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Liverpool set to move for Ashley Young by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 12:21
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The People are claiming that Roy Hodgson will make a January move for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.

The England international is reported to have put off contract negotiations with Villa since Martin O’Neill’s departure in August and could be keeping his options open having been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and now Liverpool.

Hodgson is said to have been given a £30m transfer kitty for January and has earmarked his attack as an area that needs serious redevelopment.


Liverpool chase two strikers by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 12:17
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The People are claiming that Roy Hodgson is still interested in signing West Ham’s Carlton Cole and is also eyeing up a move for ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan.

The reports claims that Hodgson has earmarked £30m for a double swoop in January’s mid-season transfer window on the two frontmen to add support for Fernando Torres upfront.

Carlton Cole came close to joining Liverpool in the Summer, but a deadline day swoop was put off due to tight deadlines and West Ham being unwilling to budge on a price with no replacement lined up. The England striker has struggled to fit into Avram Grant’s teams this season as the Hammers prop up the table.

Forlan has been in exceptional goalscoring form since leaving United for Spain and continued his La Liga form into the World Cup, where he almost single-handedly took Uruguay to the final.

Liverpool fighting it out with Inter for striker by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 12:08
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Young Hungarian striker Adam Szalai is at the centre of a tug of war transfer battle between Liverpool and Inter Milan.

The 6″4′ striker is currently plying his trade for Mainz in Die Bundesliga and has helped steer them towards the upper echelons of the table.

Szalai has scored three times this season for Mainz since making his loan move permanent. He also grabbed a hat-trick during Hungary’s 8-0 thrashing of San Marino, before adding his fourth goal in five internationals in their 2-1 victory over Finland.

The twenty-two year old frontman was previously on Real Madrid’s books, but was sent out on loan to Mainz last season where he scored once in fifteen appearances. He has started this season in better form though, scoring three times in nine outings so far.

His agent, Oliver Fischer, has said that interest in his client is growing – but that there is also no rush for him to move on from Mainz.

“If there was an offer then it’s likely that we would consider it,” he told Nemzeti Sport.

“But at the moment the most important thing is that Szalai is happy to play at his present team.”

“No-one contests that Internazionale are a big club but the player is still very young, this is his first full season at Mainz and he has to progress.”

Inter’s new manager Rafael Benitez had Szalai watched while in charge at Anfield – and the dossier on the player is said to have interested the new management team, along with his upturn in goalscoring form.

Italian outfit Palermo and German side Hannover are also reported to be interested in signing Szalai.

Hodgson set to move for defender by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 12:02
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The Daily Star are reporting that Roy Hodgson is set to move for Portuguese defender Fábio Coentrão.

The Portugal international currently plays for Benfica in the Portuguese Liga ZON Sagres and has previously been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Were Hodgson to complete this signing, the news would come as a bitter blow to Paul Konchesky who followed him from Fulham to Anfield, as Coentrão is also a left-back.

Pellegrini reveals Liverpool approach by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 11:56
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Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that Liverpool have made an approach to install him as Roy Hodgson’s successor at Anfield – and that he would welcome the chance.

Hodgson has overseen Liverpool’s worst start to a season since 1953 and has been under mounting pressure to leave from sections of the Reds support – but he has stated his determination to remain in the job.

He may not have much choice if this is true, as Pellegrini is hopeful of returning to management by the end of the year.

Pellegrini was sacked by Real Madrid in May, despite collecting their biggest ever points tally in La Liga last season at an average of 2.53 per game – but crucially he failed to pip Barcelona to the title.

He is said to favour a move to the Premiership and sees Liverpool as the ideal club for that given the managerial situation and Latin contingent.

“Yes, Liverpool contacted me.” he said.

“It is a great club with many Spanish players who I already know, and it is my intention to work in the Premier League.”

“I had lots of offers, some that I like. Ideally, I would like to find a club in December.”

United set to move for Reina by lfctalk
October 26, 2010, 11:47
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Reports are claiming that Alex Ferguson will make a January, possibly Summer, move for Liverpool goalkeeper José Reina amid claims that he is unsettled at Anfield.

