Monday, 31 January 2011

Reds Agree Carroll Fee with Newcastle

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Liverpool have Officially Announced the signing of Andy Carroll from Newcastle United

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 31, 2011

As of about 12:45 EST Liverpool have announced the capture of 22-year old former Newcastle Striker Andy Carroll. The reported fee for the Englishman is £35 Million and is the new transfer record for the Goordie club. The folks on the Toon will be heartbroken to see their young star go, but those on Merseyside will rejoice as Carroll is now set to partner with Luis Suarez in the newest strike duo assembled in the Premiership. The size and power of Carroll will pair hand in hand with the skill and prowess of the young Uruguayan Suarez.

With this deal apparently now scuppered and only awaiting personal terms and a medical, it looks as though Fernando Torres will be making his trip south to London to join former Liverpool team mate Yossi Benayoun as a Chelsea Blue. The deal for Torres looks to be between £50-£70 Million Pounds as reported by the Daily Mirror and

The Former Liverpool No. 9 (Torres) looks to have his replacement in line for his stop and his number as Carroll wore the No. 9 as a Magpie. The new Liverpool owners have certainly created excitement for their fans, players, and for their manager. King Kenny spoke in his press conference this morning about how Ian Rush left the team(as compared to Torres) and then came from Juventus the next year. The point was the team became stronger after his departure.

This certainly looks to be possible as a nearly 28- year old Torres with already 10 years of first team miles makes way for a 23-year old (Suarez) and a 22-year old (Carroll). The new injection of youth upfront combined with their strike rates and desires to win should give Kenny Dalglish a refreshing new front line that will be hungry to feed. This truly could be a much more interesting last 14 games of the season.

It is also reported that Liverpool are still deadline chasing Charlie Adam, and as now in a bidding war between themselves and Manchester United.

FA Cup Round 4 Round-Up

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The 4th Round Brought Some Surprises and I reflect on the Matches to Watch and other Interesting Happenings.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 31, 2011

The road to the FA Cup gave the weekend some much needed action aside from what has been going on in the transfer window. On Friday I posted up my matches to watch, and although my predictions were not all spot on, some results were, and some were complete surprises.

Games to Watch

Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers
Predicted 2-2  -  Result 3-1

Former Arsenal playmaker and Premier League veteran Robert Pires got his Aston Villa career off the ground with  a goal against Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on Saturday. The match played out to the Villans as they advance on to the 5th Round. Their opponent is not yet known as the full draw has not been completed for the 5th Round due to Re-plays.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Hereford United
Predicted 1-2  -  Result 4-1

What I thought to be a possible upset proved to be none the later as League One side  Sheffield Wednesday whom had endured a dip in recent form compared to opponent, put League Two side Hereford United to the sword at Hillsborough. Wednesday will travel to St. Andrews to face Birmingham in Round 5.

Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Predicted 2-1  -  Result 4-0

I truly thought Harry Redknapp's Hotspur would have put up more of a fight, however, Mark Hughes truly has Fulham firing on all cylinders as the Cottagers steam rolled their London rivals in this London Derby in the FA Cup. A penalty brace from Danny Murphy followed by goals from Brede Hangeland and Moussa Dembele saw the Cottagers rout 10-man Spurs after Alan Hutton and Michel Dawson, whom received a Red Card for his involvement against Dembele in the box, proved culprits to Spurs demise. That is perhaps the worst first half Spurs will play this season, if not this decade. Fulham will take on the winner of the Bolton and Wigan Replay.

Bolton vs. Wigan Athletic
Predicted 3-1  -  Result 0-0

A cagey match at the Reebok provided no goals and little excitement as the Wanderers and Latics will go at it again in their Replay. Bolton fresh of a beating from Chelsea looked to still be licking their wounds rather than back on the attack. Owen Coyle will be sure to remedy this. The winner will face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Everton vs. Chelsea
Predicted 0-4  -  Result 1-1

The Blues and the Blues were stalemated on the night and will face a replay against one another to decide the result. David Moyes will be happy to have earned another chance to progress while Carlo Ancelloti will continue to rue this season as he looks to be out in my opinion if he doesn't at least bring some sort of Silverware back to the Bridge this season. He will at least be buoyed by his club's attempts to bring in Fernando Torres.

Wolverhampton vs. Stoke City
Predicted 1-0  -  Result 0-1

A great last 10 minutes plus stoppage time gave us the action and drama that the FA Cup is so rich with. John Carew caused problems for Wolves in his Stoke debut but did not bare fruit thanks to the efforts of Marcus Hahneman. Robert Huth headed home a free-kick from winger Matthew Etherington to give the Potters the lead with hopes of advancement on the 81st minute. However, Wolves would have their chance as Robert Milijas lined up to take a penalty on the 90th minute. But, it was not to be as Thomas Sorenson saved the shot to let the Potters advance to host Brighton & Hove Albion at the Britannia in Round 5.

Suarez To Wear No.7

Luis Suarez to be the New No. 7 according to Liverpool's official website. The site has added new holding page information regarding Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, and Fernando Torres.

Torres Is Gone, Walk On

Fernando Torres Is Negotiating Terms With Chelsea

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 31, 2011

Getty Images. Torres to Blues.
Fernando Torres, the once loved and now most likely loathed Liverpool No. 9, is in negotiations of personal terms with Chelsea Football Club. Liverpool FC have accepted a reported £50 Million Pound offer that covers the Spanish Internationals buy-out clause in his contract with the Reds.

He makes way for the Arrival of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to the club. More to Come in tomorrow transfer wrap up.

Twitter Alight with Suarez and Carroll

Liverpool Players and Supporters Alive with Comments Regarding Reds New Boys Suarez and Carroll

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 31, 2011

The newest strike duo in town is in Merseyside. Guarded by the Kopites and the Shankley Gate Andrew (Andy) Carroll and Luis Suarez will form a youthful determined partnership with hopes of propelling Liverpool up the table these last 14 matches and into the future. I wanted to just take a few minutes and quote some of the buzz from Liverpool and other professional players, and fans.

"I personally think Carroll and Suarez will be great additions to the sqaud!!" - Young Liverpool winger Nathan Eccleston

"Andy Carrol will be a great player for Liverpool and England" - Arsenals Jack Wilshere

"Wow Andy Carroll will be for now British record transfer!!", and "Good Luck Andy Carroll" - Robbie Savage of Derby County

"Carrol has huge potential no doubt,is 35m still not a hefty sum of money in this recession we r meant to be in!?He will be top player." - Rio Ferdinand, Captain of Manchester United FC

With all this support plus much more it seems that Andy Carroll will be a well respected new signing for the Reds.

Torres? Coming or Going

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The Final Day of the Transfer Window Sees Torres Eye his Exit, and And Luis Suarez Eye Stoke Debut

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 31, 2011

Suarez Completes Move
The weekend came to a close with new signing Luis Suarez passing his medical for Liverpool and setting his sights on a Wednesday debut when the Reds face Stoke City. Suarez was indeed excited to say the least about having joined Liverpool as his desire to play for a high profile club is satisfied for the moment. The fans will be happy to see someone that wants to be at the club after the past five days of Torres transfer debate has many of the fans reeling.

The Uruguayan international may not be forming a partnership with the world cup winning Spaniard after all as Liverpool have been trying to find a replacement of quality for the almost certain to leave Torres. The weekend saw Chelsea table the possibility of a cash plus Nicolas Anelka deal which the Reds favored as a means to have a proven goal scorer in the Premiership take Torres' place. However, reports this morning from Liverpool's NESN column say the Frenchman is against the move and it looks like Chelsea will table an offer of £50 Million in order to reach the buy-out clause in Torres' contract.

Carroll to leave Toon
Liverpool have been as firm as possible from my point of view in the desire to have Torres fulfill his long-term contract. If he does so, it is likely he will not be offered another one or any form of extension. The real problem that has arisen is if he truly wants to leave, what is the point of keeping him? A player the wants to move on will never truly give the performances he is capable of. This I believe has the Reds attempting to cash in.

An offer of £30 Million has been reported to have been rejected by Newcastle for front man Andy Carroll. The Reds apparently are actively looking for a replacement for Torres, and this move by Liverpool also guarantee that their No. 9 will be on the move by this evening or the summer at the latest. Carrol's size and strength could be just the right match for Suarez's speed and movement.

Young to follow O'Neal out Exit Door
Improved bids for Aston Villa's Ashley Young, and Blackpool's Charlie Adam are also expected as this could be a very busy last day for the Reds and other teams across Europe. Young is out of contract in the summer and his refusal to commit long term to the Villan's with a new contract insists that they may need to go ahead and cash in before the player becomes a Bosman Free Transfer target and they get nothing. It is also reported that Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United are to enter the biding for Charlie Adam against Liverpool.

Also in other reports Left Back Paul Konchesky has agreed to a loan move to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the season as his return to Fulham looks to be a priority in the summer as negotiations over goal scorers is taking president on Merseyside for the time being.

Ashley Young and Charlie Adam Still on the Radar

The possible sale of Fernando Torres has the possibility of higher offers for Ashley Young and Charlie Adam on the table and the chance of more arrivals before the end of the night and the transfer window.

Liverpool plan improved offers for Ashley Young and Charlie Adam as Fernando Torres departure looks increasingly likely - report -

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Torres Looks to be on the Move

It looks as though the Liverpool No. 9 may just be on his way out. It kills me as a fan to see someone say they are so loyal just weeks ago, and now look for an out. It is a sad thing to see happen. More to come tomorrow in the Deadline day transfer round up for the January window. I will discuss all the ins and outs of Liverpools dealings, and look at my top ten moves of the transfer window across Europe.

Fernando Torres Seeks Move From Liverpool To Develop Further As A Player - Guillem Balague -

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Latest on Torres To Chelsea

The Blues look keen to acquire Liverpool's No. 9 as their bid process heats up before the close of the window on Monday. The arrival of Luis Suarez on Merseyside could very well see Torres move on now rather than in the summer. We would hate to see him go but a 40 Million Pound return on the initial 20 Million purchase price paid by Rafa Benitez could ensure more talent comes to Liverpool in the summer.

Liverpool Negotiating With Chelsea Over £50m Fernando Torres Bid But Want Nicolas Anelka Included In Deal Instead Of Daniel Sturridge -

Chelsea To Come At Liverpool With £60 Million Bid For Fernando Torres - Report -

Luis Suarez Secured, but Torres On the Move?

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The Reds Finally Get Their Man as Ajax agree £23 Million Move, but breaks the news that Fernando Torres could leave the Club by Monday or in the Summer.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 28, 2011

Kenny Dalglish Finally has a new attacking option to line-up alongside Fernando Torres. Hotly pursued Ajax Amsterdam striker Luis Suarez will be making his move across the Chanel to Merseyside as the Reds first transfer capture of the January window. After more than two weeks of back and forth between the two clubs, the young Uraguyan world cup star will be lining up in the English Premiership in his next match.

