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Mutakhir: Liverpool terima bidaan FC Barcelona untuk Mascherano

Kenyataan rasmi Liverpool FC melalui laman web, liverpoolfc.tv telah menyatakan bahawa Liverpool FC telah menerima bidaan FC Barcelona dan kini terpulang kepada Javier Mascherano untuk berbincang perihal kontrak dengan gergasi Sepanyol itu.
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Kemenangan di saat akhir di Turki

Trabzonspor: 1
Liverpool: 2
Remzi Giray Kacar (og 84)
Dirk Kuyt (88)


Kemenangan pertama di bumi Turki ke atas kelab Turki walaupun dipaksa berhempas pulas sebelum mendapat gol ehsan dari pertahanan Trabzonspor. Pun begitu Liverpool telah dikejutkan seawal minit ke-4 apabila Trabzonspor melalui penyerangnya, Teofilo Gutierrez meletakkan bola di dalam gawang Jose Reina.

Liverpool bangkit setelah ketinggalan tetapi David Ngog yang dibantu Joe Cole telah mensia-siakan beberapa peluang. Reina juga telah diganggu oleh pancaran laser oleh penyokong tuan rumah sehingga memaksa pengadil Croatia, Ivan Bebek meminta wakil UEFA memberi amaran untuk menghentikan gangguan atau beliau menghentikan perlawanan.

Saat kemenangan bermula dengan kemasukkan Dani Pacheco 13 minit sebelum tamat. Kemudian pada minit ke-84, Glenn Johnson yang melarikan bola telah melintangkannya ke tengah dan Remzi Giray Kacar yang diberi tekanan oleh Ngog memasukan bola ke gawang sendiri dan menghadiahkan The Reds gol di tempat lawan dan juga mendahului secara aggregat. Dirk Kuyt pula telah mengesahkan kelayakan Liverpool ke pusingan seterusnya setelah menolak mudah bola setelah penjaga gol Trabzonspor gagal menangkap kemas percubaan Cole 2 minit sebelum tamat 90 minit perlawanan.

Dengan itu Liverpool bersama-sama Manchester City telah berjaya mara namun rakan se-EPL, Aston Villa tersangkut di Vienna.
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Gambar dari Trabzon

Berbekalkan 1 gol di Anfield, Liverpool bakal meredah onak duri di Trabzon untuk melayakkan diri dari play-off Europa League. Ini ditambahkan lagi dengan ketiadaan beberapa pemain utama termasuk kapitan, Steven Gerrard dan Fernando Torres. Ini meninggalkan Daniel Pacheco untuk berharap diberi peluang untuk bermula awal pagi ini waktu bersahur di Malaysia.

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Terbenam di Tanah Timur

Liverpool: 0
Manchester City: 3


Kunjungan Liverpool ke Eastlands dengan penuh pengharapan berakhir dengan kekalahan terbesar mereka kepada Manchester City sejak tahun 1937. Walaupun perlawanan sebelum ini The Reds mampu bertahan ke atas Arsenal walaupun bermain dengan 10 orang namun dengan formasi 442, skuad Roy Hodgson kelihatan kurang menyerlah. Pun begitu masih mampu membuat Joe Hart menyelamatkan 3 percubaan berbahaya dari pemain Liverpool.

City mendahului seawal minit ke-13 melalui Gareth Barry yang menerima hantaran James Milner setelah pertahanan Liverpool membiarkan Milner tanpa kawalan. Sistem 2 penyerang Fernando Torres dan David Ngog seakan tidak 'connect' dalam memecahkan kubu pertahanan City yang agak solid dan kental.

2 gol Carlos Tevez pada separuh masa kedua memusnahkan harapan Liverpool untuk sekurang-kurangnya mencatatkan seri di awal musim di gelanggang lawan. Gol pertamanya pada minit ke-52 setelah kononnya menyentuh bola hasil tandukan Michah Richard yang berasal dari sepakan sudut Milner. Dan gol seterusnya melalui penalti setelah Martin Skrtel mengasari Adam Johnson. Ini merupakan gol ke-4 yang dilepaskan Jose Reina dalam tempoh 2 perlawanan. Apakah sudah ada tanda peralihan kuasa penjaga gawang kepada pemain 'home grown' yang baru ditandatangani itu?
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Aqua bakal dihantar pulang ke Itali


Walaupun pada awal pra-musim ini, barisan ahli perubatan Roy Hodgson telah menyatakan Alberto Aquilani telah bebas dari sebarang jangkitan kecederaan, lain pula kenyataan Hodgson yang terbaru yang mahu menghantar Aquilani pulang ke Itali secara pinjaman. Aquilani juga tidak disenaraikan sewaktu Liverpool mengalahkan Trabzonspor di Anfield.

Kenyataan Hodgson:
"At the moment we are considering possibly loaning him to an Italian club, but nothing is sure about that yet so I don't have anything to report.
"I didn't want to use him tonight just in case the loan goes through because for Aquilani this year it's very important that he plays regular football, every week as the number one man on the team sheet.
"I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy could help him in that respect it might be good for all parties.
"It would certainly be what he needs, it would certainly protect the value of the player and when he does return to Liverpool no doubt we will see the Aquilani that we signed before he came here injured last year."
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Gol Babel beri Liverpool sedikit kelebihan

Liverpool: 1
Babel: 45
Trabzonspor:0
Anfield (40,941)


Gol Ryan Babel lewat separuh masa pertama telah memberikan kelebihan tipis kepada Liverpool ke atas kelab Turki, Trabzonspor namun agak sukar untuk bergantung dengan satu gol tersebut apabila bertandang ke Turki jika mengambil kira corak permainan Trabzonspor di Anfield malam tadi.

Christian Poulsen dianugerahkan debut bersama Liverpool digandingkan dengan Lucas di posisi tengah. Babel bertindak selaku penyerang tunggal dibantu oleh Joe Cole. Martin Kelly juga diberi peluang untuk bermula sebagai pertahanan kanan. Separuh masa pertama agak suram dengan kedua-dua pasukan bertukar hantaran jauh. Sehinggalah bola 'through' dari Cole singgah ke kaki Babel yang menghasilkan gol tunggal perlawanan. Aksi terakhir Babel malam itu setelah digantikan Fernando Torres pada separuh masa kedua. