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Friday, 25 March 2011
Just thought I'd write an article on what I believe would be the way forward in terms of improving the team. Everybody and most importantly Kenny have their own ideas on what needs to be improved and I just want to give you my views for what its worth.
We are lucky in having one of the best goalkeepers around in Pepe Reina, but there has been speculation that he could leave us in the summer. So we will need to watch this space, if we were to lose him I would go for Alan McGregor from Rangers, he has been a great keeper for Rangers and would do well for us.
At right back we seem ok with Martin Kelly who looks like becoming one of the best so I am happy with that position.
Left back is a major problem area and we need to bring someone in. Izaguirre of Celtic would be my pick for that position he has looked really good up here in Scotland and is very good going forward.
We are not too bad off in the centre of defence with Carragher still having a few more years left in him. Skrtel has improved although not my favourite. Kyrgiakos can do a good job when needed. Agger is a class defender just a bit worried about his fitness, and we also have Danny Wilson coming through who I think will be a great defender for us. So overall we are pretty well off in the centre of defence.
Left midfield is another problem position which we need to sort out. Ashley Young is the obvious pick but there will be others tracking him, but we have to improve in that position.
Right midfield is where Kuyt will usually play but I would prefer someone with a bit of pace and crossing ability. Maybe a Shaun Wright Phillips type player, but I would really like to see Glen Johnson given a run in that position, I think he could make that position his.
Centre midfield needs strengthening with a Xabi Alonso type player coming in. We have quite a strong midfield but other than Gerrard we lack a really creative type player. Charlie Adam could be that man so it will be interesting to see if we go back in for him in the summer.
I am a lot happier with our attack now with Carroll and Suarez rather than relying on the lone striker which we have done in recent years with Torres, we could maybe do with another striker although I like Kuyt when he plays up front.
Before I finish I have to mention the youngsters coming through, there is a lot of talent there. The likes of Sterling looks like a cross between Barnes and Owen, great prospect. In defence Andre Wisdom looks really strong and John Flanagan is a tremendous right back, a hard tackler and good going forward. Jack Robinson at left back is a very good player as well. Coady who is captain of the youngsters looks a great prospect in the middle of midfield and Adam Morgan is banging goals in for fun. Suso is a top player with so much ability don't think it will be long before he features in the first team. Toni Silva is the type of player we need with the ability to beat players and very pacey. Pacheco has a lot to offer and this loan deal to Norwich will certainly help his progress. There are many more to mention these are just the ones that I am really excited about.
We are not that far away from becoming a top side, we just need a few changes and I'm sure Kenny will make the right changes to the team.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Back to league business after the disappointing exit from Europe on Thursday. Never an easy place to go to for a result at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool returning for the first time since that infamous "beach ball" incident. Liverpool were hoping to continue their recent run of good form going as they try to keep their hopes alive of European football competition for next season. Sunderland have been doing really well this season but in recent times have found it hard to win a game so Liverpool hoped that would continue.
Probably the most attacking team selection of the season for Liverpool especially with the first time the much anticipated partnership of Carroll and Suarez being selected. Liverpool were also bouyed with the return of Daniel Agger back in defence to partner Skrtel in the middle, Carragher deputising at right back once again for the injured Martin Kelly, Johnson on the left. Jay Spearing came into the middle of midfield to try and energise the midfield after the lacklustre show on Thursday. Meireles pushed out to the left of midfield in an unusual role with Lucas in the middle and Kuyt on the right. A very strong and attack minded team Dalglish selected even without the injured Gerrard.
A full house for the visit of Liverpool at the Stadium of Light and it was Liverpool who were first to threaten when on 5 minutes Carroll knocked a header down to Kuyt who had his shot blocked by Mignolet in the Sunderland goal. Kuyt headed over from the resulting corner.
Sunderland started to exert some pressure after the early scare and Gyan and Wellbeck combined well down the right for Wellbeck to flash a dangerous cross across the face of Reina's goal. Then Carroll and Suarez set up Spearing but he spurned his opportunity to shoot.
Sunderland were dealt a double injury blow when they lost Sulley Muntari and Kieran Richardson inside the first 25 minutes.
But it was Liverpool who took the lead in controversial fashion when Spearing latched onto a mistake from Mensah and was then brought down on the edge of the penalty box, at first referee Friend pointed for a free kick on the edge of the box, but after consulting his assistant he then pointed to the spot resulting in protests from the Sunderland players. Dirk Kuyt kept his cool to send Mignolet the wrong way and put Liverpool 1-0 up.
