Inter coy on Mascherano
Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca has refused to
rule out a move for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.
Mascherano has been strongly linked with an exit this summer
and, amid reports he is set for a reunion with Rafael
Benitez, he has revealed he is learning Italian.
"I can say that he is a great player," Branca said. "There
are good players that we can take and others that cannot be
taken. It depends from the requests of the clubs. Our image
has grown a lot on a global level and the champions want to
play for us.
"We are calm, though. For now, we have signed an experienced
goalkeeper and two interesting youngsters like [Jonathan]
Biabiany and [Philippe] Coutinho. The objective is to have a
squad similar numerically to that of last year."
Inter defender Javier Zanetti has indicated that he would
welcome the chance to play alongside his compatriot. "He's a
great player, who wins back a lot of balls," he told Sky
Italia. "He would be well suited to Inter."
Boss thrilled with Milan arrival
Roy Hodgson today revealed his delight at Milan Jovanovic's
Anfield arrival - and admitted he was tracking the Serbian
striker while manager at Fulham.
"I'm very pleased we have got Milan," said Hodgson. "He
looks a very keen and enthusiastic player and it's good to
have players who are desperate to play
for the club."
(LFC Official Website)
Roy reveals transfer plans
Roy Hodgson today confirmed Liverpool are working hard to
improve their squad for next season - but warned supporters
not to believe everything printed
in the newspapers.
"We are looking to add to and improve the squad, but I
prefer not to talk or say what we are doing until we have
something concrete to announce.
"I have great faith in the Liverpool public that they will
see through the snippets of information they may read in the
newspapers, take it with a pinch of salt and wait for an
(LFC Official Website)
McClaren: Hodgson sets example
Steve McClaren thinks succeeding abroad is the best way of
landing a job with one of England's big clubs, citing Roy
Hodgson as a good example.
Wolfsburg boss McClaren claims it is becoming increasingly
hard for Englishmen to succeed in their native country but
urged them to look at new Liverpool chief Hodgson, who
managed in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, the United
Arab Emirates and Finland, before an impressive spell at
a move to Anfield.
York-born McClaren has also tried his hand abroad, winning
the title with FC Twente in Holland last season before
joining Wolfsburg earlier this summer.
He told FourFourTwo magazine: "I don't think British
managers can compete for the top jobs at the present moment
because they haven't got the experience of winning titles or
playing in the Champions League.
"Why not go abroad? When foreign managers come to England,
they often come with experience of winning things abroad.
"Young British managers have always looked to their home
country to establish themselves but it's getting more and
more difficult for them to come through now because of the
influx of foreign managers.
"Roy Hodgson is a perfect example of someone who's left
England to travel here, there and everywhere with all sorts
of clubs and came back and established himself as a top
manager. It's something to try to emulate."
Di Matteo admits Ngog interest
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed his interest
in Liverpool striker David Ngog.
Di Matteo is thought to have enquired about taking the young
Frenchman on a season-long loan as he looks to bolster his
Ngog enjoyed his best season for Liverpool last term,
featuring in 37 matches in all competitions and he scored
It remains to be seen if Liverpool would consider loaning
out Ngog with the Reds currently short of cover up front
with Fernando Torres facing a race to be fit for the start
of the new season.
Di Matteo has admitted his interest in Ngog and is waiting
to see if Liverpool would consider sending him out on loan.
"Yes, he is a player we are interested in," Di Matteo told
"But most clubs wait until the end of July and the beginning
of August before deciding on which players they might loan
Zanetti keen for Mascherano
Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti
is hoping fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano will join him
at the club.
Liverpool midfielder Mascherano is being linked with a move
away from Anfield and Zanetti has eyed him as an ideal
candidate to come to the San Siro.
"Mascherano? He's a great player, which retrieves a lot of
balls. He would suit to Inter," Zanetti told Sky Italia.
Reports: Insua fee agreed
Reports suggest Emiliano Insua will join Fiorentina in a £5
million deal which could be wrapped up before the weekend.
Talks between the clubs had taken place before Roy Hodgson's
appointment. Earlier this week the Reds boss admitted he had
been impressed by the 21-year-old but suggested he may have
no say in the transfer.
Muntari cools exit talk
Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has shrugged off
speculation over a possible move back to the Premier League.
The Ghana international, who formerly played in the English
top flight with Portsmouth, has reportedly attracted
interest from Tottenham and Liverpool.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp worked with Muntari while the duo
were at Fratton Park, and it is understood he is keen to
renew that partnership as he assembles a squad capable of
challenging in the Champions League.
But the 25-year-old is adamant he is happy to remain at the
San Siro, where he has two years left on his current deal.
"I'm staying. I have two years remaining on my contract. I
love the city, the club and I'm sure about staying," Muntari
"I had a great relationship with Jose [Mourinho] and I know
it would be the same again with a new man in charge.
