Reds wait on duo fitness
Liverpool face an anxious wait to assess the fitness of Dirk
Kuyt and Daniel Agger after the pair limped out of the
action during the Euro 2012 qualifiers
on Tuesday night.
Kuyt started for Holland but was replaced by Jermain Lens
after 29 minutes, while Agger returned from a groin injury
but only lasted 39 minutes for Denmark before he had to
replaced by former Everton defender Per Kroldrup.
Christian Poulsen captained the Danes and played the full 90
minutes of the 2-0 win over Cyprus in Copenhagen, and
Holland beat Sweden 4-1.
Both Kuyt and Agger will be assessed now when they return to
Melwood to see whether they will be available for Sunday's
Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson played the full 90 minutes
for England against Montenegro at Wembley but it was a
frustrating night as the match
Joe Cole didn't make the bench.
Pepe Reina also didn't make the bench as Spain won a
five-goal thriller 3-2 against Scotland in Glasgow.
Martin Skrtel didn't play because of suspension as Slovakia
drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland. Former Red Robbie
Keane missed a penalty for the Irish.
Milan Jovanovic also didn't feature as Serbia's match in
Italy was abandoned after eight minutes because of crowd
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool and RBS wait on
decision after day of drama
Liverpool's fate will be decided by a high- court judge
tomorrow morning after a dramatic day of evidence on which
two rival offers emerged to the one that has been accepted
by the club's board.
As lawyers for the current co-owners, Tom Hicks and George
Gillett, argued against those representing the club and its
principal lender, the Royal Bank of Scotland, inside court
and fans demonstrated outside, it also emerged that:
• The Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim had made an improved
offer that was instantly relayed to the court. It is worth
£320m in cash, plus £40m for transfers.
• Mill Financial, the US hedge fund understood to have
assumed control of Gillett's stake in the club after he
defaulted on a loan, was also said to be interested in
buying the club and was said to have offered to clear
Liverpool's debts and commit up to £100m to building a new
• Hicks and Gillett had launched a counter-claim against the
Liverpool board and RBS in an attempt to slow down the
process and postpone the club's proposed £300m sale to New
England Sports Ventures, the owners of the Boston Red Sox.
After a full day of sometimes spiky exchanges and dense
legal argument Mr Justice Floyd told a packed courtroom that
he would return tomorrow morning to deliver his verdict.
Broughton expects court victory
Liverpool's independent chairman Martin Broughton remains
confident of winning the High Court battle regarding the
ownership of the club despite the judgement being delayed
until Wednesday morning.
A ruling on the case was expected on Tuesday afternoon, as
current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett attempt to
block a proposed sale to New England Sports Ventures, who
have seen a £300million offer accepted by the club's board.
He told Sky Sports News when leaving court on Tuesday
evening: "Judgement reserved, I'm not allowed to say
anything. But we remain confident."
Lee pleased with Aurelio
Liverpool assistant manager Sammy Lee admitted he was
pleased with Fabio Aurelio after his successful comeback
against Crewe in the reserves.
The Brazilian full-back has been sidelined with an Achilles
injury since last month but stepped up his recovery by
playing 30 minutes in the 4-1 win over
Aurelio was replaced by youngster Jack Robinson but had
already shown enough with some surging forays forward, which
were duly noted by Lee.
"It was good to see Fabio back and it was always planned
that he would play just the 30 minutes," he told
"He wanted to play for longer but we have to be careful and
make sure he's right and properly fit before we bring him
"This was a good exercise for us to give some of the lads a
game and Crewe are always great to play against because they
play football the right way and are
a good club.
"It's better the any training session because you cannot
replicate in training what a football game gives to you."
Henry sends message
to Liverpool fans
John Henry has posted a message to Liverpool fans on his
Twitter account, ahead of the High Court battle for control
of the club.
In a series of tweets the NESV owner said...
"Hello LFC supporters!
"Everyone is hoping for the best. There have been enough
twists and turns. Hopefully all gets sorted out soon; LFC
"It would be inappropriate and presumptuous at this time to
respond to questions. In the interim, we're all rooting for
the same thing."
Gerrard hits back
at Liverpool critics
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has given his full backing
to striker Fernando Torres and manager Roy Hodgson after
both came in for early-season criticism.
"It's unfair for people to just blame the manager for the
bad start to the season," he told LFC Weekly.
"We're all in this together, everyone at the club, from top
"We've all got to accept responsibility and pull together if
we are to turn
"A good win in the derby would be the perfect way to start
Peter Lim submits increased
£360m offer to buy Liverpool FC
Singapore billionaire Peter Lim has submitted an increased
Liverpool Football Club for £360m.
Mr Lim’s offer has been sent to chairman Martin Broughton
today as a court is deciding whether he has the legal powers
to force through a sale to New England Sports Venture.
