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APRIL                   2010
10 11 12



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Torres injury update
After missing Sunday's clash with Fulham with a knee injury, Liverpool Football Club have today released the following statement.
"Fernando Torres was examined by a knee specialist this afternoon in Spain. He received treatment and will continue to do so over the next few days, with the injury being reassessed later this week."
(LFC Official Website)

Injury latest from Melwood
Rafa Benitez is hopeful Emiliano Insua will play again this season despite tearing a muscle in his thigh.
The left-back has not featured in Liverpool's last two games after suffering the injury in his quadriceps.
There is better news on the club's other senior left-back after it emerged Fabio Aurelio could soon be back training with the first team.
Benitez told "Emiliano is doing well but it's a bad injury so we have to wait. He's working and having treatment.
"He tore his quadriceps. He could play again this season if the treatment is good. It will be difficult but we'll see - we're trying very hard.
"Fabio is doing well too. Maybe in one week or 10 days he can be ready to train with the team. If Fabio can be ready it will be very important."
(LFC Official Website)

RBS sets six month deadline
for Liverpool FC sell off

Liverpool FC’s American owners are set to be given another six months to find a new buyer for the club.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to extend a deadline on Liverpool FC’s outstanding loan, taking the pressure off owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett – and avoiding the need for a rapid “fire” sale.
The move to ease the financial burden on the club’s two American owners will buy them valuable time in their bid to find a buyer, though is unlikely to please fans who want them out.
(Liverpool Echo)

On-loan Martin returns to Anfield
On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper David Martin has returned to the Premier League club following his one-month spell at Derby.
The 24-year-old was signed when first-choice keeper Stephen Bywater was injured and his understudy Saul Deeney was suspended.
Martin stepped in for two matches, at Doncaster and against Middlesbrough
at Pride Park.
"He has been a fantastic professional during his time with us, working exceptionally hard on the training ground and when he did play he didn't put a foot wrong," boss Nigel Clough told the club's official website.

Fat lady is waiting to sing her song
for Liverpool FC Champions League hopes

It's not over until the fat lady sings. On a glorious day at Anfield it was as though the Weather Girls were waiting in limbo with a few of their larger sisters in tow.
As each passing goal from Eastlands filtered through, the spark in Liverpool’s play that continued from where it was left against Benfica gradually fizzled out.
After starting so brightly, the game ended with a whimper.
Rafa Benitez didn’t quite wave his white handkerchief afterwards. The submission in his voice suggested it might not be long.
In Spain, the ritual signifies a dissatisfaction with the effort of the players.
But that couldn’t be levelled at Liverpool yesterday.
As the only team that tried to win the game, it is a crying shame they didn’t turn one point into three.
(Dave Randles - Liverpool Echo)  
Torres to see specialist
over knee injury

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is to visit a specialist to assess his knee injury.
The Reds top scorer was forced to miss Sunday afternoon's goalless Barclays Premier League draw with Fulham because of the problem.
It is a worrying development for the Reds, who had hoped the Spain international's discomfort was not serious.
Torres, 26, was sidelined for a month after a knee operation in January.
Manager Rafael Benitez said on Sunday evening: "He has a problem with his knee and has gone to see a specialist. We are waiting for news."

Hodgson hails Fulham heroics
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was more than happy with the way his team battled to a richly-deserved point in their 0-0 draw at Liverpool.
The Cottagers were outplayed for the entire match and barely registered a chance of their own, yet they put in a superb defensive performance to frustrate Rafa Benitez's team.
Hodgson was forced into making changes prior to the trip to Merseyside as Zoltan Gera and Simon Davies sat out with injury, and he was delighted with the way his team adapted to the challenge posed by the Reds.
He told Sky Sports: "I'm certainly delighted with a point and I am pleased with the performance, although it fell far short of what I think we're actually capable
of doing."
(Sky Sports)

