วันศุกร์ที่ 28 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2551



BOSS: BELLAMY WILL BE DANGEROUS Joe Curran 28 November 2008

Rafa Benitez today warned of the threat former Reds striker Craig Bellamy will pose when West Ham visit Anfield on Monday.

The Welsh captain scored nine goals during a one-year spell with the Reds before moving to Upton Park in July 2007, and Benitez admitted the Hammers, who climbed to 13th in the league after a 1-0 away win over Sunderland last week, could be dangerous with Bellamy spearheading their attack.

"It will be difficult for them to take something away from Anfield, but it will be hard for us too because it is the Premier League and it's always tough," said Benitez.

"We have experience of teams coming here very well prepared and defending, and I think it will be the same situation with West Ham - they will be organised and have some good players with Bellamy up front, so they will be a threat.

"Bellamy is a good player and was a very good professional when he was with us - he worked very hard.

"We had a lot of confidence in him, he was a good player for us and he is a winner, but some players prefer to play every week and it's something you need to understand.

The Reds boss also revealed he was grateful to get a few more days before the West Ham clash and said: "Clearly it makes a massive difference when we have extra time to prepare for a game. Just one day can be important, but two or three extra days is even better.

"Maybe I will watch some of the other games on Sunday, but I am more concerned about my own team. The main thing for us is to improve and try to get the three points - you cannot do anything about the other teams' results.

"Sometimes it can be more pressure watching what the other teams do, so it's better to relax, enjoy the weekend and try to win when our game comes."


Wednesday 26 November 2008 19:45

วันอังคารที่ 25 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2551


STEVIE: I WANT TO OUTDO ISTANBUL Jimmy Rice 25 November 2008

For Kopites of a certain generation, the miracle of Istanbul is our finest hour - a night which could never be bettered. Three down at half-time against an AC Milan side containing Kaka and Paolo Maldini. There was simply no way back.

Until, that is, Steven Gerrard inspired the greatest comeback football had ever seen. Six of the most bizarre minutes in sporting history brought the Reds level before Jerzy Dudek's penalty heroics secured our fifth European Cup. For the players involved, just as for the fans watching from the stands or at home, it was the greatest night of their footballing lives - something they'd be asked about everywhere they went for the rest of their days. No one more so than Gerrard, whose glittering career will always be best remembered for what he did on May 25, 2005. Or so some might believe.

For now, three and a half years later, the Huyton-born midfielder has spoken of his determination to retire having equalled - or even bettered - the seemingly impossible achievement of Istanbul. "I've got a drive and a hunger to match Istanbul, if not beat it," said Gerrard, who is poised to return from injury for Wednesday's penultimate Champions League group game with Marseille.

"Obviously Istanbul was mine and the club's finest hour for a long time. But I don't just want to milk that final. I think I'd have regrets if I didn't win anything else."

Gerrard's list of honours includes two FA Cup triumphs, two League Cup successes and a UEFA Cup winners' medal. All that's missing is the Premier League, but with Liverpool currently joint top of the table, many are predicting the hole in Gerrard's medal collection could soon be filled. "I can understand why people are saying it," added the club captain. "We've gone 2-0 down a couple of times, we haven't given up, and we've managed to turn games around. So they're saying we've got title credentials.

"It's nice, but it raises expectations. It's important to stay humble. We know we're a good team, we know we're getting closer to a title challenge – we can say that. But we've got to prove we can stay in the race till the end."

Liverpool will qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League should they avoid defeat to Marseille, who lie third in the French Ligue 1 following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Lille. "Liverpool belong in Europe," Gerrard said. "Yes, you have to earn the right to be in it, but our history, the number of cups we've won in Europe, it's our stage, it's where we want to be.

"We see how successful the club have been. Players before our generation delivered, and fans expect the same of us today."

วันอาทิตย์ที่ 23 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2551

HiLight Livero\pool VS Fulham 22/Nov/2008

Saturday 22 November 2008 15:00

The Reds welcome Fulham to Anfield confident of picking up another three points.

The Cottagers have never won at Anfield and in 27 visits to L4 they have only managed seven draws.

Last season Rafa's men left it late to clinch a 2-0 victory with both goals arriving inside the last 10 minutes courtesy of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot.


Jimmy Rice at Anfield 22 November 2008

Rafa Benitez admitted his side missed a golden opportunity to go clear of Chelsea at the top of the league after a frustrating goalless draw at home to Fulham.

