Gerrard shrugs off injury scare
England midfielder Steven Gerrard has played down another
injury scare ahead of the World Cup.
Liverpool captain Gerrard sparked fears ahead of the Three
Lions' South Africa campaign last week when he twice
withdrew from training with a damaged calf.
The midfielder then hurt his knee during England's 2-1
friendly win over Japan in Graz on Sunday, but has shrugged
off the latest knock.
"It's OK, it'll be all right," he told The Sun. "It won't be
England manager Fabio Capello is already battling injury
problems as midfield ace Gareth Barry, who has damaged ankle
ligaments, continues his race for fitness.
Chelsea defender John Terry also caused concern when he fell
awkwardly in the second half against Japan and pulled up in
pain, but was able to finish the full 90 minutes.
Spurs linked as Liverpool not
ready to shut door on Torres sale
Liverpool are open to cashing in on star striker Fernando
Torres, it has
Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson, a Reds fan, revealed
to the Mail on Sunday's Live magazine that Tottenham could
be a better place for Torres
Skrtel becomes a blogger
Martin Skrtel is to write an online diary of his South
The centre-back will keep fans up to date during Slovakia's
first ever World Cup campaign with a blog on his official
He explained: "I will write my blog every time it's
possible. And my grammar? No problem with that!
"To be honest, I am an amateur. But I must admit I like it
very much. I am very happy to put the letters and words
together in a way that can be interesting for people. It's
quite funny but I can handle uploading to my website.
"I never had problems at school with writing, though I
haven't done any for a while. So yes, I have to improve a
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Report: Liverpool to demand
£10m for Benayoun
Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun plans to leave Anfield
if Rafael Benitez is still the manager next season, Goal.com
UK can reveal.
Premier League rivals Chelsea have been strongly linked with
a move for the 30-year-old in recent days, with a formal bid
reportedly having been made, however Benayoun's hopes of
departing could be set back by the £10 million tag that
Liverpool have placed on the Israeli.
The Liverpool hierarchy are reluctant to sanction a sale
until Benitez’s own future is resolved.
Wembley woe for Darby
Stephen Darby suffered a Wembley defeat on Saturday.
The reserve team captain, playing the last game of his loan
spell at Swindon in the League One play-off final, entered
the fray as a 67th minute subsitute with Millwall already
leading 1-0. Swindon were unable to find an equaliser and
that is how the game finished.
Liverpool FC stars shine as England
win the European Under-17 Championship
Liverpool's Conor Coady lifted the European Under-17
Championship trophy aloft after England beat Spain 2-1 in
yesterday’s final in Liechtenstein.
Coady’s Reds team-mate Andre Wisdom scored at both ends as
the Three Lions won the tournament for the first time.
Academy defender Wisdom, 17, gave the Spaniards the lead
with an own goal
on 21 minutes.
However, he made amends eight minutes later by heading home
The winner came through Ipswich Town’s promising striker
Connor Wickham just before the break.
It is the first men’s competition England have won since
1993 when the likes of Robbie Fowler, Paul Scholes and Sol
Campbell clinched the European Under-18 Championships.
Trio figure in England win
Liverpool trio Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard and Jamie
Carragher all figured for England in a 2-1 victory over
Japan in Austria on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson was handed a starting berth before being substituted
at half-time in the Three Lions' final warm-up game ahead of
the World Cup finals.
Gerrard and Carragher, meanwhile, played the second half at
the UPC Arena.
Marcus Tanaka gave Japan a sixth-minute lead in Graz, but
put through his own net after the break. A further own goal
by Yuji Nakazawa secured an unconvincing win for England.
Coach Fabio Capello will announce his final 23-man squad for
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Carragher tempers Liverpool targets
Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool need to learn how to walk
again before they can run when it comes to the Premier
League title race.
The Reds finished a disappointing and distant seventh last
season in their worst-ever showing in the Premier League
Boardroom unrest and uncertainty surrounding the future of
manager Rafael Benitez and key players Fernando Torres and
Steven Gerrard have all been blamed for a miserable
campaign, which also saw them fail to progress from the
group stages of the Champions League.
Liverpool were second in the league the previous season but
Carragher doesn't believe they can be considered serious
title contenders for the 2010/11 season just yet.
"Clubs like Real Madrid and Inter Milan can just throw
£100million at new players if they don't win the title," he
told the Sunday People.
"But Liverpool can't do that. We have to build. We can't
the transfer market.
"Next season, rather than thinking too much about the title,
we have to concentrate on getting back in the top four."
Rangers waiting for Liverpool
to improve £2m offer for Wilson
Rangers boss Walter Smith has confirmed that the Glasgow
giants rejected an offer from Liverpool for Danny Wilson and
are holding out for an improved bid.
Liverpool have pursued 18-year-old Wilson for some time and
it had been thought that they would tie up a deal to bring
him to Anfield. Cash-strapped Rangers are thought to have
been prepared to sell the young starlet rather than see
Wilson’s contract run out at the end of next season and face
the prospect of losing the centre-back for nothing.
Smith has now confirmed that Rangers are waiting on an
improved offer and will not see their young star leave on
He told the Sunday Post, "We are currently waiting to hear
back from Liverpool after we rejected their original
The push to sign Wilson is in line with the current transfer
policy of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez who recently signed
Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey , two of the hottest
prospects in England.
Danny Wilson played sixteen games for Rangers last season
and was named as an IMScouting Player to Watch earlier this
month, a full scouting report can be seen here.
Skrtel World Cup boost
Martin Skrtel handed Slovakia a major boost ahead of the
World Cup finals after the Liverpool centre-back completed
90 minutes in an international friendly draw with Cameroon
on Saturday evening.
