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
"We met with supporters' group. No, we didn't give any
"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."
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
(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
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
“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
"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
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
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
"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."
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
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
(The Irish Times)
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,
(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
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."
Hodgson asks for time
Roy Hodgson has asked for time to turn things around at
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
"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
"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."
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
"I'm looking forward to hopefully finishing my career at the
"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