Reds slump to Chelsea loss
Liverpool Reserves suffered their first defeat of the season
as they went down 3-1 at Chelsea on Monday afternoon.
The Reds paid the price for a sluggish start as Nathaniel
Chalobah and Fabio Borini put the Blues in the driving seat
with two goals inside the opening half hour.
Nathan Eccleston did give John McMahon's side hope with a
deflected effort just before half-time but it wasn't enough
to help rescue a point as substitute Adam Phillip steered in
a third 12 minutes from time.
Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Darby, Robinson, Wisdom, Wilson,
Shelvey, Pacheco, Amoo (Roberts 72), Ince, Suso, Eccleston
Unused subs: Bouzanis, Flanagan, Mavinga.
(LFC Official Website)
Torres set for Euro start
Fernando Torres could play against Utrecht.
Torres has yet to play in a Europa League game this season
but Roy Hodgson has revealed he is considering playing the
striker on Thursday.
"It's on my mind to play Torres, Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt
on Thursday. I think they're knitting together well," said
"I thought Torres was much, much different (against
Sunderland) to the one in the first couple of games.
"People wanted to see his best the moment he stepped back on
to the field after the World Cup, but I said he needed
games, he needed time.
"He was unlucky not to score one of the goals of the month,
with that magnificent control and volley that was
inaccurately ruled out for offside.
"It was only Meireles' second start and there was another
start for Joe Cole. There are moments giving me satisfaction
but I know it's a big job and I can't just wave a magic wand
and Liverpool will suddenly dominate English football again.
But there were a lot of pleasing factors."
Dominic King sees LFC's poor start
continue with a draw against Sunderland
If Roy Hodgson entered Anfield’s Press room on Wednesday
night sodden and angry, he left it on Saturday calm and
While a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town was a precursor to
one of the most wretched moments in Liverpool’s modern
history, another 2-2 – this time with Sunderland – has given
Hodgson hope that all might not be lost.
Some supporters will be puzzled by Hodgson’s optimism.
Having had chance to reflect on what can only be described
as a lively 90 minutes, they will be concerned about a
number of issues surrounding their team and what this
performance means for the future.
For starters: how could a side that burst out of the blocks
with the impetus of a 100 metre sprinter lose its way so
Why have all Liverpool’s first half displays this season
been so laboured?
Is this a signal of the level that Hodgson’s men are really
(Dominic King - Liverpool Echo)
Meireles: I did not think
twice about Liverpool move
Former Porto star Raul Meireles admits he's delighted with
his move to Liverpool.
It is little surprise that the 27-year-old was happy to hear
that Roy Hodgson was planning a swoop for him.
"When I heard Liverpool wanted to sign me, I was at home
with my wife in Porto," he told LFC Weekly.
"I was smiling a lot and she asked me what was going on. I
told her that Liverpool wanted me. I was very happy. We
discussed it briefly and we both said 'yes.'
"Liverpool is a fantastic club and one of the most important
in the world. There was no chance of me saying 'no.'
"Knowing that Liverpool wanted me made me very proud - it is
maybe my proudest moment so far."
Turner lost for words
Sunderland's Michael Turner admits he is lost for words
after Liverpool's controversial opener on Saturday.
The defender rolled a free-kick back towards keeper Simon
Mignolet, only for Fernando Torres to seize possession
before playing in Dirk Kuyt to slot home.
Turner insists he was just touching the ball back for
Mignolet to take the set-piece, but referee Stuart Attwell
allowed the goal to stand after consulting
with his assistant.
The Black Cats defender told the club's official website: "I
just rolled it back to Simon to come and take it.
"The referee thought I had taken it - I don't know what to
"I'm sure everyone will watch it back on the TV and they can
make their own minds up."
Referees' body backs Attwell
after Liverpool goal
Stuart Attwell has won the support of the body that governs
referees following the awarding of a controversial goal in
Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Sunderland
Attwell allowed a goal from Dirk Kuyt to stand after five
minutes after deciding that Michael Turner had taken a free
kick when the defender appeared to merely knock the ball in
the direction of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, in order that he
would take the set piece.
The statement read: "PGMO has reviewed the first goal scored
between Liverpool and Sunderland and believe that the
correct decisions were made. According to the Laws of the
Game, having stopped the game for any infringement the
referee is required to 'indicate the restart of the match'.
talk of Torres exit
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has dismissed speculation about
Fernando Torres' state of mind and insisted the striker has
an important role to play even if he is not scoring.
The Spain international has provided the assists for the
Reds' last four goals; winning the penalty and free-kick
against Manchester United which allowed Steven Gerrard to
hit a double and then setting up Kuyt and the captain again
in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
However, he has scored only once for Liverpool so far this
season - the winner against West Brom - and has started to
show signs of frustration on the pitch.
