for Reds medical
Sky Sports Sources understand Fulham defender Paul Konchesky
will undergo a medical at Liverpool this weekend.
Reds manager Roy Hodgson confirmed earlier this week he had
spoken to his former club over a possible move for the
Agent reveals Liverpool
interest in Gary Medel
Boca Juniors star Gary Medel could be on the way to
Liverpool to fill the gap left by Barcelona-bound Javier
Mascherano, according to the Chilean
Medel, nicknamed 'Pitbull' for his tough tackling and
uncompromising style of play, can feature in midfield or
defence, and Fernando Felicevich asserted today that the
player is being watched by Liverpool closely as they line up
a replacement for Mascherano before the end of the summer
Liverpool pair set to join
Fulham as £9m duo head to Anfield?
Skysports.com understands Fulham are in talks to sign
Liverpool youngsters Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic.
The Reds duo are currently in London to have talks with the
Cottagers over possible moves, where they will have medicals
if personal terms can be agreed.
Striker Dalla Valle, 18, has been on the books at Anfield
since January 2008 but the Finland Under-19 international
has failed to break into the first-team squad.
Some sources believe that the ease with which Roy Hodgson is
allowing these two impressive youngsters to move to Craven
Cottage may be a sweetener to a potential double Liverpool
swoop as the former Fulham boss looks to snap up Craven
Cottage men Paul Konchesky and Dickson Etuhu.
parting shot at Masch
Midfielder Javier Mascherano headed to Barcelona from
Liverpool on Friday with manager Roy Hodgson criticising his
"It is not easy for me to defend the actions (of Mascherano)
because professionals are paid to play and when they are
called on to play, they play,"
Gerrard eyes Europa task
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is looking forward to the
challenge his side face in the Europa League following the
draw for the group stage.
The Reds got through the qualifying round on Thursday
following a 3-1 aggregate triumph over Turkish outfit
Trabzonspor, and now face ties against Napoli, Steaua
Bucharest and Utrecht.
"It's a strong group and I'm certainly looking forward to
the games," he said.
"The media will make us early favourites I'm sure, because
of our experience in the Champions League and last year in
the Europa League.
"I'm confident we can get out of the group but it will be
tough. The draw has given us some difficult challenges.
"I don't think the Europa League is the priority. Everybody
knows that our league position, where we finish at the end
of this year, is the priority.
"But it's another trophy, it's a big cup.
"We haven't won a trophy for four years now so it's
important we put a good show on in all the cup competitions
and try to reward the fans with a final."
Cole driving ban delayed
Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole avoided an immediate ban for
speeding at 105mph.
It comes after the court heard that his wife was "severely
traumatised" after being dragged from her car by "eight
thugs on motorbikes".
Carly Zucker has been left unable to get back behind the
wheel after she was the victim of a carjacking outside her
Chelsea home, Staines Magistrates' Court in south west
London was told.
Police are still hunting for the black Audi A4 which was
stolen almost a fortnight ago, said Cole's lawyer Nick
Chairman of the bench John Neary agreed to suspend a 50-day
ban and £750 fine while Mr Freeman, known as Mr Loophole,
launches an appeal.
The Liverpool and England star did not appear in court for
Europa Group dates confirmed
Liverpool will start off their Europa League Group K
campaign with an Anfield clash against Steaua Bucharest on
Thursday, September 16.
The first away trip for Roy Hodgson's men will be Holland
and a visit to Utrecht on Thursday, September 30.
The Reds will complete their Group with an Anfield return
against Utrecht on Wednesday, December 15.
Europa League Group Group K fixtures
Thursday, September 16. Liverpool v Steaua Bucharest.
Thursday, September 30. Utrecht v Liverpool. Kick-off 6pm.
Thursday, October 21. Napoli v Liverpool. Kick-off 6pm.
Thursday, November 4. Liverpool v Napoli. Kick-off 8.05pm.
Thursday, December 2. Steaua Bucharest v Liverpool. Kick-off
Wednesday, December 15. Liverpool v Utrecht. Kick-off
(LFC Official Website)
Aquliani eyes Juve stay
Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has revealed he hopes
to win a permanent deal at Juventus after joining the club
Aquilani has returned to Italy on a tempoary basis after a
disappointing debut season with the Reds last term.
