Liverpool director Tom Hicks Jnr
sends fan abusive email
Relations between Liverpool fans and the club’s owners
plumbed new depths on Saturday night after it emerged that
Tom Hicks Jnr, a director at Anfield, had sent an obscene
and abusive email to a supporter concerned over the side’s
Hicks Jr first called the fan an “idiot” after receiving a
message containing a newspaper article concerning the
challenge facing the Liverpool manager, Rafael Benítez, to
cope with the club’s £240 million debt while keeping the
Just before 4am on Saturday in Texas (10am in England),
where Hicks and his father, Tom, are based, Hicks sent an
obscene, expletive-strewn second message, ending: “Go to
hell. I’m sick of you.”
Benitez should not have
to manage Liverpool FC's debt
While Liverpool are crying out for investment in their
playing staff, had they cashed in on Babel, Benitez’s best
hopes of spending a figure in excess of £9m this month would
be to invest in a lottery ticket and hope all six numbers
In the others words, the money would have been swallowed up
to help finance the £240m debt the club is trying to manage;
club insiders insist that is not the case and the deficit is
manageable but critics of Tom Hicks and George Gillett will
beg to differ.
True, it’s worth remembering the January window is
capricious and top quality players – the type who would
provide an injection of star quality Liverpool require – are
not freely available; if they are, invariably clubs will
have to pay
over the odds.
Still it is hugely disappointing, to put it mildly, that
Benitez will be limited to bringing just Maxi Rodriguez in
for £1.5m when he also desperately needs experienced cover
at right-back for the stricken Glen Johnson.
If he is unable to bring in a specialist for that area – and
it is looking all the more likely – it will be hard to
escape the feeling that Liverpool’s main aim for the next
few years will be debt reduction rather than trophy
(Dominic KIng - Liverpool Echo)
Dynamo Moscow complete
1.8m signing of Liverpool flop Voronin
Dynamo Moscow have completed the £1.8million signing of
Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin.
Snow prevented the 30-year-old flying to the Russian capital
earlier this week, but Dynamo have finalised the deal before
their first team head for a winter training camp in Belek,
Turkey, on Sunday.
CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg also enquired about the
Ukraineinternational, but Dynamo made the strongest offer as
they seek to fillthe void left by Russia striker Alexander
Kerzhakov, who is set for areturn to Zenit.
Voronin has sought help from Everton's summer Russian
recruit Diniyar Bilyaletdinov as he hunts for a new home.
Bilyaletdinov, who left Lokomotiv Moscow for Merseyside in
August, put his Merseyside rival in touch with a estate
Both Dynamo and Voronin have been coy on the impending
transfer, with the club's sporting director Konstantin
Sarsania only revealing they were about to sign a 'foreign
(Daily Mail/LFC Online)
Liverpool v Tottenham postponed
The Premier League have agreed to Liverpool's request for
Sunday's home clash with Tottenham to be postponed due to
The Anfield club made their request on Friday morning after
consultation with police over what they felt was dangerous
road conditions around the stadium.
The match, which would have been screened live by Sky, was
eventually called off after further discussions between the
club and the league.
The Anfield pitch was playable due to undersoil heating, but
roads around the stadium are covered in ice, and the police
considered that a danger to a potential sell-out crowd of
A Liverpool spokesman said: "The football side of the club
obviously wanted to play the match.
"But this is a safety issue. The local roads around Anfield
are little more than sheets of ice and very dangerous. The
police and the local council both agreed with our request to
The decision means that midfielder Javier Mascherano will
now still be banned for next Wednesday's FA Cup third round
home replay with Reading.
Mascherano has been serving a four-match suspension after
being sent off at Portsmouth on December 20.
The Spurs game would have been the fourth match of that ban,
but the Argentina captain will now have to sit out
Mascherano had been recovering from a knee injury and
returned to training on Friday with the intention of being
fit to face Reading.
Liverpool close to Rodriguez deal
Liverpool have "more or less agreed" a deal to bring
Atletico Madrid winger Maxi Rodriguez to Anfield, according
to manager Rafael Benitez.
The Argentina international, 29, who is a close friend of
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, is likely to sign an
18-month contract with the Reds.
With Fernando Torres hampered by a niggling groin injury,
Benitez is keen to bolster his attacking options.
"Now it's for Atletico and Maxi to talk and see what
happens," he said.
"It's true we've talked to Atletico Madrid and we're
interested in the player but still it's just conversations.
