Mascherano Barca deal
heading towards conclusion
Javier Mascherano's proposed move to Barcelona is edging
closer, with both clubs moving towards a compromise on their
respective valuations of the player.
The Catalan giants have now gone public on their interest,
and the midfielder has openly expressed his desire to leave
It has been reported that an initial bid of £12 million,
plus Alexander Hleb, was dismissed out of hand by Liverpool,
but Soccernet understands that the first bid was closer to
£18 million - though that figure was still some way off
Liverpool's £25 million valuation.
A source close to the deal told Soccernet: "Barcelona have
offered 22 million euros, and Liverpool have put a price on
the player of 30million euros. I believe the magic number is
28 million euros."
Wingers could put
Reds through wringer
TEAMtalk's Jon Holmes believes Roy Hodgson must solve
Liverpool's left-back conundrum quickly, or risk a month of
misery at the Anfield helm.
The Javier Mascherano affair is undoubtedly Hodgson's most
pressing dilemma at the moment, but there is more than one
selection headache for the Reds boss.
In the season opener at home to Arsenal, Daniel Agger filled
in competently at left-back but was never seriously tested
by Emmanuel Eboue. His replacement Theo Walcott was then
fielded more centrally when he came on in the second half
and, in any case, the concussion that Agger suffered in the
closing stages resulted in Maxi Rodriguez seeing out the
match in that position.
Agger still looked dazed against Manchester City on Monday
night. The Dane was given the runaround by Adam Johnson, who
was on top form and particularly effective when cutting
inside on his left foot.
(Jon Holmes - TEAMtalk)
Sky Sports pundit
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp has slammed the
behaviour of Javier Mascherano, claiming the Argentine
should not forget where he was prior to his move to Anfield.
The 26-year-old allegedly refused to play against Premier
League rivals Manchester City last night in an effort to
engineer his move to Barcelona, but Redknapp believes the
midfielder owes Liverpool, and not the other way round.
Mascherano was brought to Anfield in 2007 despite suffering
an underwhelming spell at West Ham United that at times
resulted in him playing for the Hammers’ reserves, and
Redknapp believes the Argentina captain would do well to
remember what Liverpool have done for him.
The Sky Sports pundit told the Daily Mail: “Maybe Javier
Macherano must have forgotten where he was when Liverpool
came to sign him -
in West Ham's reserves.
“They salvaged his career. How does he repay them? By
refusing to play
“He's a good player, not a great one, but he's certainly not
a good man.”
The latest reports suggest Mascherano has already agree
personal terms with Barcelona, over an £85,000 a week deal
even though the two clubs remain someway apart in their
respective valuations of the tough tackling star.
Liverpool poised for new bidder
Renowned deal-broker Keith Harris claims an overseas buyer
is considering making an offer of between €488 million and
€610 million for Liverpool.
The former Football League chairman, who has had a hand in
the sales of Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City in
the past, said due diligence has already been done.
(The Irish Times)
Roy: Cough up or
forget about Masch
Roy Hodgson has told Barcelona to
either make a proper bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier
Mascherano or forget about signing him altogether.
The Catalans have reportedly made a £12million offer for the
Argentina captain which may also include Alexander Hleb as a
However, that falls way short of Liverpool's estimation of
what the player, signed from West Ham for £18million
three-and-a-half years ago, is worth.
"Unfortunately the fee the club thinks is the correct fee
and the fee we are being offered are very far apart," said
Mancini: Win will help our belief
Roberto Mancini felt Manchester City "played with a good
mentality" as they beat Liverpool 3-0 in front of owner
Sheikh Mansour at Eastlands.
It was City's biggest victory over Liverpool for 73 years
and they were well worth it, although the visitors were poor
on the night.
Considering Liverpool regard City as their main rivals for a
place in the top four the result could prove to be hugely
significant - even this early in the season.
However, Mancini was wary of reading too much into the
"I thought we played well. We need time to gel and improve
because we were missing four or five important players," he
"But the team played with a good mentality. If they play
with a good mentality I think we can beat every team.
"We beat a strong team like Liverpool, who can fight for the
"This win helped us believe in ourselves and this is
Hodgson cools concerns
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes his side did not
deserve to go down by three goals at Manchester City.
The Reds were comfortably beaten by City at Eastlands as
goals from Gareth Barry and Carlos Tevez (2) gave Roberto
Mancini's men the three points.
Hodgson says Liverpool were unlucky to go down by such a
margin and feels it is too early in the season to judge
where his team are at.
"We are only two matches into the season. We had Arsenal in
the first game which we had to play with 10 men (after Joe
Cole's sending-off) and then a strong Manchester City side,"
he told Sky Sports.
"We were a bit unlucky to get beaten so heavily. I don't
think we deserved to get beat by three goals to nil."
PSV Eindhoven warn
Liverpool off Toivonen
Dutch club PSV Eindhoven have warned Liverpool off emerging
The 24-year old has become a strong target for the Reds with
boss Roy Hodgson throwing in a £9million bid for his
services but PSV sporting director Marcel Brands said the
player was not for sale.