Reds Get Their Man
Suarez brings a proven goal threat to the front line to allow Fernando Torres so lessening of his burden as the lone striker up front. However, the arrival of Suarez has cast a dark shadow over the Anfield faithful, as the arrival of a new star seems to be overshadowed by the unsettling announcement that Chelsea may be stealing Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has a £50 Million buy out clause, and though he has repeatedly claimed to be a Scouser at heart, the possible offer of a £160,000 per week wage just might be enough to lure him away as the Blues seek a permanent replacement for the aging Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. The Reds reported this morning that a £35 Million pound offer was refused and that the player was not for sale. However, with the buyout clause in place, Torres has asked to speak with Chelsea if an offer is agreed upon.
Torres to Follow Benayoun to Chelsea?

The loss of Torres could prove unsettling for the fans whom have grown to love him for his pronounced love of Liverpool. One can only hope that this truly is more rumor than truth, but the facts seem to be pointing towards the exit door for Liverpool's El Nino. The second coming of a Liverpool No.9 to reach legendary status aside Robbie Fowler may be derailed if Torres does indeed leave the club either now or in the summer.

FA Cup Round 4 Preview

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FA Cup Matches to Watch during 4th Round Jan 28/29 2011

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 28th, 2011

The transfer window has the folks on Merseyside in a frenzy. Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam occupy the lips and tongues of those that usually stand on the Kop. Ryan Babel has flew the Liverbird coup with possible others on the tips of his wings as Milan Jovanovic and Paul Konchesky both look to possibly be on their way out. "And wishers of a nameless fear," to steal lines from Tolkien himself, would only be appropriate with the recent threat of Fernando Torres being poached away by the Chelsea Blues.

With the players fresh off back to back wins against Wolves and Fulham, Kenny Dalglish will hope the weekend can bear fruit in the transfer market just before the deadline and provide some fresh spice to his reinvigorated pass and move Liverpool offense.

However, the English Premier League and Liverpool take a break this weekend as the FA Cup resumes with round 4 action. There are 32 teams remaining including 15 sides from the Premiership. That being said there will be at the least 4 of these teams eliminated as 4 matches will put these top flight sides to test against one another.

In the spirit of keeping with my admittance to covering things aside from Liverpool, though it is difficult, it does provide me a voice for the weekend as I take the next two days off to relax and take in the cup ties from the outside as with no one to cheer for I can only hope to witness some great games from the eyes of neutrality.

Top Games to Watch

Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

The Arrival of Darren Bent at Villa park has seen the Villains pull of a pair of back to back wins including a surprise 1-0 victory over Manchester City where Bent was the culprit to score on his debut. Manchester City have just loaned Rogue Santa-Cruz back to Blackburn, whom the Citizens purchased him from two seasons ago, and the arrival of on loan American Jermaine Jones has also been sparking the Rovers back to confidence.

Blackburn have been on the rise and are now in 8th place, right behind also climbing Liverpool, since the controversial sacking of Sam Allardyce and the appointment of Steve Kean. The surprise departure of Martin O'Neil from Villa in the summer saw the appointment of former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier. This looks to be a tightly contested battle between two teams searching for their identity. I look to see this game go to a replay 2-2.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Hereford United

Hillsborough was the site of perhaps the worst disaster in Liverpool's history as 96 fans were crushed to death in the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final against Nottingham Forest. That site will be the host to this weekends FA Cup 4th round clash between nPower League One side Sheffield Wednesday and nPower League Two Side Hereford United.

Sheffield have been on a down turn in their last three matches as they have a loss and two draws from their last run of play. Hereford on the other hand have been on a tare with 3 straight victories. The dip in form from the League One side looks to allow an opening for Hereford to continue their cup run into the 5th round with a 1-2 victory.

Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The Cottagers though having just lost thanks to an own goal have been in fine form, and more than likely feel "Hard done by," in the words of Kenny Dalglish in the post match press conference. Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy put in masterful performances and the former was denied on several occasions for brilliant strikes.

Harry Redknapp has his Spurs in a bit of a lag in form after two straight draws, but they will still be the favorite side in this FA Cup London Derby. Rafael Van der Vaart and Gareth Bale will hope to continue leading their side to victory. I look for a lively match if Fulham play anything like they did against the Reds on Wednesday night, and I believe they might just catch the Lilly Whites off their guard. Fulham to start brightly and carry through to a 2-1 upset in front of their home fans.

Other Matches of Note

Bolton vs. Wigan Athletic

Fresh off of a crushing defeat at the hands of Chelsea, Bolton will want to reassert themselves with revenge against a weaker opponent. Wanderers stroll to the next round 3-1.

Everton vs. Chelsea

Chelsea will want to continue their cup run, and David Moyes' faltering side will be less of a challenge this season than in the previous years. Blues cruise 0-4 in front of, and to the horror of the Goodison crowd.

Wolverhampton vs. Stoke City

Wolves need something to fight for besides not being relegated and a victory over a strong mid table side like Stoke City will to them good after their 0-3 loss to the Reds last weekend. Wolves take it in a boring drudgery of a game on Molineux's horrid pitch, 1-0.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Suarez, 35 Goals for Ajax

Check out some of the spectacular goals from Suarez at Ajax

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 28, 2011

The Kop will soon be privy to the goal scoring talents of Luis Suarez as the Uraguyan International is on his way to Anfield. Here is a video compilation of his Eridivisie goals last season for Ajax.

Torres Heads for the Exit Door? Breaks the story that may break many hearts in Liverpool. In this exclusive linked below, it outlines the horrid possibility that El Nino may be on his way out. More to come in The Daily Atz report to follow.

