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SEPTEMBER          2010
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MONDAY 6
'Kuyt out for several weeks'
Dirk Kuyt will be out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, according to reports in the Dutch media.
De Telegraaf has reported that the 30-year-old was sent to hospital for scans after he sprained a joint landing awkwardly stretching to reach a cross.
Kuyt started Friday's 5-0 Euro 2012 qualifying thumping of San Marino but has been ruled out of Tuesday's clash against Finland.
Manager Bert Van Marwijk is quoted as saying: "He will probably have a few weeks off and at 4pm today he will step on to the plane to Liverpool."
(LFC Official Website)

Carra hails Roy revolution
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hailed the summer signings by manager Roy Hodgson.
"I think he has done very well but time will tell. You have to judge signings after Christmas - good or bad," said Carragher.
(Sky Sports)
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Hodgson seeks investment
Roy Hodgson admits that he would like Liverpool's next owners to be prepared to invest in the club.
Hodgson claims that his task is to keep the squad together until the situation regarding the ownership of the club is eventually resolved.
The 63-year-old says his main aim has been to avoid having to rebuild the playing squad completely.
Hodgson told the LMA's magazine The Manager: "The club is up for sale and nobody knows what direction it will take if and when new owners are found.
"A few years ago when the situation was far more stable, the money to buy new players was available.
"I hope the situation will change when the club is eventually sold and owners who are prepared to invest in the club come in."
(Sky Sports)


Super Mario denied Reds move
Striker Mario Gomez claims Bayern Munich blocked a deadline-day loan move
to Liverpool.
The Bundesliga champions were not keen to let the Germany international leave the Allianz Arena as boss Louis van Gaal admitted he still had a part to play for the team.
The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot with the German giants since joining at the start of last season with Ivica Olic, Miroslav Klose and Hamit Altintop vying for a place in the team.
However, Gomez admitted that he would have jumped at the chance of a temporary move to Anfield to reignite his career.
Gomez told the Bild newspaper: "I have said that if I leave Bayern I will go abroad.
"Then came this interesting offer from Liverpool. I took the loan offer seriously and discussed it with my family and girlfriend because I just want to play.
"But Bayern gave me the impression that they see a future for me. And therefore a change was not an issue anymore."
(Sky Sports)

Van der Vaart
snubbed Reds approach

Tottenham new boy Rafael van der Vaart has revealed he chose to move to White Hart Lane ahead of rival interest from Liverpool this summer.
The Holland international made a dramatic deadline day switch to White Hart Lane after seeing Harry Redknapp move late for his services.
Van der Vaart told Sky Sports News: "Liverpool were interested. Bayern were
not interested.
"In the end you have to have a good feeling, and with this manager I got a good feeling. I am happy and I am going to Spurs.
"I am going to give it my best and hopefully I will play a lot of games and be important for the team. I hope to get a lot of goals and have a lot of fun."
(TEAMtalk)

Carra pleased with special day
Jamie Carragher was happy with how his testimonial went.
Liverpool beat Everton 4-1 with Carra scoring a penalty for both sides on Saturday. All in all it was a great day for our number 23.
"It was a good afternoon. It was all about having a good day and I'm pleased Everton were involved, there was a good crowd and everyone enjoyed it,"
said Carra.
"It was a decent, proper game. There were a lot of changes and Everton had a lot of young lads playing, as we did in the second half, so I think it was great they were able to all get a game and hopefully that bodes well for the futures
of both clubs.
"It's always good to see your mates come back and I was delighted they all got involved. I'm pleased it went well for them.
"There's been a bit of graft over the last few weeks, so I'll enjoy the occasion and hopefully it's done now.
"I don't score too often, but I actually wanted the first penalty to be for Michael Owen to score - I'd totally forgot people would want me to take it.
"As for the second penalty, I was a big Everton fan as a kid and always wanted to score a goal for them, so I've done that as well now and I was pleased with it."
(LFC Online)
SUNDAY 5
Dossena to show Reds
Former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena insists Anfield will see what he had to offer the club when the Reds take on Napoli in two months' time.
With the primary exception of finely taken goals against Manchester United and Real Madrid Dossena has little reason for fond memories of his time on Merseyside.
The sides will meet in back-to-back fixtures during November after being paired in the same Europa League group.
A switch to Napoli in the January transfer window ended 18-months as
a Liverpool player.
Speaking to an Italian Radio station the left-back was adamant about the quality of display he expected to put in and the mouthwatering nature of the clashes
to come.
"I cannot wait to go back and play at Anfield Road," he said.
"The first thing that popped into my head when I heard the news was that Iím returning to Anfield. The second was that I can finally show the Liverpool fans who Dossena really is.
"I feel the pressure of this appointment and it means a lot to me to play
in that stadium.
"Thereís no desire for revenge or feelings of rancour. I just want to put in
a great performance."
(Shankly Gates)

