Hodgson in dark over Torres
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says he remains in the dark as
to whether Fernando Torres will commit his future to the
Hodgson has been waiting to hear from the Spanish striker,
who has been widely tipped to depart Anfield over the summer
following their disappointing seventh-placed finish in the
Premier League last season and off-the-field turbulence.
When asked if he had any updates on the situation, Hodgson
told Sky Sports News: ""No, but Christian might be able to
if you got hold of him. I haven't spoken to him for the last
two days he's been travelling back from Spain where he's
been on holiday."
Roy hails Spearo impact
Roy Hodgson expects Jay Spearing to be a regular member of
Liverpool's first-team squad next season after the youngster
impressed in Saturday's 1-0 friendly defeat to
The Reds boss was full of praise for his fledgling side
after they more than held their own against an experienced
German outfit and he was keen to pick out the No. 26 for his
impact on the pre-season so far.
"Spearing in particular has done well over the last two
games and definitely deserves to be a part of our first-team
squad," Hodgson told Liverpoolfc.tv. "I can understand why
so many clubs are interested in loaning him. It's the same
with Kelly, Eccleston and Amoo. They have all done well."
(LFC Official Website)
Narrow defeat for Reds
Milan Jovanovic made his Liverpool debut as the Reds slipped
to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Kaiserslautern in Germany on
The Serbia winger was handed his first appearance for the
club following his free transfer move from Standard Liege,
while there was also a start for Sotirios Kyrgiakos in Roy
Hodgson's second game in charge.
(LFC Official Website)
Line-up vs Kaiserslautern
Roy Hodgson hands a start to new Serbian striker Milan
Jovanovic today as Liverpool take on Kaiserslautern in a
pre-seson friendly in Germany.
Also in the starting line-up is Greek defender Sotirios
Kyrgiakos and David Ngog retains his place up front. Lucas
Leiva again captains the Reds.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Kelly, Ayala, Kyrgiakos, Darby,
Jovanovic, Spearing, Lucas, Amoo, Ngog, Eccleston. Subs:
Degen, Gulacsi, Irwin, Palsson, Robinson, Shelvey, Ince,
Dalla Valle, Hansen.
Kaiserslautern: Sippel, Bugera, Amedick, Francisco, Dick,
Amri, Bilek, Tiffert, Ilicevic, Micanski, Nemec. Subs:
Trapp, Schluz, Abel, Kirch, Hornig, Moravek, Fuchs, Rivic,
(This is Anfield)
Spearing: New vibe at
Liverpool under Hodgson
Jay Spearing admits every Liverpool player feels they have a
new chance under manager Roy Hodgson.
He admits he has relished the Reds' 10-day training retreat
in Bad Ragaz and the chance to work closely with new gaffer
"You can tell straight away that Roy means business,"
Spearing told liverpoolfc.tv. "He has laid his laws down
about the way he wants things doing, and I do like it a lot.
"I just hope I can keep going and stay in his thoughts.
"If you do something wrong, he is not shy to tell you. If
the session he puts on is not going the way he planned, then
he is not shy to tell the lot of us.
"He is very good on explaining exactly what he wants. And if
it doesn't sink in first time, then he makes sure that it
sinks in second time. But everyone has been enjoying it.
"There is a different kind of vibe. Whether the youngsters
were here or not, there is still Aquilani, Lucas, Soto,
Milan and Joe Cole has just come,
they are big players.
"But for the young lads, and maybe even some of those
players I have mentioned, it is a chance to stake a claim
and show what they are capable of. We all want to stick
around and be part of the manager's plans next season."
Ngog wants to remain a Red
David Ngog wants to stay at Liverpool.
The French striker has been linked with a move to West Brom
but insists he's happy at Anfield and wants to be a part of
Roy Hodgson's plans for Liverpool.
"I am a Liverpool player. I want to be involved in the first
team at Liverpool,"
"The club had a difficult season last year, but I want to
prove we can get back into the top four. I am confident
"I know speculation is part of football and we have to deal
with it. If we bring in new players, it is good for the
"My confidence is good. Now I have to do my job and give my
best for the team.
"I enjoying playing for the club and they have given me a
lot of things. I am more experienced now and I want to be
involved, play as many games as I can and score goals to
help the team win."
Aquilani in Reds' plans
Alberto Aquilani has been given assurances that he will not
be sold to raise transfer funds.
Roy Hodgson's reign has seen Joe Cole picked up on a free
with Danny Wilson's initial £3.3 million fee covered by
Albert Riera's departure for Olymiakos.