"You never know with timescales. It's a question of
everything being more
or less agreed."
Rodriguez can play on the right or as an attacking
midfielder, although with Steven Gerrard normally occupying
that position Benitez is likely to employ the 29-year-old on
(BBC Sport Online)
Javier Mascherano is nearing full fitness again.
Mascherano is back in training and should be available for
selection once his four game suspension is over.
Albert Riera is also back in training now. Unfortunately
Glen Johnson is still facing a month out.
"Riera and Mascherano are training, and that is good. More
or less the majority of the team are available," said Rafa
"Glen is doing well but it's too early. It's a question of
one month, maybe
a little bit more.
"He will carry on resting and improving."
Rafa on Dossena move
Rafael Benitez has commented on Andrea Dossena's transfer to
"He wasn't playing too many games," said the Liverpool boss.
"He wanted to play because of the world Cup so its a
situation that was good for both."
The Italian has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A
Rafa coy on Babel transfer talk
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has neither ruled in nor ruled
out a January departure for Dutchman Ryan Babel.
Birmingham had an £8m bid turned down earlier in the week
for the 23 year old but are reported to have returned with a
Speaking at the Friday press conference at Melwood, Benitez
said “We have received some offers but the player was clear
the other day when he told me he wants to stay.
“We have to wait. I was not telling him he could go, just
that we were receiving offers because he’s a good player.
That’s the situation at this moment.
“At this moment everyone knows Ryan has the potential and he
Yesterday Babel’s agent said “We know Liverpool are thinking
seriously about the amount Birmingham have offered. We need
to look at how Birmingham’s squad is being built up, how the
prospects for future success appear and listen to what the
manager has to say.”
“Ryan would still like to be successful with Liverpool. If
the people at Anfield feel it is better for him to leave…we
would consider a deal if both clubs come to
Speaking after the Reading match last week Benitez said “He
(Babel) will have a chance to play. He has to work hard.
He’s our player and he will have his chances. At this moment
we are not trying to sell him.”
Babel arrived at Anfield for £11.5m in 2007 from Ajax. He
has started just two league games this season.
(This is Anfield)
Andrea Dossena’s transfer to Napoli has been confirmed after
the defender completed a medical and agreed personal terms
on a £4.4m move.
As reported earlier in the week, the two clubs agreed the
deal but the move was delayed due to the weather preventing
Dossena to fly to Italy in order to complete the switch.
The 28 year old Italian joined Liverpool from Udinese 18
months ago for £7m but failed to settle in England and the
Premier League. He has made just five appearances this
season, three as starts.
Dossena made 31 appearances for Liverpool, scoring twice –
both within a week and incredibly both the fourth goals in
the wins over Real Madrid and Man United.
(This is Anfield)
Tottenham boss Redknapp:
Liverpool still top four favourites
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says it's crazy to write-off
top four hopes.
Spurs go to Anfield this weekend in a huge top four decide.
Redknapp wrote in his column for The Sun: "I still don't
think we should write Liverpool off for the fourth
Champions' League place.
"Seven teams will be scrapping it out for the top four spots
including us, Villa and Manchester City. But Liverpool will
be the ones to beat if Torres and Steven Gerrard stay fit.
"And if I had to stake my life on it, I would still make
to thwart Torres
Michael Dawson has warned Liverpool striker Fernando Torres
that Tottenham are not in the mood to end their run of clean
sheets this weekend.
Spurs did not concede a goal over the Christmas period and
start 2010 in the top four of the Premier League, with a
four-point lead on Liverpool that could be extended to seven
with victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Dawson is well aware of the threat Spain striker Torres
poses. Since arriving at Liverpool, the 25-year-old has
scored three times against Spurs.
"Whenever I play against Torres he's a top class player, you
saw that against Villa when he scored in the last minute,"
Dawson added. "We'll have to be at our best on Sunday but
let's hope we can make it six clean sheets in a row.
"When we beat them at the start of the season it was a
fantastic performance by the lads and got us off to a great
start to the campaign, so we believe we can do it at
Dossena on his way
Andrea Dossena's move to Napoli has been agreed, subject to
The Italian defender has spent the day at the Serie A club's
Castelvolturno training ground in Caserta and is expected to
put pen to paper imminently.
Dossena joined Liverpool from Udinese in the summer of 2008
for £7million, but failed to impress despite a memorable
goal in the 4-1 win at Man Utd last season.
