targets Reds revival
By Adrian Del Monte - Sky Sports
Joe Cole has admitted that he must
rediscover his best form to help get Liverpool back on
track, following their dismal start to the campaign.
The Reds are currently in 19th place, following Sunday's
disappointing 2-0 defeat in the Merseyside derby against
Cole remains adamant however that he and his team-mates can
still turn things around this season.
"We are not playing well, I'm not playing well but I know
I'm at a club that is going to help me through it," Cole
"I know that and I expect better from myself.
"It's disappointing to lose such a big game but in these
situations, the worse thing you can do is start pointing
fingers at each other. We have got to look at ourselves.
"I'll just try and do what I can do to get back to it. I
need to find my form somehow. I'm sure I will and it will
"We have had a tough start and a bad start with results. We
can't do anything about that now. We are where we are and we
have got to change it. We have got to dig deep."
Cole also acknowledged that he is yet to fulfil his duties
with the club, and that he must work harder to ensure he
"There are characters here. I'm looking at myself - nobody
else. I need to do a lot better for the club; every minute
of every day I'm thinking about how I can get there again,"
"I'm desperate to do well for Liverpool. I've never had a
period like this before and it is all new territory for me.
But it is a challenge and life is never easy.
"The right thing to do is just try and grind out the first
win and then take it from there. We are right behind the
manager. We all believe in the team and in the club.
"We have just got to stick together. We are doing a lot of
things right but we have just got to concentrate on cutting
out the wrong things."
Sorry Hodgson, this derby was
a stroll in the park for Everton FC
Comments by David Prentice - Liverpool Echo
Not for the first time, derby day on
Merseyside produced wildly differing versions of the action
“I think we’ve played better in every other game this season
bar Newcastle,” said David Moyes.
Roy Hodgson replied: “That’s as good as I’ve seen us play
under my management.”
So was the 214th derby match another epic swindle?
Were the Reds robbed by their lucky neighbours?
Not from where I was sitting.
Derbies aren’t supposed to be routine.
They’re not supposed to be strolls in the park.
Fans fingernails are supposed to be bitten to ragged stumps,
nerve ends shredded and patience strained.
The only concern Everton’s celebrating supporters had was
whether the significance of their first Premier League derby
win for four years would be overshadowed by the ineptitude
of their opponents.
Because for 45 minutes Liverpool were comprehensively
Perhaps Roy Hodgson was trying to defend his players when he
spoke so glowingly of their performance, because if he
really meant it the Reds have big problems.
The admirable Steven Gerrard apart, Liverpool were, at best,
For 45 minutes they were run ragged – a straightforward tip
over from a Fernando Torres header was Tim Howard’s only
meaningful contribution – then after Everton had made it 2-0
they simply sat back and invited Liverpool to try and break
Tim Howard smothered a couple of long range shots from Raul
Meireles. In the 83rd minute he decisively touched the ball
to prevent Fernando Torres from tapping in at the far post.
But that was about it – as straightforward a derby day
success as David Moyes has ever enjoyed.
Liverpool enjoyed so much second half possession because
Everton were happy to let them.
Their manager even said as much, before backtracking a
little and trying to defend his managerial friend.
But there was absolutely no doubt Everton were deserved and
The tone was set from the opening exchanges.
Just as Jamie Carragher placed a marker for last season’s
Anfield showdown with a shuddering first minute challenge on
Steven Pienaar, Everton did the same this time.
Yakubu - a man usually only usually likely to make a run if
a goal-chance lay at the end of it - chased down Sotirios
Kyrgiakos and conceded a foul.
Leon Osman followed suit – this time legally – as he chased
down Carragher trying to clear – and the tone was set in
Osman’s attitude was outstanding, and infectious – and it
was a surprise that Everton took so long to score.
Only Arsenal and Chelsea have boasted greater possession
than the Blues this season.
Only Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and a Fulham side
unbeaten until Saturday had made more passes in their
opposition’s half all season.
But while the same four teams featured in the Premier
League’s list of shots on target, Everton were nowhere to be
And the same trend continued yesterday.
