RBS move Reds' debt to toxic list
Royal Bank of Scotland have switched the debt used to
acquire Liverpool Football Club to its restructuring team.
Many observers believe is a clear indication that George
Gillett and Tom Hicks will not find it easy to restructure
their finances and retain ownership of the Reds.
Their hopes of engineering another deal may well now be
impossible as the debt is effectively considered a toxic
The extended £237 million loan facility inituially granted
in February 2007 is set to expire on 6 October 2010.
If the bank does not take direct control of the club it
perhaps suggests they will play a huge part in finding a
buyer. Effectively becoming a sixth board member.
John Toshack resigns as Wales
manager after six years
Wales manager John Toshack has quit his post with immediate
The 61-year-old's future had been unclear since Wales were
beaten in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro
Toshack held meetings with the Football Association of Wales
this morning before announcing his decision to call time on
his six years in charge.
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs is one of the names
mentioned as a possible successor.
Toshack said he hoped his decision to leave his post as
early will help keep alive Wales' hopes of qualifying for
'Wales are still very much in this group, and now the
decision has been made hopefully they'll be able to get some
positive results in the next two games,' Toshack said.
'If the results do go against us, I think I would have
preferred that to happen with me still in charge.I thought
after three matches of this group we would review
everything. Even after the disappointment of the game in
Montenegro that was still the way I felt. But we have come
to the agreement that this might be better for everyone
Thompson turns down Villa role
Former Liverpool assistant Phil Thompson has turned down the
chance to become a member of Gerard Houllier's backroom
staff at Aston Villa.
Anfield legend Thompson was Houllier's number two during his
six-year stint as Reds' boss and the Frenchman was keen on
rekindling the partnership in his new role as Martin
O'Neill's successor at Villa Park.
But Thompson has decided to reject the "flattering" offer
and will remain in his role as a Sky Sports pundit.
"Had circumstances been different, I would have been
delighted to accept the chance to work with Gerard Houllier
once again at Aston Villa," he said.
"But I had to weigh up the pros and cons and while it was
hugely flattering and enticing to be asked, I had no choice
but to turn the offer down.
"With Gerard, you are signing up to 12-hour days, you have
to be totally committed.
"I would throw myself at such a challenge but at the same
time I do not want to uproot my wife and two boys and I'm
not someone who could live away from them through the week."
Houllier, 63, has been out of work since leaving Lyon in
2007 and returns to English football six years after his
He will be unveiled to the media on Friday and will take
charge of his first game on Monday against Stoke.
Roy pleased with transfers
Roy Hodgson is happy with his dealings in the transfer
market this Summer.
The boss has declared himself happy with the comings and
goings in his first transfer window as Liverpool manager.
Babel determined to grab
new chance at Liverpool
Ryan Babel is determined to make the most of his new chance
Babel was reportedly used as a makeweight for West Ham
frontman Carlton Cole on transfer deadline day, however a
deal failed to materialise.
And the Dutchman is determined to repay Hodgson by
showcasing his talents to the Anfield faithful on a regular
"It's clear when a new manager comes in, everyone's chances
are equal again with others," Babel told the club's official
website. "It is positive for me and maybe everybody who was
in a difficult situation.
"I hope this is a chance for me to establish myself, but the
first test for me is to work hard in every training session
and try to show what I can do. In the end, it is the
manager's decision if he uses me or not.
"I am very confident and positive - I feel well and have
been training well. Hopefully it is just a matter of time
before I can get some confidence back to finally show
everybody what I can do."
Reds hopeful on Ngog injury
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is hopeful striker David Ngog
will be fit to face Birmingham City in the Premier League
The Reds travel to St Andrews hoping to claim their second
league victory of the season, but Ngog is struggling with a
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Capello hails 'fantastic' Gerrard
England manager Fabio Capello is happy to see Steven Gerrard
loving life back
in central midfield.
The Liverpool skipper has in recent years been shunted
around the field as a succession of managers sought to work
around reservations about
his defensive strength.
Capello has followed Hodgson's lead in handing Gerrard the
job he prefers in the middle of the park, at the same time
maintaining the link-up with Rooney by dropping the
Manchester United man deeper.
