Hodgson: I am not
resigning and I never will
Liverpool relieved the pressure on their under-fire boss Roy
Hodgson with a battling display in Naples last night.
And after watching with pride a committed performance from
his young side to take an important Europa League point
against Napoli, the Reds manager show fight of his own by
insisting he would never consider quitting.
Hodgson has been swamped with rumours that he will walk out
of Anfield because of the intense pressure produced by a
poor start to the season, which has seen Liverpool slump
into the bottom three.
There have even been suggestions that top Dutch coach Frank
Rijkaard has been lined up as a replacement should the
experienced coach decide he
has had enough.
But Hodgson showed the same fight as his team when he
emphatically dismissed suggestions he would quit, when he
"I have heard the ridiculous rumours about me resigning, and
I can tell you there is not an iota of truth in any of them.
"The simple truth is that I have never considered resigning,
and I never will."
Roy's Reds pick up
a point in Naples
Liverpool remain unbeaten in Europa League Group K after
digging deep to earn a deserved 0-0 draw with hosts Napoli
on Thursday night.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson's gamble in leaving at home a
handful of his senior players - including Fernando Torres
and Steven Gerrard - paid off in some respect in the Stadio
Many tipped the hopelessly out-of-form Reds for defeat after
bringing a weakened side to Naples, but they withstood long
spells of pressure to leave with a point.
The closest they came to conceding was in first-half added
time when Paul Konchesky cleared Marek Hamsik's shot off the
line in the nick of time, while Ryan Babel could have
snatched victory with 20 minutes to go but shot too close to
goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis.
Teen star starts
Teenager Jonjo Shelvey will make his first competitive start
for Liverpool in the Europa League encounter with Napoli
Roy Hodgson has made seven changes from the team that lost
The Reds side in full is: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel,
Konchesky, Poulsen, Spearing, Jovanovic, Shelvey, Babel,
Subs: Jones, Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Wilson, Maxi, Cole,
(LFC Official Website)
No Reds move for Rijkaard
Frank Rijkaard's agent insists they have not been approached
by Liverpool about possibly replacing Roy Hodgson at
Hodgson's future at Liverpool has come under intense
scrutiny following a disastrous start to the season.
Rijkaard has been mentioned as a possible replacement with
the Dutchman being made the strong favourite by Sky Bet
following his departure from Galatasaray earlier this week.
However, Rijkaard's representative, Perry Overeem, insists
he has had no contact with Liverpool and that the former
Barcelona boss will not be rushing any decision over his
"We have not been approached by Liverpool," Overeem told
Sky Sports News HD.
"Frank's not thinking about any job at the moment - he wants
to put what's happened in Turkey behind him.
"Frank's still in Turkey.
"Whenever we are approached, if we are approached, we will
deal with that then but it's not helpful to get into rumours
at this stage."
Rijkaard rumoured to replace
Hodgson at Liverpool
Rumours have been spreading across the internet this
Thursday that Roy Hodgson is set to resign as Liverpool boss
following their Europa League encounter with Napoli at
Stadio San Paolo.
The unofficial rumours have prompted bookmakers William Hill
to slash their odds on Frank Rijkaard becoming the next
manager of Liverpool from 2/1 to 2/7.
Rijkaard Reds 'gamble' in full
Frank Rijkaard has been the subject of a huge gamble and is
now the 4/7 favourite with SkyBet to be the next permanent
The former Barcelona coach left Galatasaray by mutual
consent this week after just over a year in charge and has
been heavily backed to replace current manager Roy Hodgson
Pressure is mounting on Hodgson after the Reds' dismal start
to the campaign, which was compounded by a 2-0 defeat at
Everton in the Merseyside derby
Ex-Inter Milan and Fulham boss Hodgson is 11/10 to be the
next Premier League manager to be sacked and SkyBet's Dale
Tempest reckons that Hodgson's dismal start at Anfield has
paved the way for Rijkaard to replace him.
Tempest said: "Liverpool are a club in crisis so it's been
no surprise to see the odds gradually shorten for Roy
Hodgson to leave.
"However what we didn't expect was the gamble on Frank
Rijkaard to take over.
"The Dutchman started at 12/1 on Wednesday but is now the
Two Liverpool fans stabbed
ahead of Napoli game
Two Liverpool fans have been stabbed in Naples, Italy ahead
of tonight’s match against Napoli.
A police spokesman confirmed that two men, aged 27 and 52,
were taken to hospital with injuries on Wednesday night.
Their conditions are not thought to be life-threatening.
Three Napoli citizens have been arrested.
Policing is thought to have been tightened up ahead of
tonight’s game to keep supporters from each club separate.
A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office said, “We can
confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals in
Naples, Italy on 20 October. We are providing consular
Merseyside Police say they have had reports of six attacks
on Liverpool supporters in the city over the last 24 hours.
