Fowler convinced Gerrard
and Torres will stay at Liverpool
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres will stay at Anfield.
Reports continue to link Torres with an exit to Manchester
City, whilst rumours of discontent also surround Gerrard,
with big clubs said to be hovering with intent.
Fowler belives that the star duo are unlikely to leave
"You always want the best players and as far as I'm
concerned Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torrres are the best
players," he told Sky Sports News.
"I hope they stay and I can't see them leaving to be honest.
I mean they've both come out on record saying how much they
love the club and that's good enough for me."
Meanwhile, Fowler has also expressed bemusement that there
have not been more firm bids to buy his former club
Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are currently
trying to find a buyer for the Reds in order to bring their
somewhat unhappy tenure at Anfield to an end.
Firm offers are yet to materialise though, much to Fowler's
"I want Liverpool to be the number one club in the world,"
"Obviously the current owners have put the club up for sale
and for the life of me I can't think why there's no takers
Reports: Chelsea target Benayoun
as possible Cole replacement
ESPN soccernet understands that Chelsea are considering
making a move for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun, with
the Israeli international touted as a possible replacement
for the out of contract Joe Cole.
Cole is apparently no nearer to resolving his contract
dispute with owner Roman Abramovich, and the feelers are
already out to find a suitable replacement, though Benayoun
could even be recruited if Cole stays.
A Stamford Bridge insider told Soccernet: "There is no doubt
that Yossi Benayoun is highly thought of at the club, and it
wouldn't surprise me if he came to Chelsea."
Reports: Inter Milan target Benitez
Inter Milan are in talks with Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
Reports in Italy suggest Inter Milan are ready to swoop for
Darby heading to Wembley
Liverpool’s Stephen Darby scored the winning penalty to send
his on-loan club, Swindon, in to the League One play off
Swindon finished 5th in League One and faced Charlton. After
winning 2-1 in the first leg, they were on the end of a 2-1
defeat, eventually taking the game
in to penalties.
Darby dispatched the last of the 5 Swindon penalties to
spark jubilant scenes amongst the away supporters.
Huddersfield take on Millwall in their second leg tonight,
with a place at Wembley on the 29th May at stake.
Reports: Barcelona to battle
Chelsea for Torres
Spanish champions Barcelona have been linked with a move for
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and will go head to head
with Chelsea this summer to sign
the 26 year-old.
It has been reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
will sanction a £50 million move for Torres later this
Benitez aims to land ‘Best of
Rafa today promised Benitez Liverpool will continue to
pursue a “Best of British” transfer policy whenever possible
this summer as they begin the task
The Reds swooped to sign hot prospect Jonjo Shelvey – who
has played for England at a number of youth levels – last
month from Charlton Athletic in a £1.7m deal.
They are also close to wrapping up an move for Glasgow
Rangers defender Danny Wilson, a move that looks all the
more shrewd after he was named Scotland’s Young Player of
In the past, Benitez has been criticised for favouring the
foreign transfer market and not giving home-grown players
the opportunity to show they are good enough to play for
Benitez, however, has defended his policy and has made it
clear he would be happy to chase deals for English players –
as long as the right option
Markus Babbel named new
coach of Hertha Berlin
Markus was yesterday tasked with reviving the fortunes of
Hertha Berlin after being named the club’s new coach.
The former Liverpool defender Babbel succeeds Friedhelm
Funkel whose contract was not renewed following the club’s
relegation from the top flight.
The 37-year-old has agreed a 12-month deal which will
automatically be extended by a further year should the club
return to the Bundesliga at the first attempt.
Juve cool on Rafa
Juventus are losing interest in Rafael Benitez.
Benitez has been linked with a move to the Serie A side for
a few months but Juventus have apparently now turned their
attention to Sampdoria boss
Luigi Del Neri.
Although Juventus have cooled on Benitez, he could still end
up in Italy next season. AC Milan are reportedly interested
after parting ways with former boss Leonardo this week.
Inter Milan are also said to be lining up Benitez should
Jose Mourhino join Real Madrid.
Reports: Benitez ready to sell
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to sell Yossi Benayoun.
