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Liverpool for sale?

Posted In: . By Reds Andy

WTF? Just barely 12 months after the takeover by the Americans and now The Yankees are looking for buyers. Is this just a piece of a sensational tabloid news or the truth? This piece of shit was written by Chris Bascombe for News of the World. Jurgen Klinsmann to replace Rafael Benitez? Can you believe this crap?

After a back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, Liverpool has revived their title bid with a 4-1 thumping of Portsmouth at Anfield last Saturday. The Reds still remains 10 points off the leader and have a game on hand. This hectic festive period are very crucial for Liverpool, nothing less than a 12 points out of 4 games are at stakes here.

Liverpool raced to a 2-nil lead in the first quater of the hour with goals from Yossi Benayoun (13th) and an own-goal by Sylvain Distin (16th) before Benjani pulled one back for Portsmouth in the 57th minutes. Fernando 'El Nino' Torres puts this match beyond Portsmouth with two late goals.



We conceded some terrible goals through poor defending but Torres is a a top striker, a fantastic player who is at another level. He is in a top-four team with a lot of good players who can tear you apart on the day.

Make no mistake, Liverpool can beat anybody on their day and the top four teams are at another level to everybody else in this division.
- Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp.




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The Super 16

Posted In: , , , . By Reds Andy

It's all good!You may call it tough luck or whatever you want. But I was looking forward to this Champions League grudge match with Inter Milan. During the draw process, the candidates that are in the pot were Sevilla, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan after Barcelona was drawn against Celtic earlier. I was hoping for a rematch against AC Milan, but we got Inter instead.

Liverpool and Inter Milan only met once in European competition, way back in 1964/65 semi-finals of the European Champion Clubs' Cup. Liverpool triumphing 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield only for Inter to overturn that deficit with a 3-0 victory in the return, going on to lift the trophy for the second time in their history. Liverpool have won four of their six home games against Italian opposition, including their last two, but have tasted success just once in six visits to Italian teams. Inter, may have won only three of their nine trips to England, yet two of those victories came in their last two visits, in impressive fashion, 4-1 at Newcastle United and 3-0 at Arsenal.

The Reds will entertain the Italian champions in the first-leg on Tuesday, February 19 while the second-leg in Italy will be played on Tuesday, March 11 2008. And here are the rest of the last 16 draws for this year Champions League.

  • Celtic v Barcelona
  • Lyon v Mancheater United
  • Schalke 04 v Porto
  • Liverpool v Inter Milan
  • Roma v Real Madrid
  • Arsenal v AC Milan
  • Olympiacos v Chelsea
  • Fenerbahce v Sevilla
All matches will be play on 19/20 February and the return leg on 4/5 March, except Inter Milan home match which will be play on 11 March (Inter and AC Milan ground sharing).

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Champions League
Marseille 0-4 Liverpool


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Liverpool supporters are completely united in being behind Rafa and some of the comments include:


Rafa Benitez is the best thing to have happened to Liverpool Football Club since the success of the 1980s. To sack him would be a grave mistake as he could walk into any major club of his choosing. Such is his talent.

If everyone genuinely wants the best for our club then there is no question that Rafa should stay.The future hasn’t looked as positive for LFC since the ’80s.

If you sack Rafa, you’ll lose the best manager in the world and half the squad will leave. You will destroy your own financial asset and the heritage of all Liverpool fans. Rafa’s only doing the best he can for the club. Please match his aspirations.

Listen Mr Hicks & Gillette, we really appreciate the investment so far, it has allowed us to compete again for the title. However, you have to back (not sack) Rafa Benitez because he is a top class manager & the fans love him.

Read more here.

Sign the petition, support Rafa!!!


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Reds run riot

Posted In: , , , . By Reds Andy



Champions League
Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas



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Fixing in progress!

By Reds Andy

What a bad day! Uploaded a new template and it cleaned out all my existing widgets/columns. To rub salt into wound, my backup templates won't work as something has corrupted it. Arrrgggghhhh....

Okay, need to rebuilt them one by one now... sorry for the inconvenience... those whom I supposed to give a backlinks, please be patience as your URL aren't saved too, so need some time to google it.


P.S. : If possible drop your URL into my comment box. Thanks.


