Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Rodgers relaxed about Ba's Anfield return

18 February 2015, 20:27

London - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers declared on Wednesday that he was relaxed about the prospect of former Chelsea striker Demba Ba returning to Anfield with Besiktas in the Europa League.

Senegal international Ba memorably capitalised on a slip by Steven Gerrard in a game at Anfield last April to open the scoring in a 2-0 win that sparked Liverpool's collapse in the Premier League title race.

Also read: Liverpool's Markovic gets four-match ban for red card

He will return to the scene of the incident on Thursday when Besiktas tackle Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie, but Rodgers played down the significance of the reunion.

"It won't stimulate any bad memories for me," Rodgers told his eve-of-match press conference.

"At the time he scored a goal, which was a good goal, but he has scored many good goals in his career. We just see him as a threat that we will pay respect to, but nothing more than that.

"He had a very good period here in England. He is a wonderful player, who has good touch and technique and he scores goals. He has gone to Besiktas and done well."

Gerrard, who is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Serbian winger Lazar Markovic will also be unavailable after being given a four-match ban by UEFA following his dismissal for swinging his hand towards a Basel player in Liverpool's last Champions League group game.

"We are obviously disappointed with the length of the ban. I think everyone would have felt it was very harsh," Rodgers said.

"However, we accept it and unfortunately he will have to serve that and won't be able to contribute these coming games."



WRAP: English Premiership

23 October 2016, 11:05

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...