The players left the field at half time to a chorus of displeasure as the home supporters vented their feelings towards the match officials.
Liverpool started on the front foot in the second half with Johnson looking to fire a shot in but desperate defending from Mensah prevented him. Carroll was so unlucky not to net his first Liverpool goal when he saw his free header hacked off the goal line by Lee Cattermole. Suarez then went close with a curling free kick just off target.
Liverpool were having the better chances in the second half and Jay Spearing went close with a 25 yard drive that Mignolet tipped over his bar.
On 77 minutes Liverpool doubled their lead when Suarez conjured up a bit of magic from a seemingly impossible position. Stuck in the right hand corner of the Sunderland half, Suarez collected the ball before leaving Cattermole for dead and he then blasted a shot from virtually the goal line beating Mignolet at his near post, it really was a stunning effort.
Sunderland's miserable day was summed up with the dismissal of Mensah when he brought Suarez down as he raced through on goal.
A superb result for Liverpool and thoroughly deserved although controversial.
It was great to at last see the partnership of Suarez and Carroll for the first time, they showed some nice link up play at times. Agger made a big difference to the defence far more compusure and with Jay Spearing coming into the midfield he gave the team an energy that sometimes this season has been lacking. Meireles looked a bit out of sorts though out on the left and Dalglish will have tough decisions to make when Gerrard comes back. Lucas had a far better game more like his normal standard of performance this season. I thought we defended very well as Sunderland had a lot of possession especially in the first half, Reina was virtually a spectator. We did get a huge break with the penalty as I think a free kick should have been awarded but then what comes around goes around. Suarez was a constant threat and his goal was sheer genius. Overall a great result and a great away performance especially after recent disappointment on Thursday.
Man Of The Match - Suarez - It had to be, he was superb although Agger and Spearing ran him close.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Last chance of silverware for Liverpool this season as they tried to overturn a 1-0 defecit. Big expectations of another famous European night at Anfield as the faithful expected Liverpool to overturn the scoreline from the first leg. Braga have proved to be a good side at home but they have struggled on their travels in Europe giving Liverpool even more encouragement.
Dalglish was limited for options with his team selection, missing Kelly, Aurelio, Agger, Shelvey, and with Gerrard recovering from an operation and Suarez who is unavailable in this competition it would be difficult for Liverpool to overturn the tie. Kyrgiakos was left out of the side maybe after conceding that penalty last week, Wilson replaced him in defence although deployed at left back with Carragher and Skrtel in the middle with Johnson at right back. Maxi played left midfield with Lucas and Meireles in the middle and Kuyt on the right Cole played just behind Carroll who was making his first start. Reina was reaching an impressive 300th appearance for Liverpool.
As per usual Anfield was up for this European night with the fans producing a great vocal support. Liverpool started well and Carroll created the first chance on 8 minutes with a flick on to Cole who hit an angled shot which was parried by Artur the rebound fell to Carroll but his shot was deflected wide.
The resulting corner was headed just wide of goal at the back post by Carroll who was causing problems for the Braga defence. As Braga settled Liverpool struggled to create chances as Braga were closing Liverpool down quickly and not allowing Liverpool time on the ball. Alan had a couple of efforts as Braga were having more of the play and Lima had an effort deflected away by Skrtel.
Liverpool had a good shout for a penalty when a ball was crossed into the Braga box, Carroll was blatantly pushed in the back but amazingly the referee gave Braga the free kick. The last chance of the half was a Carroll header from a Maxi cross.
Early in the second half Andy Carroll showed his frustration when he clattered into Paulao at the Braga goaline, resulting in both players being yellow carded as an altercation followed. Liverpool's first chance of the second half fell to Maxi but he volleyed into the kop. As Liverpool struggled to break Braga down Meireles had a looping header at goal as the crowd were lifted by his effort.
But as the half wore on groans of frustration echoed from the crowd as Liverpool attacks constantly broke down. N'Gog and Spearing came on for Maxi and Cole as Dalglish tried to ignite Liverpool's attack. N'Gog had a good effort comfortably saved by Artur and Spearing had an effort into the crowd but as time ran out Skrtel had a great chance which was brilliantly blocked by Artur as a goal looked certain. Liverpool's last chance was a Meireles free kick which was inches too high for N'Gog as he was left unmarked in the Braga box. So Liverpool exit the Europa League in a disappointing night.
