Thursday, 17 February 2011

Liverpool Squad Announced for Sparta Clash

Kickoff for Liverpool and Sparta Praha at 3ET

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 17, 2011

Fabio Aurelio Deployed on the Wing Tonight
Kenny Dalglish has his side ready to go as the Reds look to continue their fine run in the Europa League in tonight's away match in Prague. The Reds have several youngsters traveling with them tonight and perhaps the likes of Conor Coady and Raheem Sterling, whom scored 5 goals in a sensational FA Youth Cup performance Monday night, will get run-outs and grab some invaluable experience on the European Stage.

Liverpool line-up for tonight's match as follows,

Starting XI: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Maxi, Lucas, Meireles, Aurelio, Kuyt, Ngog.

Subs: Gulacsi, Skrtel, Kelly, Cole, Jovanovic, Pacheco, Coady.

Liverpool Look to Continue to Strengthen

The Reds continue to be linked with Quality Attackers, Midfielders and Defenders in the Transfer News

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 17, 2011

The papers continue to flood with prospective transfer news for the Reds during the summer. The overhaul of the front line during January shows the intent of the new owners to truly revive the winning heart and soul of Liverpool. Having applied their same business model before, with the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Group has the mindset needed to take the Reds back to the top.

Their strengthening started with the top but now it has turned to the other main areas of the pitch. With width being one of the primary lackings in attack in this season and previous ones it is important to bring in players to create that space. The likes of Maxi Rodriguez and Joe Cole have just not been putting in enough quality on the wings to really create the chances Liverpool would like to see. With this in mind the Reds have been looking to new youthful options to bring in for the two aging 29-year olds.

Matuidi Highly Sought After
Eljero Elia continues to look like the most likely new wide player to arrive in the summer. He was a primary target during January, and is still continually linked with the club through the media. With a mutual admiration believed in the cards, Hamburg will most likely cash in on their young flying Dutchman over the summer.

The midfield and the defense are also in needs of new additions. Christian Poulsen has finally started to show his ability under Kenny Dalglish, but he is not believed to be a true long term replacement for midfield bulldog Javier Mascherano who departed for the Nou Camp at the start season. Damion Camolli has turned eyes to one of his former players in St. Etienne's Blaise Matuidi.

Kranjcar to Bolster Reds Midfield
The French defensive midfielder has been an enforces for his club and Camolli looks to bring in his former clubs man with the belief that he will develop into a top defensive midfielder. He has to potential to be much like Chelsea's Michael Essien at his best, and that kind of driving force from the deep part of the midfield could prove advantageous for the Reds future attacking schemes. He is a hotly tracked by a host of opposing teams. Arsenal is the other English Club poised to move for him, with other major clubs lurking as well in Juventus, AS Roma, Fiorentina, and Schalke 04.


Tottenham's Niko Kranjcar is also being looked into as another midfield bolstering move. With much of his talent remaining unseen in the first half of the season in London due to injury, his recent return has seen him net two winning goals from the bench and the super sub could move north as Tottenham look to add funds for another attacking shopping spree in the summer.

As for the Defense the same two players that were being discussed earlier in the week, Jose Enrique and Simon Kjaer are both still very much on the radar for the Reds.

Kjaer ready for the Move
Enrique has also been linked with Manchester United and Aston Villa. The 25-year old has been a key performer for Newcastle United's left side in their first campaign back int he top flight and he has progressed much since their last premiership stint as he was before looked upon as lacking in ability, but a few years of adaptation to the Spanish game has him much more in demand in the league.

Young Danish center half Simon Kjaer is a prime target for the Reds. His chance to link up with fellow Danish nationals Christian Poulsen, and Daniel Agger hopes to be a selling point for the Reds. Liverpool hope to prize him away from fellow suitors Tottenham, who also lodged a failed bid to take the defender to England from Germany's VfL Wolfsburg during the January window.

The buzz from the January signings and new owners certainly have the anticipations of the Reds future on the rise as a return of the English Title is the top priority for the club as they have yet to actually win a Premiership Trophy.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Praha vs. Liverpool Press

Here is a run down of Some of today's best information about the Reds UEFA Europa League Tie on Thursday

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 15, 2011

Goal.com is showing a Liverpool line-up that looks to take advantage of an opponent that while not week is not quite up to the caliber that the Reds have been seeing on a regular basis.

Sterling for Possible Euro Debut
David Ngog looks to continue is fine goal scoring form in the Europa League as he has 8 to his name. Joe Cole will possibly get a run out as will youngster Raheem Sterling whom impressed Kenny Dalglish by scoring 5 goals in the Reds FA Youth Cup squad that faced Southend over the weekend. Sterling could be the youngest Red to debut in Europe. Youth captain Conor Coady also makes the trip along with two other young stars for the Reds.

Also it looks as though Steven Gerrard will not be in the tie as he is still looking after his nagging injury, while Andrew Carroll traveled with the team to enjoy the first European night as a Red from the stands.

More transfer rumors continue to fill the papers and I will break them down in detail tomorrow in a Thursday Transfer Round-up before our European match goes down.

Goal.com Breaks down the Tie

What you need to know about young Sterling

Gerrard Cant Make It

Carroll joins team in Prague

Dalglish on Youth Stars

Tuesday Transfer Talk for Liverpool FC

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Once again the Reds appear back on the Attack as they are linked with Another group of young Attackers.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 15, 2011

All eyes were on Liverpool during the January transfer window as the Merseyside giants made two of the biggest signings in the clubs history with the Arrival of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, and possible the biggest sale in their history as Fernando Torres traded his beloved Red for Chelsea Blue that saw a fan backlash for the ages.
Boateng Flips in Celebration

Now that the dust has settled, Suarez scored on his Debut, Carroll is looking to debut against Manchester United next month according to multiple sources, and Torres failing to impress since arriving at the Bridge, it is time once again to get down to business in regards to the Reds adding width and attacking options during the summer.

Lets face it Maxi Rodriguez and Joe Cole both are failing to make the grade as support for the attacking line. Dirk Kuyt is one of the hardest workers in the league, but he just doesn't have the final finishing touch he had as a young striker in the Eredivisie. Chock that up to years of being deployed on the right under Rafael Benitez. None the less the hard nosed Dutchman is still a key force in the Reds line-up as opposed to the other two.

First up in the rumors in journey man young attacker Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Milan. Though only 23 years of age, the German born Ghana international has already acquired loads of experience in three of Europe's top leagues. Coming through the ranks of Hertha Berlin and then moving to Tottenham Hotspur, during such time he spent a second season on loan back in Germany at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Portsmouth until their relegation and being sold on to AC Milan.