The Guardian reports, “A separate incident where a gang of
youths armed with knifes approached English supporters in
the city has also been reported. The ANSA and Apcom news
agencies say that the overnight clashes in downtown Naples
involved thrown rocks and led to three arrests, and also
injuries to four or five Italian fans, including a
(This is Anfield)
Carragher: Time for
players to stand up
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists the players are
fully behind Roy Hodgson and it is up to them to start
impressing the manager.
With their season starting so badly, with just one win in
eight Premier League matches leaving them 19th in the table,
speculation has started about whether everything is right
behind the scenes following the recent takeover.
"The spirit in the dressing room is fine but you don't have
to be a rocket scientist to work out if you win games it is
a lot better.
"The manager is the boss and we should be trying to impress
him, not the other way around."
Hodgson fears Torres swoop
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted Wayne Rooney's
desire to leave Manchester United could mean his star
striker Fernando Torres is targeted by their arch-rivals.
But while he said he accepted there was always a chance the
Reds could lose players like the Spain international, he was
determined to keep Torres.
"I am not naive enough to think there is no danger we will
ever lose a player like Fernando Torres.
"I can only hope we won't and I will make certain I do
everything in my power to keep him happy at the club, help
him improve his current form and to get him playing for
Liverpool as he has in the past."
Roy explains duo absence
Roy Hodgson has explained the reasoning behind his decision
to leave Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres back on
Merseyside for Thursday's Europa League clash with Napoli in
The Reds boss believes his side will be better served by
having the star duo fresh for Sunday's Barclays Premier
League clash with Blackburn Rovers at Anfield - and he is
confident his squad has the necessary quality to secure a
positive result in the absence of the pair.
Hodgson told reporters: "They are perfectly okay. If I had
asked them to play they would have been prepared to do so.
"When it comes to Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, we
have an important league game on Sunday. It is my decision
and I thought that it would be better to spare them this
game and to give the responsibility to other players in the
squad tomorrow to show they deserve their place in the
Liverpool squad and that they can do the job.
(LFC Official Website)
Cannavaro ready for Liverpool tussle
Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro is eagerly anticipating the
Europa League clash with Liverpool on Thursday night.
The Premier League giants travel to Italy currently top of
Group K with a win and a draw from their opening two games,
while Napoli are second having managed
Cannavaro, 29, has warned his side not to underestimate
their English opponents despite Liverpool lying
second-bottom in the league, and the defender is looking
forward to a massive night for the club.
"It will be a historic match for Napoli. For years, San
Paolo hasn't seen major events in Europe and on Thursday we
all know how important it will be to be in top physical and
mental condition," he told the club's official website.
Ian Ayre’s resignation rejected
by NESV as club return to High Court
Following the resignation of Liverpool managing director
Christian Purslow, the Daily Telegraph can disclose that
club commercial director Ian Ayre has been dissuaded from
leaving the club by their new American owners New England
Sports Ventures (NESV).
Ayre is understood to have been uncertain of his position at
the club following the takeover and tendered a letter of
resignation to the club’s owners on Tuesday.
His offer was rejected by owner John W Henry and his
advisers however, and Ayre was reassured that he has a
future at the club.
Dossena: "I'll show Liverpool..."
Former Liverpool flop Andrea Dossena concedes it is “a
special game” when the Reds come to Naples for the Europa
League on Thursday.
The left-back struggled at Anfield with a series of injuries
before returning to Serie A on loan for Napoli.
“These are the matches you seek out in the fixture list and
I cannot wait for the opening whistle,” he said in a Press
“Now I can show Liverpool, who had chosen me, who the real
Andrea Dossena is. Tomorrow I’ll hug my former teammates and
friends I still have among the Reds, but then it’s a crucial
game that sends fire down my veins.”
of good result
Napoli head coach Walter Mazzarri is hopeful his troops can
secure a positive result against Liverpool in the Europa
The Serie A club host The Reds in a Group K encounter, a
group that is yet to see anyone take the bull by the horns.
A win for Napoli could see them usurp Liverpool at the top
of the table and Mazzarri wants his fans to be treated.
"We will do everything possible to overcome Liverpool,"
"I want a great match. I would like the team to play good
football and produce a positive performance.
"I don't want only to secure a good result. I want to
achieve it in
the best possible fashion."
Christian Purslow stands down
as Liverpool FC managing director
Liverpool FC Managing Director Chistian Purslow has stepped
the Anfield board.
The former city private equity banker will however stay on
in a non-executive role as special advisor to the club.
The announcement comes less than a week after he helped
Chairman Martin Broughton and Commerical Director Ian Ayre
remove former American co-owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett from the club.
