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Friday, October 7, 2011

Rumour Mill: Liverpool tracking Dutch striker

Liverpool FC has earmarked a future move to sign Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong after a series of scouting missions. The 21-year-old has been a consistent performer for FC Twente and his displays have earned him a series of international call ups and a growing list of prospective suitors.

The powerfully built striker helped his side to a Dutch Eredivisie title in his first season at the club and this term he has matured into a more effective attacking weapon, notching up six goals in eight matches. The 6ft 2in Swiss born forward has been linked with interest from several clubs across Europe and is seen as a prospect with a bright future.

Though Liverpool have a formidable first choice strike pairing in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll they do lack strength in depth in this department, especially after the sale of David N’Gog to Bolton. Kenny Dalglish brought in a short term solution to this problem by signing 32-year-old Craig Bellamy.

De Jong is valued at around £10million and clearly having spent upwards of £100million in 2011 on new additions, such a price tag will not cause any problems for the Merseyside outfit. The young FC Twente man will no doubt be tempted by a high profile move where he would link up with his international colleague Dirk Kuyt.

If Liverpool is to follows suit with a bid in January transfer window, we will not be surprised that Daniel Pacheco’s future at Anfield has been numbered. Pacheco currently on a season long loan to Atletico Madrid.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Liverpool complete transfer deadline day clear-out

Liverpool concluded a productive transfer window with a late surprise when they accepted Chelsea's £12million offer for the Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles.

Raul Meireles The Anfield club delivered on all of their targets for deadline day, shifting Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, David Ngog and Philipp Degen and re-signing Craig Bellamy after the Wales international was granted a free transfer by Manchester City. While Meireles never fell into the unwanted category under Kenny Dalglish, and Liverpool had been reluctant to trade with Chelsea, they were open to offers that would allow them to recoup the £11.8million paid to Porto for the 28-year-old.

Ultimately, the only bid that came close to Liverpool's valuation was Chelsea's second offer for Meireles. Liverpool had rejected a deal of £7million plus Yossi Benayoun last week and made it clear to the midfielder that he would have to submit a transfer request if he wished to be reunited with André Villas-Boas, who managed him for three weeks at Porto last summer.

Meireles submitted a request as the 11pm deadline approached after Chelsea, thwarted in their pursuits of Luka Modric and Alvaro Pereira, agreed to meet Liverpool's valuation. He has signed a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge, having been due an improved contract at Liverpool.

Liverpool's business also involved looking ahead to next summer. They agreed to pay 60% of Cole's wages during his season at Lille in an attempt to obtain first refusal on the Belgium international, Eden Hazard, should the French club elect to sell their coveted midfielder. That request was rejected by Lille, although Liverpool retain hope that their £3million costs for Cole over the next 12 months will deliver an advantage in any future talks for Hazard.

Cole agreed to join the French club despite late interest from Aston Villa, having made only nine starts in the Premier League last season. Fenway Sports Group, which inherited the 29-year-old's £100,000-a-week contract, was keen to offload the midfielder but struggled to find a suitor. Through the director of football Damien Comolli, Liverpool had used Lille's interest in Cole as a means to try to steal a march on their rivals for Hazard.

Liverpool inquired about Lille's attacking midfielder earlier in the summer and, along with Arsenal and several European clubs, were informed that the 20-year-old was not for sale. But Lille's stance on Hazard may change at the end of this season, prompting Liverpool to offer generous loan terms on Cole.

Lille can offer Cole Champions League football this season and are believed to be relaxed about the England international commuting to and from London. His exit was part of a successful clear-out of expensive transfer mistakes by Liverpool, who have also offloaded Milan Jovanovic to Anderlecht, Alberto Aquilani, on loan to Milan, and Poulsen to Evian. The Denmark international, who cost an initial £4.5million from Juventus last summer, made only 21 appearances for Liverpool and has joined the French club on a permanent transfer.

Bellamy has signed a two-year contract with Liverpool, having negotiated his release from City. The 32-year-old, who played for Liverpool for one season under Rafael Benítez in 2006-07, had two years left on a £95,000-a-week contract and his refusal to accept reduced terms had deterred several Premier League clubs this summer, plus Celtic, another of his former employers.

Liverpool, however, have offered similar personal terms after he successfully completed a medical on Merseyside last night.

