Boss backs bid
Roy Hodgson has backed England's 2018 World Cup bid.
The Liverpool manager has given his full backing to
England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
"It's very important. A lot of money and time has been
invested in it. From 1966 to 2018, that's a fairly
reasonable length of time for a top nation in football like
England to wait to get their second chance of a World Cup at
"In England we have the best stadia, unbelievably passionate
crowds and there are very, very few leagues in the world
where teams who play outside of the top league can command a
public figure of 25,000-30,000, as we see all the time in
"If the World Cup comes here, you're guaranteed so many
things - easy access for transport, hotels and facilities,
the best stadia, wonderful football pitches and a
"For me it's a no brainer - England should get 2018."
Pacheco has Reds future
Daniel Pacheco has a future with Liverpool.
Pacheco hasn't featured for the first team since the Carling
Cup defeat to Northampton and rumours have begun suggesting
Roy Hodgson would be looking to offload the Spaniard in
January. However, the boss has dismissed
"He's been doing quite well. He had a little down period
which I suppose coincided with the unfortunate Northampton
game, when every one of the young players was thrown in
together," said Hodgson.
"He stuck at his task and in training he's been doing very
well. In the last couple of reserve games he's played very
well too. It's nice to know he's still very much a part of
the Liverpool future.
"He's unlucky in the position he plays, just behind the
striker or in a wide role. That's probably where we have
most competition at the club right now. For a young player
it's not easy to knock the likes of Joe Cole, Dirk Kuyt and
Maxi Rodriguez off their perch.
"Having said that, we still believe in him. We think he's a
good player and he's got a very bright future.
"Of course there'll be lots of other clubs out there who
want to take him but if he really wants to be at the top
level he might be well advised to keep learning his trade
with these sorts of people around him, rather than to become
a bigger fish at a smaller club.
"I'm sure he'll be in the squad for the Europa League next
week. I can't guarantee he will start but that's certainly
not beyond the bounds of possibility because he has done
well enough recently to force his way back to our
Harry dismisses Comolli claims
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has laughed off Damien
Comolli's claims that he is partly responsible for the
club's recent successes.
Former Spurs director of football Comolli, who this month
was named director of football strategy at Liverpool, has
repeatedly attempted to take some of the credit for the
north Londoners' revival since Redknapp's appointment as
two years ago.
Asked if Comolli should take any credit for Tottenham's
success, Redknapp said with tongue firmly in cheek: "Yeah, I
think he should take all the credit, for sure.
"They were all doing well when I arrived, you know? They
were all good; they were all great."
He added: "He brought an awful lot of players in - a lot
have gone, a lot are still here that were very good."
As well as being irked at Comolli's attempts to steal his
thunder, Redknapp has another reason to take issue with
Liverpool's new recruitment tsar, who made one of his first
pieces of business the acquisition of Spurs' scout in
"He's nicked him off us," Redknapp said.
"He was really good, an English boy who lived in France.
"We liked him a lot. He would have been our main scout
"What can you do? It's his life, the boy, and he's obviously
got a better deal and decided he was going to move on."
Roy rules out
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has rejected the notion that the
club might recall Alberto Aquilani from his loan spell at
Recent reports have suggested Liverpool were considering
bringing the former Roma midfielder back to the club in
Aquilani is currently on a season-long loan deal at Juventus
after failing to establish himself at Anfield following his
arrival in the summer of 2009.
The Italian international has impressed at Juve since his
loan move, but Hodgson insists there are no plans to cut
short his spell and bring him back to Merseyside.
Asked about the possibility of recalling Aquilani from
Italy, Hodgson said: "No, I don't think there is any chance
of doing that. The loan spell is quite clear.
"He's loaned out until the end of the season, so we won't be
able to bring him back until the end of the season."
Crouch hails Tottenham talent
Peter Crouch believes the current Tottenham squad is better
than Liverpool's UEFA Champions League runners-up in 2007.
Crouch has relished playing at European football's top table
as he scored eight goals from nine Champions League starts
in 2006/07 before coming off the bench as Liverpool were
beaten 2-1 by AC Milan in the final.
The 29-year-old has returned to the competition this season
with Tottenham and has scored six in six to make it 17 in
his last 28 Champions League appearances for Liverpool and
"We had some great individuals when I was at Liverpool and
we managed to reach a Champions League final, which was
fantastic. But as a group of players I don't think I've
played with better really."
Thommo: Liverpool will beat
Tottenham by attacking them
Liverpool icon Phil Thompson is convinced Roy Hodgson's team
can beat Tottenham this weekend.
Writing in the Liverpool Echo, the ex-Liverpool and England
skipper said: "I really hope Liverpool play 4-4-2 and try to
exploit Tottenham’s weaknesses. Spurs are very offensive and
have a lot of top-class players, but they have
Roma willing to offer Mexes
in bid for Liverpool ace Kuyt
AS Roma are chasing Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt.
Roma have set their sights on Kuyt and hope to tempt
Liverpool with an exchange for Philippe Mexes, says the
Roy denies Reds
have road block
Roy Hodgson has no worries over his Liverpool side's
mentality as they go in search of only their second Premier
League away win of the season.
So far, the only league victory on opposition turf has come
at Bolton, and that is only the second success outside
Anfield since December 29 when they beat Aston Villa.
