Reds fixture changes
Supporters should note the following date changes for our
Barclays Premier League clashes with Burnley and Chelsea due
to our Europa League semi-final involvement.
Our trip to Turf Moor will now take place on Sunday, April
25 instead of Saturday, April 24 and kick-off will be at
Our Anfield clash with Chelsea will now be on Sunday, May 2,
instead of Saturday, May 1, but please note no kick-off time
has been set for this fixture
as of yet.
This is due to the television companies yet to decide their
selections ahead of the penultimate weekend of the Barclays
Premier League season.
(LFC Official Website)
Torres likely to face Cottagers
Liverpool expect Fernando Torres to be fit for Sunday's
Premier League clash against fellow Europa League
Torres played through on through slight discomfort in his
knee to score twice in last night's pulsating victory over
The Spaniard was substituted after 86 minutes and required
ice treatment but the problem is not thought to be serious.
Daniel Agger could continue at left-back after filling in
confidently against the Portuguese league leaders. Emiliano
Insua was suspended but has also suffered a knock while
Fabio Aurelio (thigh) remains sidelined.
Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez are back in contention after
being suspended and ineligible respectively in Europe.
Reds (from): Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Agger,
Gerrard, Lucas, Mascherano, Benayoun, Torres, Kuyt,
Aquilani, Ngog, Degen, El Zhar, Pacheco, Babel, Rodriguez,
Plessis, Ayala, Cavalieri.
Happy birthday, Robbie !!!
Happy birthday to you, Robbie.
Today Robbie Fowler, a true Red
Liverpool legend Fowler
to join Sydney FC
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has decided to extend his
stay in Australia, reportedly set to join reigning A-League
champions Sydney FC.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Fowler
will become Sydney's new marquee signing - which means his
wages will not count toward the club's salary cap -
replacing Melbourne Heart-bound John Aloisi.
At the age of 34, Fowler leaves the North Queensland Fury
after just one season with the club, who are reshaping
themselves after the departure of their owner Don Matheson.
It appears the financial burden of keeping Fowler proved too
great for the new franchise, with the cost of his services
reported to be around $750,000 AUD
Benitez has made mistakes
but Liverpool FC progress
By his own admission, Rafael Benitez has made mistakes this
season. And he was guilty of another last night.
After all, the Spaniard's claim he has taken his Liverpool
side as far as he can was proven to be not quite accurate as
they progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League on a
night of high tension at Anfield.
With co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks watching on from
the directors' box, Benitez's men overturned a first-leg
deficit in thrilling fashion with a resounding triumph over
Benfica to keep alive hopes of a silver lining to a tortuous
While accepting his share of the blame for this season's
failings, Benitez had chosen before the game to launch his
latest broadside at the American duo over the lack of fresh
investment the Anfield manager believes will see the club
stagnate if not addressed this summer.
(Ian Doyle - Liverpool Daily Post)
Hicks and Gillett
consider stepping aside
Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are
considering appointing an independent chairman at Anfield
and have sounded out leading business figures, including
British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, about taking on
the role, Telegraph Sport can disclose.
The appointment of an independent chairman is understood to
be one of a number of options discussed by the Americans
during three days of substantive talks with their advisers
Hicks and Gillett co-chair the Liverpool board but are
considering stepping aside in favour of a well-respected
independent figure. Such a move would make sense if they
were successful in finding a minority investor to help
reduce the £237 million debt, but it is understood they will
consider standing down even if they do not sell a stake in
(The Daily Telegraph)
Dirk praises Torres
Dirk Kuyt praised record breaker Fernando Torres after his
latest double strike.
Torres became the first Liverpool player in the club's
history to score a brace in four successive home games and
the latest, against Benfica last night saw the Reds through
to the semi-finals of the Europa League. After the game Kuyt
was quick to praise his fellow goalscorer.
Labour MP demands truth
about ‘toxic’ Liverpool FC loan
A Labour MP last night demanded to know if the crippling
debt saddled on Liverpool FC by its American owners was now
seen as “toxic” – and being underwritten by the taxpayer.
The huge £237m debt is owed to goverment-owned RBS but
ministers are refusing to confirm claims that Tom Hicks and
George Gillett’s loans has been included in the asset
protection scheme (APS).
Jim Cousins, a Labour backbencher, described the
government’s claim that disclosure would be unlawful as
nonsense – insisting details had been revealed in relation
to other loans.
And he said the body set up to administer the APS should –
if the loan was insured and it judged taxpayer funds to be
at risk – demand new owners be installed at Liverpool.
Taking up concerns of Liverpool FC fans, Mr Cousins, a
member of the Treasury select committee, said: “Ministers
must come clean on whether this loan to Liverpool Football
Club has been protected by the taxpayer.
“If it has, then the asset protection agency has a duty to
ensure the taxpayer gets its money back – which means
deciding whether it has been put at risk by bad management.”
Mr Cousins urged Anfield supporters – many of whom had urged
him to find out the truth – to keep campaigning for the lid
to be lifted on the controversial loan.
