'I want to stay
Rafael Benitez has today spoken of his desire to remain as
Liverpool manager and insisted that "no-one" at the club
wants to sell Fernando Torres or
The boss revealed he has held positive talks with Chairman
Martin Broughton and will hold another meeting with the Reds
chief next week.
"I had a meeting with the chairman and it was positive,"
Benitez told his post match press conference at Hull City.
"We will have another one this week and we will talk about
the future again.
"I have shown my commitment for years, and if I stay I am
not thinking about selling Gerrard or Torres. I do not want
to sell them."
(LFC Official Website)
Who is Jack Robinson?
Jack Robinson became Liverpool's youngest ever player when
he came on against Hull City on Sunday aged 16 years and 250
The Warrington-born defender broke a record set by Max
Thompson, who made his debut at the age of 17 years and 129
days in 1974.
(LFC Official Website)
Reds held by Tigers
Hull City have bowed out of the Premier League with a
credible goalless draw with Liverpool at the KC Stadium.
Despite Aston Villa's shock home defeat by Blackburn,
Liverpool have missed out on sixth place after being held in
City have dropped a place to 19th in the final standings
after Burnley came from two down to claim a surprise 4-2 win
El Zhar faces Hull
Nabil El Zhar makes his first start of the season in this
at Hull City.
The Moroccan international is one of two changes to the side
that lost to Chelsea, with Ryan Babel coming in for the
injured Maxi Rodriguez.
There is also a place on the bench for Martin Skrtel and
Academy starlet Jack Robinson, who could become the youngest
ever Reds player if he makes it onto the field.
Liverpool: Reina, Mascherano, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Carragher,
Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Babel, Aquilani, El Zhar.
Subs: Cavalieri, Ngog, Degen, Skrtel, Ayala, Robinson,
(LFC Official Website)
Carlo: We don't need Torres
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed claims he is
set to make a summer bid for Liverpool striker Fernando
Rumours have circulated that the Italian tactician has
approached the Spaniard after the Reds failed to qualify for
the UEFA Champions League this term.
However Ancelotti, who is hoping to wrap-up the Premier
League title on Sunday afternoon, believes Torres is no
better than the strikers he currently has at
When asked whether an approach had been made, Ancelotti told
Independent Sport: "No, I don't think so, because with
(Didier) Drogba and (Nicolas) Anelka it's too similar.
"Torres is a fantastic player but it's better to grow
players with this ability in the academy. We have a very
good squad for next season.
"It's not an old team, we have players with experience,
ability and skills. After the FA Cup final we will have a
meeting with Roman (Abramovich) and take a decision about
Benitez set to reject Juventus
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is set to reject
a move to Juventus.
After giving Benitez until tomorrow to make a decision,
Juventus are ready to look to bring back former player and
coach Didier Deschamps from Marseille after being hit by a
compensation demand from Liverpool believed to be £10m.
to make Liverpool move
Rangers defender Danny Wilson is set to seal
a move to English giants Liverpool in the next seven days.
The Scottish PFA young player of the year will be
transferred after the conclusion of the season.
Wilson has one year on his contract, and if he had stayed
until next year Rangers would have picked up £500,000
compensation. It would now appear that his move next week
will be worth around £2 million plus add ons for Rangers.
Maxi out of Hull trip
Rafael Benitez has confirmed Liverpool will be without the
services of Maxi Rodriguez for Sunday's Barclays Premier
League clash at Hull City - but Jamie Carragher is fit to
face the Tigers.
The duo both sustained knocks during last weekend's Anfield
encounter against Chelsea, with Carragher twisting his ankle
and Maxi picking up an adductor injury.
Both players were rated as doubtful for the trip to the KC
Stadium, but Benitez has revealed Carragher will be able to
take on Iain Dowie's side.
"Carra is okay, he is fine. I think he can play - we will
see today in the last training session," the boss told
Liverpoolfc.tv. "Maxi cannot play because he has a problem
in his adductor."
(LFC Official Website)
Owen backs Carragher for England
Michael Owen would not have a worry about old friend Jamie
Carragher being drafted into England's World Cup squad for
Capello is due to name his 30-man provisional party on
Tuesday and with doubts over so many key defenders has
apparently had one last go at persuading Carragher to make
himself available again.
The Liverpool stalwart retired from international duty three
years ago and has repeatedly stressed since he has no
regrets about the decision.
Yet it seems the 32-year-old is having a change of heart and
could be in the expanded squad Capello takes to Austria for
the first of two training camps later this month.
As a former team-mate for both club and country, Owen knows
Carragher better than most.
And, speaking in Manchester at the launch of the new Kitbag
World Cup store, a special 7,000sq ft department dedicated
to the greatest show on earth, which begins in Johannesburg
on June 11, the striker has given the prospect of Carragher
playing for his country again his unqualified support.
"Jamie has been there and done it for club and country," he
"Whether he goes or not, he would be one of the last people
you would worry about depending on."
Ince at the double for Reds
Liverpool U18s wrapped up their Barclays Premier Academy
League season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at
Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.
Rodolfo Borrell's men turned in a sensational performance on
a difficult surface to extend their unbeaten run to 10
Michael Ngoo opened the scoring for the Reds before captain
Conor Coady added a second, just days after making his
Tom Ince sealed the three points with a well-taken brace to
ensure the Liverpool youngsters ended the season in style.
