Legend joins Villa
Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister has been named
as Gerard Houllier's assistant manager at Aston Villa.
The 45-year-old has left his position as first-team coach at
Middlesbrough to move to Villa Park and reunite with former
It was Houllier who originally brought McAllister to
Liverpool on a shock free-transfer deal from Coventry City
in the summer of 2000.
Though he may have been in the twilight of his playing
career, it proved to be a shrewd move as the Scot played a
decisive role in the Reds' treble-winning success of 2001,
netting key goals against Everton, Barcelona and Alaves.
In total, McAllister made 87 appearances for Liverpool,
scoring nine times, before rejoining Coventry as
player/manager in 2002.
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Scholes reveals Reds motive
Veteran Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes admits the
fear of losing to Liverpool drives them on when the two
The two most successful clubs in the English game clash at
Old Trafford on Sunday, a game which can be seen live on Sky
Sports 1, with neither side in consistent form.
Scholes, who has been in tremendous form for United, admits
the hatred between the North West rivals is as strong as
ever, and he is keen to get back to winning ways against
their old foes.
"You can't get away from the fact that both teams don't
really like each other," said Scholes.
"We are both desperate to win and I don't think that will
ever change. But you fear losing at this club, and against
Liverpool in particular, so hopefully we can get the right
"This game always matters but after the disappointments at
Everton and Fulham we need the right result because we have
already dropped four points and then we drew again on
Tuesday against Rangers."
Liverpool fury as
Hicks Jr linked with return
Tom Hicks Jr is being lined up for a return to Liverpool, it
has been revealed.
The Guardian says Tom Hicks's last-ditch attempt to retain
control of Liverpool is likely to be opposed even more
vehemently than previously thought, as the American's
proposals are understood to include a plan to restore his
son, Tom Hicks Jr, to the Anfield operation.
Hicks Jr resigned in January as a director of Liverpool and
its parent company, Kop Holdings, after an abusive exchange
with a supporter, to whom he retorted in an email: "Blow me
Venables: Torres suffering
from poor Liverpool service
Former Tottenham and Barcelona boss Terry Venables says
Fernando Torres has been off colour this season due to a
lack of service from his
In his column for The Sun, El Tel opined: "Terrible.
"They were some of the words used to describe Torres'
display for Liverpool in their 0-0 draw at Birmingham on
Sunday. The Spanish ace was accused of lacking appetite and
"His critics reckon the frontman, who fired 57 Premier
League goals in 83 games since joining Liverpool, has been a
shadow of himself at the start of this season.
"He has managed just one goal in four top-flight
appearances, one of which was as a substitute.
"And they argue the main reason for his "poor start" is
because he is disillusioned at Anfield with the club not in
the Champions League. Now I'm sure Torres is hacked off by
being unable to compete against Europe's elite.
"But, however disappointed he may be, I don't think he's one
who throws his toys out of the pram. And I do not believe
discontent caused by his club's current slump to be the
"He is not fed up at Liverpool - he is simply not getting
"El Nino has struggled to hit the target because of the lack
of service he has received. Goalscoring chances for Torres
have been almost as rare as points for Roy Hodgson's men
Liverpool's board will attempt
to block Tom Hicks' attempts
to stay in control at Anfield
Liverpool’s board is expected to attempt to block Tom Hicks’
efforts to remain in control at Anfield, but could be
powerless to do so if the Texan refinances the club’s debt
with Royal Bank of Scotland.
The board’s anticipated opposition to any proposal that
involves continued debt and the involvement of the American
owners signals that the club are effectively in a state of
As disclosed by Telegraph Sport, Hicks met Liverpool
chairman Martin Broughton on Wednesday and told him that he
was attempting to raise finance to buy out RBS, whose credit
line to Hicks and co-owner George Gillett is understood to
expire this month.
Hicks' bid to hang on at Anfield Sources said Hicks is
understood to have been in talks with GSO Capital, a
division of private equity giant Blackstone run by Bennett
Goodman, about forming a consortium to buy out RBS.
Duo return for Reds
Striker Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard return to
Liverpool’s starting line-up as manager Roy Hodgson restores
his strongest side for the trip to Manchester United on
The pair were left out of yesterday’s Europa League victory
as Hodgson made eight changes and he likely to effect a
similar number at Old Trafford.
