Barcelona have confirmed they have agreed a deal with PSV
Eindhoven for the January transfer of highly-rated
midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.
Afellay announced last month he would not be signing a new
contract when his current deal expires at the end of the
season with PSV.
A number of clubs, including the likes of Liverpool and
Arsenal were linked with the Holland international, but
Barcelona have won the race for
the 24-year-old's signature.
The deal, which was announced on both clubs' websites on
Monday evening, is still pending an agreement between the
Spanish champions and the player, but if all goes to plan
then the Holland international will move to the Nou Camp
when the January transfer window opens.
Liverpool's transfer strategy
New Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli
insists that he will be working closely with Roy Hodgson to
bring new faces to Anfield in the coming transfer windows
and stressed that his position will not undermine the
Comolli joined Liverpool from Saint Etienne two weeks ago,
and it has been suggested that the club's new owners
appointed him as a result of doubts about Hodgson's transfer
record since taking arriving at Anfield.
Hodgson has brought Joe Cole, Paul Konchesky, Christian
Poulsen and Raul Meireles to the club, but all have
flattered to deceive thus far, and it is thought that John
Henry sought out Comolli in a bid to improve the quality of
But Comolli has moved quickly to play down reports that he
will have final say in any future transfers, insisting that
he and Hodgson will work together to target new players.
"I think it was just a feeling between the owners and Roy as
well that they wanted someone to be in there and come and
help on a daily basis, support Roy in terms of making sure
there is the best structure around all the club in all the
areas which are football related," Comolli told Liverpool's
Roy tracking French talent
Reports claim Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was in Auxerre on
Sunday scouting potential new recruits.
The Reds manager is said to have attended Auxerre's Ligue 1
fixture with Rennes, which the hosts won 2-1.
It is thought that a defensive midfielder will be towards
the top of their shopping list, with Rennes' Yann M'Vila a
possible candidate to fill such a role.
Auxerre's Delvin Ndinga is another believed to have caught
the eye, with a number of clubs from across Europe
monitoring his situation.
Another player to have been linked with Liverpool in the
past is Slovenian striker Valter Birsa and Hodgson may have
taken the opportunity to run the rule
John Henry sets out
his vision for the Reds
Owner John W Henry has urged Liverpool’s players to give
everything to help lead the club up the Premier League
The American, who also revealed that his sports investment
company New England Sports Ventures (NESV) will change its
name to Fenway Sports Group, reiterated his promise to
restore the Reds to their former glory.
But he insists success will only come if everyone is pulling
in the same direction.
Speaking to the independent Liverpool FC website Red and
White Kop, he said: “The club has gone through a very
difficult period and the period has not ended.
“It’s up to us to build a winner going forward. It’s up to
them (the players) to determine to win now. We saw a certain
team on the field against Chelsea last week that showed what
they can do.
“We also know how competitive the EPL is this year. There
are no guaranteed matches any longer for any club. This club
can be better."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Roy shutting out
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he will always face
comparison to his predecessors after seeing his side's
recent revival falter at Stoke.
Hodgson had to listen to Liverpool fans chanting the name of
former player and manager Kenny Dalglish as goals from
Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones ended a six-match unbeaten
run in Saturday evening's 2-0 Premier League defeat
at the Britannia Stadium.
Asked if the singing of Dalglish's name disappointed him,
Hodgson said: "I suppose it does. That seems like it is
going to be part of life at Liverpool.
"I think we are trying to do the best job we can in the
circumstances and I don't know that that type of singing
"Fans make their frustrations felt every time we lose, but
unfortunately they may have to do that a few more times,
because I can't see us going through a season winning every
FC Twente striker
tracked by Liverpool
Young Dutch striker Luuk De Jong is being tracked by
Reds confirm Torres injury blow
Liverpool have confirmed that Fernando Torres sustained
ankle ligament damage during their 2-0 loss at Stoke City on
However, the problem is only thought to be a strain and at
the moment Torres is still set to link-up with Spain ahead
of their international with Portugal next week.
Liverpool have already been in touch with Spain's medical
team and they have confirmed he will travel to Lisbon next
A Liverpool statement read: "Fernando Torres sustained an
ankle ligament strain during Saturday's clash with Stoke
City - but the striker will still join up with the Spain
squad for their international with Portugal.
"The Reds' medical team have been in contact with their
Spanish counterparts to keep them up to date on the
"Torres will have the injury further assessed by the Spanish
medical staff ahead of the friendly in Lisbon on Wednesday."
Hodgson plays down
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he was surprised
his assessment of Glen Johnson's form had created such a
fuss and apologised for any
The England defender has not been up to scratch this season
but has been troubled by injury and missed the last three
matches with a groin problem.
After the midweek draw with Wigan Hodgson gave an honest
assessment of how he thought the right-back had been
playing, saying he had not yet reached the level which made
him a regular in Fabio Capello's side.
"We all want Glen Johnson to find his England form, but that
has nothing to do with him being injured at the moment," he
"That was just a general comment that I think I was entitled
to make. We have a player with ability and we are hoping he
is going to bring that ability to the team because we want
to use it help us win matches.
