Remy desperate to join Reds
Loic Remy is desperate to join Liverpool according to his
agent who suggests he is just the type of player needed at
The Reds are reported to have made a bid to Nice and even
said to have agreed a payment structure. Acceptable prices
are rumoured to be anything between £8.4 million and £12.5
West Ham United are said to have made an offer acceptable to
the French club but have not been able to woo the player.
"Liverpool are passing up a huge opportunity if they decide
not to go with Remy," Fredric Guerra said.
"Nothing has been settled yet but I know that Liverpool are
having a meeting about transfers and we expect something
"The boy is pure gold and I am not saying that because I am
his agent. He has great pace and that is something Liverpool
need in attack. Their first Europa League game is on July 29
and you have to ask yourself that if Fernando Torres does
not play, whom do they have in attack?"
He added: "Remy will get goals in England, that is certain.
Potentially, he is a better, stronger player than Nicolas
Anelka or Thierry Henry.
"He is ideally suited for the English game and while he is
determined to go to the Premier League, his heart is set on
playing for Liverpool."
Reds held in Roy's first game
Roy Hodgson's career as Liverpool manager has kicked off
with a goalless draw against Grasshoppers in Switzerland.
The Reds' boss - who saw his side's first scheduled friendly
washed out by the rain at the weekend - finally got the
chance to see his players in action for the first time and
will have been heartened by the displays of his youngsters
as they strive to prove they have a future at the club.
Ahead of the game Hodgson made no secret of his concern at
throwing many of his youngsters into such a competitive
match at this early stage of the pre-season - but as he
makes his way back to the team hotel in Bad Ragaz this
evening he has every reason to be proud of his next
generation of Liverpool stars.
(LFC Official Website)
Giggs: Liverpool can challenge
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs insists Liverpool
are still title contenders this season.
The Reds are undergoing a period of transition following the
appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager and all eyes will be
on Anfield in the coming campaign.
The Merseysiders missed out on Champions League football
following a lacklustre seventh-placed finish last time out,
but have recruited Joe Cole as they look to re-establish
themselves as a 'top four' side.
And Giggs says his team's fierce rivals should not be
written off in the Premier League this season - admitting
Liverpool could prove dangerous opposition.
"Liverpool have a new manager and it's difficult to say what
they are going to do," said Giggs, United's record
"Two years ago they were close to winning the Premiership
and you can never write them off.
"It just depends on how it goes. It is dangerous to write
off a team with Liverpool's history. They have won the same
amount of leagues as us. You cannot just dismiss that. They
are a huge club and a massive team."
Amoo and Eccleston start
David Amoo and Nathan Eccleston start on the wings as Roy
Hodgson takes charge of his first Liverpool match against
Grasshoppers this evening.
With 13 senior stars still recovering from the World Cup, it
is a young and inexperienced side that will take to the
field at the Herti Stadium in Zug, Switzerland.
The team in full is: Cavalieri, Degen, Darby, Kelly, Ayala,
Amoo, Eccleston, Lucas, Spearing, Aquilani, Ngog. Subs:
Gulacsi, Irwin, Palsson, Robinson, Shelvey, Ince, Dalla
(LFC Official Website)
Albert Riera ends Liverpool misery
with £4.5million move to Olympiakos
Liverpool's Spanish winger Albert Riera has agreed a
four-year deal with Olympiakos, the Greek side's coach Ewald
Lienen said, in a deal which would be Greece's most
Greek media reported that the deal will see the 28-year-old
be paid £2.1 million-a-year, with Liverpool picking up
£4.5million for the transfer.
Rangers teenager Danny Wilson has completed his transfer to
Liverpool after signing a three-year contract with Roy
The 18-year-old, who won the SFA and Football Writers' Young
Player of the Year awards last season, passed his medical at
Anfield on Wednesday afternoon.
He said after sealing his switch to the Reds: "It's a great
feeling to sign for Liverpool. Wherever you go everyone
knows Liverpool FC and I'm just very happy to be here.
"This is a massive challenge for me. This is one of the best
leagues in the world and I'll be playing for one of the
biggest teams in the world."
Cole: Reds move
for football reasons
Joe Cole is looking forward to the challenge of playing for
Liverpool, insisting his move to Merseyside was decided
purely on football terms.
Contrary to reports, the England international has been
the number 10 shirt.
Cole said he remembered the atmosphere when he played at the
ground for Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final of
2005, which Liverpool won on penalties before going on to
lift the trophy in Istanbul, and was looking forward to
experiencing that on a more regular basis.
"This is a massive club. I tried to take everything out of
the equation, take the financial and location side out and
just thought in football terms," said the England
Hodgson urges Liverpool caution
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has sounded a note of caution
to the club's supporters following the arrival of Joe Cole.