Emiliano Insua's imminent transfer to Fiorentina will raise
an additional £5 million.
Though Yossi Benayoun and Mikel San Jose leaving has
contributed almost £9 million to the balance sheet money
Liverpool still require a replacement left-back.
With another striking option amongst the club's priorities a
host of players are linked with an Anfield exit this summer.
Aquilani who was suffering from an ankle injury when signed
last year is often touted with a return to Italy. However,
his agent confirms talks have taken place with the Liverpool
"Alberto has had very positive conversations with Roy
Hodgson and he expects to stay for at least another year at
Liverpool," Franco Zavaglia said.
"There are always rumours, but Alberto is enjoying his life
in England and he does not want to go anywhere."
Pacheco to look at future
Dani Pacheco has confirmed he will look at his future only
when the European under-19 Championships end.
The Spanish striker is aiding his country's bid to add a
junior title to this summer's World Cup win by the senior
There are no suggestions that a permanent move will be
sanctioned by Roy Hodgson but there are said to be offers on
Malaga and Espanyol hope that Pacheco could be persuaded to
make a return to his homeland.
"I will speak with the club when I return," he said.
Admitting he knew of interest from elsewhere the 19-year-old
added: "The important thing at my age is playing."
Spain have reached the semi-finals with Pacheco contributing
Recruited from Barcelona in 2007 the striker has impressed
with the reserves and made seven appearances last term for
Selection dilemma for Hodgson
Roy Hodgson faces a selection battle with his own medical
staff for the start of Liverpool's Europa League campaign
Liverpool begin their competitive season in Macedonia on
Thursday - 18 days before their first Barclays Premier
League game - as they face FK Rabotnicki in the third
qualifying round of Europe's second-tier competition.
Hodgson has not yet been able to work with all his players
because those that played in the World Cup were granted a
later summer break.
Players involved in the latter stages in South Africa have
not returned to training while England's Steven Gerrard,
Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson only got back this week and
have missed pre-season camp in Switzerland.
Hodgson has been advised that those players should not be
considered for the trip to Skopje but the 62-year-old - who
launched Fulham's run to the final at the same stage of the
competition last season - wants to find middle ground.
Hodgson told the club's website: "It's a little bit of a
fight with them to some extent, in order to try and get them
to free up more senior players, because their view is very
clear that all of these players who are coming back to
Melwood just after the World Cup shouldn't play in either of
the two games.
"My point of view is that I want to go through in the
competition and I might need some of these players, so
there's a lot of compromise."
(Press Association Sport)
Riera completes Olympiacos switch
Albert Riera has completed his move to Olympiacos on a
four-year contract, the Greek club have announced.
The Spanish winger was presented to media today after fans
lined the streets to welcome his arrival at the Athens club.
The 28-year-old fell out of favour at Anfield last season
after an outspoken attack on former manager Rafael Benitez
and describing the Reds as a "sinking ship".
Reports claim the deal is worth £3.3million and that Riera
a four-year contract.
Liverpool linked with
German defender Jansen
Liverpool are reportedly consdiering a move for German
international Marcell Jansen as boss Roy Hodgson continues
his search for a new starting left-back.
The 24-year-old has played in several positions during a
career that has been solely in the Bundesliga so far, and is
employed as a midfielder as much as a defender by current
City will not consider
selling Bridge to Liverpool
ESPNsoccernet has been told that Wayne Bridge has been
assured his future remains at Eastlands despite the imminent
arrival of left-back Aleksandr Kolarov and rumoured interest
City will spend £17 million on Serbian defender Kolarov and
the deal has led to speculation linking the 29-year-old
Bridge with a move to Liverpool, as new boss Roy Hodgson is
on the lookout for a new left back after the departures of
Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio.
However, Bridge, who declined to be included in England's
World Cup squad because of a well-publicised fall-out with
John Terry, naturally has sought clarification about his
future with Manchester City and has been told he will
not be sold.
''Wayne Bridge has been told by Manchester City that he is
not for sale, that the manager wants two players for every
position,'' a source told Soccernet. "That's fine by Wayne
who is very happy at Manchester City with three years left
on his current contract, having been there for
one-and-a-half years already.''
Liverpool are still likely to push to sign the experienced
defender, who may ultimately grow tired of finding himself
in a similar position to the one that drove him out of
Chelsea, and the source maintained that a move could yet
''We all know in football that the situation can change,''
he said. ''If Liverpool are serious, and get some money in
by selling one of their big stars, they could make an offer
for Wayne, and who knows then if the situation changes."
