Kirdi consortium close to deal
Sky Sports News understands that the consortium fronted by
Yahya Kirdi expects to have signed an initial takeover deal
with Liverpool by Sunday afternoon.
It emerged last week that the group of investors from the
Middle East was interested in buying out Reds co-owners
George Gillett and Tom Hicks and now it is reported that an
agreement has been reached.
The consortium hopes that a first contract, which will not
complete the takeover, will be signed before Liverpool
kick-off their Premier League campaign against Arsenal on
Sunday at Anfield, a game which can be seen live
on Sky Sports 1 & HD1.
All parties - including Kirdi's group, Gillett and Hicks,
and the Premier League, which now has tougher rules
regarding the fit and proper person test - are said to be
ready to gather before the weekend.
Arsenal set to be without
both Fabregas and Van Persie
Arsenal are set to be without both Cesc Fabregas and Robin
van Persie in the opening fixture against Liverpool at
Anfield on Sunday.
Neither has figured for the Gunners during pre-season and,
with international commitments to come in midweek, Wenger
admits he would be taking a big risk were he to throw the
duo into action at Anfield.
"They are a lot behind," Wenger told the club's official
"Cesc goes to Mexico (with Spain) so he will not be able to
practise, and comes back on Thursday night or Friday, so we
will have to see.
"I hope Van Persie (who has been rested by Holland) will
have a good week of preparation, but I think he will be
short as well."
Moratti: We cannot
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has revealed that the
club are not in a positioni to sign Javier Mascherano from
Liverpool at the moment due to a shortage of funds. The
European champions have been chasing the defensive
midfielder this summer after both the Argentinian
international and new Inter boss Rafael Benitez admitted
that they would like a reunion at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Liverpool have stated that they would be willing to let the
Argentina captain leave as long as their valuation of the
player can be met. The Anfield giants have been rumoured to
want at least €30 million for the midfielder.
However, Moratti admitted that until the Serie A champions
are able to offload some of their players this summer, there
will be no official interest lodged with the Premier League
club for Mascherano.
“At this moment, we’re unable to make any transfers of this
magnitude,” Moratti told Corriere dello Sport. “We can’t
make any big transfers until we’ve
Huang wants to meet with
S.O.S. & ShareLiverpoolFC
In a statement issued today by SpiritOfShankly and
ShareLiverpoolFC it was revealed that Mr. Kenny Huang would
like to meet with representatives of both organisations when
he (Mr. Huang) visits Liverpool.
(Empire Of The Kop)
Sahara Group end Liverpool interest
The Sahara Group have decided not to follow up their initial
interest in buying into Liverpool after "considering all
The Sahara Group, headed by businessman Subrata Roy, had
been considering buying into the club earlier this year.
However, as various parties assess their next move -
Liverpool have invited prospective new owners to make
official offers detailing how their bid will be financed -
the huge Indian conglomerate have decided not to proceed.
"The deal for acquisition of the Liverpool Football Club was
in our consideration in the recent past," said head of
corporate communications Abhijit Sarkar in a statement to
"However, after considering all related factors, we have
decided not to go ahead with it, at least for the time
to sell Jones to Liverpool
Liverpool are upping their offer for Middlesbrough
goalkeeper Brad Jones.
The Mirror says Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will make a new
£2million bid for Middlesbrough keeper Brad Jones today.
Aurelio gets new shirt number
Fabio Aurelio will wear the No.6 on the back of his shirt
The Brazilian re-signed at Anfield last week after initially
failing to renegotiate his contract under Rafael Benitez.
But instead of reclaiming his old No.12 shirt, Aurelio has
plumped for a number worn in the past by the likes of Emlyn
Hughes, Alan Hansen, Markus Babbel and John Arne Riise.
(LFC Official Website)
Jovanovic wants to make mark at
Milan Jovanovic is determined to make his mark at Liverpool.
Former Standard Liege striker Jovanovic, 29, is intent on
making a permanent mark on Merseyside alongside legends like
Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher.
The Serbia international said: "A football career is really
short and I'm really proud to have the chance to play for
"I want to leave something for me and my family after my
career and that's why I want to feel everything and enjoy
everything about the club.
"I've got two sons and the older one is starting to know
what his father does. He looks like me, he's left-footed
like me and he and his brother are already
"The eldest likes football very much and he even sleeps with
"Maybe he will play football, too. But speaking very fast
with an accent like Jamie Carragher well I am not sure about
New date for WBA clash
Liverpool's Barclays Premier League home clash with West
Bromwich Albion has been rearranged and will now take place
on Sunday August 29, at 3pm.
The match has been put back 24 hours due to the Reds'
the Europa League.
(LFC Official Website)
Pacheco pledges to remain Red
Teenage forward Dani Pacheco insists he has no intention of
leaving Liverpool this season, instead targeting a regular
run in Roy Hodgson's side.