The Anfield club also completed the signing of the United States under-18 striker Villyan Bijev from California Odyssey after the teenager impressed on trial at the academy. Bijev does not have a work permit and so has joined the German side Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan with immediate effect. They also cancelled Degen's contract by mutual consent and sold Ngog to Bolton for a fee of around £4million.

Liverpool – The complete summer 2011 transfer lists:


Stewart Downing (Liverpool, £20m)

Jordan Henderson (Sunderland, £16m)

Charlie Adam (£9m)

Jose Enrique (Newcastle, £6m)

Alexander Doni (Roma, free)

Sebastian Coates (Nacional, undisclosed)

Craig Bellamy (Manchester City, free)

Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey, undisclosed)

Total summer spending: £51 million + undisclosed fees *



Joe Cole (Lille, loan)

Christian Poulsen (Evian, undisclosed)

Alberto Aquilani (AC Milan, loan)

Paul Konchesky (Leicester, £1.5m)

Emiliano Insua (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed)

Daniel Ayala (Norwich, undisclosed)

Milan Jovanovic (Anderlecht, free)

Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Wolfsburg, free)

Tom Ince (Blackpool, free)

Stephen Darby (Rochdale, loan)

Daniel Pacheco (Atletico Madrid, loan)

David Ngog (Bolton, £4m)

Raul Meireles (Chelsea, £12m)

Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan)

Philipp Degen (released)

Nabil El-Zhar (Levante, free)

Chris Mavinga (Rennes, £1m)

Gerardo Bruna (Blackpool, free)

Total summer recouped: £18.5 million + undisclosed fees *

* Transfer fees are just speculation figures gathered in the press, actual amount may not be accurate as displayed

Source: Guardian

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Transfer deadline: Two more to join Liverpool and four players leaving

David N’gog should complete his protracted £4million move to Bolton Wanderers from Liverpool FC today.

David Ngog The 22-year-old Frenchman has been a long-time target of Trotters boss Owen Coyle, who is desperate to add a striker to his ranks before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

A fee for the former Paris St. Germain forward has been agreed in principle between the two clubs, and Bolton are prepared to match N’gog's Anfield salary, having already missed out on number one target Daniel Sturridge this summer.

N’gog is now expected to travel to the Reebok Stadium to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, and a deal should be announced before the closure of the transfer window tomorrow evening.

N’gog has made 94 appearances since arriving at Anfield in 2008, scoring 19 goals, but has found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield this season, following Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish's close-season recruitment drive.

He was left out of the squad for last week's Carling Cup tie at Exeter City, and was again absent as the Reds swept aside his prospective new employers on Saturday evening to briefly top the Premier League table.

His imminent departure will, however, leave Dalglish's squad short of attacking depth. He has Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt as his forward options, but would ideally like to add another before tomorrow's deadline.

Manchester City misfit Craig Bellamy has been strongly linked, and would be receptive to a return to Anfield, but a move for the Welshman hinges on whether City are willing to release the 32-year-old on a free transfer, and to a potential Premier League rival.

Dalglish, meanwhile, has been busy lowering the Reds' wage bill in recent weeks, following more than £110m worth of investment in his squad since January.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Nabil El-Zhar and Emiliano Insua have all been sold, while Alberto Aquilani has joined AC Milan on loan with view to a permanent move. Both Joe Cole and Philipp Degen could follow them, if Queens Park Rangers follow up their initial interest in the pair.

Liverpool signing Sebastian Coates is due to have his work permit hearing today, and his current club Nacional have flown a delegation over to help with the case.

Also set for the Anfield exit door is midfielder Christian Poulsen, with Spanish side Espanyol keen to end the Dane's miserable year on Merseyside.

Poulsen joined the Reds from Juventus for £4.5million last summer, but has failed to make an impact, and made just 12 league appearances last season.

He was left out of Denmark's squad for their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifier with Norway this week, with manager Morten Olsen claiming he was suffering from stress due to his uncertain club future.

Poulsen himself would welcome a return to former club FC Copenhagen, but the Danes are unlikely to meet his wage demands, and Espanyol hope to tie up a deal for the 32-year-old in the next 48 hours.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Liverpool are ready to make Chelsea a swap deal

There are growing speculation that Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen on reuniting with former FC Porto man Raul Meireles and Kenny Dalglish maybe tempted to consider an offer for the Portuguese international, just as long as Liverpool get striker Daniel Sturridge in return.