Levels of optimism around a side affected by a disappointing
Premier League finish last season and off-the-field wrangles
have since been raised, but Hodgson urged supporters to be
realistic ahead of the new campaign.
"It's not going to be an overnight thing," said the former
Fulham boss of the prospect of turning the club's fortunes
around. "Last season was a very disappointing season for the
club in every respect, culminating in a popular manager
(Rafa Benitez) leaving.
"You don't change doom and gloom or disenchantment with a
signing or two. I would never want to dupe the Liverpool
public by telling them all is rosy now because Joe Cole has
Dani at the double
Dani Pacheco struck a brace as Spain beat Portugal 2-1 in
the UEFA U19 European Championships group stage clash in
France on Wednesday afternoon.
Impressive throughout, the Liverpool starlet netted with low
drive on 12 minutes after expertly fashioning himself half a
yard inside the Portuguese box.
Portugal thought they'd done enough to claim a draw when
substitute Ruben Pinto scored with just a dozen minutes left
on the clock.
However, with seconds remaining, Pacheco dramatically
drilled home from the edge of the box to secure the win.
Spain are next in action on Saturday when they take on
The tournament runs until July 30, and there are two groups
of four teams. The group winners and runners-up will
progress to the semi-final.
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool slap £6m
price-tag on Ngog
Liverpool have slapped a £6 million price-tag on striker
The Mirror says Ngog can go at the right price - quoted to
several clubs in the Premier League and round Europe -
although he may have to play in the Europa League qualifiers
Liverpool refuse to meet
Nice price for Remy
Liverpool refuse to do business for Loic Remy at Nice's
current asking price.
Remy's hopes of joining Liverpool are in limbo as the Reds
refuse to match West Ham's £12.5million bid for the France
Joe Cole passes medical
and will wear No. 10 shirt
Liverpool have confirmed Joe Cole has passed his medical,
completing his four-year switch to the Merseyside club.
Cole becomes the Reds' second signing of the summer,
arriving on a free transfer following his departure from
Chelsea. The England international took part in his first
training session with the club at their pre-season camp in
Austria on Wednesday morning.
(ESPN Soccernet staff)
Hodgson shows Degen
the Anfield exit
Phillip Degen has been told his Anfield career is over.
The Liverpool defender, who has underwhelmed during the two
years he has been at the club, does not figure in Roy
Hodgson’s plans for the new campaign.
Prolific star lands in England
amid United, City & Liverpool riddle
According to talkSport radio, AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan
Huntelaar was last night spotted in Manchester airport ahead
of talks with one of Manchester City, Manchester United or
is summer business is concluded, talkSport have suggested to
Liverpool willing to sell
to Inter Milan for right price
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano could still get his
move to Inter Milan.
If Benitez is prepared to match Liverpool's £20m valuation,
that could be good business for Hodgson and the club.
Hodgson: Gillett and Hicks must
for Liverpool FC gloom to be lifted
Roy Hodgson believes Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard have helped
put the smile back on the faces of Liverpool supporters –
but admits any gloom will only truly lift once the club’s
American owners depart.
But Hodgson accepts only the departure of co-owners George
Gillett and Tom Hicks, who have appointed chairman Martin
Broughton to sell the club, will dispel the scepticism of
the Anfield faithful.
“What will lift the supporters is if we get new investment,”
said the Liverpool manager. “I know supporters are very
anxious for that. We can’t ever deny it.
“The owners are not popular with the fans; the fans want new
owners, they want new investment. The gloom, if there is
any, is never really going to lift until that day comes."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Liverpool agree Wilson deal
Rangers have agreed to sell defender Danny Wilson to
Liverpool in a deal worth up to £5million.
The 18-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Ibrox
before penning his first professional contract there three
years ago, has been a target of the Anfield club for several
Sky Sports News revealed earlier on Tuesday that Liverpool
were in advanced stages of discussions with Rangers, with
only the transfer fee left to agree on.
And the Ibrox club has now confirmed that Reds are set to
complete the transfer after the youngster was pulled out of
the Rangers squad that flew out to Australia for their
pre-season tour on Tuesday.
"We have agreed a deal in principle with Liverpool for the
transfer of Danny Wilson," said Rangers chief executive
Martin Bain on the club's official website.
Houllier hits out
at Benitez tenure
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has criticised his
successor at Anfield, claiming it was he and not Rafael
Benitez who turned the club around and built the squad which
memorably won the 2005 Champions League final.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the 63-year old
Frenchman has welcomed the appointment of his close friend
Roy Hodgson, believing the former Fulham manager will
restore the values and traditions of the Anfield club.
Houllier said: “After Rafa Benitez left this summer, one of
the players sent
me a message.
