Holloway revels in win
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was in dreamland after seeing
his side shock Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield.
The top flight new boys piled the misery on the struggling
Reds on Sunday, leaving their illustrious opponents
languishing in the relegation zone.
Holloway admitted afterwards that he could barely believe
what was happening to his side, with the Seasiders enjoying
a fairytale existence during their debut season in the
"It is one of the dreams I've had for years," he said, after
seeing his side applauded from the field by the home
Hodgson labels Liverpool
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson admitted his side's form was
unacceptable as they slumped to a home defeat by Blackpool.
The Reds are third from bottom of the Premier League and
asked if six points from seven games was unacceptable,
Hodgson replied: "Yes of course it is.
"This is Liverpool. We are a big club and big team and none
of us would accept it is a correct total," he said.
"We can't do anything about that now but we certainly have
to work very hard to do better in the future."
(BBC Sport Online)
Torres injury latest
Roy Hodgson has revealed that Fernando Torres suffered a
groin strain during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at home to
Blackpool on Sunday afternoon.
The Spaniard was replaced by David Ngog after just 10
minutes of the clash with the Tangerines and the boss
admitted he was still awaiting news of how long the striker
could be on the sidelines.
Hodgson told his post-match press conference: "He has a
groin strain, but I don't know how severe it is.
"They (the medical team) are assessing it at the moment. It
happened early in the game which came as a surprise to us.
"We were not aware of any problems with the groin. I don't
know if it happened during the course of the game when he
stretched for the ball. I don't really know."
(LFC Official Website)
Seasiders stun sorry Reds
Blackpool piled the misery on struggling
Liverpool with a famous 2-1 win at Anfield to leave the Reds
rooted in the bottom three.
Charlie Adam fired Blackpool in front from the penalty spot
after Glen Johnson had brought down Luke Varney inside the
Varney added a second on the stroke of half-time to leave
Liverpool leaving the field at the break to a chorus of
Sotirios Kyrgiakos pulled a goal back on 53 mintes when he
headed home Steven Gerrard's free-kick, but despite some
late pressure Blackpool held on for a deserved three points.
To add to Liverpool's problems Fernando Torres lasted less
than ten minutes after appearing to injure his groin.
Manager Roy Hodgson has spent his three-month tenure at the
club insisting there would be a transitional period but
their current position is shameful for a club of Liverpool's
There is little he can say to excuse this result, yet
another in a string of disappointing displays which have
been characterised more by poor performances than anything
Poulsen and Kyrgiakos
start against Blackpool
Pepe Reina starts in goal with Brad Jones set to be on the
bench as his understudy.
The back four sees a reshuffle due to injuries suffered by
Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly and Paul Konchesky.
Jamie Carragher moves into the left-back spot with Sotirios
Kyrgiakos in the middle with Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson
Steven Gerrard and Christian Poulsen form the centre of
midfield, with Lucas Leiva once again on the bench.
Dirk Kuyt will start as a right winger with Raul Meireles in
the hole and Joe Cole starting from the left.
Starting: Reina; Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Carragher;
Gerrard, Poulsen; Kuyt, Meireles, Cole; Torres (confirmed).
Subs: Jones, Kelly, Lucas, Maxi, Jovanovic, Ngog, Spearing
Rampant Reds derail Crewe
Liverpool U18s got back to winning
ways with a superb 4-2 win over Crewe at the Academy on
The Reds fought back from a 2-1 deficit early in the
second-half to claim a well-deserved triumph courtesy of
goals from Michael Ngoo (2), Conor Coady and Matty Regan.
It capped an impressive afternoon for the youngsters,
leaving coach Rodolfo Borrell delighted with his side's
He told Liverpoolfc.tv: "We started well and I was happy
that we went in 1-0 up at the interval.
"But Crewe improved in the second half and after they had
taken the lead I thought we showed great character and
determination, particularly in the final 20 minutes, to come
back and win it.
"They were a very good side with some talented players in
both midfield and attack. They had three England
internationals on the pitch so it was always going to be a
tough match, but I thought we acquitted ourselves well."
Liverpool U18s: Stephens, Sama, Smith, McGiveron (Poor 80),
Roddan, Ngoo, Sterling (Mukendi 75), Silva, Coady, Regan,
(LFC Official Website)
Carra: Sale key for Reds
Jamie Carragher believes the ongoing Liverpool ownership
saga will have implications for decades to come and has
stressed it is vital the club make the right decision in
finding their next owners.
Thousands of fans are expected to protest against the
current men in charge of the Reds - Tom Hicks and George
Gillett - prior to this weekend's Premier League match
Carragher is focusing on Sunday's Anfield clash against
Blackpool, but as someone who has become part of the fabric
of the club he joined while still at primary school, he
knows the significance of the next few weeks.
