Ferguson slams Carroll price tag

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Alex Ferguson has said that he would not have paid £35m for striker Andy Carroll.


The big Geordie joined Liverpool in January 2011 from hometown club Newcastle United after a prolific start to the 2010/11 season and Fernando Torres’ £50m move to Chelsea from Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish made the England international one of his first signings after returning to the Anfield dugout, but the striker only scored twice in that season for the club after arriving injured.

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Carroll only went on to score four league goals for the team in his first full season and a goal in the FA Cup final nearly sparked a turnaround, but the Reds went down 2-1 to Chelsea.


Ferguson has chimed in after his side dispatched Carroll’s loan club 1-0 on Wednesday evening thanks to £25m man Robin van Persie’s first minute strike.

Ferguson said: “I’d certainly not sign that kind of player for that kind of money.”

“He’s still not had a lot of games but he is a big lad, aggressive and a great header of the ball.”

“He’ll be a handful for defenders.”

Carroll has only found the net once so far for the Hammers, with a header coming in a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane against Spurs.


Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Liverpool

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By AmericanKopite, 28-11-2012, 22:42:49

Seventh place Tottenham Hotspur welcomed Merseyside’s Liverpool FC for a clash of mid-table clubs looking to claw their way back to the top four. White Hart Lane saw a thrilling match of two lopsided halves to shake up the table.

Spurs were off to a flying start only five minutes in, forcing a corner from a rocket of a free kick from Gareth Bale. But it wasn’t the end for Liverpool’s worries early on as Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon caught the away defence sleeping and were able to make a quick one-two to knock in the first goal seven minutes in.Fortune favoured the Spurs as Clint Dempsey picked up a minor shove from Jordan Henderson in the 15th minute that led to a blistering free kick from Gareth Bale that caught goalkeeper Pepe Reina off guard and flew into the bottom left corner of the net for the two-nil.

Liverpool were not to be left behind in the dust as it took until the 35th minute for them to wake up and get good passing in. The away side gained valuable possession and made great use of it, slowing the tempo to their comfortable speed and landing shot after shot for the next six minutes, but to no avail.

Controversy struck soon after when Steven Gerrard received a push to the ground and into the knee of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but referee Phil Dowd shrugged off the challenge and allowed play to continue to the sound of a very frustrated Liverpool side. The frustration of the scoreline showed a minute later when Martin Skrtel was lucky to get away with just a yellow for his rash tackle from behind on Gareth Bale.

The halftime whistle was a much welcomed sound for the visiting side and the 15 minute respite would prove useful in their hunt for any points at all.

Liverpool were determined to change the story as the first half started with Jose Enrique taking his free-roam role with ferocity, charging to goal and landing a soft shot to the hands of Hugo Lloris 35 seconds into the half.

The Liverpool pressure continued to rain down with Brendan Rodger’s side making great use of wingers Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson, and Raheem Sterling to curve balls into the box all night.

54 minutes in is when Tottenham made their first second half attempt on goal through Moussa Dembele, but it was weak and miles above the net.

Moments later Jonjo Shelvey was seen having a chat with Brendan Rodgers over his job for the rest of the evening as a 62nd minute change would see him take the place of fellow midfielder, Jordan Henderson. A simultaneous change was made by Spurs as Gylfi Sigurdsson was brought on for American international Clint Dempsey.


Gareth Bale’s scoring intentions continued to look strong with another free kick that stretched Pepe Reina in the 70th minute, almost putting Spurs up three-nil. Jose Enrique was at the other end just two minutes later continuing his own scoring intentions with a weak header that was deflected for a Jonjo Shelvey corner.

The corner went to the head of Steven Gerrard on the far post who’s header was deflected down to the foot of Aaron Lennon who then rocketed a clearance straight into the face of Gareth Bale standing just inches away from Lennon. Bale, who assisted Lennon’s goal for Spurs was returned the favour and scored for Liverpool using his face.

Gareth Bale’s name remained on commentator’s lips as his dive earned him a yellow card in the 77th minute. In that same minute Brendan Rodgers made his second change with Moroccan international Oussama Assaidi coming on for Stewart Downing.