“He said, 'Boss, he hasn’t beaten you'.”
Houllier goes on to say that Benitez was lucky to inherit a
club that was in such good health when he was sacked in
“One, the pattern of getting a foreign coach was already
accepted. Two, he had a Champions League winning team.
Three, the team were already in the Champions League. Four,
we had built new facilities. And five, it was a different
training routine, different attitude and mentality," he
“I claim that we – Phil Thompson, Sammy Lee and the staff –
definitely turned it round. The chairman, when I left, said
'You put the club into the 21st Century.””
Houllier also believes Liverpool’s Champions League success
was due to a squad he constructed and that Benitez has
failed to build on it.
“Twelve out of 14 in Istanbul were players I had signed or
developed. I left Liverpool with a team and in the Champions
League. But when you finish seventh with Torres and Gerrard…
“When I came into the changing room in Istanbul some of the
players said: 'Boss, it’s your team'.”
Despite a humiliating summer, which saw Houllier oversee
France’s disastrous World Cup campaign as the French
Federation’s Technical Director, he is keen to return to
club management, with England his ideal destination.
“I would love to manage the right club. There’s one I
thought I would go to but Newcastle took Kevin Keegan.”
buyer for Kyrgiakos
Liverpool are inviting offers for Greek defender Sotirios
Greece centre-half Kyrgiakos was landed on a free transfer
by Rafa Benitez last summer but he is now being hawked round
Europe for around £2.5million.
Gerrard set to stay at Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has given the strongest
indication yet that he will remain at Anfield as he welcomed
the signing of Joe Cole.
There has been speculation over the Reds midfielder's future
this summer but after meeting new boss Roy Hodgson, Gerrard
now appears set to stay.
"I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately," the
the club website.
"Having done so I'm very impressed with his plans for the
future of the team."
He added: "I only returned to training on Monday at Melwood
with some of the other World Cup players but I can't wait
for the new season to start."
(BBC Sport Online)
Hodgson big fan
of rival Moyes
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is happy to see his former
protege David Moyes doing so well with Everton.
Moyes and Hodgson became close in 2001 when the Everton
gaffer, who was in charge of Preston at the time, was
studying for his UEFA Pro Licence.
Every student is required to choose a club and coach to
follow, and Moyes heeded advice to spend a week in Italy
with Udinese, where Hodgson was
then in charge.
Now the pair are working closely again, with only Stanley
Park separating them.
Hodgson said: "You could tell David was going to be an
"I am pleased for his success and remember very fondly the
time we had together."
Hodgson: Inter have not
made Mascherano approach
Roy Hodgson is adamant Liverpool have had no contact with
Inter Milan regarding midfielder Javier Mascherano, and says
suggestions he has been snubbed by the player are
Mascherano's future at Anfield is in some doubt after his
agent claimed the Argentina captain would welcome the chance
to reunite with former manager Rafa Benitez, who replaced
Jose Mourinho as Inter coach.
"The speculation about him leaving continues, but I must
also put the record straight and say that as yet it is pure
speculation because we have heard nothing from Inter and
heard nothing other than he will come back and work with
us," Hodgson told talkSPORT.
key to Cole deal
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard played an integral role in
persuading Joe Cole to sign for the Reds, according to
manager Roy Hodgson.
Gerrard and Reds vice-captain Jamie Carragher made the most
of the time they had with Cole during England’s
disappointing World Cup campaign in South Africa to convince
their international team-mate that Anfield was the right
place for him.
“Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard did a good job in
selling the club to Joe at the recent World Cup,” said the
Harry rues Cole miss
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has wished Joe Cole well after
he missed out to Liverpool for the player's signature.
Redknapp was keen on luring free agent Cole to White Hart
Lane after he left Chelsea earlier this summer.
However, Liverpool won the race for the England star's
signature with Cole set to sign a four-year deal at Anfield
once he has completed a medical.
Redknapp admits Spurs tried their hardest to sign Cole, but
that the 28-year-old snubbed their overtures for football
reasons rather than money.
"We tried our very hardest to get him. The chairman made Joe
a fantastic offer," Redknapp wrote in his column in The Sun.
"But, in the end, we were competing with a club that has
years and years of tradition and a reputation as one of the
biggest clubs in the world."
Carragher: Cole capture
is Reds statement
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned their Barclays
Premier League rivals they still mean business – and the
signing of Joe Cole proves as much.
“It’s great news and it is a message that Liverpool mean
business,” said the 32-year-old, who returns to Melwood
today with fellow England internationals Steven Gerrard and
Glen Johnson to begin pre-season training today after
a three-week rest.
“We have signed a top international player who has been
really important for Chelsea. A lot of clubs wanted to sign
him but it is a real coup that he has chosen to come here
and you have got to give the manager and the board a pat on
the back for convincing him to come here."