I'm sure everyone is left disappointed after that performance, we really did go out with a whimper. With so many players unavailable it just proved how weak our squad is. Wilson came in at left back but I felt he struggled and was beaten too easily at times down the left, but he is a centre back not a left back but we are really short in that position. The midfield lacks creativity without Gerrard and Carroll had no service as he battled away bravely all night against nothing balls from his team mates. I was hoping for more from Cole but he was poor once again. Credit to Braga they shut us down well not giving any space making us pass about at the back for long periods frustrating the support before eventually lumping the ball up to Carroll in hope more than expectation. Not enough chances created and not deserved of winning the tie with only a strong claim for a penalty when Carroll was felled our only gripe. We now need to try and finish well in the league and hope Kenny gets the chance to take us forward and rebuild us in the summer.
Man Of The Match - Carroll - he gave everything without much support I thought he played really well considering he is not 100 % fit yet.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
There is no doubting the career and record of Sir Alex Ferguson has been outstanding and that he has made our great rivals Manchester United the dominant force in England during his twenty odd year reign. But no one can go on for ever and Fergie is touching seventy now and his loyal players that have helped bring him so much success don't have much mileage left in the old legs as Scholes and Giggs soldier on for their General.
I think this could be the last year that Manchester United could win the League, they have more teams snapping at their heals with the likes of Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and now with Kenny Dalglish back at Liverpool I believe Liverpool will be a contender next year.
Dalglish was the last Liverpool manager to bring the League title to Anfield and there is a feeling that he has unfinished business. Since his return to the Anfield hot seat Dalglish has made a drastic difference to Liverpool's fortunes, with talk of relegation not so long ago, people are talking of finishing in the top four now. Basically Dalglish has the same players Rafa and Hodgson struggled with over the last 18 months, but he is getting the best out of them. Dalglish was dealt a blow with the loss of star striker Torres to Chelsea but Dalglish moved swiftly bringing in Luis Suarez from Ajax and Andy Carroll from Newcastle.
Memories of his first spell in charge as he brought in great attacking players with the likes of Barnes, Beardsley and John Aldridge. Dalglish and Liverpool know that this season was one where silverware was virtually a lost cause other than the involvement in the less prestigous Europa League. But Dalglish has brought belief back to the club with a good run of form and great wins at Chelsea and more recently at home to Manchester United.
I'm sure Dalglish will get the Liverpool job on a permanent basis sooner rather than later and this summer there will be many comings and goings at Anfield with an exciting future ahead for Liverpool. Dalglish will rectify the problem positions in the team and will bring in the right players to improve the team.
So Fergie better get his 19th League title wrapped up this year because now that the King is back this old Sir may have to bow to him. Long live the King.
Friday, 11 March 2011
Another massive game for Liverpool hot after that superb win against Manchester United last Sunday. Liverpool left the UK at lunchtime on Wednesday to travel to Portugal for their last 16 clash with Braga, Braga who have had good recent results against some top European sides would be a difficult opposition for Liverpool. In recent memory Braga have beat Arsenal at home last season and put out Celtic and Athletico Madrid in Champions League qualifying this season. But with Liverpool going into the game with confidence sky high after their great win at the weekend. Liverpool have struggled to score away in Europe this season with 4 draws in their last 4 away games. Still they have remained undefeated in Europe this season and went into the game confident of getting a good result.
Liverpool's squad is still a bit threadbare especially when key players are missing.Gerrard didn't travel to Portugal after aggravating his groin injury at the weekend and Suarez is unavailable for this competition, also out were Aurelio who also picked up an injury on Sunday's win and Kelly who is out for a month. But Liverpool still had options and I thought Dalglish put out as strong a team as possible with the players he had available. Carragher went to right back with Johnson on the left with Kyrgiakos and Skrtel in the middle. The midfield was Poulsen and Lucas in the middle with Cole coming back into the team on the left and a bit of a surprise with Spearing playing on the right of midfield. Meireles trying to support Kuyt who was the lone striker.