Joe Cole will play only his second Barclays Premier League
match of the season after serving a three-game ban.
Provisional squad: Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger,
Konchesky, Lucas, Poulsen, Cole, Rodriguez, Gerrard,
Jovanovic, Torres, Jones, Meireles, Pacheco, Babel, Ngog,
Stopper joins Rovers
Peter Gulacsi has taken a short journey across the Mersey to
join Tranmere Rovers on an emergency loan.
The Hungarian stopper spent a successful loan spell with the
Wirral club last season and played a major part in helping
Les Parry's side regain their
League One status.
Gulacsi joins on an emergency loan because Tranmere's two
experienced 'keepers Gunnar Nielsen and Simon Miotto are
The reserve team stopper is expected to start in tomorrow's
Prenton Park meeting with Charlton Athletic.
His emergency loan is due to exprire on October 18.
Parry said: "Peter did really well for us last season so I'm
pleased to be able to bring him back to the club.
"Peter showed his qualities in the five games he played for
us last season and I'm sure he will do just as well this
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Hodgson hopes on big guns
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he has no idea whether
his decision to rest key players will pay off against
The Reds boss gave a host of first-team stars the night off
during Thursday's Europa League clash over Steaua Bucharest
The second string validated Hodgson's selection with a 4-1
win, meaning Liverpool can enter the blockbuster clash with
United high on confidence after securing their biggest win
of the season.
And the 62-year-old is hoping a fully-refreshed Fernando
Torres, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will spearhead the
Reds to success at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"I did it once at Fulham last season when I rested virtually
the whole team when we went to CSKA Sofia with a reserve
team," said Hodgson.
"We came back and got beat by Wolves and I didn't think we
fresh or sharp.
"But you know you can't burn out players playing three
matches a week, week after week, especially when some of
those matches are after international trips.
"Don't forget Torres only came back from Argentina on
Thursday to play on Sunday last week.
"You have to make decisions whereby you say 'I think it will
be in this player's interest to rest' and 'This player will
be fresher and better equipped to play on Sunday if he
misses Thursday's game'.
"Now whether that actually happens or not who knows? We
don't have a crystal ball and you make decisions on the
basis of what should happen but it doesn't always happen."
Trezeguet: Reds wanted to sign me
Former Juventus David Trezeguet claims that he had the
option to join Liverpool before eventually deciding to sign
The Frenchman's agent announced at the end of August that
the Premier League Reds were showing interest as Roy Hodgson
looked for attacking support for Fernando Torres.
Trezeguet had been linked with a move to Anfield for several
years, while Italian rivals Roma and Lazio are said to have
joined the hunt this summer.
But the 32-year-old has revealed that Liverpool's transfer
activity was stalled by the drawn-out sale of Javier
Mascherano to Barcelona and he maintains that he was not
interested in a move to England.
Trezeguet said in L'Equipe: "Lazio, Roma and Liverpool were
interested. But things went on.
"The English club waited to sort out the transfer of
Mascherano before starting anything else.
"Anyway, after 10 years in Turin, above all I needed to find
sun and sea again. And the fact that my wife is from the
region also played a part in my decision."
Berbatov to start against Liverpool
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Dimitar Berbatov will
start for Manchester United against Liverpool in Sunday's
Premier League showdown.
Berbatov has gone some way to silencing his critics after
scoring four goals in five appearances this season.
The £30million price tag following his arrival from Spurs
two years ago has often weighed heavy on the Bulgarian.
However, Ferguson believes his own faith in the striker is
beginning to be recognised by those who have questioned him
since moving to Old Trafford.
Berbatov, who has scored 30 goals in 91 appearances for the
Red Devils, was rested against Rangers in the midweek
Champions League encounter, but will be back to face
"He has a lot of admirers, particularly within this club,"
explained Ferguson. "When we buy a player for a lot of money
there's more focus on them. When they have a bad game they
get criticism other players might not get.
"Dimitar's had some marvellous games for us. I've told him
he has to dismiss the press. I think he worried about that.
