Purslow: Insua wants to stay
Liverpool general director Christian Purslow has revealed
that Emiliano Insua does not want to leave the club, despite
speculation over his future.
The 21-year-old left-back has not had the best of times
since moving to Anfield in 2007, and has an uncertain future
at the club now that Rafa Benitez has left.
A new Reds manager has yet to be unveiled, and Purslow
insists that any discussions on Insua's future will have to
"At this moment the only objective of the club is to find a
new coach and then evaluate the whole roster of players with
him," he told calciomercato.com.
"I cannot confirm the interest of Fiorentina for Insua, even
if in Italy he is highly regarded, for example at Lazio who
last season often came to view him in person.
"I don't think the player wants to leave Liverpool. When and
where he'll do this request, regardless of the difficulties
of the club, we'll talk.
"I exclude at the moment that everything can be resolved
within a few days."
Insua, an Argentina international, moved to Liverpool from
Boca Juniors but has not set the Premier League alight since
Report: Liverpool chiefs
confident Torres willing to stay
Liverpool chiefs are confident Fernando Torres wants to stay
The News of the World says Torres will meet expected new
boss Roy Hodgson when he returns from South Africa.
Report: Barcelona launching
new offer for Mascherano
Barcelona are preparing a £30 million offer for Liverpool
The Mirror says Barca's efforts to land Mascherano last
summer were firmly rebuffed by the Reds, who do not want to
lose their midfield anchorman.
Reports: Spanish media: Barcelona
informed of 60m euro valuation
According to reports in Spain, Liverpool have told Barcelona
it will cost them €60 million to prise Fernando Torres away
Spanish daily sport claim the Catalan giants are formalising
lucrative offers for the Kop talisman and his international
colleague Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal, and although the La Liga
champions were hoping to offer €45 million for the former,
Sandro Rossell has earmarked the striker as his top target
since taking over the presidency from Joan Laporta.
Reports: Blues back in for Babel
Skysports.com understands Birmingham are ready to rekindle
their interest in Liverpool's Ryan Babel.
Birmingham tried to sign Babel during the January transfer
window, but failed to agree a deal with Liverpool.
Report: Gerrard: I know
Real Madrid want me
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is open to a move to Real
Madrid, it has
Speaking after England's draw with Algeria on Friday,
Gerrard reportedly told Spanish media: "It is possible that
I'll be in Madrid next season.
"I'm aware of the club's offer so maybe we'll see each other
Redknapp urges Capello
to play Gerrard now middle
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Steven Gerrard should
revert back to his favoured central midfield role if England
are to progress at the World Cup.
The Three Lions slumped to a 0-0 draw against Algeria on
Friday night, and their hopes of reaching the knockout
stages of the competition are now hanging
in the balance.
"Suddenly Joe Cole has become this big thing, everyone’s
saying he has to be in the side,” Redknapp told
“But he couldn’t get in Chelsea’s team for most of the year,
with injuries and not simply getting picked, and they let
him go when they could have kept him.
“It’s like Gareth Barry - suddenly he’s vital. He’s a decent
player but you’re putting Steven Gerrard on the left and
he’s a world-class central midfielder.
Stevie [Steven Gerrard] needs to play centrally, and he
needs to play in there ahead of Frank Lampard - but with a
"That means you need to play 4-3-3 with two wide of Wayne
Rooney up there on his own, with maybe Joe Cole as one of
“That way you get the best out of Lampard - who plays in
that formation every week at Chelsea and scores so many
goals - and Gerrard, who can come up to support Wayne
Liverpool legend Grobbelaar:
Dalglish must be given job
Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar says Kenny Dalglish should
be the next manager at Anfield.
As far as Grobbelaar is concerned, only one man can do that
job for Liverpool at the moment.
The former Zimbabwe international said: “We need someone who
has been at Liverpool every day. That man is Kenny Dalglish.
“I would have liked to have seen him get a chance of
steadying the ship. He wouldn’t have come in and asked for a
huge amount of money. Any other manager will demand millions
– and a long-term contract.
“Kenny loves the game. He loves the people of Liverpool and
he’s at the club all the time. They should have given him a
chance, if only for a year.
“Then, if we get back into the Champions League, they could
have found a manager who was charismatic enough to take
Skrtel foresaw Benitez boot
Martin Skrtel feels there was an air of inevitability about
Rafa Benitez's departure as Liverpool manager.
The Reds finished an under-par seventh in the Premier League
during the 2009/10 campaign, as well as suffering early
exits from both domestic cup competitions to compound
failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout
Liverpool defender has become the first player to publicly
discuss Benitez's exit and the no-nonsense centre-half
believes it was the right time for the Spaniard
"The management needed to make some changes and they sacked
Rafa," Skrtel, who revealed Benitez sent a text to each
individual player after it was announced he would be
leaving, told The Independent.