The game made a very tentative start as both teams sparred for possession. Liverpool seemed very content and comfortable at the slow pace of the game as they probably expected a higher tempo from Braga. However, out of the blue Braga were awarded a penalty when Mossoro burst into the Liverpool penalty box and Kyrgiakos brought him down for a stonewall penalty. Alan took the spot kick and smashed the ball past Reina giving him no chance as he dived the right way. The goal gave Braga a great lift as their play improved and they started to have the lion's share of possession. It was 27 minutes into the match before Liverpool had their first attempt at goal when Meireles hit a long range free kick into the Braga defensive wall. Braga were unlucky not to double their lead 7 minutes before half time when after sustained pressure from Braga the ball found Silvio 30 yards out who smashed a dipping volley which crashed off Reina's crossbar and away to safety with Reina beaten, it was a huge let off for Liverpool as they went in at half time trailing 1-0. Liverpool started the second half better as I'm sure Dalglish had a few strong words for his troops at the break. 12 minutes into the second half Dalglish brought Poulsen off for Carroll, giving Liverpool more of an attacking threat. Carroll went close with a header from a Meireles corner as Liverpool looked more threatening with his introduction. Carroll then had a shot deflected over the bar as Braga stuggled with Carroll's presence. Liverpool were looking for that precious away goal and Kuyt fired just over from the edge of the box as he produced a great effort. Braga still tried to snatch a second goal but Liverpool looked the more threatening in the closing stages but without any joy. The game ended 1-0 and Liverpool will have it all to do next week at Anfield.
It was a very poor performance by Liverpool especially in the first half as Dalglish himself commented on. It had a lot of similarities of the performance at West Ham as we lacked an edge and tempo about our game which was in abundance on Sunday. We have struggled for goals all year away from home in Europe and once again it was the same story here. Key players missing didn't help, Gerrard and the ever improving Suarez were massive losses. The goal we lost was poor, a very poor challenge by Kygriakos resulting in the penalty. Poulsen is just not good enough for us and glad to see him taken off in a good attacking switch by Dalglish bringing on Carroll as Kuyt was left isolated in the first half. Carroll gave us more of an attacking threat and I was impressed with his performance and I think he could cause Braga all sorts of problems next week. Its not the worst result we could have got away from home and it could have been worse with Silvio's effort off Reina's crossbar. I am confident we can turn it around at Anfield but we will need a huge improvement in the performance.
Man Of The Match - Andy Carroll - The big man was superb when he came on especially as he not fully fit yet. I hope he can play longer next week.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Well after Liverpool's superb performance and win over Manchester United it is back to Europa League action as Liverpool travel to Portugal to face Braga in the last 16 of the competition. Confidence should be sky high after such a win last Sunday but as Liverpool will know games away from home in Europe are always difficult especially when you get to the latter stages of the competition. Liverpool are well aware that this is their only chance of silverware this season and will be giving their all to win it. Liverpool have a few players missing for this match with the latest call off being club captain Gerrard who aggravated his groin injury last Sunday. Kelly, Aurelio and Agger are also still out with injuries and Suarez is ineligable to play so Dalglish will have to reorganise his team from Sunday. It is good to know that Andy Carroll is travelling and may feature after his cameo role against Manchester United as he builds up his match fitness gradually. With the players Kenny has to work with in Portugal I predict the team to be this.
GOALKEEPER - REINA
RIGHT BACK - CARRAGHER
LEFT BACK - JOHNSON
CENTRE BACK - SKRTEL
CENTRE BACK - KYRGIAKOS
LEFT MIDFIELD - COLE
RIGHT MIDFIELD - MAXI
CENTRE MIDFIELD - POULSEN
CENTRE MIDFIELD - LUCAS
CENTRE MIDFIELD (ATTACKING ROLE) - MEIRELES
STRIKER - KUYT
I think we will try and play very tight defensively like we did in Prague, especially as we are very short of attacking options. I think Carroll will start on the bench for this match and may come on in the second half for some more game time. Liverpool will be happy with a draw away from home, preferably a score draw but I will go for a no score draw in the match the same as in Prague and hopefully we can finish them off next week at home.
Monday, 7 March 2011
After defeat last Sunday at West Ham it was back to Anfield against old foes Manchester United who were also going into the match on the back of a defeat to Chelsea. It is always one of the key dates of the year but with United sitting on top of the league Liverpool were hoping to peg them back at Anfield. Liverpool had been on a great run of form until losing to West Ham and were hoping to bounce back quick and to do it against United would give everybody a huge lift.
