targeting speedy recovery
Steven Gerrard is embracing his rehabilitation process from
a hamstring injury with great determination, according to
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.
Gerrard will be missing for up to a month after suffering
the injury in England’s defeat by France last week.
Hodgson said: “He’s straight into it and he’s anxious to get
back as quickly
“He’s not letting any dust settle but I don’t think there’s
so much he can do at the moment.
“First of all he has to let the injury quieten down and then
to work on it.”
Hodgson has also hailed the work being carried out by
new medical team.
The sports science and sports medicine staff recruited in
the summer have introduced pre-training exercises designed
to prevent pulls and strains.
Only Gerrard (hamstring), Jay Spearing (ankle) and Daniel
Agger (calf) occupy the treatment room.
Liverpool FC confirm
Asia pre-season tour
Liverpool will tour the Far East as part of preparations for
the 2011/12 season, the club confirmed today.
The tour, of which details and opposition are yet to be
finalised, follows the club’s games against Thailand and
Singapore in the summer of 2009.
Banking giants Standard Chartered, the club’s new sponsor,
will arrange the tour with a big presence across Asia.
A club spokesman confirmed, “The club will tour Asia next
summer but the dates and venues for the matches are to be
“The last tour there in 2009 worked very well and we have a
huge fan base there who will relish the chance to see the
team in action.
“We also have a partner in Standard Chartered who have a
huge presence across that continent.
“The fact that next summer there is no World Cup or European
Championship gives us the opportunity to spend more time
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Toivonen cools Reds link
PSV Eindhoven ace Ola Toivonen has
played down reports linking him with a move to Liverpool in
the January transfer window.
Liverpool have held a long-term interest in Toivonen having
made enquiries for the Swede during the summer transfer
It has been suggested they could make a new move for the
24-year-old to add to their attacking options when the
transfer window reopens in the New Year, but Toivonen
expects to stay in Holland.
"I am set to set stay at PSV. We're losing Afellay (to
Barcelona) and I have no plans to leave," Toivonen told
"I know that there are clubs looking at every game so
rumours are something that I have to live with."
Asked if he felt a move away from PSV in the summer was more
likely, Toivonen said: "I don't know.
"The most important is that I get to play every game like I
do now and play in a team that has the chance to win the
"It would be fun to get a gold with PSV. We have a perfect
harmony in the club."
Hansen: Raul role is key
Alan Hansen believes finding Raul Meireles's best position
could be key to filling the void left by Steven Gerrard's
The Portugal international has featured in a variety of
positions for the Reds so far this season but produced
arguably his finest display yet when he played in central
midfield against West Ham.
Hansen feels the former Porto man has yet to show Kopites
his true value and is eager for him to build upon his
Hammers performance when Roy Hodgson's side visit Tottenham
on Sunday afternoon.
"If Meireles gets another chance to play in the middle on
Sunday at Tottenham then it is imperative that he does well.
"He'll want to show Liverpool supporters what he is all
about, as he did
against West Ham."
(LFC Official Website)
Agger closing in
on Liverpool FC return
Daniel Agger's injury nightmare will soon be over with the
Liverpool defender expected to return to action before
Agger has become something of a forgotten man with his last
appearance for the Anfield outfit coming almost two months
ago as a substitute in the 2-2 home draw with Sunderland on
The centre-back missed Liverpool’s next two games with a
groin problem but nevertheless joined up with the Denmark
squad for a Euro 2012 qualifying
Agger then lasted just 39 minutes of the victory against
Cyprus on October 12 before being replaced after receiving a
kick in the calf.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson revealed earlier this month
that Agger’s absence would be “long term”, but the club’s
Head of Sports Science, Dr Peter Brukner, is confident the
defender should be back in time for the hectic festive
“Daniel’s injury is an unusual one,” said Brukner.
“In the international game a month ago, he got a kick on the
calf, and sometimes when that happens you get some
calcification in the blood clot that forms there, and
unfortunately that has happened in Daniel’s case.
“It’s just taken a lot longer than you would expect for
something like that. The calcification, once it appears,
takes about a month to dissolve and fully recover.
“Daniel has probably got another three weeks before he is
back playing. It’s a very disappointing and frustrating
situation but there’s not a lot we can do about it.
“Only time heals this sort of injury, so we just have to be
patient with Daniel. But he’ll definitely be back before
Liverpool youngster Spearing
grateful for Gerrard guidance
Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing admits he's learning
plenty working with
skipper Steven Gerrard.
Spearing admits he's grateful to Gerrard for taking him
under his wing.
Spearing told liverpoolfc.tv: "He's one of the greatest
midfielders in the world, and I can't thank him enough for
what he's done for me over the years.
"He took me under his wing from the moment I came up from
the Academy. He talks to me quite a bit in training
sessions. In games, like against Napoli, he had a quiet word
with me and said, 'Let's get everyone going and get the game
Pacheco nets in derby draw
Liverpool Reserves maintained their three-point lead over
Everton at the top of the Barclays Premier Reserve League
after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the mini derby
on Tuesday night.
