Reina: I'm fully committed
Pepe Reina today dismissed media reports claiming he has
told Roy Hodgson he wants to leave Liverpool.
The Spain international exclusively told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I
have seen a newspaper has made this suggestion. It is
"I have not told the manager that I wish to leave in
January, or at any other time. It is important our fans know
"I have a long-term contract at Liverpool and I am fully
committed to the club.
"Our new owner met me and some of the other players last
week and I was very happy with what he told me."
Reina, who has played in 18 of the Reds' 21 games this
season, added: "The entire squad and staff are working very
hard to get us back competing at the top of the table. We
will not be distracted by inaccurate media speculation."
(LFC Official Website)
Star trio back in Spain squad
Fernando Torres, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas have returned to the
Spain squad for next week's friendly with Portugal in
Liverpool striker Torres, Barcelona midfielder Xavi and
Arsenal captain Fabregas all missed last month's Euro 2012
qualifiers against Lithuania and Scotland through injury.
Barcelona forward Pedro has also come back into the 23-man
squad after missing the qualification double-header.
But there was no place for Valencia duo Aritz Aduriz and
Pablo Hernandez or Villarreal pair Borja Valero and Bruno
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and Manchester City's David
Silva were the other two foreign-based players included.
Cole fit again
Joe Cole has recovered from his hamstring injury.
Cole has missed Liverpool's last three games after picking
up a hamstring injury during the 1-0 win over Bolton on
October 31st. However, the midfielder has now recovered and
is available for selection for tomorrow's visit to Stoke.
Kelly gets England call
Martin Kelly has been named in the England under 21's squad
for their upcoming friendly with Germany.
Kelly, who scored on his England under 21's debut, has been
named in Stuart Pearce's squad for Tuesday's friendly.
Roy relying on key Reds duo
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson accepts he will have to rely
heavily on Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard to bring
success back to the club.
The pair would be the key players in any team but with a
lack of depth being compounded by a number of injuries their
roles have become even
That is highlighted by the fact that, apart from David
Ngog's strike against Arsenal on the opening weekend of the
season, all Liverpool's league goals have either been
created or scored by those two.
"If we are going to do well this season we need those two
firing on all cylinders, we need Torres' goals and Gerrard's
manipulation and control of the midfield."
Milan will not seek exit
Milan Jovanovic says he will resist the temptation of a
return to Belgium and remain at Liverpool.
The Serbian striker was lured to Anfield on a free transfer
by Rafael Benitez. He had peaked the interest of many other
clubs but currently finds himself on the margins of Roy
A huge favourite at Standard Liege and a former Juliper
League Play of the Year Jovanovic has emerged as a target
Though flattered about interest from a club he admires
Jovanovic has vowed to prove his worth with the Reds.
"Since I moved to England I've done everything regarding my
job the way the coach wants from me," the 29-year old said.
"I was really focused on not making many tactical mistakes.
"I've not done things my way. I didn't do things my way, I
didn't take risks with my moves and actions.
"I'm just thinking about Liverpool. I'll stay here because
I'm no quitter or a person who doesn't fight. I know, that
Anderlecht rate me very highly and I'm proud
"Anderlecht are the biggest club in Belgium and I respect
them, but I have a contract with Liverpool and I'll stay."
Wilson called up for Scotland
Danny Wilson has been called up by Scotland for the first
time, ahead of Tuesday's international friendly against the
Liverpool's No.22 becomes the first Red since Kop legend
Steve Nicol in September 1991 to be called up by the Tartan
The former Rangers starlet has been a regular in the
Scotland U21 squad and he has now received his first call-up
to the senior squad from Craig Levein.
The match takes place at Pittodrie, Aberdeen FC.
(LFC Official Website)
Poulsen finding his feet
Christian Poulsen says he is adapting to life in the Premier
League as Liverpool look to climb the table.
The Danish midfielder, who arrived at Anfield from Juventus
in the summer, appeared as a late substitute during the
Reds' 1-1 league draw at Wigan on Wednesday evening.
Poulsen was pleased to get a run-out against the Latics, and
has vowed to improve as he begins to get to grips with the
pace of the English top flight.
"It was good for me to play the last 20-25 minutes and I
wanted to show my best for the team," Poulsen told
Liverpool's official website.
"There have been many changes at Liverpool and I have come
in this season as a new player.
"We have a new manager and new owners. I am trying to learn
as quickly as possible to adapt to the league."
Kerzhakov claims Reds interest
Russia striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov claims Liverpool have
expressed an interest in signing him.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has made striking reinforcements
one of his top priorities in the January transfer window and
Zenit St Petersburg star Kerzhakov is thought to be on his
list of targets
Kerzhakov has enjoyed a fine season with Zenit and the
27-year-old admits he is happy to stay at the Russian club
despite interest from Liverpool.
"The talk about Liverpool is not baseless," Kerzhakov told
"The British club came to my agent with a proposal but I did
not give an answer.
"I have other things to think about and in all respects I am
happy in Russia,
"My team is in first place in the national championship and
I have always said that I wanted to play for Zenit.