Elia Ready to come to the UK
Such time has allowed him to garner quite an international dose of footballing for his age, and would likely aid him should he move to Anfield for the reported possible fee of £10 Million pounds during the summer. However, the deal could be left wanting since Genoa and AC Milan own the player together and Genoa are reportedly the only side interested in the sale.

Ashley Young from Aston Villa has again been linked with the Merseyside club this week as has 24-year old Dutch winger Eljero Elia. The frustrated young playmaker has be out of sorts with Hamburg HSV this season as his first team chances have evaporated despite no visible lack of commitment or form. Liverpool tried to wrest away the former FC Twenty starlet during January but the move appeared more apt to wait for summer.

Benzema failing to Produce at Real
The biggest name thrown around this week has been that of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. He was reportedly a target for both the Reds and Tottenham on deadline day but he was not allowed to move from the Spanish Capital. Former Liverpool great Jaime Redknapp has voiced the opinion of a contingent of the teams Alumni that they should look no farther than the French International for a new out and out front man for the Reds.

A summer move could be possible as he would pair up with Andy Carroll and either push Suarez out to a wide position making runs into the box as he did on the left at Ajax in his early days. Or a move could be left off the table since the arrival of Carroll. However, I would look to see an offer still being made as he would make another option available for Dalglish next season and would give more youthful talent the chance to evolve in front of the Kop.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Liverpool To Sure Up the Defense

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Reports Indicate that Liverpool will continue to Strengthen as Promised

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 15, 2011

Another few days worth of transfer rumors have the Reds looking to strengthen from the back in the summer. Several targets have appeared in the media in the last couple of days as the Merseyside club failed to land a defensive transfer in the January market. While being largely linked to Aston Villa and former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock in the light of Paul Konchesky moving on after his failed stint in Red.
Enrique, Boom or Bust?

The left back saga of the Reds continued for the entire window, and was only satisfied when Kenny Dalglish instilled Glen Johnson as his new choice leftback with Martin Kelly being catapulted to the spot light in the right back position where he has blossomed under his new manager.

With all that said it looks as though the Reds will be looking to bring in more options in the summer. With eyes looking north to Newcastle again there are reports that there is a possibility of Spanish attacking wing back Jose Enrique making the same trip that Andy Carroll made recently.

A possible make weight in the move for the defender, whom has received mixed reviews during his time in service on the Toon, could possible be Joe Cole. Cole has failed to ever make his presence felt in Red. his first game saw him Red Carded at Anfield, and a brief sign of life during the Europa League campaign has given way to another nagging injury that has kept the 29-year old England attacker sidelined yet again.

With Liverpool courting other attacking options of a more youthful age and injury status, Cole could see himself go North in the midst of a player and cash deal with Newcastle for the services of Enrique.

Another young defender on the up with the Liverpool camp's radar is Wolfsburg starlet Simon Kjaer. After impressing with Serie A side Palermo, along with the likes of heavily rated midfielder Javier Pastore, the 21-year old made his move to the Bundesliga outfit during the summer.

Danish Star Eyes Agger Pairing.
It now appears that after only a short time the German side is ready to cash in on their young talent in hopes of more options. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly been tracking the young Dane and Liverpool reportedly had a bid turned down for him during the January window.

Liverpool's Danish contingent of Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen could help in swaying the youngster to Anfield, and the possible arrival of another fellow compatriot in Christian Erikson could way heavily on the mind.

A Danish back line containing the international pairing would certainly add a solid understanding and partnership for both Liverpool and the Danes.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Liverpool vs Wigan Match Preview

The Reds Look to make it Five Straight Victories as they take on Latics at Anfield

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 10, 2011

Kuyt Strikes Against Wigan
Liverpool will be looking to continue their rise up the table. A victory on the weekend would not see the Reds move up, but it could see them three points closer to 4th if Chelsea and Tottenham both or either have a bad weekend. The fourth straight victory for the Merseyside club came over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and should continue to poor confidence on the players.

Raul Meireles scored his fourth goal in five games as he continues to shine under Kenny Dalglish, and Martin Kelly once again impressed as his efforts effectively shut off the service of Ashley Cole to the Chelsea front line.

Wigan were able to hold off Blackburn Rovers to earn a hard fought 4-3 victory to stay top of the relegation zone. A loss would see them stay confined to a bottom three place for another week, but a draw could possibly see them out if West Brom fail to see off West Ham in another relegation battle.

Both squads will be dealing with players coming back from international duty. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Martin Kelly both pulled out of their England Squads as they have knocks to look after. Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger both scored for their respected countries as the Netherlands were victorious while the Danes fell to the Three Lions. Lucas Leiva and Martin Skrtel also will be returning from International duty.

Maxi Rodriguez was omitted from the Argentina side that faced off and defeated Portugal, while new signing Luis Suarez rested up due to Uruguay not being in action this Wednesday. It may just pave the way for him to make his first start for the Reds in what will be his third match in a Liverpool kit.

Possible Line-ups and Team News

Liverpool have several injury issues and worries to deal with. Jonjo Shelvey will be sidelined with a knee injury. Martin Kelly and Steven Gerrard are both receiving intensive treatment with the latter set as a late decision by Dalglish to start. Joe Cole is still recovering and will still be several weeks out along with Andy Carroll who looks at still another three weeks before being match healthy but let alone fit.

Possible Liverpool XI: Reina; Skrtel, Carragher, Agger; Johnson, Aurelio; Meireles, Gerrard, Lucas; Kuyt, Suarez.

Wigan will look to James McCarthy, Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia to continue their form this week after the three of them were instrumental in their victory over Blackburn. Their on-loan Midfielder Tom Cleverly from Manchester United should be back on the subs bench after a good run out Saturday in place of Moses. Along with him should also be new front man Conor Sammon. Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz remains the only Latic suspected to be out of action.

Possible Wigan XI: Al Habsi; Boyce, G Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa; Thomas, Watson; N’Zogbia, McCarthy, Moses; Rodallega.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Weekend Madness Preview in the English Premier League

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Another Weekend that Could Give Ample Excitement to Top Last Weekend's Drama in the EPL

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 10, 2011

Saha on Form for Everton
Could this weekend possibly top the excitement of last weekend in the Premier League. That would be hard to say, but it is possible. Last week we saw Manchester United, the only undefeated team left, fall to bottom of the table Wolves. Arsenal squandered a four goal lead to Newcastle United in the second half to suffer a shocking draw. Liverpool defeated Chelsea in a masterful display of tactical prowess from Kenny Dalglish to move the Reds to sixth place, and outside hopes of Champions League qualification. Louis Saha scored four goals for Everton as they defeated Blackpool 5-3.