Wilson admits he chose
Liverpool over rival offers
Former Rangers defender Danny Wilson admits he had rival
offers ahead of signing with Liverpool.
The young Scot joined Liverpool this week.
Wilson told liverpoolfc.tv: "Liverpool are not a team that
are going to come in for you all the time, so once I was
informed about their interest, I hoped the speculation would
develop into something. Now that it has, I am delighted
to be here.
"Yes, there were (other offers) but like I said, once
Liverpool were in the frame there was only one team I wanted
to go to. I was made aware by the manager up at Rangers
there were a couple of teams who will be playing Champions
League football this season interested, but when Liverpool
come calling you don't say no."
Reds to meet Rabotnicki
Liverpool will face Rabotnicki in the third qualifying round
of the Europa League after the Macedonian side overcame
The two sides played out a largely uneventful draw in
Yerevan on Thursday, meaning that Wandeir's goal from the
first leg in Skopje was enough to take his side through.
Rabotnicki won that match despite playing for more than 45
only ten men.
Liverpool will travel to Macedonia for the first leg on 29th
July before taking them on at Anfield in the second leg a
week later in Roy Hodgson's first game
Star duo within Roy's reach
TEAMtalk's Simon Wilkes feels Wayne Bridge and Klaas-Jan
Huntelaar are very much 'realistic' transfer targets for
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson has admitted he has to be 'realistic' over his
transfer targets this summer - but I think the players
Liverpool need are well within his grasp.
Tabloid talk suggests he will try to prise Wayne Bridge from
Manchester City and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan.
If these deals come off, then I may be tempted to agree with
Ryan Giggs' assertion that it would be 'dangerous' to rule
them out of the title race.
Report: Huntelaar to sign
for Liverpool, Babel joining Milan
Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will join Liverpool, with
Ryan Babel heading the other way as part of the deal, claims
Il Corriere dello Sport.
Hodgson taking it one step at a
The Anfield boot room, where championships were once
plotted, now serves as Liverpool's press room and sometimes
Rafael Benitez would point to the pictures on the wall.
They showed the team that won Liverpool the European Cup in
Istanbul and Benitez would gesture towards the photographs
and remark that most of these footballers, the ones he
inherited from Gerard Houllier, were not very good. "I
wonder how we ever won it," he'd say.
The squad Benitez left behind is considerably better than
the one he inherited from Houllier, but Roy Hodgson knew it
needed breaking up and rebuilding. With his half-a-dozen
languages and his studied, professorial air, Liverpool's new
manager may be the nearest thing to an English Arsene
Wenger, but he has begun his first month in office with a
(Tim Rich - Irish Independent)
Hodgson hopeful over Torres
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has revealed the club remain
locked in talks with Fernando Torres over the striker's
Hodgson has been boosted in recent days by the capture of
Joe Cole on a free transfer and captain Steven Gerrard's
pledge to remain with the club next season, and is now
hoping Torres will throw his support behind the new boss.
Hodgson turns attention to Bridge
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will follow up his capture of
Joe Cole from Chelsea with a move to take Wayne Bridge from
Manchester City to Anfield, according to reports.
Dalglish drove Liverpool deal
for Rangers defender Wilson
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish insisted on the signing of
Reds ambassador Dalglish tracked the Rangers kid throughout
last season and urged new boss Roy Hodgson to make Wilson
the most expensive teenager in Scottish football history.
Wilson told the Scottish Sun: "Everybody's told me Kenny's
been in my corner throughout the last few months, that he's
wanted me to come to Liverpool.
"I can't begin to tell you what that means to me, that
someone of the stature of Kenny Dalglish rates me."
Liverpool talk with Internazionale
over £25m sale of Mascherano
Liverpool are in talks with Internazionale over the possible
sale of Javier Mascherano after the Italian club made an
approach for the midfielder.
Roy Hodgson is believed to be ready to sell the Argentina
captain at the right price to raise funds, after warning
Liverpool supporters that several more signings are needed
to lift the "doom and gloom" that enveloped the club last
Liverpool want at least £25m for Mascherano, who has made no
secret of his desire to move to Inter and link up again with
Rafael Benítez, Hodgson's predecessor as manager at Anfield.
Captain Lucas reveals pride
Lucas Leiva revealed his pride after wearing the captain's
armband during our goalless draw with Grasshoppers on
"To say it was the first game, I think we did well. The
first half was really difficult because we still need to
improve our fitness. The pace of the game was fast, but in
the second half we did better.
(LFC Official Website)