Torres at the double for Spain
Fernando Torres scored twice as Spain turned on the style to
win 4-0 in Liechtenstein in the European Championship
El Nino played for 57 minutes before being replaced by
Manchester City star David Silva.
Pepe Reina was an unused substitute.
Dirk Kuyt netted a penalty as Holland turned in a five-star
display to win 5-0
in San Marino.
Liverpool's No.18 played for 68 minutes before he made way
Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Meanwhile Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson played the full 90
minutes as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley in their
opening Euro 2012
Jermain Defoe netted a hat-trick and Adam Johnson was also
on the mark.
Liverpool's No.14 Milan Jovanovic played the full 90 minutes
as Serbia won 4-0 in the Faroe Islands.
Our new signing Raul Meireles was on the mark for Portugal
as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Cyprus in an incredible
eight goal thriller.
Cyprus found their equaliser two minutes from time.
Martin Skrtel played the full 90 minutes as Slovakia beat
Elsewhere on Friday night Martin Kelly was an an unused
substitute as England U21s won 1-0 in Portugal.
Danny Wilson played the full 90 minutes as Scotland U21s
drew 1-1 in Belarus.
(LFC Official Website)
Carra hailed as Liverpool 'great'
Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher
is a "one-off" and paid tribute to the stalwart defender
ahead of his testimonial.
The 32-year-old centre-back will mark a 14-year professional
career with the Reds with a fundraising game for his 23
Foundation against an Everton XI.
Gerrard, who hopes to be able to make a brief appearance
after England's European qualifier on Friday night, said
Carragher's influence on the team during that time should
not be under-estimated.
"You tend to associate players these days moving around a
lot but Carra is, in many ways, a one-off and nobody
deserves to celebrate their career more," said the Reds
captain, who along with Carragher makes up the team's Scouse
"He has put so much effort in to his career, has shown so
much desire and sweated blood for the club.
"It's great I'm going to have chance to celebrate with him.
He's been a big influence on me ever since I arrived at
Melwood on day one.
"We come from similar backgrounds, so it was easy bouncing
ideas off each other and I've got nothing but the utmost
respect for him as a player and person."
Gerrard added in the Liverpool Echo: "Every successful team
needs a player
"It doesn't matter what type of game it is, he leaves
everything out on the pitch.
"He has worked so hard for everything he has achieved. There
have been times when he has had his fair share of criticism
but we all go through that.
"What is important is how you come through it and Carra has
shown consistently in recent years he has been one of the
best defenders in the world.
"He is a brilliant organiser and leads by example. He
deserves to be called a Liverpool great."
Torres close to full fitness
Liverpool expect Fernando Torres to be back to his peak
fitness next month as he is ahead of schedule in his fitness
Torres endured an injury-ravaged season last term, being
forced to undergo two knee operations and then he picked up
an adductor injury in Spain's World Cup final victory in
Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been trying to nurse Torres back
into action slowly and he has started Liverpool's last two
games in the Premier League.
Liverpool's head of sports science Peter Brukner believes
Torres, who scored his first goal for the club since April
in last weekend's win over West Brom, will soon be back in
"He's actually slightly ahead of schedule - he played a game
earlier than we thought," said Brukner, referring to the
substitute appearance against Arsenal on the opening weekend
of the season.
"He started off with a few minutes, then a few more minutes
and then started the last couple of [Premier League] games.
"But for a kick on the shin against West Brom he would have
the whole game.
"We're now at the stage where he can play the whole game.
"He's still not at his physical peak, that will take another
three or four weeks, but I think you can see in every game
he's played he's improving.
"I don't think it will be too long before the old Fernando
Torres is back - and I'm looking forward to that."
Carragher close to new deal
Jamie Carragher has revealed he expects to sign a new deal
at Liverpool in the near future.
The 32-year-old put contract talks on hold earlier this
year, but new Reds boss Roy Hodgson has made it one of his
top priorities to sort out Carragher's situation.
Carragher, who celebrates his testimonial this weekend
against Everton, has held positive talks with the club's
hierarchy and is hopeful it will get resolved later
"I have spoken to the managing director, Christian Purslow,
and we've had a good chat about the new contract," said
"I'm sure it will happen.
"The most important thing was for the club to get the ins
and outs sorted before the transfer deadline.
"That's done now so I'm sure we will have something sorted
out in the next week or two."
Ngoo & Shelvey on target
Liverpool pair Michael Ngoo and Jonjo Shelvey scored for
England under 19's as they beat Slovakia 2-0 on Thursday
Midfielder Shelvey, signed from Charlton in the summer,
captained the side at Gresty Road, Crewe.
Striker Ngoo, an academy graduate, opened the scoring on 16
minutes, before Shelvey doubled the lead midway through the
second half with a free kick from the edge of the box.
Shelvey had earlier attempted a long range lob from inside
the centre circle after spotting the keeper off his line.
Unfortunately, it just dropped wide of the target.
The England senior team play Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday
night, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side.
(This is Anfield)
Carragher: No chance of
Liverpool title this season
Jamie Carragher accepts the best chance of Liverpool
silverware this campaign is in the cup competitions.
The Reds slipped to their lowest Barclays Premier League
finish - seventh - for a decade last season – and have too
much ground to make up on Chelsea and Manchester United.
A championship title, which Carragher has never won in his
14-year professional career at Anfield, will probably have
"People have said 'You've done this and that for Liverpool'
but we've not won a trophy for four years and that is
annoying me a little bit,"
said the 32-year-old defender.
