'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
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
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
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."
Super Mario denied Reds move
Striker Mario Gomez claims Bayern Munich blocked a
deadline-day loan move
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
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."
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
"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
"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."
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,"
"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
"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."
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
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
"I cannot wait to go back and play at Anfield Road," he
"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."
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
"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,"
"If we can bring that back to the side this year in
something like the Europa League then this team can go a
"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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
"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
"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
"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."