Burnley await Reds in Cup
Liverpool will face Burnley at home in the FA Cup if they
see off Reading in next Wednesday's third round replay.
The tie will take place on the weekend of 23/24 January.
(LFC Official Website)
The draw in full is:
Tottenham v Leeds United
Tranmere/Wolves v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Brighton
Preston v Chelsea
Portsmouth/Coventry v Sunderland
Bolton v Sheffield United/QPR
Accrington/Gillingham v Fulham
Everton v Nottingham Forest/Birmingham
West Brom v Plymouth/Newcastle
Scunthorpe United v Manchester City
Notts County/Forest Green v Wigan Athletic
Stoke City v Arsenal
Bristol City/Cardiff City v Leicester City
Millwall/Derby v Brentford/Doncaster
Reading/Liverpool v Burnley
Southampton v Ipswich
Report: Liverpool plan
£3m swoop for Carew
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to launch a surprise
move for Aston Villa centre-forward John Carew, according to
a report from the Daily Star Sunday.
Ready cash is in short supply at Anfield, but the powerful
Norwegian could be prised away from Villa park for £3
The details have been announced for the replay against
The FA Cup third round replay against Reading will take
place at Anfield on Wednesday, January 13th, kick off 8pm.
Tickets are £24, £18 concessions.
Jamie Carragher has praised Stephen Darby.
The reserve team captain was Liverpool's best player in
their 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round tie at Reading
yesterday and his performance earned him the praise of
"He played very well and I'm really pleased for him," said
the vice captain.
Rafa plays down talk of Ruud raid
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has played down suggestions
that he is contemplating a move for Real Madrid striker Ruud
The Reds boss has been linked with the Dutchman as an
attacking alternative to Fernando Torres to ease season-long
Van Nistelrooy is out of favour in Spain's capital and has a
point to prove to the management team of Holland ahead of
this summer's World Cup finals having overcome his own
But Benitez claims discussions regarding the former
Manchester United star are not taking place amid reports
that wages in the region of £120,000-a-week are a stumbling
He told Liverpool's official website: "We are not talking
about players but we are not trying so it will be very
Benitez is understood to be in the final stages of meetings
regarding Atletico Madrid winger Maxi Rodriguez, while
Greece international full-back Vasil Torosidis has been
rumoured to be a target.
Liverpool have struggled horribly this season when a thin
squad has been exposed by injuries and their Spanish manager
confesses plans to reinforce are taking place.
Benitez added: "We are working hard. We have had some good
conversations with some of them but my concern now is to
have good conversation with
McDermott: A terrific display
Brian McDermott felt a replay was the least Reading deserved
following their 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool in the FA Cup.
McDermott was proud of his players and hopes they can build
on the performance to improve their position in the
Championship as well.
"We need to play like that every week. The most important
thing we've lacked is consistency and we have to get back to
that," said the caretaker manager.
Rafa admits replay relief
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admitted he was satisfied
just to still be in the FA Cup following the 1-1 draw with
"I'm relieved," said the Spaniard.
"To play in front of the TV and against Liverpool I think
was a massive boost for them and you could see they played
"They were pushing and working very hard from the beginning
until the end so we had to do our job."
Royals earn Reds replay
Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their FA Cup clash
with Reading after coming from behind at the Madejski
The competition is one of Rafa Benitez's main priorities
following a disappointing first half to the season and he
sent out a strong side against the Championship strugglers.
But it was Reading who made the brighter start and took a
deserved lead in the 24th minute when Liverpool's defensive
frailties were exposed at a set-piece and Simon Church
tucked the ball away following good work by Grzegorz Rasiak.
The Reds responded strongly and equalised through Steven
Gerrard when Dirk Kuyt cleverly stepped over a cross from
the England midfielder to deceive goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Reading carved out the better opportunities in an exciting
second half but there were no more goals and the teams will
now have to resume battle at Anfield.
Line-Up vs Reading:
Torres & Ngog up front
As promised, Rafa Benitez names a strong team for tonight’s
FA Cup third round clash at Reading (5:15pm kick off).
The boss has opted for David Ngog to partner Fernando Torres
up front, with Steven Gerrard partnering Lucas in midfield.
Alberto Aquilani takes a rest after starting two games in a
Youngster Stephen Darby gets the nod at right back in Glen
Johnson’s absence, while Fabio Aurelio returns to the side
on left midfield.
Liverpool: Reina, Darby, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Kuyt,
Gerrard Lucas, Aurelio, Ngog, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Benayoun, Kyrgiakos, Babel,
(This is Anfield)
Transfer activity hotting up at Anfield
Liverpool's transfer activity is threatening to overshadow
Saturday's FA Cup trip to Reading, with a deal for Maxi
Rodriguez said to be close.
