Aquilani out of Euro clash
Alberto Aquilani has been ruled out of Liverpool's Europa
League clash with Benfica, manager Rafael Benitez today
The Italian international sustained an ankle injury in
training this morning and won't be with the Reds' squad
which flies to Lisbon later today.
"He will not be available for this game," said Benitez. "He
had a problem with his ankle this morning and we have to fix
"It doesn't seem too serious but it's the same ankle as
before and so we'll have to analyse the situation
Benitez also confirmed defender Martin Kelly will undergo a
knee operation today which will rule him out of action for
the rest of the season.
(LFC Official Website)
Dirk wary of Benfica threat
Dirk Kuyt won't be underestimating Benfica.
The Dutchman knows Liverpool face a difficult couple of
games in the Europa League after seeing the way Benfica
hammered Everton 5-0 and 2-0 earlier
in the season.
"I didn't see the 5-0 because we were playing at the time,
but I caught bits and pieces and saw they play very good
football. So, we have to show we have lots of quality also,"
"They're a very good side. I believe they got a new manager
at the beginning of the season and now they're top of the
league in Portugal and can't really lose it.
"But we have to keep focused on ourselves. We know Benfica
are a very good side but we know also that we have a lot of
quality, so if we believe in ourselves and perform like we
can perform, we have a really good chance."
Rafa firm on Gerrard role
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has warned Steven Gerrard not to
get too comfortable in his favoured central midfield role.
Gerrard reverted back to the middle of the park against
Sunderland last weekend and responded with an improved
personal display in the 3-0 win.
For a long time critics have been calling on Benitez to
deploy Gerrard in what they feel is his best position but
the Reds boss insists the team come first.
"I said after the game in the press conference he has been
playing on the right, or left," said Benitez.
"I remember discussions with England about Gerrard and Frank
Lampard not being able to play in the middle but they can.
"He can play everywhere because he knows what to do in every
Boss on Riera latest
Rafael Benitez today insisted speculation over Albert
Riera's future hasn't been a distraction as the Reds head
into a crucial stage of their campaign.
The Spanish midfielder is reportedly interesting Spartak
Moscow, with the Russian club said to be in talks with the
"He is talking with Spartak and we have to wait and see,"
said Benitez. "We are working with the players who will
normally be involved here."
Asked if the speculation has been a distraction as the Reds
prepare for crucial Premier League and Europa League
matches, Benitez replied: "No."
(LFC Official Website)
Benfica striker Saviola
dismisses Torres threat
Benfica striker Javier Saviola insists they're not nervous
facing Liverpool ace Fernando Torres in the Europa League.
Saviola says Benfica's attack is more than a match for
He said: "Fernando is one of the best strikers in Europe but
the Benfica frontline isn't bad either.
"We're not obsessed with him. It would be stupid to forget
players like Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano, Maxi
Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt, who are also dangerous."
Overseas deals boost clubs' coffers
Premier League sides will each benefit by an extra
£7.5million per season from the overseas television deals,
club chairmen have been told.
It has been known for some time that the Premier League's
overall overseas deals for the 2010-13 period will
comfortably top £1billion but the benefit to each individual
club can now be revealed.
The clubs have been told to expect between £7million and
£8million per annum extra to add to the £12million they
currently receive annually from overseas TV, sponsorship and
That will push the minimum each club can earn in TV cash and
prize money alone from a season in the top flight to
£40million - and whoever are champions next season can
expect to rake in more than £60million and that does not
include income from gate receipts, club sponsorship deals or
Reds linked with Spanish star
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has stepped up the chase for
Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez, according to The
Martinez, 21, has been on Liverpool's radar for the past two
seasons but Benitez is putting together his hit-list for
Raul linked with Liverpool move
as contract at Real Madrid nears end
Spanish striker Raul is being linked with a move to the
Premier League this summer, with Liverpool manager Rafael
Benitez reportedly keen to sign him from Real Madrid.
The 32-year-old could be set to end his lifetime association
with Real this summer after finding himself on the fringes
of the first-team under Manuel Pellegrini.
