Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rafa's imminent departure looms

Speculations surrounding Rafa's move from Liverpool may finally come to an end. The latest news suggest that Rafael Benitez's departure from Anfield is imminent as Liverpool plan to come to an agreement with the Spaniard on a severance deal, which if he accepts, will have immediate effect. Liverpool look to avoid the mega bucks on Benitez's contract by offering him a walkaway fee of around 3M pounds as per several sources. The large sum of money currently present on Rafa's contract may not have to be paid if the man takes a job somewhere else after he quits Merseyside. Rumors are that Rafa might succeed Jose Mourinho as the new Inter Milan boss. Well, let's hope these reports are genuine.

Benitez's head was under the knife since Liverpool finished 7th in the PL. There was just a delay releasing the rope. Benitez's tenure at Liverpool since 6 years has seen a relationship deterioration with players. This explains the poor season by Steven Gerrard. Whenever he would play, you could see on his face there was a sign of frustration and unhappiness. For me, the club has provided Rafa with an easy way out for the sake of preserving both Gerrard and Torres.

Fairclough told Sky Sports:

After a difficult season, in which Liverpool finished seventh, Fairclough believes Gerrard might be tempted to walk away from Anfield unless a new manager is put in place.

"There does need to be a change, there's no doubt about that," Fairclough added.

"You need to progress, you need to keep hold of your best players and clearly I think Steven Gerrard has a major part to play in the future of Liverpool Football Club.

"I think he is perhaps unhappy at the way things have been moving along and there are signs maybe that he wasn't entirely happy with Rafa himself.

"You have to have Steven here and I think their only hope probably was to try and restructure a change with a new name at the top to try and make Steven commit.

"I think he wants to be a Liverpool player for the future but I think he has to be clear in the ways Liverpool are moving forwards."

With Liverpool's current financial status, top managers like Guus Hiddink and Roy Hodgson may not be tempted to come and manage the team. Money restraints would mean hitting a compromise by not buying first choice players. The current Liverpool squad is only short of two quality players to start challenging for top honours. What's more interesting is to see how well a new manager manages the current Liverpool squad. Personally, I think Dalglish would be the ideal replacement for the short term. He is an absolute legend and is still at the club. So, Liverpool would be spared from shopping around. Kenny Dalglish under his first spell as manager for Liverpool FC brought three league titles from 1985-1991. Yes he's been out from the circuit for quite a while now. But he is certainly someone worth considering.

I wish to thank Rafa for his 6 years in charge of Liverpool FC. The memorable win in Istanbul;against Man Utd, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Besiktas among many others will always live in the memories of Liverpool supporters. I also thank Rafa for bringing Torres and transforming him into one of the world's finest strikers. Thank You Rafa for establishing Liverpool as one of Europe's elite clubs. Thank you for all the contribution you have made to better Liverpool Football Club. I wish you the best of luck and lots of success for the future.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Player's Profile - Nathan Eccleston

Nathan Eccleston is yet another English player to feature in the Liverpool squad sheet. Eccleston was born in Manchester on December 30, 1990 and guess what, he wears the Liverpool red! He is 1.78m and plays as striker. He is fast and has bags of ability. I haven't seen much of him but from what I have heard he has tons of potential.

He scored on his second string debut against Bolton during the 2007/08 season. The same campaign was fruitful for him as he settled down to make a reputation for himself. That said, he found the net against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Youth Cup and scored against Manchester Utd in the Lancashire FA Cup Final. Along with medals, he got pride and a reputation.

That reputation earned him a full time promotion to Melwood ahead of the 2009/10 campaign. His senior debut came against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2009 when he was deployed as a substitute during the Carling Cup Fourth Round tie. He looked lively on that occasion but time wasn't on his side because he was substituted around 10 minutes away from the final whistle.

His first ever PL appearance arrived 3 days afterwards when he was again sent as a substitute late into the game which saw Liverpool lose the match to Fulham at Craven Cottage. To further blood the youngster, Liverpool sent him on loan as from January 2010 to League One club, Huddersfield Town.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Latest news surrounding Liverpool FC

When Torres signed for Liverpool, many people said he would be yet another Fernando to embrace the PL... Well, Fernando Torres proved everyone wrong. He scored a staggering 33 goals on his debut season for Liverpool and went on to become the fastest ever foreign player to score 50 goals for the club. The gone season has unfortunately been one where Torres has constantly been plagued by injuries. If it wasn't his ankle it was his knee. It was a pity because whenever he was present on the pitch he made no mistake to score. He scored around 21 goals in a season where he saw the hospital bed more than the pitch. He's brilliant, isn't he?

Everyone knows that the gone season has been disastrous for Liverpool FC. Financial issues and backroom unrest meant the club face a tough time. And prized assets such as Torres and Gerrard have constantly been linked with moves away from the club. While Gerrard has affirmed that he will be only concentrating on the World Cup and not his Liverpool career for now, Torres has re-iterated his desire to continue playing for the club. It's a definite boost for all Liverpool fans. Torres's agent, Jose Antonio Peton confirmed:

"For the moment, I can assure fans that Fernando will continue at Liverpool next season. Everything is down to Liverpool's attitude but, for the time being, Fernando is happy at the club and has a good contract.

