Slowly but surely Liverpool are edging towards the Premier League`s top four and victory over high-flying Southampton at St Mary`s on Saturday could prove crucial in their season, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren left Southampton hoping for bigger things at Liverpool but when they return to their former club in the Premier League on Sunday they will look enviously at their former team mates.
Croatia international defender Dejan Lovren wants to leave Southampton and complete a move to Liverpool, British media reported on Sunday, quoting the 25-year-old as saying his "head is already at" the Merseyside club.
With much suffering and some contribution from referee Yuichi Nishimura, the Brazilian team beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup at the Itaquerão stadium here on Thursday. Neymar scored the first two goals, while Oscar slotted in the third. The first goal was a low shot from about 22 yards. The second one came in a penalty kick given by match-referee Nishimura who had denied Brazil a penalty in the quarter final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
FIFA on Friday defended Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura`s controversial decision to award Brazil a penalty in the World Cup opening game but refused to confirm if he would officiate more games in the tournament.
The Football world cup mania is finally here with fans all over the world going gaga after the mega event finally kicked off in style. How can social media be left behind? Twitter, Facebook and Google have all painted themselves in World Cup colours to be part of the biggest sports extravaganza.
Furious Croatia defender Dejan Lovren branded the penalty awarded against him during Brazil`s 3-1 win in the World Cup opener a "scandal", questioning the referee`s right to be officiating at the showpiece event.
Neymar wasted little time in living up to his billing as Brazil`s World Cup spearhead when he scored twice to lead the host nation to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in a terrific opening game of the tournament on Thursday.