Thursday, June 02, 2011

Monaco Ace Flattered

Monaco forward Benjamin Moukandjo has told that he is flattered by interest from Liverpool.

The 22-year-old only moved to the Principality in the January transfer window when he arrived from Nimes.

However, following Monaco's relegation from the French top-flight - he is now being linked with a move away.

And Liverpool are said to be keeping tabs on the Cameroonian, who can also play on the wing.

Speaking to, he said: "Personally, I heard rumours about Liverpool, it is flattering but in reality I should be staying with Monaco unless a dream becomes a reality."

Moukandjo admitted he is still getting over the disappointment of being relegated.

"I am very disappointed, it is a setback for us to go to Ligue 2, this is one of the biggest teams in France.

"It is a hard time."

Reina - I've Never Wanted To Go

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina insists he has never contemplated leaving the club.

Reina's future at Liverpool was the subject of speculation earlier in the season following their poor form under Roy Hodgson.
The likes of Arsenal and Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the talented shot-stopper.

However, the 28-year-old has been encouraged by the progress made under Kenny Dalglish and he has committed his future to the Merseyside outfit.

"I am happy at Liverpool," Reina told Marca. "It is true we have had a great end to the year, but we have to keep growing.

"I am very happy and so is my family. I've never wanted to go."

Reds' Henderson Move Snubbed can confirm that Sunderland have rebuffed an approach from Liverpool for midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Manchester United and Manchester City had both been keeping close tabs on the England international.

But Liverpool has suddenly made a surprise move for the talented young midfielder, who can play out wide or in the middle.

Kenny Dalglish is clearly looking to invest heavily this summer and Henderson has emerged as one of his top targets.

It is understood the Anfield outfit's initial interest would have seen them willing to pay £13million, but Sunderland have rebuffed their advances.

The Wearside outfit, though, may be willing to do business at a much bigger price - £20milllion plus - as they have their own midfield targets. understands one of those is Manchester United's Darron Gibson, and Steve Bruce is ready to approach his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson over his availability and also that of defender Wes Brown.

£15m Liverpool Target Opens Door For Dalglish Talks

Aston Villa star Stewart Downing has intimated that he wants to play for a top six club next season, as contract talks look to have stalled with Villa indefinitely.

“When I watch Champions League games it makes me wish I was there,” Downing said.

“My agent had a meeting with the club and he just felt it was the right time not to sign my contract.

“I’m not sure if I’ll be at Villa next season.”

Liverpool have been connected to Downing on numerous occasions this season, with Kenny Dalglish taking a liking to both Downing and Villa teammate Ashley Young.

While Manchester United have shown interest in Young, Downing appears to be Liverpool’s for the taking, with the Merseyside club front runners to pay the £15 million fee quoted by the Express for Downing’s services.

Downing was on loan at Sunderland from Middlesbrough for 6 years before moving to Aston Villa in 2009. The left winger is dangerous when partnered with fellow winger and striker Young.

While Liverpool can’t offer Champions League football next season, Dalglish reportedly believes he can still land Downing with a long term promise to challenge for trophies.

January signings of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, along with the signing of Dalglish on a permanent basis to manage Liverpool, will all undoubtedly persuade Downing to believe that these promises are genuine.

While Liverpool had an offer for Downing turned down last summer, Dalglish has been handed a decent transfer budget to use this summer, and the Anfield club is confident they can land their star.

Juve, Liverpool Or Milan For Aquilani

There is confusion over the future of Alberto Aquilani after his agent opened the door for a Milan move.

Juventus netted the midfielder from Liverpool last summer in a loan deal with the option to buy him outright for €16m.

However, that option expired on May 15 and it is unclear whether Juve will keep the Italian international or not.

“All season Juventus have always given me the necessary guarantees that they want to keep Alberto,” agent Franco Zavaglia told Tutto Juve.

“The next 24 hours will be decisive. Any eventual economic agreements will follow after Juventus make their decision.”

Aquilani has this morning been paired with a possible move to Milan and Zavaglia refused to rule out that possibility.

“Who wouldn’t like to play for Milan? Milan are a model club,” the representative continued.

“If Juventus can’t do a deal for Alberto and he has to return to Liverpool, then Milan would certainly be a destination that he would accept.”

Liverpool Keeper Set To Leave Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is set to leave Anfield on a season long loan according to manager Kenny Dalglish according to reports on Sky Sports.

Gulacsi has been with Liverpool since 2007 but is yet to feature for the Reds and is currently the second choice keeper at the Merseyside club.