Reports in the Spanish press say Benitez is keen to sign
Raul on a free transfer.
Rafa keen to keep Torres sweet
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hopes to keep star striker
Fernando Torres happy by going on a winning run until the
end of the season to secure
Champions League football.
The Spain international has stressed on a number of
occasions he is more concerned with significant investment
in the squad to make them Barclays Premier League title
challengers than he is with playing in Europe's elite club
However, considering the state of the finances at Anfield,
where the £237million debt has yet to be reduced despite a
£110million offer for a 40% share from the Rhone Group,
Champions League football may be more attainable than the
"four or five" signings Torres wants.
Benitez, who already has an idea of his limited summer
transfer budget, certainly hopes so.
"All the players we have at the moment are important and
Fernando is one of the key players," said the Spaniard.
"If a striker is scoring goals he is a very important player
and in trying to keep him happy the first thing we can do is
win the games this year and try to be
in the top four."
(Press Association Sport)
Liverpool lose Kelly for season
Liverpool have lost young defender Martin Kelly for the
remainder of the season.
The Mirror says Kelly has been ruled out for the season
after suffering the same knee injury as Fernando Torres.
Kelly damaged the cartilage in his knee in training on
The promising right-back will be out for six weeks, which
Vital win admits Agger
Sunday's win was a vital one admits Daniel Agger.
It was imperative that Liverpool beat Sunderland at the
weekend if they were to keep their Champions League
qualification hopes alive admitted
the Danish defender.
"The quick goal helped but it was very pleasing. It was
great to see Fernando play so well. If you want to compete
in the Premier League, you need players like that," he said.
"We needed a performance like that to help us on the run-in.
We played for everyone and we wanted to win to get back up
the table and it was a good result.
"A clean sheet always helps and now we have to keep
believing. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't but
I actually thought after a good first half we dropped a bit
in the second.
"We have lost some games but that is in the past now. We
have got to look forward and do our best in the last few
"We definitely played better than we have done for a long
No Liverpool move for Lee
Bolton Wanderers' Lee Chung-yong will not be joining
Liverpool next season, according to the player's agent.
Reports had suggested that Reds boss Rafa Benitez is keen to
make a swoop for the talented winger as the club aims to
boost their profile in the Far East.
However, Lee's player management agency has denied the
speculation and has confirmed the 21 year-old will
definitely be at Reebok Stadium for the start of the next
"I never received the offer from Liverpool, there was
absolutely no contact. Speculation about the future is not
helpful," said a spokesperson for TI Sports.
"(The link is) in a word, absurd. Liverpool did not have any
"Next season will be a lot easier (for Lee), but there is
still much to learn in terms of player development.
"Lee wants to be a regular at Bolton next season, this is
important (for him). It is important that Bolton stay in the
Premier League, that is the biggest objective."
The South Korea international has been a revelation for the
Trotters since joining them last summer, scoring five goals
so far this term.
Liverpool FC can cope
with end-of-season pressure
Even when Liverpool turn on the style and record such a
convincing triumph as they did against Sunderland on Sunday,
there’s still that element of frustration.
The joy is soon tinged with a bit of regret, based on what
might have been.
When you see Liverpool take a team from outside the top
bracket apart like that, you know you’re watching the real
The Liverpool that are a top four side, that do go all out
on the attack – it’s the way it should be.
(Mark Lawrenson - Daily Post)
Ngog downs Trotters
Liverpool Reserves moved to within three points of leaders
Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier Reserve
League North after a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at
the County Ground on Monday evening.
First-team striker David Ngog, on as a half-time substitute,
netted with 18 minutes remaining to break the deadlock in a
tense contest in Lancashire.
And the Reds' advantage was doubled soon after as Bolton
captain Rhys Bennett deflected Gerardo Bruna's free-kick
beyond his own goalkeeper.
Zoltan Harsanyi reduced the arrears in stoppage time, but
John McMahon's men held out to cut the gap on pacesetters
United at the top of the table - and the Reds still have two
games in hand.