Liverpool U18s: Oldfield, Poor (Ihiekwe), Wisdom, Sama,
McGiveron, Roddan, Coady, Sterling, Ince, Adjoran (Roberts),
Subs: Chamberlain, Silva.
(LFC Official Website)
Carragher set for England return?
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is reportedly set to end
his three-year international exile and answer Fabio
Capello's World Cup SOS.
Carragher quit the England scene three years ago after
becoming frustrated at his lack of appearances.
He won the last of his 34 caps against Brazil in May 2007
but was already harbouring serious doubts over his future
having been consistently overlooked, first by Sven-Goran
Eriksson and then Steve McClaren.
Although Carragher has repeatedly claimed he has no regrets
about the decision, Capello never gave up hope the
32-year-old would change his mind in an emergency.
And, with Joleon Lescott and Wes Brown major doubts after
missing the back end of the season through injury, Rio
Ferdinand only just recovered from a groin problem and
Ledley King unable to train due to chronic knee trouble,
that emergency has arrived.
A number of national newspapers claimed on Saturday that
Capello, who is due to name his 30-man provisional squad on
Tuesday, is set to include Carragher. King could be named in
Two training camps in Austria and friendlies against Mexico
and Japan offer the perfect chance to see how both men fit
in to the Italian's planning.
The final 23-man squad is announced on June 1, although,
crucially, replacements required due to injury would not
have to come from the seven men culled from the original
Broughton: Gerrard and
Torres will not be sold
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has promised supporters
that neither Steven Gerrard or Fernando Torres will be sold
to service the club’s debt.
There have been fears for many months that Liverpool’s
financial plight under the current ownership of Tom Hicks
and George Gillett would mean a top name would have to be
sacrificed to meet loan repayments.
With Christian Purslow having failed to find investment
since he was made managing director, Hicks and Gillett
appointed Broughton and Barclays Capital to unearth an
investor who would be willing to buy Liverpool in its
Still, however, there are worries that Torres and/or Gerrard
could go after what has been a hugely disappointing season.
“There’s absolutely no reason to sell either Torres or
Gerrard,” said Broughton.
Reds reveal losses
Liverpool's parent company have announced losses of
the last year.
Overall, the club's finances have taken a hit as, in
accounts to 31st July 2009, they made an operating loss
before tax of £16million - down from a £10.2million profit
the previous year.
Kop Holdings, the company set up by Tom Hicks and George
Gillett to buy the club, continues to run up more debt as
annual interest repayments on loans taken out to finance the
purchase rose by £3.6million to £40.1million.
Reds reveal £4m Parry pay-off
Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry received a
£4.295million pay-off when he left last summer, according to
The sum was apparently negotiated with former chairman David
Moores around the time current owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett entered the bidding to buy Liverpool back in 2007.
Under the terms of the deal, Parry received £4.238million in
emoluments - the total remuneration for salary and bonuses -
and a further £57,000 in company pension contributions.
It is understood to be one of the biggest pay-offs ever to a
sports administrator, dwarfing the £1.2million Brian Barwick
received when he left his post as Football Association chief
executive in December 2008 and Keith Edelman's £1.5million
deal from Arsenal in the same year.
Parry, who became Liverpool's chief executive in July 1998,
announced he was quitting Liverpool in February last year
after enduring difficulties in his relationships with both
manager Rafael Benitez and Hicks, and eventually departed in
Roma coach Ranieri targets
Roma are chasing Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
The Israel international was linked with Roma in January and
he is now a top summer target for coach Claudio Ranieri.
Time for Rafa Benitez to tell us
the facts over his future at Liverpool FC
This newspaper had its issues with Gerard Houllier. A
control freak, supremely sensitive to even the mildest of
criticism – and a man who refused to countenance any
suggestion that he might have got anything wrong . . . ever.
Yet when it came to the crunch, Gerard Houllier accepted
that no individual was bigger than Liverpool Football Club.
He relinquished his management of the club graciously, with
enormous dignity and in a manner which reflected well on all
He even posed for pictures on the Anfield pitch.
It’s a lesson in humility the current Liverpool manager
would do well to heed.
I’m a supporter of Benitez. I believe his departure would
harm Liverpool Football Club. I certainly want him to stay.
But at the moment he’s playing Liverpool Football Club – and
its fans –
like a harp.
If Rafael Benitez wants to stay at Liverpool Football Club,
why not tell us forcefully, unequivocally and clearly?
(David Prentice - Liverpool Echo)
Real Madrid set to swoop
for ‘uncertain’ Gerrard
Real Madrid are believed to be ready to swoop for Liverpool
The 29-year old midfielder is reportedly uncertain about his
future at Anfield and the Spanish giants want to exploit
that by offering an improved £30million.
Mascherano leaves Liverpool
anxious over new contract signing
Javier Mascherano is still to sign a new contract with
Two months ago manager Rafa Benitez confidently predicted
the Argentina captain and goalkeeper Jose Reina would commit
their long-term futures
to the club.
Reina has already done so, signing a six-year deal, but
Mascherano's contract is yet to be finalised.
Benitez's departure appears to be becoming increasingly
unlikely with his agent Manuel Garcia Quilon providing
almost daily updates on the situation.
"At the moment it is more likely that Rafa will remain in
England," he told calciomercato.it.
However, he stressed Benitez needed some positive news on
the financial front.
"The aspect of investment on the team is important because
Liverpool need reinforcements," he added.