Reds tell of possible changes
Liverpool have contacted the Premier League to advise that a
change of ownership or directors is possible. It is
understood those jostling to take control of the club have
also made representations.
Under the body's rules 10 days' notice is required to ensure
a potential buyer or board member for any top flight club
meet the 'fit and proper persons' test.
This process has many detractors but the requirements have
been 'beefed up' after events at Liverpool and Manchester
United but also Portsmouth who became the first Premier
League club to end up in administration.
Though there is no bidder being assessed at present the move
will speed up any takeover and allow funds to be released
prior to the transfer window closing.
Rumours of a board meeting this afternoon are false but the
five man body consisting of Tom Hicks, George Gillett, Ian
Ayre, Christian Purslow and Martin Broughton will get
together to decide on a preferred bidder.
Al Fayed hits out at Hodgson
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has accused former manager
Roy Hodgson of 'taking advantage' of the club.
However, the Cottagers chief insists he has forgiven the new
Liverpool boss for departing the Londoners for Anfield this
Hodgson left Craven Cottage following two-and-a-half years
at the helm last month, after his success there saw him
hailed as the greatest manager in the club's history.
Mark Hughes stepped in as his successor last week and was
officially unveiled as manager on Tuesday afternoon.
And Al Fayed made his feelings clear on Hodgson during the
"He (Hughes) has inherited a great team which had fantastic
results but unfortunately this guy (Hodgson), after we put
him where he is now, he took advantage and left us," said Al
"But good luck to him, good luck to Liverpool."
Viola fail to sign Insua
Emiliano Insua could now remain at Anfield next season
Liverpool earlier said that a deal to sell Insua, 21, had
been agreed, but Fiorentina had revealed the move was in
jeopardy due to the player's wage demands.
"We're giving up on Emiliano Insua," Corvino told Sky Sport
Italia. "He asked for wages we cannot possibly provide.
"Last night I had dinner with the director of sport at
Liverpool until 2am. The player will remain in England. He
is owed money by the club and he asked for wages we cannot
"Therefore we're giving up on Insua. He will not be coming
to Fiorentina. Because of this, the squad at Sinisa
Mihajlovic's disposal will remain what it is now, unless
there is a shock bargain available."
Liverpool have already moved to provide cover at left back
by re-signing Fabio Aurelio following his release earlier in
Liverpool boosted by Torres statement
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says he is "really happy"
at Anfield and as committed to the club as he was on the day
Torres, who returned to training on Monday after winning the
World Cup with Spain in South Africa, has been the subject
of persistent speculation this summer.
However, the 26-year-old has moved to quash suggestions he
to quit Anfield.
"I am really happy to be back, really happy to stay with all
my team-mates,'' he said on the club's official website.
"My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is
the same as it was on my first day when I signed.
"I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.''
Fabio Aurelio: I never wanted to
Liverpool so I'm delighted to be back
Fabio Aurelio claimed he never wanted to leave Liverpool in
the first place after rejoining the club when new boss Roy
Hodgson called him up.
The Brazilian left-back walked away from Anfield after
failing to agree terms on a new deal when his contract ran
out last season when previous manager Rafa Benitez was still
But when new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson contacted him about
rejoining the club, Aurelio jumped at the chance.
He told The Liverpool Echo: 'It was a strange situation. I
didn’t really want to leave but it just happened that my
contract finished and that was it. So when the opportunity
came around to sign again, I was absolutely delighted.
'I didn’t expect the call and I just have to say thanks to
the boss, as he contacted the club about my situation.'
Huang hopes Torres believes in his
commitment to spending big at Liverpool
Kenny Huang hopes his push for Liverpool convinces Fernando
Torres to pledge his commitment.
The Daily Mail says Huang is believed to have already spoken
to senior figures at Anfield to express his seriousness
about a buy-out and in the hope that his message will filter
down to help persuade top stars like Torres, who returned to
training yesterday after his post-World Cup break, that the
club does have
a better future.
Torres has yet to publicly commit himself to the club the
way captain Steven Gerrard did on his return from
international duty, and speculation still links the Spain
striker with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
The 26-year-old is disappointed with the lack of investment
in the squad but, with a potential change of ownership
around the corner, he may find last season's request for
'four or five' players is granted sooner than he could have
Torres facing a race to make
Liverpool FC league opener
Fernando Torres returned to training for Liverpool yesterday
– but faces a race against time to be fit for the start of
the Premier League season.
