Reds optimistic over Torres injury
Liverpool are hopeful that World Cup-winning Spain striker
Fernando Torres' groin injury is not as bad as first feared.
Torres came off the bench in extra-time as Spain beat
Holland 1-0 in Sunday's Soccer City showdown but pulled up
sharply as he chased a ball forward
Torres suffered with injuries during the 2009/10 season but
Dr Peter Brukner, Liverpool's new Head of Medicine and
Sports Science, is optimistic there is not too much for the
26-year-old to worry about.
"We've been in touch with the Spanish medical team and they
don't think it's too serious. It's an adductor muscle injury
but they've not had a chance to assess it today," he told
Liverpool's official website.
"Fernando will have a proper assessment and probably a scan
tomorrow and some of the Liverpool medical staff will go to
Madrid later in the week to fully assess the injury and
organise his rehab. At this stage we don't think it's
"We can't say too much more at the moment until it is
Gerrard price too high for Real
Steven Gerrard is set to remain at Anfield after Real Madrid
suggested the sum Liverpool want for their skipper was too
Ernesto Bronzetti who acts in transfers at the Bernabeu said
the Reds' valuation was too high based on age.
When coverted from Euros to sterling Liverpool are said to
have slapped a £58million valuation on the England
Talking about the club's options in midfield Bronzetti said:
"Kaka will stay at Real, but the president does not agree
with Gerrard because he is 30 and Perez doesn't want to
"Plus Liverpool asked for €70 million."
Palermo play down size of Lucas bid
Palermo have confirmed that an offer has been made for
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, but insist it is not as
high as the £5million quoted.
The Serie A club have been linked with the Brazilian for
several months and the speculation has increased following
the arrival of Roy Hodgson at Anfield.
Liverpool's new manager is expected to make changes to his
squad and, with Emiliano Insua already the subject of talks
with Fiorentina, Lucas could be one of the players who is
sold to raise funds for reshaping.
Lucas was a regular in former boss Rafa Benitez's first XI
last season after Xabi Alonso was sold to Real Madrid, but
the 23-year-old still struggled to win over
Palermo, though, are admirers and sporting director Walter
Sabatini has confirmed that they would like to sign the ex
Gremio player, telling TGS: "We made a first offer to
Liverpool for Lucas Pezzini (Leiva).
"But I deny that we have offered €6m. That is too much."
Benitez cools talk of
Mascherano to Inter Milan
Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez has distanced himself from a
move for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The Argentina skipper has been linked with a reunion with
his former boss and had looked likely to complete a move to
Italy in the near future.
"Mascherano to Inter? All top level players are those that
Inter have had their eyes on for some time. We know
Mascherano well, but that responsibility is down to the
president and Branca. I want to work with players we have
here already, like Balotelli, who is important," he told the
"I want to get to know Balotelli and evaluate him, just like
all the players.
"The team has people who have responsibilities. My job is to
know players, then we will see what happens.
"Balotelli is a top level player who wants to play and win.
This is important. The situation has not changed.
"If ideas change then we will see."
Five new arrivals at Melwood
Liverpool's Sports Science and Sports Medicine department
has been strengthened with the arrival of new backroom
Two physiotherapists from the Australian 'Socceroo' national
team, Darren Burgess and Phil Coles, have joined newly
appointed Head of Sports Medicine and Science Dr Peter
Brukner at Melwood.
Tottenham Hotspur's club doctor, Zaf Iqubal, has also been
recruited along with Jordan Milsom, who joins the backroom
team as Sports Scientist.
The club will also be working with John Moores University
through Sports Science Consultant Barry Drust, who will
spend a couple of days at Melwood each week.
(LFC Official Website)
Jovanovic gets iconic number
New signing Milan Jovanovic has been handed the famous No.10
shirt after completing his transfer from Standard Liege.
The number has previously been worn by Anfield legends like
John Barnes, Terry McDermott, Jan Molby, Luis Garcia and
It was last donned by another free transfer, Andriy Voronin.