The 21-year-old has had loan spells at Hereford United and Tranmere Rovers and is keen to gain more first-team experience away from Anfield.

Gulacsi is set to represent Hungary under 21's at the Toulon Tournament and according to the players management agency, at least seven teams will be keeping tabs on him.

Tibor Pataky, the agency owner said: "We're not surprised at the high number of interested teams because Peter has been considered as one of the best of his age in international football.

"We can't say which clubs are interested but we can say that seven teams indicated that they will travel to France in order to watch him live.

"These clubs are from England, Germany, Holland and Belgium. The most likely possibility is that Peter will spend the season at another club, but it's still a question if in England or out of England.

"Of course the final decision will be made by Liverpool. But we're not worried about this as his career has been managed very gently. They see his values and also his high potential."

Last season Gulacsi spent two months on loan League One side Tranmere and made 14 appearances during his spell at Prenton Park before going back to Liverpool.

Shelvey Eyes Free-Kick Duty

Jonjo Shelvey has revealed his dream of one day establishing himself as Liverpool's primary set-piece taker.

The 19-year-old netted with a rasping free-kick in a reserve match with Manchester United in early May, while he is also a regular on dead-ball duties for England U19s.

Now he's got his sights set on ousting the likes of Gerrard, Suarez, Meireles and co at a set-piece situation, but acknowledges he may have to bide his time.

"I've always liked to take free-kicks but when you come into the first team at a club like Liverpool there's going to be people who are better than you at them and so you have to wait your turn," Shelvey told LFC Weekly.

"I always want to take them. I'm on the set pieces for England and hopefully one day I can take them here at Liverpool as well."

LFC Enter Euro U19s Tournament

Liverpool Football Club can today confirm it will compete against some of Europe's top clubs in a Champions League-style U19s tournament which starts in 2011-12.

Sixteen clubs including Barcelona and Inter Milan have confirmed their involvement in The Nextgen Series - a six-month format which allows the continent's top young footballers to compete against each other week in, week out for the first time.

Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV, Celtic and Sporting Lisbon will also take part.

Sanctioned by UEFA and the FA, the tournament has been established to help Europe's best teenagers make the transition from youth football to senior level.

Four groups of four teams will battle it out home and away from August, with the top two progressing to the knockout stages which begin in January.

The tournament is the brainchild of ex-pro and former Watford Academy manager Mark Warburton and TV producer Justin Andrews.

Warburton said: "The Nextgen Series will provide a cognitive learning environment for players to experience how best to cope with the pressures of top-level football."

Organizers believe young players will benefit from travelling abroad and facing new styles of play, as well as being officiated by top referees and having to deal with media interest.

Clubs confirmed include Barcelona, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Marseille, Sporting Lisbon, Wolfsburg, Molde, PSV, Celtic, FC Basel, Fenerbahce and Rosenborg.

'United Goal My Best So Far'

Academy striker Adam Morgan has revealed the favourite goal of his career so far.

The England U17 star netted 21 times in all competitions for the Reds in the 2010-11 season - but he has no doubt as to which one gave him the most satisfaction.

"It has to be Man United in the FA Youth Cup in front of the Kop," he told

"I can see it now. A great tackle by Conor (Coady) saw the ball fall for Suso who fed Adorjan. He rolled it through to Raheem (Sterling) and he played a pass through the defenders legs for me.

"As soon as it came to me I just thought goal. It has been my dream to score in front of the Kop and I was made up to slide on my knees in celebration.

"I had gone to bed dreaming about it in the lead up to the game and so to realize it was special. Seeing all those fans in a packed Kop celebrating it was brilliant too.

"It's probably the best I've ever scored in terms of what it meant to me and my family."

He added: "In terms of technique and finish my best of the season was the Huddersfield one where I've caught it on the half volley and it's smashed into the top corner off the outside of my foot."

Coach Delighted With Promotion

Steve Cooper admits he's relishing his new roles as Liverpool Academy manager and U16s coach.

The Welshman's promotion was announced by the Reds last week as part of a number of changes in the staffing structure of the youth set-up intended to build upon the success of the Kirkby complex.

"It's a great honour to be promoted at a club like this and the boss (Kenny Dalglish) has a great knowledge of the youth scheme as he was very much part of it before he became first-team manager," said Cooper.

"So he perfectly understands what is going on behind the scenes and what is needed from the set-up and has already used players for the first team who have shown promise.

"With the position comes a higher responsibility, but I will relish the challenge.

"The one thing that I have learned about this club is the fact that everyone, whatever their position at the club, are all pushing in the same direction which is great to see and work within."