Skrtel denied historic win
Martin Skrtel's Slovakia were denied a first ever win at the
World Cup finals after New Zealand snatched a last-gasp
equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw on Tuesday afternoon.
Vladimir Weiss's men had looked on course to take all three
points when Robert Vittek gave them the lead with a superb
second-half header until Winston Reid powered home to ensure
the match finished all-square.
It means that there is still everything to play for in Group
F with all four teams level on a point apiece ahead of
Slovakia's second game against Paraguay
(LFC Official Website)
Rafa saddened by Anfield exit
New Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez admits it was hard for
him to leave Liverpool but insists he had to do it.
Benitez parted company with the Reds by mutual consent at
the beginning of the month after six years at Anfield, with
the Spaniard paying the price for a disappointing season.
"It was difficult to leave Liverpool after six years working
there, I had amazing times there," said Benitez as he was
presented to the press today. "Also my daughter is seven,
she lived most of her life there.
"It's not easy but things changed so I needed to move and I
had the perfect opportunity to come to Inter.
Benitez refused to comment on his relationship with
Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, adding: "The
owners are the owners. Now I'm in a different club and I'm
very happy to be here."
Fowler to take legal
action in Australia
Perth Glory striker Robbie Fowler has launched legal action
against his former club North Queensland and Football
Federation Australia after his contract with the Fury was
terminated at the start of the year.
Liverpool legend Fowler, the Fury’s marquee signing for
their first A-League season, and five other North Queensland
players were left without contracts after previous Fury
chairman Don Matheson withdrew his financial support for the
club, leaving the side in FFA administration.
According to Professional Footballers Australia chief
executive Brendan Schwab, the FFA reneged on a promise to
North Queensland players that all player contracts would be
assigned if the Fury survived.
Schwab said the PFA re-negotiated contracts for all the Fury
players except Fowler, the organisation saying they opted
for legal action in this instance as the FFA had terminated
the 35-year-old’s contract without ‘just cause’ and without
negotiating any outside settlement.
Fowler will be seeking compensation for damages and a
declaration of his rights.
Report: Chelsea make
£50m bid for Torres
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light to
what would be the biggest domestic transfer in Premier
League history, but will have to out bid Manchester City.
An insider close to the negotiations told Soccernet: "There
have been two verbal offers for Torres, Chelsea are willing
to pay £50 million, but Manchester City offered verbally £25
"Liverpool would naturally want the bigger sum, but Torres
as made it perfectly clear that he won't be joining
Manchester City, even though City would go as high as
Report: Rosell eyes
Gerrard as Fabregas Plan B
Barcelona president-elect Sandro Rosell has reportedly asked
Pep Guardiola to draw up a list of possible midfield targets
should the club fail to land Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas with
reports in the Spanish newspaper AS claiming that
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is a top priority.
Carragher wants Reds resolution
Jamie Carragher has passed on his best wishes to Rafael
Benitez - and urged the Liverpool hierarchy to find a
Otherwise engaged at the World Cup, Carragher has been
detached from events at Anfield.
Kenny Dalglish is believed to be interested in replacing
Benitez, who has left Merseyside and taken up the challenge
of succeeding treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho at Inter
Roy Hodgson's name is also in the frame to replace the
Spaniard, who failed to end Liverpool's 20-year wait for a
title despite lifting the Champions League in his first
season at the club.
Hodgson though is thought to want some kind of clarity
before he heads out to South Africa to honour broadcasting
commitments, a state of affairs Carragher would doubtless
relish given his belief that the continued uncertainty is
not helping his club.
"I would like to thank Rafael Benitez for what he did for me
and wish him luck at Inter Milan," said Carragher.
"Hopefully we can get a manager as quickly as we can, then
we can start to look to the future."
committed to Liverpool
Daniel Agger insists he wants to stay at Liverpool
despite the turmoil currently surrounding the club.