Liverpool's pilot is
the lead singer of Iron Maiden
How rock and roll is Liverpool these days? They get their
massages from the former guitarist of Simply Red. They fly
out of an airport named after John Lennon. Now they're being
conveyed to their Europa League matches in an aircraft
captained by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.
Dickinson, who is arguably the most famous pilot ever to
wear a feathered mask onstage during 1984's World Slavery
Tour, flew Liverpool to Naples today for their Europa League
match against Napoli.
For several hours this morning, while children in America
slept, Ryan Babel was hurtling thousands of feet in the air
in a metal cylinder manuevered at hundreds of miles an hour
by a man whose 2005 solo album Tyranny of Souls features a
cover painting by Renaissance artist Hans Memling. It is
an interesting world.
Dickinson has been a pilot for more than 20 years and,
according to Wikipedia, "regularly flies Boeing 757 charter
jets for the UK charter airline Astraeus, where he is
employed as marketing director and captain." He directs the
marketing and flies the planes! What else does he do? Oh,
right: He's also a pretty good fencer.
For his part, Dickinson was happy to fly Liverpool around:
"Liverpool are an amazing club. They are more than a club,
they are an institution and represent such a body of people
here in the city. I hope they do well - it would be good see
them with their tails up."
Somewhere in the ether, the winged goddess of rock is
looking down on her people and smiling.
(Yahoo! Sports - Dirty Tackle Weblog)
Rumour Mill: Reds linked
with THREE French stars
After Roy Hodgson’s trip to watch France and Romania last
week, Liverpool have been linked with no less than three
According to reports from Paris, Hodgson is not only
tracking the progress of St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet, as
we reported yesterday, but he also looking at Bordeaux’s
captain Alou Diarra and Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.
Real Madrid striker Benzema
under consideration at Liverpool
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is being linked with
The presence of Reds boss Roy Hodgson in the stands for
France's victory over Romania last week, sparked transfer
speculation in Paris that he was making a check on Benzema.
Rijkaard makes Gala exit
Frank Rijkaard has parted company
with Galatasaray after little more than
a year in charge.
Skysports.com revealed on Tuesday that Rijkaard was on the
brink of leaving the Turkish giants and his exit has now
The Dutchman took the helm at Gala in June 2009 after
leaving Barcelona in 2008 but he was only able to lead the
club to a third-placed finish in the league
They have made a slow start to the new campaign and are
currently ninth in the standings, eight points adrift of
The decision has therefore been taken by mutual agreement to
terminate Rijkaard's contract and proceed with a new man.
Rijkaard has already been linked with former club Ajax as
well as Liverpool, where Roy Hodgson has come under pressure
following a poor start to his reign.
Cole welcomes new dawn
Liverpool playmaker Joe Cole is confident that the club's
new owners will help to return the glory days at Anfield.
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) principal owner John
Henry and chairman Thomas Werner completed a takeover last
week and met with the playing staff
Cole, who joined Liverpool as a free agent after leaving
Chelsea in the summer, was impressed by what he heard and he
is now hoping for a productive new era.
The 28-year-old thinks that the only way is up after
criticism of lacklustre performances which have left the
club in the Premier League relegation zone.
Cole told Liverpool's official website: "We're happy that
it's all sorted out and the club's got some direction again.
I know the fans are happy.
"They (NESV) seem genuine and they seem like they are doing
it through passion. Everything seems great.
"I definitely think they can help us get back up there."
With NESV having brought financial stability after the
mountains of debt built by former owners George Gillett and
Tom Hicks, Cole also thinks Liverpool are well placed off
Uefa is set to introduce new rules that mean clubs will only
be able to spend what they generate in revenue and this
could benefit a side with an existing
"The landscape of football is changing," said Cole. "Clubs
are going to be made to work from their revenues rather than
just throwing money at it.
"That can only be good for the game in general, and
hopefully with the solid base a club like Liverpool has got,
we can put ourselves back on top."
Eccleston brace earns point
The Reds started brightly and got off to a flyer when Danny
Wilson and Eccleston (penalty) put them in the driving seat
inside 25 minutes.
However, Josh Morris reduced the arrears with a stunning
free-kick before two goals in three second-half minutes from
Junior Hoilett and Matty Pearson turned the game on its
With time running out, John McMahon's men poured forward and
deservedly snatched a share of the spoils when Eccleston
steered home Wilson's clipped cross at the far post.
It capped a pulsating 90 minutes of football and brought an
end to the second-string's run of two straight defeats.
Liverpool Reserves: Martin Hansen, Stephen Darby, Jack
Robinson (John Flanagan 60), Steven Irwin, Danny Wilson,
Chris Mavinga, David Amoo (Victor Palsson 71), Gerardo Bruna
(Dani Pacheco 25), Nathan Eccleston, Suso,
Unused subs: Dean Bouzanis, Michael Roberts.