79 minutes in and the Liverpool corners continued to rain down with even more added pressure and clever play ending in a rocket of a shot from Luis Suarez standing right over the penalty spot that sailed over the net. Suarez’ kneeling expression of desperation said it all. Jose Enrique was determined to continue raining shots down when his 87th minute laser from 30 yards whistled past the left post.

88 minutes in and Tottenham used their final change when Tom Huddlestone came on for Moussa Dembele while William Gallas was receiving treatment for this injured thigh.

The pressure was ratcheted up when Luis Suarez was tripped in the area by the recently treated William Gallas, and the Tottenham was awarded a free kick away toward their attacking area after Raheem Sterling was charged will pulling a Spurs player down.

Phil Dowd’s questionable refereeing saw no end when the second yellow card was given out to Jose Enrique for Aaron Lennon’s dive on a touchline. But Liverpool didn’t give up, and neither did the away fans. Although their valiant second half effort was for nought.

This wild and controversial game of two halves ended Liverpool’s eight game unbeaten streak and their top four mountain only increase in grade.

Final score at White Hart Lane; Tottenham Hotspur 2 – Liverpool 1.

Weekend football resumes as normal on Saturday, 1st December, as Liverpool will host newly promoted Southampton. The Thursday after that will be a major test for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit as Liverpool travels to Italy for a win or go home Europa League fixture against Udinese.

Until then.
YNWA

–JN

Academy youngster mourned

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Liverpool academy youngster Stephen Packer has passed away following a brave battle against cancer.

Packer represented the Reds at Under 9 level, passed away on Sunday evening.

The club said on its official website: “Stephen was very highly thought of among the coaches and during his short time at the Academy, had demonstrated he possessed the skills to develop into a very talented young footballer.”

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“Everybody at Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Stephen’s death and would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time.”

Academy director Frank McParland said: “Everybody at the club has been deeply shocked and saddened by Stevie’s passing.”

“He was very highly thought of by everyone he came into contact with. He was a really happy kid and always had a smile on his face.”

“Not only that, but Stevie was a really talented young footballer. He was the best athlete within his group and very speedy.”

“Stevie is going to be really missed by everyone here and we’d all like to offer his family and friends our condolences.”

Borrell gets a promotion and new academy coach arrives

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Reserve team coach Rodolfo Borrell has been promoted to head of academy coaching to replace his compatriot Pep Segura – who quit his role as academy technical manager a few months ago.

The former Barcelona academy coach has overseen the development of the likes of Martin Kelly, Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom in recent years.

The U21 side is the only one unbeaten in the country so far this season with seven wins from ten competitive games – and they sit top of the U21 league as well.Rodolfo-Borrell[1]

“I’ve been extremely impressed with Rodolfo in my short period at the club,” Brendan Rodgers said of the coach.

“His thinking is very similar to mine in the best way to educate and develop players. His role will make richer the philosophy we are creating at the club from U9s through to the first team.”

Borrell is being replaced by the Tottenham academy coach Alex Inglethorpe, who recently oversaw the Spurs’ youth side’s 4-1 demolition of Barcelona in the NextGen series.

Liverpool’s academy director Frank McParland said of his appointment: “Alex also has great experience from working with the U18s at Spurs for many years, where he has helped to produce some fantastic players.”

“I’m sure he is going to help us push on at academy level. It’s a fantastic appointment and I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming years.”

Johnson denies that Reds rely on Suarez

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has denied claims that the Reds are reliant on striker Luis Suarez for goals this season.

The Uruguayan has been the team’s stand out performer and is also top scorer with ten league goals.

But England international Johnson does not think that they rely on him.

“We are not relying on Suarez at all,” Johnson said.article-2238953-163500AC000005DC-453_468x308[1]

“Obviously he is our main striker, but we are not relying on him.”

“It’s everyone’s job to get around him and try and score.”

“You need a bit of luck in front of goal and on another day we might have had two or three. It’s a difficult one because with Jose’s goal I thought his feet were in line with the last defender.”

“His shoulders were offside but surely the advantage should go with the attacker. I have seen them given. It is frustrating for us but you can see why the linesman has given it if he can see some part of his body in front.”

“I never felt that we were in any danger but they dug in and defended well.”