Kenny made a couple of changes to last weeks team with Aurelio and Maxi coming back into the team with Wilson and the injured Kelly making way. Johnson came over to the right back position with Aurelio on the left with Skrtel and Carragher in the middle. The midfield lined up with Maxi on the left and Meireles on the right with Lucas and Gerrard in the middle. Kuyt playing alongside Suarez up front. With Carroll on the bench there was expectations of him making his debut.
A tremendous noise from the supporters as the game kicked off and within two minutes Liverpool were on the offensive when a low ball from Meireles found Suarez in the box but his first touch let him down and Van der Sar collected easily. Liverpool started the match with purpose and as Maxi dragged a 20 yard effort wide of the target, then Suarez volleyed a chance into the crowd. As the half wore on United started to creep into the game and Berbatov went close with a curling volley that clipped the outside of Reina's right hand post. With United having a makeshift centre of defence with Smalling and Brown playing, Liverpool were hoping to unsettle the unfamiliar defensive partnership. A searching ball from Maxi found Meireles who headed back across goal but Kuyt just couldn't connect to give Liverpool the lead. But then on 20 minutes Liverpool were dealt a blow when Aurelio pulled up and had to be replaced by Kyrgiakos with Carragher going to right back and Johnson going to left back with Kyrgiakos partnering Skrtel in the middle of defence. Just after the substitution Meireles cleared a Brown header off the line from a United corner. Then on 32 minutes Liverpool won a free kick just outside the United penalty box, Suarez teed up Gerrard but his effort was deflected to safety. Liverpool took the lead on 35 minutes virtue of brilliant play from Suarez who picked up the ball on the left and dazzled past three United defenders leaving them in his wake before slipping a shot across the face of goal which Kuyt slid home giving Liverpool a deserved lead. Four minutes later Liverpool doubled their lead when Suarez got space down the right and sent a cross to the far post which found Nani who horribly miscued his header back across the face of goal only to find Kuyt who stooped to header past Van der Sar. Liverpool found themselves in a really strong position now and were hoping to go in at half-time with a 2-0 lead but just before the break the game ignited when Carragher caught Nani with a dangerous challenge and was lucky not to see red, a melee followed and Nani was unable to return after being stretchered off. Then moments later Maxi looked to have caught Rafael high on his thigh, with Rafael incensed he then launched into Lucas sparking another frenzy. When the dust settled Rafael was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card, Skrtel also saw yellow for his actions. It was good to hear the half time whistle and give the players time to calm down for the second half. Liverpool had the first chance of the second half when Suarez played in Meireles but his cutback was saved by Van der Sar as Gerrard looked to finish. United did dominate possession as they hoped to get back into the match. As United pushed forward Meireles cleared a header from Berbatov off the line from underneath his crossbar. Giggs hit a 25 yard free kick over the bar, but Liverpool were always looking dangerous on the break and Meireles had a shot from a tight angle palmed away by Van der Sar. But on 65 minutes Liverpool scored a third when Suarez hit a free kick low to Van der Sar's left hand post but the big Dutchman spilled the ball as he saved and Kuyt was on it like a flash knocking the ball into the net and making him the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick against United since Peter Beardsley in 1990. With Liverpool three up Kenny decided to give Carroll his long awaited debut on the 74th minute to a standing ovation. The Kop who were in dreamland serenaded Dalglish with "Happy Birthday" who celebrated his 60th birthday last Friday. Liverpool could have scored again late on with Maxi miskicking and Gerrard side footing a shot just wide. Hernandez scored a consolation for United in injury time but nothing could take the smile of the Liverpool faithful. A well deserved win for Liverpool.
What a day a superb performance after such a poor one last week. Liverpool under Kenny took the game to United for the whole game. Suarez was superb and gets better with every game, he caused all sorts of problems for the United defence. Liverpool defended well and Lucas and Gerrard won the battle in midfield. Kuyt was like a predator with his goals a real poacher. Carragher was really lucky with the tackle on Nani but so was Rafael lucky. It just made me so proud to be a Red and I just feel this team under Kenny is going places.
