Mexico delight for duo
Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodriguez helped Argentina reach
the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a thrilling 3-1
win over Mexico on Sunday night.
Skipper Mascherano played for the full 90 minutes and Maxi
enjoyed an 86 minute run-out before cramp forced him off the
Both Reds stars were impressive and Diego Maradona's side
now face Germany in Cape Town next Saturday afternoon.
(LFC Official Website)
Gerrard predicts new-look England
Skipper Steven Gerrard expects there to be changes in the
England squad for the Euro 2012 campaign but he has urged
Fabio Capello to remain as manager.
The chances of the so called 'Golden Generation' to win a
major tournament may have ended after England were beaten
4-1 in their World Cup second round match by Germany in
Gerrard said: "Everyone in the dressing room is hurting, the
coaching staff and the players.
"We'll go away in the summer and analyse things personally
and the team.
"We'll have to see what the future holds. We've got an
experienced team and players who are getting on.
"I'm sure there'll be changes by the time the next
tournament comes around."
(Press Association Sport)
Report: DIC return to
negotiating table with Liverpool
Dubai International Capital are again in takeover talks with
The Sunday Express says while managing director Christian
Purslow has been concentrating on finding Rafa Benitez’s
successor, chairman Martin Broughton has been focused on
attracting buyers to take over from George Gillett
and Tom Hicks.
Cambiasso in Mascherano swap?
Rafa Benitez could sacrifice Esteban Cambiasso to sign
Javier Mascherano, while there’s also interest in Daniel
Agger, Lucas and Glen Johnson.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Benitez is bringing out the
big guns to break down Liverpool’s resistance.
The £30m price-tag is too steep for the Nerazzurri, but that
figure would be cut down significantly if Cambiasso were
offered as part of the deal.
Del Bosque: Torres
Fernando Torres may not have hit top form in the World Cup
yet but Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists he remains a
Del Bosque is still pleased with what Torres has contributed
to Spain's qualification for the last 16, even it if has not
"What's important is that he's played in the three games and
has progressed in his preparation," Del Bosque said.
"He's a player who even though he hasn't scored goals he
benefits us as someone who makes it hard for opposing
defences and who is always a threat to the other team. He's
a very dangerous player."
Deschamps out of Reds role running
Didier Deschamps and Marseille have ruled the former Chelsea
midfielder out of the running to become the next manager of
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson had looked most likely to take over
before Marseille's title-winning coach Deschamps emerged as
a strong contender.
However, the World Cup winner has now rejected any chance of
him joining Liverpool, revealing he is "in discussions"
about a contract extension with
the French club..
He explained, "I am happy at Marseille. I am not there for
just one year. A coach must be there for the long haul, and
that is my wish."
Kuyt unsure about
Dirk Kuyt admits he is unsure about his future at Liverpool.
With Rafael Benitez having departed recently and the club
yet to unveil his successor, uncertainty reigns at Anfield
at the moment.
Kuyt is concentrating on Holland’s ongoing World Cup
campaign, with a last-16 clash against Slovakia at the
forefront of his mind, but was non-committal about his
future on Merseyside.
“I’m just focusing myself on the World Cup,” he said.
“I still have a long-term contract with Liverpool and I’m
just focused on the World Cup. What happens at Liverpool,
Marseille reject Liverpool
Speculation has been rife over who will take charge at
Anfield since Rafael Benitez left the club at the beginning
of the month, with Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson among the
current frontrunners. However, Dassier claims Deschamps is
the man Liverpool want.
"It's true, Liverpool's executive director Christian Purslow
called me Thursday morning," Dassier told L'Equipe. "He
speaks French very well, is very polite.
"I was expecting his call because I had heard of Liverpool's
interest in Didier. He asked me if I would allow him to meet
Didier and (agent) Jean-Pierre Bernes.
"I replied that I would never forbid anyone from meeting
whoever. I also kindly indicated to him that there wasn't
the slightest chance for him to pinch our coach. Even in his
Torres and Spain march on
Fernando Torres can look forward to a World Cup last sixteen
clash against Portugal next week after Spain sealed
qualification from Group H with a 2-1 victory over Chile.
(LFC Official Website)
unlikely to join Inter
Inter president Massimo Moratti has said Javier Mascherano
is unlikely to arrive from Liverpool.
"Mascherano is strong, but it is improbable that he will
come. He costs too much and plus it's not said that
Liverpool will sell him," he told Rai.
Report: Reds move for keeper
Liverpool are reportedly poised to return to Wolves with an
improved bid for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
The Reds are already said to have had a £2million offer for
Hennessey rejected by Wolves boss Mick McCarthy but remain
keen on the Wales international and would like to sign him
as back-up for first-choice Pepe Reina.
"I’ll return one day
to Liverpool", says Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez has revealed “everything changed” at Liverpool
FC last season and that he will return to the city one day.
The Spaniard left Anfield by mutual consent earlier this
month after a disappointing campaign in which his team
finished seventh in the Premier League and failed to qualify
for the Champions League just a year after narrowly missing
out on the league title.
Benitez always maintained his family were settled in England
and has said he intends to keep their home on the Wirral.
“I can guarantee one thing,” he finished. “I will not sell
my house. It is
our home here.
“We will come back. I don’t know when, but we will come back
Rafa Benitez and wife Montse
offer parting gift to Hoylake Cottage
As they prepare to leave for Italy former Liverpool manager
Rafael Benitez and his wife Montse have offered a final
donation to the Merseyside care home they have supported
since arriving in the city.
The couple left a “generous” but unspecified amount to the
Hoylake Cottage Day Care Appeal. It is a parting gift from
the couple as Montse gives up her voluntary role of chair of
Hoylake Cottage’s social events committee.
She has helped to galvanise support for a £1.5m appeal for a
new day care centre for older people.
Now, Montse is house hunting and checking out schools in
Milan, as Rafael prepares to take up his new job in charge
at Inter Milan FC.
Montse Benitez said: “I was very close to my granny who had
dementia for 10 years until she died.
“She had a nurse at home, but not everyone is so lucky which
is why I wanted to help Hoylake Cottage.
“I will keep in touch with all the progress and hopefully
once the new centre is built, I will come back to join in
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Benitez makes donation
to Rhys Jones fund
Generous former Liverpool FC manager Rafa Benitez made a
“substantial” cash donation to the Rhys Jones Memorial Fund
He arranged for one of his old coaching staff at Anfield to
hand-deliver a cheque to Rhys’ mother Melanie at the West
Derby Tesco where she works.
Benitez said: “I am doing this on behalf of the people that
“I know that every person on Merseyside would have loved to
give the Fund a donation but they are in hard times and
can't find the extra cash.”
(Liverpool Daily Post)