Fernando Torres has decided to leave Liverpool by the start of next season & has not ruled out signing for Chelsea by Monday -

Chelsea Attempt Torres Raid

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Blues Attempt Raid for Liverpool's No. 9

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 28, 2011

After failed moves for Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid, the Blues have set their sights again on a former Mattress Maker. Fernando Torres has been on their radar for quite sometime and Chelsea have reportedly been rebuffed by the Reds after a bid for their No. 9.

El Nino has been rumored to be in line to request a transfer from Liverpool but I do not see that happening. The recent rich vein of form that he has found under Kenny Dalglish I believe will keep him at Anfield until at least the summer. However, the Spaniard seems to remain a man of his word that he is a Liverpool player and will stay there.

Manchester City were reportedly offering close to £75 Million for the striker in the last period when the vultures were circling the Reds frontman. Chelsea's offer according to ESPNsoccernet would make Torres the highest paid Blue with a deal paying in the range of £160,000 a week.

The birth of his recent child just a few months ago also will most likely see the player remain on Merseyside for the time being. Liverpool directly rejected the bid stating that Torres is not for sale.

Suarez Stalemate

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Ajax and Liverpool Still at Odds Over Luis Suarez

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 28, 2011

Another round of discussions has seen the Merseyside Club and the Dutch giants come no closer to finding a middle ground. The most recent Liverpool bid is said to be close to £17.5 Million but Ajax and Manager Frank de Boer are holding out for £25 Million.

Suarez himself has reportedly been pleading with the club to let him make the move, but it appears that will not be the case. In a recent press conference following Ajax's victory over NAC Breda in the Dutch Cup, de Boer remarked that "From the bottom of my heart, I hope on Sunday for our next match with NAC that I can call on him."

This sounded like there was light at the end of the tunnel for the Reds and the next comments from de Boer may yet show there is still a slim chance despite the deadline placed on the English outfit to wrap up the discussions by the 28th(Today),

"Liverpool know what they have to pay, if they do it by the weekend then we will have time to take action."

With that said if the move is to be made it will most likely take place in the next 24 hours if at all.

Own Goal Saves the Day, But Should have been Worse

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A Hard Fought Battle Earns Liverpool 3 Points through Pantsil Own Goal

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Liverpool celebrate back to back victories for the first time under Kenny Dalglish. The fact that last nights victory came in a much harder fought contest than Wolves proves that there is indeed a turn around going on at Anfield under the King. Torres had what would have been the opening goal on the 4th minutes disallowed for being offside, which upon further review was correct.

Raul Meireles continued his fine form as he pushed Liverpool forward. Stephen Gerrard made his return for the Reds and voiced his team to push forward on multiple occasions showing a renewed vigor as the on field leader as he barked orders to his men all night long. Gerrard took the place of Lucas Leiva whom was out with a knock suffered in training. Chritian Poulsen put in another decent performance as he continues to renew his belief in himself, and hopefully in the face of the fans.

The pace of Lucas was missed in the midfield however. The Brazillian usually combines with Dirk Kuyt as the none stop energy to drive the central Liverpool machine, but his injury, and an obviously worn out Kuyt were missing. Kuyt was replaced with youngster Jonjo Shelvey whom has featured in every game under Dalglish.

It should have been 2-0 to Liverpool by Halftime as they had fired multiple shots on goal that would have been into the back of the net against any keeper whom wasn't in as fine of form as Fulham's David Stockdale. Asian Cup duties kept first choice Mark Schwarzer busy in Qatar, but his backup is making a serious push for a permanent place in the staring eleven with displays such as his last night.

The second half saw a continued hard fight as Fulham was lifted by former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy whom rolled back the years to put in a Man of the Match performance. American Clint Dempsey fired several blistering top class shots a Pepe Reina the Spanish keeper was a stalwart for the Reds when they needed him the most.

Attack after attack from Liverpool eventually led to an own goal from Fulham right back John Pantsil. Had he not scored it, Meireles certainly would have finished it off as he was on top of the keeper ready to pounce for what could have been his third goal in as many games. Following his debacle in the back Pantsil let out his frustration in attempts to start altercations with Liverpool Captain Gerrard and earned himself a yellow card in due time.

Maxi Rodriguez also was lively for the match as he continues to become more attuned to the English game and has been playing out wider under Dalglish instead of making so many runs into the middle. This has been helping to create more space for Torres whom is flourishing under the pass and move style of the Liverpool teams of old.

With the team now up to seventh in the table and away from the drop zone, for the moment, the fans can breath a huge sigh of relief as the second coming of King Kenny is inspiring a rebirth and rejuvenation of the Reds. With 14 games to go just how high can the Reds find themselves before the end of the campaign?

What Comes Next for Liverpool? The Reds by the Numbers

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The King has the Reds on the Rise, But Just How Far Can We Go From Here

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Its 7th Heaven for the Reds for the moment after a second straight win under Kenny Dalglish has propelled the club into the top half of the table. The Reds finished 7th last year and booked a UEFA Europa League spot, but knowing the King he will be aiming higher than that. Champions League Qualification is still a possibility believe it or not because of how crazy this season has been in the English Premier League. With the club finally mounting a climb in the table I thought it would be interesting to see just where the Reds could possibly end up based on a couple different situations.

Champions League?

I know it seems like a long shot but there is still that chance for the Reds. This year confined to the UEFA Europa League, which we reconvene on February 17 in Prague against Sparta Praha in the first leg of our Round of 32 knockout stage tie. Dalglish has the team and fans reunited, but can they push their new found confidence enough to challenge Sunderland, Tottenham, and Chelsea ahead of them for 4th.