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Benitez wants success on all fronts
Rafael Benitez will not lose sight of his top-four aim as he
targets Europa League glory following Liverpool's aggreagate
win over Benfica.
Benitez, whose side return to league action against fellow
semi-finalists Fulham on Sunday, said: "Any win is
important, especially at this stage of a competition.
"Hopefully we can play well, score goals, get closer to the
top four and get
to the final.
"We will try to win every game. We will try to do it against
Fulham and try to get close to the top four."
Stalemate suits fortunate Atletico
Atletico Madrid progressed to a Europa League semi-final
against Liverpool after edging past Spanish rivals Valencia
on away goals on Thursday.
A tense second leg at the Vicente Calderon ended goalless,
putting Atletico into a last-four tie against Rafael
Benitez's Reds, conquerors of Benfica.
Reds surge into semis
Liverpool were able to make light of their first leg deficit
as they saw off Benfica 4-1 to reach the semi-finals of the
Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva and Fernando Torres did the damage
for Rafa Benitez's side, who will now face Atletico Madrid
in the last four, while Oscar Cardozo replied for the
Daniel Agger returns to Liverpool's defence for this
evening's Europa League quarter-final, second leg clash with
Benfica at Anfield.
The Dane joins Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Jamie Carragher and Glen
Johnson in the Reds' defence, while there is also a recall
for Javier Mascherano.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger,
Lucas, Mascherano, Kuyt, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Ngog, Degen, El Zhar, Ayala,
(LFC Official Website)
Gerrard enters restaurant business
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is going into the
The Daily Mail says Gerrard has bought a share in his
The Liverpool captain now plans to reopen it with a New York
theme, his spokesman said.
Gerrard teamed up with hotelier Paul Adams to relaunch the
Warehouse Brasserie in Southport, Merseyside.
The venue, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand rating, is due
to reopen in time for the World Cup as the Warehouse Kitchen
Gerrard said: "This is my first venture in the restaurant
trade but I think it's important to also say that my
priorities are, and always will be,
on the football pitch."
Jesus praying for
'great Anfield match'
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has played down suggestions
Thursday night's clash with Liverpool at Anfield is the
biggest of his coaching career.
The Portuguese giants are at Anfield hoping to secure a
place in the semi-finals of the Europa League after
defeating the Merseysiders 2-1 in the first leg of their
last-eight tie last week.
Victory would keep Jesus on course for double success in his
first season in charge at the Stadium of Light as his side
are also six points clear at the top of Portugal's Liga.
The 55-year-old has made a big impression since leaving
Braga last summer but he hopes he has much grander occasions
to look forward to.
Jesus said: "My priority I normally give to winning matches
the Portuguese league.
"This is a big match in the Europa League quarter-finals but
I am sure this is only one of a number of important matches
Reina signs new six-year
deal at Liverpool FC
Pepe Reina has given Liverpool a major boost ahead of
tonight’s Europa League showdown with Benfica by signing a
Reina has finally put pen to paper on a six-year deal that
replaces his current agreement and extends his Anfield
commitment to 2016.
He said: “Why commit? Because I am happy here and I think
the club is happy too. I see no reason to leave.
“I don’t know how to explain it really, but it is a feeling.
I felt wanted from the beginning here. It is not always
about being competitive or to be in the biggest club, but
being at the right club.
“Listen, Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world.
Whatever happens, whether we are in the Champions League or
the Europa League, it is still Liverpool no matter what.”
(Liverpool Daily Post)
New kit unveiled
The new Liverpool kit for next season, to be used between
2010 and 2012, was unveiled yesterday. Liverpoolfc.tv
describes the kit as:
'The adidas strip represents a modern interpretation of the
one worn during the triumphant 1989-90 campaign, in which
the Reds won title number 18.'
We had a modern interpretation of the grey kit that we wore
that season last time round and this wasn't able to help us
end the title draught, as we fell just short. Will the
modern day version of the red strip make a difference next
season? Investment in some new players certainly would do!
(Vital Football - Liverpool)
Benfica’s Cardozo not
worried about Liverpool
Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo says the club has no fears
ahead of their Europa League clash with Liverpool at
The Paraguay international scored twice in the first leg and
now insists that the Portuguese club will not back down from
the Reds and will push forward in a bid to progress through
to the next phase of the competition.
"We showed in the first leg that we can give them problems
and we will go to Liverpool in good form and without any
fear,” he said.
"I would love to score the winner at Liverpool and I don't
think we will go there trying to be defensive. That's not
"Much has been said about a crisis at Liverpool but they
have good players and in Fernando Torres they have a world
class striker. But that is the challenge
for our defenders.
"I think when the draw was made people made Liverpool
favourites and maybe now they think it's 50-50 but I think
the advantage is with us."
Hicks and Gillett in London
to discuss refinancing
As Liverpool prepare to try and stay in the Europa League
this week the club’s owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett
have been in London discussing their next financial move,
and considering the implications should Rafael Benitez fail
to deliver on his promise to steer the club into next
season’s Champions League.
