Reds re-sign Aurelio
Liverpool have confirmed they have re-signed Fabio Aurelio
after the defender put pen to paper on a two-year deal with
The Brazilian appeared to have brought his Reds career to an
end after leaving Anfield following the expiry of his
contract in May.
However, Aurelio was offered the chance to earn a new deal
with the club by boss Roy Hodgson and, after impressing both
the technical staff and medical team at Melwood, has agreed
a contract until 2012.
(LFC Official Website)
O'Neill plays down Petrov talk
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has dismissed reports
linking Stiliyan Petrov
Speculation has suggested that Reds boss Roy Hodgson has
identified the Bulgarian midfielder as a potential new
recruit at Anfield.
The 31-year-old has been a virtual ever-present for Villa
since joining from Celtic in 2006 and has not looked out of
place among the Premier League elite.
An accomplished performer throughout his career, it is no
surprise to hear that he is now attracting interest from the
likes of Liverpool.
O'Neill admits as much, as he is full of praise for the work
Petrov does at Villa, but insists he has no plans to part
with his club captain.
He told Villa's official website: "There was a story that
appeared in the newspapers that Liverpool were about to
pounce and Stiliyan was going to be the player they would
want to replace (Javier) Mascherano.
"Stiliyan has been absolutely fantastic for us in the last
couple of years and - please don't take this as if I'm
inviting offers, I'm not - but I'm not surprised that teams
are interested in him.
"I haven't spoken to Paul (Faulkner) or Randy (Lerner) for a
day or two, but there's nothing in the story and if you look
at the source I wouldn't hold phenomenal
store by it.
"But that doesn't mean that teams like Liverpool wouldn't be
interested in him because he's a top quality player. But as
we speak, no-one from Liverpool has contacted us."
Inter prepare £20m
The British media claim Inter are finally set to offer £20m
for Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano, with Christian Poulsen
his potential replacement.
So far no official bid has been tabled, but it’s reported in
the Daily Express that a £20m proposal will land on
Liverpool’s desk over the next few days.
Pacheco finishes U19
Euros with Golden Boot
Liverpool youngster Dani Pacheco was won the Golden Boot at
Pacheco's Spain side lost the final 2-1 to hosts France in
Caen last night with Reds teammate Chris Mavinga in
The former Barcelona junior has expressed an ambition to
sign with Real Sociedad this summer.
Steven Defour emerges
as Liverpool FC target
Steven Defour has become a major transfer target for
Liverpool after Javier Mascherano edged nearer an inevitable
Mascherano has been left out of the squad for tomorrow's
friendly in Germany to increase speculation of an move to
And Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has lined up Standard
Liege midfielder Defour as a possible replacement for the
wantaway Argentina international.
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Lucas looking to retain captaincy
Liverpool midfielder Lucas hopes to have laid down a marker
after captaining the team to a comfortable season-opening
Europa League victory last night.
Lucas was one of just a handful of senior players to feature
and, in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher,
wore the captain's armband.
And, after a comfortable 2-0 victory, the Brazilian wants to
keep it for the second leg of the third round qualifier next
Lucas said: "It is a really good achievement for me. I am
really proud, really happy, but the most important thing was
"I know there are a lot of senior players in front of me but
I hope I did a really good job and hopefully I will keep
(Press Association Sport)
UEFA aware of racism claims
UEFA has confirmed it is aware of claims racist chants were
directed at Liverpool's players during Thursday night's
Europa League qualifying game against FK Rabotnicki in
The governing body are waiting to assess reports from both
the UEFA delegate and the referee before taking any action
against FK Rabotnicki.
Pictures emerged after the game that showed Rabotnicki fans
appearing to direct so-called 'monkey taunts' at Liverpool
players. Liverpool started the game with two black players
in Ngog, who scored both goals in the 2-0 win, and
19-year-old winger David Amoo.
A spokesman for UEFA said: "We are aware of the matter but
we are waiting for the reports from the delegate and the
Once UEFA have assessed the reports, a disciplinary case
could be opened against FK Rabotnicki.
Macedonian football has had problems with racism before and
their governing body was fined after England players Emile
Heskey, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell were subjected to abuse
during an international in 2003.