Rodgers looking for ‘one or two loans’

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Brendan Rodgers has said that he will be given money to spend in January and plans to make ‘one or two’ loan signings.

With a relatively thin squad available, the club have been linked with dozens of players ahead of next month’s transfer window.Rodgers[3]

Aside from signing Fabio Borini and Joe Allen in the Summer, Rodgers also got Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid – and he is looking at more short term additions.

He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on Talksport: “The squad has been ultra-thin right the way through. There will be some money available.”

“There have been a million names linked to the club and the brutal honesty of it is that ninety nine per cent of those we haven’t been thinking about.”

“But there will be a bit of money to spend and hopefully we can get one or two loans in, if that’s possible, to reinforce the group.”

Not spending big – Is this such a bad thing?

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To be honest, on first read of this news today I was a bit upset, but then after calming down a tad and assessing the issue, I am actually quite happy about this news.

Recent big money signings have not exactly worked out for us have they, and like it or not, we have become a bit of an easy target, and I hate to say it, but also a bit of a joke in the transfer windows. Look at Dirk Kuyt, everyone would want him in their team according to 99% of pundits but we got £1million for him…. Are we to believe Stewart Downing is worth £19million more than him, or Andy Carroll is worth £34Million more?being-liverpool[1]

The last few windows, albeit (most of the big faux pas) under old management, have been ridiculous and we have very stupidly overspent. This news today, I believe is very good management from Brendan Rodgers as it is his job to steady the ship in every aspect. Off the field and on it. We will not pay over the odds for average players again and after half a season we can all see where we need to strengthen.

He has also set the stall out that we do not have a crazy amount to spend and will offer what we can afford to other clubs. Newcastle knew we had £50million there when Torres left, Villa knew Downing was their star man and we apparently needed him, and the trend goes, Villa player of the season…. move on (usually to City for a big sum of money) and we did the same.

I urge all Reds fans to bear with Brendan this January, yes we need another striker but Luis Suarez is top of the goal scoring charts and when was the last time that was happenning for us? We have had little to no midfield players chipping in with goals so maybe we need to look at that too? I still believe in Brendan Rodgers and this is a transitional year as we all know. We may forget at times, such is our nature as passionate fans, but as he said, he will keep us on the right path financially as well as on the field.

Rodgers not expecting to spend in January

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned fans not to expect a of much activity when the transfer window reopens in January.

Liverpool sold Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy with Andy Carroll loaned to West Ham, leaving the Reds short of backup for top scorer Luis Suarez, with Fabio Borini out injured and youngsters Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil next in line.Rodgers[3]

Having already seen Clint Dempsey slip through his fingers due to a lack funds, Rodgers is not anticipating being able to spend in this window.

He said: “I am not so sure it will be in January to be honest. This year the club wanted to balance the books and see where it was at.”

“There was a big investment in the club and obviously a lot of players went out in the summer and a few came in.”

“We will look to do some business in January to help and support the players here, but that is where we are at as a football club and it is something the owners trust me to grow over time. Eventually we will get there.”

The news will come as a major disapointment to Reds fans.

Swansea City 0 – 0 Liverpool

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By jpa90, 25-11-2012, 16:53:08

Brendan Rodgers could only earn a point against his old club in a goalless draw at Liberty Stadium. Liverpool came the closest when Raheem Sterling rattled the bar with a powerful drive and the visitors bossed the majority of the first half. Swansea also had a handful of chances but neither side could produce a goal in a rather scrappy game.

The home side started brightly with a great deal of possession. Stuart Downing had a hard time settling in to the unusual position of left-back and Swansea were keen to take advantage of this. Pepe Reina made a good save from a Wayne Routledge header shortly after Glen Johnson saw his header fly over the bar at the opposite end.

Sterling and Luis Suarez were causing problems for Swansea’s defence and Gerhard Tremmel was called into action to stop a nicely-struck shot from Sterling. Jonathan De Guzman almost gave his side the lead after Steven Gerrard gave away possession in his own half but his effort curled around the wrong side of the post.

Liverpool began to press the home side further up the pitch and were looking the better side midway through the first half. Jose Enrique came close to opening the scoring when a wonderful cross from Johnson found him on the edge of the six-yard box, but the Spaniard missed the target. Sterling picked up a loose ball after a Liverpool corner and released a superb volley whilst under pressure which crashed against the cross-bar, the Reds unlucky not to be 1-0 up.