Dani Pacheco's wonderful solo effort capped an impressive
start by the Reds on 21 minutes, but the Blues quickly drew
level through Victor Anichebe's close-range finish in an
The contest remained open in the second half, but chances
proved much more difficult to come by and both sides were
forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Liverpoolfc.tv man of the match: Dani Pacheco
Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Flanagan, Robinson, Irwin (Coady
71), Mendy, Wilson, Amoo (Ngoo 55), Suso, Eccleston,
Pacheco, Bruna (Roberts 77).
Subs: Belford, McGiveron.
(LFC Official Website)
Ian Rush still interested
in becoming Wales manager
Wales legend Ian Rush is still interested in becoming the
national team's new manager, according to reports.
Previous reports suggested that the former Liverpool FC
striker had ruled himself out of the running to succeed John
However a source close to Rush said that wasn’t the case and
the 49-year-old was waiting to see what the Football
Association of Wales (FAW) have in mind over the next couple
That is when the governing body are expected to invite
candidates for interview.
Rush, whose only spell in management came with Chester City,
is currently involved in grassroots football. He is
McDonald’s head of Welsh football, which works in
conjunction with the Welsh Football Trust.
Wales find themselves bottom of Group G after three defeats
with their next qualifier the small matter of a match
against England in Cardiff in March.
Dalglish excited by talent
coming through Liverpool academy
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says Reds fans can be
excited about the talent coming through the system.
Dalglish claims the emerging talent coming through
Liverpool's Academy is proof that English football has a
He told liverpoolfc.tv: "Through my work at the Liverpool
Academy, I do have a fair idea of what is coming through,
not just at my club but in general.
"And while I'm not saying the standard can't improve, there
isn't any cause
"At Liverpool, we have a couple of Spanish coaches at the
academy and we are getting the fusion right between
technique, tactical awareness and
a strong mentality.
"What is heartening is when I watch U9s, U10s and U11s play,
I see the boys trying to use what they've been coached in
"Last summer, the England U17s became European champions.
And who did they beat in the final? Spain. So they are
capable of it."
Liverpool linked with
ex-Newcastle playmaker Emre
Liverpool are being linked with former Newcastle United
Poulsen pleads for patience
Midfielder Christian Poulsen believes Liverpool are
improving with every game, but their true level may not be
reached for another four months.
The Reds returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory
over West Ham at the weekend, bouncing back immediately from
the end of their six-match unbeaten run at Stoke the
Poulsen believes, given time, they can close that gap.
"I hope and I think that we will be better from game to
game," he said.
"If we work hard and keep listening to the things that the
boss wants to do, I'm sure that we will be a much better
team when we come to the games in February and March."
Cole primed for Reds return
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Joe Cole
should be fit and available for selection for Sunday's trip
The ex-Chelsea playmaker has been missing for The Reds of
late after sustaining a hamstring injury in their 1-0 win at
Cole has missed the club's last four Premier League matches,
including Saturday's 3-0 win against former club West Ham.
With Steven Gerrard and Lucas currently unavailable the
return of Cole from injury comes as a welcome boost for
"Joe should be back for Sunday," confirmed Hodgson.
"We were hoping he would be back to face West Ham, but it
has taken that little bit longer.
"Joe is not that far away really, so hopefully he will have
recovered in time
"Hamstring injuries are tricky and I'm afraid we can only
rely on what the sports science people tell us, and if they
say he needs more time we just have to wait."
Spain ace signs pro at Liverpool
Spanish youngster Suso has signed his first professional
contract to keep him at Liverpool until 2013.
The forward - who can also play in midfield - put pen to
turning 17 on Friday.
The news will be welcomed by anyone who has watched the
reserves this season, with Suso excelling against older and
more experienced pros.
A highlight of his fledgling career to date came with a
25-yard belter against Newcastle Reserves.
Noted for his fine first touch and ability to pick out a
pass, Suso featured briefly in our pre-season friendly
against Borussia Monchengladbach and got his first taste of
playing at Anfield in the second half of Jamie Carragher's
(LFC Official Website)
Johnson and Roy clear the air
Glen Johnson has held clear-the-air talks with Roy Hodgson,
but the Liverpool defender says he did not need to be told
how poor his form was.
Hodgson publicly criticised Johnson's form this season
claiming the full-back had yet to show why he was England's
first-choice at right-back.
Johnson has spoken to Hodgson about his comments and he
admits he has yet to find his best form so far this
"Believe me, no-one wants me to find my best form more than
me, and I was aware of what I had to do," admitted Johnson.
"It was a little reminder from the boss, he told me that was
what he meant by it.
"We spoke, and he explained he wanted it to help me, to push
me and I said to him then, I don't need people to tell me, I
know where I'm at in terms of form, and I knew it all
Raul feels more comfortable
Raul Meireles admits he has needed to raise his game to cope
with the competitive nature of English football.
The 27-year-old's three months on Merseyside have seen him
display glimpses of the class which earned him four
championship medals and 42 international caps during his
time with Porto.
Liverpool fans witnessed perhaps Meireles's best all-round
display so far in Saturday's 3-0 win over West Ham, after
which he was named the Liverpoolfc.tv journalists' man of
Now he is eyeing further improvement.
"The Premier League is difficult and it has been difficult
playing in England because all the teams you come up against
are good," said the midfielder.
"This is more competitive but I am feeling more comfortable.
When you are winning, things are always better and all the
players are helping me."
(LFC Official Website)