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OCTOBER             2010
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Joe Cole injury update
Roy Hodgson is waiting to discover the extent of Joe Cole's injury with the England international set to have a scan on his hamstring on Monday.
Liverpool's No.10 was forced off the field during the 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers and the Reds boss is hoping the scan will be a positive outcome.
"Joe has a slight hamstring injury so he will have a scan tomorrow,"
said Hodgson.
"Hopefully he will be ok but I can't say how long he will be out until we get the results of the scan.
"Often these muscle injuries always seem to take ten days to two weeks, but I know Joe will be keen to be fit for Chelsea next weekend. We'll have to wait
and see."
(LFC Official Website)

Hodgson: Still work to do
Roy Hodgson refused to get carried away in the aftermath of Liverpool's win at Bolton after insisting there is still plenty of work for his side to do.
Maxi Rodriguez's 86th minute strike was enough to earn Liverpool a three-point haul at the Reebok that pulls them out of the drop zone.
"I have been as devastated as everyone has by the lack of results but I have never stopped believing that work would pay dividends. It is just a question
of timescales.
"I am still not convinced it is going to pay dividends in a short timescale, it is going to be a longer job.
"It is still too early to be too optimistic but at least it is a step
in the right direction."
(Sky Sports)

Honest Carragher
admits to Reds fortune

Jamie Carragher felt Liverpool were fortunate to edge a 1-0 win over Bolton in an evenly-contested Premier League clash at the Reebok Stadium.
Maxi Rodriguez struck a late winner to help the Reds climb out of the relegation zone, the Argentinian latching onto Fernando Torres' backheel to settle a competitive encounter.
Both sides created numerous chances and Carragher felt neither deserved to leave with all three points.
"I don't think anyone deserved to win to be honest," Carragher told Sky Sports 1. "I don't think there was too many chances. It's always a difficult game
here at Bolton."

Maxi leaves it
late for Reds

A day of derbies in the Premier League concluded with a timely three points for Liverpool as Maxi Rodriguez's late goal secured a 1-0 win at Bolton.
The game looked to be heading for a goalless stalemate when Fernando Torres' clever flick found Rodriguez's run from deep and the Argentine kept his nerve to stab past Jussi Jaaskelainen for a maximum haul.
There was plenty of bluster from both sides in what was a whole-hearted affair but genuine chances were at a premium as neither goalkeeper was overworked before Rodriguez's intervention four minutes from time.
Prior to his assist Torres looked shy of both form and confidence and never did it become more apparent than in the first half when he made inroads on Bolton's goal only to prod meekly wide with just Jaaskelainen to beat.
His profligacy was matched by Steven Gerrard towards half-time as he pulled his shot wide when well placed on the edge of the box, while earlier Pepe Reina was forced into a save to deny Stuart Holden from range.
(Sky Sports)

Reds unchanged
Roy Hodgson has named an unchanged starting XI for Liverpool's Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton Wanderers.
The Reds boss has kept faith with the same line-up that defeated Blackburn Rovers at Anfield last weekend, meaning Fernando Torres is once again partnered by Steven Gerrard in attack.
Rookie goalkeeper Martin Hansen has been named amongst the substitutes at the Reebok.
Liverpool: Reina, Konchesky, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Lucas, Meireles, Maxi, Cole, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Hansen, Poulsen, Jovanovic, Spearing, Kelly, Shelvey, Ngog.
(LFC Official Website)

Hodgson targets
'five or six' signings

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has "five or six" targets for the January transfer window and desperately wants to add a striker to his ranks.
The Reds have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season and go into Sunday's game at Bolton third bottom with just nine points.
Hodgson has generally remained optimistic about his side's performances but he does realise the need to strengthen and intends to do so in the new year.
"We are going to be very interested in improving our squad in January," Hodgson said in the Daily Star.
"I'm prepared to accept that a number of players we're looking to sign do make five or six - but I don't wish to specify positions other than one is obviously
a front player.
"In January we should be really looking to solve one or two situations. We are desperately short of players. Front players.
"Having three front players at the club, and that's if you include Ryan Babel, is nowhere near good enough.
"If Fernando (Torres) isn't playing one week, you have got to get someone in who has got the same level of quality."
Hodgson: King Kenny and
I can take club forward

So far it has been a story that might even test the brain of Milan Kundera, the Czech writer who Roy Hodgson espouses, but the Liverpool manager maintains that the club's fortunes are about to turn and the days of political struggling at Anfield are over.
Hodgson feels Dalglish, whose current role involves working with the academy and some scouting after returning to the club as an ambassador under Rafael Benitez last year, should be working at a level that is unaffected by the identity of the manager for as long as he wants.
"I'm not prepared to pass up on quality people who can help because of a fear the day may come when the club decides they want Kenny as manager,"
said Hodgson.
"That wasn't the case in the summer, but that's not to say it won't be the case forever. I don't know. I have no fears in that respect because I know my qualities and I'm not a political person. He is doing a great job alongside us and we involve him in our scouting while he still works at the academy and plays an ambassadorial role. That's what he's good at."
(The Independent)

Stadium decision
may take some time

Since NESV’s takeover of Liverpool earlier this month there has been much discussion on whether they will continue with the club’s current plans to build a new stadium at Stanley Park, or instead redevelop Anfield.
It is a situation they inherited when they took over at the Boston Red Sox, where they – eventually – chose redevelopment of the famous ballpark. Therefore some have assumed John Henry and his partners will choose a similar route
for Liverpool.
However, Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy insists no decision has been made and that NESV will take their time to make a calculated decision for the long term future of the football club.
(This is Anfield)