Reports regularly claim the 26-year-old is unhappy and is
considering leaving Anfield, as happened in the summer, but
Kuyt said Torres' quality would see
Pique urges Torres to leave
Gerard Pique claims Fernando Torres will be embarrassed
having to play in the Europa League for Liverpool and has
urged him to leave the club.
The Barcelona defender, who won the World Cup with the Reds
striker, believes he needs to be winning trophies rather
than settling for second best.
Pique told the Daily Star Sunday: "There is no way this can
go on for Nando. It's just impossible.
"I spoke with him before he committed to Liverpool and he
told me he wanted to win things with Liverpool - but if the
club didn't invest and show real intent, he would be forced
"I am not just saying this because I want him to join
"The truth is I don't know if he will.
"It might be Chelsea, it might be Real Madrid, it might be
"But I know he wants to join a club where he can win league
titles and European Cups. I would love us to sign Nando in
Dalglish: Ownership issues no
excuse for Liverpool players
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish says the club's ownership
issues are no excuse for the players' poor form so far this
He said in his column for the Mail on Sunday: "Everyone
knows the ownership situation but that should never affect
how the players prepare or perform. There is no reason
experienced internationals should be distracted from their
jobs and they shouldn't need Roy Hodgson to remind them.
"If the club is up for sale, the best way for players to
deal with it is to get results on the pitch and make it a
more attractive proposition to buy.
"I never celebrated winning a trophy at Liverpool by
thinking: 'It's all down to the owners - they are
brilliant.' So if owners don't receive credit then, neither
can players look to blame them or anyone else in defeat.
"Maybe Roy will be able to improve the team if new owners
come in by shopping at the more exclusive end of the
transfer market. But that doesn't give the current players a
get-out to avoid responsibility.
"My message to them would be to leave the business side of
things for managing director Christian Purslow to be
"While you find in any walk of life people who don't need
much encouragement to find excuses, we don't want them at
Liverpool right now."
Konchesky injury latest
Paul Konchesky is set for a spell on the sidelines after
suffering a hamstring strain in our 2-2 draw with Sunderland
The left-back had to leave the field early in the first half
against Steve Bruce's men - and Roy Hodgson now expects to
be without him for the next two games
The manager said: "He's got a hamstring strain. I couldn't
tell you exactly how bad it is yet. I don't think it's
extremely bad but I certainly think it would rule him out
for Thursday and next Sunday.
"Hopefully it won't be much more problematic."
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson: Reds must improve
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted his misfiring
side are not playing like UEFA Champions League contenders.
The Reds dropped two more Premier League points on Saturday
as they were forced to come from behind to salvage a 2-2
draw against a determined Sunderland side at Anfield.
"I don't think we're playing like a team from fourth or
fifth place at the moment, but that is how close the league
is. There is not an awful lot to put between players.
"One of the things that is lacking is we need to play and
work much more together. We've got a lot of new players
coming into the team and we haven't had that much time."
with referee display
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce tempered his criticism of
referee Stuart Attwell after he awarded a “crazy” goal to
Liverpool in the 2-2 draw at Anfield.
The Black Cats boss said he did not want to incur the wrath
of the Football Association by giving his true thoughts but
was deeply unhappy with the performance of the 27-year-old
“I’ve been in enough trouble so I don’t want to talk about
it but you all witnessed it and he got it wrong,” said
“The free-kick was 25 yards from where the incident was and
I think everyone in the ground realised that too.
The Sunderland manager also accused Attwell of showing
favouritism to Gerrard, who caught Danny Welbeck in the face
with an arm and was booked.
“I know if it had been Lee Cattermole he would have been
sent off,” he said.
point for sorry Reds
Steven Gerrard rescued a point for Liverpool in a 2-2 draw
with Sunderland at Anfield but referee Stuart Attwell was
the centre of attention.
The official, who awarded the infamous "ghost goal" in the
Championship two years ago, allowed Dirk Kuyt's opening
strike to count after ruling Michael Turner had taken a
free-kick when he appeared to roll it back to goalkeeper
Darren Bent hit back with a penalty and a header either side
of half-time before Gerrard nodded in Fernando Torres'
near-post cross to salvage a point.
Kuyt returns v Sunderland
Dirk Kuyt returns from injury to face Sunderland this
afternoon as Roy Hodgson makes 11 changes from the side that
lost to Northampton in midweek.
Kuyt hasn't featured for Liverpool since our 1-0 victory
over West Brom
on August 29.
The Liverpool XI in full is: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky,
Carragher, Skrtel, Gerrard, Poulsen, Meireles, Cole, Kuyt,
Torres. Subs: Jones, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Ngog, Agger,
(LFC Official Website)