Hodgson: Lucas a key
player for Reds
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has backed his much-criticised
summer signings to come good - and outlined Lucas a key
performer for the Reds.
The Brazil international was one of the club's most derided
players of recent seasons after suffering a couple of years
of unfair criticism.
However Lucas, still only 23, has grown in stature in a
difficult campaign and put in a man-of-the-match performance
in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.
"Lucas is a young player and I have to keep being reminded
he is not that old and does not have that much experience,"
said the Reds boss.
Roy shrugs off Reina reassessment
Roy Hodgson claims he has no problems with Jose Reina
suggesting he will reassess his position at Liverpool at the
end of the season.
Reports emerged today which suggested the Spain
international had said he was staying at the club "until at
least the end of the season".
But Reds gaffer Hodgson was not worried by those reported
"That is fair enough, what's wrong with that?" he said.
"There is always spin put on these things but as far as I am
concerned we are very happy to have Pepe Reina and I hope he
will stay a lot longer than that.
"If at the end of the season he doesn't want to play for
Liverpool any more then we'd have to deal with that
situation when we come to it.
"But I don't understand why, seven or eight months from the
date I'm being asked to give my opinion on it.
"He is an excellent goalkeeper and I hope he plays for
Liverpool for years and years to come.
"If he doesn't want to play for years and years to come
we'll deal with the situation when it occurs."
Hodgson added of the goalkeeper who signed a new long-term
contract at the end of last season: "Pepe Reina is one of
the most committed players at the club.
"He is one I don't ever have any doubts about his desire to
get on the field and do his best and win the game.
"That is the most important thing and I don't see why it is
necessary for me or him to discuss a year ahead."
Soto & Cole ruled
out of Wigan trip
Liverpool’s Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Joe Cole have been ruled
out of their trip to Wigan on Wednesday evening.
The Greek defender, in impressive form in recent weeks, fell
ill with tonsillitis on the morning of the Chelsea game.
Cole suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win at Bolton,
keeping him out of the Napoli and Chelsea games last week.
Kyrgiakos’ absence means Martin Skrtel and Jamie Carragher
will continue at the centre of defence, with Daniel Agger
sidelined long-term with a calf problem.
Meanwhile, full back Glen Johnson is available after a
slight adductor strain kept him out of the Chelsea game.
Manager Roy Hodgson must decide whether to recall the
England international in place of youngster Martin Kelly.
Also available is left-back Fabio Aurelio, who is yet to
make a league appearance sign re-signing for the club in the
(This is Anfield)
Amoo strikes in Leeds draw
David Amoo was on target as a young Liverpool reserve team
fought back to secure a 2-2 draw with Leeds United at the
Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
The Reds went in at the interval trailing to two quick-fire
goals after initially struggling to combat the pace and
power of an experienced opposition.
However, they reduced the arrears on 53 minutes through
Amoo's cool finish before substitute Adam Morgan cracked
home the equaliser with a stunning shot from the edge of the
Liverpool Reserves: Bouzanis, Mendy, Robinson, Sama
(McGiveron 46), Regan (Flanagan 46), Coady (Roddan 46),
Irwin, Bruna (Morgan 30), Silva (Kohlert 46), Suso, Amoo.
(LFC Official Website)
Reds open talks with duo
Liverpool have apparently opened preliminary contract talks
with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres.
According to today's Independent NESV are concerned about
the release clause in both players' contracts and so want to
negotiate new deals for the pair with such a clause removed.
There is no indication either player wants to leave and NESV
are hopeful of doing a deal as the release clauses were only
put into Reina and Torres's contracts as both players were
sick of the lies George Gillette and Tom Hicks kept coming
out with. With those liars gone, Liverpool's future looks
much brighter and remaining at Anfield is a lot more
appealing to players.
Liverpool ready to deliver
Kelly new contract
Liverpool are ready to hand defender Martin Kelly a new
The Daily Mail says the Reds are to reward young defender
a new three year deal.
