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OCTOBER             2010
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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 Premier League.
"It is one of the dreams I've had for years," he said, after seeing his side applauded from the field by the home support.
(Sky Sports)

Hodgson labels Liverpool
form unacceptable

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 box.
Varney added a second on the stroke of half-time to leave Liverpool leaving the field at the break to a chorus of boos.
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 stature.
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 else.
(Sky Sports)

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 at right-back.
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
(LFC Globe)
Rampant Reds derail Crewe
Liverpool U18s got back to winning ways with a superb 4-2 win over Crewe at the Academy on Saturday afternoon.
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 performance.
He told "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, Adorjan.
(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 against Blackpool.
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."
(Sky Sports)

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 the future.
"But we have got to do our utmost to not let it be the case on Sunday.
"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 Melwood yesterday.
(LFC Online)

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 itchy feet.
"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 it yet.
"I'm on form, I'm working hard and I have started eight competitive games.
"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, 2010.
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
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."
(Sky Sports)

Valencia fullback Miguel
would love Liverpool move

Valencia fullback Miguel admits he'd love to play for Liverpool.
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 League.
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."

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