Plessis leaves Reds for Greece
Liverpool have completed the transfer of Damien Plessis to
Greek outfit Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee.
The Frenchman moves to the Trifylli after failing to break
into Roy Hodgson's first-team plans.
Plessis arrived at Anfield from Lyon in the summer of 2007
but failed to force his way into the Reds midfield,
featuring just eight times and scoring one goal.
Grant: Reds wanted Cole
West Ham boss Avram Grant has confirmed Liverpool showed
late deadline day interest in signing striker Carlton Cole.
Cole's future at Upton Park has been subject to conjecture
since Roy Hodgson took over at Liverpool, with the former
Fulham boss a reported admirer of the powerful front man.
Reports had circulated that the Reds were lining up a
£9million move for the 26-year-old before the transfer
window slammed shut, although no switch materialised.
The Hammers squad remains much the same following the close
of business at 6pm on Tuesday, despite plenty of speculation
surrounding potential additions and outgoings.
And Cole nearly became a last-gasp departure from the London
club as Liverpool made overtures, using Ryan Babel as bait
in return for their striker.
Grant told Sky Sports News: "I think Liverpool were
interested (in Cole) at the last moment, they tried to do
"I don't think it was an offer. (Babel) was one of the
suggestions to do or
not to do."
Insua moves to Galatasaray
Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua has joined Galatasaray on
a season-long loan deal, the Turkish club have announced.
The Premier League Reds have also offered their counterparts
the option to buy the Argentine left-back on a permanent
basis at the end of
the temporary agreement.
Babel: I'm going nowhere
Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel has dismissed rumours of a
move to Tottenham or West Ham, saying he is 'going nowhere'.
The 23-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation
on the final day of the transfer window, but insists he will
be staying at Anfield for
the foreseeable future.
Babel was reported to be flying south in a helicopter on
Tuesday, headed for the capital with both Spurs and the
Hammers possible destinations.
The speculation was fuelled further by the fact that
Liverpool made an offer for West Ham striker Carlton Cole,
with Babel mooted to be part of any potential deal.
However, the Dutchman has committed himself to the cause
under new boss
He wrote on his Twitter account: "I'm going nowhere. LFC all
the way. YNWA!!! (You'll Never Walk Alone)."
Babel moved to Liverpool back in 2007 from Ajax in a deal
thought to be worth £14million, but has failed to make a
real impact since his arrival.
Paul Konchesky: In profile
One of the most experienced left-backs in the Barclays
Premier League, Paul Konchesky has reunited with boss Roy
Hodgson after signing for Liverpool.
After cutting his teeth at non-league club Senrab FC - where
the likes of John Terry and Ledley King also started out -
Konchesky joined Charlton Athletic
The Barking-born defender quickly became the Addicks'
youngest-ever player aged just 16 years and 93 days - a
record somewhat ironically not surpassed until Jonjo
Shelvey's emergence at the Valley.
Konchesky was utilised sporadically until the 2000-01
season, when he nailed down a regular first-team place and
established himself as one of the most promising young
defenders in the country.
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson gets his
hands on Konchesky
Left-back Paul Konchesky has been reunited with former
manager Roy Hodgson after finally completing his move to
Liverpool from Fulham.
The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Anfield,
with Reds reserve-team players Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex
Kacaniklic moving in the opposite direction as part of the
Reds sign young duo
Liverpool have today confirmed a double deal for youngsters
Spanish hot-shot Suso - full name Jesus Joaquin Fernandez
Saenz De La Torre - completes his move from FC Cadiz on a
scholarship agreement, subject to international clearance.
The 16-year-old forward impressed for the reserves during
pre-season and even featured for Roy Hodgson's first-team as
a late substitute in the friendly defeat to Borussia
His form prompted second-string boss John McMahon to say:
"Suso is a class act, there's no doubt about it. He is a
very clever player in the mould of Dani Pacheco and he is
very exciting to watch."
