Mascherano is Inter's No 1 target
Rafael Benitez's first transfer target as
Coach of Inter will be Liverpool midfielder Javier
Mascherano, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Dalglish drawn by love for Liverpool
Kenny Dalglish's passion for Liverpool
Football Club runs so deep that he would do anything to help
the club and I am convinced he would take the vacant
manager’s job if the board wanted. Having been asked by the
club to lead the search for Rafael Benitez’s successor,
Dalglish would surely be
(Henry Winter - The Daily
Torres on target in Spain six-goal romp
Fernando Torres scored in Spain's 6-0 rout of
Poland on Tuesday as the Liverpool striker handed the
European champions a timely World Cup boost.
The 26-year-old, who underwent knee surgery in April, was on
target in the 75th minute of the friendly international with
a cool, sharp finish from a cross by Pedro after coming on
as a second-half substitute.
It was Torres's 24th international goal and came just 10
minutes after he
replaced David Villa.
"It's almost two months since I played so I am happy to have
scored," said Torres. "It was an impressive performance by
Inter reach agreement with Benitez
Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Rafa Benitez to
become their new manager, club president Massimo Moratti has
"We've got an agreement, we finalised the last details that
in any case weren't important," he told the club's official
"Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will say when Rafa Benitez will be
Liverpool FC to be taken
over by Sheikh Khalifa?
Could we see a possible takeover in the summer of struggling
English powerhouse Liverpool FC? Well, according to latest
reports surfacing, an Abu Dhabi billionaire might be on the
cards for a comlplete takeover.
Nothing has been agreed upon or finalized, no press release
or media report, so don't celebrate just yet.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the current
President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir (Ruler/
Leader) of Abu Dhabi. His one of the wealthiest Arab
businessmen in the World. He is wealthier than his
half-brother, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
who is the owner
of Manchester City FC.
Reds defend season ticket rise
Liverpool insist that the seven per cent rise in season
ticket prices is due to inflation and the change in the VAT
Reds supporters will have to fork out £732 for a seat in the
main stand if they apply online while the Kop costs £680.
The Anfield outfit feel that their prices remain
"extraordinarily competitive" when compared to many of the
other leading Premier League clubs.
The club said last year's prices were based on a 15 per cent
VAT rate which has now risen to 17.5 per cent, while the
retail price index - which reflects the rate of inflation -
is now running at 5.3 per cent.
A Liverpool spokesman said: "Inflation and the VAT change
are the reasons for the rise - in real terms there's no
"Our season ticket prices remain extraordinarily competitive
particularly compared with other clubs in the top half of
The increase is unlikely to go down well with fans opposed
to Liverpool's American co-owners Tom Hicks and George
By comparison, Manchester United season ticket holders are
currently paying up to £931 for a season.
Benitez to raid
Liverpool FC’s backroom staff
Rafa Benitez will raid Liverpool FC’s backroom staff after
as Inter Milan manager.
Benitez is expected to be installed as new coach at the San
Siro in the coming days having held talks over a three-year
deal with Inter president
The Spaniard has been targeted by the Italians after leaving
Liverpool last Thursday following almost six years in charge
at the club.
And Benitez is ready to return to Anfield to take some of
his trusted lieutenants with him to Serie A.
Reports in Italy indicate Benitez will take Liverpool
assistant manager Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach
Xavi Valero and fitness coach Paco de Miguel with him to the
Italian Amedeo Carboni – who played under Benitez as a
midfielder at Valencia – is also likely to be added to his
The imminent departure of key coaching personnel further
underlines the need for Liverpool to intensify their efforts
in finding a replacement for Benitez.
Redknapp not interested
in Liverpool job
Harry Redknapp has spoken for the first time about the
Liverpool job, and told Soccernet that he is totally
committed to Tottenham Hotspur.
Redknapp has been linked with the job vacated by Rafael
Benitez, but he is focused on matters at White Hart Lane,
where he feels settled, even though he only has one more
year left on his contract.
Instead of putting himself in the frame for the Liverpool
job, Redknapp believes that Kenny Dalglish is the best man
to revive the Reds' fortunes and galvanise the players.
(ESPN.co.uk - Football)
City eye fresh
Birmingham are being tipped to revive their interest in
unsettled Liverpool forward Ryan Babel after the World Cup.
Birmingham will lead the way to offer him an escape route
out of Anfield, though, but may have to pay at least
£7million again for a player the Reds splashed out
£11.5million on three years ago.
Skrtel to be fit for opener
Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel is expected to be fit for
his country's World Cup opener with New Zealand.
The ankle injury suffered by the player in a 3-0 friendly
win over Costa Rica has proved to be more serious than
initially estimated but the Liverpool man still expects to
be ready for Tuesday's game.
"The ankle swelling is still significant and the injury
requires treatment for more than three days, as previously
suggested," the chief physician of the national squad told
Slovak agency SITA.