The Reds star turned in a commanding display for the Slovaks
as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Austria - but he
did receive a 64th minute yellow card.
Skrtel saw his domestic season with the Reds ended when he
sustained a broken metatarsal against Unirea Urziceni in
Slovakia begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand
on June 15.
Elsewhere, Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina did not figure for
Spain in their 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia while Krisztian
Nemeth was introduced as a second-half substitute for
Hungary in a 3-0 defeat to Germany.
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Torres: Stevie as good as Messi
Fernando Torres today warned his Spanish teammates of the
threat Steven Gerrard poses to their World Cup hopes -
insisting the Liverpool captain is every bit as good as the
likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Having forged a prolific strike partnership with Gerrard at
Anfield, Torres is well acquainted with the mercurial talent
of the England international.
"There are maybe five players at the World Cup who can win a
big game on their own - Stevie is one of them," said El
"He's in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel
Messi, that's how good he is."
England will begin their World Cup campaign against the USA
on June 12, with many still discussing in which position
Gerrard will be best utilised by coach Fabio Capello.
Torres, however, is in no doubt where he believes the Reds'
No.8 should be deployed by the Three Lions.
He said: "I prefer it when he plays further forward for
England and supports Rooney. That is when England look at
their most dangerous.
"Rooney and Stevie must have big tournaments. If they do
then England should be very much feared."
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Hicks denies he made promises to Moores
about plunging Liverpool FC into debt
Tom Hicks has denied promising previous Liverpool owner
David Moores that he wouldn’t plunge the club into debt.
The extensive borrowing of Hicks and co-owner George Gillett
have sent Liverpool £351million into the red and burdened
them with crippling annual interest payments.
Moores says that went against what was agreed when he sold
them the club in 2007. The former chairman insists the terms
of the deal were “unambiguous” and that investment bank
Rothschild & Sons had guaranteed that the pair were “good
for the money”.
However, Hicks denies that anyone was misled.
“In our agreement with the seller, no representation was
made that the new ownership group would be debt-free,” Hicks
Hicks described Moores' criticism of their reign and his
plea for them to sell up as a “weak attempt to deflect
attention from the prior owner”.
Thommo: No-one would blame Gerrard
Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson
believes no-one could blame captain Steven Gerrard if he
chose to leave the club this summer.
After a disappointing domestic season, the England
midfielder has already been linked with Real Madrid, with
their expected new manager Jose Mourinho already speaking
highly of his talents.
Gerrard has been in this position before, having twice been
on the verge of joining Chelsea - then led by Mourinho -
only to turn down the Londoners.
But with the Liverpool captain about to turn 30 on Sunday,
Thompson feels it should not be held against Gerrard if he
seeks a new challenge elsewhere.
"I think it is an extremely difficult one. I hope he stays
and I would love him to stay," the three-time European Cup
winner and former assistant manager said.
"He's 30 this week and it has been an extremely difficult
time. Stevie Gerrard has done his utmost for Liverpool and
if players want to leave Liverpool, the club will go on.
"Steven Gerrard has carried Liverpool on his shoulders for
years, [he did it] when I was there with Gerard Houllier,
he's carried them with Rafael Benitez.
"I think it would be difficult to begrudge him if he wants
to move away with the way things have gone."
"We've gone from second to seventh. The team has gone down,
the quality of the squad is not there," Thompson, 56, added.
"If he (Gerrard) was to see there was a move forwards in the
signing of players - and I think Torres has come out and
said a similar thing - I think we might see both committing
their foreseeable future to Liverpool."
Gerrard back in training after
injury scare in Austria
Steven Gerrard is back in training after giving England a
World Cup injury
The Liverpool midfielder was playing in an 11-a-side
practice match in Irdning, Austria, but after less than one
minute he pulled up sharply and then required treatment on
his right calf, lasting 20 minutes, before informing manager
Fabio Capello that he could not continue.
He played no further part in the match but did return to the
field to do some stretching exercices.
Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson missed Thursday's training
session as a precaution after picking up a slight groin
injury during the 3-1 victory over Mexico on Monday at
Real Madrid to make opening
£30m bid for Gerrard
Jose Mourinho will test Steven Gerrard's resolve with a £30
million Real Madrid bid for the Liverpool captain.
The Mirror says Mourinho had still to be officially
confirmed as Real Madrid's new coach when he admitted he
wants to make Gerrard a Galactico.
Babel makes World Cup cut
Ryan Babel has won his battle to be fit for the World Cup
after being named in Holland's 23-man squad for the
Babel is joined by Anfield teammate Dirk Kuyt in the Dutch
party, despite fears he would miss out after injuring his
hamstring last week.
Initial reports suggested the Liverpool midfielder would be
"touch and go" for the big kick-off next month, but coach
Bert van Marjiwk has preferred the 23-year old to AZ Alkmaar
forward Jeremain Lens.
Holland will play in Group E along with Denmark, Japan and
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Tom Hicks’ stock is bankrupt
amongst Liverpool fans
“Trust me,” said Tom this week, with all the sincerity of a
used car salesman, before adding: “They should trust
The problem is, Tom, Liverpool fans already did. Which is
why their trust has been exhausted. Utterly.
Tom Hicks and George Gillett have made their intentions for
Liverpool Football Club perfectly clear during their three
year tenure as Reds’ co-owners.
That is, to make money. Lots of it. To squeeze Liverpool
It’s an intention Hicks bragged about to the Wall Street
Journal only two weeks ago when he crowed: “Liverpool will
be the most profitable investment I have
Which is why, forgive us Tom, Liverpool fans find it so hard
to trust you.
(David Prentice - Liverpool Echo)