Torres surgery timing
should suit Spain
Fernando Torres will undergo knee surgery on Sunday, ending
his season with Liverpool - but the Spain striker's World
Cup dream is not over.
Torres has been ruled out for the remainder of the Reds'
campaign after it was confirmed he would have an operation
on his troublesome knee injury.
The procedure will rule the 26-year-old out of action for
around six weeks, meaning he will miss not only the Premier
League run-in but also the remainder of the club's Europa
League campaign, which continues this week with a semi-final
against Torres' former club Atletico Madrid.
A Liverpool spokesman told the club's official website:
"Fernando saw a specialist in Spain earlier today and it was
decided that he would need surgery on a torn cartilage in
his right knee.
"This will be carried out later tonight."
Liverpool slip to 7th in the league
Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory at Portsmouth this afternoon means
that Liverpool now find themselves down in 7th place in the
Premier League, with four games of the season to go.
Despite Pompey taking the lead, goal from Carew and
Delfouneso turned the game around for the visitors, who move
two points ahead of the Reds in the table having both played
Liverpool have the chance to regain 6th place on Monday
night when they face West Ham at Anfield whilst Villa travel
to Hull on Wednesday night.
Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea yesterday means
Liverpool are now 8 points behind Harry Redknapp’s men, who
sit in the 4th Champions League spot.
In this afternoon’s other Premier League game, Wigan stunned
Arsenal by coming back from two goals down to win 3-2 and
all but throw the Gunners out of
the title race.
(This is Anfield)
to end season on high
Rafael Benitez accepts Liverpool have had a poor season
regardless of how they finish it - but he wants the cherry
of the Europa League trophy.
A goalless draw at home to Fulham last Sunday dropped
Liverpool further off the pace in the Premier League and
they trail Tottenham by eight points heading into Monday
night's match against West Ham at Anfield.
It is now highly unlikely the Reds will fulfil Benitez's
"guarantee" of a fourth-placed finish and, while the
Spaniard will not give up hope of a Champions League spot
completely, he seemed to hint the Europa League is now his
only chance of success this term.
Middle Eastern group reveals
Liverpool rejected takeover offer
A Middle Eastern consortium say they have had an offer for
The Mirror says the group, backed by one of the UAE’s ruling
royal families, says George Gillett’s partner Tom Hicks was
ready to green-light the proposal until Gillett scuppered
Gillett and Hicks yesterday put Liverpool up for sale.
And the Americans deny claims by the group – fronted by
former Syria international Yahya Kirdi – that they nearly
did a deal six weeks ago. Former Celtic captain Andy Lynch,
who is the go-between for the consortium and the club,
claims Kirdi and his backers remain interested.
“It was all done and dusted until that late swing in
events,” said Lynch. “Recent events, which have seen
Liverpool put on the open market, prove they need new
“And there do not appear to be any other bidders bar
ourselves. I’m ready to go at the drop of a hat.”
Hicks: No cut-price deal
Tom Hicks believes Liverpool have tripled in value under his
co-ownership as he continues to search for a buyer.
The Texas-based business tycoon joined forces with fellow
American George Gillett to take over the Reds in 2007 in a
deal worth a reported £218million.
It was announced on Friday that Hicks and Gillett have
finally agreed to put the club up for sale, but the former
has indicated that they will not be prepared to accept any
Hicks said in the Sunday Mirror: "Liverpool football club
has been a great investment. It has probably tripled in
"We have doubled player spending, both gross and net, and
the new stadium is now fully designed and permitted. With
fresh capital from a new owner, the stadium will be
operational by August 2014."
Ince strikes in Blades draw
Tom Ince was on target as Liverpool under-18s claimed a
hard-fought 1-1 draw at Sheffield United on Saturday
The young winger pulled the Reds level late in the
second-half after the home side had opened the scoring with
a long range drive.
It means Rodolfo Borrell's side have now gone seven matches
unbeaten, a run that the coach believes they can extend if
they continue to show
the right attitude.
"It was a tough game and a difficult playing surface but we
showed good character to come from behind and earn the
draw," Borrell told Liverpoolfc.tv.
Liverpool under-18s: Oldfield, Flanagan, Robinson, Wisdom,
Sama, Coady, Sterling, Roddan, Ngoo (Silva 60), Adorjan,
Ince. Unused subs: Emilsson, Chamberlain, Ihiekwe, Giglio.
(LFC Official Website)
Athletico Madrid lost last night.
Thursday's Europa League opponents warmed up for the game
against the Reds with a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal. Sergio
Aguero, who is suspended for the first leg, scored for
Broughton: Stadium vital
New Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has revealed that
any potential buyer for the club will have to commit to
building a new stadium.
Reds co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks confirmed their
intention to sell Liverpool on Friday after a controversial
spell at the club.
Broughton has been appointed chairman and has the task of
finding a buyer for the Anfield outfit, who are £237million
The 63-year-old Chelsea fan hopes to oversee a quick sale
process but insists a new ground is of utmost importance.
"We want to do the right thing for Liverpool and a new
stadium is doing the right thing," he told The Times.
"It will add long-term value to the club and if we are
looking for a new owner, that is something they will have to
Mascherano again insists
he will stick with Liverpool
Javier Mascherano has again declared he will be staying with
The Argentina captain was linked with Juventus this week.
But the midfielder told LFC Weekly: "Liverpool know that I
want to stay. I will be really proud if I can spend another
six or seven years playing for Liverpool.
"I think there aren't too many clubs in the world with the
history and supporters that Liverpool have. I am very aware
"All of the senior players still believe we can win trophies
here and make the supporters proud."
