Liverpool hope to tempt Joe Cole
with £90,000-a-week contract offer
Liverpool hope Joe Cole will resist the lure of remaining in
London and agree to become Roy Hodgson's first signing as
their manager on a deal worth
Milito expecting Masch move
Diego Milito is confident his fellow Argentine Javier
Mascherano will be joining him at Inter Milan.
The reigning European and Serie A champions are known to be
interested in the Liverpool midfielder, with former Reds
boss Rafa Benitez having succeeded Jose Mourinho at the
Giuseppe Meazza helm this summer.
"We are very excited about Mascherano joining us at Inter,"
the experienced striker said in the Daily Star Sunday.
"He has made it clear he wants to be here and it's just down
to the relevant people agreeing the deal now.
"In my view we are getting the very best defensive midfield
player in the world and Maradona calls him one of the three
most important players in the Argentina squad along with
Lionel Messi and (Carlos) Tevez. That's how highly he is
Milito added: "I think it's unrealistic of Liverpool to
think they can keep hold of Mascherano when they can't even
offer Champions League football and are not challenging
Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premier League title."
Hodgson reveals talks with Joe Cole
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in Joe
Cole, but has not held recent talks with the free agent
The England international is available on a free transfer
following his release by Chelsea at the end of the last
The 28-year-old is believed to be interesting Arsenal,
Tottenham, former club West Ham United and the Reds.
Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on the possibility of
Cole moving to Anfield and Hodgson has admitted he is
interested in signing the attacking midfielder.
"I'm not a betting man so that doesn't actually play a big
part that betting is suspended," Hodgson told Sky Sports
"I don't even know enough about betting to know what that
"As far as I know, Joe Cole is still a player looking for a
"I know we've been connected with him - and it's good to
know we're connected with players of that quality - but I
don't have anything to report on the subject.
"I haven't had any discussions with him, but I had a brief
chat a while back.
"If you want to know about transfer targets and how things
are progressing, you'll have to ask (managing director)
Christian Purslow because he's the man looking after those
discussions not me."
Poulsen in Liverpool link
Liverpool are pondering a bid for Juventus midfielder
Christian Poulsen, according to reports.
The Danish international is, like many of his Turin
teammates, available for transfer at the right price.
According to whispers, the Premiership outfit are
considering a move for the player at the request of new boss
Hodgson reveals talks with
Liverpool co-owner Gillett
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has revealed he's met with the
club's co-owner George Gillett.
Hodgson also revealed he met with Liverpool co-owner Gillett
prior to the club's opening pre-season friendly against
Al-Hilal in Austria being postponed due to a waterlogged
He said: "It was nice to meet him, of course. I don't know
him very well, but it was nice to speak to him.
"It was good of him to come to the game. It's a pity that,
I'm sure, like the rest of us he would have liked to have
seen Liverpool play."
Al-Hilal clash off due to rain
Liverpool's first pre-season friendly against Al-Hilal has
been cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
The referee conducted several pitch inspections in Austria
before deeming the match unplayable.
It means Roy Hodgson will have to wait until Wednesday for
his first Liverpool game when Swiss side Grasshoppers
provide the opposition.
(LFC Official Website)
Insua fee agreed
Liverpool have today agreed a fee for
the sale of Emiliano Insua to
Serie A side Fiorentina.
The left-back is now en route to Italy to discuss personal
A club spokesman said: "We have agreed a fee for the sale of
Emiliano Insua to Fiorentina and given them permission to
speak with the player.
"Emiliano has now left our Swiss training camp and we'll
make further comment when appropriate."
Insua arrived in January 2007 from Boca Juniors and has
since played 62 games, with one goal to his name against
Arsenal in last season's Carling Cup.
(LFC Official Website)
Lucas: I want to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva
insists he wants to remain at Anfield despite speculation
linking him with a summer move to Italy.
The much-derided 23-year-old was one of the more consistent
performers last season but, as he is seen as being a
favourite of former Reds manager Rafael Benitez, doubts have
been raised about the Brazilian's future.
However, he is determined to prove to new boss Roy Hogdson
he is worth a place in the squad despite being linked with
"I'm happy in Liverpool and looking forward to my fourth
season," he said.
"I hope I stay. I'm happy to play for Liverpool and to
improve my performances, as I did last season.
