Liverpool are the latest club to be associated with a Middle-Eastern company as the oil-backed money from the region continues to fund several top clubs across Europe. The Daily Mail understands that Qatari telecom firm Ooredoo has approached Liverpool for a multi-million sponsorship deal that could possibly see the iconic Anfield stadium renamed. A spokesperson for Ooredoo said, “The goal was to sponsor a big English club with a huge history. Our search included Arsenal & Manchester United but the former two have long sponsorship deals and the same applies to Manchester City so Liverpool is the only club available right now. We want to sponsor the club in full. We want to sponsor the stadium (possibly rename it) as well as the club’s kits. Our goal is to reach the Asian markets where the Premier League has an enormous fan base. We received the tender from the club a few days ago and we are currently in the process of due diligence and we are studying each aspect of the study. It is a dual interest, Liverpool needs the money to compete with the European heavyweights and we want to expand our brand to reach new markets via football.”
According to The Express Luis Suarez was booed twice last night at the PFA player of the year awards. The controversial Liverpool striker was booed first when his name was read out in the team of the year, and then when he was announced on the shortlist for the player of the year award which was won by Gareth Bale.