Amoo on target in Reds loss
Liverpool Reserves crashed to their fifth straight defeat as
Blackburn Rovers secured a 2-1 triumph at Prenton Park on
The young Reds produced a determined display in their final
home match of the season but were undone by Matty Pearson's
44th minute header after David Amoo had cancelled out Jason
It means their hopes of catching second-placed Manchester
City are now over while Rovers are just three points behind
John McMahon's men with
a game in hand.
Liverpool Reserves: Martin, Flanagan, Cooper (Dalla Valle
46), Palsson, Mavinga (Sokolik 46), Irwin, Saric, Amoo,
Bruna, Kholert, Kacaniklic. Unused subs: Hansen, Brouwer,
(LFC Official Website)
Benitez's agent denies
deal done with Juventus
Rafael Benitez's agent has told BBC Sport reports the
Liverpool boss has agreed a deal to take over Serie A giants
Juventus are "absolutely false".
According to reports in Italy, the Turin side are poised to
secure the Spaniard on a four-year contract.
But Manuel Quillon Garcia denied that was the case,
insisting: "There is no agreement with anyone."
He also denied meeting Juve director Roberto Bettega in
Monte Carlo this week to discuss Benitez's future.
BBC Sport understands Benitez is one of several possible
candidates Juventus want to succeed Alberto Zaccheroni at
the Stadio Olimpico this summer.
However, Benitez's pay demands, and the fact he would want
to bring several of his backroom staff with him, could cause
There has been no contact between Liverpool and Juventus,
with the Reds privately sceptical the Italian club could
afford to buy the manager out of his lucrative contract,
which still has four years to run.
Juventus have refused to comment on speculation their
president Jean-Claude Blanc will fly to Liverpool this week
in an attempt to lure Benitez away from Anfield after six
years in charge.
(BBC Sport Online)
Addicks confirm talks
Charlton Athletic have confirmed that they are in talks
about teenager Jonjo Shelvey's departure.
Skysports.comunderstands that Liverpool have won the race to
sign the Academy graduate, who is closing on 50 appearances
for the Addicks.
It is believed Shelvey will undergo a medical on Merseyside
this week, ahead of a move to Anfield in the summer.
However, League One club Charlton have refused to confirm
that the player was in talks with Liverpool and insisted a
deal was not yet done.
Addicks chairman Richard Murray told the South London Press:
"There has been some interest shown in the player but we're
some way off doing a deal."
Fowler makes A-League
switch to Perth Glory
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler will play for
A-League club Perth Glory from next season.
The 35-year-old will be Perth's foreign marquee player,
which means his wages are excluded from their salary cap.
"It's exciting for football fans in Western Australia that a
legend has decided to play for us," said Perth chairman Tony
Fowler was released from his contract with cash-strapped
North Queensland Fury after one season in Townsville.
The former England international, who had been linked to
Sydney FC, joins ex-Derby, Bolton and Blackburn defender
Andy Todd at the Perth Oval.
"Robbie had a number of clubs chasing his signature, both in
the Hyundai A-League and from the Middle-East and we're
delighted he's decided to join Perth Glory," added Sage.
Fowler is the fourth highest scorer in Premier league
history, with 163 goals, following two spells for Liverpool.
He also played for Leeds United, Manchester City, Cardiff
City and Blackburn.
Fowler moved to North Queensland in February 2009, scoring
nine goals in 26 appearances as the Fury finished seventh in
(BBC Sport Online)
Rush can't understand Reina snub
Ian Rush can't believe Pepe Reina wasn't in the PFA Team of
Reina missed out on being named in the PFA Team of the Year,
with Birmingham's Joe Hart getting the nod instead. It's a
decision that baffles Rush.
"Without doubt Pepe should have been in the team. Hart's had
a good season but when you watch Pepe Reina play you can see
that he is an incredible stopper," said the Reds legend.
"I can't understand how he doesn't get a game for Spain.
Casillas must be one hell of a goalkeeper to keep Reina out.
"He has been fantastic and has really grown in confidence
over the years.
"He must have had three or four assists for some of our
goals this season and that's one of the main things I like
about him. His distribution on the counter attack; it's like
having another outfield player.
"There are probably games where Liverpool have gone on to
win and Torres or Gerrard have taken the credit, but there
are five or six occasions that I can think of where he has
made an important save to change a game in our favour.
"I can't understand how he isn't in the PFA team. When you
look at Liverpool's player of the year, he's definitely in
the top three, if not a worthy winner."
Gerrard issues Blues warning
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has warned Chelsea they
will not roll over against them - even it means handing the
title to Manchester United.
Gerrard promised that there will be no let-up from Liverpool
as they cling to their faint hopes of finishing in the top
four even though it leaves their supporters in a difficult
A win for Liverpool would make bitter rivals United firm
favourites for the title, which would see the title holders
eclipse the Anfield club's record
of 18 championships.
Gerrard will not be looking to do Chelsea any favours as he
looks to push for fourth place and also ensure his side
finish above neighbours Everton.