"I'm not here to try to prove critics wrong. I'm here to
prove myself to the manager and my team-mates.
"That's the most important thing. I don't know why people
criticise me so much but I just try to be positive and be
Sammy Lee to remain on
Liverpool FC’s backroom staff
Roy Hodgson today confirmed Sammy Lee's place in on
Liverpool's backroom staff is secure – as he spoke of the
peril that awaits the Reds in
the Europa League.
With men such as first team coach Mauricio Pelligrino and
goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero following former boss Rafa
Benitez out of Anfield last month, Hodgson is expected to
make a number of new appointments.
But one man he is not thinking of replacing is Anfield
stalwart Lee, who has played a key role in helping Hodgson
settle into his new role during the early days of his reign.
It remains to be seen what position Lee will fill but
Hodgson recognises both the passion he has for the club, as
well as the respect he has from the players, and is anxious
to keep tapping into the 51-year-old's knowledge.
“Sammy will stay here for the foreseeable future, absolutely
– as long as he wants to be here,” said Hodgson, who takes
charge of his first game as Liverpool manager against Al
“I have no intention of letting him go and if he wants to
stay with us, he is more than welcome. I haven't made
decisions on any (other positions) yet.”
Hodgson stands firm
over Torres future
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has warned potential suitors
Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona that striker Fernando
Torres is not for sale.
The 26-year-old Spain international has been the subject of
persistent speculation linking him with a big-money move
away from Anfield this summer.
The trio have all been mentioned as potential destinations
but new boss Hodgson, having met Torres this week, has
emphasised his determination to keep him.
Hodgson took charge at Liverpool a fortnight ago but was
unable to meet Torres at first due to the player's
involvement in the World Cup in South Africa.
Speaking at his team's pre-season training camp, Hodgson
said: "I have
met with Fernando.
"I found him to be a very pleasant man and we had a nice
"As far as we are concerned he is a Liverpool player and we
want him to remain a Liverpool player.
"He is not for sale and we don't welcome any offers for him.
We want to keep him.
Insua talks continue
Talks over Emiliano Insua's potential switch from Liverpool
to Fiorentina are ongoing, the latter have confirmed.
The Argentine left-back has been linked with a move away
from Anfield this summer following manager Roy Hodgson's
A fee in the region of £5million has been mooted, and the
Viola have hinted at their optimism that a deal will be
Fiorentina sports director Pantaleo Corvino told
calciomercato.com: "There is a negotiation for Insua, we've
been talking (with Liverpool) for a few weeks.
"We are interested in player, we'll see how it will end."
Insua's agent Solomon, meanwhile, has refused to deny that
he is in Italy holding talks with Fiorentina.
He told Violanews.com: "Yes, I'm one of Insua's agents, I
take care of managing the various negotiations.
"Fiorentina? I don't want to comment, but I cannot confirm
or deny I'm not in Florence."
Possible Europa fixture change
UEFA have confirmed that should both Macedonian teams FK
Rabotnicki and FK Teteks qualify for the Europa League third
qualifying round, Liverpool's home and away legs will be
This would mean that the away leg would move to Thursday
July 29, with the return at Anfield on Thursday August 5.
However, should either Macedonia team not qualify, the
fixtures will remain as originally scheduled.
Confirmation of any potential changes will not be possible
until the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round matches
are completed on the evening of Thursday July 22.
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has
moved quickly to deny speculation that the Reds are on the
verge of signing Nice striker Loic Remy.
Reports earlier today suggested Liverpool were close to
agreeing terms with the 23-year-old French striker, but
Hodgson says he knows little about the player.
“He’s a player who was mentioned to me by the scouting
department and a player the club were following before I
came,” Hodgson told press in Switzerland, where the club are
undergoing pre-season training.
“He’s a player I know very little about. If I am going to be
interested in a player I am going to have to watch him
playing, study him and make judgments which I have not been
(This is Anfield)
Roy waiting on Masch call
Roy Hodgson admits he has yet to
speak to Javier Mascherano to clarify the midfielder's
The Argentina captain - who according to the media is the
subject of interest from clubs in Spain and Italy - is
currently on holiday after helping his country to the World
Hodgson has now chatted to all of his senior stars after
taking over from Rafael Benitez - with one exception.