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Rafa BenitezIt's been a very frustrating month for all the Reds' fans. We've enjoyed the brilliant start to the league season only to slumped to some dismal performances since Liverpool thumped Derby County 6-nil. The press has blasted Rafa's rotation policy once again and as usual Rafa won't be bother with the sarcastic claims from the press to mess with his game plan. I never fully obliged to the rotations made by Rafa. Last season, I has stressed that Liverpool need to start with the best eleven and until today we haven't seen our beloved team play as a same unit for a succession of games.

I knew Rafa done brilliantly at Valencia with this tactic, I never doubted it but at Liverpool it was a different story. It's still too early to rest players, not until after Christmas I think. There are nothing wrong with rotating the squad but why change half of the squad when one or two necessary changes should be suffice? Why can't he just change one or two players instead of four to five players for the next games? The match against Marseille in Champions League saw Rafa started with Sebastion Leto, Momo Sissoko, Peter Crouch and Yossi Benayoun, clearly back-fires as Riise, Mascherano and Kuyt was rested. Losing 1-nil at home at a European cup night rarely happens but the confidence of the supporters has evaporates from The Kop that night with the lacklustre performance from The Reds.


We started well in the league, six points behind the leader and still unbeaten. I hope Rafa knows what he's doing, as it's clear that people at Liverpool or even the supporters around the globe are starting to get abit nervous. Rafa has a large squad this time around should be starting his strongest selection and let the others on the bench to fight for their places when a chance arose.

The next 10 days will be crucial for Rafa and his men in reds. This weekend some of the players are away on international duty and next Saturday comes the Merseyside's derby at Goodison Park. I hope Rafa can keep the same side and let them gel for a few games running to gain back their confidence. It was a bad motivation to the players as when you're playing well, the next game you'll be on the bench. Stop this treatment now or else we'll end up losing the star players by the next transfer window. Buck up or ship out!


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Carling Cup 3rd Round
Reading 2-4 Liverpool
Reading:Convey 28, Halls 64
Liverpool:Benayoun 23, Torres 50, 72, 86









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Reds in Group A

Posted In: , . By Reds Andy

The draw for UEFA Champions League 2007/08 has been finalised. Liverpool was drawn into Group A together with Porto (Portugal), Marseille (France) and Besiktas (Turkey).



Group A
LIVERPOOL (England)
Porto (Portugal)
Marseille (France)
Besiktas (Turkey)

Group B
CHELSEA (England)
Valencia (Spain)
Schalke (Germany)
Rosenborg (Norway)

Group C
REAL MADRID (Spain)
Werder Bremen (Germany)
Lazio (Italy)
Olympiacos (Greece)

Group D
AC MILAN* (Italy)
Benfica (Portugal)
Celtic (Scotland)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Group E
BARCELONA (Spain)
Lyon (France)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Rangers (Scotland)

Group F
MANCHESTER UNITED (England)
AS Roma (Italy)
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)

Group G
INTER MILAN (Italy)
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Fenerbache (Turkey)

Group H
ARSENAL (England)
Sevilla/AEK Athens** (Spain/Greece)
Steaua Bucharest (Romania)
Slavia Prague (Czech)
CAPS - seeded teams
* defending champions
** TBC

Watch how Liverpool demolished Toulouse in Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round second leg at Anfield. Liverpool won by 4 goals to nil and qualified for the group stage of UEFA Champions League 2007/08. The draw for the group stages will be scheduled today at 12am midnight (Malaysian time) and was held in Monaco, France.

Here's are the clubs that going into the draw :

Pot 1
AC Milan
Barcelona
Liverpool
Inter Milan
Arsenal
Real Madrid
Chelsea
Manchester United

Pot 2
Valencia
Lyon
Porto
Sevilla/AEK Athens
PSV Eindhoven
AS Roma
Benfica
Werder Bremen

Pot 3
Celtic
Schalke
Stuttgart
Steaua Bucharest
CSKA Moscow
Sporting Lisbon
Lazio
Marseille

Pot 4
Rangers
Shakhtar Donetsk
Besiktas
Olympiakos
Dynamo Kiev
Fenerbache
Slavia Prague
Rosenborg




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Too hot to handle!

Posted In: , . By Reds Andy



Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (2nd leg)
Liverpool 4-0 Toulouse
Crouch 19, Hyypia 49, Kuyt 87, 91
(Aggregate 5-0)


Liverpool through to the group stage with a 5-nil victory on aggregate over French club Toulouse. Goal from Peter Crouch on the 19th minute put the Reds on the front seat before Hyypia and Kuyt wrapped up the match in the second half. The French outfit clearly no match for a revamped Liverpool lineups with Gerrard, Carragher, Finnan, Voronin, Torres and Alonso all were omitted from the starting eleven. Sebastian Leto was given his first start to his Liverpool career and played on the left side of the midfield. Rafa also gave Lucas Leiva a debut as a second half substitute for Momo Sissoko on the 68th minute.