Qualifying for the Champions League domestically will take even more effort but it is still possible. Liverpool sit 7th in the table with 32 points from 9 wins 5 draws and 10 losses. If the Reds win out the last 14 games of the season we would have a total of 74 points. That is the highest we can manage no matter what we do. However, if you look at the past five seasons the average number of points needed to place 4th or higher was 71. So it is possible. The highest total of the past five was 76 points which Liverpool amassed in the 07-08 season.

The statistics give us an outside chance on averages but it is still a long shot. Chelsea is currently in 4th place on 41 points with a game in hand. That means the Reds currently have a 9 point swing to make up for, if the Blues win the missing match it will be a 12 point swing. Best case scenario we start by beating the Blues for the double over them at Stamford Bridge on February 6th.

As much as I want to see Liverpool in the Champions League next season I truly don't know if we can over come the gap, nor keep Tottenham from beating us in that same race. If the planets aligned just right I see Liverpool getting out of the next 14 games with 9 wins 3 Draws and 2 Losses. That would bring our points total to 62.

The Lowest 4th place finish in the last ten seasons belongs to Liverpool from the 2003-2004 season where we finished with 60 points, and Everton Finished 4th on 61 Points the following season. So numbers wise if we can obtain at least 60 points we have 5/1 odds on a Champions League spot. Given as upside down as this season has truly been who is to say we cant still make it.

Transfer Impacts?

The final say in whether Liverpool add some extra ability to increase the likelyhood of such a push for the 4th spot in the table remains to be seen. The controversies surrounding all the transfer targets of the Reds is increasing, and with every waking moment the window is closer to being shut as there are only 4 days left. If deals are going to be made they need to be made now.

Luis Suarez is still the top target along with Charlie Adam. Stephen Warnock is still on the cards to replace Paul Konchesky, if the later does indeed return to Fulham, and the cash and time is available to complete a move for the former Liverpool Academy starlet.

Other outside transfer targets in and out of the media have been Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Ashley Young and Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), David Bentley (Loaned to Birmingham City), Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), Matt Jarvis (Wolves), and even Ronaldinho was linked with both Liverpool and Blackburn before he marked his return to Brazil. Also Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) and Danial Sturridge (Chelsea) were mentioned looking at loan moves before the opening of the transfer window in January, but neither ever seemed to have carried any weight.

At the rate it is going I truly don't see many moves being completed, and the King will have to take what he has and mold it to his pass and move offense to get the best finish possible.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Liverpool to Abandon Suarez Pursuit?

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Reds to Call off Chase for World Cup Star in Favor of Summer Move.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Ajax Amsterdam put a Saturday deadline on Liverpool for them to submit what they believe is a more "respectable" bid for target Luis Suarez. The player was expected to open talks with his current club in hopes of lowering the asking price on his head to force a move to the English Premiership Side.

With an asking price in the range of £30 Million Pounds a summer move for Suarez is looking ever more likely. Further reports yesterday evening from Liverpool's NESN site suggest that the Reds have called off their pursuit altogether with the more possible likelihood of a summer transfer for the Uruguayan.

The abandonment of the bid for Suarez puts an even greater strain on the January transfer hopes of the Reds because of their need to sign a replacement attacker for departed Ryan Babel, and the need to sign a strong attacking presents to partner lone front man Torres.

It is yet to appear whom the Reds would pursue in the place of Suarez. It is rumored that Aston Villa's Ashley Young is an alternative. However, the Villan's winger also has a highly inflated price tag. Wigan Athletic's Charles N'Zogbia would be the other option that has had loose ties throughout the transfer window, but that moves seems equally unlikely.

Fergie Sabotages Adam Bid

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Sir Alex Ferguson Backs High Price of Charlie Adam to Frustration of Liverpool

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has put his full weight behind Blackpool manager Ian Holloway's £14 Million price tag for former Rangers Midfielder Charlie Adam. Following the Seasider's match with the Red Devils on Tuesday where Adam led his team to a 2-0 lead until the last fifteen minutes of the match when a last gasp Dimitar Berbatov brace with a Javier Hernandez strike sandwiched in between got United a 2-3 victory.

Sir Alex made the following comments in his press conference:

“We just couldn't handle Charlie Adam's free-kicks and corners. We were all over the place.

“His corner kicks are worth £10million in themselves. The boy is an incredible striker of the ball.”

Ferguson's comments spoke music to Holloway's ears whom has been fending of Liverpool's bids for his captain despite Adam putting in a transfer request in order to try and force a move to Merseyside. Holloway addressed the situation in his press conference as well.

"Charlie will have to accept whatever we do," said Holloway

"In the summer he will have 12 months left on his contract. [That is] a whole new ball park."

"I'll speak to the owners and let them know how Charlie feels but we have a duty to the fans to run the club professionally."

With reports that Aston Villa are also pursuing the star Liverpool will have competition to acquire his services. However, it does not look like a move will happen as the Reds are reportedly eying up alternatives. The situation with Adam mirrors the situation with Luis Suarez as both targets look to be more likely to be able to happen in the summer as the transfer window is almost shut.

Liverpool Leftback Loonieness

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Liverpool in Search of a Permanent Solution to their Left Sided Defensive Woes

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Few teams in the world of football have deployed as many men on the left side of the defensive third than Liverpool in the last few years. The current season has seen the arrival of Paul Konchesky from Fulham provide little to nothing for the club as last years promising Emiliano Insua was loaned out to Galatasaray in Turkey. The young Argentine was a mainstay in Rafael Benitez's line-up last season as free kick specialist Fabio Aurelio spent time injured. His performances in the last season at Liverpool and this loan season in Turkey have him a target of Juventus, current location of on loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to

Aurelio was out of contract over the summer but Roy Hogdson believe he still had miles left, but another injury sidelined him again allowing Hodgson to bring in his former Fulham charge Knochesky. Andrea Dossena was another that had been employed previously and earned himself a quick trip straight back to Serie A after only impressing in several substitute appearances including Liverpool's not to long passed 1-4 routing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2009.

