Gerrard confirms Rangers offer long-term contract to Polster

Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is hoping to bring defender Matt Polster to Rangers on a “long-term deal.”

Polster is currently available on free after his contract with the Chicago Fire concluded at the end of 2018.

The 25-year-old Polster has been on trial with Rangers, who sit level on points with Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership, with that audition extended.

Now Rangers manager Gerrard has confirmed the club are looking to add Polster to the roster, with the boss saying his experience playing against the defender in MLS makes him think the United States international can be a regular contributor at Ibrox.

“We’re in talks with Matt’s agent. We haven’t got it over the line just yet but we’ve told his advisers we’d like him to come,” Gerrard told reporters. 

“If we do it, it would be a long-term deal. I know him well from the MLS and he’s a player who can play in numerous positions.

“He’s a good professional, he’s in good shape and he’s got the potential to be a first-team player here at Rangers if the financials work. He could be an interesting one for the future.”

Polster, formerly the seventh pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft, can also feature at holding midfielder, though he has primarily lined up at full-back in recent seasons for the Fire.

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A knee injury limited Polster to just one game in MLS during the 2018 MLS campaign.

While Polster is confirmed to be in the crosshairs of Gerrard, the manager would not rule out more additions this month, though he conceded the American, along with the additions of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis might cap the club’s business for the month.

“I don’t want to say no as something might happen in the coming weeks that we act upon,” Gerrard added. “There may be one more but don’t be surprised if there’s not either.”


Everton do not have financial conditions to enter transfer market – Silva

Everton do not have the “financial conditions” to sign players in the January transfer window, according to Marco Silva.

The Toffees are 10th in the Premier League having responded to back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City with a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth.

Reports suggest their forward line is set to be depleted with Oumar Niasse said to be nearing a loan move to Cardiff City.

But they may not be able replace the forward, with boss Silva telling reporters: “When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can’t sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.

“We don’t have the financial conditions to go in the market, [that] is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions.”

Everton are thought to be keen on signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea following his struggles while out on loan at Valencia during the first half of the campaign.

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However, Silva added: “It is not the moment for us to talk about player A, B, C or D [and] if they could interest our model as a team.

“We have to work with the players we have here, develop them, let them get better every day. This is our job.

“What can happen in the market you know already, what are our possibilities as a club and my possibilities as a manager to do or not.”


Andy Cole joins Sol Campbell’s coaching staff at Macclesfield

Ex-Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole has been reunited with one of his former international colleagues Sol Campbell after joining Macclesfield’s coaching staff.

The League Two club have confirmed Cole, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League during his playing career, has taken up a part-time role at the club.

Macclesfield manager Campbell played alongside Cole with England and the two were also team-mates at Portsmouth in the 2006-07 season.

“Macclesfield Town are delighted to confirm that former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole has joined the club’s coaching staff on a part-time basis,” the club confirmed on their official website.

“We would like to welcome Andy to Macclesfield Town and wish him every success during his time with us.”

Cole scored a total of 289 goals across his career and is the third-highest scorer in Premier League history, behind only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.

After starting his professional career at Arsenal, the former forward went on to make his name with Newcastle United before moving to Old Trafford in 1995.

Cole spent a total of seven seasons with United, winning a total of nine trophies including the aforementioned Premier League and Champions League successes.

He also spent time in the English top flight with Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Pompey and Sunderland before finally ending his career at Nottingham Forest in the 2008-9 campaign.

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Campbell took his first managerial post in November with Macclesfield bottom of the League Two table and five points adrift of safety at the time.

He has since collaborated in a coaching capacity at a variety of different teams, including MK Dons, United and Huddersfield Town.

Macclesfield remain in the relegation zone but have won three of their last seven games under Campbell and have moved up to 23rd, three points behind Yeovil in 22nd.


‘Everything about him screams Liverpool’ – Klopp delighted with new Robertson contract

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Andy Robertson’s commitment to his club after the defender put pen to paper on a new contract at Anfield.

Robertson, 24, joined Liverpool from Hull City in a £8 million ($10m) in the summer of 2017, and established himself as Klopp’s first-choice left-back towards the end of his debut season.