Man Of The Match - Kuyt - has to be for his 3 goals and his workrate.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Well with virtually the same squad as Roy Hodgson had is Dalglish's honeymoon period over after Sunday's poor defeat at West Ham. Liverpool have been riding on a crest of a wave since Dalglish took over but came crashing back down to earth last Sunday. The performance by the team was the poorest yet under Kenny's leadership, and now with Manchester United up next it is worrying that we may turn into the team of earlier in the season. Personally I don't see that happening as Dalglish is a great manager and will make sure he gets a reaction from his players after that poor performance. I have liked the way Dalglish has made us more attacking yet solid at the back also. I would like to hope it was just a bad day at the office but its just a bit worrying witnessing us being well beaten from a bottom of the league side. We lacked the fight West Ham showed and that has happened too often this season and it just reminds me that this problem of lack of passion in certain games is still there, its the first time I've seen that since Kenny took over and I'm sure it will be a long time before we see that again from his team. There are no easy games in this league and we can't afford to show this kind of attitude again. There is no doubt Kenny has worked wonders in a short space of time and he will be the first to admit that he has a lot of work to do to get Liverpool back where they belong, but it will not happen overnight and we all have to be patient as I believe we have the right man for the job and Kenny knows that it will take time. Dalglish is using his limited squad to the best of his capabilities and I'm sure there will be a lot of wheelings and dealings in the summer with Kenny surely going to be confirmed as manager on a permanent basis. Even in this short space of time in charge Kenny has made a some good signings, he was resigned to losing his star striker in Torres but he acted swiftly and brought in two class strikers to compensate that loss with Suarez and Andy Carroll coming in and although we have not seen the two play together at this time of writing I'm positive they will prove to be a formidable partnership for Liverpool. Kenny also has a great crop of youngsters coming through and we have already seen Kelly and Wilson play recently as Kenny will give them a chance if they are good enough. Unfortunately 4th place seems out of reach with games running out but a few months ago it was a pipe dream as we were in the relegation zone, so we have to crawl before we walk as we rebuild, we still have the Europa League to go for and that would be great for everyone if we could win it. The honeymoon period is officially over but the good life will continue under Kenny, he will get us back to the top and I wish him a very happy 60th birthday with a win over Manchester United as the perfect present on Sunday.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Pepe Reina has admitted that he must improve on his performance at West Ham.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - I agree he wasn't up to his usual high standards and was easily beaten at West Ham's third goal.
Steve Clarke admitted that Liverpool's defending was not up to standard against West Ham last Sunday and that everybody will be working hard at Melwood this week to put it right.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - It was a poor performance and to lose 3 goals against a team like West Ham was bad, I just hope it goes down as a bad day at the office.
Raul Meireles brilliant goal against Chelsea was voted as Liverpool's goal of the month for February.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - It was a special goal and brilliantly dispatched.
Former Liverpool star Dominic Matteo recently visited visually impaired children in Malaysia as part of Standard Chartered's "seeing is believing" project.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - I think it is tremendous the way Liverpool are reaching out globally and especially to vulnerable, poor and disabled groups.
Liverpool are still waiting to recieve their allocation of 2900 tickets for their Europa League clash with SC Braga on March 10th at the Estadio Municipal de Braga.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - With the great support we have I have no doubt they will be snapped up in no time.
Liverpool reserves take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Thursday afternoon at 2pm, their will be live coverage on LFCTV from 1:45 pm.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - Great news that its on live I know I will be watching it. The reserves have been playing really well and are on a 10 match unbeaten run.
Paul Konchesky could return to the Notts Forest line-up on Saturday against Hull as he has recovered from a hamstring strain.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - A forgotten man I hope he gets a good run in the team with Forest and maybe make the move permanent. Just a pity he didn't look good enough for us.
Transfer Rumour - Reports suggest that Roma's Phillipe Mexes is ready to turn down offers from England and will sign for AC Milan in the summer.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - I think we are pretty strong in the centre of defence anyway so no big loss there.
Transfer Rumour - Liverpool target Vedran Corluka could be made available in the summer as he could move down the pecking order at Spurs with Redknapp keen on bringing in new players for Corluka's position.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - I think he is a very good player it will be interesting to see if we can get him.
Transfer Rumour - Michel Bastos is being linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, as Dalglish is willing to pay £14 million for the Lyon left back.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - He looks a cracking player and we certainly need a left back its a big problem position.
Andy Carroll took part in his first full training session yesterday as speculation about his debut on Sunday heightens.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - I don't think Carroll will feature on Sunday as Liverpool won't want to risk a setback after waiting so long on his fitness. It would be great if he could make it especially with so many defenders out for Man U.