Jagielka fired over, so did Distin - and when Reina was
finally asked to make a save he did so competently from
It took the zestful enthusiasm of youth to finally fashion a
Seamus Coleman may suffer from the occasional lapses
defensively, but going forward he is a penetrating,
determined and ambitious runner.
His 33rd minute burst and cross was outstanding, and on the
end of it was a man whose record against Liverpool is
After Mikel Arteta had made it 2-0, Everton appeared to
To use boxing parlance – after all Thomas Stalker, Tony
Bellew and, bizarrely, Roy Jones Junior were all present –
you can only beat what’s put in front of you.
And Everton did. Comfortably.
And that has to be the biggest concern for their supporters.
So many things appeared to be in Liverpool’s favour leading
up to the clash. There was a feelgood factor from the
takeover, influential Everton absentees like Fellaini,
Pienaar and Saha, the fact that Mikel Arteta and Phil
Jagielka needed fitness tests on the morning of the game.
But Everton took command.
Torres was an isolated and forlorn figure - students of his
body language will have taken note of his reaction to an
admonishment from team-mate Carragher, raising his finger to
his lips; Joe Cole is a player still searching for his best
role in the side, Lucas once again looked short on quality,
Paul Konchesky’s late attempt at a right-footed shot was
just plain embarrassing.
Everton had no such worries.
Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin were immense, Yakubu
endlessly willing and Tim Cahill excellent.
But the fact is Everton didn’t need to have every player at
the peak of his game to secure victory - and that has to be
the biggest concern for Reds fans this morning.
“I think we’ve played better in every other game this season
bar Newcastle,” said David Moyes. Everton fans will be
reassured to hear that.
Roy Hodgson replied: “That’s as good as I’ve seen us play
under my management.”
That should send tremors of concern around Anfield.
Nightmare to replace
dreams of fairytale?
By James Lawton - Irish Independent
You didn't have to be a world-class
lip-reader to gain a shrewd idea of the content of
Liverpool's new owner John W Henry's occasional asides in
the Goodison Park directors' box.
While reviving the Boston Red Sox, he learned quickly enough
that professional sport is unique in that you can have the
most brilliant business plan ever conceived without a single
guarantee of success.
The imperative is a degree of belief in the project by the
people who make it work and in football or baseball this
will always, most importantly, concern the coach and his
You could see on the face of Henry -- which at the most
critical moments of a catastrophic performance by his new
team began to resemble a little uncannily that of George
Bush Snr in the middle of tricky negotiations with Mikhail
Gorbachev -- that the vote of confidence he gave embattled
Roy Hodgson and his men could only have been more
provisional if it had been whispered in the wind.
Bush Snr, after all, had only to defend the western world.
John W Henry has to remake Liverpool Football Club in
something like its old image.
It is a huge task that could scarcely have been more
apparent if Hodgson, fingering his collar increasingly
nervously as his players meandered ever further from the
proposition that they have some divine right to extricate
themselves from a relegation dogfight, had sued for
surrender to Everton's David Moyes some time in the second
Hodgson is a good football man and it may be that he will be
given the time to put some flesh on the bones of what used
to be a proud football organisation.
Henry, though, must surely be reflecting that his cut-price
purchase of Liverpool is in need of far more dramatic
surgery -- and character as well as talent investment --
than suggested by an initial transfer market outlay of £25m.
Another discovery by Henry yesterday afternoon was that
reading the club's accounts gave only a partial report on
the scale of the crisis. What couldn't be spelled out was
something that former Kop favourite Robbie Fowler, flying in
from the Indian summer of his career in Australia, latched
on to with hard, professional detachment.
No, he said, there was no possible reason to presume that
Liverpool, as currently constituted, will inevitably be
clear of their worst relegation fears by the time the first
transfer window opens in January. Nor was Fowler prepared to
go along with the fiction that Fernando Torres, until
recently arguably the world's most deadly, and beautifully
confident striker, is making anything more than a nominal
reaction to the fact that he remains one of the best paid
players on earth. Torres, said Fowler, had at least a duty
to look "interested".