The 20-year-old has made a big impression at Anfield and
started at right back against Chelsea on Sunday.
Kelly was highly praised for his performance in the 2-0 win
after helping shackle the likes of free-scoring Florent
Malouda and Nicolas Anelka.
I believe Steven Gerrard is
Liverpool FC’s greatest ever player
It's been a typical kind of week for Steven Gerrard. He led
his side to a hugely influential victory at Bolton, came off
the bench and scored a hat-trick against the fourth best
team in Serie A, then produced another outstanding display
against the league leaders.
But then I wouldn’t expect anything less from Stevie,
because like Jamie Carragher I believe Steven Gerrard is the
greatest player to have ever pulled on the red shirt.
Now you’d expect Jamie to say that. He’s Stevie’s team-mate
and pal after all.
But I had the good fortune to play alongside the phenomenal
Kenny Dalglish, and I believe Stevie has probably surpassed
even King Kenny.
What gives Stevie the edge is that Kenny actually played in
a team with 10 other great players.
Stevie has probably only played in a Liverpool team with
four or five great players, maximum.
(John Aldridge - Liverpool Echo)
to in-form Reds
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has urged his players not to take
their return to form for granted as the team enters a key
period in the season.
The impressive 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders
Chelsea rightly earned huge credit from all quarters.
Liverpool travel to Wigan on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday
with the fixture list then giving them games against West
Ham, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Fulham, Blackpool,
Wolves, Bolton and Blackburn before the home Merseyside
derby on January 16.
A good run during that spell will put them in prime position
for a top-four finish and so Hodgson is keen for his side to
maintain their momentum.
"We have to be very careful. We have to get our feet back on
the ground very quickly after the Chelsea victory," said the
Martinez eyes Latics resolve
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to bounce back from
the disappointing defeat at Blackburn when Liverpool visit
the DW Stadium.
Lucas hopes win
will be pivotal
Liverpool midfielder Lucas hopes yesterday's stunning
victory over Chelsea can prove a turning point in more ways
The much-maligned 23-year-old Brazilian produced one of the
best performances of his three years at Anfield with a
bustling all-round display.
Lucas said: "That will give us a really good mood and we
will try to keep the same levels of performance.
"I think we believed in our team, that was the main thing.
"We played with intensity, everyone could see how intense
all the team played.
"I am getting older and I think I am getting better. When
you get more experienced you feel important and you want to
Liverpool ace could make
'sensational Anfield exit' in January
Christian Poulsen is being tipped to sensationally leave
Liverpool in January - just five months after joining the
The Dane moved to Anfield from Juventus for £4.5 million in
the summer and represented one of Roy Hodgson's first major
signings after taking over the reigns at Liverpool.
St Etienne rule out January
Liverpool move for Payet
St Etienne have dismissed talk of losing star youngster
Dmitri Payet to Liverpool.
The midfielder has been linked with Liverpool since their
appointment of former Les Verts sports chief Damien Comolli
as new Reds football director.
“Liverpool we have not solicited us,” St Etienne
co-president Roland Romeyer told France Football. “We have
built a roster for the season. There will be no departures
during the winter transfer window. Should there be any
movement, it would be the other way. Depending on injuries,
for example, we could sign a player. But this is only a
Kuyt delighted for Torres
Dirk Kuyt insists the whole Liverpool squad had confidence
Fernando Torres would regain his top form after his starring
role in the win over Chelsea.
Torres showed signs of returning to his best with a superb
first-half double to condemn league leaders Chelsea to a 2-0
defeat at Anfield.
Kuyt believes Liverpool's improved form has helped bring the
best out of Torres after a difficult start to the campaign.
"We always had the confidence in Fernando, no doubt about
that," Kuyt told
the club's official website.
"You can see the team playing better now every week and in
every game, and Fernando is also getting better and better.
"He finished his goals in a brilliant way."
Barnes skipped birth of son
to see Liverpool shock Chelsea
John Barnes missed the birth of his son to see Liverpool
shock Chelsea yesterday.