Raul Meireles The heavily tattooed Portuguese midfielder has seemingly fallen out of favour with Dalglish – he only came on a substitute during last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland at Anfield – and, given the club's excessive collection of central players, is now available for transfer.

Chelsea are frustrated over their attempts to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur and with the manager, Andre Villas-Boas, acutely aware of Meireles's talents from their time together at Porto a move for the 28-year-old does seem plausible. Liverpool will, though, want close to £12million for the player. There is also growing speculation that Israeli international Yossi Benayoun could be used as a makeweight in the pursuit of Luka Modric.

Dalglish is keen to bolster his defensive option with the sales of Meireles, with Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Birmingham’s Scott Dann heavily linked to Anfield.

Chelsea are looking to add creativity to a midfield that has a great deal of brawn in the shape of John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Michael Essien but not so much in the way of forward momentum aside from ageing Frank Lampard and youngster Josh McEachran.

Although, Liverpool are keen to bolster its defensive options before the transfer window closes. Dalglish would also like to purchase a forward to cover for January signing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. A possible swap deal or cash plus Meireles for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge maybe on the card.

Sturridge will not be keen to spend the season on the Blues bench having experienced a taste of regular Premier League football whilst on loan at the Reebok Stadium last term and the 21 year old may be keen on any move that brings him nearer to first team football.

If the rumour are to be true on Bolton interest in Frenchman David N’Gog and he could be offloaded to the Reebok Stadium.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Liverpool demand £6M for striker

Liverpool striker David Ngog has jumped to the top of Owen Coyle's wanted list after the Bolton boss ditched moves for Daniel Sturridge and Jeffren.

Coyle is hoping to sign Ngog for around £3million despite being offered the Frenchman for £6million last year.

David Ngog Liverpool currently value Ngog at £6million and it is believed that manager Kenny Dalglish would rather hold out for a higher fee as he believes the striker has plenty of potential.

The French striker was close to joining Sunderland earlier this summer when Liverpool tried to use the forward as a makeweight in the deal for midfielder Jordan Henderson.

The 22-year-old did not want to be any part of that deal and subsequently stayed with the Reds and has been impressing during pre-season. While Ngog scored when handed the chance to impression the US tour, it appears he could still leave Anfield this season.

Ngog has appeared for the Reds of 94 occasions and scored 19 goals in all competitions.

A move to Bolton could be on the cards but Coyle is going to have to dig a little deeper to get his man.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Liverpool owner hints that duo could stay

During the LIVE match between Malaysia XI and Liverpool, Liverpool owner, John W. Henry has indeed been watching the game in the States.

He tweeted this on his twitter account and I was among the 100 plus followers who retweeted it.

twitter Liverpool owner John Henry has given Alberto Aquilani and David Ngog hope of extending their Anfield careers.

Aquilani spent last season at Juventus after being loaned out by then manager Roy Hodgson, even though the Italy international had looked like finding his form towards the end of the previous campaign after a long time out with injury.

His days on Merseyside appeared numbered, despite manager Kenny Dalglish being a fan of his ability, with plenty of speculation linking him to a move back to his homeland.

However, Juventus were not interested in signing the 27-year-old permanently and he returned to the Reds for pre-season before flying out with the squad for their matches in China and Malaysia.

The Italian, whose £17million signing by Rafa Benitez was ridiculed in many quarters because of his poor fitness record - he actually arrived at Anfield with an injury - impressed in Saturday's 6-3 win over a Malaysia XI.

Ngog has been nothing more than a back-up striker since arriving at the club from Paris St Germain for £1.5million in the summer of 2008.

He has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs but a goal against Guangdong last weekend and his two in Kuala Lumpur have caught the attention of Henry.

Liverpool's principal owner also believes Aquilani is making a difference in pre-season and has indicated that both players could be set to stay.

Source: @John_W_Henry and Sky Sports

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Video: Malaysia XI 3-6 Liverpool

Pre-season friendly for the LFC Asia Tour 2011 in Malaysia, played in front of a packed stadium.


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Monday, July 4, 2011

Liverpool to offer £12M player-plus-cash deal for Downing

In an attempt to land the transfer target for Liverpool “trouble” position for the past season. Liverpool boss, Kenny Dalglish will offer Aston Villa £12million cash plus David N’gog, moving in the opposite direction.