"Liverpool have not spoken to us about his future, so he is just concentrating on playing at the World Cup."

Reina who is together with Torres at Spain's pre-World Cup training camp had to say: "I am calm about Fernando. I spoke to him about his future and he has told me that he intends to continue with us (Liverpool)."

"Fernando suffered so many blows last season, but he is a professional and has always wanted to do well for us. That is what he remains -- committed to this club."

Elsewhere, it is being reported that Liverpool's Brazilian defender, Fabio Aurelio, will leave the club this summer after having rejected a pay-as-you-play deal. Aurelio who is out of contract next month has been overwhelmed by injuries preventing him from being part of the line-up practically all season long.

Benitez said: "Fabio's contract is nearly finished and he is going to leave us. We had been trying to work something out with regards an extension but it was a pity that we couldn't."

Really, it would be a pity to see this man leave. In my opinion, he was way better than Insua, but let's not forget that the latter is still very young and can turn out to be the man for us.
Comments Source:

The Club

The ex Liverpool owner, David Moores says he regrets having sold the club to Americans Hicks and Gillett. He has called for the American pair to assume their responsibilities in Liverpool's current financial breakdown and sell the club.

In a letter to The Times, Moores insists he sold Liverpool to the current American owners in good faith, after the men gave assurances that Liverpool will be able to cope better financially. Nonetheless, he accepts "honest mistakes" were made although acting "in the best interests of the club." David Moores, who is a lifelong Liverpool fan admits he "hugely regrets selling the club" to the pair.

The letter sent by Moores mentioned that the offer "was laid out in unambiguous terms ... the document pledged there would be no debt placed upon the club, and significant funds would be made available for investment in the squad and the new stadium".

He added: "I call upon them to stand back, accept their role in the club's current demise, and stand aside with dignity."

Quoted News Source:,19528,11669_6172699,00.html

Monday, May 24, 2010

Player's Profile - David Amoo

David Amoo is yet another eye-catching English player in Liverpool's reserves. Born in London on the 13th of April 1991, he plays in the striker role for the Liverpool reserves team. David Amoo is a powerful and versatile player, having the capability to deploy his skills from the right wing as well. His journey with Liverpool FC began in 2007.

Chased by a number of top flight clubs, the Milwall player decided to pursue his footballing education at the Liverpool Academy. His promotion to Melwood came in 2009 after his convincing performances meant he had 12 goals under his belt. He most notably drove Liverpool to the FA Youth Cup Finals after a Kop end winner against Chelsea Under-18s. He has also represented London in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships.

Now, I've seen this guy play. He's got bags of speed and skills. He's very powerful and really has an eye for goal. His deliveries from the right wing are great to watch. I can't wait to have him in the first team. I bet the coming season we would see these young lads have a go in the FA Cup and League Cup. So, let's just wait and see what the future has in hold for us.

Milan Jovanovic - Liverpool's new man

Milan Jovanovic, Liverpool FC's latest recruit has spoken about how he feels to be joining the Anfield team despite the underachievements of the club during the recent campaign. Liverpool have signed the striker on a free from Standard Liege and the player seems to be very positive about Liverpool FC and believes that the club can indeed bounce back next season.

"Everything has been completely normal with Liverpool," said Jovanovic. "I have signed the contract but that was the easier part of the job. Now comes the hard part, which is winning a place in the team."

"There will be a lot of games and everyone will have the chance to play, and I really see this as the place where I want to be. The thought of playing at Anfield is an incredible inspiration for me."

Milan Jovanovic comes to Anfield to bolster Liverpool's attacking spearhead. He can play either as striker or as left-winger and will be a quality addition alongside Torres and Ngog.

The Serbia International further added: "The saga over my transfer has taken a long time and it has been spoken about in practically every transfer window."

"But in the end I wanted to stay until the end of my contract at Standard."

Jovanovic's comments taken from: Daily Post

Seen Liverpool's current financial situation, in my opinion, Liverpool have done good business by securing the services of Jovanovic on a free. That's exactly what the club needs to do in such circumstances. I think Shelvey as well could get straight in the first team. Danny Wilson, another promising youngster, already playing first team football at Rangers could well be on his way to Liverpool.

We'll need to sit back and relax because there isn't much we can do about the crazy transfer season. Add the imminent World Cup kick-off to that and you get an incredible amalgam of uncertainty as to whom is going where. At the end of the day, news are being twisted and turned and papers are being sold in mega quantities. What you get in that is the thrill of being a fan who's following his club every step until the threshold of yet another brand new PL campaign. Your love for the club will quickly make you forget the players that your team has failed to capture, because there's only one thing you want to do: see the lads play some ass-kicking stuff on the turf! So guys and girls, hold your Liverbird close to your heart because Liverpool FC will be back to prove to the world that the gone season was indeed a blip.