Peter CrouchPeter Crouch, left out of the last two matches, returned to score after just 19 minutes and captain for the night Sami Hyypia made light of a broken nose to head home the second just after the break. Crouch and Yossi Benayoun also both returned to the starting line-up to good effect. Benayoun's enthusiasm, pace and skill was at the centre of most of Liverpool's attacks and the opening goal came after when Benayoun worked to get Kuyt into space on the right and his far-post cross was turned in by Crouch's outstretched right leg.

Crouch should have scored again two minutes later when Benayoun popped up on the left and lifted in a cross that the tall striker rose to meet from six yards but planted his header over the crossbar. Crouch continued his wasteful ways when Arbeloa swung over another cross, again heading over, while Kuyt was next to miss with a header from another Benayoun cross.

Within three minutes of the restart it was 2-nil, a Yossi Benayoun corner being nodded in by Hyypia. Liverpool were sailing through the tie and Kuyt provided still more attacking menace yet missed the target when set up by Crouch. The Dutchman was also denied by the crossbar after his shot had taken a touch off Mauro Cetto but he finally got his reward three minutes from time after a fine one-two with substitute Ryan Babel. Deep into stoppage time, Benayoun played him in for his second.



Liverpool: 25 Reina, 17 Arbeloa, 4 Hyypia, 5 Agger (3 Finnan, 81), 6 Riise, 11 Benayoun, 22 Sissoko (21 Lucas, 68), 20 Mascherano, 33 Leto (19 Babel, 75), 15 Crouch, 18 Kuyt
Unused subs: 30 Itandje, 9 Torres, 14 Alonso, 16 Pennant
Bookings: None

Toulouse: 16 Douchez, 28 Cetto, 24 Ilunga, 15 Paulo Cesar, 5 Mathieu (22 Sissoko, 81), 25 Dieuze, 2 Fofana, 14 Sirieix, 9 Elmander, 20 Emana (17 Fabinho, 76), 21 Gignac (10 Bergougnoux, 54)
Unused subs: 1 Riou, 6 Jonsson, 7 Mansare, 8 Batlles
Bookings: None

Attendance: 43,118

Referee
Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referee
Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official
Markus Schmidt (GER)

UEFA Referee observer
Günter Benkö (AUT)


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New Anfield Stadium

Posted In: , . By Reds Andy

Reds new fortress will be ready by 2010, a re-designed and stunning stadium in Stanley Park just across the existing Anfield stadium.
















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Late as usual. The Barclays Premier League 2007/08 (English Premier League) has had kicked off for the past 2 weeks now. Finally, we headed to a winning start to the season away at Villa Park. An own goal from Villa's Martin Laursen and a superb free-kick from Steven Gerrard sealed the match for us.

I missed this match on live telecast and managed to watch the highlight program few days later. The line-ups pretty much the same and our new boy Fernando Torres make his debut but the most significant changes made was the formation, 4-4-2 opted by Rafa instead of 4-5-1 which being used mostly for away matches last season. Rafa did do his homework!

Liverpool lead at half-time, thanks to an own goal from Villa's defender Laursen on the 36th minute. Gareth Barry converted a penalty after Carragher handled in the box on the 85th minute. While Villa fans still celebrating the equaliser, Liverpool had a free-kick just outside Villa's penalty box. Gerrard step up to took the free-kick himself and for the first time in many games, the skipper curl the ball superbly past Taylor's top left hand corner for the winning goal.

Watch the YouTube video of Steven Gerrard superb free-kick, plus goals from Voronin v Toulouse and Torres v Chelsea.


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Poll closed

Posted In: , , . By Reds Andy

This poll is closed. New season just started. We hope to see one or two more new players coming to Anfield before the transfer deadline on 31st August 2007.


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See you in court

Posted In: , . By Reds Andy

Gabriel HeinzeLiverpool is taking Manchester United to court if the Red Devils continued to block Gabriel Heinze's move to Anfield. Rafa has matched United asking price of £6.8million for the 29 year old Argentine's defender but Sir Alex Ferguson reluctant to do business. Clearly, Rafa wants to make Heinze the first player to move from Old Trafford to Anfield since Phil Chisnall in 1964.



