Konchesky holds hands up
Paul Konchesky today accepted responsibility for his part in
Tottenham's winning goal on Sunday - and spoke of a
determination to up his game as he continues to settle on
The left-back told Liverpoolfc.tv he was 'gutted' by the
manner of our 2-1 defeat following an injury-time winner by
his direct opponent Aaron Lennon.
"I was gutted (with the winner). Being the last minute as
well, it didn't give us any time to get back into the game.
But that's life, we've got to put it behind us, and I've got
to put it behind myself for the next game."
(LFC Official Website)
Darby open to Magpies stay
Notts County loan star Stephen Darby has admitted he would
be happy to extend his stay at Meadow Lane.
Darby is currently on loan from Liverpool until January and
he has impressed during his time at the League One outfit.
Magpies boss Paul Ince has expressed a desire to keep the
full-back until the end of the season and Darby would be
willing to stay for longer at the club.
"It's great to be playing and getting experience at a good
level," Darby told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"I think a season at this level would benefit me massively.
There is nothing better than coming out and playing games in
the league, playing against experienced players, so it would
be good for me. It would help me develop as a player,
"It's a good level. There is some good football played in
"If there is a possibility of staying here for longer it's
definitely something I would look at."
Defender Fabio Aurelio admits the loss of Jamie Carragher
will be a big blow to Liverpool as they seek to bounce back
from a disappointing defeat at Tottenham.
With skipper Steven Gerrard sidelined for a further three
weeks with a hamstring tear sustained on England, duty the
Reds are likely to be without their vice-captain for a month
after he sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder
at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
"We don't know yet how bad Carra's injury is but not having
him in the team will be a really big blow for us," said
"We just hope it's not too serious and he's back playing for
us soon became he's so important for us."
The Brazilian knows that despite their display at White Hart
Lane the team cannot afford to squander chances as they did
when 1-0 against Tottenham.
"If you look at the opportunities we had in both halves
there were some very good ones but we didn't take them," he
told the Liverpool Echo.
"In a match like that against a big opponent who are in very
good form you can't afford to miss chances like that."
Sevilla look at Lucas
Sevilla are reportedly weighing up a January move for
Reports emanating from Spain have claimed Sevilla have
targeted a move for Lucas as they look to bolster their
squad options in the January transfer window.
Sevilla were linked with Lucas' team-mate Christian Poulsen
earlier this month, but it appears the Brazil international
is now on their list of targets.
Italian press: Hodgson to make
£21 million January offer
According to reports in Italy, Liverpool will make a €25
million bid for AS Roma forward Mirko Vucinic in the January
Itasportpress.it claim Roy Hodgson and his technical staff
have earmarked the former Manchester United and Chelsea
target as the ideal strike partner to Fernando Torres, and
hope the Serie A club’s well documented financial woes will
persuade Roma to sell their talismanic forward.
Hodgson's Torres belief
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson insists that he still has full
belief in striker
Torres was again far from his best on Sunday as Liverpool
missed a number of good chances before succumbing 2-1 to
Earlier this season Hodgson admitted Torres was struggling
with his confidence following an injury-hit World Cup.
But he looked to be back to his best when he scored a
brilliant brace in their victory over champions Chelsea.
Torres then scored against Wigan, but three successive
blanks have followed, leaving Hodgson to offer his backing
to the Spaniard.
"I think 'crisis of confidence' may be too strong," said
"I was pleased with Fernando Torres.
"Fernando himself, because he sets very high standards, will
be disappointed he didn't take one of the goal chances which
his good play - to be fair - created."
Hodgson plans bid for
Bolton striker Elmander
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is planning a £5 million bid for
Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander.
The Mirror says Hodgson is leading the race for Bolton hot
shot Elmander – but will have to come up with £5million to
Roy's Spurs verdict
Roy Hodgson was left to lament a double blow after his
side's last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was
compounded by an injury to Jamie Carragher.
Martin Skrtel had given the Reds a first-half lead, only to
then deflect a Luka Modric cross beyond his own 'keeper Pepe
Reina for the equaliser.
"I'm very disappointed because I didn't feel we deserved to
lose this game," Hodgson told his post-match press
"It was especially disappointing because it came at a time
when we had to reorganise our defence when Jamie Carragher
had to leave the field.
"I'm finding it hard to come to terms with the fact we have
got nothing out of this game, but the result is not going to
change with me being disappointed."
(LFC Official Website)
Carra injury latest
Roy Hodgson fears Jamie Carragher dislocated his shoulder
during Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat to
Liverpool's No.23 will have the injury further assessed at
Melwood on Monday.