Hajdu arrives from MTK Budapest on a temporary transfer
until June 30, 2011. The deal is subject to international
The youngster is a Hungary U17 international and is
teammates with the Reds' Academy starlets Patrik Poor and
(LFC Official Website)
Bayern: Mario Gomez
won't be leaving on loan
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is on the search for
first-team football and interested in a move to Liverpool,
although his club have blocked any loan deal.
Gomez has slipped down the pecking order at the German
champions and Liverpool are keen to sign a striker to
bolster their attacking options before the transfer window
The player's agent, Uli Ferber, admitted it would be hard to
a move to Liverpool.
"When a club like Liverpool inquires, their interest cannot
be pushed off the table," Ferber told kicker.
However, Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger has
dismissed Liverpool's hopes of signing the German
"Bayern Munich are not a superstore for other clubs to come
and help themselves to players," said Nerlinger. "No player
will be leaving and they will certainly not be leaving on
Sky Sports pundit lauds
"superb" Liverpool capture
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Roy
Hodgson’s efforts to sign Fulham defender Paul Konchesky,
claiming the Craven Cottage stalwart is a “superb one-on-one
Hodgson worked with the left-sided defender during his
tenure with the Cottagers and although Konchesky’s pending
move to Anfield has underwhelmed many of Liverpool’s fans,
Redknapp suggests the 29-year-old would be an excellent
addition for the club should they successfully complete the
deal before the 6pm deadline today.
The former Liverpool captain and regular Sky Sports pundit,
told the Daily Mail: “Liverpool fans, who may have been
looking for big money signings, might not appreciate the
quality of Paul Konchesky.
“But he's a good signing for Roy Hodgson, who knows what he
is getting after they worked together at Fulham last season.
“I played with Paul at Spurs and he's a superb one-on-one
defender, with quick feet and who loves the showdown between
full-back and winger. It's hard to find good left backs.
He's one of them."
Mascherano passes Barca medical
Javier Mascherano has passed his medical as he puts the
finishing touches to his move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
The Argentina international underwent separate tests at the
Hospital de Barcelona and at the Nou Camp earlier today and,
after getting the thumbs up from Barcelona's medical team,
he was tonight due to sign a four-year contract with the
Club doctor Ricard Pruna told Barca TV: "It was an
exhaustive medical that lasted around five hours. He is in
excellent condition and is physically great.
"His cardiovascular level is perfect and he is a player who
has had very few injuries. In the last five years he has
suffered one injury that has left
him with problems."
The 26-year-old Mascherano will reportedly cost Barca
22million euros (£18million).
Report: Mario Gomez wishes to leave
Bayern Munich for Liverpool
Germany international Mario Gomez has expressed his desire
to leave Bayern Munich, if reports from Kicker are to be
believed. In recent days, rumours of a potential move to
Liverpool have gained momentum, reaching their apex today.
"When a club like Liverpool inquires, their interest cannot
be pushed off the table," his advisor, Uli Ferber allegedly
Hodgson cools Lucas exit talk
Roy Hodgson is not ruling out selling Lucas Leiva, but is
not planning to let anyone leave Liverpool before Tuesday's
The Reds boss has confirmed the club would entertain a
significant bid for the Brazilian international, whose first
team place is under threat after Raul Meireles' £11.5
million switch to Anfield over the weekend.
The rumour mill has linked Lucas with a shock move to
Liverpool's Premier League rivals Stoke City, who are keen
to bolster their first-team squad before the transfer window
But Hodgson insists he is not planning to offload the
23-year-old, who struggled to get a foothold in Sunday's 1-0
victory over West Brom.
"If someone came in and offered us £20million for him and he
wants to go we would consider it but it is a bit late in the
day, that's for sure," said the Reds boss, who is understood
to have made an enquiry for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.