Liverpool Reserves: Peter Gulacsi, Steven Irwin, Chris
Mavinga (Alex Cooper 66), Daniel Ayala, Victor Palsson, Dani
Pacheco, Nabil El Zhar (David Ngog 46), David Amoo, Lauri
Dalla Valle (Jordy Brouwer 54), Damien Plessis, Gerardo
Bruna. Subs: Nikolaj Kohlert, Chris Oldfield.
(LFC Official Website)
Reds announce new appointment
Liverpool FC today announced the appointment of leading
Australian sports physician Peter Brukner as Head of Sports
Medicine and Sports Science.
Dr Brukner, who is the current Socceroos Australian football
team doctor, will take up the full time position after this
year's World Cup in South Africa.
Managing Director Christian Purslow said: "Dr Brukner is
recognised across the globe as one of the leading figures in
this field. He will play a vital, strategic, role in adding
a new dimension to our Sports Medicine and Sports Science
Dr Brukner is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports
Medicine Centre in Melbourne, the largest sports medicine
clinic in Australia.
He was instrumental in the development and recognition of
sports medicine as a specialty in Australia, which
culminated in the recent announcement of specialty status by
the Minister for Health.
Formerly an Australian Football League (AFL) Club Doctor
with Melbourne and Collingwood, Dr Brukner looked after
various Australian national teams including swimming,
athletics and hockey.
He has been Australian team doctor at Olympic and
Commonwealth Games as well as numerous World Championships.
He is the co-author of the best selling sports medicine text
book, Clinical Sports Medicine.
"The appointment is an indication of the high regard in
which Australian sports medicine is held throughout the
world," said Dr Brukner, who will spend the next month at
Liverpool observing the set up, before returning to
Melbourne in May to help prepare the Socceroos for the World
"The prospect of working at one of the world's great
sporting clubs is very exciting and once the World Cup is
over I will be devoting all my energies to improving the
performance of the team."
(LFC Official Website)
Torres wins Kuyt praise
Dirk Kuyt believes Premier League life is easier for
Liverpool with Fernando Torres fit and firing.
Torres scored a goal in each half during Sunday's 3-0 win
against Sunderland to help keep alive the Reds' hopes of
finishing in the top four.
Kuty told BBC Radio Merseyside: "He's scoring some great
goals and playing really well.
"That's what we like to see from him and that's very
important and makes football for this team a lot easier."
(BBC Sport Online)
Benitez hits back at critics
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hit back at the
continued criticism aimed at him mostly by ex-players who
are now pundits.
Plenty of former Reds stars have secured work in the media
and Benitez has had to listen to them giving their opinion
on what has been a disappointing season.
However, he felt the need to respond to the comments of
former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp after the 2-1 defeat
at Manchester United.
"I was surprised to see some comments by some experts
talking about how they could see Alonso playing in the 4-1
win against United - he didn't play," said the Liverpool
manager, referring to the fact the Spain midfielder was
"This expert said he (Gerrard) cannot play on the left but
he is playing with the national team on the left.
"He was playing here on the right and scoring 23 goals so
Gerrard can play everywhere. It depends on the team.
"I told him before the Sunderland game he was playing in the
middle and he was happy. He can help the team and that is
the main thing."
Carra to become our new League number ten
Jamie Carragher, the reds' current longest serving player,
is set to move up one place for the number of League games
played for the club to become our all-time #10, assuming he
turns out at Birmingham City on Easter Sunday. He is already
ranked at joint #8 in all competitions.
This will be his 430th Premiership game for Liverpool -
nearly seventy outings ahead of his nearest current
challenger, skipper Steven Gerrard. He has bagged just four
goals in these League matches.
It will only take another four Premiership outings before
the 32-year old Bootle lad can move up another place in this
list, alongside Alan Hansen. However, he would then still be
more than 200 League games behind Ian Callaghan, who is
likely to forever remain the Liverpool player who tops the
Current Top 10
1. Ian Callaghan (640)
2. Billy Liddell (492)
3. Emlyn Hughes (474)
4. Ray Clemence (470)
5. Ian Rush (469)
6. Tommy Smith (467)
7. Phil Neal (455)
8. Bruce Grobbelaar (440)
9. Alan Hansen (434)
10. Elisha Scott (430)
Torres shows Liverpool FC fans
a glimpse of what might have been
Even the Sunderland fans applauded when Fernando Torres was
Perhaps it was with relief as much as respect.
