signals clever start
Damian Comolli is Liverpool's new director of football
strategy and TEAMtalk's Ian Watson believes the Frenchman
will prove a wise appointment.
John W. Henry's vow to under-promise and over-deliver gave
some insight when NESV eventually completed their takeover
of Liverpool as to how the new American owners would be
different from the old ones. Their first signing epitomises
that strategy and signals a leap in the right direction for
(Ian Watson - TEAMtalk)
Agger booked in
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has revealed Daniel Agger will
see a specialist about his calf injury.
The defender has not featured for the Reds since the 2-2
draw with Sunderland in late September and the club have
decided to send the Denmark international to London in a bid
to cure the ailment.
Agger has endured an injury-plagued career at Anfield since
joining from Brondby in 2006 and has already had foot and
back operations during his time with
But Hodgson is hopeful that Liverpool, who welcome Europa
League opponents Napoli on Thursday, will have the
centre-half back sooner rather than later.
"He has a fairly serious calf problem and will travel to
London today to see another specialist for a second
opinion," said the Reds boss ahead of
a tougher test
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri knows Liverpool will pose a
much greater threat at Anfield than they did on their last
Europa League meeting.
Two weeks ago Roy Hodgson took a weakened side to the Stadio
San Paolo and earned a creditable goalless draw.
The Reds boss has promised to field a stronger team for the
home clash in Group K and Mazzarri expects a more difficult
"Playing Liverpool means a great deal. We've played that
first game now, we're at Anfield now in a stadium full of
history and it is a source of great pride for our team just
to be here," he said.
"We know it is going to be difficult but games are often
decided by small incidents on the pitch."
sorry to Benitez
At his pre-match press conference Hodgson offered his
apologies to predecessor Rafael Benitez.
The Spaniard, on Monday, responded to comments Hodgson had
made about the state of the club when he took over by saying
"He’s talking about things that he doesn’t know.
"Some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar.
Instead of talking about flips and flops, he has to
concentrate on his job, try to do his best and not talk
about the level of his players or the new players."
Hodgson offered an olive branch to Benitez, who has
continued to criticise elements at the club despite leaving
for Inter Milan in the summer.
"I totally agree with him that every manager needs to work
with his own club," said the Liverpool boss.
"If I have upset him by saying something which I certainly
didn’t mean to be in any way critical or negative about his
work at the club, then I would happily apologise because
there was never any intention to do that.
"As far as I am concerned I work at Liverpool and do my best
for Liverpool, and he will work at Inter and do his best for
"I have no comments to make about other people’s opinions -
I’ll allow them to make them and in this case I’ll accept
them if that’s what they want to be."
Damien Comolli joins Liverpool
Former Tottenham director of football and Arsenal scout
Damien Comolli has joined Liverpool as “Director of Football
The Frenchman is expected to take up a similar role at
Anfield to that which saw him recruit several of Tottenham’s
now flourishing squad.
Comolli was responsible for taking Gareth Bale, Luka Modric,
Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Dimitar Berbatov, among
At Arsenal, where Comolli was European scout for 7 years, he
helped Arsene Wenger sign the likes of Thierry Henry and
Robert Pires. He was also responsible for discovering Kolo
Touré and Gaël Clichy.
Most recently he was sporting director at St. Etienne, but
left the post this week in order to take up the new job at
(This is Anfield)
Liverpool striker David Ngog has been motivated by the
prospect of extra competition on the forward line arriving
Manager Roy Hodgson has spoken of his disappointment at
failing to bring in reinforcements up front in the summer
and it seems certain there will be at least one new arrival
when the winter window opens.
But it is not a worry for Ngog, who is expected to lead the
line against Napoli in the Europa League tomorrow after
scoring seven goals this season.
"When you are a professional you know that it's normal that
the coach will want to make the team stronger," he said.
"I'm here now and ready to fight. Of course I want to play
and be on the pitch every week, and of course I will fight
Hodgson vows to field
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has pledged to field a strong
team in Thursday night's Europa League clash at home to
The 63-year-old believes four points from their remaining
three games - two of which are at home - will be enough for
his Group K leaders.
And even with a huge match against Chelsea looming on
Sunday, Hodgson, in contrast to their away European
fixtures, is prepared to field an experienced side.
"I think if we can get four more points, we'll be pretty
much secure for a place in the next round as I can see the
other games being tight," he said.
"We got one of the tougher groups with Napoli, Steaua and
Utrecht and on paper it looked even, but we've done what
we've needed to do.
"We'll have a strong team out on Thursday, we won't rest too
Liverpool takeover cleared
without debt guarantee
Liverpool’s new owner, John W Henry, was not asked for a
written guarantee from chairman Martin Broughton and former
managing director Christian Purslow that he would not land
the club with his takeover costs.
Previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett said in their
offer document, when they bought the club in 2007, that the
interest payments on the £200 million they borrowed for the
purchase did not “to any significant extent” depend on the
business of Liverpool. But they went on to pay the massive
interest costs from money the club earned.
This prompted a backlash from Liverpool supporters, who
complained that the development of the team was suffering
and that much-vaunted plans to relocate the club to a new
stadium were being jeopardised.
Henry’s promise to free Liverpool of debt proved persuasive
in winning over Broughton and Purslow as well as the fans.
However, Henry was not pressed for a written guarantee on
this because, according to sources close to the pair, they
felt it was not legally enforceable.
Henry has subsequently paid off the previous owners’
acquisition debt, although Liverpool still owe £37 million
to Royal Bank of Scotland for development work on the
proposed new stadium. Henry’s company, New England Sports
Ventures, has said it will review this.
The new owner paid another visit to Merseyside yesterday to
meet manager Roy Hodgson as well as the players and staff.
He did not elaborate on how NESV had acquired the finances
to buy Liverpool, saying such disclosure would go against
the company’s confidentiality policy.
Reserves win after OG double
Liverpool Reserves remain top of the league after two
own-goals helped them earn a superb 2-1 victory over
Sunderland on Tuesday night.
Home defenders twice had their heads in their hands in the
amid torrential rain.
The Black Cats then struck back with a Dan Madden header
just after the restart but John McMahon's side - who were
without several influential names due to Europa League
call-ups - did more than enough to earn their first away win
The second string now have nine points from seven games and
lead their five-team section of the Barclays Premier Reserve
Liverpool Reserves: Dean Bouzanis, John Flanagan, Jack
Robinson, Steven Irwin, Victor Palsson, Chris Mavinga,
Emmanuel Mendy, Suso, Michael Ngoo, David Amoo, Toni Silva.
Subs not used: Nicolaj Kolhert, Deale Chamberlain, Jakub
(LFC Official Website)
Cole could be back for Blues
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has stated that he is hopeful Joe
Cole will be fit to face former club Chelsea on Sunday.
The England international was withdrawn from the Reds' 1-0
win at Bolton on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and was
initially thought to be out for around
But, following scans, Hodgson appeared confident that Cole
could play a part against the club he was with for seven
years prior to his free transfer to Anfield over the summer.
"With Cole it's not as bad as feared. It shouldn't keep him
out for that long," Hodgson told the club's official
"I would say it's a week to 10-day injury. The scan was
positive in that it's a very minor tear he has, but you
can't really put a definite date on how long that tear is
going to take to repair. But the physical people are very
"It's a question of how quickly he can recover and what
progress he can make.
"At the moment he's not even ruled out for the Chelsea game
but we'll see how he goes later in the week."
Cole is a certainty to be an absentee for the visit of
Napoli on Thursday in their Europa League group game at
Anfield, but Glen Johnson could return to the fold.
In-form defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos however will not play a
part after being withdrawn from training as a precaution.
"Kyrgiakos is feeling his groin slightly," Hodgson added.
"As a matter of caution we took him out of today's training
session halfway through to give him a bit of a rest."
Carlo rules out Torres move
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out making a move for
Liverpool star Fernando Torres as he is happy with his
The Blues have been linked with a move for Torres with the
West London outfit holding a long-term interest in the
Torres' future has been the subject of conjecture again as a
result of Liverpool's poor start to the season and his own
failure to recapture his best form at Anfield this term.
However, Ancelotti insists he has no plans to move for
Torres and he has ruled out bringing in any new players in
the January transfer window unless injuries force him to
bring in reinforcements.
"I always said that Torres is not our aim for the future
because we have trust in a lot of young players," said
"We also have fantastic strikers in Didier Drogba, Nicolas
Anelka and Salomon Kalou. We also have fantastic young
players like Daniel Sturridge
and Gael Kakuta.
"So, in this moment, we don't really need to have a striker,
a fantastic striker, like Fernando Torres."
Liverpool FC owner
JW Henry’s title dream
New Liverpool owner JW Henry has admitted he wakes up every
day “thinking about what we can do to improve our chances of
winning a championship.”
In a question and answer session with a supporters’ website
the Reds owner said: “We are focused on getting the club
positioned to win trophies within the Financial Fair Play
rules that are being imposed next year.
“That means off the field we are intent on increasing LFC
“On the field we have to be smarter.
“Arsenal and Man U have depth that is young and capable.
"We do not."
