Benitez opens talks on his future
Liverpool have had the first in what they hope will be a
series of meetings with manager Rafael Benitez amid
speculation he could move to Juventus.
Benitez, 50, had reportedly cancelled two meetings with
chairman Martin Broughton before they met on Thursday.
"The meeting was constructive," said a Liverpool spokesman.
(BBC Sport Online)
Carragher plans Liverpool talks
Jamie Carragher is planning to hold talks with Liverpool
about a new deal at the start of next season.
Rumours have suggested Carragher was considering his future
at Anfield if he was not offered a new deal at the club.
However, the defender has moved to clear up the confusion by
insisting he wants to finish his career at Liverpool and
says he decided with Rafa Benitez to put off contract talks
until next season.
"I've spoke to the manager about it and we both agreed that
it would be better if we talked about it at the start of
next season," Carragher told LFC Weekly.
"There was an interview with a national newspaper and the
headline was a bit misleading, saying that I would be
prepared to leave Liverpool.
"Really, I said that if Liverpool didn't want me, I'd be
forced to sign for someone else because I'd have no other
"I don't want to retire yet. I understand at my age, you can
only make decisions season by season. But I want to finish
my career at Liverpool. I don't want to play for anyone
Kuyt picks up Carlsberg player of
Liverpool One was buzzing with excited footy fans as
Carlsberg hosted an end of season party for the Reds.
Hundreds of Liverpool fans tried to catch a glimpse of their
favourite LFC players past and present including Dirk Kuyt
and Daniel Agger, and legends Alan Kennedy, David Johnson
and Phil Neal.
The bash took place in the luxurious settings of Palm Sugar
Lounge which was packed with over 250 VIPs and players.
Lucky invited guests were greeted by a host of Carlsberg
models from Liverpool agency Pulse while DJ Dave Graham kept
the party bouncing as everyone tucked into Thai canapes.
Man of the night was Dirk Kuyt who was presented with the
Carlsberg Man of the Season Award by Christina Brandis, head
of Carlsberg sponsorship.
testimonial against Everton
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed he will hold
a testimonial against Everton later this year.
Carragher says he will mark his 14 years at Liverpool with a
testimonial match against local rivals Everton on September
Carragher, who was a boyhood Everton fan, will celebrate his
time at Anfield with a game against the Toffees during an
The game will see a number of old Liverpool stars, including
Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Jamie
Redknapp and Michael Owen return to Anfield with all
proceeds from the match going to local charities through
Carragher's '23 Foundation'.
"It has been in the pipeline for four or five months and
I've had to keep things quiet but I'm delighted now that I
can start to talk about it properly," Carragher told LFC
Weekly. "Hopefully it should be a great occasion, one that
the Merseyside public get behind.
"Every single penny that gets raised will be going to
charity and it would nice to see the stadium full of
families because that is what the day is going to be about.
It's a huge honour to play for Liverpool and I just want to
try and give
Liverpool FC co-owner Tom Hicks
dashes fans' hopes of quick sale
Tom Hicks believes there are “plenty” of people willing to
invest in Liverpool – but has hinted it may be up to another
18 months before the club is sold.
And that could impact on the future of Rafael Benitez with
the manager poised for showdown talks with new chairman
Martin Broughton in the next 48 hours.
Hicks, along with fellow co-owner George Gillett, appointed
Broughton last month to oversee the sale of the club after
the pair expressed a desire to completely cut ties at
Benitez is seeking assurances over significant funds in the
forthcoming transfer window which is likely to only come
from the cash injection brought by a swift takeover.
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Agent reveals Fiorentina interest
for Liverpool midfielder Aquilani
The agent of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani admits a
move to Fiorentina this summer could be on.
Aquilani has struggled with form and fitness in his first
season at Anfield, but has remained a long-term target for
Fiorentina sports director Pantaleo Corvino.
The former Roma star's agent, Franco Zavaglia, told
Forzaroma.info: "Can we talk about a possible deal? It is
too soon. First of all he wants to finish the season well,
then we need to know what the future of Liverpool will be.
Then we can make concrete findings.