Benitez accepts
Liverpool position

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has all but conceded his side's hopes of finishing in the Barclays Premier League top four are over.
Benitez's side fell six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City - having played a game more - as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Fulham
at Anfield.
With just four games remaining, Benitez accepts he is now unlikely to deliver on his "guarantee" of securing a Champions League qualifying position.
The Spaniard said: "It is not in our hands, it depends on the other teams and the difference is too much now, maybe."
(Football 365)

Fulham foil Liverpool CL hopes

Fulham put in a superb rear-guard action to inflict a severe dent on Liverpool's hopes of attaining a Champions League place by earning a richly deserved 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Without the injured Fernando Torres, Liverpool lacked the cutting edge needed to unlock a well-drilled Fulham outfit that defended stoutly in the face of the home side's onslaught, and they were left to rue two dropped points in their chase for a top four spot.
(Sky Sports)

Benayoun linked with CSKA
CSKA Moscow are reportedly lining up a bid to sign Liverpool winger
Yossi Benayoun.
The Israel captain, who signed for the Reds from West Ham in 2007, has been rumoured to be subject to a £9million bid from the Russian club, whose rivals Spartak recently failed to sign unsettled Liverpool midfielder Albert Riera.
(Sky Sports)

Torres out, Aqua in
Fernando Torres has not been named in the Liverpool squad to face Fulham at Anfield today.
The Spanish striker scored twice against Benfica on Thursday and had been expected to be fit today, but instead his place is taken by David Ngog.
Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel come back into the team, replacing Dirk Kuyt and Yossi Benayoun.
Daniel Agger continues at left back in Emiliano Insua’s absence through injury, while Alberto Aquilani starts in place of Lucas alongside Javier Mascherano.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Mascherano, Aquilani, Babel, Maxi, Gerrard, Ngog.
Subs: Cavalieri, Kuyt, Benayoun, Lucas, Degen, Pacheco, Ayala.
(This is Anfield)

Barclays steps in
to save Liverpool FC

Liverpool football club looks set to be sold as Barclays finalise a £300m rescue deal this weekend.
Fans had feared about the club’s ability to compete at the top level after its financial problems contributed to it losing its status as one of Britain’s “big four” clubs. It has outstanding loans of £237m.
Supporters will be relieved at the intervention, which will also provide extra spending money for Rafa Benitez, the club manager.
The new owner will be sought by Barclays Capital, the bank’s investment arm. The deal will displace the club’s current lenders and bring in as chairman British Airways’ Martin Broughton.
(Sunday Times)

Benitez may have to sell
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has conceded he may need to sell one of his big name players this summer.
Liverpool's American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who are reportedly set to appoint British Airways chief Martin Broughton as their new chairman, are actively looking to find a buyer.
But Benitez concedes that if no new investment is found, he could be forced to sell one of his big names - which would mean either Steven Gerrard or Fernando Torres going.
"I don't think I will have to sell a big player, but it will depend on investors so I cannot guarantee we won't have to sell. Our idea is to keep the spine of the team," he told the People.
(Sky Sports)

Liverpool step up
search for fresh investment

Liverpool are set to appoint a new chairman and ask a new bank to lead their search for fresh investment, BBC Sport understands.
Martin Broughton has been approached, with the British Airways chairman considering forming part of a restructured board at Anfield.
Barclays Capital, the bank's investment arm, will head the latest attempt to find a new buyer for the club.
Co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are ready to step down as co-chairmen.
The Americans believe that by presenting a united front, potential investors are more likely to be found.
(BBC Sport Online)