It is understood that N’gog transfer to Stadium of Light has been stalled and Dalglish need to react swiftly to offload Liverpool FC fringes as the pre-season is about to kick-off.

Stewart Downing It is believed that new boss Alex McLeish is reluctant to lose the England international, but with recent contract talks at Villa Park stalling, the club may be prepared to take accept a transfer fee and move instead for Charles N'Zogbia from Wigan.

McLeish reign already saw Ashley Young moved to Old Trafford. The Villa manager was still interested in keeping Downing.

In unforeseen circumstances, contract negotiation between N’gog and Sunderland didn’t materialized as planned although Liverpool has agreed on the transfer fee.

Liverpool and Dalglish are reluctant to met Aston Villa demand for £20million on the 26-year-old England international. A player-plus-cash deal is seems to be the best option for the Reds.

Watch this space for the latest update.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Black Cats swoop for Liverpool striker

Sunderland hope to complete the signing of striker David Ngog from Liverpool for around £5million in the next week.

Ngog was offered to the Black Cats as part of the deal that saw Jordan Henderson move to Anfield earlier this month but in the end the Frenchman stayed at Anfield for the time being.

However, Steve Bruce is keen on landing the 22-year-old and hopes to wrap up the deal in the next seven days.

Ngog has been deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool by boss Kenny Dalglish and will be allowed to move on in a deal that is set to be worth around £5million.

The striker, who has scored nine league goals in three seasons for the Reds, could get an immediate chance to face his old club if the transfer goes through as Sunderland travel to Anfield on the opening day of the new campaign.
Liverpool host Sunderland in the opening day of the 2011-12 Premier League season.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

David N’Gog future at Liverpool FC still unclear

Has he gone to Sunderland or has he not? The future of Liverpool striker David N’Gog still hangs in the balance after the Reds has completed the signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.

david-ngog The French striker arrived from Paris Saint Germain in July 2008.

He is one of the brightest young talents in French football, scoring goals at every youth level for his country, including two absolute corkers against England U19s in 2007.

He made his Liverpool debut as a substitute against Aston Villa on August 31, 2008. A first goal followed away at PSV on December 9.

He also made 94 appearances for the Reds and scored 19 goals.

Liverpool is rumoured to be chasing another English young talent from Ipswich Town. N’Gog will be pushed further down the pecking order if the rumours are to be true.

In the latest interview, Director of Football, Damien Comolli has been quizzed about the future of the 22-year-old French striker. Comolli has mentioned that Sunderland have had a strong interest in him. Liverpool has agreed to let N’Gog speak to Sunderland about his future to see if he's interested in going there.

There aren’t any news yet on this transfer but I do wish David all the best, if he decided to part with Liverpool FC in the coming week.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Henderson fee agreed

It’s official! Sunderland AFC official website has released an official statement on Jordan Henderson.

Jordan Henderson

David N’Gog has been speculated to be included in a cash plus player deal for Henderson. According to the press, Liverpool FC will be paying Sunderland £13million plus David N’Gog, who worth £7million in the deal plus some add-on.

The news comes after days of frenzied speculation, with the Reds seemingly determined to get their hands on Henderson before he heads off with the England Under-21s squad for the European Championships in Denmark tomorrow.

Henderson's potential acquisition fits in with Liverpool's policy under Dalglish, director of football Damien Comolli and owners Fenway Sports Group to pursue young, and preferably English, talent.

Henderson is also set to become Kenny Dalglish's first signing since being named permanent manager at the club.

Source: Sunderland AFC Official Website

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Liverpool complete £20M swoop on Sunderland midfielder

Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sunderland for 20-year-old midfielder Jordan Henderson, it has been confirmed.

Henderson, who has won one cap for England’s senior team, will undergo a medical at Melwood today.

It is understood that the deal is worth £20million in total, with Reds striker David N’Gog joining the Black Cats and Liverpool paying up to £13m with add-ons.

Henderson will fly out with the England U21 squad for the forthcoming European Championships once he has completed his medical, while N’Gog has travelled to the North East for his medical at the Stadium of Light.