However that victory of impressive class seems so long ago many have forgotten. New Manager Kenny Dalglish has moved Konchesky to the bench all together and is deputizing usual Right Back Glen Johnson in the left sided role as he has preferred youngster and rising talent Martin Kelly on the right hand side. The ability of both Johnson and Kelly to get forward has seen them rise to prominence in Dalglish's pass and move system while Konchesky is still believed a student of Roy Hodgson's batten down the hatches and play for a draw regime.

Warnock in Red 2007
Recent reports have linked the Reds with the arrival of another name to be added to the long list of occupants on the left side. Former Red Stephen Warnock currently of Aston Villa has been tipped for a return to Anfield this January. The move would most likely see Martin Kelly relegated back to the bench, alongside Aurelio, but the vital experience will be key to the youngsters development and it is good to see youngsters from the Academy starting to break into the first team again as it has been a long time since such has happened.

Out of Favor Konchesky has endured a not so positive tenure at the club and it looks as though her will be heading back to Fulham. It looks as though he will be sold in this last week of the transfer window and if not looks to secure a loan deal until a move can be arranged on a permanent basis in the summer.If the deal does go through look for Warnock to be in through purchase or loan until a summer move.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham: Slice of luck for Kenny Dalglish as John Pantsil own goal puts Reds up to seventh - News -

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham: Slice of luck for Kenny Dalglish as John Pantsil own goal puts Reds up to seventh - News -

Liverpool vs Fulham Line Ups Announced

Liverpool and Fulham announce official Line-Ups for Todays Clash

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 26, 2011

The line-up cards have been turned in and it looks like it will be a great game tonight in front of the Anfield faithful. Only about half an hour until You Never Walk Alone will be belted from the Kop to the Shankley Gates.

Fulham will have to work hard as several players are missing due to injury and Asian Cup duty. Dickson Etuhu is out but Aaron Hughes will start despite his recent knock. Bobby Zamora is still sidelined due to a broken leg, and first choice keeper Mark Schwarzer is away with Australia as they continue to march on through the Asian Cup. Clint Dempsey and Andrew Johnson will both hope their current form will help lift their side as both have been enjoying a rich vein of goal scoring as of the new year. Steve Sidwell is set to make his first start for his new club since arriving from Aston Villa earlier in the month.

Liverpool welcome back Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina will return the captains armband after the former serving his three match ban for a Red Card picked up against Manchester United a fortnight ago. Martin Kelly again will be in the side for Kenny Dalglish as the young defender is establishing himself in the starting eleven nicely. Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles look to continue their goal scoring exploits as the Reds look to strike a dagger into the Cottagers and ride three points into the top ten of the table.


Liverpool: Reine; Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Meireles, Poulsen, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Torres.

Fulham: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy (c), Dempsey, Dembele, A Johnson

Jovanovic to fill Dzeko's Boots?

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Liverpool Winger Milan Jovanovic still pursued by VfL Wolfsburg.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 26, 2011

Former England boss Steve McClaren is still in search of an offensive wide attacker to assist in filling the void left by Manchester City's most recent high profile signing, Edin Dzeko. The Serbian has been a fringe player under both Roy Hodgsen and now Kenny Dalglish. He was the last signing of Rafa Benitez's reign in Anfield, signed as a free transfer from Belgian side Standard Liege.

Jovanovic Runs to Space
Jovanovic has failed to truly impress in his five starts in the premier league and has only produced 2 goals from his seventeen first team appearances. A recent interview in LFC Weekly revealed that Milan is relishing his time under Kenny Dalglish and that the Liverpool legend is indeed something special to the players and the club.

However, his admiration of his new boss doesn't seem to be enough to warrant him a spot in the first eleven, nor even many cameo appearances from the bench. Wolfburg's signing of Jovanovic's former Standard teammate and strike partner, Dieumerci Mbokani, from Monaco might sweeten the resolve of the Serbian to move on.

A £6 Million offer was reportedly made yesterday, and also a possible loan move till the summer surfacing earlier this morning. It appears that despite his desire to fight for his place under the new guard, the needs of Kenny Dalglish and Damien Camoli to raise quick cash to bolster the front lines with a second quality striker seem more paramount.

Uraguayan Exposition

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Liverpool Target Luis Suarez to Hold Talks to Force Move from Ajax

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 26, 2011

Suarez Passes the Armband
Reports this morning from the Liverpool Camp, and the Daily Telegraph declare that Liverpool Target Luis Suarez planes to hold discussions with his current club Ajax Amsterdam in attempts to force a move to England. The Uruguayan international made comments over the weekend that English football suited him stating Carlos Tevez as his inspiration to move across the English Channel from the Netherlands.

Liverpool's initial transfer bid for the starlet was £12.7 Million, however, Ajax have shot down the offer as disrespectful. New Liverpool owners John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures appear to not want to pay more than £20 Million for Suarez who now fears his move is in jeopardy as the Amsterdam club has slapped a £30 Million Pound price tag on their talisman.

Today it appears that Suarez will be holding discussions within the next 24 hours in hopes of convincing the club to lower their asking price. If the want away attacker hands in a transfer request as well it may help, but if the price for him can not be negotiated lower it is likely the deal will not go through until this summer if ever.