"I have tried to contact Javier," Hodgson told reporters at
the Swiss training
"I have left him voice messages and sent him texts but had
no reply. To be fair to him, that's not unusual because he's
had a tough World Cup and I believe he's gone back to
"It's not always easy to get in touch with people. I have
tried to reach him to make clear I am happy to talk with him
at his convenience."
(LFC Official Website)
Lille star Gervinho
hints at Liverpool desire
For the first time since speculation first arose that
Liverpool could swoop for Lille winger Gervinho, the winger
has responded in a positive manner to the Reds, indicating
that a move could be possible.
Previously the Cote d’Ivoire international had rejected
speculation that he could leave les Dogues, but in an
interview with France Football, he has hinted that there is
a possibility he could instead move to England.
“It may be time for me to leave,” Gervinho cautiously
“What interests me is not just leaving. I enjoy playing time
and want to flourish. I will not go at any price. It takes a
club more ambitious than Lille.”
Following a successful World Cup campaign on a personal
basis, the African has said there will be no rushed
departure from the north of France.
“I intend to resume training with the squad and I’ll see how
to handle this situation,” he explained.
“I know that I am still under contract with Lille. In
addition, the atmosphere is wonderful there. It's a good
group, a team of the future.
“My intention is not to make a hasty departure.”
Stating that “a footballer must always think bigger”,
Gervinho seems to have opened the door to an Anfield move
just a little. He might be disappointed, however, as it
seems the Reds are moving closer to sealing a deal for
fellow Ligue 1 striker Loic Remy.
Hangeland quashes Reds rumours
Towering Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has played down
ongoing reports linking him with an imminent move to
The Cottagers centre-half has seen his future become the
subject of intense speculation ever since the 2009/10
campaign came to a close.
The player himself has sought to curb the rumours, though,
and insists he would be more than happy to remain at Craven
Cottage under a new coach, whoever that may be.
"There's always speculation about players moving to clubs,
and I would be lying if I didn't say I prefer it when people
think I've done better than the opposite," Hangeland said in
the Fulham Chronicle.
"But the more years I play, the more I learn to ignore
speculation and keep my head down.
"I'm confident I'm good enough to play under another
"If we hadn't been in Europe last season I think we would
have finished higher, and we can put more focus on the
league and go even higher this time.
"I'd love to see all the players stay, and even one or two
more coming in, and then we'll look even stronger."
Reds face trip into unknown
Liverpool will face either Macedonian side Rabotnicki or
Armenian outfit Mika in the third qualifying round of the
The first leg of the tie will be played at Anfield on July
29 before the return
a week later.
Rabotnicki currently lead Mika 1-0 following the first leg
of their second round qualifier. They meet again in Armenia
(LFC Official Website)
Riera linked with Olympiakos
Olympiakos have demonstrated an interest in Liverpool winger
Albert Riera, skysports.com understands.
It is suggested Olympiakos are to offer €4million (£3.4m)
but Liverpool are seeking nearer €5million (£4.2m).
Liverpool set to swoop
for Nice’s Remy
Liverpool are set to swoop for Nice striker Loic Remy and
snare his signature from under the noses of West Ham United.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson has reportedly thrown in a £12million
bid for the 23-year old Frenchman and is keen to have the
deal completed in the next few days.
Milan delighted to be a Red
Milan Jovanovic has linked up with his new teammates in
Switzerland and speaking ahead of pulling on a Liverpool
shirt for the first time confirmed he never questioned
whether Anfield should be his destination. Despite a changes
at the club.
Signed by Rafael Benitez and partly attracted to the club by
the Spaniard Jovanovic will begin life on Merseyside under
Roy Hodgson's stewardship.
However, this was less important to the Serbian
international who scored a winning goal against Germany at
the World Cup than the honour of becoming a Liverpool
"I chose to sign for Liverpool Football Club, and that is
it. It's very simple,"
"Liverpool was always my biggest wish and to be here is a
great day in my career and in my life. I knew they were
following my games for Standard Liege and also the Serbian
national side and when they first made contact with me I was
"Liverpool was my only choice and I'm pleased the
negotiations were successful. Now I want to do as well as I
can for the club over the next three years.
"When you speak about Liverpool you are speaking about one
of the biggest clubs in the world - maybe for me, the
biggest. You are talking about an historical club which has
won the Champions League five times."