And while Carragher has tried to distance himself from the
board issues, the Reds stalwart admits the ownership
problems at the club need to be resolved.
"I don't try to get involved in that type of stuff but the
ownership is not something that can be sorted out quickly,"
said the 32-year-old.
"It is a massive decision for the club but it is not about
the players now, we are talking about 20 to 30 years down
the line. It is important the club get it right."
Holloway: Reds will
turn season around
Ian Holloway has backed Liverpool to cheer up their fans by
overcoming their current problems - but hopes it does not
happen against Blackpool.
"They have got all sorts of problems off the field which
don't help any football club and they need to get resolved
for them to be the force that they need to be," Holloway
said of this weekend's opponents.
"It is not that they want to be - they need to be, for their
supporters, and I have got no doubt that will be the case in
"But we have got to do our utmost to not let it be the case
"I don't care whether it is at home or away - there are
still three points to play for.
"Our fans need entertaining and so do the Liverpool fans."
Kelly passed fit
Martin Kelly has been passed fit to face Blackpool.
Kelly was a doubt for the Blackpool game after picking up a
knee injury in Thursday's draw with Utrecht but he has
shaken the knock off and trained with the first team at
Jovanovic: I could quit Anfield
Liverpool forward Milan Jovanovic is contemplating leaving
the club just two months into the new Premier League season.
The Serb, signed on a free transfer in the summer from
Standard Liege, is seemingly unhappy about his lack of
playing time under Roy Hodgson and warned he is getting
"I am starting to find the time dragging on," he is quoted
as saying by The Sun.
"I'm a fighter but if things do not sort themselves out I
will change club - even though it is too soon to think about
"I'm on form, I'm working hard and I have started eight
"But I've not been in the starting XI for the last few
matches - and I've not even come on as a sub."
He continued: "I have to adapt to a new system over here. I
have to defend
all the time.
"Just three or four teams in the Premier league play
attractive football. The others set great store by
commitment, discipline and defending.
"I miss Standard and the city of Liege."
Young stopper on the move
Liverpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Deale Chamberlain
has joined Leeds United on a youth loan until October 31,
The former Academy 'keeper joined up with the reserve squad
in time for the 2010-11 season but he's yet to feature in
the XI for John McMahon.
(LFC Official Website)
Four left-backs injured for
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson faces a selection headache ahead
of this Sunday’s must-win Premier League clash with
Blackpool, with no less than four players who can play at
left-back struggling with injuries.
Fabio Aurelio is definitely out of action with an ongoing
achilles problem, whilst new signing Paul Konchesky misses
the game with a hamstring injury picked up in last
Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
Able to play left-back if called upon, Daniel Agger is
struggling with a groin problem and missed Thursday’s trip
to Utrecht in the Europa League. Martin Kelly covered for
the Dane, but now Kelly has a knee injury, picked up in last
night’s goalless bore draw in Holland.
Hodgson could call upon youngsters Chris Mavinga or Jack
Robinson, unless he wants to test Jamie Carragher or Glen
Johnson‘s versatility in the left-back role.
After last night’s game, the Reds boss said, “Kelly has got
a slight problem with his knee so that could be another left
back out for us.
“I don’t know how bad that is so we’ll have to wait and see.
“On the positive side though Steven Gerrard will be back and
we’ll be raring to go on Sunday.”
(This is Anfield)
Carragher pleads for patience
Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool fans there will be no
quick fix at Anfield.
Roy Hodgson replaced Rafa Benitez as manager after the Reds
finished seventh last season but their poor form has
continued into the new term.
"I know everyone thinks that when you get a new manager, you
start winning every week but in Gerard Houllier's first
season (1998/99) we finished seventh and in Rafa's we
finished fifth (2004/05)," added the veteran defender.
"It's not always a case that when you bring in a new manager
everything changes - we finished seventh last year because
we were the seventh best team
in the league.
"We are not all of a sudden going to be pulling up trees
left, right and centre. As I said, it's a work in progress
and we have to work through it."
Valencia fullback Miguel
would love Liverpool move
Valencia fullback Miguel admits he'd love to play for
But Miguel, 30, who played against Manchester United in
Wednesday night's Champions League tie, fears he might have
left it too late in his career to play in the Premier
He told Superdeporte: "Liverpool are a team that I admire
and I have a friend there now in Raul Meireles.
"Liverpool have always been my favourite English team and I
have a lot of passion for them.
"I'm fine here and hope everything goes well for Valencia
and we can win some trophies this year."