"Martin is a fighter and he will be fit for the first match
of the tournament against New Zealand," Ladislav Pavlovic
said, confirming that hospital scans did not appear to show
damage to the tissue in his ankle.
Injuries restricted Skrtel to 19 appearances in Liverpool's
Premier League campaign but the defender should be back for
his country for the Group F match.
Report: Fiorentina eye
Liverpool left-back Insua
Fiorentina are interested in the captures of Liverpool
left-back Emiliano Insua and Napoli central defender Fabiano
Santacroce, according to La Gazzetta
Tom Hicks deters two ‘perfect
fit’ offers for Liverpool
Tom Hicks, who bought the Merseyside club along with fellow
American tycoon George Gillett in 2007, placed an asking
price on the club of around £800 million which has put off
investors who would be a “perfect fit” for the club.
The news comes from sources at Barclays Capital, the firm
charged with finding a buyer for the club, who are said to
be becoming increasingly frustrated with Hicks.
Sources from the firm stated that they had attracted some
“exciting investors” in the form of a consortium led by a
prominent American businessman and an interested Middle
But the club’s high asking price has put the potential
investors off making a bid for the debt-ridden Anfield club,
claiming that they do not want to be held to ransom over the
(The Sport Review)
Dalglish could be key
for concerned Anfield stars
As soon as the season finished and talk began about Rafael
Benitez’s exit, I suggested Kenny Dalglish would be the best
man to step in and fill in the void.
I still believe that to be the case. Although Kenny has been
given the job of helping the board find a new manager, I
don’t believe he needs to rush into it.
In fact, with Sammy Lee still at the club, I think that’s a
perfect duo to help the club through a period of
And it could be the key to persuading some of the club’s
star names to stay
He is the most revered of Liverpool’s former players and has
the influence to pull everyone at the club together.
He has a special bond with the fans – now it’s time to get
that with the players.
(Mark Lawrenson - Liverpool Daily
Trio feature in friendly win
Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson were all
involved as England defeated Platinum Stars 3-0 in their
final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.
Gerrard and Johnson were both named in Fabio Capello's
starting eleven, and each was involved in the opening goal
after a couple of minutes which resulted in Gerrard crossing
for Tottenham's Jermaine Defoe to slot home.
Johnson gave away a penalty a two minutes later with a
challenge inside the area, but his blushes were spared as
Bradley Grobler blazed over Joe Hart's goal.
Jamie Carragher joined the action as a replacement for
Johnson in the second half and helped preserve England's
Joe Cole and Wayne Rooney added further goals late on as
England rounded off their pre-tournament friendly programme
with a comfortable victory.
England kick off their World Cup campaign against USA on
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool legend calls
for British manager
Liverpool legend Ian St John is calling on the Anfield board
a British manager.
The ex-Scotland international believes it is time for the
Reds to look closer to home after six-year spells for Gerard
Houllier and Rafa Benitez.
St John told BBC Radio Merseyside: "Personally I hope we get
a British manager. We've had over 10 years of foreign
"Take away the night in Istanbul and the whole club seems to
(BBC Sport Online)
Spain to wait on Torres
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will make a late decision on
whether Fernando Torres will feature against Poland on
Torres is continuing to recover from the knee operation he
underwent in April and played no part in his country's World
Cup warm-up matches against Saudi Arabia and South Korea
Poland provide the final opposition for Del Bosque's
European Champions ahead of their World Cup campaign, but
the boss isn't yet sure if Torres is ready for a
"His recovery is within the time-frames predicted by the
doctors, and between us we will assess if he should play
tomorrow or wait," said Del Bosque.
"We will see after the final training session, listen to
what the doctors say and to the player as well. He will play
if possible but if not, we have no hurry. There are still
days ahead to finish his recovery."
(LFC Official Website)
Rafa 'close' to
three-year Inter deal
Inter president Massimo Moratti has indicated a deal is
imminent to make Rafael Benitez the Serie A club's new head
The Spaniard, who left his post at Liverpool by mutual
consent last Thursday, has been strongly linked with the
post after Jose Mourinho's departure for
And Moratti told reporters in Italy: "The next few hours
could be decisive. But we must ask (technical director
Reports in Italy suggest Benitez will sign a three-year deal
worth five million euros per season.
Burglar jailed for
Steven Gerrard raid
An "extremely violent" burglar was jailed Monday for
threatening to abduct the children of England captain Steven
Gerrard during a raid on the Liverpool midfielder's home.
Martin Wilson, 22, was part of a mob who smashed their way
into the Reds skipper's mansion while he was away playing
for Liverpool in the Champions League in December 2007.
Gerrard's wife Alex Curran confronted the gang, who demanded
she hand over jewellery and the contents of a safe or else
they would "take her kids", Liverpool Crown Court in
northwest England heard.
The couple's two children are now aged six and four.
Wilson pleaded guilty to the burglary last month. He was
sentenced Monday to serve seven years and four months in