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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hicks and Gillett promised a new stadium when they bought
the club in 2007 - but that never happened, to the
disappointment of many fans.
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Skrtel happy with
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has told BBC Radio
Merseyside of his admiration for Reds Greek defender
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
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)
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
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
a struggling Torres.
"All strikers are about scoring goals, scoring winning
goals, and I think he can build on that strike from now on,"
"It is more or less what is happening to David Villa at
"It is about time because they are great players but when
strikers are not scoring fingers are pointed at them - it is
"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,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
Sam Allardyce blamed Blackburn's lack of physical presence
for the defeat
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
He said: "I don't think, realistically, we deserved to get
anything out of the game.
"It's a fair result for Liverpool."