Hodgson added on the club's official website: "I'm not
anxious to be getting rid of any players this late in the
"I'm certainly not looking to move anyone out now because if
they are moved out now the chance are they won't be replaced
because the transfer window
is nearly closed."
Liverpool to sign £16m German
international Mario Gomez?
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is planning to decide on a
Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been looking to boost his striking
options and has targeted the 25-year-old as transfer
deadline day looms.
West Ham tell Liverpool
only cash for Cole
Liverpool have been told to up their offer for West Ham
The Daily Mail says West Ham have rejected Liverpool's
opening offer for Cole.
Reds linked with Cole swoop
Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is in the market for a new
striker amid reports Liverpool are holding talks with West
Ham about Carlton Cole.
According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool made an enquiry
about the Hammers striker over the weekend and are now in
'early talks' as they continue their search for extra
firepower before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Boss hopeful on Konchesky
Roy Hodgson is hoping a deal for Fulham left-back Paul
Konchesky will be completed in the coming days.
The deal may see Academy graduate Lauri Dalla Valle go the
Asked if he expected things to be completed before the
transfer window shuts on Tuesday, Hodgson said: "I hope so.
"One of our young players, a very talented young lad that
Fulham have fancied for a long time, is going in the other
direction and that's holding it up a little because he has
to have a medical.
"I'm sincerely hoping it's just a technical hitch and that
Paul will sign in the next couple of days."
Dalla Valle was linked to Fulham when Hodgson was in charge.
The gaffer added: "I didn't have a strong opinion on him one
way or another but Malcolm Elias (from Fulham's academy)
did. The lad's got the quality to go into a first-team
(LFC Official Website)
Roy on signing a new striker
Roy Hodgson hopes to add another striker to his squad before
the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
The boss has already secured the signature of Raul Meireles
from Porto this weekend and is hopeful Paul Konchesky will
join from Fulham in
the coming days.
But that won't necessarily be the end of his business this
Hodgson said: "We've got space to add a player. We'd like
another striker, we've said that all along and there's no
point me denying it. But we still haven't found the right
man and time is running out for us."
Asked if Swedish forward Ola Toivonen could arrive at
Anfield, Hodgson said: "No. Unlikely. He's a good player but
not the profile I'm looking for."
Reporters also quizzed the boss on whether Lucas Leiva might
be allowed to leave the club.
He said: "It's a bit late in the day, that's for sure. I'm
not anxious to be getting rid of any players this late in
On the signing of Meireles, Hodgson added: "We're very
pleased about that. We've lost some quality midfield players
in Benayoun, Riera, Aquilani on loan and Mascherano. It was
very good to bring in Poulsen and Meireles,
two quality players."
(LFC Official Website)
Roy's Spain plea over Torres
Hodgson is hopeful Fernando Torres will not receive a
call-up for Spain following the striker's sensational winner
in the 1-0 win over West Brom.
The Reds boss was delighted with the No.9's contribution
after his volley not only secured the first league victory
of his tenure, but also saw him net a landmark 50th goal in
all-competitions at Anfield.
However, the boss warned that the forward will only continue
his improvement if he remains at Melwood to maintain his
"We are hoping Spain will pass up on his services and give
him the chance to continue his recovery and 'pre-season'.
"He needs more training and more matches and you won't see
the best of him until further down the road."
(LFC Official Website)
Torres magic edges
Reds past Baggies
Fernando Torres underlined his quality and importance to
Liverpool with a brilliant strike to see off 10-man West
Brom 1-0 at Anfield.
Two knee operations at the back-end of last season and a
late return from the World Cup have impacted on the
26-year-old's fitness and match sharpness.
But a clinical strike midway through the second half - his
first Premier League goal since March 28 and 50th at Anfield
in all competitions - proved too good for promoted West
Torres was rested for the midweek Europa League play-off
trip to Trabzonspor and the decision was justified with
victory in Turkey without him and, more importantly,
rewarded with the winning goal against the Baggies.