Though he was as ground down as any of his team-mates at the
end, Steven Gerrard at least performed that basic duty.
His injections of bite and class were poignant examples of
an old Liverpool team before, with distressing ease, he was
deprived of possession as Everton regained a grip they had
brilliantly exerted in the early going.
Moyes, on a fraction of the resources enjoyed by his former
Liverpool rival Rafa Benitez, may have moved, at least in
terms of points, only marginally from relegation fears of
his own, but what couldn't be in dispute was the vastly
superior ethos of the team he has made.
This showed in the wonderful relish with which young Donegal
man Seamus Coleman attacked the especially porous left side
of Liverpool's defence. The burst that laid on Tim Cahill's
opener spoke of a confidence that was hauntingly absent in
all that Liverpool did.
Where it leaves Liverpool is surely a matter for urgent
debate by the new owners.
The euphoria that has greeted the ejection of the great
carpetbaggers Hicks and Gillett is understandable enough but
it will not mean so much if the slide of the team, the
erosion of quality and morale which was so rampantly
progressive last season, continues to be lumped exclusively
at the feet of the men who thought they could borrow and
skim their way to great personal profit at Anfield.
That assault on the Liverpool tradition has rightly been
identified, scorned and dismissed. There are, however, other
strands to the breakdown which was so grimly manifest
yesterday. It concerns a basic breakdown in the leadership
of the team, the recruitment of too many players of
insufficient ability -- and yesterday, we had to believe,
competitive character -- and a chronic failure to exploit
one of the best-funded academies in English football.
Liverpool yesterday looked like a football team all played
out and it was little wonder that John W Henry appeared at
times rather as though he had bought not a sporting dream
but a nightmare to be endured for some time to come.
Everton show Liverpool's owner
John W Henry what he could have bought
Comments by Richard Williams at Anfield - guardian.co.uk
So the optimism of Saturday night and this
morning proved no more substantial than the dawn mist on the
Mersey. By tea-time today all the talk of a new stability,
of complete confidence in the manager, of money to spend in
the January transfer window, had faded into transparency,
leaving Liverpool's continuing problems in plain sight.
The club may be under new ownership but they are in real
trouble on the pitch, the sort that will take more than just
a change of ownership to eradicate.
"Tom Hicks and George Gillett were about leverage," Tom
Werner, John W Henry's partner in New England Sports
Ventures, said on the radio a few hours before the match.
"We are about winning." In fairness he was speaking about
the long term. But as Roy Hodgson said tonight, a Merseyside
derby would have been the perfect time for the winning to
Despite the manager's protestations that his players had
produced their best performance of the season so far, and
that only one of them – Fernando Torres, of course – was
suffering from a lack of confidence, Liverpool never looked
like overcoming Everton today.
No one could accuse them of a lack of effort but their
inability to turn desire into effective action appeared
entirely unaffected by the departure of the detested Hicks
and Gillett and the arrival of an apparently more acceptable
set of Americans.
After watching their new acquisitions hammered into
submission, however, Henry and Werner may have found
themselves wondering if they had bought the club at the
wrong end of Stanley Park. Everton, victors in a Merseyside
derby in the league for the first time since 2006, used
Liverpool as a springboard, shooting up seven places to 11th
in the Premier League table with a display that shoved their
neighbours down to 19th, saved from holding up the table
only by West Ham United's inferior goal difference.
Hodgson spoke afterwards of the dangers of placing too much
emphasis on the potential effect of activity in the January
transfer window, and of the pressing need to string four or
five wins together before the arrival of reinforcements. But
it is hard to see where those wins are coming from after a
match in which a tactically incoherent Liverpool, despite
riding a wave of the emotions of the past few days, failed
to overcome a team lacking Steven Pienaar, Marouane
Fellaini, Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha, and with Mikel Arteta
and Phil Jagielka selected despite incomplete recoveries
from hamstring strains.