"Now, we have another great coach, [Rafael] Benitez, and I
am looking forward to working with him."
Torres' injury confirmed
Spain's Football Federation has confirmed that Liverpool
striker Fernando Torres has ruptured a muscle in his left
The 26-year-old striker was a substitute in Sunday's World
Cup final against Holland, but pulled up as the end of
Torres returned to Spain following the triumph, along with
the rest of Vicente Del Bosque's successful squad, and has
now undergone a scan on the injury to ascertain the full
extent of the blow.
A statement on the SFF's website confirmed Torres had a
magnetic resonance scan at the Cemtro de Madrid Clinic and
evidence was found of "a Grade 1 muscle fibre rupture in the
Torres struggled to make the World Cup after missing the end
of Liverpool's season with right knee injuries and looked
out of sorts in South Africa.
The former Atletico Madrid striker earned four starts in the
tournament after coming on in their opening group game
defeat to Switzerland before being dropped for the
semi-final against Germany.
Cadena Ser news network confirmed on Wednesday the scan
results would be sent to Liverpool and it was unlikely
Torres would play before the new Premier League season
starts next month.
Reds head for training camp
Liverpool's pre-season preparations step up a gear today
when the squad flies out to Switzerland for a ten-day
Based at a resort in the Alps near to the Austrian border,
the Reds' squad will combine intense daily training sessions
with a series of warm-up matches as they start to work
towards the big kick-off next month.
There will be a youthful look to the Liverpool squad over
the next couple of weeks, with the club's World Cup players
given extra time off to recuperate and rest after their
exploits in South Africa.
Saudi Arabian champions Al-Hilal will provide Roy Hodgson
with his first opponents as Liverpool manager when the two
sides meet in Austria
on Saturday night.
A clash in Switzerland against Grasshoppers follows next
Wednesday, while newly promoted Bundesliga outfit will be
the opposition in Germany for the final friendly before the
Reds return home to prepare for the first leg of their
Europa League qualifier.
(LFC Official Website)
Gervinho rejects prospect
of leaving Lille for Liverpool
Lille winger Gervinho is set to be the subject of an
approach from Premier League side Liverpool, who are keen to
add to their wide options after losing Yossi Benayoun to
Chelsea, according to L’Equipe, though the player has
already moved to quash such a move.
linked with Lecce
Liverpool forward Krisztian Nemeth is being linked with a
move to Italian Serie A promotion winners Lecce.
Hodgson boosted by Torres gesture
Roy Hodgson feels pictures of Fernando Torres celebrating
his World Cup success wearing a Liverpool scarf have given
the club a lift.
The Spain striker has been the subject of constant
speculation over his future throughout the summer but he
showed his allegiance after Sunday's glorious triumph in
The 26-year-old was one of four Liverpool players in the
World Cup final squads along with Spanish team-mate Jose
Reina and Holland pair Dirk Kuyt and
Hodgson told the club's website: "As Liverpool manager, I
take great pride in the fact that two of our players can
call themselves World Cup winners this summer.
"I think it's safe to say the pictures of Fernando in the
dressing room with the World Cup certainly went down well
with our fans but the club can be proud of all the players
who went away to the World Cup.
"To have four players reach the final is an incredible
achievement and I look forward to working with them when
they return to Melwood after their holidays."
Reds announce duo's departure
Liverpool have confirmed that both Francisco Duran and
Nikolay Mihaylov have left the club.
The young duo joined the Reds back in 2007 but failed to
make an impact on the first-team scene.
Duran arrived from Malaga in the January transfer window but
despite showing glimpses of his talent in the reserves, the
Spanish midfielder endured an injury-prone spell at Anfield,
and departs following the expiration of his contract earlier
Mihaylov was signed from Levski Sofia but never looked like
ousting Pepe Reina from the first-team goal, and after
spending the 2009-10 season on loan at Dutch side FC Twente,
he has now made the move permanent.
(LFC Official Website)
Masch agent welcomes 'dream' Inter link
Javier Mascherano's agent claims the Liverpool midfielder
would jump at the chance of a reunion with Rafael Benitez at
The Argentina captain is reportedly one of the top transfer
targets for Inter
And Mascherano's agent Walter Tamer has done little to quell
the speculation, telling Italian newspaper Corriere dello
Sport: "Mascherano has not spoken to (new Liverpool manager
Roy) Hodgson nor with Liverpool.