Torres, along with fellow World Cup finalists Pepe Reina,
Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel, reported back to Melwood as Roy
Hodgson brought together his squad for the first time since
taking over as manager.
The striker is nursing an adductor injured suffered during
the closing moments of Spain’s 1-0 World Cup final victory
over Holland in Johannesburg a fortnight ago.
Torres has less than two weeks training and rehabilitation
with Liverpool before they begin their domestic campaign
with the visit of Arsenal on August 15.
Thursday’s Europa League return against FK Rabotnicki at
Anfield has come too soon for the Spaniard and is the last
chance for Liverpool’s players to build up match fitness
ahead of the season proper.
And it means Torres is almost certain to be missing from the
starting line-up for Hodgson’s first Premier League game in
Liverpool's stock may rise with
Wall Street graduate Kenny Huang
Once bitten, twice shy. The identification of Kenny Huang,
the Chinese entrepreneur, as the man fronting a bid to oust
Tom Hicks and George Gillett, after three long, debt-ridden
years, from Liverpool may have excited the club's fans, but
bitter experience has taught them that football contains no
knights in shining armour. The doubts have already set in.
Huang's background will hardly allay their fears. He may
have been voted China's philanthropist of the year in 2009,
but his motives in lodging a £325 million bid for England's
most decorated football club are hardly likely to be
Born in southern Guangdong province in 1964 and apparently a
fine badminton player in his youth, Huang was the first
Chinese graduate to work on Wall Street, working as a public
relations executive before moving to private
He has invested in companies as diverse as Xinxin Mining,
the Longrun Tea Group and China Railway. He has forged a
reputation as a deal-maker, mostly brokering agreements
between Chinese and American companies. He is
a money man.
(Rory Smith - Telegraph.co.uk)
Torres' Liverpool future
hinges on quick sale of club
Kenny Huang's bid for Liverpool is only one of "several"
offers for the club, according to their chairman, Martin
Huang has yet to enter formal due diligence, but talks are
sufficiently advanced with other bidders for there to be the
prospect of a takeover at Anfield before the closure of the
transfer window on 31 August. That could have an effect on
the future of the striker Fernando Torres, who returned to
training at Melwood today.
"It still remains the objective to conclude a deal before
the end of the transfer window," Broughton told the Guardian
tonight. "That remains the objective but there are no
deadlines, and we will continue working to complete the
Huang plans to invest
heavily in Liverpool
Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has pledged to invest
heavily in Liverpool should his ownership bid succeed.
The head of Hong Kong-based investment company QSL Sports
Ltd has been in talks with Royal Bank of Scotland for some
time over buying out the Reds' £237million debt.
That would give him 'a ridiculously large amount of
leverage', a source told Press Association Sport, in order
to be able to force out unpopular owners Tom Hicks and
But the spending would not stop there as Huang, whose
interest is described as 'remarkably serious', is keen to
get a deal done in order to be able to furnish manager Roy
Hodgson with money to spend in this month's transfer window.
In addition, he will also turn his attention to finally
getting Liverpool's new 60,000-seater stadium built in
Stanley Park after three years of inertia.
Liverpool sale approach
Liverpool's major creditor, Royal Bank of Scotland, have
denied they were in talks with a Chinese businessman over
the sale of the Premier League club.
But a source close to Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has
said talks to buy Liverpool's £237 million debt with RBS
were under way as a first step towards a purchase deal for
the 18-times English champions.
Media reports have claimed that Huang, a Guangdong-born US
citizen who already has interests in Chinese baseball and US
basketball, had approached the bank as part of a scheme to
eventually acquire control of the club.
But an RBS spokesman said: "We are not in talks with any
bidder about the sale of Liverpool football club."
Poulsen agent denies Reds link
Christian Poulsen has not received any contact about a
possible move to Liverpool, according to the player's agent.
The Danish international has long been linked with a
transfer to Merseyside, where he could be used as a possible
replacement for Javier Mascherano.
