Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks
to sell Rangers to Ryan
Liverpool Football Club co-owner Tom Hicks has agreed to
sell his controlling interest in major league baseball side
The Hicks Sports Group, owners since 1998, is selling to a
group headed by legendary former Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan
and lawyer Chuck Greenberg.
The final sale price is thought to be in excess of $500m
But the deal must first be approved by Major League Baseball
(MLB) and Hicks Sports Group's creditors.
MLB rules require that the agreement must be reviewed by its
ownership committee and approved by 75% of the 30 team
The Rangers - who were owned by a group led by former US
President George W. Bush in the early 1990s before he became
governor of Texas - hope that the deal may be completed
before the new MLB season starts on 5 April.
"It's a complex business deal that positions the franchise
positively for the future," Hicks said in a statement.
(BBC Sport Online)
Liverpool owners key to
Birmingham move for Babel
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to accept a new bid
from Birmingham City for Ryan Babel.
The Mail on Sunday says Birmingham have made a new £9million
bid for Babel.
Now Benitez is looking for guarantees from owners Tom Hicks
and George Gillett that he can bring in a replacement before
he lets Babel leave.
Birmingham had an £8m bid - £6m of it up front - turned down
by Liverpool but are adamant this latest move represents
their best offer.
Benitez has only been allowed to bring in Maxi Rodriguez on
a free, despite raising £6m through the sales of Andriy
Voronin and Andrea Dossena.
He wants Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones but he will cost £10m.
Young Reds lose to Wolves
A goal eight minutes from time saw Wolves gain revenge for
their FA Youth Cup defeat as they beat Liverpool Under-18s
2-1 at the Kirkby Academy
on Saturday morning.
Lauri Dalla Valle thought he had earned Rodolfo Borrell's
side a share of the spoils with a first half equaliser, but
Andre Landall's finish from a right-wing cross saw the side
from the Black Country take the three points.
Liverpool's Academy side had already beaten Wolves at
Anfield 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup 3rd round which was sweet
revenge for losing 2-1 in the Academy league a couple of
Liverpool had four corners in stoppage time but try as they
might they couldn't force an equaliser their efforts
Liverpool team: Deale Chamberlain, John Flanagan, Jack
Robinson, Andre Wisdom, Stephen Sama, Craig Roddan,
Christopher Buchtmann, Conor Coady, Lauri Dalla Valle, Tom
Ince, Michael Ngoo (Krisztian Adorjan 85).
Subs not used: Michael Ihiekwe, Chris Oldfield, Alex Cooper,
(LFC Official Website)
Italians eye Reds starlet
Skysports.com understands Liverpool starlet Damien Plessis
could be set for a move away from Anfield before the close
of the transfer window.
A mystery Italian club are thought to be keen on signing the
Clearing the air has been
a boost for Liverpool FC
All the stories that came out regarding a dressing room bust
up during half-time against Reading have been a good thing.
Whether it was trivial or whatever, something has gone on.
I’ve seen it loads of times at various clubs.
For me, it’s positive when things come to a head. It shows
Johnny King had a cracking saying at Tranmere; ‘Don’t let
under the carpet.’
He’d say if you keep on brushing things under the carpet
they start to stink.
Things need to be out in the open, so whatever it was at
Liverpool, and whoever was involved, there has been a
reaction and the air has been cleared.
(John Aldridge - Liverpool Echo)
Venables: Sell Gerrard to save Liverpool
Terry Venables believes Liverpool should consider selling
In his column for The Sun, Venables wrote: "I fear the only
way he may now be able to save the club he joined as a
nine-year-old lad is by... and whisper it quietly in the red
half of Merseyside... leaving Anfield.
"I realise this will not be the consensus on the Kop, where
their captain is rightly revered for the accomplishments and
the loyalty he has shown his hometown club in the 12 years
since he made his first-team debut.
"And I am not advocating that he should jump what, this
season, has turned out to be a sinking ship.
"I just recognise selling Gerrard may be a viable way to get
Liverpool out of the mess in which they currently find
themselves. Out of the Premier League title race, out of the
Champions League, out of the FA Cup and out of the Carling
Cup, Rafa Benitez's team are currently sixth in the table
and face a desperate scrap even to finish in the top four
this time around.
"A squad which does not score enough goals and relies too
heavily on its two talismen, Gerrard and Fernando Torres, is
in clear need of an overhaul. You might think it bizarre,
then, to consider getting rid of one the best players of
this or any other team.