"What can we do?" added the 25-year-old. "Nothing. We are
only players and we have to wait for the new management."
Skrtel, who is preparing for Slovakia's World Cup 2010 game
against Paraguay on Sunday, admitted he was unsure as to who
will be Benitez's successor at Anfield.
Despite reports linking Fulham boss Roy Hodgson with the
managerial hot-seat, the Slovakian defender chose to express
his gratitude to his ex-boss.
"I don't know. Rafa brought me to the club and I'm glad
about that and I thank him for that," he added.
"Now we have to wait for the new management. We will try to
do better than
Holland have reached the last sixteen at the World Cup.
Holland were the first team to qualify for the knockout
stages yesterday when they beat Japan 1-0. Dirk Kuyt played
the full 90 minutes while Ryan Babel was again an unused
Denmark kept their qualification hopes alive yesterday.
Denmark beat Cameroon 2-1 yesterday to boost their chances
of reaching the last sixteen at the World Cup. A win over
Japan in their final group game will see
Daniel Agger played a vital part in keeping Cameroon at bay
as they pushed for the equaliser needed to keep them in the
Kuyt calls for Gerrard stay
Dirk Kuyt has pleaded with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
to stay at Anfield next season.
Gerrard's future has been the subject of intense speculation
for the last few months after a disappointing campaign last
The likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City are thought to
be waiting in the wings to sign Gerrard if the England
international decides to leave his
However, Kuyt insists it is vital the club keep hold of
Gerrard as he is the heartbeat of the side.
"I wouldn't like to see Steven Gerrard go," said Kuyt.
"Everyone wants to keep Stevie at the club.
"He is the captain, he is very important and his heart is
"So it must be a very good offer or a very good club if he
wants to leave.
"I don't know anything about this. It is just up to him, up
to the club."
Kuyt also revealed he was sad to see Rafa Benitez leave
Benitez left Anfield by mutual consent after six years in
charge of the club.
The Spaniard has quickly found himself back in work with
Inter Milan and Kuyt admits he owes Benitez a lot for
improving him as a player.
"I was sad to see him go," added Kuyt
"Rafa was very important for Liverpool.
"He won the Champions League and he made me the player that
I have become."
Carra: Fans have
right to boo
Jamie Carragher has defended the right of England fans to
criticise the team if they produce the kind of performance
evident against Algeria.
England's World Cup future is hanging in the balance after a
goalless draw in Cape Town means they have to overcome
Slovenia on Wednesday.
The final whistle was greeted with boos from some sections
of fans and this led to them being criticised by Rooney.
But Carragher feels they are entitled to air their opinions
particularly after spending considerable amounts of money to
follow the team to South Africa.
The Liverpool defender said: "I feel the supporters in the
stadium were perfectly entitled to boo the team. I've never
had a problem with that.
"I've always said fans should support during the game but,
at the end, they're right to let us know when they're not
Torres optimistic despite loss
Spain forward Fernando Torres is confident that the team
will regain form and win all remaining matches.(GSM) -
Fernando Torres expressing the belief that Spain team would
win its subsequent matches, following their 1-0 loss to
on Wednesday in Durban.
The European Champion Spain had won 23 of 24 games entering
the World Cup but surprisingly they defeated 1-0 by the
"Anyone can beat anyone," Torres said after loss.
The 26-year-old forward is confident that the team's bad day
"Let’s hope that our bad game, our bad day, has passed,"
the Reds forward added.
He believes surprises are the part of the game and always
occur at the World Cup, "but let's just hope we're not one
Spain faces Honduras on Monday with both teams needing a win
in Group H.
Mascherano hints at Rafa reunion
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has hinted he would
be open to a move to Inter Milan should Rafael Benitez wish
to be reunited with him.
The Argentina international, currently on World Cup duty, is
reportedly a £25million target for the Italian giants, who
appointed Benitez as Jose Mourinho's successor last week.
Mascherano, in remarks reported by the Daily Star, said: "Me
to Inter? Ask Benitez. He is the one who knows more.
"Rafa is my teacher. I learned so much from him since I came
to play in Europe.
"I am learning Italian, but I don't know anything about
Inter. Does Benitez want me? You should ask him as he would
know more than me."
The player's agent, Marco Piccioli indicated a move is close
and told reporters: "There has already been a first contact
with (Inter sporting director) Marco Branca.
"We are evaluating the move hard and in the next few days we
will have a new meeting to better establish the details of
this transfer deal."