He had not scored in 10 matches for club and country coming
into this game as he has been working his way back to
fitness but even a 75% fit Torres provides a threat for
Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard return to the Liverpool
line-up for this afternoon's clash with West Brom.
The Reds team in full is: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher,
Skrtel, Poulsen, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Jovanovic, Torres.
Subs: Jones, Pacheco, Babel, Spearing, Kyrgiakos, Maxi,
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool prepare £9.6m bid for
Fulham forward Bobby Zamora
Roy Hodgson is preparing the ground for a substantial bid
for Fulham forward Bobby Zamora as the Anfield boss
continues to look to bring in signings to boost the strength
of his Liverpool squad.
It is rumoured that the Merseyside club could offer double
the fee the west London side paid West Ham for his services
back in the summer of 2008.
Report: Liverpool could offer Babel
or Lucas in exchange for Cole
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, reportedly keen to bolster
the Reds' attacking options, is said to be targeting West
Ham United striker Carlton Cole - and may be prepared to
offer the Hammers Ryan Babel or Lucas as sweeteners in a
possible cash-plus-player deal.
Hodgson has money to spend following Javier Mascherano's
departure for Barcelona and although he has already
committed a sizeable chunk of the fee from that sale to the
acquisition of Raul Meireles and expected arrival of Paul
Konchesky, The News of the World claims that he will also
make a late bid to land Cole before the transfer window
closes on Tuesday.
Raul: LFC move is a dream
New signing Raul Meireles has spoken of his desire to repay
the faith shown in him by Roy Hodgson and help Liverpool get
back to the top.
"I hope the fans will one day remember me for my success at
Liverpool. It has been a long time coming but finally I have
achieved my dream of playing
(LFC Official Website)
Meireles transfer complete
Liverpool have completed the €14 million transfer of Raul
Meireles and confirmed the agreement of a four year contract
with the 27-year-old.
Mascherano revels in Barca switch
Javier Mascherano has described his impending move from
Liverpool to Barcelona as a dream come true.
Mascherano arrived in the Catalan city on Saturday as he
looks to put the finishing touches on his switch from
The Argentina midfielder, whose transfer will reportedly
cost Barca 22million euros (£18million), will undergo a
medical on Monday before, if all goes well, putting pen to
paper on a four-year contract with the Spanish champions.
Speaking on Saturday, the 26-year-old told Barca TV: "The
truth is it's a dream, it's a great joy and a reason to be
proud for me and my family because of what it all means, for
everything they've achieved in the last few years.
"As well as being a great team they are also a great group
of people. Hopefully things will go well from the start."
He added: "I'll give the same as I always have for all the
teams I've played for; sacrifice, desire and I will try to
do things as well as possible and help
all the time.
"It's a great club with great players and I will try to
adapt as quickly as possible."
by Reds criticism
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists it is far too early to
write off his side's Premier League title chances after just
Many have claimed Liverpool's defeat to Manchester City on
Monday was a sign of the times that the Reds are now behind
Roberto Mancini's in the top-four pecking order.
Hodgson has, understandably, tried to take a more measured
view of things.
"I can't get my head around why, on the second game of the
season, it should be seen as such a watershed," he said
ahead of Sunday's clash with West Brom.
"We lost a football game. But we showed great character, to
keep going and keep playing the right football against
Trabzonspor and I was really pleased we achieved victory
against a team which are notoriously difficult to beat."
Kuyt refutes Mourinho’s
criticism of Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt has responded to Jose Mourinho's claims that
Liverpool are in decline, stating that they can still win
The Real Madrid boss launched an attack on former Reds boss,
and his successor at Inter Milan, Rafa Benitez earlier in
the week, claiming that he had weakened the Reds since
Kuyt has yet to win a trophy since moving to Anfield four
years ago, but he insisted that they will be among the
contenders at least for a UEFA Champions League place this
"For me it's all about the future," said Kuyt.
