Friday, April 08, 2011

Carroll Loving Suarez Link-Up

Andy Carroll is confident of forging a lethal strike partnership with fellow new arrival Luis Suarez at Liverpool.

The Reds may have sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50million on deadline day in January but they moved to bring in reinforcements in the shape of Carroll and Suarez.

Supporters have had to wait patiently to get a glimpse of the pair in action together, with Carroll's debut delayed by a thigh injury.

However, the former Newcastle man has started the last two matches alongside Suarez, who already has two goals to his credit.

Carroll has yet to get off the mark for his new club but is excited about the prospect of linking up with the Uruguayan on a regular basis.

He feels they are already developing a decent understanding, saying: "It's been good. In training we've been on the same team and working hard together.

"We've played a couple of games together now which has been promising, so I am looking forward to it.

"As you can see, Luis is fast, can get around people and has fast feet, and he has shown he can finish.

"As we continue to train together, he'll get to know my movements as much as I will know his.

"I'm positive we can score lots of goals for the club. I'm hoping it will be any time now that I will get a goal, and he will probably give me the assist."

The England striker, who scored his first international goal in only his second appearance in last week's friendly against Ghana, is still recovering from being sidelined for more than two months.

It is likely Liverpool will not see the best of the 22-year-old until next season but he is determined to make an impact before the end of the current campaign.

"I feel I am getting towards full fitness," he added.

"I am working hard on it and I am in the gym most days doing extra work.

"I am pushing towards it now and hopefully in the game I should be ready to go.

"It was just a great feeling to score a goal again (for England) after a long injury.

"A goal for Liverpool is what I am waiting for. It's going to be great because the fans have given me a brilliant reception without scoring a goal, and now I can't wait to get a goal and make everyone happy."

La Liga Winger Encourages Liverpool & Arsenal Interest

Valencia are reportedly preparing to sell Pablo Hernandez, with the winger targeting a move to either Liverpool or Arsenal.

According to, Los Che is ready to cash in on the 25-year-old in the summer and Hernandez would ideally like to pursue a switch to the Barclays Premier League.

It has been claimed that would prefer to join Liverpool or Arsenal - and both clubs have been linked with the Spaniard in the past.

The Mirror initially reported that Liverpool were chasing Hernandez and were considering making a formal offer for the £10 million-rated attacker when the transfer window reopens in June.

Liverpool Target Willian Flattered By Premier League Interest

Liverpool winger target Willian has admitted his interest in a move to the Barclays Premier League.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has emerged as a target for a number of top clubs around Europe after a string of impressive performances for Shakhtar Donetsk, and the player can't hide his desire over a move to England.

"The Premier League is really, really strong. That's why so many Brazilian players want to go there," the forward told the Daily Mirror.

"It is flattering to hear teams such as Chelsea and Liverpool could be watching me.

"Every time I get the chance I watch Liverpool. They are a very important club and a lot of players would jump at the chance to play for them."

A product of the Corinthians youth system, Willian joined Donetsk in 2007 on a five-year deal and has gained experience in the Europa and Champions League during his time in the Ukraine.

Emmanuel Adebayor Could Move To Liverpool This Summer

On loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor will move to Real Madrid permanently this summer according to talkSPORT.

The deal hinges on whether or not Los Blancos can win a major trophy this season - either La Liga or the Champions League.

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been impressed by Adebayor since he moved to the Bernabeu on loan in the recent January transfer window.

Liverpool reportedly made an enquiry as to the possibility of bringing the out of favour Eastlands star to Anfield in January, with the then newly appointed Reds boss Kenny Dalglish keen to strengthen his attacking options.

However, his attempts were thwarted by Barclays Premier League rivals City who instead favoured sending Adebayor abroad to avoid the risk of strengthening their domestic competitors.

Liverpool are expected to review the former Togo international's situation at the end of the season, and if Madrid fail in their trophy pursuit, or are unwilling to stump up the cash – thought to be in the region of £15million.

Then Anfield could end up being the next destination for the former Arsenal striker, nicknamed 'baby Kanu' by Gunners fans due to his resemblance to his predecessor Nwankwo whom Adebayor idolised as a youth.

After the January acquisition of a new look striker partnership Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for a combined fee totalling nearly £60million, the spending looks set to continue by Liverpool owners Fenway Sport Group.

Led by founder John W.Henry, the new regime is overseeing a revamp to the Anfield squad in a bid to return the once great club to its former glories and may start summer proceedings with the capture of Adebayor.

Hamburg Will Listen To Offer For Eljero Elia

Liverpool winger target Eljero Elia could leave Hamburg this summer, according to the club.

Technical director Bastian Reinhardt admitted the Bundesliga side would like to keep the Dutch international within their ranks, but claimed that they will listen to 'good offers' for the player.

“In sporting terms we would like to keep him, but when we receive a good offer…” Reinhardt told newspaper BILD.

The paper went on to claim that an offer in the region of £12 million will be enough to prize the former FC Twente speedster away from the Imtech Arena.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for the player in the summer, with Elia impressing watching scouts with a handful of impressive cameo performances for Holland in the World Cup on route to the final.