"In the case of Liverpool I will take no initiative, but I
can count the fingers on one hand for the amount of clubs I
could theoretically go to.
"This is because Zenit is playing beautiful, modern football
and the club is growing rapidly. And I am here, at home."
Gerrard takes blame for
Liverpool FC’s draw with Wigan
Steven Gerrard today held his hands up for the role he
played in costing Liverpool victory at Wigan last night –
then vowed to put the record straight at Stoke.
Liverpool’s captain was one of his side’s better performers
in the 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium but he cut a frustrated
figure as he headed for home.
“Maybe our performance suffered after the energy and
intensity we put into beating Chelsea. You can often find
that happening after you play a game 72 hours after a big
“It’s going to be tough at Stoke but we will have to stand
up and fight, stick together and if we get a win, that would
be a superb result. We will be ready for it.”
Martinez lauds Wigan spirit
Roberto Martinez hailed the character of his Wigan Athletic
players as they held Liverpool on Wednesday.
Although Steven Gerrard came the closest to scoring late on
as his rattled the crossbar, it was Martinez's Latics who
bossed the majority of the match and were unfortunate not to
run out victors at the DW Stadium.
"You look at the performance and you feel we dropped two
points," Martinez told Sky Sports HD.
"Sometimes you need that luck and at the moment we are not
getting any of that.
"But after a performance like tonight it's just a matter of
time before things
Hodgson's Wigan verdict
Roy Hodgson felt his side paid the price for their recent
exertions as they produced what he described as a 'tired'
performance in the 1-1 draw at Wigan.
The Reds had looked set to extend their winning run to five
matches when Fernando Torres fired home a brilliant opener
on six minutes.
However, the home side recovered to level through Hugo
Rodallega, leaving the boss frustrated by his team's
"We didn't deserve to win the game," he told his post-match
(LFC Official Website)
Reds' winning run ends
with disappointing draw
Liverpool’s four-match winning run was halted by a lively
Wigan at the DW Stadium as Roy Hodgson’s side faded badly
after taking an early lead.
Despite being given an early advantage by Fernando Torres’
third goal in four days, the visitors lost their grip on the
game midway through the first half and never regained it.
Wigan equalised through Hugo Rodallega in the 52nd minute
and finished the better side as the Merseysiders appeared to
feel the exertions of beating Barclays Premier League
leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
That will be a concern to manager Hodgson, who has
complained about the depth of quality in his squad, with a
trip to Stoke next up on Saturday.
The draw meant Liverpool missed the chance to move into the
top five - a scenario which seemed a distant prospect just a
few weeks ago with the Reds mired in the relegation zone
until they put together three league wins to add to a
victory in Europe.
for trip to Wigan
Liverpool travel the short distance to Wigan tonight for
another game that is a must-win. Roy Hodgson has stuck with
the same starting eleven that brought Liverpool that
important, confidence-building and well-deserved 2-0 win
against Chelsea on Sunday.
That means Kelly retains his place at right-back following
on from his impressive performance on Sunday, with many
people’s man-of-the-match Lucas Leiva given another chance
to impress in central midfield.
A lack of one single recognised defender on the bench
suggests that Hodgson was limited in terms of what changes
he could make, but all eleven starters from Sunday deserved
a chance to play tonight.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky,
Meireles, Lucas, Gerrard, Maxi, Kuyt, Torres
Subs: Hansen, Jovanovic, Ngog, Spearing, Poulsen, Shelvey,
Reds looking for
new chief executive
Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures have appointed
headhunters Spencer Stuart to begin a search for the club's
new chief executive.
Previous incumbent Christian Purslow stepped down last
month, having played a key role in the sale of the club to
the Americans, although he was retained by NESV in an
The global executive search firm, who were responsible for
recruiting Richard Scudamore as chief executive to the
Premier League and Ivan Gazidis to a similar role at
Arsenal, will begin their task immediately.
Their brief is to find "business leaders with an interest
in, and experience of, football" according to a statement
Principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner will be
responsible for appointing Liverpool's new CEO, which they
hope will be early in the new year.
Inter Milan push on with deal
for Liverpool crock Agger
Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez is ready to push on with plans
to sign Liverpool defender Dan Agger as a replacement for
Danish international Agger is top of his wish list. The pair
worked together during Benitez’s time at Anfield, says the
Kelly hopes to keep place
Martin Kelly is hoping to keep his first team place for
Kelly was a late inclusion in the team to face Chelsea on
Sunday after Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Glen Johnson both
withdrew. However, the defender impressed on his full league
debut and is now hoping to face Wigan this evening.
"I really enjoyed that on Sunday and I just hope I did
enough to get another chance against Wigan," said our number
"You are only as good as your last game so if I do end up
playing against Wigan then I've got to show the boss what I
can do again in that position.
"It would mean a lot to play because that was my ambition as
a young boy to get a chance and then do enough to keep my
"It's good to put pressure on the more senior players and
challenge Glen Johnson for the right-back position. We all
know how good Glen is and he is also the England right-back,
so I know the size of the task I have got."