The Mirror says as a Sky Sports pundit, the former Liverpool
winger watched the Reds race in to a 2-0 lead at half time
against league leaders Chelsea, despite knowing that wife
Andrea had gone into labour.
When he was told she had given birth to his seventh child, a
son, Sky offered him the chance to leave early.
But he declined and decided to stay to watch the second half
rather than leave, saying it was “Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0 -
Torres 2 Barnes 1.”
positives in Chelsea loss
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti remained upbeat despite his
side's second defeat of the season against Liverpool at
Anfield on Sunday.
"Obviously the result is not good but the performance in the
second half was really better and I am happy to see my team
play like they played in the second half," he said.
Dirk Kuyt's work ethic defines
Liverpool's impressive win over Chelsea
Roy Hodgson got his formation right for Liverpool against
Chelsea, enabling Dirk Kuyt to be their most effective
It is only in retrospect that a possible defining moment
emerges. But the changes that Roy Hodgson made, whether by
accident or design due to injury (Glen Johnson) and
availability (Dirk Kuyt), gave Liverpool the opportunity to
play with a system that showed Steven Gerrard and Lucas
Leiva in the best light. Fernando Torres, too, enjoyed the
Kuyt was the most important figure in this hardworking
display, particularly in the second half when they had to
quell the tide of sharp passing attacks from Chelsea. When
possession changed hands the Dutchman quickly moved into a
position where he could help to stifle the influence of
Mikel John Obi in the centre of Chelsea's midfield. He
appeared to have three lungs as he worked and challenged,
always putting team before self.
(David Pleat - The Guardian)
Hodgson: Agger's injury is long-term
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is resigned to being without
Daniel Agger for the "long-term" after the defender was
ordered to rest a calf injury.
The 25-year-old Denmark international has not played since
September 25 when he came on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw
at home to Sunderland.
He visited a specialist in London on Wednesday to assess the
problem and has been told not to train to allow the problem
to rectify itself.
"Agger is long-term. They can't put a date on it," said
"At the moment he can't train, he has just got to rest and
wait for the next time he goes to see the specialist again.
"They are very anxious that bone doesn't form. It is a
calcification issue and training would certainly accelerate
"Now they have to wait and hope the body breaks down the
calcifying elements before he can even think about training
"So it could be very long term."
Roy: He deserves headlines
Roy Hodgson heaped praise on Fernando Torres after his
awesome double sank Chelsea on Sunday - but warned against
any complacency heading into a critical week in our season.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Hodgson shared his
delight that Torres proved to be the headline maker after a
tough start to the campaign - and now he wants to see more
of the same against Wigan and Stoke.
"I'm pleased with the all-round performance and I'm also
pleased that Fernando Torres will get a lot of the
plaudits," said the boss.
(LFC Official Website)
Torres wants Reds momentum
Fernando Torres called on Liverpool to keep on winning after
starring in their 2-0 success against Chelsea.
Torres, who scored two excellent goals in Sunday's
encounter, has been pleased with the team's recent
"Now we have to show against the teams in the middle of the
table, or teams who are not as good as Chelsea, we can play
this way - with this intensity and quality.
"We have to keep winning. We have won three games in seven
days but we have to forget that now and keep getting
Blues torn apart by Torres
Liverpool continued their recent resurgence
as Fernando Torres scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over
leaders Chelsea at Anfield.
The Blues had conceded just three times in their opening 10
Premier League matches but were powerless against the class
of Torres as Roy Hodgson's side rocketed into the top half
of the table.
The breakthrough came after just 11 minutes as Dirk Kuyt
picked out Torres with a diagonal pass and the Spaniard
controlled perfectly before slotting past
Torres then doubled Liverpool's advantage on the stroke of
half-time with a magnificent curled finish from the
left-hand side of the area into the far corner.
