Time for Broughton
to break his silence
Ever since it became obvious to supporters that Liverpool
Football Club was “in the wrong hands” the arguments have
raged about exactly whose fault it was.
Today, the club is still in the wrong hands. Today, the
arguments rage about what kind of owner Kenny Huang might
have been. Today, we’re talking in the past tense when
discussing the man said to be fronting a bid that had the
backing of China’s sovereign wealth fund. Huang pulled out
of the sales process last night, clearly frustrated at the
way he’d been treated.
This club has been at war with itself for three years. This
war means all trust has gone. Not only will any potential
bidder be instantly met with suspicion but also at times
will anyone seen to have put their trust in that potential
And so with Huang’s withdrawal we’re all arguing about
whether he left the process because he was badly treated or
if it was because he never had a serious hope of taking over
to start with. We’re arguing about whether he was right to
expect Broughton to hurry the process along or if his
impatience suggests he was never going to be a good owner.
(Jim Boardman - Anfield Road.com)
Nemeth makes Greek move
Subject to a medical Krisztián Németh will join Olympiakos
on a three year deal.
Liverpool will receive €1.5 million plus 25% of any sell on
the 21-year-old striker.
There had been extensive interest in the Hungarian forward
with teams from Portugal, Spain, Germany and Italy amongst
others expressing an interest.
However, Németh was happy to return to Greece having played
for AEK Athens last term.
AEK were one of at least three Greek clubs to have contacted
the Reds about the his services.
The basis of a deal with Olympiakos had been in the pipeline
for some weeks.
A statement on the Greek club's website reads: "Olympiakos
announces a deal with Liverpool for the acquisition of
Hungarian international player, Krisztián Németh, who will
sign a three-year contact with the club."
Németh has not featured in a first team game for Liverpool.
Olympiakos signed Albert Riera last month.
Aquilani loan deal agreed
Liverpool and Juventus have agreed a one-year loan deal for
The midfielder will undergo a medical in Italy on Monday.
(LFC Official Website)
Roy: Star Reds pair
not Inter bound
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson understands Inter Milan will
not bid for Javier Mascherano or Dirk Kuyt before the
transfer window closes.
Unsettled midfielder Mascherano has been linked with a move
to the San Siro since former Reds boss Rafael Benitez took
charge of the European champions earlier this summer.
The Argentina captain expressed a desire to leave Anfield
for personal reasons when he reported back for pre-season
training after the World Cup.
Liverpool have said they will only sell if they receive an
appropriate bid for the £25million-rated player and Hodgson
has made clear his desire to keep
Kuyt was also linked with Inter on Friday - by his own agent
- but Hodgson has spoken to the Serie A club's president
Hodgson, a former Inter coach, said: "I spoke to Massimo
Moratti about the fact they are not going to buy Liverpool
"I believe they were only interested in two of our players
and they are not going to buy them. Moratti said they are
not going to do that."
One Liverpool player who could be heading to Italy is
midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
Hodgson confirmed on Thursday that the injury-plagued
26-year-old, who has struggled to make an impact since his
£20million move from Roma last year, could be sent out on
Reports from Italy on Friday suggested Juventus was his most
Huang ends Reds interest
The uncertainty surrounding the
future ownership of Liverpool has continued after Hong Kong
businessman Kenny Huang and QSL Sports pulled out of the
race to buy the Premier League club.
Huang was the first party to openly declare an interest in
buying the Merseysiders from American duo Tom Hicks and
George Gillett, while Syrian Yahya Kirdi has also been in
But on Friday evening Huang, who earlier in the summer
refused to comment when it was claimed that his bid was
backed by the Chinese government, confirmed that he and his
group of investors were no longer interested in a takeover
Swede plays down Reds link
PSV Eindhoven attacker Ola Toivonen has played down
speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool.
The 24-year-old Sweden international has caught the eye of
Reds manager Roy Hodgson, as revealed by
skysports.comearlier in the week.
However, Toivonen, who played for PSV against Sibir
Novosibirsk in the Europa League on Thursday, says he is
focused on his future with the Dutch side.
"That is not important for me now," Toivonen told De
"I am focusing on my own form to ensure that it doesn't get
Liverpool boss Hodgson admitted their interest would reduce
if the striker played in the Europa League, and it remains
to be seen if the Premier League giants drop their pursuit.
Agent: Kuyt could
move to Inter
Dirk Kuyt’s agent claims his client is pondering a reunion
with Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.
New Inter boss Benitez is an admirer of the hard-working
Holland international and reports suggest he is lining up a
bid to bring Kuyt to the San Siro.
The player’s agent Rob Jansen told Voetbal International
today: “Yes, there is real interest from Inter, but Dirk has
not yet decided if he wants to leave Liverpool.
“This is also a complicated transfer. Dirk Kuyt is a key
player for Liverpool, he has an ongoing contract and was
recently in the World Cup final.
“He may move to Inter or just stay at Liverpool. There is
also the possibility that a player from Inter could be
included in the deal with Dirk Kuyt.”
Kuyt was rested for Liverpool’s Europa League play-off clash
with Trabzonspor last night.
The 30-year-old was brought to Liverpool by Benitez in 2006
from Feyenoord after starting his career with FC Utrecht.
Poulsen pleased with debut
Christian Poulsen was pleased to make his Liverpool debut
Poulsen made his first Reds appearance last night and
admitted it was a special moment when he heard the fans
signing 'You'll Never Walk Alone.'
"It was something really special being out on the pitch
hearing the Kop singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone," said our
new number 28.
"I was sat in the stand for the Arsenal game and it was
great to see it, but to be out there on the pitch with them
tonight was fantastic."