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson to rest stars
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has
confirmed he will shuffle his pack for Thursday's Europa
League clash with Napoli.
Hodgson, who finds himself under pressure at Anfield after a
dismal start to the season, will continue with his policy of
rotating his top players for the early stages of the Europa
Liverpool's options are limited as Glen Johnson and Daniel
Agger both remain on the sidelines.
The defensive duo were absent for Sunday's Merseyside derby
defeat to Everton and they will again miss the trip to
Agger is struggling with illness, but Johnson could be
available for the visit of Blackburn on Sunday.
Rijkaard on the brink at Gala
Skysports.com understands Frank
Rijkaard is on the brink of
The Turkish club are believed to have held an emergency
board meeting on Monday to discuss Rijkaard's future after a
disappointing start to the season.
Galatasaray are currently languishing in ninth spot in the
Turkish Super Lig and the pressure has intensified on
Rijkaard following the weekend defeat
Rijkaard is believed to be ready to leave and is ready for a
new challenge after a disappointing spell in Turkey.
The news is sure to fuel speculation that Rijkaard could be
a contender for the Liverpool job, should Roy Hodgson lose
his role at Anfield.
Former Barcelona coach Rijkaard was a contender prior
to Hodgson's appointment.
And he is thought to be keen on the switch if the Reds' new
owners end up losing patience with Hodgson with the club
just one place off the bottom of
the Premier League.
Rafa blast at Purslow
Former reds boss Rafa Benitez has exposed the widely known
division between him and Christian Purslow during today’s
press conference ahead of Inter’s game against Spurs.
The media pressed Benitez about Liverpool’s situation and
his responsibility for the club’s current 19th place in the
“I prefer not to talk about this because I feel sorry for
the fans. I was really sad for them and after the defeat the
other day (against Everton).
“We have a saying in Spanish that says ‘white liquid in a
bottle has to be milk’. This means that, after 86 points and
finishing second in the league, what changed? The Americans.
They decide and choose a new managing director and
“The managing director is involved in all the decisions. New
lawyer, new chief of press, new manager, new nine players,
new medical staff, new fitness coaches. They change
everything, so they change managing director then we change
everything that we were doing in the past.
“If you ask me what’s going on it’s simple – they changed
some things and by the end they changed everything. White
liquid in a bottle – milk. You know who
Christian Purslow anchored the departure of Rafa Benitez in
the summer to the European Champions before setting up on
his quest to bring Roy Hodgson to Anfield in the summer of
Rovers extend Gulacsi loan
Tranmere have extended Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi's
emergency loan stay at the club by one month.
On-loan Manchester City stopper Gunnar Nielsen remains
unavailable due to a shoulder injury, so Gulacsi, 20, will
stay at Prenton Park.
Rovers boss Les Parry said: "Peter is a quality goalkeeper
so I'm pleased to be able to keep him at the club for
another month while Gunnar is injured.
"He has done well for us since he has come back, has a great
attitude and is a good professional.
"I'd like to thank Liverpool Football Club for allowing
Peter to spend another month with us."
Martin Broughton remains in
chairman’s role at Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC chairman Martin Broughton has not stepped down
from his role,
the Daily Post can confirm.
The former British Airways boss today remains in his post
with the club where he will remain for a short transitional
period to allow new Boston owners John W Henry and Tom
Werner to bed in at Anfield.
It was suggested in some reports that the high-profile
executive, who won widespread admiration for his refusal to
back down to Tom Hicks and Gillett during the recent stormy
sale process to NESV, had suddenly left the club.
That is not the case.
The Daily Post has been told Broughton will return to a job
at Sports Investment Partners in due course, possibly before
Christmas, which was a position he held prior to being
brought in to sell the club.
His intention always was, we understand, to return to that
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Villarreal striker Rossi
linked with Liverpool
Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi is being linked with
Spanish sources say armed with NESV's transfer fighting
fund, Reds boss Roy Hodgson wants to bring Rossi back to the
Northwest in January.
Liverpool in contact
with Zenit for Kerzhakov
Russia international striker Alexander Kerzhakov is a target
The Daily Mail says scouts watched the 27-year-old striker
score for Russia against Ireland last week which followed on
from hat-tricks for his club Zenit St Petersburg against
Anderlecht in the Europa League and against Saturn Moscow in
the Russian league.
Chelsea aim for Torres
Chelsea are planning to test the resolve of Liverpool's new
owners by making a fresh bid for Fernando Torres in the
January transfer window.
Liverpool rejected an offer of £25million for the Spain
striker last summer, but Chelsea are hoping to exploit the
regime change at Anfield and the team's poor start to the
season by signing one of their prized assets.
Liverpool value Torres at more than £50m, but Chelsea hope
to use the player's disenchantment and the club's uncertain
financial position to prise him away