The former Roma midfielder joined Juve on a season-long loan
earlier this week with Juventus holding the option to make
the move permanent next summer.
Aquilani admits he enjoyed last season at Anfield, but hopes
to do enough to secure a long-term stay in Turin.
"England was a great experience, but I am here to stay,"
"Leaving Roma was a hard choice, but it helped the club
financially. I am a professional and Juventus is a
fundamental move in my career and to help me step back
towards the national team.
"There is a will to do well here. Scudetto? We can do well,
but Inter have something more."
Europa Group revealed
Liverpool have been drawn alongside Steaua Bucharest, Napoli
and Utrecht in Europa League Group K.
It means Roy Hodgson's men will face a reunion with Andrea
Dossena in a first ever meeting with Diego Maradona's former
Liverpool last faced Steaua back in the 2003-04 season when
Gerard Houllier's men secured a 2-1 aggregate success in the
UEFA Cup, second round.
Djimi Traore got the all-important away goal in Romania
before Harry Kewell netted in a 1-0 triumph at Anfield as
the Reds notched up a landmark 50th victory in the
The clash with Utrecht will also see us play our first
competitive match against the Dutch side, for whom current
goalkeeping coach John Achterberg featured for prior to his
move to Tranmere Rovers.
(LFC Official Website)
The draw in full:
Group A: Juventus, Manchester City, FC Salzburg, Lech Poznan
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg, Aris
Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, Gent
Group D: Villarreal, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK
Group E: AZ Alkmaar, Dynamo Kiev, FC Bate, FC Sheriff
Group F: CSKA Moscow, Palermo, Sparta Prague, Lausanne
Group G: Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, AEK Athens, Hadjuk
Group H: VFB Stuttgart, Getafe, Odense BK, Young Boys
Group I: PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, FC Metalist Kharkviv,
Group J: Sevilla, Paris St Germain, Borussia Dortmund, FC
Group K: Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest, Napoli, Utrecht
Group L: FC Porto, Besiktas, CSKA Sofia, Rapid Vienna
Matches will be played on September 16 and 30, October 21,
November 4, December 1/2 and 15/16.
Reds duo return
for Prem encounter
Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard are both set to return
for Liverpool in Sunday's Premier League clash against West
Brom at Anfield.
Torres was rested for the long trip to Turkey in midweek
while Gerrard had a back problem which he should recover
from in time.
Daniel Agger (concussion) and Milan Jovanovic (rested) are
also in line for recalls after missing the game against
Trabzonspor but Maxi Rodriguez (illness) remains a doubt.
Midfielder Joe Cole serves the second game of a three-match
Reds (from): Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger,
Aurelio, Gerrard, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, Jovanovic, Ngog,
Pacheco, Jones, Kelly, Babel, Kyrgiakos, Spearing.
Barca to sign
Mascherano for £17.25m
Liverpool have sold midfielder Javier Mascherano to
Barcelona for about £17.25m, BBC Sport understands.
The deal is subject to the 26-year-old Argentina captain
passing a medical with the Catalan giants.
Barcelona confirmed on their website: "The clubs have
reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of
Mascherano for the next four seasons."
"Barcelona will report the details once the player passes
the medical and the transfer is concluded."
(BBC Sport Online)
stance on Kuyt
Roy Hodgson said after Liverpool's win over Trabzonspor that
he sees Dirk Kuyt as a key member of the team and has no
intention of selling him.
On Wednesday Kuyt's agent claimed he wanted to join former
Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.
However, the 30-year-old showed no sign of that on Thursday
night, scoring the second goal in the Reds' 2-1 Europa
League play-off second leg victory over Trabzonspor.
After the match he said: "As far as I know my future is at
Liverpool. I've had a great time so far and I hope my future
will be great here.
"All I want is to win trophies with Liverpool."