(LFC Official Website)
Villa warns Reds over
Torres’ trophy hunger
Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa has warned Liverpool
that Fernando Torres could soon become frustrated by a lack
of silverwear at Anfield and look elsewhere to play his club
Torres has been linked with a variety of clubs this summer,
including Chelsea and moves back to Spain. The Reds striker
is due to hold talks with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson
shortly to discuss his future.
Villa told press, “I am not sure where his future lies, but
he knows like me he must win trophies at club level. He
isn’t money-focused so he would never join Manchester City.
“But sure, Barcelona and Chelsea would be real options for
him. He has proven he can score goals in England and Chelsea
are the number one team there at the moment, so I suppose
it’s the option that makes the most sense.
“He has been fully focused on the World Cup but in the back
of his mind he knows he needs to be competing for the very
highest honours and if Liverpool can’t do it he will have to
Torres’ current contract at Liverpool expires in 2013, with
the option of a one year extension at the end. He signed an
improved deal one year ago, thought to now be earning
£110,000 a week.
(This is Anfield)
El Zhar set to leave Liverpool
Nabil El Zhar has revealed he wants to leave Liverpool this
The 23-year old Morocco international has spent four years
at Anfield for a limited amount of game time and told
Moroccan media that he wanted to find
a new home.
“I want to leave Liverpool," El Zhar said. “I do not play
"I'm 23 and I cannot afford to only play a few bits of
"There are several European clubs interested and I will not
close any doors."
Torres' injury puts
£50m Chelsea move in doubt
An injury to Fernando Torres late into last night’s World
Cup Final between Spain and Holland may further confuse the
striker’s future, with Chelsea hoping he will ask Liverpool
to consider offers for him when he returns from holiday.
Chelsea are leading the chase for the 27-year-old and are
set to open the bidding, hoping that Torres will ask for a
move although he may fall short of handing in a transfer
request. They remain confident that Torres wants to join
them and may, eventually, offer up to £50 million for him.
However this would fall short of Liverpool’s valuation for
Torres which is believed to be closer to £70 million. At the
same time it’s understood that, significantly, Liverpool are
already actively looking at alternatives should Torres
eventually be sold.
World Cup joy
for Torres and Pepe
Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina will return to Anfield next
month as World Cup winners after Spain's extra time victory
over Holland in Johannesburg,
But Liverpool will be keeping their fingers crossed that the
injury which forced Torres to leave the field before the
final whistle isn't as bad as first feared.
(LFC Official Website)
for Anfield talks
Paul Scharner is set for talks with Liverpool next week over
a free transfer to Merseyside, with his agent saying it
would be a 'dream move'.
New Reds boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be an admirer of the
versatile 30-year-old, who left Wigan after his contract
expired at the end of last season.
"Roy Hodgson and Paul Scharner - this is a special
relationship," said Scharner's agent, Valentin Hobel.
Real Madrid eyeing
Liverpool fullback Johnson
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is interested in Liverpool
fullback Gen Johnson.
Inter Milan include Muntari
in bid for Mascherano
Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez will include Sulley Muntari in
his offer for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The Mirror says Mascherano is reportedly desperate to leave
Liverpool and link up with former boss Benitez at Inter
Thompson send message
to Gerrard to stay at liverpool
Kop legend Phil Thompson has belted out a heartfelt message
to Steven Gerrard: Winning a title away from Liverpool means
Gerrard has gone on holiday without officially committing
his future to his one and only club with new boss Roy
Hodgson hopeful he will stay.
Thompson, 56, said: “Stevie has held this team together with
Jamie Carragher for the last six years.
“People say he deserves the chance to go elsewhere for what
“But I hope he now says, ‘Do I need to move on?’ He will be
thinking long and hard while he’s on holiday and wonder if
he needs what’s happening to him
at the moment."