"You can look back in the past and think about things that
went wrong and what we couldn't achieve.
"But you must look to the future and I think that the future
will be OK. We will work really hard and challenge for
"These days it's more difficult because more and more clubs
are trying to challenging for the top-four spots, but we
will be there as well.
"We will be working really hard and maybe with one or two
new players everything will look much better.
"I know everyone has been thinking about our 3-0 defeat to
Manchester City, but one game doesn't change things."
Adorjan and co sink City
Liverpool U18s secured their first win of the FA Premier
Academy League season courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Bristol
City on Saturday afternoon.
Rodolfo Borrell's side followed up their hard-earned point
in the opening day draw at Aston Villa with an assured
display and deservedly took the spoils through goals from
Stephen Sama, Krisztian Adorjan and substitute Tom Walsh.
Liverpool U18s: Belford, Poor, Smith, Sama, McGiveron,
Coady, Silva, Roddan (Aylmer 84), Ngoo, Adorjan (Sumner 79),
Clair (Walsh 53). Unused Subs: Wearing, Sumner, Mukendi.
(LFC Official Website)
Reds paired with Cobblers
Liverpool have been paired with Northampton Town in the
Carling Cup 3rd round.
Saturday afternoon's draw will require the Cobblers to
travel to Anfield.
The teams have never met in the League Cup with Liverpool
winning the one FA Cup clash contested.
In the two league games contested there has been a handsome
home win and a goalless draw at Northampton's County Ground.
Former Reds skipper Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas were
charged with pulling the numbers out.
Thompson had responsibility for plucking out the away sides
and paired the lowest ranked club still in the competition
with his former side.
The Reds who were number 13 in the draw are record seven
times winners of the competition and came in at this stage
with the other top flight sides exempted from previous
involvement due to participation in European competition.
Blackpool are the only Premier League side absent at this
fallen to MK Dons.
Northampton were the sole side from the basement division,
four from League One and eight Championship outfits
alongside the 19 elite teams.
Ties will be played in the week commencing 20 September
Aurelio happy playing
in Liverpool shirt again
Fabio Aurelio is delighted to be back in a Liverpool shirt.
For victory at Trabzonspor, Aurelio was handed his second
start for Liverpool since re-signing for the Reds in a role
on the left of midfield.
Nonetheless, while a full-back by trade, he insists he is
happy to fill in where required by Roy Hodgson.
"It has been quite a while. I haven't played much in the
last two months and it is great to be back," Aurelio told
liverpoolfc.tv. "Whatever the coach needs, we will try to do
our best and I think it was an opportunity for me."
Liverpool poised to sign
Meireles from Porto
Liverpool are finalising the transfer of Raul Meireles from
Porto as they move quickly to replace Javier Mascherano.
The Portugal international midfielder, 27, is expected to
sign for the Anfield club this weekend as Roy Hodgson seeks
to compensate for the loss of the Argentina international,
who is joining Barcelona in a £22million deal.
It is understood that Meireles had been lined up by
Barcelona, should they have failed to land Mascherano and
sources at the Camp Nou revealed that Meireles would now be
joining Liverpool instead. Liverpool will reinvest the
majority of the Mascherano money in Meireles, with a deal
that could rise to as much as £17m.
Ayala heading for Hull
Liverpool centre back Daniel Ayala
will head to Championship side Hull City on loan for the
The 19 year old Spaniard has made a handful of appearances
for the Reds and has looked comfortable when called upon but
will now gain regular first team experience with Nigel
Liverpool and Pearson appear to have a good relationship, he
took Jack Hobbs initially on loan as boss at Leicester
before making his move permanent, and late last season gave
Jay Spearing a chance as they pushed for promotion.
Meanwhile, fellow youngster Dani Pacheco is expected to put
an end to speculation linking him with a move away from
Anfield by signing a contract extension. Pacheco was handed
the number 12 jersey recently and is expected to be involve
more this campaign.
(This is Anfield)