Liverpool FC has already stated it will honour the deal
struck with New England Sports Ventures.
The proposal values the club at £320m.
In a statement today, Mr Lim - who narrowly lost out to NESV
- said the new offer is entirely in cash and will remove the
entire acquisition debt of £200m taken on by the existing
owners that has cast uncertainty over the club’s future.
The new offer includes a cash investment of £120m – £40m for
new players in the January transfer window and £80m to pay
off all the club’s bank debt, the fees and interest accruing
on the bank debt, and provide additional working capital
for the club.
Capello insists he
hasn’t betrayed Gerrard
England boss Fabio Capello feels he has done nothing wrong
in taking the captaincy back from Steven Gerrard.
The Italian tactician has handed the armband back to
Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand following his four-month
absence from the line-up ahead of tonight’s Euro2012
qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley.
But he does not feel he has betrayed Gerrard, who has known
all along that he is the vice-captain of the team with
Ferdinand being the captain.
“I waited to see if the players would be fit the day before
the game, only for this. Rio is a good captain. He’s a
leader on the pitch. So is Steven Gerrard,” he said.
“When I started as England manager, I decided who would be
vice-captain and captain. I’ve changed nothing from that.
Rio is back, he is captain. I spoke with Steven and he
“I was really happy when Steven played like a captain – with
a fantastic performance every time – and he played like a
leader on the pitch. But the rules are really important.
“We know who is the captain and who is the vice-captain.”
Liverpool to receive new bid
from Singapore billionaire
The bidding contest for Liverpool FC may not be over, the
BBC can reveal.
The runner-up in the contest, Peter Lim, a Singapore
billionaire, is to approach Liverpool's board with a view to
making a higher offer for the club.
According to sources close to Mr Lim, he was the club's
preferred bidder in the closing stages of the auction.
He had talks with Liverpool's chairman about how to announce
his takeover, such was the apparent confidence that he would
win the contest.
Mr Lim learned he was not the victor only a few hours before
the club's chairman, Martin Broughton, announced on 6
October that Liverpool would be sold to John Henry's New
England Sport Ventures for £300m.
Mr Lim, who is being advised by the British firm of lawyers
Macfarlanes and by the Wong Partnership of Singapore, still
does not know why Mr Broughton went with New England Sports
Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox.
He believes that in purely monetary terms, his offer was at
least as attractive
as Mr Henry's.
Bank blocks Reds board changes -
Hicks can't sack Broughton, Purslow & Ayre
The Royal Bank of Scotland have won an interim injunction
preventing Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett
from firing chairman Martin Broughton and two other board
As the ownership row at Anfield prepares to go to the High
Court on Tuesday RBS have revealed they have won an
injunction that prevents the American owners from sacking
independent chairman Broughton, managing director Christian
Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre.
Hicks tried to remove Purslow and Ayre from Liverpool's
board last week after the duo along with Broughton agreed
the club's club to New England Sports Ventures
The deal is being opposed by Hicks and Gillett who have
brought the case to the High Court to try and prevent the
sale to NESV.
RBS, which holds the bulk of Liverpool's debt is claiming
"breach of contract" and says it obtained an interim
injunction ahead of a further hearing on Tuesday at London's
Liverpool in court - what next?
With Liverpool facing a crucial week in their history,
TEAMtalk looks at what the outcome of the High Court case
could mean for the club.
With Friday's deadline for owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett to repay their £237million loan to Royal Bank of
Scotland looming should the club lose their legal battle
there is a risk the bank could call in their debt, resulting
That would run the real risk of a nine-point deduction being
imposed by the Premier League, leaving the Reds on minus
three points heading into Sunday's Merseyside derby.
High Court defeat monumentally
– but there is a plan B
The prospect of Liverpool Football Club losing its high
court case against current owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett this week could plunge the club into a monumental
struggle on and off the pitch.
Should Hicks and Gillett win the case, not allowing a
£300million sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures
to go through, Liverpool’s holding company Kop Holdings is
likely to be put into administration shortly after Friday’s
deadline to repay £280million of loans to the Royal Bank of
The RBS would see administration as the only way to force a
change in power at the club, with victory for Hicks and
Gillett in court meaning they would have the power to change
the Board of Directors.
Although the club itself would not technically be in
administration, the Premier League would likely impose a
nine point deduction penalty. This would leave Roy Hodgson’s
men bottom of the table, on -3 points, with an uphill battle
(This is Anfield)
Reina backs Torres
Pepe Reina has backed Fernando Torres to come good.
Torres has suffered a difficult start to the season and is
an injury doubt for the derby this weekend. However, Reina
is confident the striker will soon be firing on all
cylinders once again.
"Fernando is one of the best strikers in the world," said
"As soon as he is fit once again, and he's working on that,
he will be shining once again for us.
