21-Year-Old Everton Star Can Be The Best Player In The World – Teammate

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has backed his teammate Romelu Lukaku to become the best player in the world, having opened the scoring in sensational style against West Brom at the weekend, giving Everton their first win of the new season, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

His goal against his former side was his first of the new campaign, having made his loan move to the Toffees permanent this summer for £28 million. While Chelsea were keen to sell, Howard is of the belief that Lukaku can go on to surpass all expectations and go on to become one of the best players in the world.

Howard partly credits the youngster’s attitude, saying that unlike many young stars, the Belgian international works incredibly hard to improve.

The American shot stopper said: “He wants to be the best footballer in the world, he really does.

“That’s what he thinks of himself. He gets his head down and he works, and we push him.

“He’s electric, he’s alive, he celebrates goals in training, everything counts to him. Everything matters. That’s what you want to see. There are too many young kids that take it for granted. Romelu doesn’t. He cost a lot of money but he is not arrogant, he is hungry.

“He was always going to go for a big fee, but he is not affected by that stuff. He is a kid, a kid who likes to play video games and play football, that’s it – even the video games are football.

“He is not going to get distracted. With guys of his talent, the sky is the limit.”

Everton kick off their Europa League campaign this Thursday against VFL Wolfsburg at Goodison Park. Boss Roberto Martinez is keen for the side to do well in the competition, having qualified for it by finishing fifth in the Premier League last season.

Liverpool Chief Pans Defensive Shambles Against Aston Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit out at his side’s defending as the club fell to a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa at the weekend, with the manager saying that a side lacking in fluidity should still be picking up a draw if they want to succeed, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Defence has been a consistent issue for the Reds over the last year, with Rodgers struggling to mould a cohesive defensive unit. Their problems in that department cost them the Premier League title last year, with the club having put together a surprise chase for the crown before throwing it away against a well disciplined Chelsea side.

Liverpool did have a handful of chances to snatch a draw at the weekend, but Rodgers found himself bemoaning the fact that his side had allowed themselves to go behind.

He said: “We have to defend better. The worst case scenario should be that when we have those days when we’re not creative with the ball, then we get a point and move on,” he explained with a resigned sigh.

“That’s the disappointing thing about today because we didn’t and it is important for us. I think you see from the goal that we need that consistency. They lost their marker too easily in the box.

“When you let the opponent get the first contact that’s what can happen. It was unfortunate, and Dejan Lovren is a wonderful defender, strong and aggressive, but we have to do better in that situation. Cleans sheets are still a problem.”

The club will have to tighten up ahead of their Champions League campaign, which kicks off in earnest this week against Ludogorets.


Magical Teammate Says Liverpool Wonderkid Will Be CL Star

Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho has said that Raheem Sterling will be one of the stars of the Anfield club’s European campaign, with the club set to take part in the Champions League for the first time in since 2009 this week, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers leads his troops into the competition for the first time as a manager, with the Reds hosting Ludogorets at Anfield this week.

The club also face a milestone, with this week being the 50th anniversary of the first time that the club ever hosted a European tie, during the glory days of the 1960s.

Sterling has started the new season in stunning form, although he was started on the bench for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday. Manager Rodgers is fearful that the youngster could suffer burnout if he is overused because of his immense talent.

Coutinho, however, has backed him to perform on Europe’s grandest stage.

“It is likely that Raheem Sterling will be one of the stars in Europe for ­Liverpool,” said Coutinho.

“Raheem is having a very good time at the moment and is in very good shape, so I believe he will do well this season. Like me, Raheem wants to attack defenders, but the difference between us is that he is very, very fast. I ­definitely don’t have the speed to catch Raheem!

“I am not surprised at all by his performances. We are training together every day and I know his potential.”