Liverpool interest in Poulsen
Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta claims that
Liverpool are considering a move for Christian Poulsen.
The versatile defensive midfielder played all three of
Denmark's matches at this summer's World Cup, but he has
struggled to feature regularly at club level.
Ngog can reach top, says Agger
Daniel Agger today tipped matchwinner David Ngog to make it
to the top after he got Roy Hodgson’s reign as Liverpool
manager off to a flying start.
The young French striker scored either side of half-time
last night to secure a 2-0 victory for the Reds against FK
Rabotnicki that has made the second leg of their Europa
League third qualifying round tie at Anfield a formality
“He was there in the right place at the right time, which is
what all good strikers do. He is a good player and has the
qualities but he knows that he still has a bit to learn.
“I know that he works hard every day but if he continues to
work hard then he will come on a long way. But he has to
keep working hard, as every one of us is doing, if he wants
to get there.”
Hamann excited by
developments at Liverpool
Didi Hamann is excited by what is happening at Liverpool.
He is predicting brighter times ahead for former club
The German, who spent seven years at Anfield, said: "If
you'd have asked me about Liverpool two weeks ago I'd have
said it was all doom and gloom.
"But I think the arrival of Joe Cole has made a hell of a
"For a London boy to turn down Spurs, Arsenal and maybe Real
Madrid to go up north is a massive signal to the rest of the
Hodgson confirms Cole debut
Roy Hodgson has confirmed Joe Cole will make his Liverpool
debut in Sunday’s pre-season friendly with Borussia
Liverpool's No.10 will play some part of the match which is
a repeat of the 1977 European Cup final.
The Reds boss also confirmed Steven Gerrard and Jamie
Carragher will also be given their first outing of
"Yes they will be involved," Hodgson told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"It's a friendly game so I can control the amount of time
"In competitive games we only have three substitutes to use,
so it's very dangerous to put players on the field who don't
have 90 minutes in their legs."
(LFC Official Website)
Roy backs Hughes to shine
Former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson feels his successor Mark
Hughes will be a good fit at Craven Cottage.
The appointment of former Wales, Blackburn and Manchester
City manager Hughes on a two-year deal was confirmed by the
Cottagers on Thursday night.
The post was available after Hodgson, who guided Fulham to
the Europa League final last term, departed the London club
for Liverpool last month.
And the 62-year-old, speaking after Reds' Europa League
qualifier against FK Rabotnicki in Macedonia on Thursday,
was full of praise for his replacement.
"It is a good appointment," said Hodgson. "I am very pleased
and Fulham Football Club.
"I think Mark is a very good manager and he has proved his
worth many times.
"It is good Fulham have got such an experienced man to take
"I think he will enjoy working at Fulham because it is a
fantastic club with fantastic people and magnificent
"I wish him well, but not too well when he plays against us
- but I know he
will do well."
Happy Hodgson hails hitman Ngog
Roy Hodgson hailed the performance of David Ngog after the
Frenchman's double got the new Liverpool manager's reign off
to a winning start.
Ngog, playing alone up front, struck in each half as an
under-strength Liverpool emerged from a potentially tricky
Europa League test against FK Rabotnicki in Macedonia with a
"I think Ngog has done well in the pre-season matches so far
and he has worked very hard in the training sessions.
"I was pleased that he crowned his performance with two
Real impress Pacheco
Dani Pacheco has reacted positively to advances from Real
Sociedad. The forward signed from Barcelona in 2007 has
interested a host of La Liga clubs following his
performances with Spain in the European Under-19
Clearly eager for first team football over the coming season
Pacheco is open to opportunities having taken advice from a
ex-Sociedad man Xabi Alonso.
"Of course, playing for Real [Sociedad] appeals to me
without doubt," he said. "I have heard good things about the
club, the city and the people, and if things move in that
direction, I will be happy to play there.
"I'd like to play in La Liga. Above all I want game time or
to fight for game time.
"In Liverpool I won't get this opportunity and I would love
to have it. Right now the club are signing people and I
don't think I will have opportunities.
"At 19 years old the most important thing is to continue
Pacheco added: "He [Xabi Alonso] has been helping and
"I've been told good things about the coach. They say he
bets on youngsters who have character, who like to play.
