Inter wait on Mascherano
Inter Milan sports director Marco Branca has seemingly
dismissed the suggestion that the club would need to sell in
order to buy Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The Argentina captain, who is preparing for Saturday's World
Cup quarter-final against Germany, seems set to leave
Anfield and he has been persistently linked with the
Mascherano's arrival at Inter has increased in probability
after the Italians appointed former Liverpool manager Rafa
Benitez as their new boss earlier in the summer as a
successor to Jose Mourinho.
It has, though, been speculated that Benitez would have to
sell members of his squad in order to raise funds to meet
the asking price of the defensive midfielder.
But Branca has played down these reports, telling La
Gazzetta dello Sport when quizzed on the subject: "It is not
said that someone will leave.
"We are waiting in a long market with long negotiations.
Without a serious offer (for a member of the Inter squad),
we will stay as we are."
Dream over for Masch and Maxi
Javier Mascherano's aspirations of captaining Argentina to
World Cup glory are over after Germany sent Diego Maradona's
men crashing out of the quarter-finals with a 4-0 victory.
In perhaps the most stunning result of the tournament so
far, Germany fired a clear statement of intent with a
comprehensive rout of one of the competition favourites.
(LFC Official Website)
Alonso: He's got my backing
Xabi Alonso today became the latest Spain star to back
Fernando Torres as the striker searches for his first goal
of the 2010 World Cup.
The Liverpool man has featured four times for his country so
far in South Africa without hitting the net.
It is clear that Torres has yet to reach 100 per cent
fitness following surgery - but Alonso doesn't think it will
be long before he makes a mark on the tournament.
"Fernando is working really hard. Strikers are valued for
their goals. Hopefully an important one will come soon
enough," said the former Reds midfielder.
"He plays most of the time on his own between two central
defenders. It's not easy but we're really confident that
he'll score soon."
Torres is expected to retain his place for tonight's
quarter-final tie with Paraguay despite the impressive cameo
of Fernando Llorente against Portugal on Tuesday.
(LFC Official Website)
Carra quits after 'one-off' return
Jamie Carragher insists his return to the England squad was
a 'one-off', and believes Fabio Capello deserves to stay on
Liverpool defender Carragher was brought out of
international retirement to take up a place in Capello's
World Cup squad and made two appearances in South Africa.
Carragher was delighted to be involved in the tournament,
but the 32-year-old has confirmed he is not planning to be
available for national team duty next season.
"This was a one-off thing," he said. "The manager said he
had a few injuries and I came into the squad and helped.
"I was delighted with the opportunity to play in a World Cup
and work with Capello, but I have always said the most
important thing for me is Liverpool Football Club.
Carra confident Reds pair will stay
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is confident star players
Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will still be at the club
The 32-year-old told talkSPORT: "I think there is a lot of
talk about this but the people who say these things, a lot
of them are doing this to create a bit of pressure around
"I don't think anyone knows these people personally to come
out and say that.
"I am sure they will still be involved at the club next
season and if they are the aim for the club will be to get
back into the Champions League."
Joy for Dirk in Port Elizabeth
Brazil 1-2 Holland
There was delight for Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt today as he
helped Holland to a famous victory over Brazil in the World
Cup and book a place in the tournament’s semi-finals.
Kuyt played the full 90 minutes for the Netherlands,
flicking on Arjen Robben’s corner to Wesley Sneijder to head
home Holland’s winner in the 68th minute.
(This is Anfield)
Hodgson thanks fans
Roy Hodgson today thanked Liverpool supporters for their
messages of support as he stepped-up his pre-season work on
only his second day at Melwood.
The new boss was at Melwood on Thursday morning to greet the
returning players for their first day back. After overseeing
training Hodgson then travelled to Anfield for a photocall
and to meet the world's media.
He then held a series of meetings with club captain Steven
Gerrard, vice-captain Jamie Carragher and technical staff
including Sammy Lee and Kenny Dalglish.
Today he met with medical and fitness staff before
overseeing training again
He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I have had a terrific welcome from
supporters and staff. I always knew Liverpool fans were
special and the reception I have received from them has been
superb. I would like to place on record my thanks to them."
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson defends Blackburn Rovers
New Liverpool FC manager Roy Hodgson has defended his record
in English football and insisted he has learned from
failures earlier in his career.
The 62-year-old's appointment on a three-year contract at
Anfield has received a lukewarm response in some quarters.
Despite his relative success with Fulham, making them a
solid mid-table Barclays Premier League side and guiding
them to the Europa League final, there are those who still
remember his unsuccessful spell at Blackburn between 1997
"I did make mistakes there; you always make mistakes when
you fail somewhere.
"I have analysed those failures but I don't think they were
quite as blatant as some people would like to think."