Everton's fine performance, a judicious blend of skill and
aggression, emphasised the value of committing to long-term
stability and tailoring ambitions to means. They were a
credit to themselves and to their manager, David Moyes, who
makes no secret of his envy of the greater resources enjoyed
by bigger clubs such as Liverpool but is never reluctant to
acknowledge the support of a chairman who is, first and
foremost, a lifelong fan of the club. By contrast Liverpool
are venturing once more into the realms of external
ownership, in which an unreasonable degree of faith is
inevitably invested in the newcomers. All Liverpool's staff
and supporters have to cling to is the knowledge of what
NESV achieved with the Boston Red Sox.
Based on that example, one can envisage Henry and his
associates disappointing Liverpool's local authority by
abandoning the plans for a brand new stadium and choosing
instead to refurbish Anfield, as they did with Fenway Park,
making up for the lack of increased revenues through
significant increases in seat prices.
The first World Series win in 86 years sweetened the pill
for Bostonians and perhaps a successful return to the
Champions League would mute the complaints of economically
challenged Koppites. That will not happen, however, as long
as Hodgson is forced to shield the impeccable José Reina – a
more than worthy successor to Tommy Lawrence and Ray
Clemence – with a defence that shames the memory of Ron
Yeats, Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Phil Neal and Alan Hansen.
While Jagielka and Sylvain Distin were subduing Fernando
Torres – not the most demanding of tasks, given the
disappearance of every trace of coltish spring from the
Spanish striker's stride – up at the other end Sotirios
Kyrgiakos and Martin Skrtel were being led a harrowing dance
by Yakubu Ayegbeni, who scattered them time and again like
an armoured car sent into battle against spear-throwers.
Of course Hodgson needs and deserves more time, and in the
meantime he can be expected to take the pressure off his
players by shamelessly exaggerating the quality of their
performances. Few managers in his position would not do the
same. But although local derbies are notoriously poor
indicators of underlying form, today's match suggested that
Liverpool are indeed in unknown territory, with few familiar
landmarks to help them grope their way to safety.
hails Everton spirit
David Moyes paid tribute to Everton
following their win over Liverpool but admitted his side had
played better this season and lost.
The Toffees continued to pull clear of trouble with a 2-0
victory at home to the Reds in a typically competitive
Tim Cahill opened the scoring with a fine goal late in the
first half and Mikel Arteta's powerful strike then made the
Moyes does not believe his team were at their best but was
delighted to pick up three points and is now looking to
climb the table.
He told Sky Sports: "Their attitude was spot on and they got
"I thought we have played better in the majority of games
than we did today but it was a derby and a different kind of
"Some of our performances (earlier in the season) were good
but we did not get the result but today we did enough.
"We are getting away from the wrong end of the table. We are
a good enough team to be at the top end."
refuses to panic
Roy Hodgson admitted after the defeat to
Everton that the only way to shake off the term 'crisis' was
to start winning games.
The ownership of Liverpool was finally resolved this week
when New England Sports Ventures seized control from Tom
Hicks and George Gillett, but there are still concerns on
the pitch following a poor run.
The Reds remain in the relegation zone after going down 2-0
to Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park, with Tim
Cahill and Mikel Arteta scoring the decisive goals.
Hodgson is refusing to panic and saw signs of encouragement
in Sunday's clash, but accepts that difficult questions will
continue to be asked until results improve.
He told Sky Sports: "I don't think it is a crisis, I thought
the way we played today was not the level of a team in the
"On the other hand it is six points from eight games and
that is a very poor return.
"We need to start winning to climb the table and until we do
the word 'crisis' will continue to be bandied around."
The new owners were in attendance at Everton, having already
given their backing to Hodgson as the right man to turn
around the situation.
"It is always nice to get a vote of confidence," said
"Whenever you lose a couple of games in a row these days
your position is going to be questioned, so the new owners
making it clear they thought I was the right man to do the
job, you are always very happy to hear that."
He added with a smile: "Whether that has changed after today
I don't know."
Reflecting on the match itself, Hodgson was satisfied with
the effort of his players despite the disappointing
He said: "We fell behind to a deflected block which fell
kindly for Cahill so
I thought at half-time we were a bit unlucky to be a goal
down because we had got back into the game well.