There also appears no means of a swap deal with player plus cash for Suarez, as the only possible target was Ryan Babel whom moved to TSG Hoffenheim earlier this week. Liverpool's Milan Jovanovic appears to be on the trading block but he seems of no interest to the Dutch outfit.

Reds take on Cottagers at Anfield

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Liverpool vs Fulham Match Preview

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 26, 2011

Liverpool will face Fulham this Wednesday in a make-up game due to the horrendous weather that shook the Western seaboard of the United Kingdom in December. The time since then has seen what is the possible rekindling of confidence for both sides as each will hope to take maximum points.

Pantsil Brings Down Torres

The recent run of form that has struck Mark Hughes and the Cottagers was rather unexpected. While riding on the back of Texan and US National team member Clint Dempsey has been the key for most of the season, the recent return to form for striker Andy Johnson has spurned on the Cottagers. The arrival of Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa during the window looks to be a positive, but he still must beat out the likes of Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu for a starting 11 spot. With a record of 3-1-1 since the start of the New Year, the Londoners look to come to Merseyside ready for a fight.

King Kenny Dalglish finally got his first win this weekend against Wolves in an attacking display that has been sorely missed from the Reds this season. His fourth game in charge saw Fernando Torres continue to return to his old self scoring two goals, and witnessed Raul Meireles coming into his own as he displayed a man of the match performance at Molineux Stadium.

Steven Gerrard will also be returning for the King in this match after serving a three game ban for his red card against Manchester United a fortnight ago. Other than having their captain back the Reds have no new faces to appear under the leadership of Dalglish as the transfer battles for Luis Suarez or Ajax, Charlie Adam of Blackpool, and Charles N'Zogbia of Wigan continue to linger on. Ryan Babel took his leave from Anfield just this morning by accepting a transfer to TSG Hoffenheim of the Bundesliga.

I look for this to be a cagey start as Fulham will hope to disrupt the early flow of the game to lessen the effect of the Liverpool fans. By the 20th minute or so things should settle in much like the Wolves match over the weekend for the Reds. Torres and Meireles look to still be in top class shape with the support of Steven Gerrard to add into the balance. Fulham will rely on American wide-man Dempsey as usual and with a heavy dose of pressure on Johnson to strike. However, I foresee King Kenny getting the best out of his men again as the pass and move style from the Liverpool of old begins to flow into this new generation. Liverpool take three points putting them into the top half of the table in a hard fought 2-1 victory.

Possible Line-ups

Liverpool Possible Stating Eleven: Reina; Kelly, Skrtle, Agger, Johnson, Kuyt, Lucas, Meireles, Maxi, Gerrard, Torres.

Fulham Possible Starting Eleven: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff, Johnson, Davies.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The Pursuit of Adam-ness, the New Alonso?

Blackpool's Charlie Adam Remains a Tangerine for Now

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 25, 2011

Blackpool's and Ian Holloway's prize asset and want-away Liverpool target Charlie Adam remains a Seasider for the time being. After what is becoming a fractious debate for the services of the Scottish midfielder both sides seem at odds. With Liverpools initial offer of £4.7 Million rejected the Reds are once again looking to bring in funds for an additional bid.

The 25 year old is valued at £14 Million by Blackpool and Holloway according to this mornings reports from both the Daily Express and Liverpool's NESN page. While Holloway's comments this weekend following Blackpool's loss to Sunderland were rebuffing any attempts to let his man go, he is now stated as saying that, "for the sake of the player(Adams) he hopes the deal goes through."

Adam put in a transfer request this weekend, as well as put in a fine performance for his current manager, who tips him as an excellent replacement for Liverpool's long gone Xabi Alonso(Real Madrid) who was the driving piston in Rafa Benitez's Liverpool engine that finished 2nd in the 2008-2009 English Premier League season.

The young Scot would bring extra quality to the Liverpool midfield and most likely would partner play in a deeper role, much as Alonso did, allowing Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles to push forward and support Torres. If Suarez and Adams both arrive he is likely to fight for position with Meireles and Maxi Rodriguez.

Searching for Suarez

Ajax Amsterdam Calling for Increased bid for Liverpool Transfer Target Luis Suarez

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 25, 2011

Another day into the Luis Suarez courtship with Ajax Amsterdam has Liverpool continually frustrated. It has been a tough January transfer market for the Reds as they look to add a strike partner for Fernando Torres. The inflation of transfer prices in the last several years thanks to the likes of Real Madrid, and now truly thanks to Manchester City, is causing higher and higher player values and requiring more and more funds.

Liverpool have reportedly tabled offers from £12.7 Million to £15 Million according to and also through listing on Liverpool's official site. However, this is seen as insult by the Amsterdam giants who have their captain valued at nearly £25-30 Million. This price can only be seen as a result of inflation, and  the longer the wait for the deal to go through the less likely Ajax will have time to bring in a replacement which has Liverpool truly under the gun to push this through in the next couple of days at the latest.

This mornings reversal in the Ryan Babel move that will now see him go to German side TSG Hoffenheim and bring in another £7 Million to the club, and also the reported interest of VfL Wolfsburg in forward Milan Jovanovic of around £6 Million could see the Reds an additional £13 Million to add to their transfer fund with part of it looking towards sweetening the deal for the Uruguayan hitman.

The longer the talks go on the more and more likely it appears that a move for Suarez may have to wait until the summer if at all. Ajax are reportedly upset with the lower offerings from Liverpool, however, the striker still has the ability to table his own transfer request which would possible help push the deal forward in the next several days.

Jovanovic and Konchesky Out?

