Gerrard: Not good enough
England captain Steven Gerrard gave a frank assessment of
his side's performance as they laboured to a tame draw
The Three Lions could only muster a 0-0 stalemate in Cape
Town, leaving them tied on two points with the USA going
into the final round of matches.
When asked after the match what was missing from the
offering, he simply responded: "Goals."
But the Liverpool star went on: "We're not happy with the
performance, we need more - we want to stay in this
tournament until the later stages (but) we need to improve.
We weren't good enough in the final third to get the
Hero Jovanovic sinks Germany
Milan Jovanovic was the Serbian hero as they completed a
shock World Cup victory over 10-man Germany on Friday
The forward - who will reportedly sign for Liverpool on a
Bosman free this summer - struck the only goal of the
contest to throw Group D wide open.
His performance during a 79-minute outing will have
impressed Kopites on a day when one of the World Cup
favourites were humbled.
(LFC Official Website)
Reds confirm warm-up games
Liverpool have announced three new friendly matches in July
as they prepare for the start of the 2010-11 season.
A new era for the Reds will get underway on July 17 in
Austria when Saudi Arabian champions Al Hilal will provide
A game against Grasshoppers in Switzerland on July 21 will
then be followed with a fixture against Kaiserslautern in
Germany three days later before the Liverpool squad returns
home to prepare for the first leg of their third round
Europa League qualifier on July 29. The return leg will take
place the following week on August 5.
Sandwiched in between the European ties will be a trip to
Germany to face Bundesliga outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach
on August 1.
The new Barclays Premier League season gets underway over
the weekend of August 14-15 when Liverpool will kick-off
with an Anfield clash against Arsenal.
Liverpool's pre-season programme:
16 Draw for Europa League third round qualifier
17 v Al Hilal in Austria
21 v Grasshoppers in Switzerland
24 v Kaiserslautern in Germany
29 First leg of Europa League third round qualifier
1 v Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany
5 Second leg of Europa League third round qualifier
(LFC Official Website)
Hicks and Gillett labelled “asset
strippers” by Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham
The controversy over the American owners of Liverpool FC was
raised in Parliament yesterday when they were labelled
“asset strippers” in the House of Commons.
Walton’s new Labour MP, Steve Rotheram, used his maiden
speech in the Commons to claim the actions of Tom Hicks and
George Gillett threatened the club’s existence.
Mr Rotheram, a former lord mayor, told MPs he was a
“dyed-in-the-wool” Liverpool fan and an Anfield season
ticket holder. But I would honestly say the same things if
it was Everton FC that had been the victim of a leverage
buyout that endangered its future survival and which has
caused so many problems for my constituents living in close
proximity to the football stadium.
“England’s most successful football club is slowly being
drained by the greed of two American asset strippers and
this is having a negative impact on regeneration projects
for the whole area."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
claims Inter contact
Javier Mascherano is edging towards the exit door at
Liverpool after his agent claimed he is in talks with
Internazionale over a possible move to Serie A.
The Argentina captain's future at Anfield has been the
subject of much speculation during the past 12 months.
Last summer he was strongly linked with a move to Barcelona,
while former Reds boss Rafael Benitez's recent move to Inter
has led to suggestions that Mascherano could follow him to
Earlier in the month, the 25-year-old midfielder suggested
he would be interested in rejoining Benitez at Inter.
Now agent Marco Piccioli claims there has been contact with
the Italian and European champions over a possible switch to
the San Siro.
"There has already been a first contact with director Marco
Branca," he claimed.
"We are evaluating the move hard and in the next few days we
will have a new meeting to better establish the details of
this transfer deal."
Liverpool talk to Pellegrini
over vacant manager's job
Manuel Pellegrini, the former Real Madrid coach, has held
talks with Kenny Dalglish over the managerial vacancy at
Liverpool despite Roy Hodgson remaining the club's preferred
candidate to succeed Rafael Benítez at Anfield.
Reina fears Torres and
Gerrard may quit Liverpool
Pepe Reina broke off from the Spanish inquisition into their
improbable defeat to Switzerland to express his concerns
that Liverpool could regress even further if Rafael
Benítez's departure as manager is followed by either
Fernando Torres or Steven Gerrard leaving Anfield.
"Of course there is concern about Fernando and Stevie," he
said. "Not just them, but others, too. Any team would count
on Stevie and Fernando as big names and, for us, it's the
same. Without them, it would be really tough to be up there
at the top next season."
Hodgson happy with Cottagers
Roy Hodgson has reiterated his desire to bring about an end
to speculation linking him with Liverpool.
Hodgson claims that is all the Liverpool talk is at present
and has once again stated that he is more than happy with
life on the banks of the Thames.
Gerrard hoping for forward role
England skipper Steven Gerrard hopes to be played in an
advanced role against Algeria as Gareth Barry prepares to
return in midfield.
