Gerrard: 'We're in perfect form
going into Chelsea showdown'
Steven Gerrard has called on Liverpool to continue their
winning run ahead of the game against league leaders Chelsea
Liverpool are unbeaten in three games in all competitions
and have climbed away from the bottom of the table following
league wins against Blackburn, Bolton and a midweek victory
against Napoli in the Europa League.
Speaking to Call Collymore, Gerrard said: “We’re on the back
of three straight wins now and I think it’s ideal going in
against Chelsea to have the confidence up rather than down."
Young Reds hit Bolton for six
Liverpool U18s returned to winning ways in sensational style
on Saturday morning as they recorded a stunning 6-0 victory
at Bolton Wanderers.
The young Reds bounced back from their disappointing defeats
to Blackburn and West Brom by romping to a comprehensive
triumph over a side who had only previously conceded seven
goals in their first 10 matches.
Full-back Brad Smith fired Rodolfo Borrell's side into a
first-half lead before Toni Silva added a quick-fire brace
shortly after the break.
Goals from Michael Ngoo, Adam Morgan and Krisztian Adorjan
Afterwards, Borrell told Liverpoolfc.tv: "We bounced back
after two bad results with a great team performance.
"We need to keep working hard to improve day-by-day and not
become overconfident after this massive result."
Liverpool U18s: Belford, Smith, Coady, Adorjan, Aylmer
(Sumner), Flanagan, Sterling (Walsh), Sama, Regan, Silva,
(LFC Official Website)
John Obi Mikel relishes chance to
his wits against Steven Gerrard
Ever present in the Premier League, ever present in the
Champions League – no one has played more games for Chelsea
this season than John Obi Mikel.
Liverpool have relied on two players too long and Fernando
Torres is now going backwardsAt Anfield on Sunday afternoon,
though, he faces his most imposing task: subduing a Steven
Gerrard whose confidence is surging after his Europa League
hat-trick against Napoli in midweek.
“I think Gerrard is a great player,” Mikel said. “He will
always be, no matter how the team plays. I think he’s a very
good player and on Sunday he’s got to show what he’s capable
Carra: Chelsea cream of crop
Jamie Carragher admits Chelsea are the Premier League's
finest ahead of Sunday's Anfield encounter.
Carragher accepts Liverpool will come up against the best
team in England, but insists the Reds are more than ready
for the challenge.
"It'll be the biggest test. I think they're the best team in
the country and have been for the last few years," the
vice-captain told the club's official website.
Hodgson hopes Gerrard
has more to give
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson hopes Steven Gerrard has
something left in reserve after his second-half hat-trick
heroics in the Europa League.
Hodgson admitted he would have preferred to have kept his
captain on the bench but hopes the 45-minute run-out will
have been just enough to keep the 30-year-old ticking over
ahead of the visit of the Premier League leaders.
"I'm hoping he hasn't taken too much out of himself before
Sunday, because we are going to need him to do that for the
whole of the game against Chelsea," said the Reds boss, who
had the luxury of leaving striker Fernando Torres out of his
European squad on Thursday.
PL reject Reds'
Liverpool have been told that they would not be allowed to
organise a money-spinning Premier League fixture overseas.
New Reds co-owner Tom Werner revealed on Friday that he
would be keen for the club to play a regular-season match
The American's comments raised the spectre of 'the 39th
game', the concept of an additional international round of
matches floated by the Premier League two and a half years
That idea was shelved indefinitely after meeting massive
opposition from clubs, fans and FIFA.
And a Premier League spokesman said on Saturday that
Liverpool and another top-flight club could not unilaterally
stage a match outside of England.
Werner had told BBC Sport: "Pre-season matches are great but
why not have an actual match in season?
"I think first of all the Premier League is the strongest
league in the world and its reach is global.
"It's been very impressive to me, the number of people
globally who watch, and we hope to expand that imprint.
"I think the more important the game, the more excitement."
Liverpool appoint new chairman
Tom Werner (NESV Chairman) has been appointed the new
chairman of Liverpool F.C. it has been announced today. Mr.
Werner takes over for Martin Broughton who had served as
Chairman of the club since last April when he was appointed
by RBS to oversee the sale of the club.
The new chairman believes in extending the EPL schedule to
play a 39th game outside the U.K., he stated “pre season
friendlies are great but why not have an actual match in
season”. As far as investment in the club he assured the
fans, “we’re men of our word. Any profits will be invested
in the club”.