"They called us last Thursday, in the morning, and asked how
much we wanted for Ola Toivonen,” Brands said.
"But our answer was clear: we will not sell him at this
point. We don't want to lose Ola during this transfer
Toivonen, who has represented Sweden, has attracted plenty
of interest after netting 24 goals in 50 matches for PSV
City sweep Reds aside
James Milner enjoyed an influential debut for Manchester
City by creating two goals in a convincing 3-0 home victory
The midfielder made an immediate repayment on the fee City
paid Aston Villa last week by teeing up Gareth Barry to
score the opening goal before curling in the corner which
led to the second.
Carlos Tevez, who was credited with City's second goal, made
certain of his team's first Premier League win of the season
with a penalty against a Liverpool side which posed only a
time on Mascherano
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has hinted he will not select
midfielder Javier Mascherano again until the transfer window
The Argentine did not travel with the squad to Eastlands
with the rest of the Reds squad for Monday night's Premier
League clash against Manchester City.
Barcelona are reported to have made an offer that falls
short of Liverpool's £25m valuation of the 26-year-old.
Hodgson hopes the matter will be closed by the end of the
That means he will either reach a deal with another club,
and that is likely to be Barcelona, by the end of August -
or Mascherano will return to regular duty
with the Reds.
(BBC Sport Online)
Torres faces City
Fernando Torres leads the line as Liverpool bid to secure
their first Barclays Premier League win of the season at
Manchester City tonight.
The Reds striker makes his first start of the campaign
alongside David Ngog in attack, while the likes of Steven
Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt return after missing the Europa League
success over Trabzonspor.
The Liverpool team in full: Reina, Johnson, Agger,
Carragher, Skrtel, Kuyt, Gerrard, Lucas, Jovanovic, Ngog,
Subs: Jones, Babel, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Poulsen,
(LFC Official Website)
Cavalieri seals Cesena switch
Keeper Diego Cavalieri has left Liverpool for Serie A
newcomers Cesena after only a bit-part role with the Reds.
The Brazilian made just 10 appearances for the first team
after being signed by former Reds manager Rafa Benitez from
Palmeiras in July 2008.
The 27-year-old could not dislodge first-choice Jose Reina
and his Anfield career has now come to an end with last
week's arrival of Brad Jones
The Reds have confirmed Jones, who qualifies as a
'home-grown' player despite being an Australia
international, will now take over the No.1 shirt vacated
Barca make Mascherano approach
Javier Mascherano is not in the Liverpool squad for
tonight's game against Manchester City at Eastlands after
reportedly being the subject of a player-plus-cash offer
The Catalan club have reportedly bid €15 million, plus
midfielder Alexander Hleb and defender Martin Caceres, for
the services of the Argentine captain.
Mascherano wants to leave England for family reasons and has
been waiting all summer for such an offer to arrive.
However, it remains far lower than Liverpool's valuation of
a player they spent in the region of €22 million on.
Speaking to Sky Sports before this evening's game, Liverpool
manager Roy Hodgson said Mascherano's mind was elsewhere but
that he would not be leaving the club unless an offer
matching Liverpool's valuation was met before the end of the
transfer window next week.
(The Irish Times)
Reds target Trezeguet
David Trezeguet's agent claims Liverpool are interested in
the Juventus forward.
Reports in Italy claim Liverpool made an enquiry for
Trezeguet after allowing Alberto Aquilani to join Juve on
Hodgson wants Liverpool
transfer cash to spend
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson admits he wants money to spend in
the remaining days of the transfer market.
Hodgson does not believe he has fully assessed the talent
and potential in the club's squad and academy and is against
making a big-name signing if they already have a gem ready
to be unearthed.
"I'd like some money to spend if I could research where that
money could be spent wisely," said Hodgson.
"Giving me a lot now and telling me to go out and buy some
players with one week of the transfer window left would not
be particularly advantageous.
"I've only been here for five weeks or so and I'd want to
make sure I had assessed absolutely everyone, including
those at the academy, just in case we have an outstanding
"We might have a Javier Hernandez there so I don't want to
go out and spend £50million on buying another one."
settling in at Anfield
Liverpool forward Milan Jovanovic is hoping supporters will
be patient with him as he settles in in his new surroundings
The Serbia international moved to Merseyside over the summer
and has been thrown straight into the action by Reds boss
He has not looked out of place so far, but feels there is
still much more to come from him in the near future.
Jovanovic knows it will take time to acclimatise to a new
country and a new way of life, but he is confident it will
not take long for him to hit top gear.
He is taking inspiration from the gradual progress made by
his fellow countrymen, Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, and hopes he will soon be
following in their illustrious footsteps.
"I maybe need to be stronger and think more quickly to fit
in," Jovanovic told
"It will take time and it has happened to all the players
from my country who have come to England. It happened to
Branislav Ivanovic and it happened to Vidic. For the first
six months they hardly played any games.