"After the World Cup, he has switched off but it's clear
that he is happy to be a target of top clubs in the transfer
"Last season, it was the European champions Barcelona that
wanted him and this year it's Inter, the current Champions
"For him to be linked to Inter has a magical taste...it's a
"Think about it, the strongest team in the world wants him,
a team where many of Mascherano's compatriots play and a
side that is guided by a coach with whom Mascherano has a
Aquilani boost for Reds
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has completely
recovered from the ankle problem which hampered his first
season at Anfield, according to the club's new medical
The Italian had to wait more than two months for his Reds
debut following his £20million move from Roma last year and
then endured an indifferent campaign.
The 25-year-old is now back with the club for pre-season
training and has already made a positive impression on
newly-appointed head of sports medicine and sports science
Brukner told LFC Weekly magazine: "Alberto's ankle, which
was a problem last year, is now 100% healed."
(Press Association Sport)
Ngog plans Reds stay
David Ngog's agent has rejected reports linking the
Liverpool youngster with a loan move away from Anfield.
Reports had suggested Premier League new boys West Brom were
keen on signing Ngog on a season-long loan in a bid to
bolster their squad.
However, Liverpool are unlikely to agree to any loan deal
with Ngog in line to start the season in attack if Fernando
Torres faces another spell on the sidelines with the groin
injury he picked up in the World Cup final.
Ngog's agent, Bruno Satin, admits there has been interest in
the France Under 21 international, but that the player wants
to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool.
"There has been interest in David, but he will not be
leaving on loan," Satin told skysports.com.
"He is only 20 years old and he played in 37 matches for
Liverpool last season so why would they let him go?
"I know Roy Hodgson likes him as a player as he mentioned
"David wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place
Iniesta: Torres decision close
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta believes Liverpool striker
Fernando Torres will decide on his club future in the next
The pair are still coming to terms with helping Spain become
World Cup winners for the first time on Sunday.
Torres only discussed his situation with Iniesta after the
final, in which the Barcelona star scored the only goal in
And Iniesta reckons Torres will be ready to sort out his
future after a short break with his family.
"Fernando was fully focused on Spain and we didn't even talk
about his future until last night," he told the Daily
"He is going to take a break with his wife and daughter
[after attending his sister's wedding this week], speak to
Liverpool and take things from there.
"Any club that has him is lucky to have him. David Villa
says Torres is the most complete striker in the world and
his future will be decided in the next two weeks."
Valencia playmaker Banega
remains on Liverpool radar
Liverpool remain keen on Valencia playmaker Ever Banega.
Banega was a target for former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and
the club's interest has been maintained, despite the arrival
of Roy Hodgson.
Reds top seeds in Europa draw
Liverpool are the top seeds in the Europa League qualifier.
Being seeded means the Reds will avoid the likes of
Juventus, Stuttgart, Sporting Lisbon or Galatasary in
Real rule out Gerrard bid
Real Madrid have ruled out a move for Steven Gerrard due to
the Liverpool captain's age and valuation, according to the
club's transfer consultant
Jose Mourinho's appointment as Real coach earlier in the
summer prompted speculation that the Spanish giants would
launch a bid for Gerrard.
Former Chelsea manager Mourinho tried to sign Gerrard during
his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, but appears unlikely
to make a renewed effort to work with the England
Gerrard's future at Anfield had been the source of debate
following the club's failure to qualify for the UEFA
Champions League next season and the departure of Rafa
However, Bronzetti has revealed that Real president
Florentino Perez is not keen to add Gerrard to his squad for
next season, with a hefty price tag one reason behind the
reluctance to make a bid.
"Kaka will stay at Real, but the president does not agree
with Gerrard because he is 30 and Perez doesn't want to
know," Bronzetti told GR Parlamento.
"Plus, Liverpool asked for €70m [£58m]."
Bronzetti revealed Mourinho is keen to sign a player in the
mould of Gerrard after ruling out an offer for Inter Milan
He added: "Mourinho is convinced to leave Sergio Ramos on
the right and now he wants a central defender or midfielder
"Real did not make an offer for Maicon, there was a request
[£29m from Inter]."
Cisse eyes English return
Djibril Cisse has revealed he would love the chance to move
back to England and the France international insists that a
return to Liverpool is the move he yearns
Cisse last played in England for Sunderland two seasons ago
before he joined Greek giants Panathinaikos.
The 28-year-old rediscovered his goal-scoring touch in
Athens, with 23 goals last season, but he now concedes he
would relish the chance to move back
to the Premier League.
"At Liverpool I didn't have my chance, at Sunderland I had a
good time but I fancy coming back to Liverpool - that would
be nice," Cisse told Sky Sports News.
"I like Arsenal, because my friends are there, Manchester is
nice, but my club is Liverpool - from my club point of view,
England is one of the best if not the best."
Cisse, who was part of France's World Cup squad, feels that
he is now enjoying football again and is ready to make
another impact on the Premier League.
"I was missing enjoying football, and a lot of things - I
needed to go away for a bit," he said.