Chelsea laid siege to the Reds goal after the interval but
were unable to reduce their arrears as Florent Malouda was
denied by an instinctive Pepe Reina save from point-blank
range and Nicolas Anelka hit the crossbar.
Dirk Kuyt returns from injury to start today's
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Sotirios Kyrgiakos is out with tonsillitis and Glen Johnson
missed out with a minor adductor injury.
The Reds team is: Reina, Konchesky, Kelly, Carragher,
Skrtel, Lucas, Gerrard, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Meireles, Torres.
Subs: Hansen, Wilson, Spearing, Poulsen, Shelvey, Ngog,
(LFC Official Website)
Gerrard has no regrets
over Chelsea snub
Steven Gerrard insists he has no regrets about snubbing a
move to Chelsea and is still hopeful of fulfilling his
dreams at Liverpool.
Gerrard, 30, considered moving to Chelsea in 2004 and 2005
but eventually committed his future to Liverpool.
He has yet to win a Premier League title and, given
Liverpool's slump over the last 15 months, the prospect of
doing so appears more distant than ever. Ahead of Chelsea's
visit to Anfield on Sunday, though, Gerrard said he is still
determined to finish his career on a high with the Reds.
"I don't think sacrifice is the right word to stay at
Liverpool," he said. "Playing for Liverpool and being the
captain, I wouldn't call that a sacrifice - I would call
that living a dream.
"Of course there have been opportunities in the past to move
on - Chelsea and other times as well - but I love this club.
I want to stay and be successful because, when that day
comes, I know it will mean an awful lot more to me."
Werner: Liverpool fans
passion convinced NESV
The passion of Liverpool fans was key to convincing NESV to
buy the club, says new chairman Tom Werner.
Werner and John W Henry had another close-hand experience of
the fervour at Anfield in the win over Napoli and will be
back in directors box harness against Chelsea today.
Werner said: “The passion of the fans at Liverpool is so
palpable, not just at Anfield but round the world.
“Part of the reason we took on this challenge was we wanted
to reward those fans for the loyalty they have shown to one
of the great clubs in sport.
“We understand the impatience of fans. Our intention is to
build a great club from the foundations up, to find the very
best people in football and on
the revenue side.
“It would be crazy to promise too much, too soon. But I hope
our track record is a guide that we are successful operators
and we will deliver. We went to the Anfield Museum and our
intention is to increase the amount of silverware there.”
NESV unimpressed by
Hodgson summer signings
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is unsure if he will be able to
in the January market.
The Sunday Mirror says New England Sports Ventures were
unimpressed with Hodgson’s dealings in the transfer market
in the summer.
Wing wizard Joe Cole was brought in on a free transfer from
champions Chelsea, but on wages of £120,000-a-week, while
Milan Jovanovic was also recruited as a free agent. Another
£20million was spent on Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen
and Paul Konchesky.
At 27, Meireles is the youngest of Liverpool’s new boys.
That prompted Henry to appoint Damien Comolli as director of
football this week without Hodgson’s knowledge.
Hodgson said ahead of this afternoon’s big game with
Chelsea: “I wasn’t involved in the appointment because that
would defeat the object of it.
“The object for them is to put a team together that they
want, not for me to populate the club with my friends.”
Comolli will be tasked with identifying and recruiting new
players, with Liverpool’s new owners ready to risk the
friction that may cause.
Keegan not surprised
by Liverpool woes
Kevin Keegan isn't surprised by the demise of former club
He was saddened, but not shocked, by the crisis that
in the summer.
Keegan told the Sunday Herald: “You could see it coming.
This was the club that once won the league, then were
reduced to qualifying for the Champions League as an
ambition and then were dropping out of the top four. It was
a gradual decline. I am delighted with the takeover, but
Liverpool will continue to struggle in the short term.
“In the Premier League, you just cannot have two good
players. [Fernando] Torres and [Steven] Gerrard are top
class but you need much more than that for a team to prosper
in England. Roy Hodgson has a lot of work to do. There is no
quick fix for Liverpool.”