Kuyt back in squad
Dirk Kuyt returns to the Liverpool squad for the home match
against Sunderland on Saturday.
The Dutch attacker has missed the Reds last four matches
after suffering a shoulder injury on international duty at
the start of the month.
The 30 year old was expected to be out until the Blackpool
match next week but has returned soon than expected and is
included in the squad to face Sunderland at Anfield.
It also means he will be able to make a return to the club
he began his professional career with when Liverpool play FC
Utrecht on Thursday evening in the Europa League.
According to reports on Twitter, Kuyt has been named in the
starting line-up, alongside Gerrard and Joe Cole behind
(This is Anfield)
Fergie: I never
called Torres a cheat
Sir Alex Ferguson insists he did not accuse Fernando Torres
of being a cheat after Manchester United's 3-2 victory over
Liverpool last weekend.
Ferguson was aghast to wake up on Monday morning to find
coverage of the game, in which Dimitar Berbatov scored his
first hat-trick for the club, was dominated by his remarks
about Fernando Torres.
The United boss accused Torres of trying to get John O'Shea
sent off as he won the foul for the free-kick from which
Steven Gerrard equalised.
This was interpreted as Ferguson calling the Spain striker
'a cheat' but is a comment the Scot says is not correct.
"You'd think Berbatov would get the headlines, but it was
all me saying Torres was a cheat, which was ridiculous," he
"I thought he made the most of it. That's not to say the
guy's a cheat."
Hodgson: Club must
live with protests
A sit-in fans protest against Tom Hicks and George Gillett
is just something else for the club to deal with, according
to manager Roy Hodgson.
With the Americans' loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland due
for refinancing or repayment next month and no sign of an
imminent sale supporters are stepping up their campaign to
oust the unpopular pair.
The latest plan is to get the crowd at tomorrow's game
against Sunderland to remain behind to demonstrate
peacefully after the final whistle
"I, like anyone at Liverpool Football Club, would be very
happy if the ownership situation got clarified, and in
particular if we got a very good owner that can help us move
forward," said Hodgson.
to end Anfield run
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is confident Sunderland can end
their miserable run at Anfield as they attempt to pile the
pressure on Liverpool.
The Black Cats head for Anfield on Saturday having failed
even to score there in a decade with just two draws to show
for their past seven visits.
Not since September 2000, when Michael Owen cancelled out
Kevin Phillips' early strike, have the Wearsiders found the
back of the net on the red half of Merseyside, and that is a
situation they are keen to change as they attempt to improve
their dreadful form on the road.
Mignolet said: "Let's hope we can change that, let's hope we
can get some points out of it.
"Ten years is a long time, so it is maybe time to change
Hodgson: Reds will
ride out storm
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has insisted the club will "live
through a bad moment" as he seeks to lift morale after their
Carling Cup exit.
An understrength side lost on penalties to League Two outfit
Northampton on Wednesday.
With Liverpool's difficult start to the Premier League
leaving them 16th, although only three points adrift of
fourth, the scrutiny on the Reds and their manager has
But Hodgson has drawn a line under Wednesday night's
"I've had many disappointments. You can't work at 35 years
at the level I have without having disappointments," he
Johnson backs Torres
Glen Johnson has backed Fernando Torres to come good.
Torres has struggled so far this season, scoring only the
once. However, Glen Johnson believes the striker will soon
be back to his best and striking fear into the heart of
every opposition defence.
"We are very confident, and Fernando is too, that he will be
back to his best very soon and hopefully we can give him a
few chances on Saturday," said the England defender.
"Everyone knows what Fernando can do and we always have
great confidence in him to score goals for us.
"Fernando is rarely quiet during a game but if he is he
won't be for long. Look at last Sunday - he won us the
penalty and then the free-kick."
Titus Bramble ready and willing
to face Liverpool FC at Anfield
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble is in line to return to
action on the pitch after being bailed by police
investigating an allegation of rape.
The 29-year-old hit the headlines after being arrested in
connection with an incident at a Newcastle hotel.
