Ings ready to fight for Liverpool place

The England Under-21s international is over the moon to have secured a move to the Reds and is ready to knuckle down to challenge the likes of Daniel Sturridge to start


New Liverpool signing Danny Ings is relishing the challenge of fighting for a place in the team following his move from Burnley.

Earlier in June, the Reds announced an agreement to sign the striker when his contract with the Clarets – relegated from the Premier League last season – expires at the end of the month.

The Bournemouth academy graduate – who spent time on loan at non-league Dorchester Town in the 2010-11 season before leaving Dean Court for Turf Moor – scored 11 goals in 35 Premier League appearances last term.

But he will have plenty of competition for places in a Liverpool side who boast the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Divock Origi among their attacking options.

Speaking after England’s 1-0 win over Sweden at the Under-21s European Championship on Sunday, Ings told the press: “Words can’t describe it, the move that I’ve got for myself. At the same time, I’ve worked my way from the bottom so it is even more special for me.

“It is a challenge I am looking forward to. I never sort of get complacent with anything like that and now I’ve got that move I will work even harder to try and get into that team and be the best professional I can be.”

Cech could save Arsenal 15 points per season, says Chelsea captain Terry

The former England skipper hails the 33-year-old goalkeeper as an “unbelievable professional” but understands why he wants to leave Stamford Bridge this summer


Chelsea captain John Terry says Petr Cech would strengthen Arsenal and believes that signing him could save Arsene Wenger’s side 15 points a season.

Goal revealed at the start of June that the 33-year-old has asked to join the Gunners this summer after he lost his place as the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois last term.

Terry has praised Cech for his mentality after being left out by Jose Mourinho but understands why the Czech Republic international wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

“There’s talk of Arsenal signing Petr Cech and, if they do get him, he will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 or 15 points a season,” Terry told talkSPORT.

“Petr was an unbelievable professional last year. When you get left out of the team it can be hard to accept but, when he came in, he was exceptional.

“He deserves a lot of credit for that. We understand he wants to play first-team football but nobody wants to see him leave the club. He’s going to be sorely missed and will improve any side he goes to.”

Exclusive: Babel open to Gerrard reunion at LA Galaxy

The 28-year-old winger says he would be interested in a future switch to the US but says that a return to England is not currently a viable option


By Thomas Dal

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has admitted that he would be open to joining Steven Gerrard at MLS club LA Galaxy.

The duo played alongside each other on Merseyside during Babel’s four-year spell with the club, with Gerrard having recently invited the former Ajax star to play in his charity fixture against a Jamie Carragher XI at Anfield back in March.

And now Babel, who is currently contracted to Turkish side Kasimpasa Spor Kulubu, has suggested he would be willing to move to MLS, and preferably with LA Galaxy, to be reunited with former England skipper Gerrard.

He told Goal: “America has always been a special place for me, since my youth. If it fits in with my career, it will be a challenge for me to play for a MLS team. If that would be Steven Gerrard’s club, that would be very special.

“A return to the Eredivisie would be nice, but only if it’s Ajax. I don’t want to play for another team.”

When asked about a possible return to the Premier League, Babel refused to rule out a potential switch but insisted that he does not expect to be returning to England any time soon.

He added: “England is of course a great country to play in, and I’ll always be open for a return. But it has to be a club I feel good about. The reality is that England won’t happen at this moment.”

Babel open to Gerrard reunion at LA Galaxy

The 28-year-old winger says he would be interested in a future switch to the US but says that a return to England is not currently a viable option


By Thomas Dal

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has admitted that he would be open to joining Steven Gerrard at MLS club LA Galaxy.

The duo played alongside each other on Merseyside during Babel’s four-year spell with the club, with Gerrard having recently invited the former Ajax star to play in his charity fixture against a Jamie Carragher XI at Anfield back in March.

And now Babel, who is currently contracted to Turkish side Kasimpasa Spor Kulubu, has suggested he would be willing to move to MLS, and preferably with LA Galaxy, to be reunited with former England skipper Gerrard.

He told Goal: “America has always been a special place for me, since my youth. If it fits in with my career, it will be a challenge for me to play for a MLS team. If that would be Steven Gerrard’s club, that would be very special.

“A return to the Eredivisie would be nice, but only if it’s Ajax. I don’t want to play for another team.”

When asked about a possible return to the Premier League, Babel refused to rule out a potential switch but insisted that he does not expect to be returning to England any time soon.

He added: “England is of course a great country to play in, and I’ll always be open for a return. But it has to be a club I feel good about. The reality is that England won’t happen at this moment.”

Transfer Talk: AC Milan go all in on Cavani

After failing to sign Jackson Martinez, AC Milan are still looking for a top striker and Adriano Galliani has a budget of between €50m and €55m to spend on PSG’s Edinson Cavani, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic his back-up option.

Source: Corriere dello Sport
Monday, June 22, 2015 06:54