Fowler talks up Tottenham
boss for Liverpool job
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler feels Tottenham boss Harry
Redknapp is the man to replace Rafael Benitez at Anfield.
Redknapp transformed Spurs from relegation candidates to
Champions League qualifiers in the space of 18 months and
Fowler believes he could have the same impact at Liverpool.
Spurs also replaced Liverpool in the Champions League after
breaking into the top four ahead of Manchester City.
And Fowler said: "You want someone who has done well in the
Premier League and knows how it works so you know, as a top
man, why not Harry Redknapp?
"He's done fantastic with Spurs and he would be a very good
manager for Liverpool.
"I'm not saying they'll go for him but he's done fantastic
at all the clubs he's been at in the Premier League and so
have Martin O'Neill and Roy Hodgson."
Schwarzer fears Hodgson departure
Mark Schwarzer admits he would not blame manager Roy Hodgson
if he decides to quit Fulham and take charge of Liverpool
Schwarzer wants Hodgson to stay at Craven Cottage after the
"remarkable" job he has done in reviving Fulham's fortunes.
He steered Fulham to their first ever European final in May
before they were beaten by Atletico Madrid.
But Hodgson has emerged as strong favourites with some
bookmakers to replace Rafael Benitez ahead of Aston Villa
manager Martin O'Neill.
And Australia goalkeeper Schwarzer would understand fully if
Hodgson decides to make the move to Anfield - should his
services be required by the Reds.
Schwarzer said: "How important is it Hodgson stays at
Fulham? It is massive. The gaffer is huge for Fulham.
"He has done a remarkable job at the club during the past
two and a half years.
"I suppose in a lot of ways you can't blame the guy if an
opportunity like this came along.
"We hope he doesn't go, we hope he stays at Fulham, but we
will have to wait and see what happens.
"But I wouldn't blame him at all (if he decides to move),
not at all.
"It is Liverpool you are talking about, a huge club, who
normally compete in the Champions League every season.
"There are four or five such clubs in the country and there
would be very few managers or players who would find it
difficult to resist going to them."
Benitez set for
Inter Milan talks
Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is poised to hold talks
with Champions League winners Inter Milan next week.
Inter are looking for a new manager after Jose Mourinho, who
also won Serie A and the Italian Cup last season, left to
take over at Real Madrid.
Benitez left Liverpool by mutual consent on Thursday after
six years at the helm at Anfield.
"That is the direction and in the next few days we will see
and decide," said Inter president Massimo Moratti.
(BBC Sport Online)
Houllier: Gerrard will
thrive as skipper
Gerard Houllier believes Steven Gerrard is the perfect
choice to take over from the injured Rio Ferdinand as
England captain at the World Cup.
The former Liverpool manager insists the Reds midfielder
thrives on responsibility and wearing the skipper's armband
will increase his value to England.
Houllier said: "I am pleased for Stevie. It is a good reward
to be captain of England. He must be absolutely over the
"He is a winner and he will give an urge to drive them on
all the time. He never gives up. He leads by example, giving
a lot of mental and physical energy to himself and the team.
"His game should be even better. He likes responsibility. He
likes when people trust him. That is when he can surpass
himself and deliver even more."
Meanwhile, Houllier ruled himself out of returning to
Anfield following the departure of Rafael Benitez but said
he would be "delighted" if Liverpool chose bookmakers'
favourite Roy Hodgson as their new boss.
"Roy has done very well with an average team at Fulham...and
he is used to coaching stars," said Houllier, who admitted
he would like to return to the Premier League one day. "If
the right opportunity arises, then yes."
look to Lippi
There are reports that Italy boss Marcello Lippi is
Liverpool’s target to replace Rafa Benitez.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Lippi represents the
kind of solidity and success rate that the new Anfield
owners are looking for.
Gerrard makes pledge to Prince
New England skipper Steven Gerrard has assured Prince
William the Three Lions will be ready to roar when their
World Cup campaign begins against the United States next
Prince William spoke to the squad, who are still coming to
terms with the loss of captain Rio Ferdinand to a knee
injury, on Saturday via video-link to offer them best wishes
ahead of the tournament.
Yet optimism among Fabio Capello's squad is still high and
Gerrard said: "We're very disappointed about Rio but by the
time that first game comes around I'm sure the team will be
fit and ready to win."
He added: "We are really excited. We have been given a super
training camp at which to prepare. The guys are working hard
to make sure they are fit and ready."
Capello also told Prince William that Gerrard would be
Ferdinand's replacement as skipper, with the Liverpool star
admitting he had mixed feelings about the situation given
his joy has come at the central defender's expense.
"It's fantastic for me to be able lead the country in the
World Cup," said Gerrard.
