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Tony Pulis Called To punish Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for Dive

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has called on the Football Association to punish Liverpool’s Luis Suarez for simulation. Pulis believes Suarez was guilty of diving in the second half of his side’s goalless draw at Anfield on Sunday. Stoke boss Tony Pulis condemned a blatant dive by the Uruguayan striker towards the end of the 0-0 draw as ‘very, very disappointing’. Pulis said: ‘You have got Suarez falling over in the box second half which was really, really disappointing. ‘I think that should be highlighted, as I have said before.’ By contrast, Pulis had nothing but praise for Suarez’s team-mate Glen Johnson for his reaction to an earlier clash. He added: “There was a challenge in the first half in front of us, Jon Walters and Glen Johnson both went up for a header, it was a proper old-fashioned challenge.

The FA is unlikely to sanction the player as it only takes retrospective action against unseen red card offences and not offences which might have earned a booking. But the Uruguayan may claim Stoke centre-back Robert Huth was guilty of stamping on his chest early on in a game in which six Stoke players were yellow carded. Pulis added:’Glen Johnson did absolutely fantastic, just bounced back up on got with the game, it was a proper, proper challenge. I went over to him and said “well done, brilliant” – not only did he play exceptionally well but his behaviour was fabulous.’  “We are disappointed with the amount of bookings that we got and we are disappointed that maybe one or two of the Liverpool players weren’t booked,”Suarez is a fantastic player with great ability.

He is a handful and he is the one player we are frightened to death about.” said Pulis. “Glen Johnson did absolutely fantastic, just bounced back up on got with the game, it was a proper, proper challenge. I went over to him and said ‘well done, brilliant’ – not only did he play exceptionally well but his behaviour was fabulous.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has complained to referees’ chief Mike Riley about some of the decisions against his side this season, including a lack of penalties in Suarez’s favour. He said: ‘I haven’t seen the incident so I can’t really comment on it but whatever Luis does there will always be a problem, whether it’s media, referees or whatever. I thought he was terrific today, some of his movement and combinations.” Rodgers was frustrated by the draw but praised his side, in particular his younger players for the way they stood up to the physical challenge Stoke provided.

LIVERPOOL Told Andy Carroll To Leave Anfield

LIVERPOOL have told Andy Carroll to accept his Anfield career is over and leave before tomorrow’s transfer deadline as they look for ways of financing bids for Theo Walcott and Clint Dempsey. Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to persuade the striker to accept his time at the club is over as he attempts to raise funds for new signings. Though the England striker has consistently made it clear he does not want to leave Anfield, his omission from the squad for Thursday night’s Europa League qualifier against Hearts effectively means his Liverpool career is over.

But Carroll remains committed to Liverpool, having already turned down one proposed move to West Ham. Newcastle’s offer to take Carroll on a season-long loan remains on the table.Walcott and Arsene Wenger reached a fragile agreement yesterday after two hours of talks about a new contract which remains unsigned – and Liverpool are keen to give it an immediate test. But the stark financial reality at the club, caused by past transfer excesses, means manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to sell first and he wants to get rid of England striker Carroll. Asked if Carroll would still be a Liverpool player when the window closes tomorrow night,  Rodgers said: “It is too early to say. I can only be straight with a player on where he stands. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would like to add Theo Walcott to his squad, even though it emerged the Arsenal forward will see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates after holding amicable talks with Arsene Wenger. “The reality is, financially, we need to repair, so the players being linked for the money mentioned, I don’t have the ability to sign in this window,” Rodgers said. “I respect players and I’m precise with my information so they know where they stand. We all come into the profession knowing what the job is. Ultimately, it comes down to what your objective is as a player”, he continued.
But should Liverpool offload Carroll, they would be in a position to test Arsenal’s resolve on Walcott, who earlier this summer turned down a new five-year deal worth £75,000 per week. When asked whether Liverpool could afford to buy without selling, Rodgers replied: ‘No. Not at this stage, obviously I have seen a lot of the links and it is great that those players would want to come here but the reality is that we are not in a position to do those sorts of deals.’

Slumping Madrid signed Midfielder Luka Modric for Next Five Seasons

Real Madrid have signed on Tottenham Hotspur’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric for the next five seasons, the Spanish club announced on Monday. Luka Modric has been unveiled as a Real Madrid player after they hammered out a £33million move for the midfielder.