"We have a couple of games left and the idea is to take
maximum points and see if we can get into the Champions
League through the back door," said Gerrard.
"If we take maximum points, who knows? The teams above us
might slip up. All we have done is keep the pressure on.
"We won't give up but it would be stupid of me to say this
or that is going to happen - it's important to be realistic.
"We are underdogs for fourth position but our fans also know
we've got Everton breathing down our necks and we certainly
don't want them finishing above us."
Kuyt battling to be fit
to face Atletico Madrid
Dirk Kuyt is having intensive treatment in a bid to be fit
for Liverpool’s crunch Europa League clash with Atletico
Madrid at Anfield on Thursday night.
The Dutchman was forced off with a calf injury during
Sunday’s 4-0 win at Burnley and is a doubt for the
semi-final second leg. Kuyt worked with the physios at
Melwood yesterday and is desperate not to miss out on the
chance to fire the Reds into the final in Hamburg on May 12.
Boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful Kuyt will face the Spaniards
and will give him every chance to prove his fitness.
With 22-goal top scorer Fernando Torres recovering from a
knee operation and rookie frontman David Ngog troubled by a
back injury he picked up in the first leg, Kuyt is crucial
to the Reds’ hopes of overturning the 1-0 deficit. If the
29-year-old, who is the club’s third top scorer with 11
goals this season, fails to make it then Benitez could be
left with no fit strikers and a major selection headache.
Ngog is also having treatment in a bid to play some part
against Atletico and Benitez can only wait and hope his two
strikers make a swift recovery.
If they both fail to make it then the manager would have
little option but to play Ryan Babel as a lone frontman.
Aquilani versatility pleases
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez believes midfielder Alberto
Aquilani may be able to flourish if he is given more freedom
and less responsibility.
The £17million summer signing from Roma has had an
indifferent start to his Anfield career as an ankle injury
prevented him from making his Premier League debut until
"In the first year, especially because he has been injured
for a long time, to manage him and find the right position
for him was not easy because the Premier League is very
strong and physical.
"But in this position he has freedom and with Gerrard behind
him they can pass to each other."
Gerrard: Torres’ absence
damaged our confidence
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the absence of
injured striker Fernando Torres damaged belief within the
squad but insists the prospect of a Europa League final and
snatching fourth place in the Barclays Premier League
has lifted spirits.
The players are used to being without Torres – he was
sidelined for five weeks after surgery in January – but it
has taken them time to assume the goalscoring
A 3-0 win over West Ham last Monday followed by Sunday’s 4-0
defeat of Burnley – Liverpool’s first away victory in eight
attempts – has proved they can score goals without their
And Gerrard hopes they can carry that form into Thursday’s
Europa League semi-final second leg, when they will seek to
overturn a 1-0 deficit, and their remaining two Premier
League fixtures against Chelsea and Hull.
"I won’t lie. Sometimes when you lose your top striker, it
can damage belief and affect your confidence but this was
much better," said Gerrard.
Huang plays down Reds talk
Kenneth Huang has denied speaking to a newspaper about a
proposed takeover of Liverpool.
A report in the Sunday Mirror suggested Huang, described as
a former Wall Street stockbroker, was leading a consortium
who were in advanced negotiations to buy the Merseysiders
Atletico upbeat ahead of
Simao Sabrosa says Atletico Madrid are "optimistic" ahead of
their Europa League semi-final second leg at Liverpool on
An early goal by former Manchester United striker Diego
Forlan saw Atletico secure a narrow 1-0 win over Rafael
Benitez's team in the first leg last Thursday at the Vicente
Quique Sanchez Flores' team followed it up with a 3-1 win
over Tenerife in the Primera Division on Sunday to round off
a successful few days.
With Thursday's game delicately poised, Simao admits
Atletico are approaching it as a one-off as they look to
book their place in next month's final in Hamburg.
He told AS: "This is a semi-final but for us it is like a
"We must have faith, we are in the final 90 minutes."
Benitez wants Gerrard to stand tall
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez expects captain Steven
Gerrard to lead from the front in their remaining matches.
The Reds are just 90 minutes away from a Europa League final
and still have hopes of snatching fourth place in the
Atletico Madrid arrive at Anfield on Thursday with a 1-0
lead from the first leg of their European tie.
Benitez wants Gerrard, as he has done so often in the past,
to inspire the team to victory just as he did at Burnley
yesterday with two goals in a 4-0 win.
"We need the captain to be a leader and he was a leader,"
Ian Rush is back on the payroll at Liverpool.
The former legend, who scored 346 times in 660 games for the
Reds, has become the new club's Soccer Schools Ambassador.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved with the club again
and hope the contacts I already have in the football and
coaching community will allow us to move forward quickly,"
“My role is to provide the technical input into the
development of the Soccer Schools programme and just as
importantly help our business team to assess the quality of
the franchised operations and the standard of the courses
being offered under the Liverpool badge to kids around the
“It’s really great to be asked back. I think it is the way
forward and I’m looking forward to working with everyone.