Mascherano has requested to leave Anfield, with Inter Milan
his likely destination, and Poulsen is rumoured to be
available to leave Juventus after failing to hold down a
regular first-team spot.
"I've also read the voices on newspapers but I can't comment
on the rumours," said Joern Bonnesen to Calciomercato.it.
"I have not heard from anyone from Liverpool.
"Juventus have not called me and I have not found it
necessary to do it.
"How many chances does Poulsen have to leave Juventus? No
Raheem Sterling makes Liverpool
debut at 15 years of age
At 15 years of age, Raheem Sterling made his senior
Liverpool debut yesterday against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The England Under-16 midfielder, signed from QPR, made his
bow in the 82nd minute at the age of 15 years, seven months.
Boss Roy Hodgson took him to Germany because he feared the
squad would be light on numbers.
“Sterling and Suso (Jesus Fernandez ) were called up and so
I wanted to give them a few minutes on the pitch,” said
Roy ready for striker swoop
Liverpool are believed to be lining up a bid for Peter
Crouch after indications that Tottenham will sell the
striker to raise funds.
Hodgson's former club Fulham are also said to be interested
in the striker, who turned down a move to Craven Cottage
last year, but Liverpool are leading the race for his
Former Red battles blood cancer
Former Liverpool defender Gary Ablett is battling blood
The 44-year-old has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's
As reported in the Daily Mirror...
Ablett was taken ill last week, soon after agreeing a
one-year coaching contract with Ipswich.
He had been due to sit alongside manager Roy Keane on the
Portman Road bench for the first time in Saturday's friendly
with West Ham.
A sombre Keane, who recruited Ablett after getting to know
him on a coaching course, said after the game: "Gary was
taken ill at the training ground and taken to hospital. He
is getting the best of treatment."
Ablett's family rushed to his bedside. It is expected he
will be moved from Suffolk to his native Merseyside this
week where intensive treatment will continue. The defender
spent nine years at Liverpool from 1983 - where he won two
league titles - before joining Everton.
Ablett went on to finish his playing career at Birmingham,
Blackpool and Wycombe.
Cole in confident mood
Liverpool star Joe Cole is confident his new side will be
ready to fire on all cylinders for the start of the season.
Cole made his Reds debut in Sunday's friendly defeat to
Borussia Monchengladbach alongside returning England
team-mates Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson.
"It was a good workout," said Cole. "It was a very hot day
and pre-season is always difficult. There were no injuries,
so everything went well."
Jack Wolfskin becomes
new sponsor of Liverpool FC
German outdoor clothing outfitter Jack Wolfskin continues
its successful campaign to increase brand recognition in the
UK with its commitment to sponsor Liverpool FC in the coming
A contract period of three years has been agreed and the
deal includes a range of rights that will enhance Jack
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson delighted with
Aurelio contract U-turn
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is delighted with Fabio Aurelio's
return to the club.
The Brazilian fullback has signed a new two-year deal with
the Reds after being released at the end of last season.
"We've known about him at Liverpool for a long time,"
Hodgson told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"The coaching staff know him even better than I do. I've
only known him as an opponent but he's a quality left-back
who has been an important part
of Liverpool's past.
"I was quite surprised when I found out he was fully fit and
hadn't been offered a new contract, so I think it was a bit
of an obvious thing to do. I said, 'rather than move to
another Barclays Premier League club why don't you stay with
"Happily enough Christian Purslow was able to negotiate a
Liverpool co-owners set to be
by Chinese billionaire Kenneth Huang
Kenneth Huang, a Chinese billionaire, has made a direct
offer to the Royal Bank of Scotland to buy Liverpool’s £237
million debt and oust the club’s current owners, George
Gillett and Tom Hicks.
In an effort to delay RBS accepting the offer, Gillett has
presented Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi as a viable bidder
Gillett informed RBS last week that he was in advanced
negotiations with Kirdi, a former Syria international
footballer, after Huang entered into talks with the bank
over a deal that would see the American and his partner, Tom
Hicks, exit Anfield without any profit.
Huang, a Wall Street stockbroker and chairman of the Hong
Kong-based QSL Sports group, is backed by one of the
wealthiest investment funds in the Far East. It is believed
he has already approached a number of senior figures at the
club to prove his determination to force Hicks and Gillett
out, while he will also ask Fernando Torres, due to return
to training today, to delay a decision
on his future.
