Benítez's future may hinge on
Liverpool's cash flow, says agent
Rafael Benítez intends to see out the remaining four years
of his contract at Liverpool but his future could be decided
by the club's financial position, according to the
Spaniard's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon.
Quilon also claimed an unnamed Chinese investor was
interested in buying out the co-owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett and keeping Benítez on as manager.
But if that did not happen then Quilon said the two
Americans would have to find a solution to the club's
current financial restrictions – Liverpool are currently
trying to slice £100m off their £237m debt – to prevent
Benítez considering his future.
Fitness boost for Benitez
Martin Skrtel hopes to step up his recovery from a broken
metatarsal next week.
The Slovakian centre-back hasn't featured since our 3-1 win
on February 25.
However, he is now back running and could soon rejoin his
in full training.
Skrtel said: "I had another scan so that my doctors can be
absolutely sure that everything is okay.
"They were satisfied with what they have seen. It means that
I can spend my time on running belt from now on.
"It is a bit rigid but I hope that I can start working with
the ball next week."
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throw in the towel
Liverpool returned to training today with manager Rafa
Benitez desperate to ensure there is no hangover from the
dour stalemate with Fulham.
The Spaniard granted his players three days off following
Sunday’s draw with the Cottagers which effectively ended any
hopes of Champions League qualification.
However, a defiant Benitez is refusing to throw in the towel
in the race for fourth place and is hoping his stars are
refreshed for a crucial week.
Rafa pays Hillsborough tribute
Rafa Benitez has paid tribute to the people of Liverpool for
the way they remember the 96 victims of Hillsborough.
The 21st anniversary of the disaster at the 1989 FA Cup
semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at
Sheffield Wednesday's home ground will be marked by a
memorial service at Anfield on Thursday afternoon.
Benitez, who will be attending his sixth memorial service,
insists the memory of the 96 victims should never be
"Since I've been here it's always been very, very
emotional," Benitez told the club's official website.
"All the players and all the staff are always there trying
to support the families because it is a very important day
for the club.
"The first time I went to the memorial service I was so
impressed by what happens at this club. You can see the
people and all the feelings.
"It's a poignant occasion to keep everyone remembering."
Reina eyeing Clemence
Liverpool appearance record
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is putting down roots and
eyeing Ray Clemence's appearance record.
Reina currently stands on 253 appearances, and with his new
six-year deal signed and sealed he has set his sights on the
legendary goalkeepers' proud feat.
Clemence made 665 appearances in front of the Kop and
Grobbelaar 628, and Reina is flattered with comparisons
between two custodians he holds in the highest regard.
"It's nice people compare me to those two, who I call
'monsters' in goalkeeping terms as they were both amazing
for this club," Reina told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"To be compared with them I have to win a lot more medals
with this club as they achieved great success with
"They both played triple the amount of games I have so far
and I have got a long way to go to make over 600 appearances
for this club.
"It's a massive amount but I want to play over 600 games for
this club one day and hopefully I can achieve that.
"I believe in this club and I believe we will achieve some
good things for our supporters. We have this famous history
and we want to grow more success for this club in the
Report: Inter still
favourites to land Gerrard
According to reports coming out of England and Italy, Inter
are in pole position to capture Liverpool midfielder Steven
Gerrard should he be forced to leave Anfield.
Torres to return to Melwood
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is set to return to the
club's training ground on Thursday to further assess his
The prolific Spaniard went back to his homeland over the
weekend to see specialist Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, and
will arrive in Melwood where the Liverpool physio team will
perform more tests on the player's overall fitness.
Cugat previously performed surgery on the former Atletico
Madrid captain's knee in January, which kept the player out
for a month in what has been a stop-start season for Torres.
Despite rumours that Torres would remain out for the rest of
the season, Cugat stated on Tuesday that the 26-year-old
could be fit to face West Ham at Anfield next Monday,
although it is thought he will be rested in order to face
his former club Atletico in their Europa League semi-final
first leg at the Vicente Calderon next Thursday.
