Red News


OCTOBER             2010
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New Liverpool owner
to spend 'wisely'

Liverpool's new owner John Henry has warned he will not throw money at the club in a bid to solve their problems.
Henry, whose NESV group sealed a £300m takeover on Friday, watched the Reds slip to 19th in the Premier League with Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Everton.
"I don't have 'Sheikh' in front of my name," said the American, referring to Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
"When we spend a dollar, it has to be wisely. We can't afford contracts that do not make long-term sense."
He added: "We have to be smart, bold, aggressive."
(BBC Sport Online)

Henry happy with fans meeting
Liverpool's new owner John W Henry has declared his meeting with local MPs and members of supporters' clubs successful.
Henry, along with New England Sports Ventures (NESV) chairman Tom Werner, met with some supporters' groups and MPs to discuss their future plans for the club following their takeover last week.
NESV surpremo Henry believes they learned a lot from the meetings, but he refused to give assurances on transfer budgets or plans for a new stadium.
"It was great to finally get to work," Henry told Sky Sports News
"We met with supporters' group. No, we didn't give any assurances.
"We are here to listen and to learn from them and we learned a lot today.
"I think the biggest issue was a sense of disenfranchisement and their sense of not being part of their own and that is what we discussed.
"This was a big first step today."
(Sky Sports)

Cole targets Reds revival
Joe Cole has admitted that he must rediscover his best form to help get Liverpool back on track, following their dismal start to the campaign.
The Reds are currently in 19th place, following Sunday's disappointing 2-0 defeat in the Merseyside derby against rivals Everton.
Cole remains adamant however that he and his team-mates can still turn things around this season.
"We are not playing well, I'm not playing well but I know I'm at a club that is going to help me through it," Cole said.
"I know that and I expect better from myself.
"It's disappointing to lose such a big game but in these situations, the worse thing you can do is start pointing fingers at each other. We have got to look
at ourselves."
(Sky Sports)

Sorry Hodgson, this derby was
a stroll in the park for Everton FC

Not for the first time, derby day on Merseyside produced wildly differing versions of the action which unfolded.
“I think we’ve played better in every other game this season bar Newcastle,”
said David Moyes.
Roy Hodgson replied: “That’s as good as I’ve seen us play under my management.”
So was the 214th derby match another epic swindle?
Were the Reds robbed by their lucky neighbours?
Not from where I was sitting.
Derbies aren’t supposed to be routine.
They’re not supposed to be strolls in the park.
Fans fingernails are supposed to be bitten to ragged stumps, nerve ends shredded and patience strained.
Not yesterday.
The only concern Everton’s celebrating supporters had was whether the significance of their first Premier League derby win for four years would be overshadowed by the ineptitude of their opponents.
Because for 45 minutes Liverpool were comprehensively outplayed.
(David Prentice - Liverpool Echo)

Wenger: Reds will
battle back slowly

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe Liverpool will get relegated but has warned that climbing the table could be a slow process.
Roy Hodgson admits his side are in a "predicament" after they were left second bottom in the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat by Merseyside rivals Everton.
Liverpool, who have been through a turbulent ownership battle, have won just once in the Premier League this season and gone six matches in all competitions without a victory, with the glory days at Anfield now very much in
the distance past.
Wenger, though, believes the Reds will turn things around, even though it could be a slow and difficult journey.
"I don't think they will go down because they are too good a team, but we are in a sport where you go quickly down and slowly up," said the Gunners boss.
"We are in a human sport and that makes it very fragile. Confidence is very important at our level and it goes very quickly."

Sky Sports pundit lauds Fulham
star as "ideal for Liverpool"

Jamie Redknapp believes his old club Liverpool are likely to launch a raid for Fulham defender Brede Hangeland in January, suggesting the towering Norwegian is the closest thing to Anfield legend Sami Hyypia.
The aforementioned Sky Sports pundit suggests Hodgson’s close relationship with his former player could aid his endeavours to land Hangeland; a player Redknapp suggests Liverpool are crying out for since the departure of
Sami Hyypia in 2009.
Redknapp watched Hangeland’s impressive performance against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and believes Liverpool’s current malaise would certainly be helped if could they call on the Craven Cottage stalwart.
Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “Watching Spurs at Fulham on Saturday, I could not fail to be impressed by Brede Hangeland.
“I’m sure Mark Hughes is bracing himself for a bid from former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, now he has the Red Sox millions behind him at Anfield.
“The giant Hangeland would be ideal for Liverpool as the Sami Hyypia-type defender they were missing yesterday.”
Moyes hails Everton spirit
David Moyes paid tribute to Everton following their win over Liverpool but admitted his side had played better this season and lost.
He told Sky Sports: "Their attitude was spot on and they got their reward.
"I thought we have played better in the majority of games than we did today but it was a derby and a different kind of game."
(Sky Sports)