But the News of the World says despite several clubs,
including Sevilla and Spurs, hunting the £9million-rated
midfielder, Liverpool will block his sale until the Anfield
managerial crisis is resolved. Benayoun's fate is being seen
as the acid test of whether Benitez will avoid the sack this
Capello backs Carra
Fabio Capello has backed Jamie Carragher.
The England boss is delighted to have persuaded Carragher to
come out of international retirement and has now called on
England fans to give their backing to the Liverpool
"The spirit will not be damaged," said Capello.
"We have time for players who have not been with us to
understand what to do in every moment. What I will ask them
in meetings is to understand this.
"The fans also have to remember they must support England,
not only one player. I hope they won't boo him.
"During the World Cup I want the fans to help us.
"Carragher had to think about it because when we started he
said 'no'. We tried to convince him four or five times
because he is a leader on the pitch."
Race on for Reds starlet
Skysports.com understands a number of clubs are eyeing
Liverpool defender Robbie Threlfall.
Left-back Threlfall seems set to leave Liverpool this summer
upon the expiration of his contract.
The news has alerted a number of clubs to Threlfall's
a free transfer.
Threlfall has just ended a productive loan spell at Bradford
where he made 17 appearances, scoring two goals for the
League Two outfit.
A host of sides are believed to have kept tabs on
Threlfall's progress during his time at Bradford and could
now move for him this summer.
Liverpool fans considering
season ticket boycott
Liverpool fans are considering a boycott of season tickets
in the summer in protest at the club’s owners Tom Hicks and
Thousands of supporters hope hitting the owners in the
pocket will persuade them to reduce their sale price and
leave after putting the club £237 million in debt.
Although Liverpool supporters union Spirit of Shankly say an
organised boycott is not yet on the cards, the anti-Hicks
and Gillett campaign is gathering momentum.
“Fans are considering giving up season tickets to the games
next year if Hicks and Gillett are still in charge,” Spirit
of Shankly spokesman James McKenna exclusively told Goal.com
“Fans are looking at what we can do to affect Hicks and
“A mass boycott is not something that’s on the agenda at the
moment. But if their regime continues, I know that a lot of
fans will be asking serious questions whether they should go
to the games.”
A protest that denied Hicks and Gillett much-needed revenue
could have a serious impact on the financial running of the
Lerner warns Liverpool off O'Neill
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has warned Liverpool off
making a move for Villa Park boss Martin O'Neill.
Reports have suggested Liverpool are weighing up a move for
O'Neill if Rafa Benitez departs Anfield this season.
Benitez's future at Liverpool looks uncertain after a
disappointing campaign with Italian giants Juventus believed
to be keen on luring the Spaniard to Turin.
O'Neill's own position at Villa was speculated about earlier
this season, but Lerner revealed earlier this week that the
Northern Irishman was staying put after talks between the
Lerner, who took control of Villa in 2006, is keen to keep
hold of O'Neill and has told Liverpool they would be wasting
their time if they made an approach for the former Celtic
and Leicester chief.
"I don't want a manager who nobody else wants. But, as far
as I'm concerned, Liverpool are not taking Martin O'Neill
away from Aston Villa," Lerner told the Daily Star on
Reports: Mega swap on for Reds duo
Manchester City are ready to offer Emmanuel Adebayor and
Stephen Ireland to Liverpool in return for Steven Gerrard
and Fernando Torres.
The News of the World claim the duo will be used as bait to
land the Reds star with an additional £40m also heading to
Mascherano still has sights on
Javier Mascherano has described his failure to secure a move
to Barcelona last summer as "a shame" and cast further doubt
on his long-term future at Liverpool by revealing his
difficulties with life in England.
Mascherano was a transfer target for the Spanish champions
but a deal was not agreed between the two clubs. Speaking
candidly about the transfer talks, the Argentina captain
admits he was keen to leave Anfield.
"The situation with Barcelona really affected me,"
Mascherano told the News of the World. "It was a shame it
didn't happen as it was the city I wanted to live in.
"There were many discussions and problems during that month
and a half. They were difficult times for me. One day I was
off to Barcelona, the next I wasn't. And Liverpool said I
"Psychologically, it affected me as I couldn't think in
Liverpool and I was focused on other stuff and not on my
work, my training and playing. Also we were having problems
with Argentina as our qualification to the World Cup was in
danger. There was a lot of complicated stuff at that time."