Liverpool’s Fernando Torres & Jamie Carragher take on the blindfold penalty challenge

24 10 2010

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Is Roy Hodgson the Right Manager for Liverpool?

17 10 2010

Fernando Torres Returns to Anfield For Pre-Season

3 08 2010

Sky’s Fraser Dainton reports on Fernando Torres and reveals a few details about Kenny Huang’s bid for the club.

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Torres: I’m At The Best Club

3 08 2010

Fernando Torres has gone on record as saying he is happy at Liverpool and he will be playing his football at Anfield this season. The news broke at 14:00 on Sky Sports News and below is the full interview from the official Liverpool website.

After arriving back to Melwood as a World Cup winner, Fernando Torres sat down with to discuss his new manager, the arrival of Joe Cole and his dreams of taking the Reds back to the top of English football.

First of all Fernando, congratulations on winning the World Cup – have you had a good summer?

Yes, as you can imagine it was an amazing day for Spaniards all over the world. Winning the World Cup happens maybe once in your life so it was a fantastic feeling and a great way to end the season. I have had a break over the summer and I’m now glad to be back here at Liverpool to see all of my teammates. [picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=fernando+torres&iid=8468073″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]

We know you picked up an injury in the World Cup final. How are you feeling now, are you fit and ready to go again?

Yes, I am looking forward to the first game. I have less than two weeks to get ready but I felt really good in my first session back with the physios and the doctor. I will try to be fit as soon as possible and I am looking forward to playing at Anfield again.

We know it’s hard work early in pre-season, but are you enjoying being back around your teammates again?

Of course. After a nice break enjoying the summer with my family I was looking forward to coming back to Melwood to see the staff, my teammates and the new players. I’m excited about the new season and about the targets of the club.

We obviously have a new manager now who you met in Spain. How impressed are you with Roy Hodgson’s plans for the club and how much are you looking forward to working with him?

I really appreciated the fact that Roy came out to see me while I was on my holidays. He told me about his plans for the club and what he wanted from me and I appreciated that. I hope he will be the right man to reach the targets of Liverpool Football Club and I am really looking forward to working with him. At the moment I am training just on my own but as soon as I can I will train with the team and with the new manager.

Steven Gerrard has already said he is looking forward to the new season, Joe Cole has arrived and made his debut at the weekend – how excited are you about the future here at Liverpool?

I was talking to Stevie a lot today and I also met with Joe. I think Joe is exactly the kind of player we need to improve the history of our club. We are keeping our best players and so it’s nice to be back with them. Hopefully we can play together as soon as possible.
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How excited were you when you heard Joe Cole was signing for Liverpool?

He is the kind of player I like to play with and the kind of player who can take the team to a higher level. His passing is unbelievable so hopefully he can start the season well because I am sure he will be a key player for us.

Joe has said he’s looking forward to creating a lot of chances and a lot of goals for you this season…

Hopefully that will be the case. I’m excited about playing with him and hopefully we can all help him settle into the team and the city to make sure he can reach his best as quickly as possible. It’s up to us to help the new players.

What are your personal targets this season and what do you think Liverpool can achieve?

This is the best club in the country so the targets and expectations are always high. Hopefully we can stay at our level. At Liverpool the aim is to fight for every title. It was difficult last season but we are sure we can improve this season. I am really happy to be back, really happy to stay with all my teammates. My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Why does this club mean so much to you?

From my first day I got the same welcome as Stevie or Carra or players who have been here for a long time. I felt at home from the first day, I feel the fans love me and everyone knows I am really happy here and really happy to play at Anfield. As I said earlier, I’m looking forward to starting the season and playing with my teammates and for the fans.

Is the dream to score the goals which wins trophies for this club?

Of course. I know that one trophy here at Liverpool – maybe the Premier League – means more than three or four with another club. This was my target from the day I came and it’s still my target. Hopefully this season we can feel this sensation here at Liverpool.

Hodgson Moves For Aurelio

31 07 2010

According to Sky Sports, Fabio Aurelio is set for a sensational return to Liverpool. The former fans’ favourite left Liverpool one month ago but has failed to find a new club despite various reports linking him with a return to Brazil.

Roy Hodgson is a keen admirer of the full-back and wants the player to re-join the squad to ease the club’s problems at left back. Sky Sports understands that Aurelio has even joined the rest of the squad in Germany ahead of their match against Borussia Moenchengladbach. [picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=fabio+aurelio&iid=7197307″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”295″ /]

Hodgson has been monitoring Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa and Fulham’s Paul Koncheskey but hasn’t managed to recruit either player. Aurelio’s injury problems over the last few seasons mean that the deal to re-sign him is likely to be on pay-as-you-play terms.

Aurelio was a big favourite with the Liverpool faithful and his brilliant free-kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford helped cement his place in their hearts.

Mark Jepson

Inter-est Cooled in Mascherano

25 06 2010

According to Sky Sports, Internazionale president Massimo Moratti has gone on record saying that his side are no longer chasing Javier Mascherano and they have turned their attentions to Brazil star Felipe Melo. The stumbling block appears to be Liverpool’s valuation of the Argentina captain which is believed to be around £25million.

“Mascherano is a strong player, but it is unlikely that he will arrive. He simply costs too much and it is not certain that Liverpool will sell, explained Moratti. “Melo is an intriguing idea and one that we are working on.”

Melo was a big money signing for Juventus last summer but Inter believe they can tempt the Old Lady into selling.

Mark Jepson

Click here for the Sky Sports story

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