"I have to prepare for that and be at my best as quickly as
possible. But I have come here having already played against
English teams so I know what
Hamann convinced good
times returning for Liverpool
Didi Hamann is convinced the good times are back for
The Reds face Roberto Mancini's new-look side in an
intriguing early season encounter at Eastlands and the
former Kop idol feels it is the ideal time to go
head-to-head with one of their key rivals.
"I think it's a good moment for Liverpool to play Manchester
City," Hamann told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"They've signed so many players and won't have a settled
team yet. They brought in a lot of players last season too.
"When they do click they will be a real force but I'm pretty
sure that won't happen in time for Monday and I strongly
fancy Liverpool to get something out
of the game."
On Liverpool, the former Germany midfielder added: "If they
can add to what they have with two or three additional
signings then I think they can go really close
UEFA punish Rabotnicki
FK Rabotnicki have landed a €10,000 (£8,000) fine following
the racist abuse aimed at Liverpool's players during Europa
League action last month.
The punishment was imposed by UEFA's control and
disciplinary body, who cited the "discriminatory conduct of
supports" in the third qualifying round first-leg match in
Skopje on July 29th.
Pictures of the Macedonian side's supporters directing
monkey taunts towards the Reds players emerged following the
English side's 2-0 win.
Liverpool started the match at the Philip II Stadium with
two black players in their side in David Ngog, who netted
two goals, and 19-year-old winger David Amoo.
A statement on UEFA's official website read: "The UEFA
Control and Disciplinary Body has imposed a €10,000 fine on
FK Rabotnicki for the discriminatory conduct of supporters
during their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
first-leg match against Liverpool FC."
Mancini wary of Reds threat
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Liverpool to
pose a big threat to their hopes of a Champions League
Even though the campaign is only in its infancy the meeting
of the two clubs tomorrow at Eastlands could have huge
significance come May.
He said: “Liverpool are a strong team. They did not sell any
from last season.
“We want to win but I have a lot of respect for them and a
lot of respect for Roy Hodgson. It should be a good match.”
Hodgson not envious of City
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson claims he is in no position to
of Manchester City.
City have taken big spending to a new level this summer with
their recent captures of Mario Balotelli and James Milner
pushing their expenditure in the current transfer window
The 63-year-old has been charged with the task of reviving
one of England's most successful clubs and, however modest
the current resources at Anfield in comparison to City, that
represents a new career peak.
"I am never jealous," said Hodgson, who boasts a wealth of
experience from a coaching career that has taken him around
"I am in a position where I want to be and I am working for
a club I have always wanted to work for.
"I think it is for other people to be jealous of me. It
would be very sad if someone who has been as fortunate as I
have in my career starts getting jealous
of other people.
"I knew what I was coming to when I came to Liverpool and I
have been very pleasantly surprised by everything,
especially the reception I got from the players and fans and
the way the players have responded to the work we have
tried to do."
(Press Association Sport)
Poulsen: City can't
rival Reds' history
Christian Poulsen has taunted Manchester City ahead of
Monday's meeting by claiming their history cannot compare
The Denmark international recently completed his Anfield
move after two seasons with Italian giants Juventus.
The 30-year-old is impressed with the club's history and
believes it will take big-spending City time to match The
Reds' impressive trophy cabinet.
Although Liverpool have come up short in the title race in
recent seasons, Poulsen is pleased with the quality in Roy
Hogdson's squad and thinks they can challenge for honours.
"You can't compare City with the history of Liverpool and
(Manchester) United," he said. "In Denmark we really love
"It will take some time for City. Four or five years ago the
Premier League was United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
"Now you have teams like City and Spurs. But in Denmark,
Liverpool are number one. You see the history, it's really
"When you are at Melwood and Anfield, there's a really big
history. We have a really strong squad and will be at the
top of the league this season.
"We showed against Arsenal we are ready to battle with all
the big teams in England. It's the strongest league in the
world and I'm looking forward
to playing in it."
Kuyt confirms Inter bid
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt has been made aware of Inter Milan's
interest in his services and is weighing up his options.
The Dutchman's agent revealed earlier in the week that the
Serie A giants were keen to take his client to Italy.
The reigning European champions are currently bossed by
ex-Anfield chief Rafa Benitez, and he has been linked with a
number of his former charges.
Among those the Spaniard is hoping to snatch is hard-working
Benitez is well aware of the many qualities the Holland
international could bring to his side and is reported to
have lodged a £15million bid.
Kuyt has stopped short of revealing the details of the offer
put to Liverpool, but has admitted that an approach has been
He has given no indication as what he intends to do next,
but is reported to have told a Dutch newspaper: "On Thursday
night, during the Europa League game against Trabzonspor,
the board of Liverpool informed me officially that they have
received a fax from Inter.
"You can call this a luxury situation for me now."
Kuyt, who has 70 international caps to his name and turned
out in this summer's World Cup final, has been with
Liverpool since 2006.