Lucas: 'Liverpool FC need
to keep momentum going'
Liverpool midfielder Lucas feels the pressure has eased on
the Anfield club after back-to-back wins.
But the Brazilian has warned the team cannot afford to let
momentum slip if they are to turn around their poor start to
the Barclays Premier League season.
The Reds finally pulled themselves out of the relegation
zone on Sunday as they beat Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium
with a late Maxi Rodriguez goal.
Coming after last week’s victory over Blackburn, the result
lifted them six places to 12th overnight but Lucas wants to
The Brazilian said: “It’s three points and I think everyone
can see we are improving all the time.
“Of course we were under pressure. We still have to improve
in the league but I think we are going the right way.
“In every game we are playing better and hopefully now in
the next few games we get points and improve our position.
“The only way is playing well and I think winning will give
everyone the confidence to keep going.”
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Rafa hits back at Hodgson
Rafael Benitez has hit back at Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson,
after he made accusations about him banning Kenny Dalglish.
Benitez, back in England as his new side Inter Milan get
ready to face Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League this
week, was asked about Hodgson's comments that he banned
Dalglish from the club's training ground during
The Spaniard issued a somewhat cryptic and angry response to
"I think that Mr Hodgson, he doesn't understand," Benitez
"Every single press conference is even worse than the last
one. He's talking about things that he doesn't know.
"And some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar.
"Maybe he hasn't been in Liverpool too long. We gave the
fans their pride again. We fought for the fans, we fought
for the club and we fought for our players.
"So maybe he cannot understand this.
"I brought back Kenny Dalglish to do a role in the club and
Christian Purslow gave him another role.
"He (Hodgson) doesn't know but I will explain it to him.
"So, instead of talking about the flips or the flops, he has
to concentrate on his players, try to do his best.
"He has a good job to do."
Once again defending his own record as Liverpool manager
during a six-year reign that ended in the summer, Benitez
continued: "They've signed nine players.
"With £10million net spending, I left that squad with
"So, instead of talking about flips and flops, he has to
concentrate on his job, try to do his best and not talk
about the level of his players or the new players.
"Concentrate, try to do your best because it will be the
best for the club and it will be the best for the fans."
County bring in Liverpool pair
Notts County have completed the signing of Liverpool duo
Thomas Ince and Stephen Darby on loan until the new year.
Both players will remain at Meadow Lane until January and
arrive hot on the heels of Sam Sodje, who has signed a deal
until the summer of 2012.
Attacking midfielder Ince, 18, is the son of Magpies manager
Right-back Darby will go straight into the side to face
Hartlepool on Tuesday night with captain John Thompson
Liverpool launching bid
for Wigan winger N’Zogbia
Liverpool are chasing Wigan Athletic winger Charles
The People says Reds gaffer Roy Hodgson plans a £9million
transfer window move for Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia.
Wigan could be tempted to sell, with the player ambitious
for a top club and Marseille also showing an interest.
Dominic King sees the Reds start
to turn the tables with away win
“I think tables are of no interest until at least 10 games
have been played. Then you start looking to see how big a
gap there is between yourself and the top teams or between
yourself and the bottom teams.” – Roy Hodgson,
September 10, 2010.
As he sits down to study the Premier League standings today,
Liverpool’s manager will momentarily furrow his brow at the
sight of his side being in 12th spot but then take heart
from the fact that a position that threatened to be
desperate does now not look so bleak.
Hodgson might have spent the opening stages of his reign
ignoring football’s vital statistics but, for the past
month, Liverpudlians have been forced to view them with
mounting horror owing to the Reds being trapped in the
Had Hodgson lost what he inadvertently made such a big
fixture all those weeks ago, the growing unease of some
supporters could easily have boiled over yesterday but, as
things stand, Liverpool might just be heading into a period
of on-field prosperity.
Though they left it late, victory over Bolton Wanderers at
the Reebok Stadium – achieved thanks to a moment of genius
from Fernando Torres and a strike of great poise from Maxi
Rodriguez – was absolutely deserved and enabled them to leap
More than that, it has thrust them into a place where they
can start to think about hunting down those who had stolen a
march on them during that lamentable period when practically
everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
(Dominic King - Liverpool Echo)
Getting better but still
far from good enough
When grilled over Liverpool’s faltering first steps under
his tenure, Roy Hodgson claimed he should only be judged
after 10 Premier League games.
And having reached that mark yesterday at the Reebok Stadium
the verdict that must surely be returned is simple: getting
better, but still far from good enough. Any threat of a
Halloween horror was averted with Maxi Rodriguez’s late
strike dragging Liverpool out of the relegation zone with
their first away league win in more than six months.
(Ian Doyle - Liverpool Daily Post)