The Scotland international has since gone from strength to strength in the Reds line-up, helping his team to the Champions League final and establishing himself as one of the English top flight’s top full-backs.

He becomes the latest Liverpool player to commit long-term to Klopp’s project at Anfield, following the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez.

Robertson has extended his contract to June 2024; and Klopp could not be happier at the news.

“I think of all the contract renewals I have been involved with, this one was done in almost record time,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“It’s fair to say Robbo didn’t hesitate for even a second when we spoke about extending his stay at our club for longer.

“I remember when we signed him back in the summer of 2017, I spoke a lot about ‘his story, his journey’ and how much I loved it and thought it pointed to the type of person and player he would be for us. He has exceeded these expectations.

“He might be from Glasgow originally, but everything about him screams Liverpool.”

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Klopp added that while Robertson had to wait for a chance to shine, he has more than repaid the faith shown in him since being handed a first-team spot.

“It has been fantastic to see him grow, develop and improve. It was not the easiest of starts for him maybe, because we are blessed with another fantastic left-back in Alberto Moreno,” the manager explained. 

“He had to be patient – he had to be ready when his chance came and his progression since is an example to any player joining us.

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“Everyone knows about his personality, on and off the pitch, but maybe we are guilty at times of overlooking his quality. Ask those who play against him – be it matchday or training – and they speak about his technical and tactical qualities, just as much as his character and heart.

“Our supporters have fallen in love with him, he has fallen in love with them – and both he and his amazing young family are very much at home in Liverpool.

“It’s fantastic this will now be their home for even longer.”


Robertson signs new five-year Liverpool deal

Liverpool and Andy Robertson have agreed a new five-year contract that will tie the defender to the club until 2024.

The contract is considered a just reward for the left-back’s progression, which has seen Robertson become one of the top players in the Premier League in his position over the past 12 months.

The Scotland international becomes the latest Liverpool player to commit long-term to Jurgen Klopp’s project at Anfield, following the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Joe Gomez.

As is club policy, Robertson’s new contract does not contain a release clause.

“As soon as the club came to me, it was a no-brainer for me – I want to stay here, so as soon as they put an offer on the table it was signed as quickly as that,” he told the club’s official website.

“It was a pretty easy contract for me and I’m sure for the club as well. We both agreed very quickly, that’s why it’s been done so quickly.”

It continues a stunning rise of a defender who was once released from Celtic’s academy as a teenager because he was considered too small.

He would go onto to feature at Scottish Third Division side Queen’s Park, before moving to Dundee United and later Hull City in 2014.

While the then-world record signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker are often seen as the big catalysts for Liverpool’s league-best defence this season, plucking Robertson from relegated Hull City in the summer of 2017 has proven an incredible bargain for the Anfield outfit.

Though the 24-year-old Robertson initially had trouble breaking into Klopp’s XI after making the £8 million ($10m) move, he established himself as a fixture in the team in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Robertson made 22 starts in the Premier League last season, delivering a goal and five assists as he made the position his own during a run that also saw Liverpool progress to the Champions League final.

Picking up where he left off last campaign, Robertson has started 20 of Liverpool’s 22 Premier League games this season, helping form a defence that has conceded a Premier League fewest 10 goals – seven better than next best Manchester City and Chelsea.

“I hope to achieve success as a team over the course of this new deal,” he added. “This club demands trophies and too long has probably passed without trophies.

“So I hope to help bring another couple of trophies to this club and help push in that direction because the fans demand it and the club demands it, so that’s what we aim to give.

“We came close, of course we have with the Champions League and things like that, but it’s about taking that next step and hopefully getting a winner’s medal around your neck, whatever competition it is. That is the main aim for us.”

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The full-back has contributed four assists in the Premier League this season as Liverpool sit top of the table, as well two more in the Champions League, helping the Reds qualify for the knockout stages.

In the process, Robertson has stablised a position that in previous seasons saw Alberto Moreno come under criticism for his performances there, as well as Klopp try James Milner there for an extended period.

The past year has also seen Robertson rewarded for his domestic success internationally, as the defender has become the latest man to wear the captain’s armband for Scotland.