Thursday, October 06, 2011

Liverpool Spending £7.5m Per Point

Liverpool have spent a total of £7.5 million per point in the Barclays Premier League, between last October when the new owners purchased the club and the end of last season, according to the FourFourTwo annual football rich list.

Fenway Sports Group purchased the club last October from previous owners Hicks and Gillett, and have taken the club from being close to ruin to in a stable financial position and capable of challenging for Champions League football.

The amount of money that Liverpool have spent is almost £2 million more per point than Manchester City have spent since their Middle Eastern owners took over in September 2008.

Since Kenny Dalglish took over the reigns at Liverpool, he has spent over £100 million on bringing players to Anfield. Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson are just a few names Dalglish purchased, with the three combining to cost the club over £75 million.

While Liverpool made some big purchases in the 2010 summer transfer window, three changes in managers within a year brought the club instability. Dalglish’s emergence in January helped give the club more of a plan for the long-term future, but players are still gelling with one another, and seven new signings this summer have put Liverpool into something of a rebuilding period.

In contrast, Everton have spent £48,192.77 per point since Bill Kenwright bought the club in 2004, up until the end of last season.

Since 2004, Liverpool has won one Champions League and one FA Cup. They are yet to claim silverware for new owners Fenway Sports Group.

Meanwhile, since 2008, City have won one FA Cup.

Fresh Twist In Reds Pursuit Of £20m Brazilian

Inter Milan are reportedly planning a January swoop for Liverpool target Lucas.

According to talkSPORT, Inter a keen to bring the £20 million-rated Sao Paulo midfielder to the San Siro, while the Reds have shown an interest in the 19-year-old.

Inter are alleged to be planning the addition of Lucas alongside the signing of compatriot Casemiro and Borussia Dortmund sensation Mario Gotze.

The latter has also been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, with Kenny Dalglish said to be keen to bring the 19-year-old to Anfield in the New Year.

Gotze is regarded as one of the finest young talents currently operating in European football, and has also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Meanwhile, another teenager reported to be on the Liverpool radar is Leicester forward Jeffrey Schlupp.

The 18-year-old German has scored five times in nine appearances for the Foxes this season and, along with Liverpool, is also attracting interest from Newcastle.

Tottenham Linked With Liverpool Defender

Unconfirmed reports in England are linking Tottenham Hotspur with an ambitious move for Liverpool defender Glen Johnson.

According to footy bunker, Harry Redknapp is keen to bring the player he signed for Portsmouth to the Capital as he looks to bolster his right back options.

The 27-year-old defender is currently sidelined from Liverpool action with injury however the emergence of Martin Kelly and John Flanagan means that he will face a tough task reclaiming his first team spot.

Should Tottenham decide to firm up their interest they would, in all likelihood have to pay upwards of the 18 million pounds that Liverpool paid for the right-back two seasons ago.

Downing - Exciting For Fans

Stewart Downing believes the Liverpool fans deserve to see entertaining football, insisting the team is trying their very best having notched 15 goals so far this season.

The Reds currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table on 13 points after a 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby last Saturday.

England winger Downing claims the players get as much satisfaction from their attacking play as the fans do from watching it.

"It's good to see the fans are enjoying watching the team play and the way we're trying to play," he told LFC Magazine.

"We're trying our best for them because they deserve it.

"I think fans watch football to be entertained. They want to see goals and forward players attacking. It's nice when you can do that.

"Some managers obviously don't want a game to be too open, but from a fans' point of a view, players are there to entertain and do well.

"I think particularly at home, we have done that this season. Our football has been good and long may it continue.

Ahead of their clash with fierce rivals Manchester United after the international break, Downing is looking to collect big scalps this season.

He added: "We have been creating chances. I think there will be a day soon when we put all of them away and we'll have a big win against somebody.

"It's been a decent start to the season. But it's still early yet.

"We know it's not about doing it over six or seven games, it's about doing it for the whole season. If we all continue to work hard, there's no reason why we can't be successful."

Title Out Of Liverpool's Reach - Suarez

Luis Suarez has claimed Liverpool's best chance of picking up silverware this season is in the cup competitions, with the Uruguayan suggesting Premier League title contenders Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are "unreachable".

The forward has been a shining light for Liverpool this season, with his four goals propelling the Reds up to fifth in the table. They are just six points adrift of the Manchester duo, and three behind Chelsea, but Suarez feels they are not on the same level as the pacesetters.

