Torres and Kuyt
boost for Reds
Liverpool's head of sports medicine and sports science Dr
Peter Brukner has praised the handling of Fernando Torres
and Dirk Kuyt by their respective international sides.
The club was left fuming after Reds captain Steven Gerrard
was ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury
sustained in England's 2-1 friendly defeat at Wembley on
Wednesday night after playing 25 minutes longer than the
hour initially intended.
Gerrard out for four weeks
Steven Gerrard is expected to be out of action for four
weeks after picking up a hamstring injury during England's
friendly with France.
There was an agreement between Liverpool and FA that Gerrard
would play for only an hour of Wednesday's game, but was
kept on for 85 minutes before pulling up with a hamstring
Fabio Capello defended his decision to leave Gerrard on the
field, insisting that he needed senior players on the pitch
with Gareth Barry and Rio Ferdinand already off with
of good result
Pablo Barrera believes West Ham "have a great chance" to
take points off Liverpool this weekend as they plot a route
to Premier League safety.
The Hammers have secured only one win from their 13 games,
and the Upton Park faithful were left frustrated following
successive draws against West Brom and Blackpool last week.
Barrera was one player guilty of missing a golden chance to
break the deadlock against Blackpool on Saturday, shooting
straight at the keeper from 12 yards.
However, the summer signing is optimistic the Hammers'
fortunes will soon turn as they go in search of a first
victory at Anfield in almost half a century.
"It will be a very difficult match, but we need to start
winning," Barrera said.
"The team is playing well despite being frustrated by the
results in the recent matches.
"We have a great chance to get something from Liverpool."
to secure Reds spot
Milan Jovanovic has told Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic he
does not wish to be considered for selection until he is a
regular for Liverpool.
Jovanovic moved to Anfield as a free agent over the summer,
fresh from catching the eye at the 2010 World Cup.
He has, however, struggled to make an impression in England
and has quickly tumbled down the pecking order under Roy
The 29-year-old insists he is prepared to fight for a place
in the Reds side and has no plans to seek a move elsewhere
He is ruling out a return to international football any time
soon, though, with it imperative that he gives his full
attention to domestic duties.
Speaking after Serbia's 1-0 win over Bulgaria on Wednesday,
Jovanovic told Sport: "Did I go to the airport to wish my
friends good luck before the game in Sofia? No, because I
didn't want to be in the spotlight for nothing. This isn't
how I do things.
"I am 29 years old and I have a career which is quite good.
"But I know when I am not playing well and that is why I
told my national coach (Vladimir) Petrovic that I don't want
to be called up until I am playing first-team football at
"This is the honest thing to do and I wouldn't have it any
Reds fume at Gerrard injury
England and Liverpool have both confirmed that an agreement
was broken over the amount of time Steven Gerrard would
spend on the pitch against France.
After talks between the Merseyside club and England, it was
agreed that Fabio Capello would play Gerrard for no more
than an hour.
However, Gerrard ended up playing until just six minutes
from time when he was forced off with a hamstring injury.
Capello's decision saw Liverpool's head of fitness and
conditioning Darren Burgess post a tweet slamming England's
behaviour as 'disgraceful'
In his tweet, which was removed 55 minutes after going up on
Twitter, Burgess said: "Unbelievable from all associated
with England and English FA with regard to Steven Gerrard's
injury. Completely ignored agreement and past history.
"Completely amateurish and now we pay for their
incompetence. Absolutely disgraceful."
Capello admitted that an injury to Gareth Barry meant he had
to stay on beyond the previously agreed schedule.
However, Capello insisted that any club cannot dictate to a
national team how long somebody should play.
"We spoke with Steve and he said he would play one hour, but
after Barry's injury we had some problems," admitted
"That was the reason he stayed on the pitch. If it's
possible, the players will play the time we agreed with the
"But Barry was really injured so we needed someone senior on
the pitch because it was a really young team. He said he was
"They [Liverpool] asked that he can play one hour if it's
possible. They can't decide how long a player plays with the
"If it's possible, he'd have played an hour. I understand
why they're upset and I'm also upset."
Wendt on Liverpool radar
Liverpool are interested in signing FC Copenhagen left-back
Oscar Wendt, according to Scandinavian scout Jakob
The 25-year-old, who has been at the Danish club since 2006,
has already said he will leave when his contract expires at
the end of the season.
Tottenham and Roma have previously been linked with the
Sweden defender and Friis-Hansen has now revealed the Reds'
interest as they hunt for a new left-back to bolster manager
Roy Hodgson's resources.
"We are keeping a good eye on Oscar," Friis-Hansen told The
"He does a great job, but he must play at a high level every
"In Denmark there are just a few high-quality games."
Friis-Hansen claims FC Basel left-back Behrang Safari,
another Sweden international, is also on Liverpool's radar.
Aurelio nearing Reds return
Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio is in contention to return
in this weekend's Premier League clash against West Ham.
The Brazilian left-back stepped up his comeback from injury
with a 75-minute run-out for the reserves on Tuesday night.
Aurelio has not played for the first team since August 26
due to Achilles and groin problems but has now declared
The 31-year-old told the club's website: "I have been
training well and I was in the squad for the Stoke game but
didn't make the bench. Hopefully I can play
"It has been frustrating not to play but I have been working
hard and kept my confidence up."
Aquilani wants Johnson at Juve
Alberto Aquilani has revealed he would like to see Liverpool
defender Glen Johnson join him at Juventus.
Johnson's future at Liverpool has been the subject of
speculation in recent days after he came in for criticism
from Reds boss Roy Hodgson.
The England international is thought to be unhappy with
Hodgson's comments and is believed to be considering a move
away from Anfield.