"But obviously I'd rather that Rio was here fit and
available so it's mixed emotions at the minute."
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Gerrard faces decision day
on Liverpool future
It looks like Steven Gerrard is going to have another World
No sooner had the Liverpool captain spoken of his distress
at being tapped up by Chelsea four years ago in Germany, and
two years before that at the European Championship in
Portugal, than events at Anfield took a turn to defy all his
best efforts to put club matters out of his mind and
concentrate on England for the duration of the tournament.
When Gerrard said last month he was going to shut himself
off totally from events on Merseyside, and had told all his
family and friends that he did not wish to discuss any "club
stuff" until he returned from South Africa, he could hardly
have imagined that might involve turning his back on
(Paul Wilson - The Observer)
Tom Hicks and George Gillett are impeding
the 'fresh start' Liverpool badly needs
Even before the paperwork had been signed, the mobile phones
of a number of senior figures at Liverpool had started to
As lawyers at Anfield were agreeing the final details of the
£6 million severance package which would end Rafael
Benítez’s six-year reign as manager, the vultures had
started to circle.
Each call brought notification from the agent of another
manager eager to throw his hat into the ring as a contender
to succeed the Spaniard, each conversation designed to help
each client gain a crucial advantage in the race for the
most high-profile job likely to come on the domestic market
To those conducting the search – Christian Purslow, the
club’s managing director, and Kenny Dalglish, the Academy
ambassador whose name still echoes from the Kop — such
enthusiasm, such interest even before the die was cast is
evidence that Liverpool remains the sort of job no
ambitious, self-confident manager can turn down.
(Rory Smith - Telegraph.co.uk)
Dalglish the perfect man to lead
Liverpool's search for new manager
Liverpool could not have chosen a better person to scout the
next Liverpool manager than Kenny Dalglish.
Those who claim he has been out of the game too long ignore
that this is a man obsessed with football, who watches
countless televised matches and was a fixture in the Anfield
directors' box last season. Doing what is best for Liverpool
comes as naturally to Dalglish as breathing.
Having played under three giants of the dugout in Jock
Stein, Bob Paisley and Alex Ferguson, Dalglish knows the art
and science of management.
(Henry Winter - Telegraph.co.uk)
Relief for Skrtel and Slovakia
Martin Skrtel is relieved after learning an ankle injury he
suffered in Slovakia's 3-0 win over Costa Rica will not keep
him out of the World Cup.
The Liverpool defender limped out of Saturday's friendly in
Bratislava after only 16 minutes and was then taken to
hospital for scans.
But Skrtel has been told he needs only a few days' rest
before he returns.
"It is not too bad, it is just a gash," Skrtel told the
Slovakian Football Association's website. "I think that in a
few days it will be okay."
And Skrtel was also encouraged by his team-mates' efforts as
they brushed Costa Rica aside.
"I saw the second half," he added. "I think we will have
delighted the fans. We wanted to win this match to put
ourselves in a good place before the World Cup. We managed
"Perhaps the only negative is my injury, because to go off
after quarter of an hour is not nice."
Skrtel suffered an injury-plagued season and was only making
his second appearance since breaking a metatarsal in
Slovakia won thanks to an own goal from Douglas Esteban
Solano Sequeira and further strikes from Robert Vittek and
Stanislav Sestak after the break.
Masch future in doubt
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has admitted his
future is in doubt following the departure of Rafa Benitez
"Would I follow Benitez? I don't know," he said, with a
shrug. "At the moment I really know little about my future.
"But of course with Benitez at Liverpool I experienced three
incredible years. His football is my football."
Hiddink unlikely to join
Liverpool as manager
New Turkey boss Guus Hiddink is unlikely to become
Liverpool's next manager, according to the Dutchman's agent,
Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.
Liverpool are searching for a new boss after Rafael
Benitez's exit on Thursday with former boss Kenny Dalglish
charged with finding his replacement.
"Guus has shown over the years that he is loyal to
agreements that he signed," van Nieuwenhuizen told BBC
"There is no reason today why he would change such
(BBC Sport Online)
Report: Reds plan Redknapp swoop
Liverpool are planning a shock move for Tottenham manager
Harry Redknapp, Sky Sports sources understand.
The Anfield outfit are searching for a new man at the helm
after Rafa Benitez's six-year reign was brought to an end by
mutual consent on Thursday.
And Spurs boss Redknapp has emerged as a leading contender
for the Reds hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back
Redknapp has only one year remaining on his current contract
at White Hart Lane and talks over a new deal are yet to take
Benitez to Inter
within 48 hours?
There are reports Inter could appoint Rafa Benitez within 48
hours, sparking transfer bids for Liverpool’s Javier
Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt.