Chairman Niall Quinn insisted Bramble, a summer signing from
Wigan, is innocent and manager Steve Bruce has added his
The former Ipswich and Newcastle player missed Tuesday
night’s 2-1 Carling Cup defeat by West Ham with a slight
knock, but trained yesterday after being questioned by
police and is in line to start tomorrow’s Premier League
clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
Bruce said: “He wants to play. He wanted to be in this
morning and he wants to go and put the record straight. He
wishes he could, but legally we can’t."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Gerrard issues rallying call
Steven Gerrard today promised there will be no sulking at
Melwood as Liverpool bid to bounce straight back from their
Carling Cup nightmare.
The atmosphere at the Reds' training ground was
understandably subdued this morning, as Roy Hodgson's squad
came to terms with the shock of losing 4-2 to League Two
side Northampton Town on penalties at Anfield last night.
It was a chastening experience for all those involved, as it
was for the 11 senior men who watched from the sidelines as
Liverpool laboured to a 2-2 draw after extra time.
But with Sunderland arriving at Anfield on Saturday
afternoon, Gerrard believes the squad will be pumped up for
that crucial fixture and even feels the loss could, in time,
be a help to the young men who were pitched into the fray
"They will learn from this experience. Football isn't just
about highs," Gerrard said.
"Throughout my career I have experienced both highs and lows
and probably learnt more from the lows because you look at
yourself first, look at what went wrong and try to learn
from your mistakes."
hit a 51-year low
THIN RED LINE: Manager Roy Hodgson prepares his players for
a penalty shoot-out – only the second Liverpool have lost in
a senior first team match in the history of the club.
PATHETIC. Absolutely pathetic. The abomination of a story
that is the modern day Liverpool Football Club has reached
its most depressing low.
Worcester City in 1959 is widely regarded as the most
cataclysmic result in Liverpool’s 118-year history but last
night 22,577 hardy souls saw Northampton Town achieve a
result that must rank alongside it.
How the once mighty have fallen.
Never mind the fact there was late drama.
Ignore that Liver- pool mounted a frantic push to save
themselves in the second period of extra time and their
proud penalty shoot-out record has taken an unexpected
There is only one fact that matters today: Liverpool have
been knocked out of the Carling Cup by a side from League
Two after a performance that was shameful in so many ways.
(Dominic King - Liverpool Echo)
Babel on Twitter: I failed
in Liverpool defeat, no excuses
Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has admitted he 'failed
personally' as the Reds suffered a humiliating home defeat
to Northampton Town in the Carling Cup.
Babel started the match and was substituted during extra
time - two minutes after the Cobblers took a 2-1 lead.
He was therefore not involved in the penalty shootout, after
watching team-mate David Ngog score four minutes from time
to force spot-kicks.
Babel, who was said to be unsettled at Liverpool over the
summer and came close to joining both Spurs and West Ham on
transfer deadline day, posted a short message on Twitter to
apologise to the club's supporters who were
'No excuses for last nite, we weren't good enough,' he
'And I failed personally. Haven't lost faith, so I keep
Milan Jovanovic has apologised to Liverpool fans for the
team's performance in the humiliating home defeat at the
hands of lowly League Two side
The Serbian international scored his first goal for the club
in the Carling Cup game at Anfield last night, but the Reds
went on to lose on penalties after the match ended 2-2.
"Catastrophe," said Jovanovic. "I am so disappointed. What
can I say?
"It was a very difficult night for me, for all the players
and the team. Of course we feel sorry for the fans.
"We know this is not Liverpool. It is very bad. I am so
surprised by the performance.
"I have not got enough experience of English football but I
didn't expect this."
Sampson on a high after win
Northampton manager Ian Sampson rated his side's sensational
win over Liverpool in the Carling Cup as one of the best
night's of his career.
"To be a manger and win at Anfield after only one year in
the job I'm absolutely delighted, it is a particular
Hodgson makes Reds apology
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson apologised to the club's fans
after their shock Carling Cup exit at the hands of
Hodgson conceded he and the players had to accept
responsibility for the defeat as Liverpool saw one of their
biggest chances of silverware this season go
up in smoke.
"I don't think we came anywhere near what I hoped to see
apart from in the last 15 minutes of extra-time when we made
a superb effort after going 2-1 down,"
"When it goes to penalties and you are at home and in front
of the Kop your hope is that at least the players will have
the composure and confidence to win the penalty shoot-out
but we didn't.
"All I can do is congratulate Northampton and apologise to
everyone; the fans came expecting to see us win and I
expected us to win but it wasn't to be."