Yossi joins Chelsea
Liverpool have today completed the transfer of Yossi
Chelsea Football Club.
The two clubs last month agreed an undisclosed fee for the
player, who joined Liverpool from West Ham in 2007, and the
deal has been confirmed
The 30-year-old Israeli international made 172 appearances
and scored 37 goals during his three seasons with the Reds.
A Liverpool spokesman said: "Yossi's departure was agreed
between the player and Rafael Benitez a number of weeks ago.
Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes him well for the future."
(LFC Official Website)
Houllier delighted for Hodgson
over Liverpool appointment
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is delighted to see
Roy Hodgson installed as manager at Anfield.
Houllier famously won a treble with Liverpool in 2001 and
feels his pal Hodgson is the right man to put some
silverware in the Anfield trophy cabinet.
"I spoke briefly to Roy on Thursday night to congratulate
him," said Houllier. "I didn't need to give him any advice.
Liverpool is a big club with a big heart, where there is a
special link between the people and the players and staff.
I'm sure Roy is the ideal man to make it work.
"Obviously we need to know if any players will leave and who
will come in, but Roy has a tradition of success and I'm
sure he'll bring that at some stage.
"The competition is getting harder all the time but I know
he is up for the challenge. He's a good choice for
Liverpool, for the people and for the fans."
Rush full of praise for new boss
Liverpool legend Ian Rush has spoken very highly of newly
appointed Reds manager Roy Hodgson, who was unveiled at
Hodgson’s appointment has been met with a mixed reaction
from Liverpool fans, but Rush is not in doubt that the club
have made the right appointment to replace Rafa Benitez.
He said: “I know Roy quite well and its a good appointment."
(This is Anfield)
Roy: Reds rebuilding not required
Roy Hodgson does not anticipate a major rebuilding job at
Liverpool and fully believes he can bring trophies back to
However, he has stressed he cannot hope to do that without
quality players - both those he has inherited and some he
will look to bring in.
Hodgson is confident if he can hang on to the likes of
Torres and Gerrard - and that may be a big if - he can start
having a positive effect almost immediately.
"I hope it is not a rebuilding process," said the former
Fulham boss, who is reportedly working with a transfer
budget of just £15million.
"It is well documented there is uncertainty about star
players but I am confident we will deal with that situation
and we won't lose any star players."
Dalglish approves of Hodgson
Roy Hodgson says Kenny Dalglish has "a very big part" to
play in Liverpool's future after the Anfield legend gave his
backing to the new boss.
Dalglish was a contender to replace Rafael Benitez at
Anfield but has given his approval to the former Fulham
manager, who took over at the Premier League club yesterday.
The Scot said in the Daily Mail: "I look very favourably on
"I have known Roy a long time and have a great respect for
"We've not had detailed conversations yet but my interests
are in Liverpool."
Spanish media: Madrid test
the water in Gerrard battle
According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid have already made
tentative enquiries for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Marca claim Liverpool’s appointment of Roy Hodgson will only
delay the apparently inevitable departure of Gerrard this
summer, as the 30-year-old has made up his mind to leave the
Premier League after his club’s dismal showing last season.
Real Madrid have allegedly made a €24 million offer to
Liverpool in an effort see how susceptible they are to
selling their long-serving captain.
Liverpool tell Juventus
to up bid for Riera
Liverpool have told Juventus to up their offer for winger
The Daily Mail says Liverpool have rejected a £5million bid
from Juventus for winger Riera.
Report: Benayoun to ink
£5.5m deal at Chelsea today
Yossi Benayoun will confirm his exit from Liverpool within
the next 24 hours and put pen to paper on a £5.5 million
deal to join Chelsea, according to a report from The Sun.
Venables: It all started at Crystal
Palace for Liverpool boss Hodgson
Former Tottenham and Crystal Palace boss Terry Venables is
delighted to see Roy Hodgson in charge at Liverpool.
As a player, the new Liverpool chief failed to cut the
mustard at Crystal Palace before moving into non-league
Venables, who has known Hodgson for more than 40 years,
said: "When I started out in management with Palace in the
late 1970s, he used to come and watch
"He'd stand by the pitch with Mike Kelly - my goalkeeping
coach at Euro 96 - and observe everything, taking it all in.
He wanted to learn from everywhere
Dalglish never in the frame
for vacant Liverpool post
Kenny Dalglish suffered a major snub after being told he was
never a contender for the Liverpool job, reports the Daily
On the day Roy Hodgson was officially unveiled as the new
manager, the Reds chairman Martin Broughton spoke on
Dalglish's bid to make an incredible return
to the hotseat.
Club ambassador Dalglish was asked to advise on Rafa
Benitez's successor and put his own name forward.