It was something Hodgson welcomed but did not think was
"Dirk Kuyt is not for sale so excuse me for not
understanding the speculation of being happy now he has said
he is staying because I never doubted he was staying," said
the Reds boss.
Kuyt: I'm staying at Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt has quelled speculation surrounding his future by
insisting: "I'm staying at Liverpool."
The Dutch forward struck a late winner in the Reds' 2-1
Europa League success over Trabzonspor on Thursday night and
then revealed that he plans to remain
"Everyone has said a lot about my future but as far as I
know my future is at Liverpool," he said.
"I've had a great time so far and I hope my future here will
be great as well and I can win trophies with Liverpool."
(LFC Official Website)
Reds roar back to go through
Liverpool booked their place in the group stages of the
Europa League after coming from behind to beat Trabzonspor
2-1 in Turkey.
The Reds had never beaten Turkish opposition on their patch
and struggled to build for large parts of the game without
star men Steven Gerrard and
They could not have got off to a worse start when Teofilo
Gutierrez put the hosts in front to level the tie 1-1 after
From there on in, the game failed to take any real rhythm,
with pressure from Trabzonspor sporadic and Liverpool's
threat almost non-existent in the first half.
However the Reds came back strongly in the second period,
creating much of the better chances and looking far more
They got their reward late into the game to kill the tie off
with an away goal thanks to an own goal form Remzi Kacar,
before Dirk Kuyt won the game with three minutes remaining.
Cole returns in Turkey
Joe Cole returns to the starting XI for tonight's Europa
The midfielder is one of five changes to the side that lost
at Manchester City with Christian Poulsen, Fabio Aurelio,
Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Martin Kelly all involved.
The Liverpool team in full: Reina, Johnson, Kelly,
Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Aurelio, Lucas, Poulsen, Kuyt, Cole,
Subs: Gulacsi, Pacheco, Babel, Spearing, Shelvey, Skrtel,
(LFC Official Website)
Diarra in Reds link
Liverpool are reported to have been offered Real Madrid
Diarra is thought to be surplus to requirements at El
Santiago Bernabeu following the summer arrival of Sami
Khedira from Stuttgart.
Benitez denies involvement
in Liverpool bids
Hodgson had stated that Inter president Massimo Moratti had
vowed not to sign any of the club's players, while he also
revealed Benitez had signed an agreement stating that he
would not poach players from Liverpool.
Inter are believed to be interested in Dirk Kuyt and have
now confirmed they have made a bid for Javier Mascherano,
but Benitez insists he is not guilty of any wrongdoing as he
is not responsible for the club's transfer business.
"We have a technical director and a chairman who both have a
very good relationship with Roy Hodgson so it's a problem
for them," he said. "I will not talk about this because I am
"The coach cannot sign any players. It has to be the
technical director and the chairman. The club can do it. I
am the coach, not the manager."
Spain recall Torres and Reina
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has recalled Fernando Torres,
Jose Reina and Andres Iniesta for next week's opening Euro
2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein and the subsequent
friendly against Argentina.
Liverpool duo Torres and Reina and Barcelona midfielder
Andres Iniesta were all part of Spain's victorious World Cup
squad this summer but missed the friendly against Mexico
earlier this month through injury.
Sneijder desperate for
Inter to sign Kuyt
Rafael Benitez is understood to be keen on taking Kuyt, whom
he signed for Liverpool from Feyenoord in 2006, to Inter
this season, prompting Reds boss Roy Hodgson to accuse his
predecessor of reneging on an agreement not to make an
approach for any Liverpool players.
Sneijder, who played alongside Kuyt as Netherlands reached
this summer's World Cup final, believes Inter should press
ahead with the deal, though, and says he has spoken to club
president Massimo Moratti to recommend his signing.
"I hope that before the end of the transfer session he can
be here with us," Sneijder told NOS. "Dirk already knows
what awaits him at Inter and I am certain within a week my
team-mates will be desperate to play with him.
"I'd love him to come here. With him it's like you're
playing with 12 men, as he knows how to do everything -
protect the ball, run and score. He's very welcome at Inter
and not just because he's Dutch. I talked to everyone about
him, even with Moratti."