Cobblers add to Mersey misery
Northampton plunged Merseyside into deeper misery as the
League Two club stunned Liverpool with a memorable penalty
shoot-out victory in the third round of the Carling Cup.
Ian Sampson's minnows produced a merited and major
giant-killing, which equated to Brentford's spot-kick win
over Everton on Tuesday night, and they came from behind to
Goals from Billy McKay and Michael Jacobs seemed set to send
Northampton through after extra-time at Anfield, having
cancelled out Milan Jovanovic's early opener, but David Ngog
took the match to penalties.
Ngog and youngster Nathan Eccleston both missed from the
spot, allowing Abdul Osman to score the crucial winning
penalty and send the noisy travelling supporters into
For the first time in five years Liverpool have not got past
the third round, denying them a chance in a competition they
were thinking about winning.
Duo make bow
Brad Jones and Danny Wilson make their full Liverpool debuts
in tonight's Carling Cup match with Northampton Town.
The duo form part of a side that shows several changes from
the one that lost at Manchester United with David Ngog and
Dani Pacheco leading the line.
The Liverpool team in full: Jones, Kelly, Wilson, Kyrgiakos,
Agger, Lucas, Spearing, Jovanovic, Babel, Pacheco, Ngog.
Subs: Hansen, Shelvey, Eccleston, Ince, Amoo, Wisdom,
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson over funds
Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has reassured
Roy Hodgson that he will be allowed to spend any money
raised from player sales.
Liverpool sold a number of players this summer, and Hodgson
revealed this month that he did not know whether he would be
able to reinvest the full proceeds of Javier Mascherano's
move to Barcelona.
However, despite the club's debt, Purslow insists that money
has been ring-fenced for new recruits.
"Every single penny we generate from selling footballers
goes back into buying footballers," he told LFC TV. "I
wouldn't have it any other way and I wouldn't have taken the
job to oversee selling footballers to pay banks or owners
"We never have in my time here and we never will as long as
I am here. If Roy continues to see a new striker as a
priority then that's what he'll work on doing in January
with the total support of the club and with every penny we
Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has dismissed
fears the club will go bust should the current ownership
issues not be successfully resolved and has warned Tom Hicks
the board will not allow him to use Liverpool's assets as
security in any refinancing deal.
Concern has been expressed that should he fail then there is
an outside chance the bank could take over the club and it
could ultimately end up in administration, but Purslow has
stressed this is not the case and says a sale would make the
club the "most profitable" in the league.
(The Irish Times)
Cavani Reds link
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has received no approach about
a potential move to Liverpool, according to the player's
The Uruguay international, who impressed for his country at
this summer's World Cup, has been linked with several clubs
during the summer, with Tottenham strongly rumoured to be
chasing his services.
Reports emanating from Italy suggested that Reds boss Roy
Hodgson could be planning a 20million euros swoop for the
player in January, but this has
The 23-year-old made the move to Naples on loan in July,
where he will face Liverpool in the Europa League group
stages at the San Paolo in October.
"An offer from Liverpool of 20million euros for Cavani?
These are only fantasies, he has got no offers," the
player's agent, Claudio Annellucci, told tuttomercatoweb.
Torres will come good
Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler is convinced Fernando Torres
will come good.
Torres is still searching for top form after a series of
injury problems - but the man whose No.9 shirt Torres now
wears saw signs of improvement against Manchester United.
"It takes time to get back up to the top level after a long
period of injury, and he's had more than his fair share in
recent times," Fowler, now of Perth Glory, told
"Even just a fraction of a percentage makes a massive
difference at his level, and in a couple of weeks he'll
probably look a different man again.
"When he's at the top of his game then his touch and pace
are a deadly combination, but it's probably not quite there
yet as he's still coming back from a series of injuries that
can affect that first explosive moment on the ball.
"You can never question his contribution to the team,
because he is prepared to put in a shift up front on his own
against some of the best - and toughest - defenders in the
world, and believe me that's not easy.
"I watched with interest as Liverpool failed to find him in
the first half at United, and the results were obvious. In
the second though, their tactics changed, and suddenly he
created two goals. That showed he is not as far away as
people are making out.
"Give him the ball and he will get results, which was
evident after the break
at Old Trafford."