The Liverpool star's injury woes have been a major blow to
manager Rafa Benitez's plans this season, with the player
featuring in only 22 league games as his side struggle to
stay in the race for a Champions League place.
However there are also concerns that his persistent injury
problems may prevent him from travelling to South Africa
with the Spain World Cup squad, for whom he is a key part of
their starting line-up, this summer
Real Madrid and Spain legend Fernando Hierro, who is now the
Spanish Football Federation's sporting director, also
confessed his concerns over the fitness of Torres, but was
optimistic over the player's chances.
"Until the rest period imposed by the doctor has passed, we
will not know the extent of the injury," he said.
"I talk to Torres every day and he is optimistic. I am too.
Hopefully the problem is due to a knock, because it reduces
Agent denies Benitez Juve talks
The agent of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed
rumours claiming that he has already held talks with
Juventus over a summer move for his client.
Benitez has been linked with a possible Anfield exit for
some time, with both Juve and Real Madrid reported to be
keen on luring the Spanish tactician away
However, Manuel Garcia Quilon insists that no formal talks
have taken place
He told The Daily Mail: "I never met anyone from Juventus. I
was here in Madrid (where my agency is based).
"I repeat that Benitez has a four-year contract with
Liverpool, which in principle means he will remain there.
"But for the next months, I do not know what will happen."
Olympiakos move in
to sign Aurelio
Olympiakos have made a move for Liverpool left-back Fabio
The Brazilian is out of contract this summer and the Greek
Super League outfit are hoping to snap him up on a free
transfer. Visit his player profile page by clicking here
They have informed the 30-year-old’s agent of their interest
and are waiting
for a response.
Aurelio’s injury woes this season have halted any talks
regarding a new deal at Anfield and it’s unclear whether he
will be offered the chance to stay.
Aurelio missed the start of the campaign after hurting his
knee playing football with his family on the beach back home
in Brazil and he’s currently sidelined with a thigh problem
he suffered in the win against Blackburn at the end of
Manager Rafa Benitez hopes he will return to training next
week and play again before the end of the season but he is
running out of time to earn a fresh contract.
Aurelio has been beset by problems since Benitez signed him
from his old club Valencia on a free transfer in July 2006.
The defender, who won two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup
under Benitez in Spain, ruptured his Achilles in the Reds’
Champions League quarter-final against PSV Eindhoven and was
forced to sit out the 2007 final against AC Milan in Athens.
Reports: Benitez given ten-day deadline
Juventus have reportedly given Rafa Benitez ten days to
decide whether he wants to become the club's new manager.
According to The Times, Juve, in the process of drawing up a
shortlist of candidates to take over as the club's manager
at the end of the season, are 'hoping to take advantage of
Benitez's frustration at the lack of financial backing
afforded to him by Liverpool since committing his long-term
future to the club'.
Liverpool reserves lost 1-0 to Man Utd last night.
The Reds were beaten in their top of the table clash which
leaves them nine points behind United, albeit with two games
in hand. It was a result that was harsh on an inexperienced
Liverpool side according to John McMahon.
"The performance was good overall and especially in the
second half I thought we controlled the game for large
parts," said the reserve team boss.
"It was a little hard to take to come away from this game
with nothing as I felt we were the better side.
"The big message from me to the lads in the dressing room at
the end of the game was for them to keep their heads up and
let's not make this a habit
of losing games.
"Losing is never acceptable so after losing our last two
games we have got to get out of that habit and beat Burnley
LFC announce Borussia clash
Liverpool will play Borussia Monchengladbach in a pre-season
friendly as part of the German side's 110th anniversary
The clash will take place on the afternoon of July 31 at
The two sides have a rich rivalry, with Liverpool beating
Monchengladbach in the 1973 UEFA Cup final and 1977 European
The following year the Reds went on to win the European Cup
again - this time knocking Borussia out in the semi-final.
Their Director of Sport, Max Eberl, said: "Liverpool are
worthy and attractive opponents for our anniversary who are
likely to ensure our stadium is really full."