(Empire Of The Kop)
Carlo would love
to boss Gerrard
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti admits he would love to manage
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard in the future as he prepares to
face the Reds at Anfield
Gerrard smashed a hat-trick against Napoli in the Europa Cup
on Thursday night and was also the catalyst for Liverpool's
sensational comeback against Ancelotti's AC Milan side in
the final of the 2005 Champions League.
When asked if he would ever like to manage the England
midfielder, Ancelotti replied: "Yes, obviously he's one of
the best players in the world and I'd like to manage him one
time in the future. In the future, eh?"
(Press Association Sport)
by 'phenomenal' Gerrard
Two of Liverpool's up-and-coming youngsters, Jonjo Shelvey
and Nathan Eccleston, aim to draw inspiration from captain
The England midfielder's hat-trick in the 3-1 victory over
Napoli last night capped an impressive 45-minute performance
after coming off the bench at half-time.
"It was great to be a part of that and Stevie is just
phenomenal," said the 18-year-old Shelvey, whose run set up
the equalising goal."
Hodgson wary of
Roy Hodgson does not want to become the next Liverpool
manager who is dependent on the heroics of Steven Gerrard.
But while the current Liverpool boss has already admitted
that he owes the England international a debt of gratitude,
he also wants his entire squad to prove their worth.
"I want every player to step up to the plate and do not want
us to be totally dependent on Steven Gerrard or Fernando
Torres," said Hodgson ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash
"I want us to be dependent on the players who have been
given the Liverpool shirt and given contracts at this big
simply the best
Jamie Carragher believes captain Steven Gerrard is the best
player in Liverpool's history and the most influential of
the Premier League era.
Gerrard came off the bench with his team trailing 1-0 to
Napoli in the Europa League at half-time last night and
produced a 45-minute performance which was head and
shoulders above anything else on display.
"Stevie is just an unbelievable talent, we all know that,"
said Carragher. "We have seen him do things like he did last
night time and again during his career."
Linda: Anfield really is special
Linda Pizzuti, the wife of NESV's principal owner John W
Henry, has enthused on Twitter about her very first visit to
Anfield to see a match after watching Steven Gerrard spark a
stunning second-half comeback against Napoli at Anfield
(LFC Official Website)
Cech: Pressure on Reds
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
admits the pressure is on Liverpool ahead of their big
showdown on Sunday.
Cech feels Liverpool need to beat the league leaders if they
are to have any chance of finishing in the top four this
"If they really want to show that they want to compete for
finishing in the top four then they need to start winning
games and winning games against the strong teams," Cech told
the Daily Telegraph.
New owner, but same old
Steven Gerrard to the rescue
It may have been a first time for John W Henry, but it was
something Liverpool supporters have witnessed again and
On his debut at Anfield, the club's new American owner saw
Steven Gerrard ride to the rescue and transform an imminent
Europa League defeat into glorious victory while sparing Roy
Hodgson another inquest.
With a lacklustre Liverpool trailing to Napoli at the
interval, the call came. And how Gerrard responded, stepping
off the bench to score a remarkable hat-trick inside the
final 15 minutes and move the Anfield outfit to the brink of
Even by his own lofty standards, this was a special
achievement, the fourth and undoubtedly finest treble of a
(Liverpool Daily Post)
Hodgson hails Gerrard impact
Roy Hodgson saluted the 'outstanding' impact of Steven
Gerrard after the skipper came off the bench to fire home a
second-half hat-trick in the 3-1 Europa League win over
Napoli on Thursday night.
He told his post-match press conference: "He was
outstanding. I think that in the first half we hadn't played
that badly. I thought we were a bit unlucky to be a goal
down at half-time to an error that was punished.
"But certainly in the second half his entry onto the field
was a catalyst. It galvanised the crowd and the team. The
way he scored the first goal epitomises the energy and
spirit the team showed in the second half.
"I'm delighted we got a reward for it but we do owe a big
debt of gratitude to him. But I'm sure he'd be the first to
join me in saying that it was a good team performance in the
second half as well.
(LFC Official Website)
Gerrard shares the credit
Liverpool match-winner Steven Gerrard shared the credit with
his team-mates despite single-handedly earning them a 3-1
win over Napoli.
Gerrard told five: "We went a goal down and the manager
asked me to come on and see if I could help get the lads
back in it. Every one of the lads in the second half was
'We handed it to Gerrard'
Walter Mazzarri felt the referee was “influenced by the
atmosphere” at Anfield, but also confessed Napoli helped
Steven Gerrard to a hat-trick.