Aquilani set for Italy loan return
Liverpool's £20million flop Alberto Aquilani is set to be
loaned out to a club back in his native Italy after failing
to settle at Anfield.
Aquilani has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since
his £big-money arrival from Roma last summer.
The 26-year-old was signed by former Reds manager Rafael
Benitez as a replacement for the influential Xabi Alonso but
his first season on Merseyside was hampered by injuries.
Aquilani was not included in Liverpool's squad for Thursday
night's Europa League play-off against Trabzonspor and
discussions are under way over
a possible move.
Current boss Roy Hodgson said: "At the moment we are
considering possibly loaning him to an Italian club, but
nothing is sure about that yet so I don't have anything
definite to report.
"I didn't want to use him (against Trabzonspor) just in case
the loan goes through, because for Aquilani this year it's
very important that he plays regular football, every week,
as the number one man on the teamsheet.
"I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy
could help him in that respect it might be good for all
"It would certainly be what he needs, it would certainly
protect the value of the player and when he does return to
Liverpool no doubt we will see the Aquilani that we signed
before he came here injured last year."
Aquilani had a history of injury problems when he joined
Liverpool and it was more than two months into last season
before he made his debut for the club.
Hodgson has given no indication as to which Italian club he
could join but he was linked with Juventus - from whom
Liverpool have just signed midfielder Christian Poulsen -
earlier in the year.
Roy rues missed opportunities
Roy Hodgson hopes Liverpool will not pay the price for
failing to kill Trabzonspor off on Thursday.
The Reds hold a slender 1-0 lead following the first leg of
their Europa League play-off, but know their advantage
should be far more commanding.
"I think we probably did (deserve another goal)," said
"We missed a penalty and if you do that you can't blame
anyone but yourself. We were unlucky with the disallowed
goal - TV replays show no real contact between Joe Cole and
their goalkeeper. I think we can count ourselves unlucky."
Cole reflects on penalty woe
Joe Cole has held his hands up and admitted that his penalty
against Trabzonspor was not the best.
The Liverpool midfielder was awarded a golden opportunity to
open his account for the club in Thursday's Europa League
play-off, first leg.
"I hold my hands up, it was a bad penalty," said the England
"We can't dwell on it though. It was a bad pen but we won
1-0 and we have to take the positives from the game."
Babel edges Reds ahead
Ryan Babel struck on the stroke of half-time to hand
Liverpool a 1-0 lead in their Europa League play-off with
Things could have been even better for the Reds had Joe Cole
converted a second-half penalty, but he saw his effort
palmed away to safety.
Roy Hodgson, who took Fulham all the way to the final last
season, chose to rest Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt from
midweek action, meaning Babel was handed a lone frontman
role and Cole, who was dismissed on his debut against
Arsenal on Sunday, was given freedom to float.
Christian Poulsen makes his Liverpool debut against
Poulsen partners Lucas in the centre of midfield, with
Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano making way.
There are also starts for Martin Kelly, Sotirios Kyrgiakos,
and Ryan Babel.
The team in full is: Reina, Kelly, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos,
Carragher, Lucas, Poulsen, Cole, Maxi, Jovanovic, Babel.
Subs: Cavalieri, Torres, Wilson, Ngog, Spearing, Skrtel,
(LFC Official Website)
Nemeth Greece move confirmed
Olympiakos have confirmed the signing of Liverpool striker
The Hungarian was on loan at rivals AEK Athens last season
scoring three goals in 17 games and has sufficiently
impressed the Greek giants
The 21-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to the
club throughout the summer, follows in the footsteps of
Albert Riera, who moved to the Karaiskakis Stadium in July
Nemeth moves in a 1.3million euro deal, with the Reds set to
take 25% of a sale should the striker move on and will
undergo a medical on Saturday.
"Olympiakos C.F.P announces a deal with Liverpool for the
acquisition of Hungarian international player, Krisztian
Nemeth, who will sign a three-year contact with the club,"
the Piraeus team announced.
Hodgson tracking Toivonen
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in PSV
Eindhoven star Ola Toivonen.
As revealed by skysports.com earlier this week Liverpool
were weighing up a move for the Swedish international as
Hodgson looks to bring in a new forward.
Toivonen is regarded as one of the best young prospects in
Europe after impressing for club and country over the last
Tottenham are also interested in the 24-year-old hot-shot,
with PSV facing a fight to keep hold of the Scandinavian.
Hodgson has confirmed he is keeping tabs on Toivonen and
that he is a big admirer of the Swede.
"We have discussed his name, that's true," said Hodgson.
"Like all teams, we are looking at a lot of players.
"I do know the player and think he is a good player, but
can't give you
any further indication.
"That doesn't mean we are going to rush in and buy him
tomorrow. But he is a player who has come up, we have
watched him and we know about him."
Hodgson: Reina gaffe is history now
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is backing goalkeeper Jose
Reina to come back strongly after his weekend howler.
The Spanish World Cup winner spilled the ball into his own
net to hand Arsenal a draw in the final minute of the Reds'
Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday.
It was a rare error from the 27-year-old, who was the club's
player of the year
"If you are a goalkeeper and you can't live with a mistake
you make, then you'll never have a career at any level,"
"There is only one certainty in football if you are a
goalkeeper, and that is one day you are going to make a
mistake which is going to let in a goal. It may cost your
team some points.
"When you put your gloves on, you know that.
"If you are a good goalkeeper, it doesn't happen very often
and more often than not you come off the field with people
congratulating you on winning points
for the team.
"It was a mistake, he understands that. We feel sorry for
him because he took it hard but he is a strong character.
"Let's hope he's forgotten it as quickly as I have forgotten