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Relief for Liverpool as specialist says
Torres should return within a week
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been boosted by the
news that Fernando Torres could return to first-team action
within a week.
The Spanish striker missed Sunday's goalless draw with
Fulham to travel to his homeland for treatment on his
injured knee. And his doctor, specialist Ramon Cugat,
believes five days rest might be enough for the 26-year-old.
"The problem is not serious but he needs to stop and rest to
risk because it's the same knee on which he had surgery in
January," Cugat said, according to the Daily Mail.
"But in normal circumstances, he could be ready to play next
week, depending on how it settles down. The decision is now
up to Liverpool's medical staff and
Liverpool face West Ham United on Monday in the Premier
League, and then head to Madrid for what could be a Europa
League homecoming for Torres against his former club,
But they may face interference from the Spanish FA, who are
monitoring the situation closely and do not want their star
forward prematurely rushed back into action ahead of the
summer's World Cup.
Liverpool urged to target
Far East for new owner
Liverpool's search for a new owner is likely to find best
the Far East.
The Independent says with a price tag of between £400-500m
and a need for substantial investment in a stadium that has
more than 120 fewer corporate boxes than the Emirates
Stadium, Liverpool may find the Far East the likeliest place
to find a buyer.
"The Liverpool brand there is bigger there than anywhere
else in the world," said Professor Chris Brady, the dean of
the BPP Business School, who specialises in football
finance. "If you land at Bangkok Airport, the first thing
they ask if they know you are English is about Liverpool. It
would probably appeal to a consortium rather than a single
investor. Dubai International Capital [the consortium beaten
to ownership of Liverpool by Hicks and Gillett in 2007] may
be interested now that the Americans are offering total
"But there is still money to be made in the Premier League,
not so much by running a club but by selling it on."
Rafael Benitez has praised Dani Pacheco.
Benitez was impressed with Pacheco's 15 minute cameo against
Fulham on Sunday and believes the 19 year old forward could
useful in unlocking stubborn defences in the future.
"He was trying. It was difficult without space but he was
doing well. He is the kind of player who can make a
difference in that situation," said the boss.
"He is a player with talent and if he can keep working hard,
he will use it more effectively.
"Sometimes players with talent are a little bit
inconsistent, so if he works hard, like he is doing now, he
can be very, very important."
Mascherano plans return home
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has revealed he would
like to return to his native Argentina towards the end of
The 25-year-old, who is currently in negotiations over a new
contract at Anfield, admits he wants to go back to South
America for a number of seasons for
He is reportedly the target of a number of Europe's elite
clubs, but could stay at Liverpool before returning home.
"You never know and I don't want to be tied down by what I
say, but I don't think I'll be staying on forever," he told
FIFA's official website.
"Right now I'm thinking about playing for another three or
four years at the highest level and returning home to play
at a good level there.
"I want to enjoy Argentinian football for four or five years
and I'd love to do it at River (Plate), the club that gave
me everything and treated me so well."
Carragher: Fourth place not essential
Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher claims failing to qualify
for the Champions League is hardly the disaster it has been
The Anfield club are now starting to accept their hopes of
playing in Europe's elite competition for a seventh
successive year next season are over.
The Reds lie sixth in the Barclays Premier League after a
goalless draw against Fulham on Sunday, six points behind
Manchester City in that crucial fourth position having
played a game more.
The financial ramifications of missing out on the Champions
League could be huge, but Carragher sees no reason why the
Reds cannot bounce back stronger next year.
The long-serving defender said: "It is nothing new if we
don't get there. We haven't played in it before, people
"If we don't get there we will just come back next season.
People are saying if we don't get there that will be us as
if we will never get there again. That is nonsense.
"If we don't get there this year, I'm sure we can't be as
bad next season as we have been this.
"The Champions League is a big thing, you want to be in it
and the revenue it generates is a massive thing.
"But who knows what the future will bring? We are a massive
club and we will get back in it next year, I am sure of it."