New start for 'settled' Babel
Liverpool winger Ryan Babel insists he is happy at Anfield
and is looking upon this season as "a new chapter".
The Holland winger has failed to become a regular during his
three years with the Merseysiders after joining from Ajax.
The 23-year-old has frequently been linked with moves away
from Liverpool, including a possible summer switch to
Babel knows nothing of any interest from the Bundesliga
outfit and says he is maintaining a positive outlook on his
"I have been through a difficult time at Liverpool but I
look upon this year as a new chapter," explained Babel.
"I am trying to be positive and look forward. I have two
years left on my contract and I love Liverpool. I am settled
"If I had the feeling I had done everything I can here then,
maybe, I would look at something else.
"But I don't have that feeling at all. I feel I can be
important for Liverpool.
"I googled it and it said the deal was almost done!" he
continued on the Wolfsburg talk. "I knew nothing about it."
Inter Milan make
bid for Mascherano
Inter Milan have confirmed they have made a bid for
Liverpool's wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The 26-year-old Argentina captain has not travelled with the
Reds for their Europa League clash away to Trabzonspor on
Thursday, after being left out of the squad to face
Manchester City on Monday.
Mascherano trained on his own earlier in the week and is
expected to leave Anfield before the close of the transfer
window, but manager Roy Hodgson has warned that he will not
be sold at a cut price.
Inter are keen on bringing the tough tackler to the San
Siro, where he would be reunited with former Liverpool boss
Rafa Benitez, and Nerazzurri sporting director Marco Branca
has confirmed an offer is on the table.
"I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and I am
waiting for a reply from them," he said in The Sun.
"We're not speaking to the player at the moment because we
want to do this in the right way and make sure that
Liverpool are happy.
"Everybody knows that Mascherano would like to change team
and to change country. He also has a good relationship with
our manager Rafa Benitez.
"We've made a very good offer, around the amount they are
asking for. We have a strong team here, the best in Europe,
but we would like to add one or two players to make us even
Owen to play in Carragher’s
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has agreed to play in
a Liverpool testimonial for Jamie Carragher.
The former Reds star will play 45 minutes against Everton
next weekend as the Premier League has a week off for
Owen faces the wrath of United fans who still have not taken
to him since he joined last year and despite the hatred
between Man United and Liverpool, has agreed to be there for
his former teammate.
It will be interesting to see how the Anfield crowd receives
Owen after eight years of service and over 100 goals for the
Reds confirm Konchesky talks
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed he has spoken to
former club Fulham regarding a possible move for Paul
Skysports.com revealed earlier on Wednesday that Liverpool
had lined up a deal for Konchesky as Hodgson seeks to bring
in a new left-back.
Konchesky joined Fulham three years ago from West Ham United
and was a regular during Hodgson's time at Craven Cottage.
A reunion with his old boss could now be on the cards after
Hodgson acknowledged he has discussed a potential swoop for
However, the recently-appointed Reds boss is unsure whether
the twice-capped England international will pitch up at
"We had discussions with Fulham about whether they were
prepared to sell any of their players and I would be lying
if I said Paul was not a name we considered," said Hodgson
on his arrival in Trabzon for their Europa League play-off
second leg tie.
"Whether or not there is a chance of business is still very
much up in the air."
Hodgson vents his anger
at Benitez over Kuyt
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson's anger at Inter Milan's
interest in Dirk Kuyt has led to him claiming that ex-Reds
boss Rafael Benitez would be reneging on an agreement not to
raid Anfield for former players.
Hodgson continues to deny any knowledge of Kuyt wanting to
leave despite suggestions by his agent that talks between
the two clubs are continuing.
"Dirk has not expressed that sentiment to me," said Hodgson,
who insisted the assurances he had received from Inter
president Massimo Moratti last week that the Italians were
not intending to buy any Liverpool players still held firm."
Hodgson sets Masch deadline
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has given Barcelona until
Sunday to sign midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The Reds have already rejected a £16million offer from the
Spanish giants for their midfield enforcer after insisting
they are under no financial pressure to accept a substantial
bid for the 26-year-old.