Roy's Borussia verdict
Roy Hodgson admitted there were plenty of positives to take
from the performance of his Liverpool players, despite a 1-0
defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany.
The boss told Liverpoolfc.tv: "We gave it to them again.
It's disappointing. If it had stayed 0-0 I would have been
delighted with the performance. I am still quite pleased and
I think we got everything we asked from the players."
(LFC Official Website)
Cole starts in friendly loss
Joe Cole made his Liverpool debut as the Reds slipped to a
1-0 defeat in a pre-season friendly with Borussia
Moenchengladbach in Germany
on Sunday afternoon.
The summer signing delivered an encouraging 65-minute
performance at Borussia Park and displayed some slick
link-up play with his new teammates - particularly with
Steven Gerrard, who along with Jamie Carragher and Glen
Johnson, made his first appearance for the Reds under new
manager Roy Hodgson.
There were also late cameos for Academy starlets Raheem
Sterling and Jesus 'Suso' Fernandez as the Reds continued
their preparations for the start of the Barclays Premier
League season in two weeks time.
However, Moenchengladbach were eager to put on a show for
their home crowd and duly opened the scoring on eight
minutes as Karim Matmour capitalised on a defensive error to
(LFC Official Website)
Insua returns to Liverpool
as Fiorentina move falls through
It looks like Liverpool will have the services of left back
Emiliano Insua, at least for the time being, s the
Argentine’s prospective move to Fiorentina has
The two sides had agreed on a fee for the 21-year-old, but
the deal has broken down due to the player being unable to
agree personal terms with
the Serie A side.
Insua, who started 30 Premier League games for Liverpool
last season, rejoined the club for today’s friendly in
Germany against Borussia Monchengladbach, and he started and
played nearly an hour in Liverpool‘s 1-0 loss.
Fiorentina could still make a move for Insua over the next
month, but if he remains at Liverpool, one could expect him
to have an edge to be first-choice at left back ahead of the
re-signed Fabio Aurelio, who replaced him in today’s defeat
Cole starts in Germany
Joe Cole makes his Liverpool debut in this afternoon's
pre-season friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach -
watch exclusively live online from 12.30pm BST.
The midfielder joins England teammates Steven Gerrard, Jamie
Carragher and Glen Johnson in the starting XI as Roy Hodgson
names his strongest line-up of the summer so far.
Lauri Dalla Valle will lead the line in attack while Fabio
Aurelio is named on the bench after re-signing for the club
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Johnson, Insua, Ayala, Carragher,
Gerrard, Shelvey, Ince, Eccleston, Cole, Dalla Valle.
Subs: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Wilson, Darby, Irwin, Spearing,
Aquilani, Jovanovic, Amoo, Suso, Sterling.
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool to offer £8m for
West Ham midfield ace Parker
Liverpool are ready to make an £8 million offer for West Ham
United midfielder Scott Parker.
The Sunday Mirror says Anfield boss Roy Hodgson has
pinpointed the West Ham midfielder as the man to replace
Javier Mascherano, who is set to join Inter Milan in a £20m
Carra wants Torres commitment
Jamie Carragher hopes that Fernando Torres will follow
Steven Gerrard's lead and maintain the feel-good factor at
Liverpool by pledging his commitment to the club.
Reds skipper Gerrard said earlier in the summer that he
would be staying at Anfield, despite interest from Real
Madrid, in order to help the club recover from the
disappointment of last season.
The future of Torres is less certain as Chelsea and
Manchester City circle the Spanish World Cup winner, who is
unhappy that Liverpool will not be playing in the UEFA
Champions League in the new campaign.
Carragher is keen for the striker to take a note from
Gerrard's book to allow his club to go into the new season
on a high, while the defender also thinks that another
couple of signings will boost morale.
"Well, he's our best player," Carragher told Liverpool's
official website after a 1-0 pre-season defeat to Borussia
Monchengladbach on Sunday afternoon.
"For me he's probably the best player in the history of the
club, alongside Kenny (Dalglish), so it's obviously going to
give everyone a massive lift."