"And I agree that, not so long ago, the idea of selling
Gerrard would have been unthinkable. But these are drastic
times at Anfield - and drastic times call for drastic
Bruce blasts 'disrespectful' Reds
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has launched an angry broadside
at Liverpool over their pursuit of in-demand frontman
Bruce insisted there has been no contact between the two
clubs despite repeated speculation on Merseyside that the
Trinidad & Tobago international is to join the Reds on loan
before making a permanent switch during the summer.
He said: "I find it hugely disrespectful, the antics of
Liverpool. I have huge respect for Liverpool and the way
they have done their business and they way they have
"But I have to say, this constant badgering of Kenwyne Jones
when we as a club haven't heard anything, and then I keep
reading this nonsense that I'm going to allow him to go on
loan because it's a tax advantage for both clubs is the
biggest load of rubbish I have read for weeks.
"As if I'm got to let our big, big player, one of our big,
big assets, go on loan - I find it hugely disrespectful and
I can't understand where Liverpool
are coming from."
Aquilani: I'll repay Reds
Alberto Aquilani today insisted he has much more to offer
Liverpool as the midfielder revealed he is edging ever
closer to full fitness.
An ankle injury meant the Italian was unable to make his
Reds debut until late October after arriving at Anfield from
Roma last summer, while the No.4's first start came in
However, with a total of 12 run outs now under his belt and
fitness levels improving with every game, Aquilani is
confident fans will soon see
the best of him.
"I knew that I wouldn't be able to play straight away
because of the ankle injury I had when I signed," he said.
"At the moment I am still regaining my fitness after a long
time away from football and it will take me time to get back
to a level I am happy with - but I don't think I'm that far
"The manager has explained to me in detail what he wants me
to do for the team.
"When every player is fit, including me, I think it will
bring the best out of me, and the fans will see the real
"I am happy at Liverpool and am already completely settled.
"It is clear it is a family club and I am grateful for the
way I have been treated - and I now want to repay that
(LFC Official Website)
Youth Cup date change
Supporters should note Liverpool will now take on Watford in
the FA Youth Cup 5th round at Anfield on Monday, February 8.
Kick-off will be at 7pm and this replaces the original date
of Friday, February 12.
(LFC Official Website)
Gerrard set for return to full training
Steven Gerrard is poised to hand Rafa Benitez a huge fitness
boost with an imminent returning to full training.
Liverpool’s captain missed Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over
Tottenham, as well as the draw at Stoke, after tweaking his
hamstring in the FA Cup defeat
It was initially feared Gerrard would spend a minimum of two
weeks on the sidelines but he has responded well to
treatment and his rehabilitation has gone without a hitch.
Benitez and his medical staff will continue to monitor his
situation but, provided all goes to plan, Gerrard could be
back on the training pitches at some point over the weekend.
With no FA Cup commitment tomorrow, The Reds are not due
back in action until next Tuesday night when they face a
trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Though it is unlikely Gerrard will be pitched into that
contest, if things continue to go smoothly, it would open up
the prospect of him being involved when Bolton visit next
Fowler: Xabi sale has hurt
Liverpool boosted as Gerrard returns to training Liverpool
legend Robbie Fowler is surprised by his old club's
struggles this season.
The North Queensland Fury captain admits he tipped Liverpool
for the title
Fowler told the Daily Mail: "At the start of the season I
tipped them strongly to win the league after what they did
the previous year. I honestly thought they’d get better and
it hasn’t happened.
"The big thing has been losing Xabi Alonso, I just thought
he was a great player. Jamie (Carragher), Steven (Gerrard)
and (Fernando) Torres are great players, but the team needs
Alonso more than them and he has been hugely missed.
"They’ve not really replaced him. They’ve brought in
Aquilani but you’ve got to ask whether they’re better than
last year, and if you look at results
the answer is no.
"I’ve looked out for the results at Man City since playing
for them although I had a couple of bad years there when I
wasn’t enjoying my football. I was starting to do better and
score a few and enjoy myself more when Liverpool came back
"They will always be my club. Playing for them was
everything, growing up there and then scoring goals for
them. I always say to people who are at clubs they genuinely
love that they must make sure they enjoy it because it
doesn’t last forever. Some time your number is up and you
have to move on. When it happened to me I wasn’t really
ready for it."