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May 092010
 

09 May 2010 – 20:16:00


Rafael Benitez insists he wants to stay at Liverpool and keep Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres – but admits doubts remain about his future.
The Spaniard had his first meeting with chairman Martin Broughton, who has been brought in by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to oversee the sale of the club, this week and another is scheduled in the next few days.
While a number of matters were discussed it is evident the pair have not yet come to an accord on what is required to take the club forward – and Benitez left the door open to a departure if he felt things were not progressing as he wanted.
“I was in a meeting with the chairman and he was talking about how positive it was and I expect to meet with him again in the next week,” said Benitez, who has been angered by newspaper reports suggesting he was prepared to sell his two prized assets in order to raise funds.
“I expect to see the chairman and keep talking with him. I showed my commitment for years (he has four years of his contract remaining).
“It would never be easy to leave this club. Every day you can read something different.
“It has always been the same situation: I decided to come here because of the fans and the club.
“I wanted to stay and I would like to stay if everything is fine.
“And IF I stay I am not thinking about selling Gerrard and Torres – just in case ’senior sources’ say different things.
“It is very clear. The chairman was clear, he doesn’t want to sell. The manager is clear, just in case you see any exclusive interviews with senior sources.”
The fact Benitez made a point of saying “if I stay” highlighted he is still not prepared to publicly commit his long-term future to the club until he is confident he has the backing he needs to improve Liverpool’s fortunes.
Whether the likes of Gerrard and Torres will want to stay themselves after a season of under-achievement remains to be seen.
At the final whistle of their goalless draw at Hull, Gerrard battled his way through Hull fans streaming on to the pitch to go over to the Liverpool supporters.
Whether that is his last goodbye remains to be seen. Even Benitez does not know what his captain and star striker have in mind.
“That is a question for them. I could read the newspapers and see if Rafa stays, maybe this player will go but if Rafa goes maybe he will still go – you cannot win,” added the Reds boss.
Hull manager Iain Dowie is another who has an important meeting to decide his future in the coming week.
The former Northern Ireland international took over from Phil Brown but failed to save the cash-strapped club from relegation.
Now he must wait to find out whether he will be given a chance to try to win promotion back to the Premier League.
“I’ll have a discussion with the chairman sometime this week and we’ll see,” he said.
“It is important the club’s financial stability is assured as quickly as it can be because there has to be massive changes to the budget.
“That is exactly what I expected because that is what it said on the tin.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here but unfortunately we’ve come up short.”

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May 092010
 

09 May 2010 – 16:00:00


Liverpool away at Hull City



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in the Premier League on 09-May-2010. The match kicks off at 16:00



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May 082010
 

08 May 2010 – 18:18:00


ucas does not feel Liverpool’s failure to make the Champions League will put players off heading to Anfield in the summer.
The Reds’ defeat by Chelsea last weekend ended their hopes of a top-four finish this season, and they go into Sunday’s final game of the season at Hull in seventh place.
Having to settle for a place in the Europa rather than the Champions League will also do little to ease the club’s mounting debt, which the latest financial results revealed yesterday had risen to £351.4million from £299.8million in the year ending July 31 2009.
Those figures suggest boss Rafael Benitez is unlikely to have a huge transfer kitty, and his priority is likely to be hanging on to Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, but Lucas feels Liverpool’s reputation will still attract big names.
“Liverpool is still a big, big club. When you have played in the Champions League, everyone wants to play in this kind of competition,” said the Brazilian on liverpoolfc.tv.
“But even if we can’t offer the Champions League, I’m sure the big names will still see Liverpool as a good option. Hopefully we will get some players to help us.”
Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea was their 11th in the Barclays Premier League this season, almost double the number they lost in the past two seasons combined.
Their bid for Europa League glory, having failed to make it past the group stage of the Champions League, was also ended at the semi-final stage by Atletico Madrid, and Lucas admits the team has to do better next term.
“We were all really sad and disappointed last week because we were expecting to do better this season – especially after what we did the season before,” he added.
“All we can do is move forward and try and change what we did wrong. We have got to do everything we can to be better next season. Some players will go to South Africa for the World Cup, others will get a good rest.
“First we have got to try and finish with a victory. It will be difficult against Hull because they are already relegated and they will want to show their fans they care.
“We are not fighting for anything other than our pride.
“The top four is over after Tottenham played Manchester City but we have to carry on and see what will happen.
“We can’t talk too much now. There will come a time to analyse what has happened and then we can start to think about improving next year.”
He added: “Everything we did last week against Chelsea wasn’t good enough and it has been this way all season.
“Sometimes we have conceded late goals, other times we have been unlucky. But the main thing is that we haven’t done enough. That is absolutely clear. Now we have to wait and see what will happen.
“But if some players come here and they can help us, maybe we can improve next season. Rafa will know what we need. I will continue to do my job.”