"For a long time Steven Gerrard played for Liverpool like a
second forward. This year he is playing like a midfielder,"
"He has started to play fantastic. He wins back the ball and
then makes really important passes."
Liverpool coach McMahon:
Suso excites people
Liverpool reserves coach John McMahon was delighted to see
Suso score on debut in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
Reds management are excited by the potential of the 16
McMahon told liverpoolfc.tv: "It was a great goal from Suso.
He excites people and had a good first half but was
disappointing in the second half when Newcastle got tighter
"We showed a good attitude and application and worked hard.
I'm disappointed for the lads because for their effort and
the amount of chances we created they deserved the three
Agent links Inler
with Reds move
Gokhan Inler's agent claims Liverpool could make a move to
sign the Udinese midfielder when the transfer window opens
Inler appeared in Switzerland's 3-1 defeat to England on
Tuesday in their Euro 2012 qualifier and is regarded as one
of his country's most talented players after moving to Italy
three years ago.
The 26-year-old has been linked with moves to Arsenal,
Napoli and Inter Milan in the past, but so far there has
been no concrete offers made for the midfielder, who decided
to stay at Udinese.
"I have not had direct contacts with Napoli for Inler. I
know that the clubs have spoken, however, they showed no
great interest to negotiate," the player's agent Dino
Lamberti told Radio Quinta Rete.
"With Inter Milan there were contacts in the last days of
market but the agreement was not found.
"Staying in Udine was also a decision of the boy, because
the (Udinese's owners) Pozzo family wants to do a good
championship and for Inler it's good to grow again, before
taking a step in a great team.
"When you go to a top team you must be able to play,
otherwise after just two weeks you are forgotten.
"Away in January? Never say never. Liverpool are also
interested in Inler and already with Benitez they followed
lengthy Kuyt absence
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is concerned that forward Dirk
Kuyt could be sidelined for far more than a month by a
shoulder injury suffered while on international duty.
The 30-year-old damaged shoulder ligaments while with the
Netherlands squad and medical reports have suggested that he
could be back in action in around
However, Hodgson believes that there is a chance that Kuyt
could be sidelined
He told the club's official website: "It could be more than
four weeks. It's one of those injuries where it's very
difficult for the doctor to say and I think four weeks is a
very conservative estimate.
"If we're lucky it could be earlier, but it could be longer.
We have to be very careful because it's the type of injury
that has to be treated with a lot of respect.
"It's a great blow for us because Dirk is an important
member of our first team. He does a job which is not easy to
replace because he has all the qualities required for that
role on the field.
"I was very sad to see such a thing happen, especially in a
"He's a quick mender and he has a great mentality and
attitude towards recovery, so he will be back as quick as is
Kuyt injury latest
Dirk Kuyt is hopeful he can be fit for Liverpool's Europa
League trip to former club Utrecht later this month.
The Dutchman was ruled out of action for up to four weeks
after sustaining a shoulder injury while training with
Holland earlier this week.
Kuyt is now likely to miss upcoming clashes with Birmingham,
Steaua Bucharest, Manchester United, Northampton and
Sunderland - but he isn't ruling out an emotional return to
the Stadion Galgenwaard on September 30.
"I hope I will make it (for Utrecht) but it all depends on
how the injury heals in the first few days," he said.
"I have made a thousand of these moves before without any
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Swiss joy for Reds pair
Steven Gerrard captained England as the Three Lions
maintained their 100 per cent start to Euro 2012
qualification with a 3-1 win over Switzerland in Basel on
Gerrard and Liverpool teammate Glen Johnson played the
entire 90 minutes at St Jakob Park - claiming an assist each
as Fabio Capello's men secured a comprehensive victory.
Elsewhere in European Championship qualifying, Martin Skrtel
helped Slovakia to an impressive 1-0 success in Russia while
Milan Jovanovic played for 64 minutes in Serbia's 1-1 home
draw with Slovenia.
Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen went the distance for
Denmark in a 1-0 triumph over Iceland in Copenhagen.
However, there was disappointment for Raul Meireles, who
played for 90 minutes as Portugal crashed to a 1-0 loss in
Norway and also received a yellow card.