An official announcement from Napoli is expected within the
next few hours.
Agent: Albert Riera is not
leaving Liverpool for Olympiacos
Liverpool winger Albert Riera is not about to depart Anfield
and join Olympiacos, according to his agent Angel Castell.
The Greek outfit were reported on Wednesday to be lining up
a bid for the wide player after their £5 million offer for
Yossi Benayoun was apparently rejected by the Reds.
But Castell insists that his client remains focused on
recovering full match fitness after problems with hamstring
injuries this season, and is keen to reclaim a place in Rafa
Benitez's starting line-up.
"I have not heard from Olympiacos at all," the agent told
"Albert has this year and two more years to go on his
contract and he wants to stay at Liverpool.
"Albert is just thinking about recovering from injury and
getting back into
Torres: Reina's the best
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres rates club and country
team-mate Jose Reina as the best goalkeeper in the world.
With players in virtually every position under-achieving
this season, Reina has been the only one to consistently
produce high standards for the Reds.
In the recent victory at Aston Villa the Spain international
made some instinctive, crucial saves - and that is why
Torres rates him so highly.
"Like always he's having a really good season. For me he's
now the best keeper in the world," said the 25-year-old.
"In Spain everyone knows he's a very good keeper and in
England there is no doubt he is the best.
"He's played at a top level since he signed here and won
many Golden Gloves (for the most clean sheets) - and
hopefully he'll win one more this season.
"He's having a massive season and at Villa we won the game
thanks to him.
"We must be really happy to have him in the team and
hopefully he'll be here for a long time."
Torres has also hailed Reina's influence off the pitch and
believes the experienced 27-year-old is a vital member of
"Pepe is one of the most important players in the dressing
room," he said.
"After Stevie (Gerrard) and Carra (Jamie Carragher), I think
he's the most important. He's always happy round the place,
not just on the pitch but in the dressing room.
"He is always trying to be positive and is a really good
(Press Association Sport)
Liverpool FC ready to rival Arsenal
in battle to sign Marouane Chamakh
Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal in the battle to sign
Bordeaux’s highly-rated striker Marouane Chamakh.
The Moroccan striker has been the subject of much
speculation this season and is keen on a move to the Premier
League determined to eager to sign
Chamakh has long been linked with a move to Arsenal but the
Gunners have not followed up their initial interest yet with
a firm bid and that has alerted
Quintet in race for Reds ace Babel
Ryan Babel's agent has claimed Liverpool are seriously
considering selling the winger and that "five or six" clubs
are interested in him.
The 23-year-old has failed to hold down a regular first-team
place at Anfield following his £11million move from Ajax in
Birmingham are believed to have tabled a bid of around
£9million for Babel and, although agent Winne Haatrecht
claims his client is still determined to succeed at
Liverpool, he admitted they are looking at other options.
"We know that Liverpool are seriously thinking about the
offer from Birmingham but we shall only consider a transfer
if the clubs have an agreement," Haatrecht told De
"Then we will see how Birmingham are building their squad,
what the prospects are for the club and Ryan, and perhaps,
after that an interview with the manager.
"I have sent details of all the interested clubs to
Liverpool. There are about five or six of them.
"In general, Ryan still wants to succeed at Liverpool but,
if the club concludes that it is better he leaves, we will
have to think about the next chapter."
Voronin weighs up Russia move
Andriy Voronin's agent has confirmed the Liverpool misfit is
weighing up a move to Russia.
The Ukraine international does not figure in Rafa Benitez's
plans and the Reds boss is ready to offload him to raise
funds for his own signings in this month's transfer window.
Voronin was farmed out on loan to Hertha Berlin last season
and although he impressed in Germany he has failed to nail
down a place in the Liverpool side.
Dinamo Moscow are understood to be the Russian side chasing
Voronin and the player's agent, Andriy Golovach, has
confirmed the striker is poised
to leave Anfield.
"He has received a concrete offer from a Russian top-flight
outfit as he is having the final say," Golovach told
Ukrainian newspaper Gaseta.
"In terms of his Liverpool deal it is about a cancellation
right now, not about a new loan transfer."
Hertha Berlin have also been linked with a move to bring
Voronin back to the German capital, but Golovach insists the
player has no plans to return to the Bundesliga outfit with
the club facing a massive struggle to avoid relegation.
"Hertha BSC is almost in Bundesliga 2, Andriy does not want
to get part of a relegation dogfight," added Golovach.