Moyes wanted derby point
Everton manager David Moyes felt his side deserved to take
something from the 213th Merseyside derby with Liverpool at
Moyes felt both red cards were fully justified and bemoaned
his side's lack of creativity, although felt they were
worthy of a point.
He said: "I think there have been lots of derbies very
similar; quite feisty and that's why fans like them because
they sometimes have a little bit extra in them.
"The first sending-off (Kyrgiakos) was a two-footed tackle,
both feet off the ground. Fellaini has been for an X-ray but
we think it is clear, which is good news.
"I've no complaints about Steven's sending-off as there was
a tackle earlier in the game where he might have been
fortunate to stay on.
"I thought we certainly didn't deserve to lose the game. We
might not have deserved to win it but we shouldn't have lost
Rafa revels in vital win
Rafa Benitez applauded Liverpool's 'massive' victory
following their derby success against Everton.
The Reds were reduced to 10 men when Sotirios Kyrgiakos was
sent off for a foul on Marouane Fellaini before half-time
but they stayed strong to cope with the numerical
Dirk Kuyt then headed home the only goal of a
fiercely-contested encounter before Steven Pienaar's late
dismissal meant Everton also finished without their full
complement of players.
The result boosted Liverpool's chances of securing fourth
place and Benitez was delighted with the three points.
"It was massive for us. To win in a derby is really
important - to win in a derby with 10 players at Anfield is
more important," said Benitez.
"I was really pleased for the players and the fans because
everyone was working so hard that I think at the end we
deserved to win.
Gerrard highlights Liverpool passion
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard paid tribute to his side's
commitment after they beat Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside
derby at Anfield.
Gerrard told Sky Sports 1: "That is what derbies are all
about. There was passion, commitment and fight. We beat a
very good Everton side today with 10-men and we should enjoy
"We played some good football and had a great attitude,
sticking together. We knew we would be up against it at
times and if we had the chance at a set-piece we could grab
Deadly Dirk seals derby glory
Dirk Kuyt headed 10-man Liverpool to victory in a fiery
213th Merseyside derby clash with Everton at Anfield.
The Dutchman was on hand to nod home Steven Gerrard's
precise corner from close range in the 55th minute of a
blood-and-thunder encounter, with Toffees goalkeeper Tim
Howard at fault.
The Reds were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute when
defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Everton midfielder Marouane
Fellaini were involved in
a crunching challenge.
Greek defender Kyrgiakos went in two-footed, while Fellaini
was far from blameless as he caught his opponent high on the
leg, but it was only the Reds defender who was dismissed.
Fellaini was unable to continue, with Mikel Arteta coming on
in his place, but Everton failed to take advantage of their
numerical advantage and struggled to create any meaningful
Referee Martin Atkinson dished out his second red card of
the game in the dying seconds as Steven Pienaar, who had
earlier been booked for a heavy challenge on Javier
Mascherano, saw red for jumping into Gerrard.
Liverpool have now gone seven Premier League matches without
defeat, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
By contrast, Everton's nine-match unbeaten run came to an
end. The last team to beat them before today had been
Liverpool at Goodison in late November and they have now won
just two of the last 21 league derbies.
Rafa confident of Jovanovic swoop
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is confident of securing
the signature of Serbia international striker Milan
Jovanovic for next season.
The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and early
reports suggested the Reds had already secured him on a
Benitez, though, says the club are yet to agree terms with
the Standard Liege frontman, although he is hopeful a deal
can be reached.
"Nothing is sorted yet, but I'm confident it will be,"
Liverpool face stiff competition for Jovanovic's signature
after Standard confirmed Juventus and AC Milan are also in
the hunt for his signature.
"I wish Jovanovic all the best," confirmed Standard's
vice-president Luciano D'Onorfio. "He always did his best
for the club.
"AC Milan, Juventus and Liverpool want him. The choice is up
to him. I play no role in his decision."
Liverpool v Everton – Agger and Maxi start
Alberto Aquilani, Albert Riera and Martin Skrtel all drop to
the bench to make way for the three changes Rafa Benitez has
made to the starting line-up for
the latest derby.
Daniel Agger returns to the back four where Jamie Carragher
again starts at right-back, Lucas returns to the midfield
Maxi Rodriguez also starts, presumably helping Dirk Kuyt and
Steven Gerrard support David Ngog up front.