With his 19th and 20th goals of the season, Torres displayed
once again exactly what Liverpool have lacked in his absence
throughout a campaign that has desperately needed his
They say Manchester United are not the same team without
That may be true but at least they have the odd
multi-million pound replacement to come in and deputise.
Sadly, Liverpool don’t.
While Robbie Keane has never been replaced, it is too much
to ask David Ngog to stand in for Torres on his own.
Now, with seven goals in Torres’ last four games, this is
the kind of form that can help fire Liverpool back into the
(David Randles - Liverpool Echo)
Glen: Dressing room believes
Glen Johnson hailed the 'togetherness and belief' within the
dressing room following a comfortable 3-0 win over
Sunderland on Sunday.
The full-back chipped in with the second goal while Fernando
Torres took his tally for the season to 20 with a memorable
Johnson said: "The belief is there - if it wasn't it'd be
pointless playing. The lads are sticking close together with
the staff, everyone's pulling together. I think we can do
(LFC Official Website)
with impressive Liverpool
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez felt the hard work his side
had been putting in over the last few weeks paid dividends
in the 3-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield.
"Always you try to do your best and play a bit better," he
"But today we started with a really high tempo, passing the
ball well and scoring an early goal always helps," he said.
"With the same tactics we scored more goals than anyone in
the Premier League last year and more goals in anyone in
England two years ago.
"It is a question sometimes of accuracy, pass completion or
just a little
bit of luck."
Torres: Reds are full of confidence
Fernando Torres claims Liverpool have hit form at the right
time following the 3-0 win over Sunderland as they chase a
Champions League spot.
Torres scored twice in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Sunderland
at Anfield to put them within four points of fourth-placed
The Spain striker told Sky Sports: "You can see the team is
different to the first part of the season, now we have
confidence and we know we can beat anyone.
Bruce: We were outplayed
Steve Bruce conceded his Sunderland side were very much
second best after watching them fall to a 3-0 loss to
Bruce admits his players could not get even close to
Liverpool's top performers, with Jose Reina largely a
bystander in the home goal.
While in no doubt Liverpool were excellent on the day, Bruce
also believes his players underperformed throughout.
Bruce told Sky Sports: "Sometimes you are well and truly
beaten and in the first half in particular Torres and Steven
Gerrard gave a masterclass and sometimes you just have to
say 'well done'.
Torres stars in Reds rout
Liverpool underlined their intent not to hand over fourth
place without a fight as they played some wonderfully
expansive football in beating Sunderland 3-0
Fernando Torres was the star as a pair of stunning goals
sandwiched an effort from Glen Johnson to move Liverpool to
within four points of Tottenham.
The defensive shackles that have afflicted Liverpool so
often this season were banished from the off as an
attack-minded line-up tore about a Sunderland outfit which
has enjoyed a mini-renaissance of late, but was badly out of
sorts on Merseyside.
Ryan Babel returns for Liverpool against Sunderland this
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard drops to central midfield
alongside Javier Mascherano.
The Reds team v Sunderland: Reina, Johnson, Agger,
Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Gerrard, Kuyt, Babel,
Rodriguez, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, El Zhar, Ngog, Benayoun,
Lucas, Aquilani, Kyrgiakos.
(LFC Official Website)
Benitez meets with Rhone
Group about £100M investment
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has met with representatives of
the Rhone Group.
The Sunday Telegraph says Benitez has also briefed senior
players, including Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, about
a future beyond the current boardroom stalemate.
The New York-based fund management firm want to invest £100
million – to be put towards the club’s £237 million debt –
for a stake of around 40 per cent, as well as putting in a
further £25million to be spent on transfers. Talks with the
Spaniard were constructive and positive.