The former Villarreal man has been a fantastic linchpin for the club, but is said to be disillusioned by seeing the Reds slip into the drop zone this season under Roy Hodgson’s leadership.

Ferguson is looking for a new goalkeeper with Edwin van der Sar likely to retire at the end of the Summer and is said to be readying a £12m offer to swipe the ex-Barcelona man.

Reina is set for talks with new owners NESV as he seeks reassurances over the club’s direction and aims.

Reina is under contract at Anfield until 2016 so there are no concerns about being forced to allow him to leave – as long as NESV can convince him he remains at a club with ambition.

It’s time for Hodgson to go by lfctalk
October 17, 2010, 14:48
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Yep, I am already advocating that Roy Hodgson be sacked as Liverpool manager.

I was never confident by his appointment and am witnessing an even worse outcome from his appointment than I expected. I believed that we would struggle under his management, but I did not think we’d be nineteenth after eight games with just one scraped win.

That statistic says it all – one win in eight games for a team containing the likes of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole and Pepe Reina. We should be doing better than that but the players just don’t look motivated – they look shockingly low on confidence. That is where Hodgson comes in. He should be building them up and getting them psychologically primed for matches – not that they should need much building up for a Merseyside derby.

The signings Hodgson made in the Summer have had practically zero impact on the side. Joe Cole looked a marquee signing, but he has been obsolete so far this season. Paul Konchesky is as out of his depth as his manager and Christian Poulsen looks every bit as inconsequential in midfield as Lucas. Raul Meireles has looked bright, at times, but at £11m you would expect at least that much.

Hodgson failed spectacularly by not signing another striker in the Summer. David N’Gog is simply not good enough to be regularly appearing for Liverpool. He’s barely up to being fourth choice for a club of this stature, and yet he is the only backup to an out of form and injury prone Torres. The shocking lack of quality is only further highlighted by N’Gog’s presence in the squad. Torres knows his place is under absolutely no threat, so he doesn’t have to play for his spot in the team, but he shouldn’t have one on this form. But who would put in N’Gog ahead of one of the best strikers in the world?

The defence looks atrocious this season. Jamie Carragher is on the downward spiral and is not being well supported by Martin Skrtel or Soitiros Kyrgiakos. Daniel Agger is a class act, but he has either been injured or overlooked for much of this season, strangely. The Dane is considerably more able a player than the aforementioned two, but Hodgson seems not to favour him. Glen Johnson has been woeful this season, but is another with no competition for his place. His counterpart on the left looks a signing made out of familiarity and a low budget by Hodgson, with Konchesky miles off the required standard.

While Hodgson hasn’t had much money to spend, having to sell to buy, he hasn’t looked like a manager with any burning passion or understanding of what this job entails. He is the physical embodiment of our current form – he looks beaten, worried and out of ideas on the touchline. He is not a character that inspires any kind of inspiration or confidence in me as a supporter and I am not surprised that he cannot get his players organised and motivated either.

Another worrying aspect of his arrival at the club is how much it cost us to sack Rafa Benitez and pay off Fulham – a staggering £11m in total. Just how is trading a Champions League winning manager for a journeyman veteran worthwhile – especially at that price? Could this club afford to make that move? No. But the clash of characters are disastrous slide to seventh last season meant that Benitez was a cert to go. But why go out and spend a further £3m on a risk like Hodgson when Kenny Dalglish was available for nothing?

The Scot understands that club and is a figure that would surely inspire even the lowest player in our squad. He is the greatest player, officially, to ever wear the Red shirt and should have been treated with more respect by the board when tendering his interest in the role that he left in 1991. He has unfinished business here and should be installed as boss at the first opportunity by the new owners.

Should NESV be willing to provide transfer funds of any considerable value in January, then Hodgson is not the man that should be handed that kitty. He looks woefully out of his depth at this level and clearly does not have the reputation or pull to bring in quality players to a club that has so clearly fallen from grace.

John Henry and his group will hopefully realise today that they have much work, and spending, to do to take this club back to anywhere near the level we were a few years ago – and the first bit of business should be to replace Roy Hodgson at the first opportunity.