Reserves lose again
Liverpool reserves lost 3-1 to Burnley last night.
The reserves' title hopes are all but over as they fell to a
third successive defeat.
The 3-1 defeat at Turf Moor leaves the Reds nine points
behind Man Utd with only one game in hand and three games
remaining. Nikola Saric scored
Rovers sign Reds keeper
Tranmere Rovers have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Peter
Gulacsi on an emergency seven-day loan deal.
Gulacsi has moved to Prenton Park after Rovers' current
keepers Luke Daniels and Joe Collister picked up injuries.
Hungarian youngster Gulacsi will go straight into Les
Parry's side for Saturday's crunch League One relegation
battle against Exeter City.
The 19-year-old has experience of playing League One
football after making 18 appearances on loan at Hereford
United last season.
Gulacsi, who has yet to make a first-team appearance for
Liverpool, played in Hereford's 2-1 defeat at Tranmere 12
Torres fitness worrying Reds boss Rafa
Rafa Benitez says he is more concerned about the fitness of
striker Fernando Torres than he is by the news Liverpool
have been put up for sale.
"I am sure we will have a very good conversation about the
present and the future but at the moment I am more concerned
about things like Torres."
Torres' knee problem forced him to miss last weekend's
goalless draw against Fulham as he flew to Barcelona to see
Dr Ramon Cugat, the surgeon who operated on him in January.
After returning for yesterday's Hillsborough memorial
service he was due to return to Spain for a further
examination only to be grounded by the closure of British
airspace due to the cloud of volcanic dust.
Benitez wants him to have another assessment before
considering whether to use him against West Ham on Monday or
save him for the Europa League semi-final first leg against
Torres' former club Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
Torres injury news
Rafa Benitez is not ruling Fernando Torres out of featuring
for Liverpool next week despite his troublesome knee.
The striker is due to return to Spain to once again see a
specialist - but has so far been unable to do so because UK
flights are grounded.
In the meantime, he will continue to train and receive
rehabilitation at Melwood - and could yet feature in next
week's crucial matches against West Ham and former club
Benitez explained: "Yesterday I was talking with him and the
doctors and analysing how he feels. At this moment he is
working hard with the physios and staying in the gym for a
while, and we're seeing what happens.
"We are waiting. We have some problems with the flights, so
we're working with him here and after that he has to see
another specialist to be sure
everything is fine.
"It's the doctor who did the operation in the past so he has
a better knowledge of the knee. Now we're waiting and if he
can go we'll have a better idea.
"In my last conversation with him (Fernando) we spoke about
him playing against West Ham. Now we have to wait and see
how he progresses. He's fine. He can't be on the pitch now
but he's fine."
(LFC Official Website)
Kuyt Juve link dismissed
Dirk Kuyt's agent has played down talk linking the Liverpool
striker with a move
Reports in Italy have suggested Kuyt could be on his way to
Turin if Rafa Benitez leaves Anfield for Juve this summer.
Kuyt's representative, Karel Jansen, insists he has had no
contact with the Italian giants and that the Dutch
international was happy at Anfield.
"At the moment there is nothing," Jansen told
"No-one has contacted me. Kuyt has an excellent relationship
with Benitez, but it's also true that he is well at
Liverpool, and has a contract there until 2012.
"I think it's early to speak about the future."
Rafa welcomes Reds changes
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes that the arrival of new
chairman Martin Broughton is a sign that the club is making
positive progress after being put
up for sale.
He said: "We have a new chairman and he is in charge of
"At this moment, for me as a manager, I have to concentrate
the West Ham game.
"I think the club is moving forward and that is positive. It
is important for the club to move forward. It could be good
Tom Hicks and George Gillett,
the best a fan can forget
It is the news every Liverpool supporter has been waiting
for: George Gillett and Tom Hicks are set to end their
ill-judged, ill-fated, three-year association
with the club.
(Neil Jones - Goal.com)
Agent: Rafa rejected Juve in January
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez turned down Juventus in
January but has not been contacted by the Italian club
since, according to his agent.
There have been reports this week in England and Italy
suggesting Benitez will take the Juve reins in the summer.
However, his agent Manuel Garcia Quilon said: "I have not
received any interest (recently) from Juventus for Rafa
"I have received interest from Italian clubs for players but
not for a coach.
"Juve approached us back in January but we told them that
the coach would not be leaving Liverpool this season."
Juve sacked Ciro Ferrara in January and appointed Alberto
as interim boss.
Zaccheroni's contract ends at the end of the campaign.
When asked about the future and Benitez, Garcia Quilon
added: "Those are internal matters."
Benitez is under contract with Liverpool until June 2014.
Benitez may be tempted to sit tight following the
announcement from the club's owners that they intend to
Quilon admitted in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS
that the club's financial situation could be key to
"The intention of Benitez is to fulfil the contract that he
has with Liverpool until 2014 but it's true that the club is
subject to fluctuations in their financial situation," said
the Spaniard's agent.
"They could influence the future of the club and therefore
Benitez as well."
Liverpool put up for
sale by American owners
Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have confirmed
their intention to sell the debt-ridden Premier League club
by appointing a new chairman.
British Airways boss Martin Broughton will oversee the sale
of the Anfield club, which is £237m in debt.
"They've recognised a complete sale is the right thing to do
at this stage in time," Broughton told BBC Sport.
(BBC Sport Online)
Syrian eyes Reds takeover
Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi claims he is in advanced
Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are
reported to be finally willing to sell their stake in the
club after hiring Barclays Capital to find new owners.
A number of potential investors have been linked with a move
for the Anfield outfit and now former Syria international
Kirdi is ready to end Hicks and Gillett's time