The 30-year-old believes the return of Barry will strengthen
England for the meeting with the Algerians in Cape Town.
He said: "It is not for me to prejudge what the manager is
going to do and I will do whatever job the manager asks me
to do to the best of my ability.
"But, if I am able to play in a more attacking role, then it
suits me and I will look forward to that."
Duo feature in Korea rout
Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez played prominent roles
as Argentina all-but booked their place in the knockout
stage with a superb 4-1 win over South Korea at the 2010
World Cup on Thursday afternoon.
The Reds duo featured for the full 90 minutes as a hat-trick
from Gonzalo Higuain and an own goal from Park Chu-Young saw
Diego Maradona's men ease into top spot in Group B.
(LFC Official Website)
Soto's Greece earn first win
Sotirios Kyrgiakos played a commanding role as Greece came
from behind to beat Nigeria 2-1 and give themselves a chance
of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
Liverpool's No.16 played the full 90 minutes as the Greeks
battled bravely to keep their last 16 hopes alive.
With both teams losing their opening Group B fixtures at the
hands of South Korea and Argentina respectively, the race to
join Diego Maradona's side in the last 16 was well and truly
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool FC to start
at home to Arsenal
Liverpool FC will begin the
post-Rafa Benitez era with a home fixture against Arsenal.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2010/11 season were
announced this morning and have sent Arsene Wenger's side to
Merseyside on the opening weekend, giving the Reds their
first Anfield opener since Chelsea visited in 2003.
Arsenal last visited Anfield on the first day of the season
back in 1985, when goals from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol
gave the Reds a 2-0 win, in Kenny Dalglish's first match as
A week later, Liverpool travel to Manchester City before
entertaining newly-promoting West Brom before the end of
September's highlight is a trip to Old Trafford to face
Manchester United on 18th while October sees the first
league visit of Blackpool to Anfield for 39 years (2nd) and
the first Merseyside derby of the campaign at Goodison Park
League champions Chelsea visit Anfield on November 6th while
the festive period sees the Reds travel to Bloomfield Road,
Blackpool on Boxing Day and entertain Wolves two days later
before Bolton pitch up at Anfield on New Year's Day.
January sees the Anfield derby on 15th along with trips to
Blackburn (5th) and Wolves (22nd) while February sees two
testing visits to the capital to face Chelsea (5th) and West
The only two scheduled league fixtures for March are Man Utd
at home (5th) and Sunderland away (19th) while the run-in
sees trips to Arsenal (April 16th) and Fulham (May 7th)
along with home games against Man City (April 9th) and Spurs
(May 14th) before the season concludes at Villa Park on May
Swiss shock for Torres
Fernando Torres could not prevent Spain from crashing to a
1-0 defeat in their opening game of the World Cup finals as
Switzerland produced one of the shocks of the tournament so
far on Wednesday afternoon.
(LFC Official Website)
Report: Liverpool to hand Hodgson
initial £12m transfer kitty
Roy Hodgson will be handed an initial £12 million transfer
kitty when he takes charge of Liverpool.
The Mirror says Hodgson has spoken to his Fulham board, and
conceded that he would find the offer to manage at Liverpool
too hard to turn down, despite his affection for the Craven
Benitez backs Dalglish
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has backed club legend
Kenny Dalglish to take the reins at Anfield.
"I think Liverpool should look at Kenny Dalglish," he said.
"No one knows the club better than Dalglish and he would be
Report: Fulham chiefs accept
losing Hodgson to Liverpool
Fulham accept manager Roy Hodgson is set to join Liverpool,
The Mirror says sources at Fulham confirmed last night they
have lost all hope of holding on to Hodgson.
A Liverpool board meeting on Friday has rubber-stamped a
move for the experienced manager, and formal contact is
expected to follow.
Beardsley backs Dalglish
Liverpool legend Peter Beardsley is confident Steven Gerrard
and Fernando Torres will stay with the club if Kenny
Dalglish is re-appointed as manager.
'I'm not saying he would be a massive success straight away
because there are a lot of problems at Liverpool,' Beardsley
'They are not Kenny's problems but they need to be resolved
- the Steven Gerrard issue, the Fernando Torres issue - and
I think you would have more chance of keeping those players
if you had a hero like Kenny in charge of the team.
'I can't speak for the people of Liverpool but I know the
fans would love him and when I look at him, his football
knowledge and his football mentality, he loves
'What he means to Liverpool is sensational and I would have
no qualms about giving him the job.'
Report: Inter make progress
in Mascherano move
Inter are moving closer to Liverpool midfielder Javier
Mascherano after stepping out to meet the player's entourage
as early talks begin.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims the Nerazzurri have spoken
with those who look after Mascherano's interests and further
talks are planned next week.