"I've been told about Zubieta [Sociedad's training complex],
the way they work and the humility of the club.
"Everything I hear is good."
Ngog gets Roy's reign off to a flyer
David Ngog struck twice as Roy Hodgson began his reign as
Liverpool manager with a 2-0 Europa League win over FK
Rabotnicki on Thursday.
The Frenchman found the net in each half as an
under-strength Liverpool side overcame FK Rabotnicki with
little alarm in the first leg of their third qualifying
round tie in Macedonia.
With 17 days still to go before their Premier League opener,
Liverpool were without 10 of their World Cup players but
their blend of youth and experience coped well in a game of
little drama. Hodgson's decision to leave behind the likes
of Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole was fully vindicated.
Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alberto
Aquilani, Lucas and Ngog were the established players to
start, while new signing Milan Jovanovic was handed his
debut alongside David Amoo, making his first senior
Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger return to the Liverpool team
for the first time since the World Cup for tonight's Europa
League third qualifying round clash with
FK Rabotnicki in Macedonia.
The duo are named in Roy Hodgson's first competitive line-up
for the Reds, while there are also starts for Sotirios
Kyrgiakos, Milan Jovanovic and Alberto Aquilani.
Lucas Leiva captains the side.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Kelly,
Jovanovic, Lucas, Spearing, Amoo, Aquilani, Ngog. Subs:
Gulacsi, Darby, Shelvey, Dalla Valle, Eccleston, Ayala,
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool supporters in America
call for owners to go
Liverpool’s New York Supporters Club have joined the calls
for Tom Hicks and George Gillett to sell the club
immediately, reports the Liverpool Echo.
LFCNY, which is the oldest and biggest fans club in North
America, is joining forces with Spirit of Shankly to crank
up the pressure on the Reds’ owners.
Insua exit edges closer
Skysports.com understands Liverpool defender Emiliano
Insua's move to Fiorentina is edging ever closer.
Reports earlier this week claimed the deal was in danger of
falling through because of Insua's personal demands.
Insua is expected seal his switch to Italy next week to end
his three-year spell
Hodgson tipped to land
Bridge in City exodus
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has been tipped to secure the
signing of former England international Wayne Bridge in the
coming days with sports bookmakers slashing odds on the
former Chelsea star arriving at Anfield during the summer
Liverpool eyeing Villa’s Petrov
as Mascherano replacement
Liverpool are believed to be eyeing Aston Villa midfielder
Stiliyan Petrov as a replacement for wantaway Javier
Villa fullback Young sees
Liverpool move fall through
Aston Villa fullback Luke Young's move to Liverpool has
The Sun says Young's cut-price move from Aston Villa to
Jovanovic confident he made right
move by snubbing Real Madrid
Milan Jovanovic could be forgiven for cursing his patience.
The Serbian forward, handed the chance to join Real Madrid
18 months ago, spurned the world’s biggest club in the hope
that another of the game’s titans would call.
“Ninety-nine per cent of people said they did not understand
why I turned Real down,” he says. “They said that if Real
call, you have to go. But maybe I am special. I thought if I
went there, it would be as an ordinary player, but that if I
stayed where I felt good, other big clubs would come."
Roy riled by Young rumours
Roy Hodgson has dodged questions regarding reports that
Liverpool have made a bid to sign Aston Villa full-back Luke
Villa boss Martin O'Neill earlier confirmed that he has
received an offer for the former England international, but
he has not revealed the name of the club.
Speculation has suggested that Hodgson has tendered
£2.75million for Young, a right-back who can play on the
left, as he looks for a replacement to Fabio Aurelio and
The Liverpool boss was therefore quizzed on the topic ahead
of a Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnicki, but he
refused to confirm or deny the rumours.
Hodgson, who appeared agitated when the subject switched
away from Thursday's match, said of Young and conjecture
that winger Maxi Rodriguez could be poised to leave: "They
are not playing tomorrow."
Hodgson was also unhappy when asked about the truth of
reports that Insua's proposed move to Fiorentina had hit a
"No information to be given about that," he said.