Seconds later Johnson made a clever run into the 18-yard box and he found Suarez with a neat back-heel. The Uruguayan chipped a ball over the defence and found Jose Enrique who thought he had given the visitors the lead when he tucked the ball past Tremmel, only to see the linesman flag for offside.

Both sides were yet to score at half time with the Reds having the better chances. Liverpool threatened late in the first half but Swansea’s control of the ball in defence was as scrappy as the visitor’s wasteful possession in the final third. Most of the action had occurred down Liverpool’s left wing where Jose Enrique had threatened but Downing had struggled.

The teams exchanged possession early in the second half but neither side could create much in front of goal. Liverpool executed precise passing and decent movement off the ball but could not capitalise on the space that they had worked.

Gerrard attempted a long-range strike with his left foot but again Tremmel was there to collect the ball. Swansea’s defence was solid but Suarez’s acceleration proved too much for them at times, proven when he was allowed to stride into the box and release a low shot. Tremmel made a good save but the Reds were encouraged by their ability to exploit gaps in Swansea’s back line.

De Guzman was linking up well with Angel Rangel on Swansea’s left wing. Routledge forced a corner and Williams reached the cross with his head but saw his effort cleared off the line. Chico was booked for pulling Suarez to the ground and Daniel Agger rose well to meet Gerrard’s resultant free-kick, although the defender could not generate enough power to guide the ball past Tremmel.

Downing’s woes at left-back continued when he miscued a clearance and allowed Nathan Dyer to race past him. Reina met Dyer with a good block and it took both players a while to return to their feet after a heavy collision. Shortly after, Joe Cole replaced Downing who will be disappointed with his performance, albeit in a relatively unfamiliar position.

Michu’s penalty shout was waved away by the referee when he was pulled to the ground after leaping for a header. Sterling and Suarez found themselves with just one defender to beat after countering from a Swansea corner, but Sterling’s return pass was sloppy and it forced the Uruguayan wide. Suarez did well to work an angle but his low shot was hit straight at Tremmel who made a comfortable save.

Joe Allen conceded a free-kick when he pulled Ki to the ground. Hernandez smashed the ball low and hard but Reina got down well to turn it around the post. Jonjo Shelvey almost won it for the Reds with a rasping shot but Tremmel was not to be beaten as he once again met the shot with a good save.

With very little separating the two sides in the second half, the game finished 0-0. Liverpool were frustrated that they didn’t take advantage of their chances in the first half – an all too familiar story for the Reds this season.

The home side had their fair share of chances but will have been happy to take a point away from a game that could have easily gotten away from them in the first half. Both teams are back in action on Wednesday evening when Swansea take on West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool face a tough game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Kopworld man of the match: Luis Suarez

Liverpool snap up British Olympics psychiatrist

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Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool have signed up the psychiatrist that helped the likes of Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton claim gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Steve Peters, who will continue in his role at UK Athletics, will spend one day a week with the Liverpool squad at Melwood, with the aim of improving the mental strength and resiliance. The players and staff will be given a choice as to whether or not they meet with Peters though.Liverpool-fans-show-their-006[1]

Peters also works with Bradley Wiggins and the Sky Cycling team and has also worked with Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan and former Red Craig Bellamy – who credited Peters with helping the Welshman to improve his form through teaching methods that encourage people to be more rational under pressure.

“We have brought in someone who is the top guy in his field, one of the leading guys in the world in what he does,” Rodgers said.

“I see it as a part of the development of the player. The modern game is very much about the psychological aspect of it.”

“I do lots of technical, tactical and physical training and sometimes what gets bypassed is the mental tuning for players, especially in the modern game at the top level.”

Rodgers is also hoping that Peters will help him as a manager.

“Command can be lonely and it is always good to have other people to turn to when you are trying to lead the club forward,” he said. “I have my staff around me and they are outstanding, but it is always nice to have a different set of eyes with different experiences.”

“I have always used neurologists, but I took my time when I arrived here to make sure we could get someone who could really help performance. This guy is of that level. I would stress it is not a psychologist. It is neurology.”