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger, Insua, Lucas,
Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Ngog
Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Babel, Degen,
Rafa backs Aquilani
Rafael Benitez is confident Alberto Aquilani can cope with
the pressures of playing in the Merseyside derby.
Should Aquilani start against Everton today, then no doubt
the Blues will try and kick him out of the game. However,
Benitez has faith in his £20m signing to cope with the
"We have been talking with all of the players and he knows
this is a massive game with a lot of passion," said the
"Always when you play in a derby it is a good experience,
but here in England it is always different. The league is
different and the Merseyside derby is the most difficult
one, but I think it will be a great experience for him."
Gerrard named vice-captain
Steven Gerrard has been named as England's vice-captain.
The Liverpool midfielder was handed the role after coach
Fabio Capello withdrew the armband from Chelsea's John
Capello confirmed: "When I chose John Terry as captain, I
also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice.
There is no reason to change this decision."
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been installed
as the skipper of the Three Lions.
(LFC Official Website)
Aurelio in line for Reds return
Liverpool should have Fabio Aurelio available again for the
213th Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield on
Aurelio has missed the last three matches with a calf
problem but should be in the squad for the big game, which
kicks off at 12.45pm.
Liverpool are still without Fernando Torres (knee), Yossi
Benayoun (rib) and Glen Johnson (hamstring), all of whom are
still some way off full fitness.
Reds (from): Reina, Skrtel, Agger, Carragher, Kyrgiakos,
Insua, Aquilani, Gerrard, Lucas, Rodriguez, Riera, Ngog,
Kuyt, Cavalieri, Pacheco, Spearing, Darby, Babel, Aurelio,
Leon Osman: Everton in form to beat Liverpool
Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes they are playing well
enough to end their 10-year run without a victory at Anfield
in the Merseyside derby.
The Toffees last beat the Reds on their home ground in
Osman, 28, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're playing well
and we believe in each other and we're winning games at the
"We should, as a team, take each game as it comes and go
there this time and win the game."
Everton are unbeaten in nine Premier League games since
November's defeat by Liverpool at Goodison Park - a run
which has seen them draw at Chelsea
He added: "People weren't expecting us to get a result at
Chelsea and it was the same at Arsenal and we should have
"We want to go one better now and try and turn those draws
into a victory.
"There'll be times when we'll get opportunities in the game
and we've got to make sure we take them and keep it tight at
the back as well.
"We've shown this season we can go to places and get
(BBC Sport Online)
Rafa ready for crucial phase
Rafael Benitez has called on his Liverpool players to
kick-off the most 'crucial phase' of their season with a
victory over Everton in Saturday's 213th
The Reds will also face Arsenal and Manchester City in the
Barclays Premier League in February, with the boss admitting
the next few weeks could be key in deciding the outcome of
"We want to make sure we get back into the top four and this
is the first opportunity to try and do that," said Benitez.
"Our aim is to keep the players playing with more
confidence. After Everton, we have Arsenal and that will be
another big challenge. But it will be much easier if we have
got the right result against Everton and another three
"I've spoken with the players and we have been analysing
what we have (in terms of games) until the end of the season
and this is the most crucial phase.
"To get a win against Everton and to see the team continue
their unbeaten run would give everyone big hope for the rest
of the season."
(LFC Official Website)
Reina relishing derby challenge
Pepe Reina is looking forward to Saturday's game against
Everton, and insists that Liverpool will be determined to
claim three points from the Anfield fixture.
"It is a big match and we know that but we play at home once
again and we know the supporters will be right behind us,"
said the Reds' keeper.
"Our target is to beat Everton, that is the only one at the
moment. We cannot think any further ahead than that because
we are not in the same situation as last season when we were
fighting for the title.
"At the moment, to prevent more pressure on us than we
already have, we have to keep winning and stay focused on
the next game only. You can talk about improving and this
and that but at the end of the day you have to win. It is
all about winning."
Liverpool FC net £1.5m for
Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov
Liverpool have banked £1.5million from the sale of
goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov to FC Twente.
The 21-year-old Bulgarian arrived at Anfield from Levski
Sofia in 2007 but never made a first team appearance for the
He has been sent out on loan to Dutch outfit Twente for the
past three seasons and now the move has been made permanent.
Former England coach Steve McClaren, who is boss of the
Eredivisie joint leaders, sees Mihaylov as the perfect
long-term replacement for veteran
The sale of Mihaylov means the Reds banked over £6million
during the January transfer window with Andriy Voronin and
Andrea Dossena also moving on.
