Red News


OCTOBER             2010
25 26 27


Kuyt could face Chelsea
Liverpool have been given a boost by the news that Dirk Kuyt could return from injury sooner than expected, even in time to face Chelsea next Sunday.
Kuyt is definitely ruled out of this Sunday’s Premier League clash away to Bolton with an ankle injury picked up on international duty earlier this month, but he could make his comeback at Anfield on November 7th.
Hodgson says, “Dirk Kuyt is making incredible progress. He shouldn’t be as far advanced as he is with his ankle but he’s looking good. I don’t think he’ll be fit for the weekend but maybe the weekend after.”
However, Hodgson also had an update on defender Glen Johnson‘s injury, which looks set to see him miss the trip to Bolton this weekend.
Johnson has missed the last three Reds games. Hodgson addded, “With Glen Johnson it’s one of those things that will be touch and go for the weekend. He’s making strides but he’s not 100 per cent.”
Hodgson also has Fabio Aurelio,Daniel Agger and Ryan Babel all sidelined with injuries at the moment.
(This is Anfield)

John W Henry: Liverpool won't
spend big on older players any more

New Liverpool owner John W Henry has vowed to put a stop to the club overspending on older talent in order to shift the focus onto their
new youth prospects.
Henry completed a £300million buyout of the club earlier this month from fellow Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
But rather than placate a large section of the Reds fanbase by promising big-name, big-money signings in the January transfer window, Henry is determined to build a longer-lasting legacy by reducing the outlay on top stars.
'We have to be smart,' he said.
'We have to be more efficient. When we spend a dollar it has to be wisely.
'We cannot afford player contracts that do not make long-term sense. We have to be smart, bold, aggressive.'
The new policy would rule out any future moves similar to the doomed purchases that came to symbolise former manager Rafael Benitez's final seasons at Anfield.
The Spaniard famously spent more than £20million on Robbie Keane, then 28, from Spurs, before selling him back to the north Londoners for a fraction of the price just six months later.
Benitez also signed Alberto Aquilani, 26, for a similar fee before injuries, which he was known to be prone to, took their toll and he was sent back to Italy, as well as splashing out a significant wage packet to winger Maxi Rodriguez, 29.
Now, Henry suggests, Liverpool will look to rebuild slowly by investing in their current youngsters - such as Jonjo Shelvey, Stephen Darby, and Jay Spearing - and bringing in relatively inexpensive, younger prospects to bring through
over time.

Lucas admits Liverpool
players can feel pressure

Lucas Leiva admits Liverpool's players have felt the pressure of a poor start
to the season.
Liverpool's next match sees them travel to Bolton on Sunday afternoon and while Lucas thinks that confidence should be taken from the Blackburn victory, he knows there is still a lot of hard work ahead.
The 23-year-old told Liverpool's official website: "We were under a lot of pressure before Blackburn and to be honest we still are because we are not in a comfortable position in the table, but we believe in ourselves.
"We'll go into the next game with a lot more confidence and hopefully we can win a few games in a row.
"The Premier League is so competitive. You can't name one game that's easy. I think it's the most competitive league in the world.
"Players who aren't here don't realise how physical it is. They only realise when they come here. It's a very difficult league to play in.
"But we have to go to Bolton and try to play the same way we did at Anfield and for sure if we do that we'll have a big chance of winning."
Babel ribs injury as
Reds lose at Huddersfield

A Liverpool Reserves team was beaten 2-1 at the Galpharm Stadium this afternoon, with Dutch international Ryan Babel sustaining a bad ribs injury.
With Liverpool having a week off football due to their Carling Cup exit to the hands of Northampton Town, this afternoon’s friendly against Huddersfield Town gave opportunities to the likes of Babel, Dani Pacheco, Jay Spearing and, returning from injury, Fabio Aurelio.
Second choice goalkeeper Brad Jones was given a rare outing too, as Huddersfield came from behind to win the game.
Reds striker Nathan Eccleston, who spent part of last season on loan at the Galpharm, had given the visitors the lead before two goals from corners – Jamie McCombe and Nathan Clarke either side of half-time won it for the home side.
Aurelio last 60 minutes, whilst Thomas Ince showed some good touches playing the first half before being replaced by 16-year-old Suso.
Babel sustained his injury to his ribs with 15 minutes left to go, and was replaced by Jack Robinson. Babel was taken to hospital where he has undergone X-rays and is waiting for news on the extent of the injury.
Liverpool Reserves: Brad Jones, Steven Irwin, Fabio Aurelio (John Flanagan 60), Michael Roberts, Stephen Darby, Chris Mavinga, Daniel Pacheco, Jay Spearing (c), Nathan Eccleston, Ryan Babel (Jack Robinson 75), Thomas Ince (Suso 45).
Sub not used: Dean Bouzanis.
(This is Anfield)

Liverpool FC owners given
deadline for new stadium

Liverpool fans hoping for a shiny new stadium could get an answer soon - the club's new owners have been given six months to decide what they want to do.
The council's given New England Sports Ventures (NESV) the deadline to try and speed up plans for a new ground.
A new stadium in Anfield would help to improve the area for the people
who live there.
It's not yet known whether new owner John Henry plans to build a brand new stadium or renovate the old one.
The council and NESV met on Sunday to talk about stadium plans. They're due to meet again in November.
American company NESV officially took over Liverpool FC from previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett earlier this month.
Hicks and Gillett promised a new stadium when they bought the club in 2007 - but that never happened, to the disappointment of many fans.
(BBC - CBBC Newsround)