Benitez is now free to engage in negotiations after
accepting an early termination by mutual consent with the
new Anfield owners.
The Italian media are confident the Spaniard will pen a new
deal with Inter within the next 48 hours, as President
Massimo Moratti has given the all-clear.
Striker deal still on
Liverpool are still set to sign Milan Jovanovic.
Rafael Benitez had agreed a deal to bring the Serbian
international to Anfield once his contract with Standard
Liege expired this Summer. Despite Benitez leaving Liverpool
this week, the transfer will still go ahead once Jovanovic
his work permit.
Eriksson reveals dream to manage
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he grew
up supporting Liverpool and has a "dream" to manage the
Premier League side.
The Swede was shocked Rafael Benitez left the club but he
hopes to be in contention to take over at Anfield once his
short stint in charge of the Ivory Coast comes to an end
after the World Cup.
Eriksson told The Sun: "I have been a Liverpool fan all of
my life. I never mentioned it when I was in charge of
England because I didn't think it was fair.
"I was shocked when I discovered Rafa Benitez had left.
Would I want to be the manager of Liverpool? It is every
manager's dream to manage Liverpool."
Liverpool FC must now show Gerrard
and Torres proof of their ambition
So where do Liverpool go from here?
Perhaps, more importantly, where do the club’s players go?
While Rafael Benitez’s departure will at least remove one
sizeable thorn from the sides of owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett, Liverpool are far from out
of the woods.
Now ponder the unthinkable prospect of either Steven Gerrard
or Fernando Torres following Benitez out of the door this
What are the chances of their absences going unnoticed for
(David Randles - Liverpool Echo)
Barnes says Liverpool
should sell Torres, Gerrard
Liverpool icon John Barnes says the club should sell Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres if they're unsettled.
Anfield legend Barnes says anyone who wants to go should be
allowed to - even if it means losing one of the Kop idols.
Barnes said: "Liverpool don't want Gerrard and Torres to go
- but if they don't want to be there, let them move on.
"The fans would have to understand that and still get behind
"Any player who doesn't want to be at Liverpool should go...
no matter who
Capello refuses to dismiss Dalglish
Fabio Capello has not ruled out the possibility of Kenny
Dalglish heading to England's World Cup camp in Rustenburg
to speak with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher about the
vacant Liverpool job.
Instinctively, it is something the England boss would shy
away from, given the Three Lions have now commenced the
build-up to their Group C opener against the United States
on June 12.
But he understands why Reds ambassador Dalglish might want
to speak with the Anfield outfit's most influential players
following Thursday's departure
of Rafael Benitez.
It remains highly unlikely Dalglish will commit to such an
However, it is not a prospect Capello has dismissed
"We have to decide about this and what happens, yes or no,"
said the England coach.
"First of all, he (Dalglish) would have to ask me. After
that, I would speak
with the players."
With Gerrard taking over as captain from the injured Rio
Ferdinand, the Italian is confident one of his remaining
star men will not be affected.
"Stevie is okay," said Capello.
"He has his telephone and the media are here.
"I know that Liverpool have changed their manager but I
don't think it can
"It is another thing. We are focused on the World Cup, not
"We are focused on training every day and that's it. We have
other problems without thinking about this one."
Gerrard gets England captaincy
Steven Gerrard will take over the captain's armband for
Rio Ferdinand is on his way home after picking up an injury
in training and will be replaced by Michael Dawson.
Kenny Dalglish's return to
signifies a reassertion of Boot Room values
The return to the Anfield frontline of Kenny Dalglish is the
instinctive response of a club seeking a return to
traditional values. In a sense it represents the end of the
cultural flirtation with continental methods and the
the Boot Room.
It is not that the foreign model has exhausted its appeal
per se, only that it is no longer de rigeur, no longer the
default option. The burning of the Stars and Stripes at the
gates of Anfield more obviously demonstrates the Kop’s
disaffection with the club’s debt-ridden American ownership.
It can be seen also as an attempt to reclaim its identity.
(Kevin Garside - Telegraph.co.uk)
Benitez loses out in
Anfield’s civil war
In the end, it was the one fight Rafael Benitez couldn't
The Spaniard's rollercoaster reign at Liverpool, from the
highs of Istanbul to the lows of the recent failure to
qualify for the Champions League, drew to an inevitable
But don't be fooled by talk of the 50-year-old leaving “by
mutual consent”, as was the official line from Anfield.
By all intents and purposes, Benitez was sacked – pushed out
by a board that either couldn't or wouldn't give him the
assurances he needed to move
the club forward.