Konchesky ready for Reds challenge
Paul Konchesky reflected on his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt and insisted: "I can't wait for the real action to begin."
The Liverpool defender, who completed his transfer from Fulham to Anfield on deadline day last week, enjoyed a second half run-out for the Reds in Jamie Carragher's testimonial on Saturday afternoon as Roy Hodgson's men cruised to a 4-1 victory.
But now he's focusing on the real action which lies ahead - starting next weekend when he could be in line for his full debut at Birmingham.
"I'm 29 and this is my last chance to play at the highest level," said the 29-year-old. "That is what Liverpool are and I am really looking forward to it.
"I'm looking forward to getting a new lease of life and playing at a very
high standard.
"I can't wait to pull on a Liverpool shirt in the Premier League, it is a massive club and it is a big step for me. I just want to give it my all and go from there.
"I've had three or four days' training and although there have not been a lot of players there it has been a good week and I am hopefully going to enjoy it soon.
"It was good to be involved in Jamie's testimonial and put a Liverpool shirt on."
He added: "You look at the history they have got behind them it is unbelievable and there are some great players here," he added.
"If we can bring that back to the side this year in something like the Europa League then this team can go a long way.
"The testimonial was a bit slower than the Premier League but it was
good for Jamie.
"I'm glad all the players came back for him; they obviously respect him a lot and he is well respected within the team. He looks fit and I think he has a few more years left in him - and hopefully it will be at Liverpool."
(LFC Official Website)
SATURDAY 4
Carragher celebrates
Liverpool testimonial

Jamie Carragher marked his testimonial with a goal for each side as Liverpool beat an Everton XI 4-1 at Anfield.
Current stars Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole turned out for the Reds, who also welcomed back old favourites Luis Garcia, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen.
Carragher converted a penalty for Liverpool in the first half, before scoring from the spot for Everton, the team he supported as a boy.
The Liverpool defender is celebrating 16 years of service at Anfield.
Club captain Gerrard played the first 10 minutes, just hours after helping England to a 4-0 win over Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday night.
"Because I'm so close to Jamie, not just as a team-mate but as a friend, I wanted to be here to share it with him," said the England skipper. "I asked for permission to fly in and out and have a small cameo and Capello was fine with it, although I'm sure his decision was based on beating Bulgaria 4-0."
Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa, sat alongside Roy Hodgson in the dugout.
But a less popular figure was Owen who assumed the role of villain as his every touch was met with a mixture of boos and cheers, following his transfer to bitter rivals Manchester United in 2009.
"I think it took a lot for him to come back," said Carragher about Owen. "He took a bit of stick at the beginning but he won them around as the game went on and people respected that he had got involved."
Owen won the penalty for the opener a minute before half-time, when his shot struck the arm of Jose Baxter, allowing Carragher to step up and slot past
Iain Turner.
Garcia, currently playing for Greek side Panathinaikos, then added a second after good work by Cole and Heskey on the right side of the penalty box.
Cole volleyed in Liverpool's third before reserve team striker Nathan Eccleston rounded off the scoring.
But when Carragher fouled James Vaughan in the Liverpool penalty area, the centre-half himself stepped up to fire an own goal beyond Brad Jones
from the spot.
With six own goals in competitive games, Carragher still holds the unenviable record of having scored more goals against Liverpool than for them.
With an impressive 34,631 fans in attendance, Carragher is hoping that the proceeds of the game will top £1m for his 23 foundation and other local charities.
(BBC Sport Online)

Carragher blames
Souness for Reds slump

Graeme Souness guided Liverpool to FA Cup glory in 1992 © Getty ImagesJamie Carragher believes Graeme Souness is responsible for Liverpool losing their status as English football's top club.
Liverpool won the league 11 times between 1972 and 1990, but the second-place finish under Rafael Benitez in 2009 is the closest they have come to reclaiming the trophy in the last two decades.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously said in a 2002 interview that his "greatest challenge" as Manchester United boss was "knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch", and he has since helped United match Liverpool's 18 titles.
Yet Carragher - who spoke of his admiration for Ferguson - believes that Souness, who managed Liverpool between 1991 and 1994, is to blame for the decline of the club as a domestic force.
"What would I ask him [Ferguson]? How long have you got? All day? If I was in his company, I would also tell him first off that Manchester United never knocked Liverpool off their perch as he put it," he told the Daily Mail. "That's nonsense. Graeme Souness did that.
"When United were going for their first title under Ferguson in 1992-93, they were competing with Norwich and Aston Villa. They weren't competing with Liverpool, were they?"
Souness was one of a number of people within the game to criticise Liverpool as they slumped to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season. Carragher feels the Reds may have been victimised to some extent, but he has also admitted that he does not feel the club has behaved in the right manner in recent times.
"I just think that last year people didn't like Liverpool," he added in the Daily Mirror. "Other managers, you know, they hated us, the media - it was all negative. I know we weren't doing well on the pitch, but I think it was just negative Liverpool all the time.
"We had situations like Martin O'Neill and Steve Bruce criticising Liverpool and they were right. We shouldn't be getting involved with stuff like that. Everyone else should look at Liverpool and say they have dignity. It's just class.
"I mean, the way people look at Arsenal. They do things right, and you go, yep, they conduct themselves in the right way. I think we have been a club who were like that, and we need to get back to that, to do things right. -Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, that's football - you can't win all the time - but you can still behave in a way where people respect you.
"We need people to look at Liverpool and think we have a bit of class about us, and I think we are getting back to that. I'm not getting into why we lost that, but we do need to get back to it."
(ESPN Soccernet)

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