"We think Jamie has disclocated his shoulder which is a real
blow for us and for him," Hodgson told his post-match press
"I don't know at this stage how long Jamie will be out for
but I would think it will be quite long because it's a
"It is a blow for us. Agger is still out injured and we are
not really that well blessed for centre-halves.
"We are now without Steven Gerrard and Jamie for a period of
time - both of whom are the lifeblood of this club."
(LFC Official Website)
Reds to face United
Liverpool have been drawn away to Manchester United in the
third round of
the FA Cup.
The Reds will travel to Old Trafford on the weekend of
January 8/9 in the only all-Barclays Premier League tie of
The two sides last met in the FA Cup at the fifth round
stage of the competition in the 2005-06 season.
Peter Crouch's first-half goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory
that afternoon en route to the Reds lifting the trophy in
Third round draw in full:
Burnley v Port Vale
Coventry City v Crystal Palace
Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham v Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brighton & Hove Albion or FC United of Manchester v
Huddersfield Town v Dover Athletic
Crawley Town or Swindon Town v Derby County
West Ham United v Barnsley
Reading v West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal v Leeds United
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Leicester City v Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers v York City
Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers
Swansea City v Colchester United
Wycombe Wanderers v Hereford United or Lincoln City
Stevenage v Newcastle United
Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Millwall v Birmingham City
Southampton v Blackpool
Watford v Hartlepool United or Yeovil Town
Chelsea v Ipswich Town
Sunderland v Notts County or AFC Bournemouth
Scunthorpe United v Everton
Manchester United v Liverpool
Hull City v Wigan Athletic
Stoke City v Cardiff City
Tottenham Hotspur v Charlton Athletic or Luton Town
Preston North End v Nottingham Forest
Norwich City v Droylsden or Leyton Orient
Torquay United v Carlisle United
(LFC Official Website)
Lennon grabs late
win for Spurs
Aaron Lennon kept his cool to convert a stoppage-time winner
as Tottenham came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 at White
Hart Lane on Sunday.
An incident-packed game looked certain to end in a 1-1 draw
after Martin Skrtel netted at both ends and sub Jermain
Defoe also missed a penalty.
Several other clear-cut chances went begging for both sides
before Lennon became the hero to move Spurs to within a
point of fourth-placed Manchester City and back to six of
It was the second time in eight days, and the fifth time
this season, Tottenham had come from behind to win a Premier
Lucas Leiva returns from suspension as Roy Hodgson makes one
change to his line-up for this afternoon's clash at Spurs.
The Brazilian replaces Christian Poulsen at the heart of the
midfield while Jamie Carragher captains the side on his
450th Barclays Premier League appearance
for the Reds.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky, Carragher, Skrtel,
Lucas, Meireles, Maxi, Kuyt, Ngog, Torres.
Subs: Jones, Shelvey, Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Babel, Poulsen,
(LFC Official Website)
Torres could leave
Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler fears Fernando Torres could
Former Reds star Fowler says Roy Hodgson’s men must ensure
they qualify for the Champions League – or risk their star
striker quitting the club.
Fowler, who now plays in Australia for Perth Glory, said: “I
“With Fernando, he has stated he wants to play Champions
League football. He wants to play at a higher level and he
has obviously missed out this year.
“If Liverpool were to fail again next year then I think they
will struggle to keep him.
“He is a fantastic player. He had a tough start to the
season and missed a lot of pre-season action.
“He has looked good and sharp and has been scoring some
great goals and let’s hope that continues.”
Roy pays tribute to Carra
Roy Hodgson has paid tribute to
Carragher, who made his 650th appearance for the Reds
recently, is set to make his 450th league appearance for the
club against Spurs this afternoon. The boss paid tribute to
his vice-captain in his pre-match press conference.
"He's a major, major figure at the club and has been for his
"It is a fantastic achievement and I am very delighted for
him. If anyone deserves the accolades it's him.
"He's been everything I expected him to be (since I came
here). I'd seen him play over the years and I expected him
to be a good defender, a great club man, a tremendous
enthusiast, a very good trainer, a first-class professional
and a person with an attitude you wish you could find in
every player you work with.
"The most important thing about him is said by his record -
all the games he's played and all the sacrifices and great
efforts he's made for Liverpool Football Club. His record
tells you everything you need to know about him.
"He's been very useful. From the offset he's tried his best
to make certain everyone rallies round the cause and I'm
really pleased to have him."
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