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AUGUST               2010
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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.
(Sporting Life)

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 something.
"I don't think it was an offer. (Babel) was one of the suggestions to do or
not to do."
(Sky Sports)

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.
(Sky Sports)

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
Roy Hodgdson.
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.
(Sky Sports)

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
in 1997.
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 deal.

Reds sign young duo
Liverpool have today confirmed a double deal for youngsters Suso and
Adam Hajdu.
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 Moenchengladbach.
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 clearance.
The youngster is a Hungary U17 international and is teammates with the Reds' Academy starlets Patrik Poor and Krisztian Adorjan.
(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 ends.
The player's agent, Uli Ferber, admitted it would be hard to reject
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 international.
"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 loan."

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 defender”.
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 Spanish champions.
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 told Kicker.

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 transfer deadline.
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 closes
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 day.
"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."
(Sky Sports)

Liverpool to sign £16m German
international Mario Gomez?

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is planning to decide on a move to
Liverpool today.
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 United striker
Carlton Cole.
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 other way.
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 contingent."
(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 summer.
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 the day."
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 fitness programme.
"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 Brom.
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 opposition defences.

Torres returns

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, Kelly.
(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
in England."
(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.
(Shankly Gates)

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 Anfield.
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."

Hodgson amazed
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 two matches.
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 trophies.
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 taking over.
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 time around.
"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 trophies.
"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 stage having
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 2010.
(Shankly Gates)

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 "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 season.
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 Pearson’s men.
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)

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