"The team is good enough to start winning games. It's a
difficult situation but we have to stick together and work
hard to turn it around."
Shelvey on target for England
Jonjo Shelvey was on the scoresheet for England U19s on
Sunday afternoon as they cruised through to next year's UEFA
European Championship Elite Round with a 4-0 victory over
Cyprus in Malmedy.
Following Fiday's emphatic 6-1 victory over Albania,
England's youngsters again turned on the style with a
commanding display which leaves them vying with Belgium for
top spot in the group - with the two countries set to meet
in a decisive fixture next Wednesday.
Benik Afobe was the star of the show as the Arsenal star
grabbed a hat-trick, but Liverpool youngster Michael Ngoo -
called into the starting eleven for the game by coach Noel
Blake - was the creator of the opening two goals before
captain Shelvey added a third with a superb drive from
outside the area.
(LFC Official Website)
Hill-Wood rues Reds 'tragedy'
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has described the takeover
furore at Liverpool as a "tragedy" for the club, but has
reassured Gunners' fans there would be no repeat of the
Anfield chaos at The Emirates.
As well as languishing in the bottom three of the Premier
League, Liverpool face a trip to the High Court this week as
New England Sports Ventures will discover whether their bid
to buy the debt-ridden club has been accepted.
Prospective buyer John Henry and his New Sports Ventures
group have agreed a £300million deal to buy out unpopular
American co-owners Tom Hicks
and George Gillett.
Speaking on the ownership row currently embroiling their
Premier League rivals, Hill-Wood told the Sunday Mirror:
"What's happened at Liverpool is a football tragedy. They
were always a model for how a club should be run.
"Now they have got themselves in a terrible muddle. I really
hope it gets sorted out because I have some much respect for
He added: "We don't have an owner who has saddled the club
worth of debt.
"The way we are run, what has happened at Liverpool could
not happen here."
Reina has faith in Hodgson
Jose Reina insists the entire Liverpool squad has faith in
Roy Hodgson amid speculation the manager could leave
Chairman Martin Broughton has confirmed that there are
clauses in Hodgson's contract which cater for a change in
ownership at the club.
And with New England Sports Ventures attempting to complete
a takeover at Anfield, there has been fresh speculation that
the former Fulham boss could
Liverpool have endured a terrible start to the season and
sit in the Premier League relegation zone after collecting
just six points from seven games.
Hodgson could pay the price, with Reds legend Kenny Dalglish
the favourite to become successor, but Reina insists he and
his team-mates back their
"I am living my worst experience since I arrived at the
club," he said in The People. "This season we have lost some
"It would damage the morale of any team, but there is still
a long way to go. We need to show pride in the badge on the
"Nobody would have believed we would start the season this
way, but we are all with the coach."
Purslow expects Liverpool
takeover to succeed
Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow is confident the
proposed £300 million sale of the club to New England Sports
Ventures will go through.
Purslow maintained the Reds board had "done their homework"
on the American investment group, which owns the Boston Red
Sox baseball team, and said that the club's £237m debt would
be wiped out if the takeover, which is subject to a High
Court challenge from current owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett, goes through next week.
He also insisted manager Roy Hodgson's job was safe and that
the Liverpool fans would be given a voice should the new
owners be able to complete their takeover.
Murphy: Liverpool fans must
be patient with Hodgson
Fulham captain Danny Murphy says Liverpool fans should be
Murphy, a former Liverpool midfielder, is convinced Hodgson
is the right man
He said: “The league table is separated by three to five
points from third from bottom to fourth, so there’s a long
way to go.
“Supporters should stay patient, the team has quality in it
and the simple fact is if you panic now and, God forbid, got
rid of Roy and brought someone else in, the problems are
still there. Besides he’s not that type of man to walk away.
He’s a fighter and he believes in what he does and his track
record suggests what he does is right.
“Let’s put things into perspective It’s only a minority of
the fans calling for Roy’s head - it’s not all of them - and
there’s a discontent issue there with the ownership problems
anyway. Liverpool being such a huge and wonderful club, the
spotlight is always on them and when it doesn’t go well it’s
going to be exaggerated
to a degree.
“I’m not saying there aren’t problems but a win at Everton
at the weekend and all of a sudden they’re mid-table,
they’ve just beaten Everton and everyone’s a bit happier. I
spoke to Roy recently and he knows it’s a big task but it
was always going to be for whoever took that job over.
“The bad times at Liverpool have not just come, they’ve been
trophyless for a couple of years now. The squad has
diminished in the last couple years under Rafa as well. It’s
not just that Roy has come in and all of a sudden they’ve
“My overwhelming feeling is, yes, it’s disappointing and
Liverpool should be doing better, but don’t panic. I know
Roy, I know his desire to succeed, I know the characters
they still have in that team and I know they’ll be okay.”