Former Anfield chief Roy Hodgson was also linked with a move for the player in the opening days of January, but the then Liverpool manager received his marching orders and an offer never materialized.

Whilst it's unknown if Kenny Dalglish has followed up the interest, director of football Damien Comolli is believed to be an admirer of the player and could play a role in trying to bring the player to Merseyside.

Dalglish has been linked with a number of wingers in recent weeks, and both he and Comolli have said that additions will be made to the Liverpool playing staff in the summer. Ashley Young, Matt Jarvis and Sylvain Marveaux are just three of the players thought to be on the club's radar.

A left back and central midfielder are also thought to be of priority for the Liverpool legend-come-manager, and the Scot appears set for a busy period in the transfer market at the end of the season.

Taye Taiwo Could Be On His Way To Anfield This Summer

Want-away Marseille defender Taye Taiwo has confirmed he will be leaving the Ligue 1 giants at the end of the current season reports

The 25-year-old left back went on to say that he knows where he will be heading in the summer, but refrained from revealing the identity of the club he expects to turn out for next campaign.

Liverpool has long admired Taiwo who has spent the past seven years at Stade Velodrome, with Reds boss Kenny Dalglish prioritizing a solution to somewhat of a problem position at Anfield.

After snubbing numerous offers of a new deal, Taiwo said it was time for a new challenge in his career, but admitted it would be a wrench to leave the club he has grown with.

In a press conference to confirm his departure, the Nigerian international said:

"Thanks to the fans of Marseille, thanks to [Steve] Mandanda for all the saves he has made, thanks to my good friend [Stephane] Mbia.

"I would also like to thank my manager Dider Deschamps, who has been great, but I have made my mind up to leave this club.

"I already know where I want to go, but nothing has been concluded as yet. There are still some minor details which will be ironed out soon."

In addition to Liverpool's interest, AC Milan and Bayern Munich have both been monitoring Taiwo's situation, and it remains unclear at this stage which club have stepped up their interest in this heavily coveted transfer target.

Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of left sided defenders, including Fabio Coentrao, Gael Clichy, and Jose Enrique, and Reds fans will be waiting with baited breath to see who they bring to Anfield in the summer.

Lyon Left-Back Snubs Liverpool

Liverpool face a battle to sign Aly Cissokho after the French defender revealed he is happy to stay at Lyon.

Cissokho is rated one of the best defenders in Europe and has also been attracting interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is hoping to strengthen his squad at the end of the season and is being strongly tipped to make a move for the 23-year-old.

Cissokho admits he is flattered by all the interest but is refusing to get carried away by all the speculation surrounding his long-term future.

Cissokho said: "I have arrived at Lyon and things have not gone badly for me. I have got into the France team and I am thankful for the confidence they have shown in me.

"I am not thinking about interest from other clubs."

Juventus Ask Liverpool For £3.5m Discount On Alberto Aquilani

Juventus are keen on signing Alberto Aquilani on a permanent basis but want Liverpool to significantly reduce their asking price.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims dialogue has been opened between the two clubs as they attempt to resolve Aquilani's future following his loan move to Italy last summer.

The 26-year-old's current deal expires in June and while it seems likely that he will stay Serie A a fee remains a sticking point.

Liverpool want around £14 million for him, but the Bianconeri are only willing to stretch to £10.5m as they try to bargain on the option they have to sign him as part of the loan agreement.

But that's not all that stands in their way, as the former Roma midfielder would have to reduce his earnings too, which currently amount to £3m per annum.

Aquilani has scored twice in 27 games this season for Juve, who are currently seventh in Serie A and take on Genoa at the Olimpico this weekend.

The Turin club have recently been linked with a move for AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo should Aquilani return to Anfield.

LFC Announce Asia Summer Tour

Liverpool FC is delighted to announce the Club will be travelling to Asia this summer for a pre-season tour sponsored by Standard Chartered that will include games in China, Malaysia and Korea.

The Reds enjoy fantastic support in Asia and this summer's visit follows the hugely successful 10-day pre-season tour of Thailand and Singapore in 2009.

The team will take on opposition in Guangzhou, play a game in Kuala Lumpur, and then move to Seoul for the final fixture of the three-match tour in July.

"Whenever we go to Asia, the fans are always amazing," said Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard. "The supporters over there are fanatical about Liverpool and it's great that we can give so many of them a chance to come and watch the team play."

The Club's Managing Director Ian Ayre said: "The last tour in 2009 was a real success and we're delighted that we are returning this summer after a break last year due to the FIFA World Cup. Nothing beats watching the team live and by visiting China, Malaysia and Korea, we are allowing fans from all three countries to experience just that. We will work closely with our main sponsor Standard Chartered and our other partners in the region to ensure we can deliver our best ever pre-season tour."

Gavin Laws, Group Head of Corporate Affairs at Standard Chartered, said: "We are very excited about Liverpool FC's Asia tour. It is fantastic news for Liverpool FC's fans in Asia and yet another sign of the commitment of the Club and Standard Chartered to the region. We are looking forward to some great football in July."