The Reds dominated at Anfield but failed to carve out enough clear-cut chances - and those they did went begging. The one consolation was that Chelsea also drew 0-0 at home to Newcastle, meaning Liverpool remain joint top. But Benitez knows it could have been much better.

He said: "It was a bad day. We weren't playing well, we didn't have enough energy and we did not pass well. "But we had three good opportunities even though we played badly.

"We started the second half really well. We had more intensity and more determination. "There is a bit of frustration. We are disappointed because when we got to the dressing room we were told that Chelsea drew and Arsenal lost.

"Clearly it is an opportunity lost - but it's also an opportunity lost for Chelsea." Benitez selected Lucas Leiva in midfield, while Xabi Alonso, who played 90 minutes for Spain in midweek, was named on the bench. The boss said: "We tried to use two or three players with fresh legs but you could see three or four players didn't have the energy. Lucas had fresh legs but Dirk Kuyt and Albert Riera played 90 minutes in midweek and had to fly around."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson added: "It's a point against a potential champion of this country so we've got to be happy with our performance.

"They've won almost all of their recent games and we knew they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us. You are never comfortable against Liverpool. "A 0-0 at Liverpool is a very good result. My goalkeeper made two very good saves."

Saturday 22 November 2008 15:00 , Barclays Premier League


Liverpool remain level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League despite being held to a goalless draw with Fulham at Anfield.

The Reds dominated throughout a lively contest but missed the chance to move clear of Luiz Felipe Scolari's men after failing to find that elusive match winning goal. It was all the more frustrating for Rafa and co after the Londoners drew a blank at home to Newcastle United.

The first chance of what proved to be hugely frustrating match for Liverpool fell to the hosts on four minutes when a magnificent 40 yard ball from Fabio Aurelio found the marauding Alvaro Arbeloa down the right.

The Spaniard showed good awareness to cut the ball back for Dirk Kuyt on the edge of the box but for once the Dutchman couldn't finish and dragged his shot wide of the far post. It set the tone for the rest of the half with the home side wasting a series of good openings while Fulham threatened on the counter attack.

Roy Hodgson's men had not won at Anfield in 27 previous visits prior to kick-off, and although that run has now stretched to 28 matches, they could have given themselves a fighting chance of a shock victory on 20 minutes when they carved Liverpool open.

The Reds failed to clear a right-wing free-kick and after Jimmy Bullard and Clint Dempsey had combined to set up Andy Johnson, the former Everton man fired a gilt-edged opportunity straight at Pepe Reina. It was proving to be an entertaining encounter and although Fulham had their moments, the hosts should have gone in at the interval ahead.

The chance of the half fell to Robbie Keane, who really should have done better after racing on to a flick from Lucas and smashing a shot straight at Mark Schwarzer from just eight yards out.

The returning Fernando Torres - who was making his first league start since the clash at Manchester City on October 5 - then went close with two instinctive efforts before the Cottagers again showed how dangerous they could be on the break when Bullard forced a top drawer save from Reina after Zamora's rampaging run down the right had left the Liverpool defence exposed.
The underlying feeling reverberating around Anfield at the halfway point was one of frustration and the home side set about putting that right with a fast start to the second period. Torres was beginning to have more and more influence on the play and created two good openings in the first five minutes of the half.

First he saw a delightful effort curl just over the top after some good play by Keane, before a brilliant individual run saw him cut in from the left and sting the fingertips of Schwarzer with a sizzling strike. The Reds were turning the screw and the Fulham stopper had to be at his instinctive best again on 70 minutes when he pushed Dirk Kuyt's effort away after a volleyed cross from Albert Riera.

It looked like being one of those days for Rafa and co, and after Lucas and Daniel Agger both went close late on, it would prove to be the case, as Fulham held on to claim a surprise point.

Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Carragher (captain), Agger, Arbeloa, Riera, Mascherano, Leiva, Kuyt, Torres, Keane. Subs - Hyypia, El Zhar, Babel, Dossena, Cavalieri, Alonso, Benayoun

Fulham: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Hughes, Hangeland, Pantsill, Dempsey, Bullard, Murphy (captain), Davies, Johnson, Zamora. Subs - Baird, Zuberbuhler, Gray, Gera, Stoor, Kallio,

Nevland Referee: M Halsey Conditions:

Cold Attendance: Unknown

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Jamie Carragher

วันเสาร์ที่ 22 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2551



RAFA ON GERRARD, TORRES AND FULHAM Steve Hunter 22 November 2008

Rafa Benitez took 10 minutes out of his pre-Fulham preparations to talk to radio journalists about the game and the week that was.