Saturday saw 41 goals scored, the most in a single day of Premier League Football in history, with 2 more goals scored between the two games on Sunday. The drama thickened once again as the top sides nearly all faltered, and the entire table became even less spread. This has been one of the most evenly match Premiership's in recent memory with only nine points separating last place and 8th.

But there is no way this weekend has a chance of topping last weekend right? Wrong. The weekend starts off with the Manchester Derby, and goes from there into another weekend chock full of games that will see teams fighting tooth and nail for every point they can grab onto.

The Games

Manchester United vs Manchester City - The Manchester Derby

The first game of the weekend, and possibly to be one of the most exciting. Carlos Tevez and the Citizens go to Old Trafford to face off against his former club. The Red Devils have only been running in what looks like second gear this season as they have failed to truly take off. Is this the weekend we see Wayne Rooney finally come back to life, or will Tevez and new partner Edin Dzeko silence the Red side of Manchester?

Prediction: United 2 - City 3 - Tevez and Crew take it to his former club.

Arsenal vs Wolves

Can Doyle Top Arsenal Next
Arsenal was struck down to a draw last weekend after loosing a 0-4 lead at St. James Park. Newcastle stormed back to show everyone that the loss of Andy Carroll was not the end of time on the Toon. Wolves upset the only unbeaten team in the league in Manchester United last weekend, and now have a chance to upset another Top Four club to possibly climb out of the drop zone. Will the Gunners drop their guard like the Red Devils last week or will Arsene Wenger have a plan?

Prediction: Arsenal 2 - Wolves 1 - McCarthy's boys needed the home crowd advantage.

Birmingham vs Stoke City

St. Andrews plays host to a battle of mid table scrappers. The Blues came away with a 0-1 victory at Upton Park over West Ham, but it could have gone either way. The Potters gained ground on a faltering Sunderland thanks to their hard nosed never say die attitude. Can Tony Pulis keep them moving up the table and get them into eight, or will Birmingham move three more points towards safety?

Prediction: Birmingham 1 - Stoke 2 - The Potters play stingy defense allowing a solid victory.

Blackburn vs Newcastle

The Rovers suffered another set back as they fell relegation battling Wigan 4-3 while Newcastle showed their heart and soul in a comeback draw against Arsenal. Both teams sit level with 31 Points and only with a victory can Blackburn usurp Newcastle's hold on tenth place in the table for their own.

Prediction: Rovers 1 - Magpies 2 - Newcastle uses last weekend to inspire a second straight victory.

Blackpool vs Aston Villa

The Tangerines have been in a slump lately having fallen to 15th and just two points clear of the drop zone. Despite excellent efforts they just haven't been able to hold off the opposition. Aston Villa have been on a mission since the arrival of Darren Bent to lead the line. Despite a hard fought match against Fulham leading to a late scored equalizer, the Villains are starting to make more sense.

Prediction: Blackpool 2 - Villa 2 - Despite it all the Seasiders stave of another successive defeat.

Liverpool vs Wigan

Wigan pulled off a victory last weekend to keep their hopes alive of staying up. However, it was the Reds that managed the most impressive victory of the two with their tactically sound dismantling of Chelsea. Four straight victories and four straight clean sheets have the Reds pushing for a chance at Champions League action despite all the odds this season.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 - Wigan 0 - The Reds stay on a role achieving Five Straight under Dalglish.

West Brom vs West Ham

The Baggies and the Hammers face a must win for both teams. If the Baggies win they stay out of the drop for now, but a victory for the Hammers could see them move out of the relegation zone and put their opponents in it. Robbie Keane and Wayne Bridge need to start earning their keep if there is hope that the Hammers will survive to play premiership football in their newly appointed stadium some day.

Prediction: West Brom 1 - West Ham 2 - Keane makes it happen and Avram Grant finally gets to feel some pressure taken off his shoulders for at least five minutes till he realizes his next game is against surging Liverpool

Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

Steve Bruce has been reeling in the two recent defeats of his squad as he has seen Chelsea and Stoke City take two straight from his side in the previous week. He is still holding onto seventh and a chance to see his Black Cats play across the Chanel in the Europa League despite the recent poor form. Harry Redknapp's Spurs grabbed a late winner over Bolton to stay level with Chelsea at 44 points and hold off Liverpool who are knocking at their door even though six points back.

Prediction: Sunderland 2 - Tottenham 2 - The Stadium of Light does the home team well and they hold off Gareth Bale and company to secure they hold their place one more week at least.

Bolton vs Everton

The Wanderers suffered a late loss to Tottenham thanks to Niko Kranjcar last weekend, however Daniel Sturridge gave a fine showing in his first appearance on loan from Chelsea. Owen Coyle has a knack for getting the most out of loaned in youngsters. Remember Jack Wilshere last season? David Moyes has been praising the recent contribution of believed post prime Louis Saha whom netted four goals last week and five in his last two.

Prediction: Bolton 3 - Everton 2 - The Wanderers find their lost form and edge past the Toffees at the Reebok to stay in eighth in the table.

Fulham vs Chelsea - Another West London Derby

Can Chelsea Get it Right?
After their disappointing loss to Liverpool, and the failure of Fernando Torres to make a sound contribution in his debut, the Blues will have to go back to the drawing board. Their narrow play was just not enough to break down anything at the weekend. Clint Dempsey continues to lead Fulham and their resurgence as Mark Hughes has them finally turning the corner. A little faith in their new manager has seen promise as his tactics are beginning to take hold.

Prediction: Fulham 2 - Chelsea 1 - Another defeat follows for the Blues. Didier Drogba's comments of loss of belief after last weekends loss pretty much pave the way for Ancelloti to get the sack from Roman Abromovich.

There you all have it. Two Derby upsets, a lot of possible moving and shaking in the table, maybe a manager sacking, whats not to love as we get set for another weekend of action across the pond.

The Importance of the Manchester Derby

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The Red and Blue sides of Manchester Square off this Weekend With Manchester City hoping to gain ground on Manchester United.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 10, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devil's were shocked last weekend in a surprise defeat to bottom table club Wolves. The Manchester club was not the only top four team to get shocked as Arsenal suffered a shocking draw to the hands of Newcastle United after being 0-4 up at halftime at St. James Park. A Red Card to Bacary Sanga saw the Gunners reduced to 10-men and the Magpies took full advantage.