Liverpool remain up for sale, but there is little evidence
to suggest a takeover deal is close and there are widespread
reports they could cash in on their star players this
Agger, currently on international duty with Denmark, says he
is shocked that Rafael Benitez has left the club but insists
he wants to stay at Anfield.
"I'm a little surprised because I didn't see it coming,"
Agger said in the Liverpool Echo. "Of course there has been
a lot of talk about it but I didn't see it happening right
now. The time with him was good.
"He is a good manager, he knows his stuff and he knows what
football is about. When I return from my summer holiday,
I'll see what is new, but his exit has no bearing on my
future. I'm committed to Liverpool."
agrees Chelsea switch
Yossi Benayoun has agreed a four-year contract with Chelsea.
Reports in Israel say that Chelsea and Liverpool reached a
compromise transfer fee today clearing the way for Israel’s
captain to move to Stamford Bridge.
Contrasting fortunes for Liverpool
pair as Holland dispatch Denmark
An own goal by Daniel Agger and a late Dirk Kuyt effort
helped Holland begin their World Cup campaign with a
comfortable victory over Denmark at Soccer City.
he's learning Italian
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has revealed that he
is learning to speak Italian, as speculation grows that he
could be set to join manager Rafael Benitez at Inter.
Reports in Italy have suggested that the Argentine,
currently away at the World Cup in South Africa, has become
one of Benitez's main transfer targets for next season, with
Liverpool's financial situation making player sales at
Mascherano has not given any direct indication that he is
set to leave Anfield, though he expects his future to be
resolved after the World Cup.
"I am learning Italian while I'm here in South Africa," he
"I don't know what I will do after the tournament. We shall
Jovanovic features in loss
Milan Jovanovic featured for Serbia as they opened their
World Cup Group D campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Ghana on
Jovanovic - who will reportedly sign for Liverpool from
Standard Liege this summer - showed some neat touches
including a cheeky nutmeg during a 76-minute outing on the
left of midfield.
The game was eventually decided with a late penalty
by Asamoah Gyan.
Serbia had to play the final 16 minutes with 10 men after
Aleksandar Lukovic was sent off for a second yellow card.
The dismissal meant Jovanovic was sacrificed as Radomir
Antic looked to secure a point.
(LFC Official Website)
Torres still hurting
Fernando Torres admits all of Liverpool's players are still
nursing the pain of a disastrous 2009/10 season.
All of those connected with the club suffered over the
course of the campaign, with players, coaches and supporters
unable to stop the rot.
Star striker Torres admits he was left bitterly disappointed
by Liverpool's failings, but insists all of the squad know
they must do much better.
"This season Liverpool have been written and talked about a
lot," Torres told
the Daily Star.
"But what people forget is that fundamentally last season
hurt the players
and the boss.
"The club means a lot to us and the fans mean a lot to us.
We didn't want to give them a season like that."
Carragher: Draw not a disaster
Jamie Carragher admits England will be under pressure for
the finale of their World Cup group against Slovenia in 10
days time if they fail to overcome Algeria on Friday.
The Liverpool defender insists sharing the spoils with the
United States in their opening clash on Saturday night in
Rustenburg was "not a disaster."
But Carragher, a half-time substitution for the injured
Ledley King, knows the importance of not suffering a similar
slip-up in Cape Town when they tackle
Agger: My chance to shine
Daniel Agger cannot wait to show the world what he can do at
his first major international tournament.
Despite breaking into the Danish side in 2005, Agger has yet
to feature in a big competition due to his country's failure
to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and
the Euros two years later.
"Yes, there is a lot of excitement," he admitted, ahead of
Monday's opener against Holland.
"I think Denmark was a bit spoiled a few years ago and
played in almost every tournament, even though we are a
small country. So yes, the excitement
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Fulham chairman Al Fayed confident
Hodgson will resist Liverpool
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has no concerns over
Liverpool's pursuit of manager Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool are on the brink of making an official approach
for the Fulham boss.
But Al Fayed said: “I don’t think he’ll leave me. I’m sure
he’ll have lots of approaches from other clubs, but I give
him anything he wants to reach results and we have a very