"I certainly don't want to go on another couple of years not
winning one before I finish at Liverpool.
"I don't see any reason why we can't win a trophy this
season or the next couple.
"The one I haven't won is the league but I suppose that will
be very difficult this season going from seventh last
"But I see no reason why we can't have a good go and have a
trip to Wembley."
Carragher is confident the fitness of Fernando Torres, who
has yet to get through an entire Liverpool season without
"If you take into account the changes at the club in the
sports science department I think up to now we have done
quite well at the start of the season with injuries," said
the Reds vice-captain.
"We are looking for Fernando to stay as fit as possible but
I think David Ngog in the last 12 months is a completely
different player, and his start to the season has been
"We've also got Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel as well."
Kuyt: Liverpool support
convinced me to stay
Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt admits he was aware of interest
from Inter Milan.
Kuyt knows Liverpool rejected an approach from Inter for his
during the summer.
"I have heard that there was interest from Inter Milan," he
said. "It's a big club, but Liverpool let me know that I am
a key player for them.
"That to me is very important."
Poulsen looking for strong start
Christian Poulsen believes that Liverpool can make the most
of their busy schedule and have a strong first half to the
"We have a lot of games so with Mascherano and Aquilani
leaving we need quality players for the team because for the
next six months we will have a game every four days," said
the Danish midfielder.
"It is important for a club who wants to play at the top of
the Premier League and fighting for the Europa League to
have strong players.
"I hope after the international break we can come strong
again and pick up a lot of points up in the coming months."
Fowler hails impact of
Liverpool veteran Carragher
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes Jamie Carragher is
the ideal role model for local youngsters.
Reds defender Jamie Carragher will have his testimonial on
Fowler, now playing in Australia with Perth Glory, told
liverpoolfc.tv: "It's hard to compare people to previous
players because we are talking about different eras and
everyone has their own attributes. Let's talk about the
future and hopefully we will have youngsters aspiring to be
the new Jamie Carragher instead of referring to a 'new' Alan
Hansen or a 'new' Mark Lawrenson.
"Jamie's done very well at Liverpool and there's no higher
compliment for him than for parents of young lads going into
the game hoping that he can go on and be the next Jamie
Carragher because he's definitely up there with the Hansen's
of this world."
Reserves held in season opener
Liverpool Reserves were held to a goalless draw by Wigan in
their first Barclays Premier Reserve League North outing of
2010-11 on Wednesday afternoon.
The game - which was switched from an evening kick-off at
Prenton Park to an afternoon clash at the Academy - turned
out to be a low-key affair.
McMahon had to start the season without the likes of Andre
Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey and Michael Ngoo, who are all away
with various England youth teams.
The injured Tom Ince and Daniel Ayala were also absent, as
well as the talented young Spaniard Suso, who hasn't yet got
international clearance to play
in the league.
Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Flanagan, Robinson, Irwin,
(cap), Mavinga, Darby, Amoo (Mendy 65), Spearing, Saric
(Cooper 43), Pacheco,
Eccleston (Palsson 79).
Subs not used: Bouzanis, Roberts.
(LFC Official Website)
Torres demands new Anfield owners
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is desperate for the club
to find new owners in order to bring the glory days back to
Star striker Torres, who ignored interest from Chelsea and
Manchester City in the summer to voice his commitment to Roy
Hodgson's new-look Liverpool, hopes a solution can be found
"It is fundamental new owners arrive that can make us a
competitive side," he told Spanish radio station Cadena
"We're not that far behind. We had an appalling season last
time around, but the year before we were just four points
from Manchester United.
"Hopefully we can find a consortium that buys the club and
can make Liverpool able to fight financially with Chelsea
"Then let's see what we're capable of doing this season.
Liverpool kept Steven Gerrard which is fundamental. It's
still a great team.
"It's a delicate situation because we are not in the
Champions League, but it is still the biggest club in
England and to play at Anfield every week is a privilege.
"That's how I see it. I like to have targets, and to be able
to help bring Liverpool back where they deserve is a
"It is always complicated when you start with a new manager
and new players, but we'll see what we are capable of."
Torres has also revealed that Liverpool rejected bids for
his services in the summer transfer market.
"The club received offers and decided to reject them," he
said. "That's where it ends. Everyone thought I was leaving
for Spain during the World Cup when there was nothing in it.
"I said the day I returned to train that my future was at
Liverpool. I have a contract until 2013.
"This year our target has to be the top four. Like every
team-mate, we all want to improve and win titles and for
that it is fundamental we get new owners."
Liverpool snap up MTK Budapest
youngster Adam Hajdu
Liverpool have continued their relationship with MTK
Budapest with the capture of another young Hungarian.
Hungary Under-17 international Adam Hajdu has signed for
Liverpool on-loan for the season, subject to an
Liverpool and Hungarian football have enjoyed a strong
alliance for three years resulting in several young players
coming through the Reds youth system.
Reds confirm El Zhar loan
Liverpool have confirmed Nabil El Zhar has joined Greek side
PAOK on loan until the end of the season.
The Moroccan international will spend the 2010-11 campaign
at the Toumba Stadium after failing to figure for the Reds
so far this term.
El Zhar arrived on Merseyside from St Etienne in 2006 and
has played on 32 occasions for the club, with his most
memorable moment coming when he struck a sensational goal in
a 2-1 success over Robbie Fowler's Cardiff City
in the Carling Cup.
Meanwhile, the Reds have also announced Dutch winger Vincent
Weijl has completed a transfer to Spanish outfit SD Eibar.
(LFC Official Website)