"I wouldn't want to say he has played his last game for
Liverpool," said the Liverpool manager.
Kuyt talks 'ongoing'
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is still in negotiations over a
move to Inter Milan, according to his agent Rob Jansen.
The Holland international has been linked with a move to the
reigning European champions, who have reportedly made an
offer for the 30-year-old.
Kuyt's agent claims the clubs are still in negotiations, but
are yet to reach an agreement over a deal thought to be
worth in excess of £15million.
"The two clubs continue to talk, but things are moving
slowly," claimed Jansen.
"The difference between demand and offer is important. It is
something between the clubs but Dirk told Liverpool he no
longer wants to be involved as this is something that
regards his career and life.
"It doesn't mean he wants to leave at all costs, but when a
club like Inter comes along it's normal to look into the
The former Utrecht and Feyenoord frontman was omitted from
Liverpool's Europa League win against Trabzonspor at Anfield
last week but did play in the Premier League defeat at
Manchester City on Monday night.
Kuyt looks likely to be heading for a reunion with former
Reds manager Rafa Benitez who is a known admirer of the
The player's current contract sees him tied to Liverpool
until the end of next season, although he has yet to
publicly confirm his desire to stay at Anfield.
Pacheco aims for Euro starts
Liverpool forward Dani Pacheco has admitted that he wants to
get some game time in the Europa League this year.
The 19-year-old, who starred for Spain at the European
Under-19 Championship this summer, has been given more
chances by new manager Roy Hodgson in the first-team squad
so far this season.
Pacheco is in the squad that takes a 1-0 lead to Trabzonspor
for the second leg of their qualifying round, and was
thinking positive over his future.
"It's a long season and this is another competition. There
are four competitions and I hope I can get some minutes in
the Europa League and some of the others," he told the
club's official website.
Marseille deny Ben Arfa deal
Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo insists no deal has
yet been agreed for midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.
The winger, who joined the French champions two years ago,
has fallen out with the club's hierarchy and is desperate to
move on this summer.
Reports suggest Liverpool are the latest club to be chasing
Ben Arfa's signature, and the Reds could swoop for the
winger should Javier Mascherano make the move to Barcelona.
Newcastle have also been heavily linked with 23-year-old,
and are understood to have proposed a loan deal with the
option to buy subject to the playmaker making 25 appearances
for the Magpies.
Another club to express interest is Bundesliga outfit Werder
Bremen, who are expected to make an offer on Wednesday, but
while anticipating the player's exit, Anigo insists no deal
has yet been reached.
"He has a choice between two or three clubs," Anigo told
"But we also have to find an agreement with the club, which
the case so far."
Reds without star
duo for Turkey trip
Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres
for Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg against
Trabzonspor in Turkey.
Gerrard has a back problem while manager Roy Hodgson has
decided not to risk Torres in a third successive game
following his injury problems last season.
However, both are expected to be fit for Sunday's Premier
League clash with West Brom at Anfield.
Defender Daniel Agger (concussion) and Maxi Rodriguez
(illness) are also missing from the squad which travels to
Turkey on Wednesday morning with a 1-0 lead from the first
Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher,
Kyrgiakos, Aurelio, Cole, Spearing, Poulsen, Lucas, Pacheco,
Shelvey, Babel, Kuyt, Ngog, Eccleston, Gulacsi, Hansen.
race to sign Cole
Soccernet has been informed that neither club have, as yet,
made an official bid, but the Hammers are well aware of the
interest mounting from the two clubs.
Soccernet first revealed that the Hammers were asking £15
million for Cole and that the player's preference was a move
to Anfield. Now Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is ready to
make the long awaited swoop after failing with a succession
of moves for other strikers.
Reds move for Konchesky
Skysports.com understands Liverpool are closing in on the
signing of Fulham defender Paul Konchesky.
Reds bos Roy Hodgson has openly admitted bringing a new
left-back is one of his top priorities this summer and it is
believed he wants Konchesky to solve the problematic
Hodgson is a big admirer of Konchesy having worked with the
29-year-old for two-and-a-half-years prior to his switch to