Brendan Rodgers shown during a Liverpool training session on May 9, 2014. Andrew Powell / Getty Images / Liverpool FC
Brendan Rodgers shown during a Liverpool training session on May 9, 2014. Andrew Powell / Getty Images / Liverpool FC

Brendan Rodgers promises Liverpool ‘stronger for this coming season’



Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool will be even stronger in the coming season despite the departure of star striker Luis Suarez.

Suarez agreed a £75 million (Dh470.1m) move to Barcelona on Friday. He will travel to Spain for a medical next week before completing the transfer.

The 27-year-old Uruguayan scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool and his remarkable tally of 31 in 33 league matches last season helped Liverpool qualify for the Champions League and come close to winning the English title for the first time in 24 years.

But his stay at Anfield was marred by controversial incidents, which included suspensions for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez was in trouble again during the current World Cup, when he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, earning a nine-match international suspension and a four-month ban from all football activities.

That latest indiscretion prompted Liverpool’s owner John W Henry to cash in on Suarez, but the fee will be reinvested in strengthening the squad. Rodgers expects to reap the rewards.

“I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts; domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League,” he said.

“We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season’s excellent Premier League campaign.”

It is not the first time Liverpool have sparked fears about their future by selling a star forward.

In 1977, Kevin Keegan quit for Hamburg but he was successfully replaced by Kenny Dalglish, while Ian Rush’s move to Juventus in 1987 was offset by successful bigs for Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and John Barnes.

In both cases Liverpool went on to win silverware the season after the big-name exits, and Rodgers hopes his rebuilding programme, which already has included the signings of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can, will yield similar rewards.

“If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual,” Rodgers said.

“I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve.”

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If your investment decisions are being dictated by emotions such as fear, greed, hope, frustration and boredom, it is time for a rethink, Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at online trading platform IG, says.

Greed

Greedy investors trade beyond their means, open more positions than usual or hold on to positions too long to chase an even greater gain. “All too often, they incur a heavy loss and may even wipe out the profit already made.

Tip: Ignore the short-term hype, noise and froth and invest for the long-term plan, based on sound fundamentals.

Fear

The risk of making a loss can cloud decision-making. “This can cause you to close out a position too early, or miss out on a profit by being too afraid to open a trade,” he says.

Tip: Start with a plan, and stick to it. For added security, consider placing stops to reduce any losses and limits to lock in profits.

Hope

While all traders need hope to start trading, excessive optimism can backfire. Too many traders hold on to a losing trade because they believe that it will reverse its trend and become profitable.

Tip: Set realistic goals. Be happy with what you have earned, rather than frustrated by what you could have earned.

Frustration

Traders can get annoyed when the markets have behaved in unexpected ways and generates losses or fails to deliver anticipated gains.

Tip: Accept in advance that asset price movements are completely unpredictable and you will suffer losses at some point. These can be managed, say, by attaching stops and limits to your trades.

Boredom

Too many investors buy and sell because they want something to do. They are trading as entertainment, rather than in the hope of making money. As well as making bad decisions, the extra dealing charges eat into returns.

Tip: Open an online demo account and get your thrills without risking real money.

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  • Be honest and transparent: It is always better to own up than be found out. Tell your partner everything they want to know. Show remorse. Inform them of the extent of the situation so they know what they are dealing with.
  • Work on yourself: Be honest with yourself and your partner and figure out why you did it. Don’t be ashamed to ask for professional help. 
  • Give it time: Like any breach of trust, it requires time to rebuild. So be consistent, communicate often and be patient with your partner and yourself.
  • Discuss your financial situation regularly: Ensure your spouse is involved in financial matters and decisions. Your ability to consistently follow through with what you say you are going to do when it comes to money can make all the difference in your partner’s willingness to trust you again.
  • Work on a plan to resolve the problem together: If there is a lot of debt, for example, create a budget and financial plan together and ensure your partner is fully informed, involved and supported. 

Carol Glynn, founder of Conscious Finance Coaching


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