Journalist: How is Steven Gerrard Rafa?

He is not fit and cannot play against Fulham. Hopefully if everything is okay he can ready for the Champions League game against Marseille.

Journalist: Did it disappoint you that England forced Steven to be seen by their own medical staff before they ruled him out of the friendly game with Germany?

We know the rules and we respect the rules. I will not talk too much about this because we don't have another international break until March. I prefer not to say anything. The question was Gerrard couldn't play so we were right when we said he was injured, and that's it.

Journalist: How are the rest of your squad after the midweek matches?

The rest of the players are fit and can play. Some of them played in very difficult games but everybody is happy. Hopefully after the game against Fulham we will all be very happy.

Journalist: Fernando Torres scored for Spain in midweek, how much of a boost was that for you?

Clearly he needed match fitness and the only way he can get that is by playing games. I was watching Spain against Chile which was a difficult game played at a high tempo and he did well. He scored a very good goal so hopefully he can now score for us on Saturday. Last season he scored a crucial goal for us against Fulham and hopefully he can score early on Saturday and then we can enjoy the game.

Journalist: What's his fitness level like now?

It's difficult to say. Clearly for the Carling Cup game against Tottenham he was not fit. Against Bolton he was better and then he scored for Spain and looked sharp. What did you make of Javier Mascerano captaining Argentina in midweek? We knew this could be a possibility. He has that mentality and I know Maradona is very pleased with him so that is very positive. To be captain of your country means you have the quality, the character and the right mentality for being a success.

Journalist: Fulham up next Rafa. What sort of test will they be for your team? They are playing well. They have won their last two games in a row and have confidence. They have quality in midfield and a lot of pace up front. We know every game in the Premier League is difficult but we have confidence. The team is playing well and we want to keep the momentum.

Journalist: Will you have to keep a close eye on their front two of Johnson and Zamora? The understanding between them is good. We know Johnson from his time at Everton and he is very dangerous. Zamora is also a good player and they can both make it difficult for defenders.

Journalist: Another key player for Fulham is Jimmy Bullard who has come back from a serious injury. How highly do you rate him as a player?

Clearly he has quality. He has energy from midfield and he is always a threat. He can be very dangerous.

Journalist: You missed a lot of chances against Bolton last week. Is that something you need to improve on and be more clinical to finish games off quicker?

Clearly the team is playing well. We are creating chances and we know that we have to take our chances and be more clinical.

Journalist: Your supporters automatically expect you to beat Fulham. Does that bring any added pressure? It's always difficult, especially after an international break. We were talking about this yesterd

ay and the players know they have to be focused from the beginning to the end of the game. We don't want to make mistakes and we know what we have to do.

Journalist: Is there a belief amongst your players that you could finish as high up in the table as you have done for some time this season?

Clearly we have belief and confidence in ourselves. Also we know the only way to be contenders is to take one game at a time. That is the key for me.

Journalist: Dirk Kuyt has had a great start to the season and is scoring a lot of goals for you. How important is he to your team?

Everybody can see how hard he works for the team in every game. Now he is scoring a lot of goals and I'm really pleased for him and his teammates are very happy with this situation. He is a very good professional.

Journalist: We are coming up to the 10th anniversary of Steven Gerrard's first team debut. Just how important is he to Liverpool FC?

Everybody can see how good he is on the pitch and he is also a nice lad. When you talk with him you can see his commitment to this club. Hopefully he can win more trophies and be here for another 10 years.

Journalist: It's quite rare these days isn't it for a player to be loyal to one club for 10 years...

It's not easy. There is a lot of money around and a lot of top clubs are asking about one player, but I am really pleased to have Gerrard here with us. Clearly he has passion for the club. He loves this club and he loves the city. Maybe he can be the manager who will replace me in the future!

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Match 22 November 2008 15.00

Saturday 22 November 2008 15:00

The Reds welcome Fulham to Anfield confident of picking up another three points.

The Cottagers have never won at Anfield and in 27 visits to L4 they have only managed seven draws.

Last season Rafa's men left it late to clinch a 2-0 victory with both goals arriving inside the last 10 minutes courtesy of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot.

News Updates.

NEW VIDEO: THE LFC WEEK IN 10 MINUTES Paul Eaton 21 November 2008
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