"But he's expressed himself this season very well, he's
enjoying his football and he'll play on Sunday."
This is the fixture, admits
Sir Alex Ferguson still does not believe there is any
fixture in the Premier League calendar like Manchester
United against Liverpool.
The North-West giants go head-to-head at Old Trafford on
Sunday both eager for points as well as bragging rights
after less than perfect starts to the season.
Now, as he prepares to face a seventh Reds boss in old
friend Roy Hodgson, Ferguson describes what the meetings
mean to him.
"I sound like a parrot but this is the fixture. There is no
question about that," he said. "It doesn't change. The form
fluctuates quite a bit but we won the last game so hopefully
that turns it back towards us again."
Although the United boss has enjoyed cordial relations with
most Liverpool counterparts, particularly Gerard Houllier,
with Benitez there was only friction.
There should be none of that with Hodgson, whose friendship
with Ferguson dates back to his early days at United.
"I have known him for a long time," said Ferguson. "I first
met him in 1987 when I went on an aborted trip to Malmo.
"It was a European tie against Ajax and they abandoned it
after one minute. He was at the game and we went for dinner
Ferguson is confident Hodgson will not start with a five-man
defensive line as Rangers did at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
And while Liverpool's fortunes do not seem to have improved
significantly since their seventh-placed finish last term,
Ferguson is sure their new manager can make the situation
"Roy has the experience," he said. "He has gathered a wealth
of experience in Italy, Switzerland and Finland and the job
he did at Fulham was absolutely extraordinary.
"But our approach will not change. We have to express
ourselves the way we always do."
Spearing boosted by backing
Liverpool's Jay Spearing is determined to continue to make
his first-team opportunities count after starting against
The 21-year-old was in the Reds' starting XI at Anfield for
the first time in Thursday night's Europa League match and
starred as a much-changed side earned a 4-1 victory.
"That was a massive moment for me to start my first game for
Liverpool at Anfield and I will take a lot from the game,"
Spearing told his club's
"I got a lot of confidence when the manager told me I would
be playing and I went out there and really enjoyed it."
Lucas reveals special tweet
Lucas Leiva today delivered a special Twitter message when
he dedicated his fantastic strike during the 4-1 win over
Steaua Bucharest to his soon
to be born son Pedro.
The Brazilian came off the bench to net a wonder strike at
the Kop end and commented on Twitter: "I would like to
dedicate it to my wife and my son Pedro Lucas that's going
to born in four months!"
Speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.tv Liverpool's No.21
also spoke about the joy the goal gave him.
"It was my best goal for Liverpool in front of the Kop and a
real nice moment for me," he said.
"It's always special to score in front of the Kop and I
enjoyed it but the most important thing was the team won and
we have made a good start in the group stage of the Europa
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Cole admits LFC frustration
Joe Cole admits he was delighted to get his first Liverpool
goal after a frustrating start to his Anfield career.
He said: "It's been a long time and the suspension just
seemed to last ages so I just want to get back into it now.
I'm enjoying it here and I'm happy to be here.
"The win is massive. You've got to win your home games,
that's very important. If you win your three home games and
get one draw on your travels you're through. It was a tough
game and a good result."
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Hodgson happy to rest stars
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says his decision to rest his
star names for his side's 4-1 Europa League victory over
Steaua Bucharest was justified.
Hodgson left out the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven
Gerrard for the encounter at Anfield, with only Jose Reina,
Paul Konchesky and Maxi Rodriguez retained from the goalless
draw at Birmingham.
And the former Fulham boss saw his weakened side vindicate
his stance ahead of Sunday's clash against Manchester United
at Old Trafford as a brace from David Ngog and strikes from
Joe Cole and Lucas Leiva secured victory.
"I think it is important you make decisions and make them
for the right reasons," said Hodgson of his decision to rest
key players ahead of the encounter against the Merseysiders'
Ngog brace inspires Liverpool
David Ngog's brace ensured Liverpool made a solid start to
their UEFA Europa League Group K campaign by easing past
Steaua Bucharesti in a 4-1 victory
The Reds enjoyed a dream opening by going in front after
just 28 seconds thanks to Joe Cole, who ran clear into the
box to steer a finish past Ciprian Tatarusanu as Liverpool
seized the early initiative.