"The interest of the Viola is not new. Talk of Aquilani and
the Viola has been going on for three years. Once again,
Alberto is in the sights of Corvino, so there is nothing
to break milestone
Jamie Carragher doesn’t often suffer injuries. So the
surprise of him being forced off the field during the
Chelsea game will have been as much a shock to the player as
However he is determined to return to the side for the final
league game of the season this weekend at Hull City.
If he starts against Hull City he will be making his 435th
league appearance for Liverpool, surpassing another
defensive legend Alan Hansen. It will also be his 630th
total Liverpool appearance.
“My target at the start of every season is to play in 50
games so I’m glad that I have achieved that again.
“You have to have a bit of luck with injuries to make sure
that happens and I have been fortunate throughout my career
not to suffer with little niggles.
“At a top club like Liverpool, there are always players who
want to take your place, so to play 50 games a season here
is something that I am proud of.”
If 32 year old Carragher continues at Anfield next season he
looks likely to push hard to push in to 2nd place in the
Liverpool all-time top appearance table.
Top 10 all time
appearances (as of 5th May 2010)
1. Ian Callaghan (867 total appearances)
2. Ray Clemence & Emyln Hughes (665)
4. Ian Rush (660)
5. Phil Neal (650)
6. Tommy Smith (638)
7. Jamie Carragher (629)
8. Bruce Grobelaar (628)
9. Alan Hansen (620)
10. Chris Lawler (549)
to full training
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has left the treatment
table and returned to full training at Melwood.
However, the player is unlikely to feature in the reds final
game of the season at Hull on Sunday. The Slovakian
international broke a metatarsal bone in the Europa League
victory over Unirea Urziceni at the end of February.
The player has featured in half of the reds Premier League
games this season but will be aiming to be back to match
fitness by the team Slovakia take on New Zealand in the
World Cup on June 15th.
Smith calls for
Benitez to come clean
Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has labelled the Reds' current
campaign as "the season from hell" and pleaded with manager
Rafael Benitez to clarify his future at the club.
It has all been too much for Smith, who spoke out in his
Liverpool Echo column.
"Rafa has always said he loves the club, the fans and the
city. For the sake of all three, he must now come out and
make his intentions clear - one way or the other," Smith
"Rafa has said nothing publicly to suggest he is still up
for the challenge, ready to try and sort out the problems
and go again. That is only adding to the anxiety and
fuelling more controversy.
"We all know the problems the American ownership has brought
- and at times caused the manager. It can't have been easy
for him to a degree but in truth he has made mistakes which
cannot be blamed on (Tom) Hicks and (George) Gillett."
Liverpool FC on its knees
as season ends in strife
There was a time, not so long ago, when Liverpool supporters
used to ask, then discuss, five straightforward questions.
They went along the following lines: Who are we playing?
When and where is the game? Which players are injured? What
are our transfer plans?
It was a simple time. Occasionally results would go askew
and that would lead to some frustration but, in the main,
feelings of angst were always assuaged by the fact the club
had firm foundations and were capable of recovery.
If only the same could be said now. Pre and post match
chatter these days, particularly after Sunday’s harrowing
defeat against Chelsea, is consumed by one alarming quandary
– why? Why has it come to this?
The end of the season from hell, which will finish with
Liverpool taking the road to Hull, cannot come quickly
enough but when the final whistle sounds at the KC Stadium
on Sunday afternoon, it will not signal the termination of
Far from it. Liverpool, as it has been noted on many
occasions, is a club on its knees, lacking direction, the
rudderless ship sailing into the eye of a storm; each
passing day brings about a new, complex set of woes.
(Dominic King - Liverpool Echo)
Reports: Chelsea bid
£70m for Torres
Chelsea have launched a dramatic and potentially
record-breaking £70m offer for Liverpool striker Fernando
Torres, according to reports.
The Daily Mail, splashing the bombshell across its back
page, claims that 'preliminary discussions have already
taken place, with the outcome of those meetings positive
enough to convince Roman Abramovich that he will beat his
big-spending rivals at Eastlands to the 26-year-old
Rafa cancels Broughton meetings
to stir future rumours
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has recently cancelled two
meetings with new club chairman Martin Broughton, it was
The first of the meetings was scheduled when Liverpool fell
into problems getting to their Europa League semi-final
against Atletico Madrid in Spain two weeks ago, amid air
issues with the volcanic ash from Iceland.