"We have no limit and want to stay in the top four. But winning the Premier League is now very difficult," Suarez told Gazzetta dello Sport. "The two Manchesters and Chelsea are unreachable. But we can win the cups."

The No.7 jersey is held in great esteem at Anfield, having been worn by Kevin Keegan and current Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, but Suarez has claimed he was not aware of its significance when he joined the club from Ajax.

"I didn't know the history of my No.7 shirt at Liverpool," Suarez said. "I picked it because it was one of the few numbers available. Now that I know the story I am proud to wear the 'seven' and I try not to feel the burden of its heritage."

Suarez has adapted well to life in England and has been helped along the way by Dalglish.

"Dalglish tries to talk to me in Spanish and tries to help me," he said. "I appreciate that."

Dalglish Backs England's Decision Not To Call On Steven Gerrard

Kenny Dalglish has expressed his satisfaction with Fabio Capello's decision not to pick Steven Gerrard for his latest England squad.

The midfielder made only his third appearance in six months for Liverpool when he came on as a substitute in last Saturday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park– which the visitors won 2-0 – have undergone a groin operation. It was felt then that Capello would pick Gerrard for Friday's Euro2012 qualifier against Montenegro but, to Dalglish's delight, he decided to leave the player on Merseyside.

"I think it's beneficial for everybody that Stevie hasn't been called up by England," the Liverpool manager told the club's official website "He's got back to where he is right now because of the people that have been working with him. He's said himself that he has great faith in those people.

"I don't think it would have been helpful for Stevie – or us or England – if he had gone away for the game against Montenegro. I think it's a sensible decision for all concerned."

Dalglish added: "These few weeks also give some of the lads who are returning from injury – Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson – more time to get back. Time is a great healer so hopefully the lads will benefit from the break. We'll cross our fingers and hope that nobody comes back from international duty with an injury."

‘I Wouldn’t Swap Luis Suarez For Anyone’ - Jamie Carragher

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised team-mate Luis Suarez and said he would not swap him for any other striker in England.

Manchester City forwards Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko have eight and six goals respectively in the Premier League, whilst Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is the league’s top goalscorer on nine goals.

However, the Anfield veteran has total faith in the Uruguay international and confessed he would not swap the 24-year-old for any other player in the country.

“I know there are great players in the league,” Carragher told talkSPORT. “Aguero has started great, Rooney has started great, all these different players, but I can honestly say, without bias, I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.

“I’m not saying these players aren’t as good as him but, for me, I wouldn’t swap him for anyone. I think he’s fantastic.”

Suarez played a key role in the Merseyside derby on Saturday when Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell was sent off for a lunge on him, before winning a penalty and sealing victory by capitalizing on a defensive mix-up to wrap up a 2-0 win.

He scored four goals last season in the Premier League for Liverpool after arriving in January for an estimated £24 million from Ajax.

The striker has already equalled that total in the 2011-12 campaign and now has nine goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

Wilson Eager To Bounce Back

Liverpool youngster Danny Wilson insists being dropped from Scotland's senior squad has only fuelled his desire to re-establish himself for both club and country.

After failing to win a first-team place at Anfield this season, Wilson has been left out of Scotland's crunch Euro 2012 qualifiers with Liechtenstein and Spain.

Manager Craig Levein called the youngster to give him the news after he found himself limited to just one appearance for the Reds, against Exeter in the Carling Cup, so far this season.

The 19-year-old, who will line up in a crucial Scotland Under-21s qualifier against Luxembourg on Thursday night, respects Levein's decision but is determined to put himself back in the mix.

He told the Daily Record: "If I was playing every week then I would be with the full squad. But I haven't been featuring at Anfield.

"Craig Levein has always been fair and included me earlier in the season when I wasn't playing.

"The manager didn't need to phone but showed what he's all about by calling. I was grateful and have no complaints.

"It doesn't mean its over. If anything it gives me a boost as I'm even more determined to get back up there.

"But I'm fortunate to be able to play with the Under-21s and will give my all while I'm here.

He added: "I was actually surprised to be in a few of the previous senior squads given my lack of action.

"The manager stuck by me but going into these two games he needs guys who are playing every week.

"Unfortunately I'm not one of them but I'm sure the guys in the squad are more than capable of doing the job."

Former Rangers defender Wilson has seen potential loan deals to Blackpool and Leeds fall through this term, but he refuses to be disheartened by his lack of playing time.

He added: "A couple of loan deals haven't quite happened. I just need to work hard at keeping my fitness up so I'm ready when the games do come along."