But Steaua drew level against the run of play on 13 minutes
when Cristian Tanese sent a deft chip over the head of Pepe
Reina from Bogdan Stancu's delightful pass to leave the
Roy Hodgson's team plugged away at the Romanians and
restored their lead when Ngog stroked home a 56th minute
penalty after Sotirios Kyrgiakos had been fouled in the box.
Steaua fell further behind when substitute Luca Leiva
cracked home a superb drive from 25-yards to wrap up victory
in the 81st minute and Ngog struck again in stoppage time
after powering through the defence to drill into the bottom
Tom Hicks in new talks in bid
to keep control at Liverpool
Tom Hicks has launched a last-ditch attempt to retain
control of Liverpool by looking to secure another
refinancing deal against the club during talks with bankers
Hicks has discussed refinancing options with, among others,
the investment bank FBI Capital Markets.
Liverpool would face further damaging interest repayments
should Hicks succeed in preventing the RBS from taking
control and selling the club on for much less than the
Americans' original £800m valuation.
Kuyt hopeful of return against
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has admitted he is in the dark
as to when he will be fit to return to action, but has not
given up hope of getting the green light to face former club
Utrecht in the Europa League at the end of the month.
The Dutchman damaged his shoulder on international duty and
was told it could be six weeks before he is back in action.
He is working on a tailored rehabilitation programme, but is
in unsure as to when he will be allowed to take part in
"I am very disappointed to be injured as you miss games like
this [Steaua Bucharest] and the one coming up at the weekend
Kuyt told Five.
"It is difficult to say how long it will take to heal. It is
normally four to six weeks, but I am hoping to be back for
the Utrecht game.
"So far it is going well and I am trying to work hard."
Kuyt began his career at Utrecht before moving to Feyenoord
in 2003 and on to Anfield three years later.
Raul Meireles makes his Anfield debut in tonight's Europa
League clash with Steaua Bucharest - listen live from 8pm
The Portuguese star, who featured as a late substitute in
Sunday's goalless draw with Birmingham City, is one of eight
changes made by boss Roy Hodgson.
Joe Cole also returns with Paul Konchesky, Pepe Reina and
Maxi Rodriguez the only survivors from St Andrews.
The Liverpool team in full: Reina, Kelly, Konchesky,
Kyrgiakos, Agger, Babel, Maxi, Meireles, Spearing, Ngog,
Subs: Jones, Johnson, Lucas, Carragher, Pacheco, Shelvey,
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Giggs targets derby win
Ryan Giggs insists that Manchester United can get their
season back on track with victory over rivals Liverpool this
Neither side has made a glittering start to the new season,
with United throwing away late leads at both Fulham and
Everton before drawing 0-0 with Rangers in their UEFA
Champions League opener.
Now Giggs admits they can use Sunday's match - which is live
on Sky Sports HD1 - to ignite their season.
"The crowd will light up," said the United legend.
"It's usually a quick game and it's usually a ferocious
game, so hopefully it's the kind of game that sets us back
on the winning trail."
Steaua Bucharest boss Ilie Dumitrescu will take no offence
if Liverpool rest their star men on Thursday.
The Romanian outfit are at Anfield on Thursday night for the
start of the Europa League group stages.
They are aware that they face a tough test on Merseyside
regardless of who the Reds decide to field, with Roy Hodgson
working with a star-studded squad.
With that in mind, Dumitrescu claims he would not find it
disrespectful were Liverpool to omit the likes of Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres from their starting XI.
Roy: No David vs Goliath
Roy Hodgson believes Steaua Bucharest have a European record
to be proud of and has dismissed any suggestion they will
arrive at Anfield as Europa League minnows on Thursday
The Reds boss accepts there is a certain mystique
surrounding Liverpool's history on the continent but has
refused to accept the Group K clash will be a case of David
"I checked up on it - Steaua Bucharest have played 232
matches in Europe. They have won a Champions League, been
finalists and have won 23 league titles - so please don't
try to suggest they have no chance of getting a result
tonight," Hodgson told reporters at Anfield.
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