"A lot of clubs, in many different countries, knew what the situation was,"

"I do not know what the problem is. We made an offer, they rejected it. I know what they are saying to the press but everyone in the world knows they (United) signed a document."
- Rafa Benitez





The last thing we want to see is an ex-Manchester United player moving to Liverpool but if Rafa sees Heinze as the suitable cover for our left defence, we'll happy to accept him with open arms.





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Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini, Juventus defender was rumoured to be the next Liverpool's transfer target. He'll be Rafa's back-up option if a move for Gabriel Heinze falls through. Juventus is holding out a £7million transfer fee for Chiellini, while Liverpool reported to have made a £5million offer for this Italian Under-21 captain.


"I am sure if something official came from Liverpool, it would be a tempting solution."


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Ricardo Quaresma Which Ronaldo? Definitely not the Brazilian and absolutely not United's Cristiano... it's Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo, a very talented young football player from FC Porto. He can play on both flanks, fast, great skills and the right player to add into our squad. Liverpool has offered £13.5million for this exciting young Portuguese winger.








Stay tune for more update on this player.



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Finally, our pain stricken wait for new recruit has been arrived! Fernando Torres has cut short his holidays to sign for Liverpool Football Club. El Nino or The Kid which the Atletico fans and Spanish media has called him 'cause of his youthful appearance, become Liverpool record signing at £26.5million. He was reportedly signed a six-year deal worth £90,000 a week and will join with the rest of the squad on 11th July.




In May 2007, Fernando revealed the words "You'll Never Walk Alone" written behind his captain's armband during a game against Real Sociedad. Two months later he signed for Liverpool, leaving the Vicente Calderon with a record of 82 goals in 214 league appearances. He will be wearing the No.9 shirt vacated by Robbie Fowler. The number nine once owned by Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush, both are prolific goalscorers for Liverpool in their prime. Will El Nino able to replicate the feat?




At 6' 1, Torres is a big and strong forward and will be Rafael Benitez's eight Spanish player brought in since taking over the manager roll in 2004. He will be a big hit in the premiership, although it's too early to judge him. But I personally feels that El Nino is the missing link between our midfield and forward.


"Fernando Torres is a forward's forward, and he gives a team depth. He's fast, direct and dangerous in the box. He's still very young but he's doing really well. He accepts responsibility and he has a great future."
- Frank Rikjaard, Barcelona coach





"Fernando is much more than just a counter attacking player. He is a very clever player, especially outside the penalty box, and I can see him forming very effective partnerships, especially with Dirk Kuyt."
- Spanish football expert Guillem Balague





Can't wait to see what he can offer to our frontline.





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New polls

Posted In: . By Reds Andy

There are two new polls here. What's new about dPolls's poll is that you can have multiple choices of votes instead of the conventional single vote. So, cast your votes based on your most desired criteria now! You might not want to vote for Darren Bent (in Who's coming in?) anymore cos he already join Spurs and Diego Forlan too as he was set to sign for Atletico Madrid after the Copa America.




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Henry at Barcelona

Posted In: , , . By Reds Andy

This was just to rub some salt to the wounds of fellow Gunners. Thierry Henry has already signed a four-year deal with the Catalan giant on Monday. But the funny part is the YouTube video posted by beverbrigade, during the match between Villarreal and Arsenal shown that a Spanish fan ran into the pitch and handed Henry a Barcelona jersey! How come you didn't see it coming?


Henry wear No.14
Henry unveiled
getting ready?
30,000 cheers for Henry at Camp Nou
sealed with a kiss







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Liverpool swoop Mihaylov

Posted In: , . By Reds Andy

Nikolay MihaylovWho the hell is Mihaylov? Nikolay Mihaylov is Bulgaria under-21 goalkeeper from Bulgarian Champions Levski Sofia. He will go straight to the Academy together with German striker Marvin Pourie and Swedish winger Alex Kacaniklic. Mihaylov, turning 19 last Thursday has made his senior debut against Scotland in Kirin Cup held in Japan on May 2006. While Pourie and Kacaniklic both are joining the under-18 squad for the 2007/08 season.

More and more youngsters are coming in but still no sign of our most anticipated new signing for the current senior squad has been made. Fernando Torres's deal is almost done but yet to confirm as the press reported. Is he coming or not?


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