None of it was spent on strengthening the squad with Maxi
Rodriguez, who was snapped up on a free transfer from
Atletico Madrid, the only new arrival.
Hicks ponders sale of Dallas Stars
Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks is looking into the possibility
of selling his NHL ice hockey team the Dallas Stars.
The Hicks Sports Group (HSG) confirmed Galatioto Sports
Partners have been retained to examine the possibility of
securing new investors or selling a majority stake in the
Last month, HSG announced they had reached a definitive
agreement to sell Major League Baseball side the Texas
Rangers for about £360million.
It appears Hicks is trying to re-organise his finances on a
major scale but what this latest announcement means for
Liverpool remains to be seen.
Kuyt feeling the pressure
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt admits that he has felt the burden of
responsibility to carry the club forward in the
injury-enforced absences of many of his team-mates.
The Reds have been without Fernando Torres and Glen Johnson
for several games, while captain Steven Gerrard has only
recently returned from a latest fitness setback in a
However, Rafa Benitez's team are preparing for Saturday's
Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield boasting a
six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League that has kept
their quest for the UEFA Champions League alive.
Kuyt has had to fill in for star striker Torres and has
scored three goals in as many games to leave him one away
from his 50th for Liverpool, but the Dutchman has felt the
"Of course you feel a responsibility. Everyone in the team
feels a responsibility and it is very hard when you are
missing your best players," he said.
Jovanovic has signed nothing
The agent of Milan Jovanovic claims his client is not on the
verge of signing a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool.
Reports earlier in the week had suggested that the Serbian
playmaker was close to committing his future to the Reds and
was expected to form part of Rafa Benitez's squad in
However, it has now emerged that such a deal has not been
put in place, with the Standard Liege forward yet to decide
where his next move will take him.
Jovanovic has plenty of avenues to explore, with numerous
Liverpool had hoped to beat the rush for his signature by
reaching an agreement in January, but could be about to see
those efforts come to nothing.
"There are many possibilities," Jovanovic's agent Zoran
Stojadinovic told Superdeporte.
"The situation will be resolved soon, but he has not signed
for any club as yet."
It is believed that Spanish giants Valencia have edged ahead
in the race to land Jovanovic, with Stojadinovic admitting
that discussions with the Primera Liga outfit are 'very
However, there are plenty of other sides still in the frame
and nothing has been ruled out as yet.
"There is plenty of interest from Spain," added
"But there are also a number of clubs from across Europe
that remain keen."
Benitez offers backing to Babel
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez believes that forward Ryan
Babel can shine at Anfield now that the transfer window is
Babel's future at Liverpool was the subject of intense
speculation during the January transfer window with
Birmingham having a couple of bids rejected
for the Dutchman.
Benitez believes Babel's form was affected by the
speculation and he now feels the former Ajax man can show
his true ability for the rest of the campaign.
"If we play without the speculation surrounding Ryan Babel
then I am sure it will be easier for him to focus and for me
to play him," explained Benitez.
"So I think we will be better in attack and the team will be
Benitez also revealed that Fernando Torres and Glen Johnson
are not expected to return to action until March at the
"Glen is still progressing," added Benitez. "It's looking
like he will be back in another three or four weeks. When he
was first ruled out, it looked like he would be out for two
months and it has been a month so far.
"Fernando is progressing too. Hopefully he will be back in
the same time, while Yossi [Benayoun] could return in two
Sammy: Why our derby is special
Sammy Lee insists the Merseyside derby is still one of the
most special fixtures in the football calendar.
Having experienced the occasion as a player and coach Lee is
well qualified to give an assessment on the big game, and he
feels the derby is the one that gets the whole of Merseyside
"It is a special game for everyone and you always want to be
involved in the derby - whether it be as a coach, player or
supporter," Lee told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"I always say every game has its own importance and degree
of difficulty, but because it's our next game, this is a
vital and massive game for us.
"The fact that it's the derby against our local rivals, who
are in a good run of form, makes it a very difficult game.
"It will be a very competitive and tense affair and we will
be giving everything we have possibly got to get the three
"It's a very big game and one that everyone looks forward
"Form normally goes out of the window in the derby and it's
about who handles the pressure and intensity on the day.
Hopefully that will be us."
(LFC Official Website)