Broughton said: “Kenny put his name in for the job and we
appreciated the fact he wanted to do it but he was never a
candidate. He is happy in his current ambassadorial role.”
Roy watches Reds train
Liverpool's players returned to Melwood from their summer
break today - and their first training session was overseen
by new boss Roy Hodgson.
Shortly after agreeing terms on a three-year deal with the
Reds, the manager donned his new club tracksuit to watch the
players begin their preparations
While the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Glen
Johnson and Fernando Torres were absent due to their World
Cup commitments, Alberto Aquilani, Lucas Leiva and Emiliano
Insua were all back at Melwood, along with new signing
(LFC Official Website)
Broughton: No bids
for Liverpool yet
Chairman Martin Broughton says Liverpool have not yet
received any bids since they were put up for sale in May by
Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
There has been much speculation about who is interested in
taking over from the American pair, who finally admitted two
months ago they had taken the Reds as far as they could
after three turbulent years.
But Broughton said he expected the first serious offers to
come in within a couple of weeks and the process would then
continue after that with a view to a final sale being
completed by August or September.
Champions League return
Roy Hodgson has targeted a return to the Champions League
after being unveiled as the new Liverpool boss.
Hodgson today signed a three-year deal to succeed Rafael
Benitez in the Anfield hot-seat and is hoping to get the
Merseysiders back in the top four.
He said: "This is a very big club, a club with enormous
tradition and when the club is sold it will get stronger
rather than weaker.
"My priority is to try to get the team doing better than
last season and get them back into the Champions League
(Irish Independent - Press Association)
Del Bosque keeps
faith with Torres
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has "full confidence" in
striker Fernando Torres ahead of their World Cup
quarter-final against Paraguay.
Torres has not scored in the tournament despite starting all
four of Spain's games but Del Bosque will stick with the
Liverpool striker on Saturday.
"Our striker right now is Fernando Torres," said Del Bosque.
"He's played four games, a lot of minutes and will play
more. We've got full confidence in him."
(BBC Sport Online)
"Turkish delight" favours
Liverpool switch over Spurs
Galatasaray winger Arda Turan has revealed that his priority
this summer is to move to Liverpool.
The reds announced this morning that Roy Hodgson will take
over from outgoing manager Rafa Bentez, with Turan eager to
join the new era at Anfield, while Tottenham Hotspur boss
Harry Redknapp and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger are also
Hodgson to target four signings
Roy Hodgson’s highly anticipated move to Liverpool is
accompanied by rumors of a massive spending spree.
The man who turned Fulham’s fortunes around is now set to
begin a new era at Anfield but rather than leaving all the
familiar faces behind, he is rumored to be very interested
in keeping at least two of them around.
Liverpool impossible to turn down
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has described his appointment
as an opportunity that was "absolutely impossible to turn
Hodgson was Liverpool's first choice to replace Rafael
Benitez after the 62-year-old enjoyed a couple of impressive
seasons at Fulham, which culminated in them reaching last
season's Europa League final.
"I'm extremely proud. The club's tradition in terms of its
football and its managers is really second to none and it
was an opportunity which was absolutely impossible to turn
down," Hodgson told liverpooltv.com
(Irish Independent - Press Association)
Barcelona hope £25m
enough to land Mascherano
Barcelona intend to slap in a bid for Liverpool midfielder
The Sun says Barca will launch a £25million bid for
Mascherano as soon as Yaya Toure completes his move to
Liverpool fans plan big protest
against American owners
Liverpool fans are planning more protests against the club's
While fans are ready to welcome new manager Roy Hodgson,
they still oppose the unpopular regime of the American
owners, and plans have been drawn up to stage a massive
rally on July 4 in Liverpool City centre.
Fans' group the Spirit of Shankly has organised the rally to
highlight plans for 'independence' from owners Tom Hicks and
George Gillett, on American Independence day. Spokesman
James McKenna said:
"As fans grow increasingly angry at the lies and false
promises of the owners, we will be talking about how we plan
to ensure the club's future. The day is for everyone, of all
generations, to come together and hear how we can protect
our club and its future."
The rally will take place at 12 noon on St George's Hall
Plateau and there will be live music from John Power of Cast
and the La's, the Icicle Works and Peter Hooton of the Farm.
Gerrard: Roy right man for LFC
Steven Gerrard today backed the appointment of Roy Hodgson
by declaring: "He's the right man for LFC."
(LFC Official Website)
Carra relishing Hodgson era
Jamie Carragher is relishing the prospect of working under
Carragher told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I'm really looking forward
to the opportunity of working with Roy Hodgson as he's got
such a great reputation in the game and is one of the most
experienced managers in world football."
