to criticise Green for error
England captain Steven Gerrard sees no reason why Fabio
Capello's side can't top Group C despite starting their
World Cup campaign with an unconvincing 1-1 draw against the
"The American goal was one of those things - you can't
criticise the keeper. We have to get behind the goalkeeper
and Robert will learn from this, go from strength to
strength and play an important part down the line.
"He could make an important save to win us a game. The goal
came as a shock and it took us a while to get over it but I
thought we finished the game stronger."
Defeat for Kyrgiakos's Greece
Sotirios Kyrgiakos and his countrymen have given themselves
a mountain to climb to qualify from World Cup Group B
following a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.
The Liverpool defender had to watch from the bench as goals
from Lee Jung-Soo and Manchester United winger Park Ji-Sung
confined Greece to a deserved loss in their competition
Next up for the 2004 European champions is Thursday's clash
a game they may need to win heading into their final group
encounter with Argentina.
Kyrgiakos is one of a record 12 Reds taking part in the
World Cup - plus we've got the soon-to-sign Milan Jovanovic
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool move still on
for Rangers defender Wilson
Liverpool remain keen on Rangers defender Danny Wilson.
The Liverpool Echo says Rafa Benitez's exit means the
transfer is on the backburner and Benitez's successor will
have to decide whether to pursue a deal for the talented
Even if Benitez had stayed, Liverpool didn't envisage
Wilson's transfer being completed before the start of July
so they are hopeful the current uncertainty won't jeopardise
their hopes of bringing him south of the border.
Some reports have suggested the failure to swiftly tie up a
deal for Wilson after the end of the season was due to a
lack of cash at Anfield.
But Liverpool insist money was always available and the
delay has been down to ensuring they don't pay over the odds
for a player who only has a year left on his current
by sprint star Bolt
Steven Gerrard will take inspiration from the fastest man on
the planet when he leads England out against USA in their
World Cup opener today.
Gerrard and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt - the world-record
holder at 100 and 200 metres - have formed something of a
mutual admiration society, with Manchester United fan Bolt
having requested a signed shirt from the Liverpool captain.
"I'd heard Usain Bolt was a big football fan and it was
really flattering that he wanted my shirt," Gerrard was
quoted as saying in The Sun. "I'm just disappointed I
haven't got his pace.
"It's a pity he's a Man United fan though. I was going to
ask him to one of our training sessions when he's in England
but I might not bother now.
"Seriously Usain is an athlete I really look up to. As a
sprinter he's the man, isn't he? He's a winner, an
inspiration and someone I love watching."
What has Roy Hodgson
achieved in management?
Roy Hodgson’s managerial career spans nearly 35 years and
involves stints at no fewer than 12 top flight European
clubs and three international jobs.
The 62-year-old has won the Swedish and Danish league
titles, reached two European finals and taken Switzerland to
their first World Cup finals in 28 years.
Hodgson is a highly respected figure in the global football
community and has enhanced his reputation since he took over
at Fulham in December 2007.
Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool FC
legacy is secure,
regardless of his return to manager's office
The King may not be back on his throne just yet – and may
even face an uphill battle to reclaim it. But the clamour on
the Kop for his coronation is growing by the day.
A week ago Kenny Dalglish was the man tasked with helping
pinpoint Rafa Benitez’s successor.
Fast forward seven days and he apparently finds himself in a
two-horse race for the Anfield hot-seat with Fulham’s Roy
Hodgson. The kingmaker has turned serious contender.
There has been no public word from the Kop legend himself
but no one should be in any doubt just how much he wants a
second crack at the job he cherishes above any other.
(James Pearce - Liverpool Echo)
Barnes: Give it to Roy or Kenny
John Barnes has backed Kenny Dalglish or Roy Hodgson to
succeed Rafa Benitez, insisting whoever gets the job will
enjoy a "win-win situation".
The former league and FA Cup winner said: "Whoever comes in
will finish better than seventh, regardless of whether there
is money to spend.
"To be honest, I would like there not to be money to spend
because if there is, it means you have sold Gerrard or
Torres. So under those circumstances, I'd rather have no
Liverpool FC hierarchy fear how
powerful Kenny Dalglish would become
Kenny Dalglish is the only candidate on Liverpool FC’s
managerial short list that could persuade Steven Gerrard and
Fernando Torres to stay.