Pacheco returned to Anfield last week on the back of an
impressive tournament at the European Under-19 championships
for Spain where he took the Golden Boot title for scoring
And the 19-year-old, who featured for the full 90 minutes at
Anfield, is now eager to force his way into Hodgson's
first-team plans, despite being linked with a move back to
"I really want to do well for Liverpool and give my best,"
the Liverpool Echo.
"I have worked hard for this chance and hopefully I can
impress the manager. I really enjoyed it against Rabotnicki
and it made me happy to make my first start for the first
team and play 90 minutes, but I have got to keep working
Pacheco has been linked with a return to Spain with Real
Sociedad and Malaga, but the youngster insists he wants to
prove himself on Merseyside.
"I know there had been some talk but I want to stay here
because this is a massive club and I want to make it work
here," he said.
"I have reached the age when I want to be playing. I want to
show the manager that I can stay here, do well for him and
play for Liverpool. That is the only thing on my mind right
Liverpool FC’s move for
Christian Poulsen edges closer
Liverpool's bid to land Christian Poulsen has moved a step
closer after the midfielder was given permission to withdraw
from Denmark’s squad for the friendly with Germany.
Poulsen’s adviser Joern Bonnesen confirmed last week
positive negotiations had taken place with the Reds and
suggested his switch from Juventus could be finalised in
And now Denmark coach Morten Olsen has allowed Poulsen to
pull out of his squad for the friendly in Copenhagen on
The 30-year-old is expected to arrive on Merseyside in the
next 48 hours for further discussions and Roy Hodgson will
be anxious to wrap up a deal quickly.
Redknapp: Watch out for Joe
Jamie Redknapp has backed Joe Cole to have a massive impact
on the Barclays Premier League next season.
The former Reds midfielder selected our new boy when the
Daily Mail asked for his 'Top 10 to Watch' in 2010-11.
Redknapp said: "Joe has made a great career move by joining
Liverpool and it should rejuvenate his career so he can be
taken seriously again.
"Anfield fans love to see someone open up a defence with a
run or a pass and too often it has only been Torres or
Gerrard who could do it.
"Too often, Rafa Benitez bought average players. Roy Hodgson
knows Joe's anything but average."
(LFC Official Website)
Broughton seeks stability at
as rival buyers prepare to bid
Four of Liverpool's suitors are expected to table bids soon
after club chairman Martin Broughton informed all interested
parties they must submit formal, legally-binding proposals
by the end of the week
Kenny Huang, the Chinese entrepreneur who was the first to
declare his hand in the battle to oust owners Tom Hicks and
George Gillett and take control of the club, is expected to
submit his offer, worth around £400m, early this week,
despite continuing confusion over the identity of his
Huang has held talks with Broughton and Barclays Capital
(Barcap), the investment bank appointed six months ago to
identify new owners. He is described as a "serious
contender" by sources at the club, Barcap and the Royal Bank
of Scotland, who own Liverpool's £237m debt. The three rival
bidders who emerged after Huang's declaration of interest
last week all have just five days to decide whether they
will attempt to better that offer.
Happy birthday, Roy - 63 today
Wish you all the best, Roy, on this day and all the other
days in the future.
Bank closes in on Liverpool
Liverpool are two months from becoming majority-owned by the
British taxpayer, which, it can be revealed, has become the
likeliest outcome if the sale of the club has not neared
completion in that time.
The Royal Bank of Scotland's main £237m (€285m) loan to the
club expires on October 6 and must either be repaid or
rolled over. Additional sums owing to RBS are believed to
have increased total debt to the bank to £325m (€390m).
Liverpool's company secretary, Ian Silvester, said: "From
what I understand, and that's all I can say, the urgency is
there due to the pressure from the banks, so I would
anticipate that something will be happening within the next
four to six weeks or so."
Liverpool to beat Arsenal for
Man City winger Wright-Phillips
Liverpool are ahead of Arsenal in the race for frozen out
Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The Sunday Mirror says the England winger has been told he
can leave Manchester City for about £7million. But Arsenal
are unwilling to pay him more than the £65,000 a week he
earns at City.
with Reds return
England striker Peter Crouch has again been linked with a
return to Liverpool.
Crouch left Anfield two years ago for Portsmouth, for £8m,
seeking regular first-team football, moving to Tottenham a
year later. He’s now linked with a return to Merseyside for
Reports suggest Crouch is keen on a return to the club, with
somewhat unfinished business, and the city where his fiancee
Abigail Clancy is from.
(This is Anfield)
Reds in England squad
Two Liverpool players are in the latest England squad.
Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard have been named in Fabio
Capello's squad for next week's friendly with Hungary. Jamie
Carragher has again retired from international football,
while Joe Cole is a suprise omission.