They have an ideal chance to start putting things right
against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, especially
as Spurs' record suggests they are vulnerable after playing
in the Champions League in midweek.
Liverpool's last game on the road was a disappointing 2-0
defeat at Stoke, which ended a six-match unbeaten run in all
Reina targets club record
Pepe Reina will break another long-standing Liverpool record
if he keeps a clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspur on
Heading into the game, the Spanish custodian has managed 99
shut outs in the league in just 196 games - and will reach
the 100 mark faster than any other 'keeper in the Reds
history should he keep another blank at White Hart Lane.
Ray Clemence holds the current record having reached a ton
of clean sheets
in 217 outings.
Bruce Grobbelaar achieved the milestone after 225 matches,
while Elisha Scott did so in 283.
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool have announced their new
chairman will be Tom Werner, who holds a similar position
with club owners New England Sports Ventures.
In a widely expected move Werner will officially start on
December 1, although previous chairman Martin Broughton
effectively ended his involvement after last weekend's
victory over West Ham.
Hodgson: Aurelio important
Fabio Aurelio has a key role to play in the rest of
Liverpool's season, according to manager Roy Hodgson.
The Brazilian left-back impressed his boss after making his
comeback from an Achilles injury as a substitute in last
Saturday's 3-0 victory over
West Ham United.
Aurelio, who was released by the Reds in the summer before
Hodgson re-signed the former Valencia player, came on to
play on the left of midfield.
And the Anfield chief has told the 31-year-old he may be
deployed in a more advanced position in the coming weeks.
"Fabio's had to work very hard because he's been dogged by
bad luck for the last couple of years," he told The
"It was nice to see him back on the field again and he
"He can definitely play as a left midfielder.
"When we re-signed him we were thinking we needed two good
left-backs at the club and that he'd be competing for one of
those places in the team, but I saw him do very well in
Trabzonspor when he moved up into midfield, and he tells me
that when he was in Valencia he played in midfield very
"It's definitely an option. If he can stay fit then it could
be a really good boost
to our team.
"Already I've got him pencilled in for the game against
Steaua Bucharest, so let's hope he can stay fit until then
and I can see him in a 90-minute game."
Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has claimed Rafa Benitez
prevented him from undertaking additional training sessions.
The Holland international has failed to establish himself at
Anfield following his £11.5million switch from Ajax in the
summer of 2007.
Babel was used sparingly during Benitez's reign and it has
been a similar situation this term under new boss Roy
Hodgson, with strong suggestions he could be heading to the
exit door in the January transfer window.
But the 24-year-old feels that some of his difficulties can
be put down to the fact that he struggled to stay in peak
condition during the reign of the Spaniard.
Writing on his Twitter feed, Babel said: "I wasn't allowed
to train extra under our former manager, even when I wasn't
"I begged lots of times, but it was simply not allowed.
"And during the season you don't train very hard because you
have lots of games, so most of the sessions we had were done
"But if I wanted to do some extra work, which I asked for
every single day, I didn't have the permission."
Hodgson warns Pacheco
Roy Hodgson has told Spanish teenager Dani Pacheco he still
has work to do to secure a place in his first-team plans at
The 19-year-old, who was lured to Liverpool in 2007 from
Barcelona, is one of the star's of Spain's youth side.
Pacheco has featured in both the Premier League and Europe,
making 11 first-team outings for the club.
But he has not made the expected impact on Merseyside, and
has now been linked with a move back to Spain.
"He's had moments when he's looked good, others when not
"He's working on his game. He featured in the unfortunate
"It was a great opportunity for those outside the first 13
or 14 to really show me, 'You should be thinking of me.
"When will he get his chance again? Probably in one of these
games in Europe, who knows, may he will burst back onto the
scene, but it is very difficult to do that in a reserve
Liverpool set to fight Manchester
for Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan
Liverpool are ready to challenge bitter rivals Manchester
United for Rosenborg midfielder Anthony Annan in January,
Goal.com UK can reveal.
Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, first registered his
interest in the Ghanaian star three weeks ago and is now
preparing a £6 million move when the transfer window opens.
But the Reds could face competition from long-term admirers
United, although Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be
hesitant because Annan would be cup-tied for
the Champions League.
The 24-year-old has also been recommended to Chelsea by
Michael Essien, his international team-mate, although there
are no signs of Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti preparing a move
at this stage.
Annan is looking for a January transfer to the Premier
League after being denied a summer move by Rosenborg
following an impressive World Cup in South Africa.
Liverpool launching three
new international academies
Liverpool are set to launch three new international
Plans are already in place for the first three International
Academies to open in Northern Ireland, Norway and Greece in
early 2011, with the aim being to give budding young stars
the best environment in which to hone and develop their
skills in fun but carefully structured coaching sessions
Liverpool Commercial Director Ian Ayre told liverpoolfc.tv:
"What's most important is that anywhere you go in the world,
whether you're in Hong Kong, the US or elsewhere, if you're
a kid and you're attending one of our soccer schools, you
should get exactly the same experience wherever you go. It
should be consistent, it should be something that's fitting
with spending a day - or several days - with Liverpool
"So whether you're attending our actual Academy here in
Liverpool or whether you're attending one of our soccer
Academies on the road, then you should get the same
experience. That's ultimately what we're trying to aim for
and it's all about professionalism, quality and