The second is thought to have been in the build-up to the
second leg of the Atletico tie, in which the Reds crashed
out of Europe, despite winning 2-1 on the night after
Speculation as to whether Benitez has a future at the club
is reaching fever pitch, after an under pressure season at
the club and reports in Italy suggesting he has an offer
from Juventus on the table.
Some other reports suggest Benitez is keen to crack on with
a plan for the club, once he knows his transfer budget for
this summer’s transfer market.
(This is Anfield)
Dalla Valle sinks Black Cats
Liverpool Reserves ensured they ended their 2009-10 Barclays
Premier Reserve League North campaign with a victory thanks
to a 1-0 success at Sunderland on Tuesday evening.
Lauri Dalla Valle gave John McMahon's men the three points
with a finely worked move that resulted in the 18-year-old
finding the back of the net from 20 yards
on 34 minutes.
Sunderland pressed for an equaliser in the second half,
though their cause was hindered by the dismissal of Liam
Noble 15 minutes from time, with the visitors remaining
The result brought the Reds second-string's five-match
losing streak to an end as they collected their first win
since a 2-1 triumph at Bolton on March 29.
Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Flanagan, Kacaniklic, Palsson,
Mavinga, Irwin, Saric (Brouwer 62), Amoo, Dalla Valle,
Kholert (Coady 80), Bruna (Cooper 32). Subs: Chamberlain,
(LFC Official Website)
Torres may miss World Cup opener
Spain striker Fernando Torres may not be fit for the start
of the World Cup, according to medical staff at his club
The 26-year-old is recovering from surgery to repair knee
cartilage torn in the 4-1 win over Benfica on 8 April.
"Whether he will be fit for the first game or not is
uncertain," said Peter Brukner who is overseeing his
"But, if he continues to progress the way he is, he should
be fit to play at some stage during the World Cup."
(BBC Sport Online)
Financial expert David Bick fears
for Liverpool's future as board
deliver nothing but 'broken promises'
Liverpool need a "rescue" rather than just a takeover,
according to football finance expert David Bick, who
believes the club is at an important cross-roads
in its history.
Bick, chairman of Square 1 Consulting, believes fans of the
Reds should not be fooled by financial results set to be
released by the club, which he believes will see them
announce a profit of around £35 million.
"Liverpool has potentially reached its most important
historic point," Bick wrote in an open letter, as reported
by ESPN Soccernet.
"The club has now gone 20 years without winning the English
league title. It has never won the Premier League. It was
drummed out earlier than expected from this year's Champions
League and now, as one of the world's biggest clubs, faces
the ignominy and reality of failing to qualify for next
season's premier European competition."
Agent: Rafa wishes to stay with
Rafael Benitez's agent claims the Liverpool boss has not
received any offers from Juventus or any other club - and
wants to stay at Anfield.
Speculation over Benitez's future shows no signs of abating,
with Manuel Garcia Quilon's comments in the last few weeks
having ranged from suggesting Juventus were ready to sign
Benitez this summer to the latest proclamation that he has
no intention of leaving Anfield.
"We have not received any offers from any club," Quilon told
Press Association Sport. "Benitez's aim is to remain at
Liverpool and try to help the team improve with new owners.
"He is under contract and his wish is to remain at
Go now Rafa, holding your head high
If Rafael Benitez truly respects Liverpool Football Club
he'll leave Anfield today. The players have lost the faith,
the boardroom is unimpressed with the politicking and the
supporters are suffering, albeit in silence.
If Benitez exits quickly, accepting Juventus' generous
offer, he goes with some dignity. If he stays, the
inevitable long goodbye becomes indescribably messy,
distressing for all concerned and demeaning to a club of
Liverpool's great history. This is not a warning for
Benitez, this is a fact.
He's lucky. The Kop's refusal to call for his head, in the
wake of a disastrous season and four trophy-less years,
speaks handsomely of their substance and loyalty. At any
other major club, probably barring Arsenal, restless natives
would have been chanting for the manager's removal.
Benitez now meets Liverpool's new chairman, Martin
Broughton, to discuss transfer budgets but why should the
board trust him with the club's cash?
His record is too inconsistent. They give him money for a
table and he comes back with a lampshade. He's got a
centre-back at left-back and a holding midfielder at
right-back. Liverpool's squad is an exercise in
(Henry Winter - Irish Independent)