N’Gog arrived at Liverpool from French side PSG for £1.5million in 2008, making 63 appearances to date. His departure could frees up a spot for young English striker Connor Wickham to arrive from Ipswich Town.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Goal Highlights: Liverpool 3-0 Aston Villa [VIDEO]

Ryan Babel helped to ensure that Gerard Houllier's Anfield return ended in disappointment as Liverpool eased to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night.

The Dutch striker came in for the missing Fernando Torres and capped an impressive showing with the killer second goal as the Reds bounced back from last week's frustrating defeat at Spurs.

The No.19's clinical drive came straight after David Ngog's diving header had given the hosts a 14th minute lead and helped secure a win that has propelled Roy Hodgson's men up to eighth in the table, seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth spot.

Maxi Rodriguez then put the seal on a solid all-round showing when he netted the third of the night by guiding home Ngog's cut back on 55 minutes.

The pre-match chatter had been firmly focused upon Houllier's first L4 experience as an opposition manager but as the team news filtered through, the spotlight shifted towards Babel, who was named in the side in place of Torres.

The Spaniard had withdrawn from duty after it emerged that his wife had gone into labour, providing the Dutchman with another chance to show what he could do in a much-craved striking role.

The former Ajax man looked up for the occasion too, but it wasn't just him who had the bit between his teeth. There was an energy to Liverpool's play right from the word 'go' and they could have been ahead inside two minutes when a Raul Meireles free-kick from the right caused chaos in the Villans' penalty area.

The visitors failed to clear their lines on at least two occasions and were left to heave a huge sigh of relief when Dirk Kuyt seared a volley off target from Ngog's knock down. [Read more…]


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Carling Cup: Reds crash out on penalties

Northampton Town produced one of the shocks of the season as they dumped Liverpool out of the Carling Cup with a 4-2 win on penalties at Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Cobblers defied all the odds to book a place in round four after both David Ngog and Nathan Eccleston missed for the home side during the shoot-out.

The Reds had forced spot-kicks when Ngog headed in his seventh goal of the season on 115 minutes to deny Michael Jacobs the headlines after Billy McKay had cancelled out Milan Jovanovic's opener in normal time.

It means the League Two outfit have become the first side from English football's fourth tier to defeat the Reds in this competition and leaves Roy Hodgson to pick up the pieces ahead of Saturday's league clash at home to Sunderland.

Liverpool had gone into the tie on the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat at Manchester United and Hodgson opted to the use the occasion to take a closer look at his fringe players.

In came Brad Jones and Danny Wilson to make their Liverpool debuts while Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly and Dani Pacheco were amongst a clutch of youngsters eager to make an impression. [Read more…]



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Friday, September 17, 2010

Europa League: Liverpool 4-1 Steaua Bucharest

Joe Cole scored his first goal for Liverpool and David Ngog notched a brace as the Reds beat Steaua Bucharest 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The midfielder had the honour of firing home the club's fastest ever goal in European competition on 27 seconds before Ngog (penalty) and substitute Lucas Leiva put them back in the driving seat after Cristian Tanase had levelled with a sublime first-half finish.

Ngog then put the icing on the cake with a well taken fourth in injury-time to take his tally to six for the season so far.

It means Liverpool have opened their Group K account with an important victory and also sees Hodgson become the first Reds manager in history to win his first five European games.

Going into the clash the boss had opted to make eight changes to his line-up with both Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard amongst a host of players rested for Sunday's league contest at Manchester United. [Read more…]



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Premier League Highlights

The Barclays Premier League are back over the weekend. Tottenham kick-off the season against Manchester City, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Blackpool back in the top division with an impressive victory away at Wigan. Liverpool home clash with Arsenal on Sunday marred by Joe Cole’s dismissal.

Watch the games highlights, goal by goal here.

Liverpool 1-1 ArsenalMatch report

N’Gog (46 minute)
Reina (OG 90 minute)


Tottenham 0-0 Manchester CityMatch report

Aston Villa 3-0 West HamMatch report

Blackburn 1-0 EvertonMatch report

Bolton 0-0 FulhamMatch report

Sunderland 2-2 BirminghamMatch report

Wigan 0-4 BlackpoolMatch report / Highlights

Wolves 2-1 StokeMatch report

Chelsea 6-0 West Bromwich AlbionMatch report / Highlights

Manchester United 3-0 NewcastleMatch report

Sources: Premier League website and RUTube

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Europa League: Liverpool 2-0 FK Rabotnicki Highlights

Roy Hodgson celebrated his first home game as Liverpool manager by watching his side cruise into the play-offs of the Europa League with a 2-0 victory over FK Rabotnicki.

