Paul Parker

  • Liverpool made a huge error not sacking Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers has shown that he can’t be trusted and Liverpool have made big mistake by not firing him, writes Paul Parker.

    Liverpool manager Brendan RodgersLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool finished second in 2013-14 but, let’s be honest: that was a freak result that meant nothing. Luis Suarez dragged them there.

    However, Liverpool knew he would be going but they did not prepare for it. They were never going to compete this season.

    Let’s also be clear, if Liverpool had won the league, Suarez still would not have stayed. He had made his mind up that he wanted to play for an elite-level team.

    Their transfer policy in the wake of Suarez’s exit was a disaster. The transfer committee appears to be shouldering the blame for this but unless Brendan Rodgers comes out and

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  • Champions League final: What you need to do to stop Lionel Messi

    Paul Parker explains what Juventus must do if they are to try and limit the threat posed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi in Berlin's Champions League final.

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) listens to his teammate Luis SuarezBarcelona's Lionel Messi (L) listens to his teammate Luis Suarez

    The only way you can stop Lionel Messi is by trying your best as a team to stop him getting the ball to his feet. You need to stop him getting the ball in space and running at your team, because if you don't you are in trouble.

    If Messi is standing still it’s not a problem. He is not Andrea Pirlo. He is not going to hit perfect 60-yard balls on a regular basis. His strength is when he can pin you down and run at you, as we saw with his goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

    Messi is a threat when he has space to attack. Every time you knock into him it will be a foul – yellow

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  • Liverpool’s biggest problem is Brendan Rodgers - the time is right to call on Jurgen Klopp

    Paul Parker gives his in-depth critique of what has gone wrong at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    For Liverpool to move forward, they have to get rid of the dead wood. The dead wood includes the manager Brendan Rodgers, who has taken the club as far as he can.

    Losing at Stoke City wasn’t the issue for Liverpool. It was the nature of their capitulation that hints at something badly wrong within their dressing room. You look at the body language of their players at the Britannia Stadium. Most of them didn’t appear to have an extra yard in them.  Some of them looked half-paced, and had no drive. There was nothing there at all. No ambition about proving a point for next season.

    It concerned

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  • The curious cause that is forcing Raheem Sterling out of Liverpool

    Paul Parker believes that Raheem Sterling's unhappiness goes beyond talk of money or silverware - and suggests two clubs which would be his perfect next destinations.

    Raheem SterlingRaheem Sterling

    On first appearances, Raheem Sterling's desperation to leave Liverpool seems all wrong.

    Is it money? No. That doesn't add up. He's got a long way to go in his footballing education, and £100,000-a-week is a very generous deal for a player who has yet to prove himself in a trophy-winning team. It's no less than he'd get anywhere else.

    As for a desire to win silverware? That simply can't be it either. He's only 20, he's years ahead of himself, and Liverpool were only 90 minutes away from the FA Cup final this season. On top of that, they're one of only five sides who have any prospect of

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  • Man Utd would be crazy to use David de Gea to land Gareth Bale – Memphis Depay is a better prospect anyway

    Paul Parker says David de Gea isn't the best keeper in England - but he is vital to Manchester United and shouldn't be sacrificed in a misguided attempt to sign Gareth Bale.

    Manchester United's David de GeaManchester United's David de Gea

    The speculation suggesting Manchester United could sacrifice David De Gea in an attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid is ridiculous. Why would they do such a thing when, in Memphis Depay, they have a player who could be even better than Bale?

    Depay is 21 and has achieved more at his age than Bale had; he is a better player at this stage of his development. Depay comes to United as the top scorer in his domestic league and having impressed at a World Cup so United should be far from desperate to sign the Welshman from Real Madrid, certainly not to the extent that they would lose De Gea

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  • Jack Wilshere is reaching a crossroads in his career - where does he fit in at Arsenal?

    Paul Parker says Jack Wilshere is at a crucial juncture of his Arsenal career, with no certain place in Arsene Wenger's team.

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in the game against Hull CityArsenal's Jack Wilshere in the game against Hull City

    It was good to see Jack Wilshere make his return from injury last night for Arsenal but I can't escape the feeling that this summer could be a defining moment for the midfielder. Even if that doesn't neccessarily mean he will be changing clubs, it will still be a period which has a big bearing how a brilliant but fragile player progresses with his career.

    Wilshere came on against Hull last night for his first appearance since November but since suffering that injury against Manchester United he has seen Santi Cazorla excel in the deep passing role and Francis Coquelin nail down the holding

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  • It's crunch time for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, starting against Leicester City

    Paul Parker says it would be understandable if Liverpool were thinking of replacing Brendan Rodgers, as this season will have no silver lining.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before the game against West BromLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers before the game against West Brom

    After recent results exposed what a rotten season this has been for Liverpool, I think the next few weeks could well decide Brendan Rodgers’ future at Anfield, starting tonight against Hull City.

    Rodgers has been very bullish in the past wee about the fact that he thinks he is the right man for the job, the perfect manager for Liverpool at this moment. Well, I don’t think he should be coming out with statements like that.

    He already has the job and it comes across as insecure. He seems like a man who is a bit concerned about his future. Don’t start trying to justify your position or explain

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  • Sorry Brendan, but it's time for Liverpool to call Juergen Klopp

    Brendan Rodgers' lack of experience has been laid bare yet again - and it's time for Liverpool to call on Juergen Klopp, says Paul Parker.

    Juergen Klopp and Brendan RodgersJuergen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool's entire ethos was wrong in their FA Cup semi-final. Yes, Steven Gerrard is leaving, but to make that the focus was a huge mistake, and it's one that Brendan Rodgers walked right into. When you get sentimental in football, you get nothing back.

    It's a viewpoint I know a lot of Liverpool fans share: the important thing wasn't how the Reds got to the FA Cup final, it was the fact that they did. And by going with Gerrard they lost sight of that, and ended up paying the price - because right now he's a player who takes more away from the team than he brings.

    Liverpool have looked a far

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  • Clubs will still want to sign Raheem Sterling - but laughing gas antics could catch up with him

    Paul Parker says Raheem Sterling needs to cut out his extracurricular behaviour and ensure he makes the most of his huge talent.

    Raheem Sterling is in the spotlight againRaheem Sterling is in the spotlight again

    In one respect, Raheem Sterling is unlucky that he has been caught inhaling laughing gas because I’m sure there are plenty of other footballers who are up to no good behind closed doors. When you earn a lot of money, you go out and enjoy yourself and you sometimes do extreme things.

    But in today’s world you have to be aware that everyone carries a mobile phone. Anything he is doing could potentially be filmed, and in this case it’s clear from the video that it’s a friend or acquaintance who has done the honours. They were right next to Sterling when it was happening. It’s naïve of him.

    He is

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  • Manuel Pellegrini must go - and there's a perfect replacement for Manchester City

    Paul Parker says Monday's dismal defeat to Crystal Palace proves Manchester City need an overhaul, starting at the top.

    Who will be managing Manchester City next season?Who will be managing Manchester City next season?

    Given the season they have been having, and last night’s loss to Crystal Palace, I think Manuel Pellegrini will be losing his job at Manchester City at the end of the season, if not before. His departure is now inevitable.

    It is perfectly clear that Manchester City need to spend lots of money in the summer – is he the right person to entrust those resources to? I don't think so.

    [IS THIS THE END FOR MANUEL PELLEGRINI?]

    Clubs are looking for managers with charisma in the modern game. They need something about them. But Pellegrini hasn’t got those kind of qualities. He needs to keep winning

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