Spurs will receive £27m from Real, plus another £6m in various add-ons. The fee is a blow for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who was holding out for a figure in the region of £35m-plus.  ‘Real Madrid C.F. and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Luka Modric, who will be with the club for the next five seasons,’ the team said in a statement. The two clubs have also agreed a new ‘partnership’ that, according to Spurs, will see them ‘working together in respect of players, coaching, best practices and commercial relationships.’ “I’m very happy, honoured and proud to be at the biggest and best club in the world. I’m very excited,” Modric said. “Luka has been a terrific player for us and, while we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez Rodriguez added: “We are delighted to welcome Luka and look forward to working closely with Tottenham in the coming years.” The Spanish club said it expected him to play a key role.”Real Madrid has signed a very talented and creative playmaker for the midfield,” they said.
Modric joined Tottenham in 2008 in a £16.5m deal from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. He made over 150 appearances for the London club, scoring 17 goals. ‘An attacking player capable of assisting his teammates and delivering with great judgement, added to which he has a great capacity for work and sacrifice for the sake of the team,’ Real Madrid said.

Swansea Midfielder, Joe Allen Ready To move To Liverpool FC

Joe Allen has told Swansea City he is ready to complete a record-breaking move to Liverpool FC. The 22-year-old has held meetings this week with chairman Huw Jenkins and new manager Michael Laudrup after returning from Olympic duty and spelled out his desire to leave for Anfield. The Wales midfielder is set for a £15m move to Anfield after former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers told his former employers he is prepared to meet the buy-out clause the 22-year-old’s contract.

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Swansea are now resigned to losing the 22-year-old before the start of the new Premier League season next weekend. Swansea are yet to receive a second written offer from Liverpool for the midfielder, who last month was the subject of a £12.5million bid from Anfield that also would have seen Jonjo Shelvey go to south Wales on a season-long loan. Allen has a clause in his four-year contract, signed last summer, which states if Liverpool bid £15million for his services, then Swansea must accept. The Reds are likely to meet that valuation for a player Rodgers rates highly, and sees as integral to the style of football he wishes to implement at Anfield.

Allen would be manager Brendan Rodgers’s second signing, after striker Fabio Borini. Rodgers had agreed not to poach any Swansea players for 12 months upon leaving the club in June, but it is understood that clause would be made redundant should the Liverpool manager make an offer that meets the release fee in a player’s contract. The move, which is expected to be sealed in the coming days, will smash Swansea’s previous record fee for the sale of a player – Jason Scotland’s £2million move to Wigan in June 2009 – and Swansea have earmarked a large slice of the cash for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies. Bolton midfielder Mark Davies is understood to be one of the players interesting the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder, who is also close to bringing in striker Itay Shechter on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.
Allen was the star of the show as Swansea shocked the Premier League under Rodgers last season, with their style of play dependent on the Welshman’s ability to keep the ball ticking over in midfield. Swansea will be in no rush to find a replacement for Allen with Jonathan de Guzman used in his central role in the 4-2 friendly win over Blackpool in midweek, although they have registered an interest in Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

Liverpool’s Alberto Aquilani completes journey with Liverpool FC, Switch to Fiorentina

According to the BBC, Alberto Aquilani is tonight in Italy as he seeks to seal a switch to Fiorentina. His three year nightmare at Liverpool is at an end after the Italian midfielder completed his protracted move to Fiorentina. The 28-year-old leaves Anfield having made just 18 Premier League appearances for the club, despite costing £17million when he was drafted in as Xabi Alonso’s replacement in 2009. Rafael Benitez brought Aquilani to Anfield as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, but he struggled with injury and only made 26 appearances in his first season.

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Aquilani scored two goals in his 28 appearances for Liverpool. Despite spending the last two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan, his wages – in excess of £5m per year – were a drain on the Anfield club’s funds. A statement on club website read: “Liverpool Football Club can today confirm that Alberto Aquilani has completed a permanent transfer to Serie A side Fiorentina. The Italian midfielder joined Liverpool in 2009 but made just 28 first-team appearances having spent the last two seasons on loan in his homeland. Everyone at the club would like to wish Alberto all the best for the future.” A permanent return to his homeland has now finalised with Fiorentina a deal reportedly worth £3million, with Liverpool said to be subsidising his wages for the first two seasons of his three-year deal at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. On Friday morning Fiorentina’s honorary president Andrea Della Vale hinted a deal was close. “He is the big name signing that we were waiting for,” he said. Aquilani’s new team-mate Francesco Della Rocca, added: “Alberto is a great player and he will do really well at Fiorentina. He wants to bounce back from what has not been a very positive time for him at Liverpool and I am convinced that it will be a big chance for him in Florence.”

Fiorentina are believed to be offering the Reds around £7m, which represents a huge loss on their initial £20m outlay. However, his departure will lighten the wage bill significantly, which is a priority for Brendan Rodgers under FSG. Aquilani’s exit is likely to accelerate Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ bid to sign Swansea’s Joe Allen, a player he knows well from their time together at the Liberty Stadium. Rodgers has already confirmed his interest in 22-year-old Allen while some reports claim the Welsh midfielder, currently on Olympic duty playing for Team GB, has already personal terms with the club.