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Brendan Rodgers: Strength In Depth Key Ahead of Busy Schedule

Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool have the bench strength to cope up with the gruelling schedule in the next few days. The Reds face a tricky week in their season starting with Saturday’s visit to face Newcastle United, followed by the Champions League fixture on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid before hosting league leaders Chelsea at Anfield four days later. Liverpool have endured a difficult start to the campaign so far but Rodgers is confident that his side will rise to the occasion during this critical phase of the season. “It’s a really exciting week, and that’s the key,” he said. “Newcastle will be a tough game, but one that we will relish. And that’s the only focus really, we will look to get the three points and go from there.” “It’s why we strengthened the squad, for weeks like this. We made nine changes from the team against Hull to the team against Swansea on Tuesday, and […] Read more »

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Arsenal Keen To Strike Deal For Juventus Full-Back Stephan Lichtsteiner

Arsenal have reportedly initiated contacts with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner as his contract negotiations with the Italian champions progress slowly. The Swiss international, 30, has been a major protagonist in Juventus’ return to the top of the Italian football after his move from rivals Lazio in 2011. But his contract expires in June and according to reports in Italy, he has been contacted by Arsenal while Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid also remain interested. Lichtsteiner has always outlined his priority to extend with the Turin giants and in an interview with Tuttosport few months ago he expressed his desire to continue with Juventus. “It will probably be my last big contract,” Lichtsteiner reflected. “And my priority is Juventus. What counts is trophies, winning is the most important thing. I still see myself at a good level for three or four more years, then I can close [my career] in Switzerland and then become a Coach.” “I confirm that Paris […] Read more »