Johnson: I've not been in form
Glen Johnson admitted he has yet to reach top form this
season after marking his return from injury with a goal in
the 3-0 win over West Ham.
"It's always nice to come off the treatment bench and it's
obviously nice to come back with a goal. I missed the last
six out of seven games, so I just wanted to get back into
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departure from Liverpool
Martin Broughton has announced his departure as Liverpool
Broughton, also chairman of British Airways, was appointed
in April to oversee the sale of the club.
Now that has been achieved and New England Sports Ventures
are starting to bring in their own people, with the search
currently on for a new chief executive, Broughton is more
than happy to stand aside.
"The game (against West Ham) is my last home fixture as
chairman of Liverpool Football Club," said the
self-confessed Chelsea fan.
"It was always my stated intention to stand down once the
sale was completed and I am happy that the club is now in
"This has been one of the most memorable experiences of my
working life and I would like to wish Liverpool and its
supporters every success for the future.
"The last seven months have been a pleasure and a privilege
for me to serve this fantastic sporting institution.
"Everybody associated with the club can now look forward to
an exciting future with the right owners and the club on a
secure financial footing.
"Liverpool FC will always hold a special place in my heart
as a result of the relationships I have forged over these
Hodgson pleased with response
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson admitted his side's 3-0 victory
over West Ham was as comfortable as it gets for a manager,
despite the absence of injured captain Steven Gerrard.
The match was won in the first half after goals from Glen
Johnson, Dirk Kuyt from the penalty spot and Maxi Rodriguez,
taking the Reds within three points of the fourth place
currently occupied by Bolton.
"It was important to win and I think we did it in some
style," said Hodgson.
"We knew what we had to do today. We were concerned we would
have to do it without Steven and Lucas Leiva (who was
suspended) but the players selected today did really well."
woeful West Ham
It was hardly a proper test of being able to cope without
Steven Gerrard but Liverpool did more than enough to dispose
of a woeful West Ham at Anfield.
With the captain out for a month with a hamstring tear
manager Roy Hodgson called for his players to step up to
fill the void and the Barclays Premier League's bottom side
provide the perfect opposition.
First-half goals from Glen Johnson and Maxi Rodriguez,
either side of a Dirk Kuyt penalty, were enough to wrap up
the points in the first half.
The visiting fans were less than impressed and directed
their anger at manager Avram Grant with chants of 'You're
getting sacked in the morning'.
It is unlikely Liverpool will have an easier game this
season and it was the ideal tonic for them after two poor
performances in a 1-1 draw at Wigan and last Saturday's
defeat at Stoke which ended a six-game unbeaten run.
Glen Johnson returns from injury to face West Ham United at
The team in full is: Reina, Konchesky, Johnson, Carragher,
Skrtel , Poulsen, Meireles, Maxi, Kuyt, Ngog, Torres.
Subs: Jones, Eccleston, Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Shelvey, Kelly,
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U18s held by City
Liverpool U18s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw away at
Manchester City on Saturday morning.
The home side took a first half lead but Rodolfo Borrell's
side stormed back in the second half and took the game to
Craig Roddan equalised with a terrific half-volley from the
edge of the box, then a sweeping team move started from the
back ended with Kristjan Gauti Emilsson making it 2-1.
City came back though and equalised 10 minutes from time as
Liverpool U18s: Belford, Poor (Regan), Smith, Sama,
McGiveron, Coady, Sterling, Roddan, Ngoo, Emilsson
Subs unused: Stephens, Aylmer, Morgan.
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Fowler set for
Dons coach role
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is set to join League One
outfit MK Dons as a coach in February.
The 35-year-old striker will rejoin his old friend - and MK
Dons manager - Karl Robinson at the club.
Fowler worked with Robinson during his time with the
Liverpool Academy and also at Blackburn Rovers.
While assistant manager at stadium:mk, Robinson then invited
Fowler to the club in April to meet the squad and work with
the Dons' strikers.
Fowler has now agreed to return on a more permanent basis
when he has finished his current playing stint with
Australian side Perth Glory, for whom he netted a hat-trick
in last week's 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.
Welcoming the new arrangement, Robinson said: "When his
season finishes he'll be over on a regular basis working
with the forwards as part of
my coaching team."
Fowler's friend Dietmar Hamann is already a player-coach at
Torres: Reds are with Roy
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has given under-fire
manager Roy Hodgson
his full backing.
The Spain international has reacted to claims that some of
the foreign contingent in the Reds camp has lost faith in
the English tactician and they felt former manager Rafa
Benitez should have remained in charge.
Hodgson has been the subject of some rough treatment from
the Kop faithful too which has included chants for Kenny
Dalglish to replace him as manager after last weekend's
defeat to Stoke City.
But Torres, who is expected to lead the line in Saturday
evening's Premier League clash against West Ham United, has
voiced his support for the former
He told Spanish radio: "The squad here trusts in Roy
Hodgson, and so do I. I have no problems with the manager at
all, he has always trusted in me and that's very important
to any footballer.
"Although he was here a long time, the Benitez phase at
Liverpool is already history. It belongs to the past and now
only the present is important to us.
"You have to look forward, not back. Roy is a very serious
coach who in the summer explained to me very clearly what he
wanted from me. But it is not simple to begin a new project
with a different coach in a club where it is always required
to fight for every competition.
"You have to adapt to new ways to create a winning team and
that is never easy - but the team is reacting.
"Not everything has gone well, but if we can put three wins
together then I think the team will be back at the right end
of the table, and we'll be more relaxed and play better."