Skrtel happy with
Kyrgiakos partnership

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has told BBC Radio Merseyside of his admiration for Reds Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Skrtel and Kyrgiakos have been Roy Hodgson’s central defence partnership for three games running in the absence of Glen Johnson, which has seen Jamie Carragher switch to right back.
Kyrgiakos was on the scoresheet in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn in the Premier League at Anfield and Skrtel says he has found a connection with the 31-year-old at the back.
He told BBC Radio Merseyside, “It’s going really well, he’s a great player.
“He’s a good guy off the pitch and I like the person and player. I think he won all his headers against Blackburn and he’s very good from set-pieces.”
The three points against Blackburn kept the Reds in the relegation zone, but Skrtel believes it will give the team the confidence to rise up the league table.
“The league table isn’t nice when you look at it,” Skrtel added. “I think everything is close at the bottom and if we carry on winning I think we will go
higher and higher.
“We were under pressure before the Blackburn game and everyone was expecting the win. Now that we have the win, we are very happy.”
(This is Anfield)

Reina linked
with United switch

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is said to be on Sir Alex Ferguson's wanted list following reports that he may be unsettled at Anfield.
The Spanish international is reportedly set for talks with the club's new owners NESV to ensure the club are going in the right direction but United are ready to chance their arm with an offer in the region of £12m, if reports are to be believed.

Reina: It's not fair
to blame Torres

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina claims the entire Liverpool squad and not just an out-of-form Fernando Torres are to blame for their struggles this season.
Torres scored his second goal of the season and first since August as the Reds edged out Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on Sunday.
They remain in the relegation places after winning just two of their first nine Premier League games and the slow start to the season has heaped pressure on manager Roy Hodgson.
However, Reina claims it is not fair to point the finger of blame at
a struggling Torres.
"All strikers are about scoring goals, scoring winning goals, and I think he can build on that strike from now on," he said.
"It is more or less what is happening to David Villa at Barcelona now.
"It is about time because they are great players but when strikers are not scoring fingers are pointed at them - it is not fair.
"I think we were not assisting him rightly in the last few weeks and he could do nothing at all.
"He can win you a game easily but we have to feed him in. That is the point."
LFC owners meet council
over Anfield regeneration

Liverpool FC's new owners have met the city's council leader to discuss regeneration plans for Anfield.
Councillor Joe Anderson described the talks, which were held at the weekend,
as "positive".
Residents living in the derelict streets surrounding Anfield Road have been waiting years for the signs of regeneration to touch their lives.
It is still unclear whether John Henry and his NESV group will build a new stadium or revamp the old one.
(BBC Merseyside)

Cole impressed by YNWA
Joe Cole was impressed with the rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone yesterday.
Gerry Marsden led the Kop in the pre-match singing of YNWA which resulted in a good atmosphere during the game and Cole said it was because of atmospheres like this that he signed for Liverpool in the Summer.
"That was brilliant because it lifted everyone and if we'd have scored in the first five minutes you would have had to give Gerry the assist!" joked the midfielder.
(LFC Online)

Liverpool willing to splash
out for Forlan in January

Liverpool are keen on Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan.
The People says Reds boss Roy Hodgson has identified former Manchester United flop Forlan, of Atletico Madrid, as his leading target in the transfer window.

Liverpool make Villa winger
Young top January target

Liverpool are chasing Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
The People says the winger is stalling on a new contract and Roy Hodgson will be buoyed by the situation as he attempts to add five to his squad in January.

West Ham striker Cole
remains on Liverpool radar

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole remains a target for Liverpool manager
Roy Hodgson.
The People says the Reds boss will be given about £30million to spend and wants two of his signings to be British.

Dominic King sees the Reds
start out on the road to recovery

The owner was on his sick bed but the team climbed off theirs; flu may have prevented John W Henry making his home début but at least Liverpool have started to shake off their fever.
If Henry was under the weather yesterday, run down after two of the most draining, dramatic weeks of his life, it was nothing compared to how every Liverpool supporter felt after two of the most demoralising, dispiriting months in living memory.
(Liverpool Echo)

Stevie reveals next target
Steven Gerrard believes victory over Blackburn will do wonders for everyone in the dressing room as they seek to haul the club back up the Barclays
Premier League table.
The Reds put in an excellent performance in front of NESV chairman Thomas Werner to dispatch Sam Allardyce's outfit 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday - though the result does not lift them out of the drop zone.
However, with just two points separating Liverpool from a place in the top half of the division, Gerrard is targeting a run of wins over the coming weeks.
"The three points will have done wonders for everyone," said the 30-year-old, after watching goals from Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres secure victory.
(LFC Official Website)

Allardyce rues
Anfield defeat

Sam Allardyce blamed Blackburn's lack of physical presence for the defeat
at Liverpool.
Injuries and suspension deprived the away side of big centre-halves Ryan Nelsen and Chris Samba, and Allardyce was left ruing their absence in defending
But the Blackburn boss admitted Liverpool fully deserved their victory.
He said: "I don't think, realistically, we deserved to get anything out of the game.
"It's a fair result for Liverpool."
(Sky Sports)

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