Rafa: We need money to challenge
Rafa Benitez has seconded Fernando Torres' comments that
Liverpool need to buy - and he hopes the Europa League will
bring the neccesary cash.
Having begun the campaign among the favourites for the
Premier League title, Liverpool are looking increasingly
unlikely to even finish fourth.
A draw at Birmingham on Sunday has left them sixth, four
points adrift of that all-important Champions
League-qualifying position, having played a game more than
both Manchester City in fourth and Tottenham in fifth.
Benitez concedes his squad need major investment this summer
to force its way back among the title contenders.
The Spaniard said: "I agree with Fernando about a lot of
"He talks about it being a pity we finished with 86 points
last year and we
"We need to sign some players, we need to bring in some
money. We need an investor and then we can challenge in a
Reina targets Europa success
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits they need to win the
Europa League to make up for a disappointing season.
The Reds have endured a miserable Premier League campaign
this term, failing to mount a title bid and are facing a
real uphill battle to finish in the top four.
Reina, who has been one of Liverpool's top performers this
season, is keen to end a four-year drought without
silverware by lifting the Europa League in May.
"This is the only trophy we can lift this season," said
"It is massively important. All the players here want to
lift silverware and this is our last chance to do that."
Torres passed fit for Benfica clash
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is fit for Thursday's
Europa League quarter-final second leg against Benfica at
Anfield (kick-off 8.05pm).
The Spaniard was seen with an ice pack on his knee after
being controversially substituted against Birmingham on
Manager Rafael Benitez is forced to make a change in defence
with left-back Emiliano Insua, who is carrying a knock
anyway, suspended and Fabio Aurelio (thigh) still out.
Ryan Babel is also banned after his sending off in the 2-1
first-leg defeat in Lisbon last week, Martin Skrtel (foot)
remains sidelined and Maxi Rodriguez is ineligible.
Youngster Martin Kelly (knee) has a knock and Albert Riera
is frozen out after his outspoken criticism of Benitez.
Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Carragher,
Gerrard, Lucas, Benayoun, Torres, Kuyt, Aquilani, Agger,
Mascherano, Ngog, Degen, El Zhar, Pacheco, Plessis, Ayala,
Reserve striker sold
Liverpool have sold Vitor Flora.
Flora was a suprise signing from a fourth division Brazilian
club side and was so bad it was rumoured Gary Ablett was
told not to pick him for the reserves last season as it made
chief scout Eduardo Macia look bad.
It's no suprise Flora has failed to make the grade with the
Reds and he has now been sold for an undisclosed, but
pitiful, fee to Brazilian side
Goias Esporte Clube.
Spartak Moscow chief
slams Liverpool winger Riera
Spartak Moscow chief Valery Karpin has slammed Liverpool
winger Albert Riera over the deal's collapse.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez is desperate to find a buyer for
"I can tell you why the transfer didn't happen," former
Russia midfielder Karpin told Russian website Championat. "I
understand that the player wanted to have some match
practice before the World Cup.
"In this situation, I would have even agreed to play free of
"But Riera wanted to go to Spartak in order to hit the
jackpot. We made him understood that this wouldn't happen
with us. I can say that there will be no acquisitions before
the transfer window closes."
Torres: Summer sales 'killed us'
Fernando Torres has offered a frank assessment of
Liverpool's failings this season, admitting a spate of
summer departures "messed everything up".
The sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid for a reported
£30million has been widely criticised as the Reds' difficult
campaign has unfolded, with his £20million replacement
Alberto Aquilani struggling for fitness all season. Alvaro
Arbeloa joined Alonso in moving to the Bernabeu, while Sami
Hyypia was allowed to join German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Torres, quoted in various newspapers on Wednesday, said:
"There have been various important factors, like being so
far behind the top teams so quickly. That killed us
psychologically. The sales of Arbeloa, Hyypia and Alonso
Reds eye French starlet
Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign French starlet
The Reds are one of a host of clubs chasing the highly-rated
15-year-old, who is currently with Paris FC.
But now Liverpool have offered Kouyate a trial and
skysports.com understands the young defender will link-up
with the club later this week.
Both Manchester City and Fulham have also shown an interest
in Kouyate, but Liverpool look to be heading the chase for
French champions Bordeaux, Paris Saint Germain and Lens are
also believed to be keen.
Salgado: Rafa ready for Real
Blackburn's ex-Real Madrid full-back Michel Salgado believes
his former employers may move for Rafa Benitez this summer.
Salgado, who enjoyed 10 productive years at the Bernabeu
before joining Blackburn last summer, feels the Anfield
chief would be a success in Spain, but believes Inter
Milan's Jose Mourinho would also be in the frame.
"Could he (Benitez) take charge of Madrid? Why not?" Salgado
told The Sun.
"The opinion on Rafa in Spain is great.
"He won the league twice with Valencia and got them to two
"First let's see if Real can win La Liga. I think, though,
it will be a big battle between Benitez and Mourinho."