Doyle Gives Wolves the Lead. PA Photos
Chelsea fell to a stalwart of a Liverpool side stifling the debut of former Red Fernando Torres. The only top team to take advantage of the other toppling in shockers was Manchester City. The Citizens cruised to a 3-0 victory over possibly relegation bound West Brom. The Baggies just could stave off the attack.

As the weekend comes into view, the Red Devils face an enemy that has been growing hungrier and hungrier for their success. Carlos Tevez has been on a rampage, David Silva is beginning to adjust to the English Premier League, and new signing Edin Dzeko has looked a fresh face in attack. With most of their dead weight cleared out on loan, the Blue side of Manchester is rising.

Despite their defeat Manchester United still top the table at 54 points from 25 games with a game in hand on the Citizens who sit third with 49 points from 26. Between them stands 50 point Arsenal also on 25 games who face Wolves this weekend, and it is no doubt that they will be on the hunt for a second Premiership scalp in hopes of saving their season from relegation.

If United a victorious it will see them go eight points clear of Man City, and seven points clear of the Gunners in the first games of the weekend setting the tone. However, if Tevez and crew can pull off an upset of the Red Devils at Old Trafford it would make huge waves towards their chance of winning the League with 11 games to go, and only two points to make up.

Tevez Desires Vital Win
Tevez, a former United player, knows all to well that a loss could give the Red Devils all the advantage they need to see out the season and take their 19th Title giving them the most championships of any English Club eclipsing Liverpool whom they are tied with at 18.

"There are still many points left but to give an eight, nine or 10-point advantage to United is to say goodbye to our chances." Tevez said of what a loss could imply if the Citizens were not to emerge victorious.

A Red Devils defeat could signal the beginning of a changing of the guard in Manchester if the Citizens have anything to do with it, and this match will more than likely set the tone for the weekend. If it is to run any chance of being as interesting and as exciting as last weeks match days, we are in for one hell of a ride starting with the Manchester Derby Saturday morning.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A Liverpool Spanish Armada

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The Reds Look Once again at Spanish Aces after Departure of Spanish International Torres


by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 9, 2011

The Departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea saw Liverpool fans revolt at the Spanish National. After this weekends defeat of his new team upon his debut they aren't quite to upset. The arrivals of both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, whom scored on his Anfield debut, have given the Reds faithful much hope.

Now that the current situation has been decided for the time being, Liverpool look to continue their youth and talent influx with the possible addition of two new Spanish shot takers to replace their formerly beloved Torres.
Cazorla to Replace Maxi

26-year old Villareal attacker Santiago Cazorla is believed to be a prime candidate for Liverpool addition in the summer. With David Ngog at the right age for a loan move to secure first team action the next two season possibly, much like Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, having Cazorla to call upon behind Carroll and Suarez would be a welcomed addition.

Cazorla is also a skilled wide player, and his arrival could mark the departure of Maxi Rodriguez whom has just not been up to Liverpool caliber since his arrival. Having missed a sitter at the Bridge on Sunday, he did not do anything to endear himself to his new owners, as his strike could have truly put a stamp on the match early on for the Reds.

Spanish Starlet Alcacer
Liverpool most likely will be fighting with Arsenal for the services of Cazorla as the Gunners look to find another attacker in the wide areas as Andrei Arshavin may possibly be on the move this summer after stating his disenchantment with the club.

With the mind of keeping the academy rolling, and the talent flowing up into the first team, another young Spanish striker is on the Reds wish list for the summer. 17-year old Valencia starlet Francisco Alcacer is being scouted by the scousers.

The young Spaniard has 14 goals for Valencia B in 34 appearances, and has scored 17 international goals between 18 appearances from the U-16's, U-17's, and U-18's of Spain. He made is first team debut in a 4-1 victory for Los Che against Deportivo Logrones in Spain's Copa Del Rey


King Kenny for Permanent Boss

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Liverpool Players of Today, and Yesteryear all back Kenny Dalglish to be handed the Reigns Permanently at Anfield.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 9, 2011

Classic Arms Raised in Celebration
Since the Return of the King(Kenny Dalglish) Liverpool have been on a role. It took a loss and a draw for the Scottish leader to get his side figured out and has now lead them to four straight victories and 13 points out of a possible 15 in the league. This boost of performance has seen the Reds to sixth place in the table only six points down to Tottenham and Chelsea, whom the Reds defeated in a tactical masterpiece on Sunday afternoon.

Jamie Carragher has been Dalglish's prime supporter as the Reds vice-captain helps lead a surge of support to get the former Liverpool legend re-installed as the permanent Gaffer at the club. Carragher has made multiple comments regarding his icon, stating, “He’s brought the club together as one. The supporters are now behind everything, and I think that helped, the players and the supporters are all together."

“...I think Kenny coming in has galvanized the support behind the team again, and obviously his record as a manager in the past is fantastic. He’s one of the top managers around, he’s won four championships."

“It’s hard to put your finger on what he’s done. I would never criticize Roy Hodgson or say this manager is doing something different or is better, that is disrespectful. But it’s going well at the moment and we will certainly enjoy it.”

Carra and Kuyt Praise Dalglish

Steven Gerrard has also been a key supporter of the move for Dalglish to stay, and other players like Daniel Agger seem to finally have decided that Anfield is the place for them after reports a week ago that Agger was delighted to play for Kenny and that he desired to stay on Merseyside under the new skipper.

Dirk Kuyt is the latest first team star to come out and publicly back his manager in the press with his statements. The dutch striker spoke out saying, "He(Dalglish) is a legend, not only for the supporters, but also for the players. He has helped me a lot."

"We are really happy with Kenny so far. It has been really positive for us from the first day he came and he gave us a lot of belief."

"He said we were all quality players and that he was there to help us and that is really true."

"It has worked out very well with him and (new first-team coach) Steve Clarke and everything looks much better."

Former Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler and Jaime Redknapp also are joining in on the praise that is being heaped on the man that brought both of them through to Reds stardom. Fowler stated, "Kenny has a ­presence about him players respond to, and you can see that clearly over the past few weeks because the results couldn’t have been more impressive."

Dalglish made Fowler a Legend
"(Fernando) Torres leaving could have been a real problem but he has handled it decisively, and I don’t think there can be one complaint about his ­decisions – and that alone shows he is up to the task of taking the club forward."