The Partenopei were leading 1-0 through Ezequiel Lavezzi and
largely dominated the first half, but ran out of steam and
succumbed to a Gerrard hat-trick in the final 15 minutes.
“I did not like the way the referee dealt with the game in
the second half, but we were also naive, such as in the
incident for the equaliser,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium
after this 3-1 loss.
“Gerrard is a great player, no doubt, but if we hadn’t been
so naive as to put that backpass in there...”
Gerrard shows the way
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard came to his side’s aid once
again as his late hat-trick inspired the side to a Europa
League victory against Napoli which highlighted the gulf in
class within the squad.
The Reds were deservedly behind to Ezequiel Lavezzi’s goal
after a dire first-half performance but the England
midfielder’s introduction at the interval changed
Gerrard, as he always has, led from the front and scored
three goals in the final 15 minutes to extend Liverpool’s
lead at the top of Group K.
It also made it two wins and two draws in the last four
matches and ensured the side’s mini-revival did not come
crashing to an end before it had chance
to gather momentum.
That Gerrard made such a difference highlighted the
deficiencies on the playing staff at Anfield, with the side
operating the vast majority of the second half with five
central midfielders in a variety of other positions.
The captain put the rest of his team-mates to shame.
Kuyt hopes for Chelsea return
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is hoping to return to action
for the crunch clash with Chelsea at the weekend.
Roy Hodgson's Reds take on the Premier League champions at
Anfield on Sunday with Kuyt having not played since
suffering ankle ligament damage whilst on international duty
with Holland last month.
The 30-year-old tireless worker has made a quicker recovery
than expected and will resume full training on Friday.
On his chances of facing the Blues, he said: "It depends on
how the next couple of days go.
"Hopefully the team training will be okay and at the end of
the day it will be up to the manager."
Glen Johnson returns to the Liverpool side for tonight's
Europa League showdown with Napoli.
The full-back has shrugged off a muscle injury in time to
make his first appearance since October 3 and is one of six
changes to the side that won
Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing, Jonjo Shelvey, Milan
Jovanovic and David Ngog also start.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky, Kyrgiakos, Carragher,
Poulsen, Spearing, Meireles, Shelvey, Jovanovic, Ngog.
Subs: Hansen, Gerrard, Lucas, Wilson, Kelly, Skrtel,
(LFC Official Website)
Drogba wary of
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is aware of the threat posed
by Liverpool's mini-revival ahead of Sunday's Premier League
"There is never a good time to go to Anfield because they
are a very strong team," said Drogba. "They will try to use
this game to start their season, so we have to be ready."
Dagenham snap up
Liverpool star on loan
Liverpool's rising star Victor Palsson has joined League One
side Dagenham And Redbridge on loan.
The 19-year-old has been captaining the reserve side at
Anfield but has now made the move south to get competitive
The versatile Icelander can play at the centre of either
defence or midfield and will offer much needed quality to a
Dagenham side that finds itself second from bottom of League
The teenager joined Liverpool on a two-and-a-half-year deal
in 2009 from Danish side AGF Aarhus and has represented his
country at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels.
Palsson arrives on a youth loan deal that is scheduled to
end on January 4. Liverpool have also granted the player
permission to play in the FA Cup
for The Daggers.
Malouda out of
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed in-form forward Florent
Malouda will miss Chelsea's Premier League trip to Liverpool
Malouda sat out the club's victory over Spartak Moscow in
the Champions League on Wednesday after picking up an ankle
injury against Blackburn the previous weekend.
It had been suggested that the France international would be
fit for the trip to Anfield, but Ancelotti has revealed
Malouda will not be in squad.
Malouda is Chelsea's top scorer this season with seven goals
in the Premier League, one more than Didier Drogba.
Frank Lampard is in contention after overcoming a setback
following groin surgery. "We hope Frank can play," Ancelotti
Michael Essien and John Terry were also absent for the win
over Spartak but will in all probability return to face Roy
"John Terry I rested because he played a lot of games and I
want to maintain the players' fitness," Ancelotti confirmed.
"Essien had a little problem on his toe but will be fit for
the game against Liverpool."
Hodgson ‘more than
impressed’ by NESV
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he has been “more than
impressed” by initial meetings with the club’s new owners,
New England Sports Ventures.
Hodgson said, “The owners are very interesting people and
every discussion you have with them is a pleasurable one
because they have good questions and clear ideas and they
listen to what you have to say,” Hodgson said.
“I have been more than impressed. Sometimes people buy clubs
and you don’t see or hear them but it has been quite the
(This is Anfield)