Aquilani, who is currently on a season-long loan from
Liverpool to Juve, admits the right-back would be an ideal
addition to the Italian side.
"What former Liverpool team-mate would I bring to Juventus?
I wouldn't want to offend some of my friends, but from
Liverpool I would take Glen Johnson," Aquilani told Gazzetta
Rush: My top-four belief
Ian Rush today insisted Liverpool can recover from a mixed
start to the season and launch a strong challenge for
Champions League football next year.
The Anfield legend acknowledges the frustration felt at
seeing the Reds' six-match unbeaten run brought to a halt by
the 2-0 reversal at Stoke City on Saturday evening.
However, a congested table in these early stages of the
season means Roy Hodgson's side are just six points off
fourth-placed Manchester City - and Rush is adamant it would
be foolish for anyone to be writing off Liverpool's
Champions League hopes.
"It could be better, but we're only six points off the top
four, so you've got to be positive as our aim is to finish
there," Rush told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"Beating Chelsea was a fantastic result and I thought if we
can beat them, we can beat anyone - it was an absolutely
"We went to Wigan and after going a goal up, maybe it was
two points lost. Then we lost at Stoke, where if we'd got a
result we'd have been right up there.
"But again, we've got to be positive. The league has been so
funny all season - anyone can beat anyone and the team that
eventually wins the league could lose six or seven games.
"It's going to be really exciting because of that and
everything is going to be close, but we have to start
winning our home games. If we can then I think
we can do it."
Rush added: "The Stoke defeat after six games without losing
was hopefully a blip and we can go on a run again and get
ourselves up there.
"I'm confident we can finish in the top four."
(LFC Official Website)
Wilson living the Scotland dream
Danny Wilson claims he is "living the dream" after his debut
goal for Scotland helped Craig Levein's side to a 3-0 win
over the Faroe Islands.
The 18-year-old defender has enjoyed a meteoric rise in his
career since making his debut over a year ago for Rangers.
Asked if his rise to stardom has been difficult to grasp,
Wilson told Press Association Sport: "Yes, I think so.
"This time last year I had only just broken in to the
"A couple of months before that I was still playing reserve
"So if you told me that a year and a bit on I would be
playing for the full national team and scoring on my debut I
would never have believed you.
"I am living the dream right now and I don't want it to
Kuyt ruled out of
The Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will have to make do
without the services of energetic attacker Dirk Kuyt when
the Dutch take on Turkey in the Amsterdam ArenA in
Wednesday's international friendly.
The Liverpool star sustained an ankle injury during Oranje's
4-1 Euro 2012 qualifier over Sweden in October and had since
been struggling to return
to full match fitness.
Kuyt recently returned to match action for Liverpool, but
the injury was causing him problems again in the build-up to
Wednesday's friendly against Turkey. Therefore, the attacker
has decided to withdraw from Oranje's squad, according to a
report in Voetbal International.
Aurelio stars in Blackpool draw
Fabio Aurelio featured for 75 minutes as Liverpool Reserves
were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool on Tuesday afternoon.
The Brazilian came through his latest run-out unscathed as
Nathan Eccleston's superb first-half strike was cancelled
out by Ishmel Demontagnac's ambitious curler nine minutes
It was a bitter blow for John McMahon's men who dominated
throughout the encounter, but the assured display of Aurelio
was a huge positive and could well see him force his way
into manager Roy Hodgson's plans for Saturday's first-team
encounter at home to West Ham.
Liverpool Reserves: Jones, Flanagan, Aurelio (McGiveron 75),
Mendy, Irwin, Shelvey (Spearing 45), Pacheco, Suso, Amoo,
Bruna (Silva 61), Eccleston.
Unused subs: Bouzanis, Ngoo.
(LFC Official Website)
scare for Reds
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been forced to withdraw
from Slovakia's squad for Wednesday's friendly against
Bosnia-Herzegovina due to injury.
The centre-back has been struggling with knee and ankle
problems since his club's defeat at Stoke in the Premier
League on Saturday evening, when he had to take pain-killers
to complete the match.
Skrtel has therefore decided not to take any risks by
playing in a friendly and has informed Slovakia boss
Vladimir Weiss that he will instead stay in England.
The 25-year-old will now aim to regain full fitness for
Liverpool's match against struggling West Ham at Anfield at
Cole wants central
role at Liverpool
Joe Cole is desperate for the chance to team up with
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in central midfield.
The Kop ace is set to return from a hamstring injury to
start against his former club West Ham at Anfield on
And he hopes boss Roy Hodgson will give him the chance to
play centre midfield alongside his old pal Gerrard, rather
than being shunted out wide.
He said: "I see myself as a central midfielder, as one of
two or three, but we'll see. I'll play anywhere for this
"My dream would be to play next to Stevie.
"I've wanted to do that since we played there for the
"In the games we've played closer together, the two of us
linked up well."
Henry: No overhaul in January
John W Henry has suggested Liverpool will wait until the
summer before any significant squad overhaul.
Henry was speaking after another defeat for Liverpool put
more pressure on manager Roy Hodgson, with some fans
chanting for Kenny Dalglish as they
lost 2-0 at Stoke.
But the club's new American owners insist that they are not
about to part company with Hodgson - who was only appointed
in the summer by the club's previous regime.
"This club can be better and blaming the manager or any one
particular player is simply wrong," Henry said.
"This club needs to play up to their potential every match.
If they don't,
they won't win."
Co-owner Henry also dropped a hint that the club will not be
looking to invest heavily in the squad when the transfer
market reopens in January.
"We have work to do and must invest in this club to improve
it on the field. Can that be successfully done in January?"
"A number of people I've talked with doubt it. Most seem to
think it will be the summer before we can really begin to