We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 18:45 | 26/1/16

Thompson backs Shawcross for Liverpool

Legend wants defender at Anfield

Former Liverpool great Phil Thompson believes that Ryan Shawcross is the answer to the club's defensive frailties.

Jurgen Klopp's side have conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table which is seriously undermining their chances of qualifying for Europe next season.

They beat Norwich 5-4 at Carrow Road on Saturday, but their defensive frailties were all too obvious as they conceded a couple of very poor goals and Thompson believes that England international Shawcross is just the type of player they need.

The Stoke defender has seen his side achieve seven clean sheets in their last 13 league games since he returned from injury and has qualities which Thompson feels are badly needed at Anfield.

Speaking ahead of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg meeting between the pair on Merseyside on Tuesday night, Thompson said:

"When Liverpool evaluate at the end of the season and look at the sort of goals they conceded, I wouldn't be averse to see them looking towards Shawcross as a solution.
"In fact I think he would be absolutely ideal and he's been one of the most underrated centre-backs over the last five seasons.

"You just have to look at Stoke's stats with and without him."

Ireland to host Iceland in March

10:46 | 21/10/16

The Republic of Ireland will welcome Iceland to the Aviva Stadium for a 'Three' International Friendly on Tuesday, March 28, a game that will be exclusively liv...

Giggs: Fellaini was a Moyes panic buy

11:21 | Today

Ryan Giggs has admitted that Marouane Fellaini was a panic buy for David Moyes after the then-Manchester United manager missed out on other signings.

Wenger: I feel good

11:41 | Today

Arsene Wenger has spoken of how he has no immediate plans to retire and admitted if challenged by God he will tell him winning football matches isn't easy.

Mourinho 'never friends' with Chelsea boss

11:31 | Today

Jose Mourinho has spoken about how he was 'fired' by Chelsea and admitted he was never friends with owner Roman Abramovich.

Conte: Mourinho deserves respect

14:45 | 21/10/16

Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea fans to show Jose Mourinho the maximum respect when he returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.