First half goals from David Ngog and Steven Gerrard secured a 4-0 aggregate victory over their Macedonian opponents as the Reds booked their place in Friday's draw for the next play-off round of the competition.


With Liverpool's four English World Cup players named in the starting line-up - including a home debut for Joe Cole - there was a buzz around the stadium before kick-off, while the inclusion of Spanish starlet Dani Pacheco added further to the feel-good factor which has been enveloping the club over recent weeks.

Liverpool - backed by an enthusiastic home crowd who had turned out in their thousands despite the first leg cushion - started on the front foot and had the ball in the net after just seven minutes, but David Ngog was flagged offside as he bundled the ball home following a rampaging run by Glen Johnson.

The French striker should have opened the scoring four minutes later when set through on goal by Steven Gerrard, but visiting goalkeeper Bogatinov made a smart stop as Ngog delayed his shot.

With Hodgson's men enjoying total control and playing some eye-catching football, Pacheco and Gerrard both tried long range efforts before the opening goal finally arrived after 21 minutes.

Ngog - whose two goals last week put the Reds firmly in control of the tie - broke the deadlock on the night with a fine header from Cole's deep left wing cross.

Cole the provider almost turned into Cole the goalscorer minutes later, but his curling effort from the edge of the area curled just the wrong side of the woodwork.

It was only ever going to be a matter of time before the second goal came long, and it duly arrived six minutes before the break when the lively Ngog was fouled in the area and Gerrard stepped up to confidently stroke the penalty into the corner of the net.

Milan Jovanovic, another player in red making a home debut, stung the fingertips of the Rabotnicki goalkeeper with a well struck drive early in the second period as Liverpool picked up where they left off at the end of the first period with wave after wave of attacks.

Cole twice went close to opening his Liverpool account in the early stages of the second half, while Johnson drilled a long range drive over and Ngog headed tamely at Bogatinov when well positioned.

Pacheco, fresh from starring for Spain's Under-19s over the past few weeks, almost added the third of the night when he steered Jovanovic's pass wide of the upright and Martin Kelly, who was also celebrating today after being named in the England Under-21 squad for the first time, also went close with a well struck drive as the home side continued to completely dominate.

Steven Gerrard and Milan Jovanovic were replaced soon after by Alberto Aquilani and Maxi Rodriguez, but the procession towards the Macedonian goal continued as Cole again tested the goalkeeper with a low shot after clever movement inside the box.

Shots continued to rain down on the visitors goal, with Rabotnicki content for the most part to abandon any sense of attacking adventure and instead concentrate on damage limitation and ensuring they didn't suffer a heavy defeat.

In their only attack of note in the second period, the Macedonians almost snatched a late consolation when Kelly conceded a corner with a brilliant goalline clearance and then from the resulting kick Wandeir struck the base of the post.

In the end Liverpool's complete dominance wasn't reflected in the final scoreline, but doubtless Roy Hodgson will have been more than satisfied with the performance of his men on his first Anfield outing - and now all thoughts can focus on the big kick-off next weekend when Arsenal arrive on Merseyside.

David Ngog - 21st


Steven Gerrard (pen) - 40th


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

After the sky-high victory at Santiago Bernabeu, the Reds came crashing down back to earth at Riverside last Saturday's Premier League match. The title are fading to some section of fans but in football anything can happen within as short period of time.

Next up, Real Madrid at the backyard and then Manchester United at Old Trafford on 14th March.

The teams:
Liverpool: Reina, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel, Mascherano, Riera, Gerrard (captain), Alonso, Benayoun, Kuyt, Ngog.
Subs - Hyypia, Aurelio, El Zhar, Dossena, Babel, Leiva, Cavalieri

Sunderland: Fulop, McCartney, Ferdinand, Ben-Haim, Collins, Richardson, Whitehead (captain), Leadbitter, Malbranque, Jones, Reid.
Subs - Murphy, Cisse, Gordon, Davenport, Bardsley, Edwards, Healy

Referee: M Halsey

Conditions: Fine

Red's Fury™

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Reds finished pre-season friendly in style

Voronin fires Liverpool to victoryUnable to blog in the past two weeks due to work commitment. I will continue to update this blog after 19th August when the season gets underway. I will miss the season opener against Sunderland.