Fulham captain Murphy:
I learned my football at Liverpool

Fulham captain Danny Murphy says he still has close ties to former club Liverpool as he returns to Anfield today.
Murphy spent seven successful years at Anfield after arriving at Liverpool as a 20-year-old with a £3million price tag from Crewe.
He was part of the Liverpool team which won a cup treble under Gerard Houllier
in 2001.
Murphy was sold to Charlton in 2004 and then joined Spurs before arriving at Craven Cottage in 2007.
The 33-year-old did not play in Fulham's 3-1 win over Liverpool earlier this season and he is yet to beat his old club since leaving in Anfield in eight attempts.
He admits it will be an emotional encounter for him.
"We drew up there last time and that was the first time I had gone to Anfield and got anything from there, which was nice," the midfielder said. "It's a wonderful place to go and play your football. I learned how to play football by watching games there when I was growing up and some of the most successful moments of my career have come at Anfield.
"I'm looking forward to it, as always and I'm sure it will be as good an atmosphere as always on the Kop. It still holds a special place for me in my heart and I love going back there."
Benitez blasts back at critics
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has rounded on critics who "don't have a clue" about last week's controversial substitution of Fernando Torres.
Benitez made the surprising decision to take off his top scorer with 25 minutes remaining at Birmingham on Sunday while the score was locked at 1-1.
"I have been listening to many things," Benitez said. "People don't have a clue when they talk about the substitution or that he cannot be tired.
"Some people say he cannot be tired because he didn't play too many games. That doesn't matter."

British Airways chairman Broughton
on brink of accepting Liverpool post

British Airways chairman Martin Broughton is on the brink of accepting the chairman's role at Liverpool.
The Telegraph says Broughton is thought to have discussed the terms of his contract and the responsibilities required with Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and may make a decision as soon as the weekend.
Hicks and Gillett are co-chairmen of Liverpool but want to step aside in favour of a credible British businessman to improve the club’s standing in the financial community, and draw some of the sting from the supporters’ criticism.

Mancini wary of Anfield threat
Roberto Mancini is refusing to rule Liverpool out of the race for the final Champions League spot despite the Anfield outfit's deep involvement in
the Europa League.
Blues boss Mancini was prominent among the crowd that watched Rafa Benitez's team sweep aside Portuguese title favourites Benfica 4-1 on Thursday night to reach the semi-finals.
But he insists that Liverpool remain capable contenders in the late sprint for the vital fourth Premier League place that City fill as they tackle visitors
Birmingham tomorrow.
Roberto smiled at the idea Liverpool's Europa bid might be a distraction: "Helpful to us? I hope so! They played a fantastic game on Thursday and I hope that they win the Europa League!
"But they are a strong team. They will still try hard for fourth place, that is normal. There are four teams still for the one place - ourselves, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Liverpool.
"It's six games for us and Tottenham and only five for Liverpool. But all our games are difficult, starting with Birmingham - in their last two games they drew with Arsenal and Liverpool.
(Manchester City - Official Website)

Benitez 'still confident' of fourth
Rafael Benitez is "still confident" Liverpool will finish fourth in the Premier League providing they maintain the form showed against Benfica.
Benitez's side produced an outstanding performance against the Portuguese outfit on Thursday to overturn a first-leg deficit and power into the Europa League
Such was the manner of their 4-1 win, which secured a 5-3 aggregate success, their continuing struggles in the Premier League seemed a world away - but reality will soon return.
Last week's frustrating draw at Birmingham has left the Reds facing an uphill struggle to deliver on Benitez's "guarantee" of Champions League qualification.
The Spaniard, however, is not giving up and feels the tone has now been set for the final five games of the campaign, beginning with Fulham at Anfield.

Liverpool icon Rush: No-one can
complain about Torres substitution now

Liverpool icon Ian Rush says Fernando Torres' performance against Benfica should end the debate over his substitution last Sunday against Birmingham City.
A week ago, Rafa Benitez was slammed for hauling off his star Spaniard in the draw at Birmingham, as Liverpool desperately chased the win to boost their top four bid.
But after Torres' brace on Thursday night, Rush told The Sun: "I watched that game and although Fernando wasn't playing badly, he gave it away a couple of times simply because he was tired, and that's when you pick up knocks.
"His body language suggested he didn't want to come off and I like that attitude.
"But the manager will have been thinking about the chance of him getting injured because he couldn't afford to be without him for the remaining games.
"When you're tired, it's much more likely you will pick up an injury, so I'd say the criticism of Rafa has been unfair.
"You have to get behind him and the team and believe in what they are doing. The time for looking will be at the end of the season.
"Torres is such a special player and they'll need him over the last few games."

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