It’s one of the many pressing reasons why the Anfield legend
should be installed as boss – but, sadly, also why he won’t
Not when the decision is being made by a banker (Christian
Purslow) and a Chelsea fan (Martin Broughton) on behalf of
American owners that have piled an unsustainable level of
debt onto Liverpool.
Debt reduction not trophy gathering has long been the
priority at Anfield.
And that is reflected in the emergence of Roy Hodgson as the
board’s number one choice to replace Rafa Benitez.
(Ben Thornley - Daily Post)
Agent: Kuyt could follow
Benitez to Inter
The agent of Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has admitted
"anything is possible" amid suggestions new Inter manager
Rafael Benitez is planning a San Siro reunion.
Kuyt, 29, was a firm favourite of the Spaniard at Anfield
and racked up more than 200 appearances since he arrived at
the club in 2006. Reports had emerged that the Dutch
international and midfield battler Javier Mascherano could
come to the Champoions League holders for £33 million.
Speaking to Calciomercato.it, agent Rob Jansen said: "It's
just rumours, we know nothing about this offer.
"Dirk is thinking now only about the World Cup.
"He has an excellent relationship with Benitez, but we are
commenting only on an hypothesis, because there is nothing
concrete. When and if an offer arrives,
"Dirk is happy at Liverpool and has a contract until 2012.
"Would he follow Benitez? Anything is possible, but, again,
Benitez donates £96,000
to Hillsborough Family Support Group
The Echo can exclusively reveal that Rafa Benitez today
donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group as
he gets set to leave Merseyside.
The former Liverpool FC boss, who was today confirmed as the
new manager at Inter Milan, handed over the cheque to
Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the HFSG, as the rest of
the committee watched on this afternoon.
In a low key visit to the group's office, Benitez wished the
group well and told them he hoped they would get the justice
and the truth they are campaigning for.
Mrs Aspinall said: "It was just nice to know that he wanted
to see us before
Gerrard refuses to comment
on liverpool manager search
England captain Steven Gerrard has refused to be drawn on
the debate over who should succeed Rafael Benitez as
"I said on the record in Austria I wouldn't be speaking
about matters at Liverpool," Gerrard noted.
"That remains the case."
Dalglish can resurrect
Liverpool FC says David May
David May feels his former boss Kenny Dalglish will give
Liverpool FC fans something to get excited about if he takes
over at Anfield for the second time.
May played under Dalglish in the early 1990s after the Scot
left Liverpool for Blackburn and told Press Association
Sport: "He will come in and liven
May continued: "I remember him coming to Blackburn and the
training sessions were bright. They were short and sharp and
he got the lads buzzing again.
"I think that is what needs to happen at Liverpool. Under
Benitez they have been playing very boring football, but
with Kenny I think they will give the fans something they
deserve, which is attacking football."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Benitez pens two-year Inter
Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been confirmed
as the new Inter Milan coach, signing a two-year deal with
the Serie A giants.
Paul Dalglish backs father Kenny
to land Liverpool FC manager's job
Kenny Dalglish is desperate to be named as Liverpool's new
manager, according to his son Paul.
The former Liverpool Reserves striker has revealed his
father's burning ambition to succeed Rafa Benitez in the
Anfield hot seat.
And Paul believes the Reds legend, who managed the club
between 1985 and 1991, is the ideal man to transform the
club's fortunes and provide unity after a dismal campaign.
“I just think that hopefully he does get it because I know
how much he wants it,” Paul said.
“To be honest with you it would be an unbelievable story for
my dad to be
“Some people say, well what happens if it doesn’t work? He’s
been out of the game for 10 years.
“My question is, what if it does work? What person loves
Liverpool more than
Torres is favourite to top
World Cup scoring charts
Premier League bosses reckon Fernando Torres is the most
likely player to bring the Golden Boot back to England.
The Liverpool striker came in ahead of Wayne Rooney in the
survey league sponsors Barclays conducted with top flight
managers ahead of the Wold Cup, which starts tomorrow.
Torres missed the last seven games of Liverpool’s season
with a knee injury and only made his return to action on
Tuesday night in Spain’s final warm-up friendly before
jetting off to South Africa
But Torres made an immediate return to scoring form after
coming on as a second half substitute against Poland,
scoring the fifth in a 6-0 rout.
He secured 47% of the vote, ahead of Rooney (41%) and
Manchester City and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez (12%).
(Liverpool Daily Post)