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 Posted by at 3:36 pm
May 082010
 

08 May 2010 – 12:40:06


Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres aren’t for sale insists Martin Broughton. The Liverpool chairman yesterday insisted the club have no intention of selling star pair Gerrard and Torres. “There’s absolutely no reason to sell either Torres or Gerrard,” Broughton said in an interview on the club’s official website. “I don’t want to sell either of them; Rafa doesn’t want to sell either of them. “The club is not looking to sell either of those. We don’t need to do it to pay off any debt. I can understand their concern. “Torres is one of the great players; every club would love to have him. We have got him and there is no intention of selling him.”

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 Posted by at 10:24 am
May 062010
 

06 May 2010 – 17:17:00


iverpool co-owner Tom Hicks is angry at the publication of comments from him which suggested it will take another two years to sell the club.
Reports on Thursday quoted the Texan as saying he and fellow American George Gillett had been owners for three years but would not be in charge for a total of five.
That was interpreted as him claiming it would take two years to sell the club he and Gillett bought back in 2007.
However, it is understood Hicks has reacted angrily to the publication of the remarks, which he does not deny making but which were part of an interview with American magazine Sports Business Journal in late March.
The Texan has pointed out the comments were made before he and Gillett officially put the club up for sale last month.
He also clarified a quote in which he said he had paid a “terrible price” for ownership of the club – he claims that referred to his American-based sports interests in the form of Texas Rangers baseball team and Dallas Stars ice hockey franchise.
His request for balance and perspective is, however, unlikely to cut much ice with the majority of supporters who are keen to see the Americans’ reign come to a swift end.
That still seems some way off with the sale ongoing, with newly-appointed chairman Martin Broughton overseeing the process.
Manager Rafael Benitez was hoping to get a better idea about what the future holds both for the club and himself personally at his meeting with Broughton.
The Spaniard is hoping to be given an idea of what transfer budget is likely to await him in the summer, although it is unlikely Broughton – as a non-executive director – has the authority to give definite assurances.
Unless a buyer is found it seems improbable Hicks and Gillett will invest any more money, which leaves Benitez with a dilemma.
He has been linked with Juventus since January but the Italian club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League – similar to Liverpool – and their apparent waning interest in appointing the Spaniard makes leaving a difficult option.
But staying and having to work on a limited budget – especially when Benitez believes he needs four of five players to at least get the squad back into top-four contention – also presents difficulties.
The feeling of uncertainty has not been helped by veteran defender Jamie Carragher’s admission that he will not begin discussions on a new contract until the start of next season.
Carragher, 32, has dismissed suggestions he would leave Anfield if he did not get the right offer and insisted he wanted to see out his career at the club he joined as a boy.
“I’ve spoken to the manager about it and we both agreed that it would be better if we talked about it at the start of next season,” said Carragher, who has acknowledged his playing days are nearing an end after organising a testimonial against boyhood favourites and near-neighbours Everton on September 4.
“I don’t want to retire yet. I understand at my age you can only make decisions season by season but I want to finish my career at Liverpool.
“I don’t want to play for anyone else.”

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 Posted by at 3:42 pm
May 052010
 

05 May 2010 – 15:00:17

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel returned to full training on Wednesday after 10 weeks out of action with a broken metatarsal in his right foot.The 25-year-old Slovakia international, who joined Liverpool in 2008, suffered the injury in the 3-1 Europa League win over Unirea Urziceni on 25 February.
Skrtel is now hopeful that he will be fit for his country’s World Cup campaign in South Africa this summer.
Slovakia begin their first World Cup against New Zealand on 15 June.

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