Roy backs Poulsen
Roy Hodgson has backed Christian Poulsen to come good at
Poulsen has struggled to adapt to English football, with his
last Premiership start being the awful 2-1 defeat to
Blackpool back on October 3rd. However, he is likely to
start today with Steven Gerrard and Jay Spearing injured and
Lucas Levia suspended and Hodgson has backed the Dane to
start showing his best form.
"He's been a bit unlucky. He's had one or two poor games but
when you come to a new club and you have a poor game or
you're playing in a losing team, it gets noticed by
everybody," said the boss.
"Last year and the year before it was Lucas, and now
suddenly people are realising Lucas is a good player. I'm
sure everyone here will realise Christian Poulsen is also a
very good player.
"It'll be tough for him if the team doesn't start well and
he doesn't start well against West Ham. He'll have to accept
he won't have the crowd with him.
"He's a very strong character, a very experienced player and
you don't play 80-odd games for Denmark and for clubs like
Sevilla and Juventus unless you've got something special
Liverpool step back from
FA row on Gerrard request
Liverpool have wound their neck in over Steven Gerrard's
hamstring injury suffered while on England duty.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson says they won't kick up a fuss - on
He explained: "My thoughts on Steven are obviously, as
Liverpool manager, that I'm frustrated and disappointed to
lose such a good player for a long period of time after a
"Saying anything other than I'm disappointed and a bit angry
would be dishonest, but Steven is anxious to put a tin lid
on the matter.
"We've had a couple of days of club-versus-country debate
but Steven is a very important player for both teams and
anxious to put this behind him.
"He's keen to make it clear he is disappointed and sad too,
but will do everything to get to full fitness as soon as possible."
Hodgson: No Johnson bust-up
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has described speculation
surrounding the future of Glen Johnson as a storm in a tea
Reports have suggested that the England international could
leave Anfield in the January transfer window after criticism
from his club boss earlier in November.
Jay faces six weeks out
Jay Spearing's dream of making his
first Barclays Premier League start at Anfield this weekend
is over after he suffered an ankle injury in the closing
stages of Friday's training session.
The 21-year-old was hoping to use the absence of the injured
Steven Gerrard and suspended Lucas Leiva to stake his claim
for a first-team place.
However, he now stands no chance of featuring in the
tea-time kick-off against West Ham and instead faces up to
six weeks on the sidelines.
"Unfortunately right at the end of the training session,
which was 5-a-side and not at all a competitive game, he
turned his ankle and cracked a small bone just above the
ankle in his fibia," said boss Roy Hodgson.
"That means he is going to be missing for six weeks. It is a
terrible blow for Jay and us. He has been doing ever so well
and getting closer and closer to a place in the first team.
"I was considering using him in this game, possibly even
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by Gerrard loss
Roy Hodgson could not hide his frustration about Steven
Gerrard's injury whilst on England duty, although the
Liverpool manager stressed there is no bad blood between the
club and the Football Association.
Hodgson confessed he was 'disappointed and a little bit
angry' after seeing his captain hobble out of the Three
Lions' midweek defeat to France.
"As Liverpool manager I am frustrated and disappointed to
lose such an important player for such a long period of
time," said Hodgson, who will be without fellow central
midfielder Lucas Leiva through suspension.
"Anything I say - other than I am disappointed and even a
little bit angry about it - would be dishonest."
Reds to receive
The Football Association have confirmed their insurers will
pay compensation to Liverpool for Steven Gerrard's hamstring
Estimates say Liverpool will pocket £500,000 after their
captain got injured in England's friendly defeat to France
at Wembley on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old has been ruled out for a month, which could
have a significant effect on his side's season after a
recent revival came to an end at Stoke
The FA have been anxious to point out the cash will not come
directly from them but an insurance scheme that has been set
up, which has already paid out to Arsenal and Tottenham for
injuries sustained by Theo Walcott and Jermain Defoe on
international duty this season.
Michael Owen was the subject of one of the more expensive
claims when he was injured on World Cup duty in 2006.
The FA are one of the few national associations who run such
an insurance scheme.
Wednesday night's opponents France do not for instance,
whilst many smaller nations simply could not afford the
premiums to cover their star players.
Carragher tells Reds
to shape up without Gerrard
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged the team to
rise to the challenge of losing captain Steven Gerrard for
up to a month.
With the captain now out for a month it could easily be
argued Liverpool have lost at least 50% of their cutting
But Carragher, who will lead the side in the 30-year-old’s
absence, insists they have to adapt and cope – starting
against Barclays Premier League bottom side West Ham at
“There is no doubt Steven will be missed whether we win,
lose or draw because he is such an important player here,”
said Carragher, who recently described Gerrard as the best
player in the club’s history.
“But it is up to us to perform well and lessen the impact,
like when we beat Spurs (2-0) in January without him and
Reds chief stuck
in the middle
Roy Hodgson has to find a solution to Liverpool's growing
problems in central midfield after Steven Gerrard was ruled
out for a month.
The 30-year-old has been sidelined by a grade two hamstring
tear sustained in England's midweek defeat to France, when
he played 25 minutes longer than had previously been agreed.
With Lucas Leiva suspended for Saturday's visit of Premier
League bottom side West Ham and summer signing Christian
Poulsen struggling to settle in, Hodgson has some switching
around to do.
One option would be to play Raul Meireles in his preferred
central position - something the Reds boss has been
reluctant to do as he allows the Portugal international time
to adjust having joined in August.
But even if he can back up some encouraging performances
wide on the right with similar displays through the middle
it is going to be difficult to fill the hole
left by Gerrard.