Joe Cole has right reasons
to make move to Liverpool FC
As far as I can see, Joe Cole has come to Anfield for all
the right reasons.
He’s fully over the knee injury that has blighted him in
recent seasons and has a point to prove.
He just wants to play football now and being Roy Hodgson’s
first major signing since he took charge of Liverpool, he’s
going to play him.
(Mark Lawrenson - Liverpool Daily Post)
All Joe needs is love -- and
an adoring Kop can provide it in spades
In the end, it was the football that swung it for Joe Cole.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were both waving tempting
offers in his direction, but neither club could promise
quite the security that Roy Hodgson was all but guaranteeing
Not financial security, for he could have earned similar
amounts to the £90,000-a-week deal his agents have
negotiated with Liverpool at either London club.
But Cole wants footballing security, the comfort that comes
from knowing the manager likes you and wants to put you in
the team, the kind of security that Cole once enjoyed at
West Ham seven years ago but he never really felt at
(Mark Fleming - Irish Independent)
Pop star to join medical team
Former Simply Red guitarist Sylvan Richardson has been named
as Liverpool's new masseur.
Though he was part of the Mancunian band when launched in
the 1980s he left within two years and though he stayed
connected with the music industry also studied a very
"They have been giving me a lot of stick," Richardson said
of his Manchester roots identifying Sammy Lee as the main
"I am a professional producer and musician but I was always
interested in medicine, and when I left the band in 1987,
that's the path I went down.
"To work for Liverpool is a great honour and when I got the
call I was
"My role is to prepare the players and deal with their
recovery after training. I am used to working with top
athletes and so am very much looking forward to this
Cole meets Hodgson
New Liverpool signing Joe Cole has arrived in Switzerland
for a medical after agreeing terms on a four-year Anfield
deal - and we've got an exclusive video and photo of the
28-year-old meeting Roy Hodgson.
The England international touched down at 7.45pm local time
before taking the 30-minute journey to Bad Ragaz to meet up
with his new teammates for
the first time.
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool start search
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that finding a new
left-back for the club is now one of his priorities.
The Reds have lost both Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua
(who is set to complete a £5million move to Fiorentina this
week), and now finds no left-back
in the squad.
He said, “We are short and that is going to be one of the
priorities. We need to find a replacement for Emiliano and
Fabio. That is one job we will have to do.
“As far as we understand, the deal for Insua has been
completed between the clubs and his agent is sorting out
personal terms. Maybe it was the right time for him to move
Liverpool have been linked with a £6million move for Wigan
(This is Anfield)
Liverpool battling Stoke
for Wigan fullback Figueroa
Liverpool and Stoke City are battling for Wigan Athletic
fullback Maynor Figueroa.
The Honduras international was a top target for Steve Bruce
last season but relations with Sunderland grew strained when
their former boss pressed for Figueroa's signature despite
being issued with a 'hands-off' warning.
Lucky number seven?
Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Peter Beardsley or Harry
Kewell and Robbie Keane. Who will Joe Cole follow?
It is understood that Liverpool's most recent signing will
be handed the club's famous No.7 shirt if he passes a
medical in the next couple of days to rubberstamp his
Wearing a jersey bearing such distinction is an honour based
upon ability, but it also comes with a pressure and weight
of expectation to meet a set of standards both on and off
Keegan and Dalglish made Liverpool's No.7 famous, while
Beardsley followed in the mould. But others, Kewell and
Keane, failed through a combination of factors.
How will former Chelsea star Cole cope? Here skysports.com
looks at the positive arguments of the England playmaker's
arrival on Merseyside.
Liverpool sign Joe Cole
after release by Chelsea
Liverpool have signed Joe Cole on a four-year deal - subject
to a medical - following his release by Chelsea.
The 28-year-old England midfielder left Stamford Bridge in
June after failing to agree a new contract with the Premier
He was linked to Arsenal and Tottenham but has opted for
Liverpool, who failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Cole's arrival follows winger Yossi Benayoun's move from
Anfield to Chelsea for an undisclosed fee in July.
(BBC Sport Online)
Shelvey sets sights
high at Anfield
Jonjo Shelvey has set a target of
making at least 20 appearances for Liverpool next season -
although joining the Reds still has not sunk in.
Shelvey, who completed his move to Anfield from Charlton at
the end of last season, has been training with his new
team-mates in Switzerland and the 18-year-old is confident
he can make a swift impact for the Merseysiders.
"Being at Liverpool is what every kid dreams of," Shelvey
told the club's
"When I was in school and in the playground I used to
pretend to be players like Steven Gerrard, so it's unreal to
think I'll be training with these players day in and day