Rooney hopes for Reds favour
Wayne Rooney hopes arch-rivals Liverpool can do Manchester
United a favour in the title race against Chelsea next
United trail Chelsea by one point as the battle for the
Premier League title comes down to the final two games.
Chelsea travel to Anfield and United visit Sunderland next
Sunday in what could prove to be the pivotal day in the
Liverpool fans would not be happy to see a win over Chelsea
help United go on to break their record of 18 league titles.
The Reds still have faint hopes of finishing fourth and
Rooney believes Liverpool's need to qualify for Europe will
have them motivated to beat Chelsea.
"I'm sure Liverpool will want to beat Chelsea," said Rooney.
"The pride they've got and the history they've got, I'm sure
they'll want to win
"They are fighting to get into the Europa League."
Gerrard: Maxi key to rout
Steven Gerrard today lavished praise on Maxi Rodriguez after
the Argentine scored his first goal for the club in Sunday's
4-0 win at Burnley.
The Reds No.17 netted with a terrific finish after a
defence-splitting pass from Alberto Aquilani, and the
skipper was more than delighted for him.
"Maxi is a fantastic player," said Gerrard.
"He's got good movement and as a footballer it's a pleasure
to play with good players and that's what Maxi is because
he's a fantastic player."
(LFC Official Website)
Burnley boss Laws proud of
players in Liverpool defeat
Burnley boss Brian Laws says he is proud of his players
after their defeat at home to Liverpool.
Laws pointed to the difference in standard for Burnley's
problems both in this game and the season as a whole.
"The players gave everything and today probably reflects on
the effort that we have put in but also reflects the gulf in
quality," said the former Sheffield Wednesday boss.
Reds line-up Shelvey deal
Liverpool are set to win the race to sign Charlton starlet
Jonjo Shelvey, skysports.com understands.
The 18-year-old midfielder has long been touted as one of
the finest young prospects in England.
He has previously turned down Chelsea's overtures, whilst
Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are also known to have been
keen on securing his services.
Rafa delighted with win
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was extremely happy with his
side following their 4-0 win over Burnley.
He told Sky Sports: "It was a good game, especially the
second half. We scored four goals, a clean sheet.
"So (I'm) really pleased and really positive."
Reds hit four
to send Clarets down
Liverpool triumphed 4-0 at Turf Moor to relegate Burnley
from the Premier League and also kept alive their distant
hopes of finishing fourth.
With two matches to play the Clarets cannot now catch
17th-placed West Ham and return to the Championship after
just one season in the top flight.
Steven Gerrard's first goal in the 51st minute was deflected
off Burnley centre-back Leon Cort but his 25-yard strike
seven minutes later was inch-perfect and Maxi Rodriguez and
Ryan Babel wrapped things up.
The win, Liverpool's first in eight away league matches this
year, kept Rafael Benitez's side in the hunt for next
season's Champions League but only just.
Tottenham are two points ahead on 64, with a match in hand,
and Liverpool must win their remaining two games and hope
neither Spurs, Manchester City nor Aston Villa amass more
than 68 points - and even then it could come down to goal
Ayala and Aqua in
Daniel Ayala, Alberto Aquilani, Ryan Babel and Maxi
Rodriguez come in for Liverpool against Burnley this
Lucas, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and David Ngog all
make way from the team that faced Atletico after that
marathon journey in midweek.
The Reds team v Burnley: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Ayala,
Agger, Mascherano, Aquilani, Maxi, Babel, Gerrard, Kuyt.
Subs: Cavalieri, Benayoun, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Degen, El Zhar,
(LFC Official Website)
Torres: PL could finish me
Fernando Torres is concerned his health is at risk by
playing for Liverpool in the Premier League and fears he
could be injured for life if he stays in England.
All the recent speculation has seen the Reds' star striker
being linked with £60million move to Manchester City in the
But the former Atletico Madrid marksman has hinted he will
leave the British Isles if he does say goodbye to Anfield.
"The Premier League is such a tough competition and I have
always admired this championship and the players who are
here," Torres, whose season has been scuppered by a knee
injury which could see him miss the start of the World Cup
with Spain, told The News Of The World.
"This is my third season and I'm still amazed to see
(Steven) Gerrard, (Wayne) Rooney and (Frank) Lampard,
players who have been here a long time, still playing at
such a high level and with such impressive rhythm because
the English league really wears down a player.
"I just can't imagine what state I'll be in within five or
six years if I continue to play here - it could easily give
me problems when I stop playing. The physical level is
superior to all other countries."
It will take years for
to return to top four quality
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson believes that it will take
some time before his old club will be able to reach the top
four of the Premier League again.
The former Republic of Ireland insists that Liverpool’s
disappointing season could mean that stars like Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres leave in the summer.
wants Rafa to stay
Chinese businessman Kenneth Huang has revealed he is in
talks to buy Liverpool and wants manager Rafael Benitez to
remain at Anfield.
Huang is at the head of a consortium interested in ending
the ownership deadlock at Anfield and has claimed he has
been granted access to the club's accounts by Tom Hicks and
"Negotiations have taken place over the last few months and
we are at a crucial stage," he said in the Sunday Mirror.