Redkanpp added, "Kenny’s been a breath of fresh air. You can see he’s got Liverpool playing in a exciting way again, and it looks as though they are enjoying the changes he has made.

Another former great, John Aldridge, also got in on the comments in regards to the January transfer window, “The transfer window was very shrewd business by Kenny. He sold a player who didn’t want to play for the club any more and brought in one of the best up-and-coming strikers in the country."

Lastly Ian Rush and Steve McManaman got their shouts in for their former boss and friend. Rushie stated, "Kenny has shown exactly what he is made of, and just how much knowledge he has about the modern game."

Mcmanaman Honors his Former Boss

McManaman added, "I don’t see why not,” he said. “If Liverpool can take this four-game run to ten they could ­challenge." In regards to the debate over whether or not Liverpool have a chance of overtaking Chelsea and Tottenham and taking the fourth Champions League spot.

It is apparent that the King has many knights in his court lining up to join his round table in honor of his permanent appointment.

Liverpool looks to Youthful Future

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The Reds Look at Signing Three Young Starlets to Bolster their Future for Success

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 9, 2011

Anfield is again alight with transfer rumors as the latest reports have the Reds looking to add another three youngsters to their squad as the look to fulfill the new owners philosophy of developing talent into the squad.

Swapping Pink for Red?

23-year old Palermo starlet Josip Ilicic has been linked with Liverpool following the latest reports from givemefootball.com. The news brings to light that he is a prime target identified by Damien Camolli, the Reds Director of Football Development.

The young Slovenian has scored 8 goals this season in 23 appearances in Palermo pink. He is also being tracked by Chelsea, AC Milan, and though it is said Tottenham have also inquired about the midfielder, Ilicic's agent has yet to say Spurs have made any contact with them regarding a move to White Heart Lane.

Ajax Amsterdam also looks to be the target of another Liverpool transfer as the Reds have been eying up a 10 Million offer to take Danish international midfielder Christian Eriksen to Anfield.

Danish Acquisian

The Dane was the youngest player to feature at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at only 18 and has 10 caps for his county. This season he has made 30 appearances for the Ajax first team scoring twice for the Dutch giants this campaign.

It is thought that Ajax manager Frank de Boor is more likely to let Eriksen leave his club now, than perhaps allowing the departure of any of his other current starts such as Gregory Van Der Wiel, while still being able to help his club balance their books.

The other youngster on the radar for the Reds has already turned down a move to Merseyside this summer. 19-year old Real Madrid signing Sergio Canales has made 4 appearances for Los Blanco's this season.

A product of Racing Santander's youth development program Canales he earned 32 appearances for the La Liga first team and 28 for second tier Racing B scoring a total of 10 goals.

Merseyside for Madrid

As one of Spain's up and coming U-21 national team players it will be interesting to see if the Reds can pry him away from Madrid and Jose Mourinho. But who is to say the Portuguese manager will survive till next season.

These three targets continue to back the new owners philosophy at Anfield to buy youthful talent to develop into stars the Liverpool way, and allow bigger spending in one or two key positions of need over time allowing more players to be created in the image of Reds football.



Monday, 7 February 2011

Chelsea 0 - Liverpool 1 Match Report

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Liverpool Stifle Blues and Torres at the Bridge

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 7, 2011

Seeing a Blue El Nino banner and watching Torres walk to the center spot with a Blue kit instead of Red was a strange sight to so many on Sunday afternoon. Reds fans held up banners saying, "No One is Bigger than the Club," quoting Kenny Dalglish from his press conference earlier in the week.

A Blue no. 9

The Reds former frontman took to the pitch in his Chelsea debut looking to score and truly stick it to his former employers, however this would not be the case.

Chelsea's three prong attack of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, and Nicolas Anelka was anything short of toothless. Carlo Ancelotti looks to have one of, if not the most potent front lines in the English Premier League but that was not seen on the day.

Liverpool brought back the same formation as they had used against Stoke City during midweek to earn a 2-0 victory at Anfield. Jamie Carragher returned to bolster the three center backs with Martin Kelly and Glen Johnson returning to their roles as wing-backs to allow greater width in the Reds play.

The Reds kept Chelsea wanting all night long as a resolute Liverpool back line led by Carragher, whom Dalglish praised as a, "New Signing," in his post match press conference. The vice-captain made his presence felt when he slide to block the only true chance Torres would have to sniff at scoring against his old club.

Maxi Rodriguez missed a sitter to put the visitors in the lead during the first half when a brilliantly placed pass from Steven Gerrard came across the face of goal to the Argentine whom put it off the crossbar from about a meter out. It was one that hopefully wouldn't cause eventual heartache as it should have been 0-1 to the Reds.

Chelsea tried to attack and made moves but the majority of their shots were forced to have been taken from outside of the box, aside from Branislav Ivanovic's headers taken from corner kicks awarded to the Blues. The front three just couldnt seem to find a way to open up the defense.

It was a cagey match that seemed to just be back and forth. The first half ended with truly only Maxi's duffed attempt as the best chance on goal for either side. Torres, Drogba, and Anelka had done little to justify any of their price tags, and Kuyt alone up top had worked hard but not helped to create much either.

The second half started on that same note as it took over five minutes for anything of real merit to come together. Drogba and Anelka won several corners trying to get in and test Reina while Torres was hounded by at least two Reds defenders every time he touched the ball.

Ancelloti had seen enough by the 65' minute of the match and a lackluster Torres was withdrawn for Salomon Kalou and pushed Anelka more forward. Post match the Italian claimed Torres needed, "Time to Adjust," but it seems that the World Cup Winner is still just as off of his form in a Blue kit as in a Red one.

Four minutes after his substitution Raul Meireles, the Reds man on form, smashed home a Steven Gerrard cross after making a brilliant 30 meter run from the heart of midfield to give the visitors the lead at the 69' minute. That makes 4 goals in 5 games for the Portuguese and he continues to shine in a central attacking midfield role which he has seen under Dalglish.

Meire-lash 4 Goals in 5 Games

The Blues picked up their attack in the last ten minutes of the game as Kenny Dalglish replace Maxi Rodriguez with Fabio Aurelio, and Meireles with Christian Poulsen to help solidify the Liverpool defense as it looked to weather out the coming storm.

Shouts for handball on two separate occasions, and Glen Johnson lucky to get away with a challenge on Ivanovic saw the Blues not have a chance for a penalty to bring them level.