Similar to Liverpool supporters no longer trusting George
Gillett and Tom Hicks, so the American owners – guided by
managing director Christian Purslow – no longer trusted the
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Grobbelaar: Reds should pick
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been backed to succeed
Rafael Benitez as manager by former Reds goalkeeper Bruce
Grobbelaar believes Dalglish could be the stabilising
"I think there is only one man for the job and that is Kenny
Dalglish," Grobbelaar told BBC Radio Five Live.
It will take years
to rebuild Liverpool
Alan Hansen has warned the new Liverpool manager faces years
of rebuilding following Rafael Benitez's departure.
Writing in his column in the Daily Telegraph, Hansen said:
"I would imagine that the board will have a good idea who
they want to bring in, but I don't have a preference, other
than wanting somebody who will buy well and who will take
the job under no illusions about the challenge he faces."
(London Evening Standard)
Is Liverpool FC manager’s job
a cherished title or a poisoned chalice?
The Liverpool manager’s job used to be passed down like a
cherished family heirloom. Shankly, to Paisley. Paisley to
Fagan. Fagan to Dalglish.
Even when Dalglish’s departure took the club by surprise in
1991, there was still a trusted family member ready to step
into the breach in the shape
of Graeme Souness.
And Roy Evans’ accession after Souness’ failed regime simply
restored the promotion from within policy.
Even when Gerard Houllier departed it was a sacking
conducted with class
The Frenchman posed for pictures on the Anfield pitch before
speaking with as much pride as pathos about his exit.
That family feel changed when the Reds looked abroad to
appoint a manager
And six years on the Liverpool manager’s job is now treated
with all the reverence of a tatty old hand-me-down.
(David Prentice - Liverpool Echo)
Alonso hopes for Gerrard reunion
Xabi Alonso would be delighted to see former Liverpool
team-mate Steven Gerrard join him at Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho, who attempted to prise Gerrard away from
Anfield during his time at Chelsea, has hinted that he could
be interested in the England midfielder and the Spanish
press reported on Friday that a €30 million bid is in the
Alonso says he still holds his former club in high regard
but suggested he would relish the chance to play alongside
the Liverpool captain once more.
"We will see what happens," he said. "Steven is a legend at
Liverpool and I have a lot of respect for Liverpool's fans
and also the club, but it is clear that he's an awesome
player. He has incredible quality."
McLeish vows to stay at St Andrew's
Liverpool-linked manager Alex McLeish insists he is
committed to remaining at Birmingham after holding talks
over a new contract.
The Blues manager is adamant he will not walk away from the
club after persuading the likes of Serbian striker Nikola
Zigic and former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster to
join his ranks.
Birmingham City vice-chairman Peter Pannu added: "I have
touched base with Alex's representatives.
"We have had initial talks and we will talk again."
Regarding the Liverpool speculation, Pannu said: "I don't
respond to idle gossip
"If any club approached us for our manager, I would deal
with it then - and
no club has."
Reina pays tribute
to departing Benitez
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed his intention
to stay at Anfield even after Rafa Benitez's departure from
the club was confirmed on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has made more than 250 appearances for the
Reds after joining the club from Villarreal five years ago.
12 months after Benitez was appointed Liverpool manager.
Reina recently signed a new long-term contract with the club
and said after playing for Spain in a friendly international
against South Korea: "It's a sad moment for Liverpool, for
Rafa Benitez and for the players who have been
"He was a very important person for the club for six years.
Liverpool grew with him and Rafa also grew thanks to
"I hope that this crisis passes. That a person so important
for the club as Rafa Benitez has left is news that you never
would have expected and that you never would have believed.
"But this changes nothing. I still have a six-year contract
It was Gerrard or Benitez
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes it was
either Rafael Benitez or Steven Gerrard who would have left
the club this summer.
After Benitez’s tenure at the club was ended late this week,
Redknapp chimed in with his view that if the Spanish
tactician were to remain in charge at Anfield, captain
Gerrard was more of a chance of departing the club and he
has made his feeling on the issue very clear.
“It’s a decision that’s taken a lot of people by surprise,
but they had to act, and they had to act quickly. For me,
it’s the right decision,” Redknapp, a close friend of
“And when you get a situation where there’s talk of Gerrard
going to Real Madrid because he’s not happy with the manager
– if it’s then a choice between keeping Benitez or Gerrard –
then it has to be Gerrard every time.
“He’s vital to everything Liverpool hope to achieve in the
consider move for Torres
Barcelona are reportedly are weighing up the merits of a
move for Liverpool hot-shot Fernando Torres.
The Spain international's future at Anfield looks to be the
subject of much speculation after seeing compatriot Rafael
Benitez depart the club yesterday following a disappointing
season at the helm of the Reds.