Manager Rafael Benitez is promising "not too many changes"
to his side for the third-round clash at the Madejski
Stadium, but there could soon be changes to his Anfield
The Spaniard has been linked with a host of players with the
transfer window having only just opened, while sources in
Spain and at the club suggest there is a good prospect of
Atletico Madrid's winger Rodriguez arriving on a six-month
Talks are believed to be ongoing for the 29-year-old, who is
a close friend of Reds midfielder and Argentina team-mate
Striker Andriy Voronin could be the first to depart, with
Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow both interested in
McDermott: Royals can bounce back
Brian McDermott wants Reading to make the most of "a massive
opportunity" to restore some pride when they face Liverpool
in the FA Cup.
McDermott is still looking for his first win in the Royals
hotseat and oversaw a desolate display at Home Park,
brightened only by Gylfi Sigurdsson's sixth goal of the
Reds boss Rafael Benitez has promised to field a strong side
at the Madejski Stadium, but McDermott is concentrating more
on his own players rather than worry too much about the
He told the club's website: "We had a meeting after Monday's
game and we know it can't happen again, it mustn't happen
again, and that's the key.
"Now we're going into a cup match against one of the biggest
sides in the world and I think it's good for us.
"It's a massive opportunity for our guys, on TV, to go out
and do their stuff. A lot of it is to do with restoring our
pride after what happened against Plymouth."
Hertha Berlin on brink of
deal for Liverpool’s Voronin
Hertha Berlin are on the brink of landing Liverpool striker
Andriy Voronin in
a £2.5 million deal.
The Sun says while his Kop team-mates shiver in the cold,
Voronin is on a sunshine break in Miami Beach with wife
The Ukraine striker, who spent last season on loan at the
German club, is in advanced talks with Hertha.
O'Neill plays down Heskey exit talk
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has played down
speculation linking Emile Heskey with a move away from Villa
Park this month.
The England striker has been tipped as a potential target
for his former club, Liverpool.
However, O'Neill takes such speculation in his stride and
puts it down to the time of year now he transfer window is
He said: "It isn't of any concern to me at all. It is just
the nature of the business.
"Things have been bubbling up because January is the only
opportunity that clubs can bring in players or move players
out during the season.
"It doesn't bother me one jot. I cannot go on confirming or
denying stories. It
"We will be linked with a lot of players in January and a
lot of clubs will be linked with some of our players.
"My own particular view is that in a general sense agents
want to satisfy their players and you are going to get a lot
of that in the January window."
Benitez targeting cup success
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has outlined the FA Cup as being
a main priority in their disappointing campaign.
Seven defeats in the Premier League sees the Reds lie
seventh in the table and they face an uphill battle to
maintain their top four status.
However, after back-to-back wins against Wolves and UEFA
Champions League rivals Aston Villa over Christmas,
Liverpool have fresh hopes of salvaging
Benitez takes his side to Reading on Saturday bidding for
three wins in a row and he admits that after their early
Champions League exit, the FA Cup is now high on his agenda.
"The FA Cup is always important, but when you are out of the
Champions League it becomes a major trophy," he said.
Benitez considers options
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez will resist the temptation to
make wholesale changes to his side for tomorrow’s FA Cup
third round clash at Reading.
Benitez is already without Glen Johnson because of a knee
injury sustained in the win at Aston Villa on Tuesday, while
midfielder Javier Mascherano is still serving a suspension.
Liverpool need to do well in the FA Cup considering their
poor season, so Benitez will mix his side with experienced
and fringe players. Winger Albert Riera, back in training
after a calf injury, is unlikely to be involved.
Team (from): Reina, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Aurelio,
Insua, Darby, Dossena, Benayoun, Gerrard, Kuyt, Babel,
Kyrgiakos, Spearing, Aquilani, Lucas, Ngog, Pacheco,
Liverpool eye Greek international
Liverpool are considering a move for Greek international
right-back Vasilis Torosidis as a replacement for crocked
(The Sunday Mercury)
Liverpool attacker Babel
rules out Italy move
Liverpool winger Ryan Babel isn't interested in a move to
The Daily Mail says Babel is likely to turn down overtures
from Fiorentina and delay Liverpool's hopes of bringing
Brian Howard hopes
to haunt Liverpool again
Brian Howard is hoping that history will repeat itself
tomorrow and he can once again dump Liverpool out of the FA
Two years ago, Howard was captain of the Barnsley team that
knocked out both Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to the
The midfielder scored the winner that secured the Tykes’ 2-1
win at Anfield in the fifth round, and now he hopes for a
repeat performance tomorrow, if caretaker boss Brian
McDermott picks him.
(Reading Evening Post)
Liverpool to sign Maxi Rodriguez
Happy New Year Liverpool fans, here’s some good news for
Rafa Benitez has signed long-term target Maxi Rodriguez from
Atletico Madrid, according to the respected Well Red blog.
The Reds boss was linked with a swoop for the winger back in
2008 but has now secured a deal to bring him to Anfield on a
short-term loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
(This is Anfield)