"In the second half we did everything the team could
possibly do, we played well, created chances, we limited
them to very few and put them on the back foot."
Star striker Fernando Torres again drew a blank but Hodgson
believes he is just low on confidence rather than suffering
from a physical problem.
"I don't think he is physically unfit, I think he showed
that today, he did plenty of work and we don't have any
injury problems with him," said Hodgson.
"He got battered during the World Cup and mentally he is
probably a bit low and he needs a goal or two to get it
back. Certainly today I would have no qualms about his
hit new low
The Irish Times
Having decided to turn up and sample their
first Merseyside derby, Liverpool’s new owners will now be
fully aware of the task that lies ahead, thanks to a
devastating 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
John Henry and Tom Werner of NESV had intended to wait until
next week’s home game against Blackburn Rovers to take in
their first game with their new club and this afternoon they
may be wishing they stuck to those plans, after the Toffees
soured the end of what was looking like a good week for the
Goals in each half from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta did the
damage but just as concerning for manager Roy Hodgson and
his new employers was the lack of confidence and passion
from back to front in a Liverpool team, that has dropped to
19th in the Premier League for the first time ever.
Their worst start to a season since 1953/54 — when they were
relegated — rattles on, regardless of who's paying the
One thing is certain and that is the new American owners,
who invested heavily in the Boston Red Sox when they
acquired the baseball team in 2001 prior to two World Series
wins, will have to come up with funds for manager Roy
Hodgson to strengthen in January.
All the focus, as it had been for the preceding week, will
be on Liverpool’s failure but Everton were worthy winners,
ending a run of three successive derby defeats.
The opening 45 minutes were in keeping with most Merseyside
derbies, with the first late tackle coming after just 11
seconds and several more proliferating the half.
Maxi Rodriguez and Raul Meireles earned themselves yellow
cards while Tim Cahill was booked for Everton as World Cup
final referee Howard Webb tried to exercise restraint.
The actual football action was very limited with Arteta
hitting a 20-yard free-kick into the wall and Everton
centre-backs Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both having
half-chances with shots from inside the box.
Prior to Everton’s opening goal it was the visitors who had
come closest to scoring with their first attack — although
it took them 23 minutes to create one.
Joe Cole’s left-wing cross picked out the fit-again Fernando
Torres at the near-post and his flicked header forced Tim
Howard to tip over his crossbar.
Meireles had a 25-yard piledriver blocked by a wall of blue
shirts from a half-cleared corner but that was the most
It was just after their all-too-brief best spell of the
first half that Liverpool went behind.
A slack piece of defending by Lucas Leiva and Paul Konchesky
in the 34th minute allowed Seamus Coleman to run to the
byline and cross for Cahill to hook home at the near post.
It immediately sparked chants of ‘going down’ from the home
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replaced Osman for the second half,
which was only four minutes old when Everton went 2-0 up.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos’ headed clearance only reached the edge
of the penalty area where Arteta was lurking to smash home a
brilliant swerving volley.
Hodgson had spoken in the build-up of his hope of seeing his
side not have to chase a game — which had cost them in
previous matches — but now they had a mountain to climb.
Meireles’ 30-yard shot failed to cause Howard any difficulty
while Torres’ effort from inside the area landed in the top
tier of the Gwladys Street stand.
Joe Cole’s inability to control a pass from Reina, allowing
the ball to run out of play, summed up Liverpool’s
Everton continued to create the chances and Jagielka fired
over from a corner in the last 15 minutes before substitute
Jermain Beckford had claims for a penalty turned down after
falling under a challenge from Martin Skrtel.
By contrast, Gerrard was woefully off target when teed up by
substitute Ryan Babel on the edge of the penalty area while
Torres shot straight at Howard when he should worked the
Beckford had chance to finish in style in added time but
drilled his shot over.
This derby was billed as the most significant in three
decades, considering the clubs’ league positions.
Seasons do not succeed or fail on such occasions but it will
prove a useful point of reference for Liverpool’s new