Aquilani: I have found
a home at Juventus

Alberto Aquilani struggled to make an impression at Liverpool
Aquilani was a £20 million purchase from Roma last summer, but failed to settle at Anfield amid injury and form concerns. The 26-year-old was farmed out on loan to Juventus by new boss Roy Hodgson and he now says that he is very happy to playing for the club.
"I like the team. I like Turin. I have found a home. I am happy,"
he told La Stampa.
Asked about his new role at Juventus, he added: "I am more of a central midfielder. Before, I was further forward in the offensive phase. Now I have to have more balance and be careful also in defence."
Juventus have an option to make the move permanent next summer and, with new ownership in place at Anfield, Aquilani is expected to leave to rebuild his career in Turin.
(ESPN Soccernet)
Henry: Reds stars staying
Liverpool co-owner John Henry insists he plans to strengthen the squad and not weaken it in January by selling their top stars.
Henry has described speculation linking Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina with moves away from Anfield as "destructive and unwarranted".
"We have recently read stories about our intentions for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation," Henry told the club's official website.
"Our clear focus from day one of our ownership has been - and will be - to improve the club and focus on what it will take to put Liverpool FC consistently in a position to challenge for trophies."
(Sky Sports)

Roy outlines transfer plans
Roy Hodgson today revealed plans to improve his squad in the January transfer window - and insisted Liverpool can attract top stars.
The boss is hopeful of having money to spend following discussions with new owners NESV, but he is determined the Reds won't be held to ransom in the transfer market.
He explained: "If we want the right quality, we have got to be prepared to pay the right price.
"The owners know that perfectly well. We have got to make certain that if we go out and spend £20m, we are getting a £20m player.
"We want to be attracting the players that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are chasing. It would be nice to think that we can shop at a high level."
(LFC Official Website)

Coyle offers Hodgson support
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has backed his under-pressure Liverpool counterpart Roy Hodgson ahead of their Premier League meeting this weekend.
A 2-1 win over Blackburn eased the pressure and Hodgson takes his men to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday aiming for a first away win of their
Premier League campaign.
And Coyle believes the criticism Hodgson has copped is uncalled for, saying on Sky Sports News: "Liverpool have a fantastic manager. I find it bewildering the criticism he has come under."
(Sky Sports)

Hodgson enthused
by Torres upturn

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has seen signs that Fernando Torres is getting back to his best.
The Reds' star striker has endured a difficult start to the season but hit the winner in last Sunday's crucial Premier League win over Blackburn.
That was only the second goal of the campaign for the Spanish World Cup winner, who has struggled for form since undergoing a knee operation in April.
Hodgson told LFC TV: "I think his desire and his wanting to do a good job have been there from the very first day.
"It is just a combination of things - maybe the team is playing a bit better and their extra confidence is giving him extra confidence."

Reds close on Miller move understands Liverpool are poised to sign Gillingham starlet
Ashley Miller.
Miller has been playing in Gillingham's junior ranks since 2003 and he is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in England.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton have all been linked with the 16-year-old, but it appears Liverpool are set to win the race for his signature.
(Sky Sports)
Two more games moved
Two more of Liverpool's games have been moved for television.
The home game against Everton has been moved from Saturday, January 15th to Sunday, January 16th, kick off 2.05pm and is live on Sky Sports.
The away game against Wolves at Molineux is still on Saturday, January 22nd but is now a 12.45pm kick off and is also live on Sky Sports.
(LFC Online)

Hodgson: United can
forget about Reina

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has warned Manchester United that goalkeeper Pepe Reina is not for sale as he is "crucial" to the Reds.
The Spain international was linked with the Reds' arch-rivals earlier this week and Arsenal have been mentioned as potential suitors in the past.
Speculation over the future of Reina - and other star players - has arisen because of the recent instability at Anfield and the poor start made by the club to the Premier League season.
But the 28-year-old only signed a six-year contract in April and Hodgson has no intention of letting one of his most prized assets leave.
Hodgson told the Liverpool Echo: "It was just one of those stories that seems to occur - it's just disappointing and annoying.
"Pepe is fantastic here, he is a lifeblood of this team.
"Everything he does around the club is excellent - he is always lively in the dressing room, he is always first class in training and he always wants to do more to improve.
"He demands better from those around him, he is always pushing people on. He is a player who we hold in the highest esteem.
"We have heard nothing from Manchester United and, more to the point, we don't want to hear anything from Manchester United.
"If (Sir Alex) Ferguson is looking around at the end of the season and he has got lots of money to replace (Edwin) van der Sar, he might very well want Pepe Reina because he is the best around.
"But we do not want to sell him. I would like to think that we are going to become a successful club once again and Pepe is crucial to that."

Ex-Red appointed County boss
Former Liverpool captain Paul Ince has been appointed manager of Notts County.
The former England international has had spells in charge of Blackburn Rovers, MK Dons and Macclesfield Town.
The new Meadow Lane boss will take charge of County for the first time on Saturday when they entertain Southampton in League One.
(LFC Official Website)

Bayern Munich eager for
Liverpool to try again for Gomez

Bayern Munich have put Liverpool on red alert over the availability of
Mario Gomez.
The Daily Mail says Bayern intend to cash in on Gomez in January to fund a bid for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.

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