Hodgson refuses to panic
Roy Hodgson admitted after the defeat to Everton that the only way to shake off the term 'crisis' was to start winning games.
Hodgson is refusing to panic and saw signs of encouragement in Sunday's clash, but accepts that difficult questions will continue to be asked until results improve.
He told Sky Sports: "I don't think it is a crisis, I thought the way we played today was not the level of a team in the bottom three.
"On the other hand it is six points from eight games and that is a very poor return.
"We need to start winning to climb the table and until we do the word 'crisis' will continue to be bandied around."
(Sky Sports)

Liverpool hit new low
Having decided to turn up and sample their first Merseyside derby, Liverpool’s new owners will now be fully aware of the task that lies ahead, thanks to a devastating 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
John Henry and Tom Werner of NESV had intended to wait until next week’s home game against Blackburn Rovers to take in their first game with their new club and this afternoon they may be wishing they stuck to those plans, after the Toffees soured the end of what was looking like a good week for the Reds.
Goals in each half from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta did the damage but just as concerning for manager Roy Hodgson and his new employers was the lack of confidence and passion from back to front in a Liverpool team, that has dropped to 19th in the Premier League for the first time ever.
Their worst start to a season since 1953/54 — when they were relegated — rattles on, regardless of who's paying the bills.
(The Irish Times)

Torres starts
Fernando Torres starts for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby clash with Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon.
As expected, the Spaniard has shrugged off the adductor injury he sustained against Blackpool last time out to take his place in Roy Hodgson's starting XI.
Meanwhile, Paul Konchesky returns in defence and Lucas Leiva starts in midfield.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Maxi, Meireles, Lucas, Cole, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Jovanovic, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Kelly.
(LFC Official Website)
Henry backing Hodgson
New Liverpool owner John W Henry has backed manager Roy Hodgson and his players to turn their form around this season.
Hodgson has come under pressure since taking the reins at Anfield in July, with the club suffering a desperately poor start to the season that has seen some question his ability to manage the troubled club.
Defeat to Blackpool at the start of October left the Reds with their worst start to a season since 1953 and in the Premier League relegation zone.
But going into what will be an intense Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, Henry, who stated that he has no plans to attend the game, insists that Hodgson is the man to turn things around.
"We know it's been an uncertain time. We talked to the players today and we talked to Roy. And I think our message was simple: 'We're here to support you and encourage you'," he told the News of the World.
"Our feeling is we're here to stabilise and to answer questions that might be lingering, and to just come in and have the same attitude we had in Boston.
"That is to be smart managers and to listen. Our first intention is under-promise but over-deliver."
(Sky Sports)

Hodgson asks for time
Roy Hodgson has asked for time to turn things around at Anfield.
It's the dawn of a new era in L4 and Hodgson is hoping to be the man who leads Liverpool into the promised land.
He hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to his career as Reds boss to say the least, but Hodgson is hoping that with NESV now in place as the new owners and a much improved atmosphere around Melwood, he will quickly be able to turn the season around and get the team climbing the Premiership table.
"My appointment here was not taken lightly. Everyone knew it was going to be a difficult. I signed for three years. I have started off trying to do the job and building as best I can," said the boss.
"It's a sad day for everything if after a bad start of six or seven games people think the solution is to find someone else with a magic wand. We all know a magic wand solution doesn't exist.
"I would be very disappointed if after such a short time – and having been given such a short time – to do the job people decided they wanted to get
someone else in.
"I don't seriously believe that's the problem at the moment. It's more complicated. I know I can turn the situation around. But I will have to be given support and the patience to do it."
(LFC Online)

Carragher: I was happy
to wait for deal

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher accepts his new contract had to take a back seat in recent weeks because of the ongoing sale of the club.
The veteran centre-back, who will be 33 in January, has signed an extended deal which will see him remain at the club until June 2013.
And he fully expects when it expires he will call an end to his playing days at the club he joined as a schoolboy.
"We've been talking about it for the last couple of weeks but obviously there's been more important business for the club to deal with and rightly so," he said.
"Mine was put to the back of the queue and that was no problem but it's
finally sorted now.
"When Liverpool offer you a contract you sort it out pretty quickly.
"I'm looking forward to hopefully finishing my career at the club.
"Since the day I made my debut, my dream would have been to finish my career at the club and hopefully now that will be the case."

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