The Reds held off through four minutes of added time, and the additional Manchester United added time that nearly made it five minutes, which Chelsea another attacking chance, to take away there first victory at Stamford Bridge in years.

Luis Suarez remained on the bench for Liverpool as Dalglish elected to let him continue his quest for full fitness on the training ground as his charges once again held for a fourth consecutive victory and a fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Chelsea vs Liverpool Preview

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Liverpool Head to Chelsea for a Vital Must Win Match against Former Striker Fernando Torres's new Club.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 3, 2011

CFC.tv Torres First Training Session for Blues
It could just as easily be title Liverpool vs Fernando Torres at the Bridge. Chelsea's stadium, Stamford Bridge. Ironically titled the same as the famous battle between the Saxons and the Norwegians. This quite literally could become a second Battle of Stamford Bridge as the North Western Reds from the banks of the river Mersey travel to London to face their most recently loved, now loathed, Fernando Torres and his Chelsea Blues.

Carlo Ancelloti stated that Torres could indeed play a part in the match, and Torres himself stated that he wanted to score against his former side, "If I have the chance to play, I will do my best for Chelsea and hopefully I can score."

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Reds fans were devastated at the way their former No. 9 left the club after having apparently declared his intent to stay and fulfill his contract and fight for the team. Fans burned his jersey and defaced his likeness outside of Melwood and across various parts of the city when the news officially broke that their beloved forward was heading south to Bluer pastures.

With Torres's £50 Million departure sealed, his old No. 9 was quickly filled with Liverpool's acquisition of Andy Carroll from Newcastle United for £35 Million, making him the most expensive Englishman to date and the 8th most expensive transfer of all time while Torres's move was the 4th. Luis Suarez also completed his £23 Million pound move earlier that day. For all intensive purposes it looked like Liverpool had done the more shrewd bit of business bringing in youth and talent for a chronically injured forward much like Michael Owen when after he departed.

LFC.tv Carroll and Suarez Debut
That Belief was further forwarded in the minds of many as last night Liverpool beat Stoke City 2-0 with Suarez scoring 16 minutes into his home debut. The exact amount of time it took Torres to score. Only it was against Chelsea ironically that Torres scored his first goal. In fact Torres made it a habit to pillage the Blues for goals scoring 7 against them in the 8 games he faced them.

With the drama back lighting this match it couldn't get more exciting. Liverpool are fresh off three straight clean sheet victories on the Bounce. Kenny Dalglish is proving more tactically adept than ever with his display at stoke and we could see a similar line-up on Sunday at the Bridge to give the Liverpool back line the size or Skrtel and Kyrgiakos, and possible the quality of Jaime Carragher to hold back the surge of Torres, and either Didier Drogba or Nicolas Anelka.

The Blues defeated Sixth Place Sunderland on Tuesday 2-4 in the Stadium of Light, and the weekend before drew 1-1 with Everton at Goodison, and beat Bolton 0-4 at the Reebok. It will be an attack minded game I have to believe.

Liverpool defeated the Blues 2-0 at Anfield earlier in the season still under Roy Hodgson, and that being said you can expect a more well inspired side under Kenny Dalglish. Luis Suarez will possibly get his first nod in the Starting 11, and the Reds have a fully fit squad for Kenny to pick from, aside from Andy Carroll whom is expected out a few more weeks with a thigh strain.

Chelsea were boosted against Sunderland on Tuesday with the return of Frank Lampard to the midfield as he scored a penalty in their victory. Alex possibly could make his return to the first team if he is ready but will probably feature as a sub. Yossi Benayoun and Yuri Zhirkov are still sidelined with injuries

Possible Line-ups

Chelsea FC: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Essien, Lampard; Kalou, Drogba, Torres.

Liverpool FC: Reina; Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Lucas, Gerrard, Meireles, Johnson; Kuyt, Suarez.

 Prediction: Chelsea 2 - Liverpool 3; Reds take it in Dalglish Inspiration.

16 Minutes and Suarez erases Torres

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Luis Suarez Erases Doubt in 16 Minutes as Fernando Torres proves a Distant Memory

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 3, 2011

LFC.tv Suarez Scores in Debut
Liverpool's £23 Million signing started from the Bench while Kenny Dalglish's line-up had six players from Liverpool's usual back line, in what had everyone guessing if it was 5-3-2 or 4-1-3-2 or what it could be, on the pitch. The End result would be a 2-0 Liverpool victory that further puts a stamp on the new owners intent to take the club forward and win.

The moral of that story has to be, do not question the King, as he tailored a side to deal with Stoke to a T. The Big men took care of Stoke's John Carew, while the attacking minded defenders had the chance to take it to the flanks.

Suarez was cleared to play but it was uncertain whether or not he would see playing time. But knowing Kenny as a former attacking player, and with his boyish passion still apparent and intact, everyone expected he would give his newest attacker a run out. And run out he did.

Suarez took to the pitch with determination, and this weeks comments from his former Ajax boss claiming he was a, "Street fighter," were correct as the South American took the attack to Stoke. Two minutes in, and one of his runs was enough of a menace to assist in Abdoulaye Faye pulling a hamstring and requiring a sub.

His brilliance continued to shine as you could tell he was thirsting for the opportunity to strike. He even caught Reds defender Martin Skrtel off guard with a back heel that should have most likely been finished for a goal by an attacker had it fallen to them, but the Slovakian was unprepared for the layoff by his new team mate.

Only moments later Suarez would get his chance, and rounding the keeper he let loose his first shot on goal. Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson tried to clear it off the line but only redirected the shot that was already goal bound. With his trademark smile and a sprint around the back of the goal Suarez started up his Anfield career with a bang, as he continues to look at exploiting the goals as he did at Ajax.

The debate during the week about whether he could fill the boots of Fernando Torres were answered as he scored in the exact amount of time as it took Torres when he made his Reds bow back in 2007. With Andy Carroll still recovering, but vowing to bring the goals and attack for the Reds, it looks more apparent that Liverpool truly got the best end of the bargain.

Suarez and Carroll's youth and desire to win have brought a welcomed renewal to the hopes of the Kopites, and this looks to be a very bright new beginning for the Reds whom are now eying up a run in that could prove one for the ages if Kenny keeps his boys at this level.

Liverpool Defeats Stoke City, Suarez Scores in Debut

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The Reds took their third victory on the Bounce with a 2-0 victory at Anfield

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 3, 2011

Liverpool fans stirred in their seats anxious with delight and wonder as their squad prepared for their Wednesday night bow against hard nosed Stoke City. New signing Luis Suarez was starting on the bench as his work permit and paperwork cleared the night before allowing him the chance to possibly make his debut in front of the Kop.