The Kop came to see their new number seven net his first Liverpool goal on his Anfield debut, but they were left to settle for a 90th-minute winner from Andriy Voronin that flattened Lazio.

Robbie Keane worked tirelessly to impress his new admirers, but clear chances would not fall his way despite a dominant first half showing by The Reds.

As Rafa Benitez rested his top stars during the second half, it appeared Liverpool's final pre-season friendly would prove a damp squib, but Voronin arrived in the nick of time to smash home a 16-yard volley.

There was still time for Lazio to attempt to spoil the party, heading past Diego Cavalieri in injury time, but the linesman's flag ensured The Reds went home happy.


Earlier, Reds rip apart Valenrenga in Olso.

Liverpool collected another pre-season triumph after they beat Valerenga 4-1 in Oslo on Tuesday, although an injury to Steven Gerrard took the shine off the win.

Xabi Alonso opened the scoring on 20 minutes, but the hosts did hit back through after the break when Bojan Zagic fired in before Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, and David Ngog sealed the win.

The injury to Gerrard didn't look that serious as he walked off the pitch. However, the Reds medical staff will have to closely monitor the situation with the new season rapidly approaching.

July 12: v Tranmere (Wirral) 1-0
July 16: v FC Lucerne (Grenchen) 2-1
July 19: v Wisla Krakow (Friborg) 1-1
July 22: v Hertha Berlin (Berlin) 0-0
July 30: v Villarreal (Villarreal) 0-0
August 2: v Rangers (Glasgow) 4-0
August 5: v Valerengen (Oslo) 4-1
August 8: v Lazio (Liverpool) 1-0

Five wins in eight matches, scored thirteen goals in the process. The Reds has had a good summer warm up to the new season. Does Rafa has what it takes to win the Premier League title this season?

Red's Fury™

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Reds' quadruplet near Liverpool exit

Rafa BenitezLiverpool's gaffer, Rafa Benitez keen to recover as much as possible from this summer transfer window after splashing £18million on Robbie Keane to financed his other targets.

Four Reds' players reportedly heading for Anfield exit to enable Rafa to pursuit at least two more players before the season start. The quadruplet who will be leaving are Andriy Voronin, Jermain Pennant, Alvaro Arbeloa and Charles Itandje.

Blackburn manager Paul Ince has made contact with Anfield official on the availability of Jermain Pennant and had offered £4million for the Liverpool's winger. The figure could rise to £6million depending on Pennant's performances at Rovers. This move was triggered by the following move of David Bentley to Tottenham and Ince needs a cover for right side of midfield as he failed to hold on to Bentley.

Charles Itandje, last season second choice goalkeeper, has moved down the pecking order since the arrival of Diego Cavalieri as Reina's cover. But his move to Galatasaray was hindered by a contract's dispute at Anfield.

Although, Voronin featured in all Liverpool's pre-season matches and are regaining his form. The arrival of Robbie Keane and David Ngog spells the end of his Anfield career. He's being courted by Olympiacos, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg. Rafa keen to sell him at £6million after he arrived on a free from Bayer Leverkusen a year ago.

ArbeloaWhile, what surprises us is Alvaro Arbeloa wants to leave Liverpool and return to his native Spain for personal reasons. Liverpool has received a bid in the region of £6million for the fullback. This news has thwarted Rafa's pursuit of Gareth Barry as Aston Villa wants Steve Finnan included in the deal.

Liverpool will be short of cover at right-back if Finnan was sold to Villa. With Philipp Degen set to miss the early part of the season due to groin strain, the deal for Barry was put on hold until Rafa could sign a new fullback. Reds are rumoured to have courted Schalke 04 right-back, Rafinha who are unsettled at his current club.

The sales of the quadruplet would bolster Rafa's coffer to £19million and it should be enough for him to try and sign a fullback and a winger. Rafa still hopeful of signing Gareth Barry after he went silence over this deal. But he won't jeopardize his move for a winger as money was again the main stumbling block.

Should we see Rafa going for Valencia's David Silva and Schalke's Rafinha? I still doesn't see where will Gareth Barry fit into our system since Xabi Alonso still a Liverpool member. We also have Lucas and Mascherano commanding the midfield area.

Red's Fury™

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