Alan hansen set
for Liverpool role
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish is poised to Kop a place on
the Anfield board – and he could be joined by former
team-mate Alan Hansen.
It’s part of the club’s mission to bring back old traditions
in an era dominated by foreign ownership.
Unloved American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are
attempting to sell up with interest coming from just about
everywhere on the globe except
the United Kingdom.
That’s why chairman Martin Broughton, mindful of Liverpool’s
image, has warmed to suggestions that the club’s heritage
should be protected by providing boardroom seats for Anfield
legends like Dalglish and Hansen.
Dalglish has already been offered a significant role in the
running of the club by manager Roy Hodgson, as head of
There are also moves to involve former defender Hansen,
though that could prove more difficult because the Scot is a
BBC Match of the Day pundit and could deem it a clash of
(Daily and Sunday Express)
Hodgson's Hyypia frustration
Roy Hodgson admits he has conceded defeat in his attempts to
lure former Liverpool favourite Sami Hyypia back to Anfield
The boss explored the possibility of snapping-up the
legendary Finn in a coaching capacity, but revealed Bayer
Leverkusen were not interested in allowing
Hyypia to leave.
"I'm a bit disappointed that my attempts to bring Sami
Hyypia back failed," confirmed Hodgson. "It only failed
because he's so important to Bayer Leverkusen. We couldn't
get him out of his contract."
Hyypia, who worked under Hodgson for Finland, spent a
glittering 10 years with the Reds before departing upon the
expiry of his contract in May 2009.
"He's one I would also put in the Jamie Carragher-Steven
Gerrard mould, Liverpool for life," added Hodgson.
"Unfortunately he was let go at the end of the season before
last and we can't get him back. He's too valuable to them."
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool FC faces its biggest
ever decision over ownership
The champagne should be chilling, the red carpet should be
being unrolled and a sense of euphoria should be swirling
around The Kop.
It has been another momentous week at Anfield, one that has
seen Fernando Torres reaffirm his commitment to the cause,
but if Liverpool supporters felt a confident assurance at
its start, the weekend dawns with an increasing
For while there is widespread glee that the ham-fisted,
debt-laden tenure of Tom Hicks and George Gillett will soon
be over, it is tempered by the fact that, to borrow an old
analogy, Liverpool could actually jump from the frying pan
into the fire.
Up until last Sunday, the vast majority would have been
blissfully unaware of the Chinese mogul Kenny Huang - fewer
still would have known about the merits of the Syrian
businessman Yahya Kirdi.
Now though, their names are being rattled into internet
search engines, as anxious Reds aim to discover whether they
will be fit and proper people to run one of the globe’s most
famous footballing institutions.
Without being overdramatic, this is the biggest decision
that will ever be made surrounding Liverpool Football Club;
one that will determine their position in the game for years
to come. For that reason, judgements will be reserved
for some time.
(Dominic King - Liverpool Echo)
Ganis and Huang will make
money' available to Liverpool
Chinese ownership of Liverpool would return the club to its
former position of primacy in the transfer market, a
representative of Kenny Huang's QSL consortium announced
Marc Ganis, a Chicago-based sports executive who has struck
previous deals for Huang's QSL vehicle and is his long-term
associate, acted as spokesman for the Chinese consortium
He confirmed that an outline takeover proposal had been
submitted to Barcap, the investment-banking division of
Barclays, and the Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton, who
together are overseeing the sale of the club.
If the bid is successful, Ganis assured Liverpool fans that
wage and transfer budgets under QSL would allow the
five-times European champions to compete on equal terms with
Manchester City, Real Madrid and Internazionale.
Liverpool FC to begin
Carragher contract talks
Roy Hodgson believes Jamie Carragher can play out the rest
of his career at Liverpool FC after revealing talks will
soon resume over a new contract
for the defender.
Anfield stalwart Carragher, who made his first-team debut
back in 1997, has entered the final year of his present deal
at the club.
The 32-year-old was one of several players offered new terms
within the last year, but talks were put on hold over the
summer with the centre-back thought to want assurances over
his long-term involvement in the first team.
Hodgson has been successful in helping persuade both skipper
Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres to stay at the
And when asked if it will now be a priority for Carragher to
extended his Anfield commitment, Liverpool manager Hodgson
said: "I'm sure it will be.
"Quite frankly so much has happened in the last five weeks.
The hours I've spent at the club are enormous, but we
haven't actually got round to discussing contracts with
"I now know that Carragher has got one year left. That's the
only contract of a player that I know about – if you asked
me how many years the others have got, I haven't got a clue!
"I can see players like Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard
never leaving Liverpool Football Club. I can see them always
being part of the club."
(Liverpool Daily Post)