LFC.tv Carroll Steps in Front of Anfield
Andy Carroll brought the crowd to their feet as he was introduced in front of the faithful before the start of the match. And with the match line-ups announced many were scratching their head at King Kenny's 3-4-2-1 set up. Fabio Aurelio and Soitirios Kyrgiakos started after absences from the starting eleven for some time, and Dirk Kuyt was set to lead the line, as many forgot he was signed as a striker from Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly were set to play more attacking wing backs while Aurelio was also in the match to try and provide additional width with Kuyt's aerial power hoping to be highlighted, as well as help hold the midfield with Lucas. But none the less no body could understand Kenny's strategy. Perhaps that was the idea, as Liverpool took the attack to Stoke with a constant push forward.

The first half saw several near moments as Kuyt was playing with a renewed vigor upfront like he had never been made into a right sided midfielder. Meireles and Gerrard were bright in the middle as both were pushing behind Kuyt for the opening goal.

Stoke had their own ideas as former Liverpool wide man Jermaine Pennant was set to provide service for on loan John Carew, while the commentators worried about the possible lack of service for Liverpool without a traditional wide attacker like there old No. 16.

The more the match opened up the more people realized Kenny had tailored his side specifically to the task of picking Stoke apart. Liverpool rained down pressure on the Potters and pressed through the first half but didnt break the deadlock.

The second half started with Liverpool attacking at an even greater level. Kenny must have roused his charges even more in the locker room as Meireles put the Reds in front at the 47' minute for his third goal in four games and the crowd lit up. Pressure continued to mount and the Potters kept pressing forward and opened up several more shots on Reina but just could not find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Then on the 63' minute the Kop got what it was waiting for, Luis Suarez came on for Fabio Aurelio and the No. 7 shirt returned to the pitch with high hopes for a bright new future. Suarez was on the ball at once, tackling and scraping with precision and power as he harried the defense and showed he was ready to get stuck into the English game. It would take only 16 minutes and the Uruguayan rounded Stoke keeper Begovic and put the ball in the back of the net on the 79' minute. A late clearance attempt by Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson knocked the goal bound ball into the post but didnt keep it away and Anfield exploaded.

LFC.tv Suarez Opens his Liverpool Goals Account

His first match since December 8th, his first in a Liverpool shirt, his first day into the club without having trained at Melwood a day, and Suarez opened his account. It was a dream debut and one that will certainly ease the minds of many a Liverpool fan as the Young starlet looks to set a precedent of intent as he worked his socks off to show his brilliance in just a thirty minute stint on the pitch.

Kenny Dalglish responded to the at first controversial goal on whether it was Suarez's to claim, "I gave him it. It was going in," he added. "It is a great start to score on your debut and he worked hard and him and Dirk Kuyt linked up well a couple of times."

Tony Pulis also admitted he was happy for the new Liverpool frontman. "If I was Kenny, if he (Suarez) was half-a-yard anywhere near the ball I'd be saying it was his goal, "We are quite happy for the lad to have it. I watched him in the World Cup and in games for Ajax and he's a wonderful player - but give him a bit of time."

On the game itself he added, "We did okay for the first half but to concede just after half-time knocked us. But up until the second goal I thought we were in the game."

It was a great night for the Reds, and it looks to be true that Liverpool got the best end of the deal with Fernando Torres making his exit and Suarez and Carroll coming in.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Suarez to Start from the Bench

Liverpool New boy Luis Suarez will start from the Bench against Stoke City

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer 
February 2, 2011

New signing Luis Suarez has his work permit and paperwork inline and will start from the bench against Stoke City. Kick off is less than an hour away as Dirk Kuyt will lead the line for the Reds for their first game without Fernando Torres. The Dutchman was a goal fiend in the Eredivisie before his transition to the right side under Rafael Benitez. His work rate is sure to see him produce an energetic determined performance up top.

Fabio Aurelio returns to the starting lineup as a midfielder as does Glen Johnson with Sotirios Kyrgiakos coming in as the newest player at Right Back. Young Martin Kelly returns to continue his performance in the first team. Lucas Leiva returns from a knock after missing the game against Fulham last week.

Liverpool official starting XI

First XI: Reina, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Johnson, Lucas, Aurelio, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt.

Subs: Gulacsi, Carragher, Poulsen, Shelvey, Suarez, Maxi, Ngog.

Liverpool vs Stoke City Preview

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Liverpool face Stoke in another Must win for a push up the Table. Suarez to Make Reds Debut.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 2, 2011

Spirits will be riding high today as Luis Suarez looks set for his Liverpool debut in front of the Kop. The Reds will play host to Stoke City after a protracted Transfer Sage involving Fernando Torres' departure to Chelsea and the arrival of both Suarez and Andy Carroll.

Carroll is still several matches away from his debut as the new Liverpool No. 9 having taken over the jersey that was made so famous by Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, and also anti-hero Fernando Torres. The later looks to have burned any bridges he had left at the club with his comments over the past several days. Carroll has been confident in his interviews since the move telling LFC.tv that he was, "confident he would score goals for the club."

Carroll also commented on what he would bring to the club, "I'll bring as much as I can to the team - I'll score goals, create chances, hold up the ball and just try my best really."

Luis Suarez has stated nothing but desire and delight at being a Liverpool player. The new No. 7, last held by Robbie Keane and Harry Kewell, but brought to fame under the names of Kevin Keegan and current manager Kenny Dalglish, has made more fans than Torres, as he has heaped praise on his arrival to Liverpool saying, "My ambitions for the future are to do my very best for Liverpool, to try to learn more about English football and to become a champion."

"Liverpool is a very famous club - the most famous club in England - and I watched Liverpool and English football as a boy."

"It's a dream to be able to come and play here."

The humility that the young Uruguayan has shown to his former club Ajax as well has seen his former manager, Rik van den Boog, return the favor,

"Luis is going to bring the place alive because he is a street fighter," Van den Boog stated."

"He arrived here with a decent reputation but he was not a big player then. In the dressing room he soon stood up and became a leader. That's why he was special. When he goes on his travels to South America he always rushes back. Suarez is back on the training pitch the next morning when he has just flown around half the world for a game for Uruguay. He immediately puts his focus on his club again. We'll remember him for his incredible amount of goals and what he has done for the club."