Yossi Benayoun has launched a sensational scathing attack on
Rafael Benitez, saying the manager was the reason he left
Liverpool and that the club is better off for his departure.
Benayoun, who joined Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on July
2, accused Benitez for destroying his confidence and showing
him a lack of respect.
He told the News of The World: "I made up my mind to leave a
long time ago because of Benitez. He never treated me with
the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he
gave me credit. When I scored, I still expected to be out of
the team the next game. And when the fans wanted me to play,
Benitez told me he couldn't understand why."
"I don't want to speak on behalf of other players at
Liverpool, but people know what happened to Albert Riera and
Xabi Alonso. It was the same for me. Benitez tried to break
me like he broke Riera. I was sure he wanted me to attack
him in the press during the season so he could turn the fans
against me, so I kept quiet. I felt he was waiting for me to
make a mistake so he could use it against me."
Hodgson: 'Insua in Viola talks'
Roy Hodgson is impressed with Emiliano Insua, but the
Liverpool manager admits “talks with Fiorentina have already
The Viola have been linked with the 21-year-old wing-back
for several weeks and it seems negotiations are reaching a
“I saw him play in the last three days and I like him both
as a player and on a personal level,” Hodgson told Radio Blu
“However, talks with Fiorentina started before I got here,
so I don’t know how advanced they are.
“I cannot say if Insua will stay at Liverpool or not. I’ll
have to discuss that
with the club.”
The Italian media is confident that Argentine international
Insua will join Fiorentina over the summer.
Smells like team spirit to Hodgson
Roy Hodgson has stressed the importance of team unity to his
Liverpool squad as he hopes to restore the Reds back among
England's top four.
The new Liverpool manager, speaking to LFC Weekly, claims he
wants to instil the same mentality into his Liverpool side
that was present when Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley were at
He said: "It would be foolish of anyone to dismiss the
importance of team spirit. The Liverpool sides of the 70s,
and particularly the 80s, achieved greatness because all of
the players had similar values to one another both on and
off the pitch.
"That has been a strength of the club for so many years and
it has been the mantra that has taken the club so far and
made it one of the most important football institutions in
Torres second 'most beautiful'
Fernando Torres is the second most beautiful footballer at
the World Cup, according to a dating website.
The 'experts' at www.BeautifulPeople.com - which has a
strict ban on ugly people - has ranked each player competing
in South Africa.
The Liverpool superstar was runner-up behind Italy's Fabio
Cannavaro, who looks far better than Italy played in the
David Villa came third followed by Landon Donovan and
Meanwhile, Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney topped
of ugly players.
Most beautiful World Cup players of 2010 (in order of
attractiveness): 1) Fabio Cannavaro, Italy 2) Fernando
Torres, Spain 3) David Villa, Spain 4) Landon Donovan, USA
5) Thierry Henry, France 6) Edinson Cavani, Uruguay 7) Kaka,
Brazil 8) Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal 9) Didier Drogba,
10) Keisuke Honda, Japan.
The ugliest World Cup players: 1) Wayne Rooney, England 2)
Franck Ribery, France 3) Carlos Tevez, Argentina 4) Vladimir
Stojkovic, Serbia 5) Benjamin Huggel, Switzerland 6) Zdenko
Strba, Slovakia 7) Rafik Saifi, Algeria 8) Scott
Chipperfield, Australia 9) John Terry, England 10) Ryan
Nelson, New Zealand.
(LFC Official Website)
Paul Scharner may become one of Roy Hodgson's first signings
as Liverpool manager.
Although Milan Jovanovic signed a three year deal on
Thursday those terms were arranged prior to the new man
taking charge. Like the Serbian Scharner is a free agent
having left Wigan Athletic in the summer.
Fulham tried to sign the player during Hodgson's tenure at
Craven Cottage. However, Newcastle United amongst others are
also thought to be interested. Some in the North East have
the St James Park outfit down as favourites to land the