Player's Profile - Jonjo Shelvey

Liverpool FC pursue their search for bright young English talents and this time round it's Jonjo Shelvey after the acquisition of Raheem Sterling, another one of England's most promising prospects. Liverpool signed Shelvey about a week ago from Charlton Athletic. It's sure fans are wondering, who's this unheard and unknown guy. I too didn't know the lad but after reading facts about this English wonderkid, you'll only want to see him play. Let's see:

Shelvey is 18 years of age and was born on 27th of February 1992 in Romford, Greater London. His childhood hero is Steven Gerrard. Though born in the South East, Shelvey grew up admiring Liverpool FC's inspirational captain. Shelvey was only six when Gerrard made his debut in November 1998.

Shelvey is a midfielder by nature, but finds the net quite a lot from this position. The lad didn't make any mistake to carve out a name for himself in the Charlton ranks. Aged 15, he was already remarkable during the 2007/08 season in Charlton's youth team. He scored 14 goals in 23 appearances. His performances in the FA Youth Cup undeniably put him under the radar of the scouting network. He scored in every round until Charlton's defeat against Sunderland in the quarter finals. He scored braces against Swindon and Sheffield United along the way.

The lad went on to become Charlton's youngest professional as he made his debut as substitute against Barnsley when he was only 16 years and 59 days old. His full debut was against Coventry City during the 2007/08 campaign as he played 84 minutes in a noticeable 4-1 Charlton win. He as well holds the record of Charlton's youngest ever goalscorer having scored in the FA Cup vs Norwich City on January 3rd 2009, just 55 days before hitting his 17th birthday.

In 2007, at the age of only 15, Shelvey was already wearing the captain armband for the England Under-16s squad. He captained England to the Victory Shield title in 2007 as he contributed by scoring three goals against Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. He also starred in the Montaigu Tournament in 2008, which England won for the very first time. Shelvey played in all three group games of the tournament including the finals against France where he scored in the breathtaking penalty shootout which went (6-4) in England's favour.

Shelvey's constant exploits made him a wanted man in the top-flight. He agreed a year extension with Charlton last year with view of helping out his club get a decent fee for him. Despite attracting interest from hosts of other top clubs in the PL, Shelvey decided to choose Liverpool FC, looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Steven Gerrard. Liverpool signed him for 1.7 million pounds as being reported.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Forget the past, Liverpool will be a success...

It's my first post since I don't know when and I apologise for having been absent for so long. So here I am, ready to bounce back on what has been a disastrous season for Liverpool FC after a long long time. Things, as you all know, seem to deteriorate at Anfield as no real prospective buyers have shown up till date. The summer is on the threshold and the purchase of a couple of quality players is primordial to bolster the squad.

Both Gerrard and Torres had come forward stating that Liverpool need to buy quality to launch a genuine assault on the Premier League title. But the big question is, where is the money going to come from? The manager needs to sell to buy. I will not mention names but be assured that we are going to see some names disappear from the sheets this summer. The World Cup is approaching quickly and doing business will be tougher, of course, unless you have a bottomless pit of money.

Lots of rumours have put Gerrard's and Torres's futures in doubt. In my opinion, these players will not leave the club. Gerrard is Liverpool through and through and I am sure he won't give up the fight. As for Torres, I know he has Liverpool in his heart and the fans love him too much, so again, it will be difficult for him to move on. Let's remain positive. Ok we are out of the CL for a season, so what? We now have the opportunity to concentrate better on the PL. Hopefully, the FA Cup and League Cup will prove to be a golden opportunity to blood our promising youngsters. And if all goes well, we'll be back stronger in the CL the following season. It's not simple as that. All we need is consistency and positive thinking from the team. When you think positively, positive things happen, so it all makes sense to work hard and keep on believing.

We have so many promising youngsters and the numbers are increasing with the addition of Shelvey and also the imminent arrival of Wilson from Rangers. Add players like Pacheco, Ayala, Amoo, Eccleston, Darby, Spearing, Dalla Valle and Kacanicklic to the equation and we have a very bright prospect. We have to use these guys in the cups next season. All of them have immense potential and could prove to be golden for Liverpool FC. All I want is for Rafa to give them the room to demonstrate what they can do.

I think with this season, Rafa can learn from his mistakes and hopefully doesn't commit them again in the coming season. At times we played brilliant football but our inconsistency brought us to mid-table, thanks god above Everton! Anyway, hopefully next season Rafa will not play players out of position and let the whole squad fully express themselves on the pitch. We need to attack, attack and attack. As the saying goes, "attack is the best defense". It must surely have been a wise man who had thought enough to come up with this.

So, let's all get behind the team. I am sure most people working at Anfield have the best interests of the club at heart. People are working to get these problems sorted out. When you have an idea and know where to go, no matter what happens one day you'll end up being there. Move towards your goal and forget about the rest, because it will be taken care of. We accept it or not, there is a greater force than all of us out there which make things happen. I believe we have no other way but to be successful because we are the mighty Reds, we are Liverpool FC.