Two More Reds look to be on the Out

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 25, 2011

With the Reds making waves trying to wheel and deal in the market this final week of the window two more out of favor players look to be moving on. Last week it was reported that Paul Konchesky was likely to be sold back to Fulham to recoup some of the funds dashed out on him by Roy Hogdson. The left back never impressed and the use of Glen Johnson on the left since the take over of Kenny Dalglish has all but sealed the former Cottager's fate.

Another Liverpool forward also appears to be on the move. Following in the footsteps of Ryan Babel whom just sealed his move to TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga this morning after a back and forth saga involving a wanted return to Ajax, Milan Jovanovic appears to be the interest of VfL Wolfsburg. talkSport and have both reported as such and it appears that a near £6 Million offer is on the table.

The Serbian was one of Rafa Benitez's last signings before the Spaniard took his sort lived tenure at the San Siro. Flashes of brilliance were not enough, as he failed to replicate his performances for Standard Liege.

The Second Flying Dutchman

Ryan Babel Goes to Hoffenheim

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 25, 2011

As the transfer window gets hotter and heavier this week it is now down to the last six days. Despite reports Monday that Liverpool forward Ryan Babel was going to stay at the club to fight for his place, it is now confirmed that he will indeed leave for Bundesliga Club TSG Hoffenheim. The move comes after it appeared to be dead, and the in and out of favor forward will bring in £7 Million for the Reds.

Further confirmation became relevant when team mate Lucas Leiva wrote on Babels Twitter page wishing him the best of luck. The forward had targeted a return to Ajax which was expected to possibly be a part of the Luis Suarez deal in order to further sweeten the offer, but this will not be so.

This grip on new funds will surely be put to use for the Luis Suarez Deal since Babel himself is not included as a swap. The career of Babel on Merseyside was up and down with flashes of brilliance such as his thundering long distance strike against Chelsea in the Knockout stages of the 2007-2008 Champions League at Stamford Bridge. However, failure to truly iron out a consistency level in his performance is most likely one of his main reasons for being told to move on.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Flying Dutchman?

Ajax and Liverpool Continue to Debate the Fate of Luis Suarez

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 24, 2011

The need for a potent strike partner for Fernando Torres is still the debate of the transfer string pullers for the Liverpool Reds. Kenny Dalglish is adamant to add to his squad is at all possible and the chance for the rising Uruguayan star to head from Dutch Giants Ajax to Merseyside would be a signing of master class in the eyes of many.
Suarez rose to worldwide prominence alongside countryman Diego Forlan at the 2010 World Cup as Uruguay had a great cup run. This followed on the back of a third straight dominant year in the Dutch Eredivisie where he hauled in 49 goals in all competitions in 2010 after 22, and 28 goal tallies in 2008 and 2009. At only 24, a partnership between youth, speed, and dominant desire between Torres and himself could take the premiership by storm.

Talks have been ongoing for over a week, and the two sides are still back and forth over price. Dirk Kuyt voiced his opinion that Suarez would be, "welcomed with open arms," as the attacking options are lacking at Liverpool.

The move seems to be more and more likely to fizzle as the two clubs remain far apart in the transfer fee. Liverpool has made an offer believed in the £17 Million range, but Ajax appears to be holding firm to an asking price above £25 Million. It is thought that because of this and the remaining two and a half years on his Ajax contract that the Striker will not be allowed to leave until the summer.

However, there was confirmation this morning that Ryan Babel will be remaining on Merseyside rather than making a move. He desired a return to Ajax, which could have possibly sweetened the deal for the Dutch, but that seemed to not be in the cards at all. And he is not willing to move to the Bundesliga despite the Club accepting a transfer fee of £7 Million from Hoffenheim. These recent developments have more than likely ended the negotiations and the deal as of the current window.

Return of the King

Living Liverpool Legend "King" Kenny Dalglish Returns as Manager of LFC

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 24, 2011

It has been a month nearly since my last post and my apologies for the delay. It was nice to take a few weeks off to reflect upon all that has been happening at Liverpool and to try and truly refocus my thoughts on the matter. It seems not only was I doing the same thing. In the passing time the Roy Hodgson Era has ended, and to many it seems long overdue. The former Fulham boss just didn’t seem to have what it takes to handle the size of the club and the ability of the players.

After nearly six months in charge Hodgson turned the Reds into what looked like a model of Fulham. Non attack minded, toothless in either offense of defense, and if we have a lead then defend defend defend. The problem for Hodgson is that sitting mid-table on Merseyside doesn’t cut it. Liverpool aren’t Fulham, they are the most successful club in English Footballing history, and needed someone that knows what that means.

Re-enter Kenny Dalglish. Appointed by Rafa Benitez to maintain the youth system before the departure of the Spaniard to Inter over the summer, The King made great statement to the love he has always held for the club, and to be a part of Liverpool once again was a dream. Now once again Dalglish has the opportunity to put his stamp on his already tremendously acclaimed Liverpool Legacy.

With only hours at the reigns it is understandable that his first game in charge against Manchester United didn’t come off with a victory and it was a shame to loose Gerard, and the match to whims of the referee. The following loss at Blackpool did not show to much either but you could start to see the players playing with a little more belief. The Merseyside Derby against Everton should have been the Reds hands down but sometimes the cards just don’t fall right. However, the tide finally looks to have turned with the defeat of Wolverhampton in what was a clinical attacking display by the Reds after the first 20-minutes of back and forth from the fighting Wolves.

Now with 4 matches under his belt, a renewed vigor instilled in his charges, a new coach running training, and 4 points out of his first three games in the EPL, the King looks to have his men firing on all cylinders, and with the last week of the transfer window looking to have loads of movement for the Liverpool giants, things are once again getting exciting, and Reds fans everywhere are screaming, "it’s about time!"