Hodgson explains English absence
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson believes it would have been
'folly' to include England players in his squad for
Thursday's Europa League qualifier.
The Merseyside club face the arduous task of beginning their
competitive campaign in July against FK Rabotnicki in a
third qualifying round first leg, having only finished
seventh in the Premier League last season.
It is a far from ideal situation for Hodgson, who succeeded
Rafa Benitez earlier in the summer, as he has only recently
welcomed back some players who took part in the 2010 World
Cup in South Africa.
England's summer captain Steven Gerrard and new signing Joe
Cole have therefore not been included for the trip to
Macedonia, while Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson are also
among the notable absentees.
Wilson to wear No.22
Danny Wilson will wear the number 22 shirt at Anfield.
Our new boy from Rangers has been allocated Emiliano Insua's
Wilson could be set for his Liverpool debut as he is in Roy
Hodgson's squad for Thursday's Europa League third
qualifying round tie with FK Rabotnicki.
(LFC Official Website)
Gera feeling Hodgson loss
Fulham forward Zoltan Gera admits he 'misses' Roy Hodgson,
following his defection to Liverpool.
Hodgson worked wonders during his time at Craven Cottage,
turning the club from relegation fodder into European
He helped Fulham to the Europa League final last season and
cemented their standing as a resolute and competitive
Premier League side.
Hodgson's absence around the club will be keenly felt,
especially as his successor is yet to be announced, and Gera
has revealed that the atmosphere around the place is
different since he left.
"Though Roy Hodgson has gone and we still don't have a
manager, we have done well in pre-season," the Hungarian
playmaker told Pepsifoci.
"I'll miss him very much because he was an unbelievable
coach and took us to the Europa League final."
Huntelaar AC Milan stay confirmed
Sport.co.uk can exclusively reveal that AC Milan star
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be staying iat the San Siro this
summer and not moving to the Premier League amid reports
linking the player with a number of English clubs.
The Dutch forward has been linked with Manchester United,
Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and
Everton on a number of occasions during the summer, the most
recent, an Italian report claiming the forward was spotted
at a Manchester airport at the end of last week. However,
the talented Dutch international has committed his future to
the Serie A club putting to rest any rumours linking
Europe’s top clubs with a move for the 26-year-old.
In an exclusive interview with Huntelaar’s agent Arnoldus
Oosterveer Sport.co.uk can confirm that the Dutchman has no
plans to exit the San Siro this summer and is eager to fight
for his place under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.
Oosterveer told Sport.co.uk in an exclusive interview:
“There is no interest from any Premier League clubs. I have
read the reports, but these are just rumours. He (Klaas Jan
Huntelaar) is happy in Milan and the club are happy with
him. Milan want to keep him and he wants to stay."
No Gerrard, Carra
or Cole for Euro clash
Liverpool will be without England trio Steven Gerrard, Jamie
Carragher and Joe Cole for their Europa League third round
qualifier against Macedonian side FC Rabotnicki on Thursday
Fellow England international Glen Johnson also hasn’t
travelled, but defenders Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger
New signing Danny Wilson is included in the youthful squad.
LFC Squad: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Agger, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos,
Lucas, Wilson, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Shelvey, Kelly,
Skrtel, Eccleston, Ayala, Hansen, Gulacsi, Amoo, Dalla
Possible starting XI: Cavalieri, Kelly, Kyrgiakos, Agger,
Darby, Lucas, Spearing, Eccleston, Aquilani, Jovanovic, Ngog
(This is Anfield)
Merseyside rivals set
to compete for World Cup star
Liverpool and Everton could be set to battle it out for the
services of Portsmouth start Kevin-Prince Boateng after the
midfielder’s prospective move to Genoa broke down.
According to the player’s agent Mario Miele, Boateng is also
a target for West Ham United, Stoke City and Turkish club
Villa chief confirms bid for Young
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed the club
have received an offer for defender Luke Young, thought to
be from Liverpool.
Young was one of half a dozen players made available for
transfer at the end of the season if the price was right.
O'Neill said: "There has been an offer from a football club
which Luke is mulling over and, if it doesn't materialise,
then he would join us in Portugal (for the Guadiana Cup)."