Meanwhile, Pepe Reina endured a night to forget as Spain
crashed to a 4-1 defeat in the glamour friendly with
Argentina in Buenos Aires.
The Liverpool custodian conceded three first-half goals
before being replaced at half-time. Fernando Torres was an
unused substitute for the World Cup winners.
In U21 qualifying, Danny Wilson helped Scotland into the
play-offs, figuring in every minute of a 2-1 win against
Austria at Pittodrie.
Martin Kelly was an unused substitute as England U21s sealed
a spot in the finals courtesy of a 3-0 triumph over
Peter Gulacsi kept a clean sheet as he skippered Hungary to
a goalless draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Amoo secures Newcastle draw
Liverpool Reserves claimed their second point of the 2010-11
season as they came from behind twice in an enthralling 2-2
draw with Newcastle United in the North East on Tuesday
Philip Airey put Newcastle ahead on eight minutes when he
converted a penalty after being tripped inside the box by
Suso netted an equaliser on his Barclays Premier Reserve
League North debut with a thumping drive midway through the
first period to spark a spell of real dominance for the
Samuel Ameobi restored Newcastle's lead near the hour as he
prodded the ball over the line following a goalmouth
However, David Amoo found the net via a deflection with just
over 10 minutes remaining to secure a well-deserved point
Liverpool Reserves: Hansen, Darby, Robinson, Irwin, Mavinga,
Wisdom, Amoo, Roberts, Ngoo (Bruna 63), Suso, Ince.
Subs: Flanagan, Chamberlain, Mendy, Cooper.
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Hull maintain Liverpool contact for Ayala
Hull City remain in contact with Liverpool for defender
The People says Hull want to take the Reds’ 18-year-old
defender Ayala on a temporary deal for the rest of the
The English loan market opens today.
Houllier set for Prem return
Gerard Houllier is set for a return to the Premiership.
The former Liverpool boss will make a return to English
football when he is appointed Aston Villa boss. Houllier
will get the job tomorrow according to the BBC. Phil
Thompson is being touted as a possible assistant manager as
is current caretaker boss and another ex-Red Kevin McDonald.
Kuyt will be out injured for
a month, Liverpool FC reveal
Roy Hodgson was today coming to terms with the sickening
blow of losing the services of Dirk Kuyt for a month.
The Liverpool forward has ruptured ligaments in his shoulder
after he landed awkwardly in Holland’s final training
session at the ADO Den Haag stadium yesterday ahead of
tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Finland.
Kuyt had helped the World Cup finalists kick-off their bid
to reach Ukraine and Poland by opening the scoring in last
Friday’s 5-0 win over San Marino.
He returned to Merseyside immediately and will be assessed
by Peter Brukner, the club’s Head Of Sports Science and
Sports Medicince, at Melwood today. But he is now coming to
terms with the fact this will be the longest lay-off of his
four-year Liverpool career and his absence will be keenly
felt in what will be a busy month for Hodgson.
Aside from Sunday’s trip to Birmingham, Kuyt will miss
Premier League games against Manchester United and
Sunderland, a Carling Cup tie with Northampton, plus the
start of Liverpool’s Europa League group campaign.
That takes in an Anfield date with Steaua Bucharest and,
more significantly, the trip to FC Utrecht on September 30 –
they were Kuyt’s first professional club and provided him
with the only winners’ medal of his career.
Holland coach Bert Van Marwijk said: “He tries that
manoeuvre a lot but this time it went wrong. He pulled some
ligaments in his shoulder and maybe some
Ex-Red Hamann wants
Anfield hot seat
Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann has revealed how he
one day wishes to be in charge of the Reds, sitting in the
Anfield hot seat.
Now in a player-coach role at MK Dons, the German midfielder
has always kept Liverpool close to his heart since his
departure in 2006.
“I can gain invaluable experience and learn things from my
colleagues at MK Dons every day while I am doing my coaching
badges,” said Hamann.
“I want to play this year and then see. When I have my Pro
licence, I will see where I am wanted. I would like to stay
in this country but you never know.
“And it would be nice to go back to Liverpool one day and to
work in some capacity, play some part. Obviously to manage
them would be a dream
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