for one of the most iconic clubs in league history. All of that by 21, big things for Jordan Henderson, and he gets to train at Melwood. Not a bad way to further your career. Most of the problem with Jordan at the beginning of his career with the Reds was he was so young, and came in with that huge transfer fee. He wasn’t playing with a number on his back, he was playing with a target on his back. Henderson was offered to Fulham at the end of the Transfer window two years ago, that would have brought in Clint Dempsey. So he had to improve.
What do you get when you pit one team who has just lost against a hated rival, and another that had just fired their manager? You get the Sunday match between Liverpool v Sunderland. Just like anything else, the game of football doesn’t level boring matches out there. Oh and for American fans, since NBC in the States shows ALL THE MATCHES for each round, Jozy Altidore gets to play a league match without the manager who brought him in. Then add to the mix that Luis Suarez gets to play his first match since he took a bite out of the Chelsea defender. Fun times, YAY?
With lots of talk going around regarding players being brought into Sunderland this January, who needs to leave Gus Poyet’s squad? It is well documented that the club have nine players coming to the end of their contracts in the summer and many will feel it is a great opportunity to get rid of the ‘dead wood’ that has occupied Sunderland’s squad over the past few years. Most of the players out of contract are high earners at the club but the January window offers Ellis Short a fantastic opportunity to sell some of Sunderland’s average players and bring in people who can actually keep us up.