As well as Suarez looking to be welcomed into the squad tonight, Liverpool vice-captain Jaime Carragher looks to make his return to first team action for the first time under Kenny Dalglish. For someone with Liverpool Red flowing through his veins as much as Carragher, it will be interesting to see how much of his heart and soul is on the pitch tonight after being out for three months with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Stoke dealt with the moves of two front men as well as Tuncay Sunli moved on to VfL Wolfsburg and Eidur Gudjohnson went on Loan to Fulham to make room for the official arrival of former Liverpool wide man Jermaine Pennant whom converted his loan from Real Zaragoza, to a permanent deal with the English Club and the Loan arrival of John Carew from Aston Villa whom was moved to allow for the arrival of Darren Bent at Villa Park.

Both clubs are in need of three points with the Reds hoping for a renewed vigor with the buzz that has been created by the new owners that there are truly here to bring Liverpool back to glory. A win would see the Merseyside club 2 points from tying with sixth placed Sunderland, and still 9 points off of fourth placed Chelsea. Stoke would see themselves leapfrog Liverpool by a point and take over seventh place.

Tony Pulis and his Potters will be without the service of defensive starlet Ryan Shawcross, whom was tipped as a Liverpool target by some during the window but nothing came to life, as he is still suspended. Marc Wilson and Danny Collins both look fit and set to rejoin the first team while Danny Higginbottom will be sidelined with a hamstring problem and Andy Wilkinson with back issues.

Pulis believes this will be a different Liverpool side than the one that his team beat 2-0 in November at the Britannia Stadium. He made the following comments on Stoke City's official website,""Liverpool are playing with a lot more confidence, a lot more willingness to do what they are capable of as a group of players under Kenny and they have certainly turned things around."

"Things will be different this time, but what we have to do is go there and give it our best shot. We know it's going to be tough."

Possible Line-Ups

Liverpool - Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Meireles, Maxi, Suarez.

Stoke City - Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Faye, Collins, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Carew, Jones.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Torres, Carroll, Suarez, and Transfer Turmoil in Liverpool

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Torres Becomes Enemy, Carroll Feels Displaced, Suarez just wants to Score Goals.

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
February 1, 2011

Torres a New Blue. Courtesy FernandoTorres.com
It is Tuesday, and after a wild and bewildering last day of the transfer window it is time to let the dust settle and see where the chips will fall. Merseyside and the Liverpool fans, like myself, are having a hard time realizing exactly what all has transpired for the Reds after yesterday. Fernando Torres, "El Nino," "Liverpool's No.9," and a Kop hero for the club has become a traitorous wretch to fans whom burned his jersey and pictures in effigy yesterday. The Spaniard's departure from Liverpool to Chelsea after what seemed like months of just sulking about has lost him the majority of respect he had earned in his tenure at the Club.

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Following his proclamations of continued loyalty to the club (Liverpool) and fans just as recently as the opening of the January Window, and a sudden return to form under Kenny Dalglish, his quick departure to London has left so many reeling. Might it not have been Roy Hodgson causing his problems at all but his own want-away mentality. With the comments he has made, since his £50 Millon Pound move to Chelsea, such as, "I felt from last summer that I needed to do a step forward in my career and for my ambition as a footballer," "I am joining a team that is at the top level. There is not another level after Chelsea."“I’ve always wanted to play for one of the top clubs in Europe and now I am.” Interesting comment for a team that has never lifted a Champions League Trophy.

Chelsea may be a success in the current generation but those comments seem rather hollow in comparison. Chelsea, with respect, while they have been pushed to prominence under Roman Abromovich the London club has hardly the mystique that these comments may wish to deliver. The Blues have won 4 topflight titles, three of them from 2004-2010, and no Champions League titles. His former club have 18 League Titles and 5 Champions League Titles. Liverpool also raises above the other in FA Cups, League Cups, UEFA Titles, Charity Shields and UEFA Super Cups. Chelsea may be on a high this decade, but the history of his former club speaks for itself as another level. Having said that, you can see why so many fans can be angered by their former Hero's comments.

Carroll and King Kenny. LFC.tv
Following the departure of Nando, enter the new attacking partnership of Liverpool's Future. Andrew Carroll and Luis Suarez, whom have the fans and fellow players excited, respectful, and supportive of their talents. Andy Carroll arrived in a deadline day deal as Torres was on his way out, and will take over the No. 9 shirt that was made so famous most recently by Robbie Fowler. The Geordie and Newcastle Born Hometown Hero will seem to many on the Toon as the same level of Anti-Hero as Torres now does to Liverpool. Controversy has been swirling around his move to Anfield, nearly as much as Torres's move to Stamford Bridge, with Carroll making comments that he was forced out, and Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew claiming he demanded a new contract or else.

Regardless of this talk, Newcastle looks to have been more interested in the money as they took it and ran without even replacing Carroll. However, Carroll is now a Liverpool Red, and I am sure he will do his best for the club. His £35 Million move makes him the second highest transfer in English History behind his successor, Fernando Torres' move to Chelsea. The past 18 months saw him rocket to Hero status for Newcastle as he led the line for their Championship Title and Promotion back to the Premiership, and his 11 goals in 19 games this season has been the reason that the Magpies have been siting in the middle of the table all season and not in a relegation battle as expected by everyone. If his strike rate continues he will be worth even more in the long run as he is only 22.

Suarez all smiles. LFC.tv
Arriving prior to Carroll was Liverpool's primary target of the window, Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker's £23 Million move from Ajax was thought to be Liverpool's big act of intent, but the departure of Torres and the arrival of Carroll on the final day has overshadowed the skilled South American's arrival at Anfield. His first video's as a Liverpool player surfaced on LFC.tv yesterday and it was announced that he would wear the No. 7 jersey. The same worn by his new manager Kenny Dalglish.

Kenny had nothing but positive comments in his interview regarding Suarez saying that, (in regards to talent) "he scores goals, hes quick, hes intelligent. Got a great education from Ajax, so we look forward to working with him and seeing him."

When Kenny was asked about how he felt having Suarez wear the No. 7 which Dalglish himself had made famous he responded with this, "I never made it famous, Kevin (Keegan) made it famous." And in regards to his quality to merit the shirt, "Certainly he is a better player than Kevin and me."

The humbleness and respect of Dalglish for his Club is something that has been lacking of many a manager in the EPL recently and his attitude towards his players looks to be having the desired effect as he has them into the top half since his re-appointment.

Suarez has penned a five and a half year contract until 2016 with the Reds worth a reported £120,000-a-week, and he looks to make his debut against Stoke City on Tuesday.