"It is no good being a player with great ability if you are
not able to bring that on to the field of play. We know Glen
can and will do that but first and foremost Glen has to get
fit and I'm hoping that will be the case by next Sunday (at
home to West Ham) because he has made good progress."
Pulis pleased with
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis was delighted with his side's
display in Saturday's hard-fought 2-0 victory against
"We showed loads of passion, commitment and energy and they
Gerrard named in squad
Steven Gerrard has been named in
the England squad for the international friendly with France
at Wembley on Wednesday.
The Liverpool captain is the Reds' sole representative in
England squad in full:
Foster (Birmingham), Hart (Man City), Green (West Ham);
Gibbs (Arsenal), Cole (Chelsea), Terry (Chelsea), Jagielka
(Everton), Lescott (Man City), Richards (Man City),
Ferdinand (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd); Walcott (Arsenal),
Wilshere (Arsenal), Young (Aston Villa), Gerrard
(Liverpool), Barry (Man City), Johnson (Man City), Milner
(Man City), Henderson (Sunderland); Agbonlahor (Aston
Villa), Bothroyd (Cardiff), Carroll (Newcastle), Crouch
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool youngster Wilson
happy playing for Hodgson
Liverpool defender Danny Wilson enjoys working for manager
Wilson is following in the illustrious footsteps of past
Liverpool stoppers Gary Gillespie, Alan Hansen and Ron
Former Rangers stopper Wilson, just one competitive Reds
game so far, told the Scottish Sun: "Roy's been brilliant
with me since I joined Liverpool.
"He's a top manager and has plenty of experience in the game
- just like
"I'm certain the gaffer will be a big influence on my
"I've only been at Liverpool for four months, but I've
learned so much from him and everyone else at the club.
"I'm more aware defensively than I've ever been.
"My game is improving, but that's going to come from working
with players like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.
"I couldn't have wished for a better start at Rangers,
training and playing alongside top pros like Davie Weir. Now
I'm at one of the biggest clubs in the Premiership and
Europe. So I can only continue to improve.
"Roy is a senior figure in football, just as Walter is.
"And I'm lucky that at 18 I have got the experience of
working with them."
Roy refuses to be critical
Roy Hodgson dismissed suggestions that his players had
lacked mental strength following Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to
The Reds went into the Britannia Stadium clash on a
four-match unbeaten run but came unstuck as Ricardo Fuller
and Kenwyne Jones scored second-half goals
Lucas Leiva was sent off for a second bookable offence just
before the final whistle and Hodgson was disappointed with
However, he refused to be too critical of his players,
saying they coped with Stoke's physicality for the most
"I'm sad a good run has come to an end," said the Liverpool
ruin Reds revival
Second-half goals from Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones gave
Stoke a 2-0 win over Liverpool, who finished with 10 men at
the Britannia Stadium.
The Reds' six-match unbeaten run came to end as they were
outfought, outplayed and outmanoeuvred by Tony Pulis' side.
Fuller opened the scoring just after half-time and Jones
completed a comprehensive victory in the final minute before
Lucas Leiva was sent off for a second bookable offence.
The Potters were more than worth their win against a team
who appear to have lost their way as quickly as they found
They have won away from home only once this season and only
three times since last November.
Their first 45 minutes appeared to be a direct continuation
of the second half at Wigan, where they had found themselves
under almost constant pressure and were lucky to come away
with a draw.
Roy Hodgson's side appeared unprepared and unable to deal
with their hosts' brash, energetic approach which allowed
them to dominate the game from
first to last.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos returns for Liverpool against Stoke City
The Reds team in full is: Reina, Konchesky, Carragher,
Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Gerrard, Maxi, Kuyt, Meireles,
Torres. Subs: Jones, Kelly, Shelvey, Poulsen, Jovanovic,
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson warns Johnson
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has warned Glen Johnson he
needs to improve his performances for the Anfield outfit.
The England defender, who has been out of action in recent
weeks with a groin injury, has failed to impress the man who
replaced Rafa Benitez in the summer.
Johnson was signed for a reported £18million from Portsmouth
in the summer of 2009 and has previously been regarded as
the first choice right-back for club
But Hodgson has admitted that the former West Ham and
Chelsea man has not been producing the kind of displays
Hodgson said: "He's the England right-back and, if he plays
like that, one would expect him to come back in when he's
"But then he'd have to play like the England right-back and
up to now, to be quite frank, he's not performed - very
often at least - to the level I'd expect of him.
"You would have to ask him 'do you think you're playing at
top form and are you playing like the best right-back in the
country for your club?'
"If he says yes, obviously we will have to agree to differ
and if he says no, then you'd have to ask the question 'why
Skrtel hails Soto
Martin Skrtel has again praised Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Kyrgiakos is set to return against Stoke this afternoon
after missing the Reds' last two games with tonsilitis.
Skrtel has welcomed the Greek's return and believes he adds
another dimension to Liverpool's attacking play from
"I think he's dangerous for every single set play, every
single corner and free-kick. I think he's absolutely No.1 in
the air at our club and maybe in the Premier League," said
"He's showed he's a good player and that he could score a
lot of goals
"I try to do it but it's not easy because our opponents
always try to look after the centre-backs. I've been a bit
unlucky but I'll try to improve and try to be more