Goal.com's bumper festive quiz: Part two starring Cristiano Ronaldo

Temperatures may be plummeting but the Premier League season is certainly hotting up as the hectic Christmas programme of matches now hits full swing.

Away from the drama on the pitch and your traditional Christmas dinner at home, though, we have some more content to get your teeth into!

All in the name of some festive fun, Goal.com have produced a bumper festive quiz! We are running a mini-quiz every day from Monday to Friday, with pictures, trivia and football-based brainteasers.

Read on for part one and have a go at the questions, leaving your answers in the comments box below. Enjoy!


What year was the above picture of Cristiano Ronaldo taken?


What is the link between the three men in this picture?


Which team is this?


Who is the only current Premier League player to have scored for six different top-flight teams?

Nicky Barmby, Les Ferdinand, Craig Bellamy, Marcus Bent, Andy Cole and Robbie Keane are the former Premier League players who have achieved the feat.

Check back on Wednesday for round three of our fun festive quiz!

Downing hopes improved performances will keep him at Liverpool

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing hopes his improved performance in recent weeks will prevent manager Brendan Rodgers from following through on suggestions that he could be sold in January.

The midfielder joined the Reds for £20 million in the summer of 2011 but has struggled at Anfield before stepping things up with his first Premier League goal for the club against Fulham.

“I wanted to stay, I didn’t want to leave, but it was out of my hands,” Downing explained to Sky Sports regarding being told that he would be allowed to leave in the winter transfer window.

“I was out of the team and frustrated and I said, if something big came up, I’d look at it. We had that conversation and, to be honest, I thought I was on my way in January.

“I was a little bit surprised when [Rodgers] said I could go. He came in and was pleased with me at the start and then, all of a sudden, things changed quickly and I could go.

“I don’t know who makes that decision but one minute I was being told I was doing well and the next I was told I could go.”

The winger noted that facing the prospect of being sold may have helped him to turn the corner.

“It was a bit confusing but it is a kick up the backside,” he observed. “I then had nothing to lose as I was going. If it was a gee-up for me then maybe it’s worked because the performances are coming now.

“The good thing is we have had open dialogue. I speak to [Rodgers] if I have a problem and, if he has something to say to me, he can speak to me, so from that point of view it has been good.

“He has been straight with me and said if something comes up in January them we’d look at it but if he’s saying I’m staying then it’s a funny old game.

“The only thing I can do is play well and make him keep me and pick me and that is all I am trying to do.”

Liverpool manager Rodgers refutes claims of Sturridge contract clause

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant no January signings have attempted to dictate what position they will play in contract negotiations.

The Anfield club has been heavily linked with Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who is expected to complete a move to Merseyside when the transfer window re-opens.

It has been reported Sturridge, 23, wanted a clause written into his contract specifying he will be used as a central striker by Rodgers.

But while the Liverpool manager would not confirm the England international had completed a medical ahead of the transfer, the former Chelsea coach insisted there had been no request for a clause.

“No-one will come into this football club and demand where they play, that’s for sure,” he told reporters.

“It has been – as any sort of negotiations with any clubs with any players [are] – it isn’t straight forward.”

Rodgers also denied Stewart Downing would be leaving the club in January after a string of improved performances.

He added: “I see these reports about him going out and leaving. We don’t want him to go anywhere.

“All we’ve ever asked is that every player is at the top of their game and be the best as what they possibly can be every day and in the games.

“And if he continues along the lines that he is, as I say, he’ll be here for a few more years yet.”

Rodgers looking for early deals in January

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is looking to bring players into the club as early as possible in January.

The Reds are in advanced talks with Chelsea to sign striker Daniel Sturridge, who underwent a medical on Merseyside at the weekend ahead of a proposed £12 million switch.

The Ulsterman was wary of discussing deals in great detail, but claimed he was only looking to bring a small number of bodies in.

He told reporters: “Nothing will be complete until we’ve signed a player and once we do, I’ll have no problem in speaking about who we’ve signed. But until anything is done on paper, there is nothing to say.

“We’ll always do our business privately and in the way we want to do it. As you’ve seen over the last number of weeks, there are always going to be things written about players, clubs and dealings.

“We’re confident we can get some business done early in January, which will really help the squad. Until that happens, there is nothing really to add.

“We don’t want to make many [signings] in January, but the one or two we do I think can make a difference and help us. If we can do that, I think we’ll have a good second half to the season.”

The Reds recovered from a defeat against Aston Villa to smash Fulham 4-0 on Saturday, despite Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling being rested.

The former Swansea boss felt vindicated by the decision and is now looking for the midfield pair to kick on when they return to full fitness.

He explained: “I felt it was the right time [to rest Allen]. He’s also suffering a little bit in and around his pelvis.

“Add into that he has played twice the amount of games at this stage of the season than he had last year. He’s been playing in a lot of the games – sometimes up to three games in a week. Physically, that has been a big demand on him.

“It’s my job, along with the staff, our great medical team and sports science team here to assess the moments when we can give them a rest.

“The likes of young Raheem as well, he needed the breather and I think you seen in his little cameo at the weekend, the weight lifted off his shoulders by first and foremost signing his contract. I think that has probably been a great relief for him to get that over and done with.

“He had a breather as well and was really bright – and plus he got his haircut and looks like a proper young man now!”

Juventus coach Conte unaware of any move for Drogba

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has revealed he is unaware of any move to sign Didier Drogba.

The Old Lady are reported to be in the hunt for a new centre forward, but the 43-year-old says he hasn’t discussed the possibility of the Ivory Coast international joining from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

“I don’t know why Drogba’s name is being mentioned [with a move to Juventus],” Conte told Tuttosport. “I haven’t spoken to anyone about him and neither have I been asked.”

The Bianconeri trainer went on to admit that while he is keen to see a major new signing in Turin, he would like the club to consider a more long-term option.

“We could do with a world class player who has won the Champions League, but we know what we need and how the club should proceed,” he continued.

“We don’t have €50m to spend, but if we plan ahead then we could buy some champions for €35m-€40m.”

The coach, who last season led the club to its first Scudetto since the Calciopoli scandal, also revealed his ambitions both to manage abroad and to one day step into international football.

 “Juventus is a dream job for me,” he said. “Afterwards, I’ll work abroad… then the next step would be the [Italian national side].”