Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful of making a major signing to boost their push for Champions League qualification. A resounding 4-0 victory over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside derby at Anfield courtesy of two goals from Daniel Sturridge – who missed a penalty to complete his hat-trick – and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez provided a welcome shot in the arm to their top-four hopes. And despite being frustrated so far in his attempts to bolster his injury-hit fourth-placed squad the Reds boss believes there is still time to make a significant signing before the window closes on Friday. Everton boss Roberto Martinez was left to worry over the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku who injured ankle ligaments in a collision with Gareth Barry. “He has his ankle in a cast,” said Martinez. “We will assess it but it doesn’t look too good at the moment.” Merseyside Police announced after the game it was looking into reports missiles had been thrown from the crowd. Television showed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez collecting some objects as he prepared to take a corner early in the match at Anfield. Press Association Sport understands around a dozen coins were thrown from the Anfield Road End – part of which houses visiting supporters – during the first half. A police statement read: “Officers are requesting CCTV from the stadium and will review any footage as part of inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents.” “I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days,” he said. “I saw some headlines after yesterday’s press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club – nothing is further from the truth. “We are not just going to get the players we want to get in for a number of reasons. “Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games.” Rodgers felt the performance against their near neighbours was just what was needed to reinvigorate their top-four challenge. “I think all wins are important but especially against your rivals and psychologically it was a big win and can re-iterate the confidence and belief in the squad,” said Rodgers. “We have to keep our foot to the floor and keep these performances and keep scoring goals. “This was a massive game. I think we have shown all season we are going to be in contention for fourth place.” Press Association
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to review the case of San Quentin death row inmate Stanley “Tookie” Williams, a founder of the Crips gang in Los Angeles who has authored children’s books, renounced his gang past and even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The decision now likely leaves Williams’ fate in the hands of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is expected to soon begin the clemency review process. Supporters have already been circulating petitions to the governor to save Williams, who was convicted of four counts of murder stemming from two attacks in 1979. Schwarzenegger has only reviewed two death-penalty cases since taking office and did not grant clemency to either inmate. Ten years later, he was sentenced to death for shooting a Whittier 7-Eleven employee, Albert Lewis Owens. He also was convicted of the shotgun murders of a Chinese couple that owned a South Vermont Avenue motel, along with their daughter, who died during a robbery less than two weeks after Owens’ murder.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A time line and process for the review has not been determined yet, Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said Tuesday. “Each process is different,” Thompson said. “It’s determined on a case-by-case basis.” The nation’s highest court did not comment in rejecting the request on behalf of Williams. His attorneys argued that the prosecutor had engaged in racial discrimination by seeking to keep blacks off the jury. In February, a federal appeals court panel cleared the way for Williams’ execution, with a majority of the judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voting against re-hearing his appeal. Williams was 16 when he and a high school friend, Raymond Washington, began the Crips street gang in South Los Angeles in 1971.