(LFC Official Website)
Thompson: Hodgson can begin new era
Phil Thompson believes the appointment of Roy Hodgson as
manager will hopefully signal the beginning of a new era at
Thompson, a European Cup-winning captain with the Reds, now
hopes new owners can also be found so the club can move
forward after a period of stagnation under co-owners Tom
Hicks and George Gillett.
"We need the sale of the club sorted to enable us to really
go forward," he said.
"I just hope it won't be too long before that's done. With a
new boss and new owners it really would be the dawn of a new
Roy Hodgson confirmed as
the new manager of Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC have formally announced the appointment of Roy
as new manager.
The 62-year-old former Fulham, Inter Milan and Switzerland
manager has agreed terms with the club on a three-year
contract and becomes the 18th manager in Anfield history.
Murphy backs Roy's Reds move
Danny Murphy has backed Roy Hodgson as the right man to
Murphy, who is being linked with a move back to Liverpool
along with Hodgson, is a big admirer of the 62-year-old's
management style and feels he is the right fit for the Reds.
"Liverpool need someone who has an understanding of the
history and heritage that lies behind the club and what it
means in the context of English football," Murphy told the
"People spoke about Mourinho, but I personally didn't see
him as an ideal fit with Liverpool, because right now, they
need someone who has an empathy
for the club."
Is new Liverpool FC boss Roy
the flavour of the month, or the chosen one?
Last November Roy Hodgson laughed off a newspaper article
touting him to manage Britain’s 2012 Olympic footballers.
“I’m flavour of the month, that’s all,” he joked. “I can
think of a more suitable job.”
He never suggested what job was more suitable.
But Hodgson is now the new Liverpool manager. And the fear
amongst some Reds fans is that it’s because those
seven-month old words have become a self-fulfilling
prophecy, because, to use Hodgson’s own description, he’s
“flavour of the month.”
If so, Hodgson has been a particularly enduring flavour.
(David Prentice - Liverpool Echo)
Hodgson already eyeing handful
of transfers for Liverpool
Incoming Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has already targeted a
handful of players to bring with him to the club.
The departing Fulham boss wants to bring players such as
Gilberto Silva, Brede Hangeland, Rafael van der Vaart and
Danny Murphy to Anfield if and when he lands the top
Roy Hodgson set for biggest
challenge yet at Liverpool FC
Once the formalities and pleasantries are out of the way
today, Roy Hodgson will embark on the biggest challenge of
his 35-year managerial career at Liverpool FC.
From taking the reigns at Halmstads aged just 28, to guiding
unfashionable Fulham to the Europa League final last year,
Hodgson is not averse to overcoming the odds.
(David Randles - Daily Post)
This is Anfield
and Roy must rebuild it
The assertion by ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge that Roy
Hodgson faces the toughest challenge of any incoming Anfield
manager since Bill Shankly -- who arrived in 1959 to a club
in the bottom half of the old Second Division, with a
crumbling stadium, poor training facilities, a sub-standard
playing staff recently knocked out of the FA Cup by
non-league Worcester City -- sounded
It was actually an understatement.
The stadium is intact, though not a place Liverpool want to
be as they survey a business plan with projections of extra
millions in match-day revenues from a new purpose-built
facility. Hodgson's job is to prevent Liverpool sliding down
amongst the also-rans for as long as it takes his board to
find the financial salvation of a new owner, to build the
stadium and provide a transfer budget.
(Ian Herbert - Irish Independent)
Aldridge views Hodgson's
task as similar to Shankly's
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has warned Roy
Hodgson he has a "massive job" on his hands at Anfield.
Aldridge believes the extent of the task Hodgson will have
to do is akin to what the legendary Bill Shankly was faced
with when he rebuilt the club in the 1960s.
"He's got a massive job on his hands at Liverpool," said
Aldridge. "This is the most important stage in Liverpool's
history since Bill Shankly took over with what's happening
off the field with the owners and the lack of stability at
Liverpool chief Ayre welcomes
Standard Chartered era
Liverpool commercial chief Ian Ayre is delighted to welcome
the club's major sponsor Standard Chartered.
It's a new era for Liverpool with Standard Chartered, which
was a deal that Ayre personally oversaw.
He told liverpoolfc.tv: "When I took up this position I set
myself two or three landmark places to get to in a certain
amount of time and I'd say this is the first big one
achieved. But there's lots more to come. I couldn't imagine
a better partner for Liverpool FC going forward.
"They mirror all of our aspirations in terms of where they
are, they have the right cultural fit and they are an
amazing organisation to work with. Everybody in my team who
has had the most exposure to them says they are an absolute
dream to work with, they're very engaged, very passionate,
and they are things which matter most to us."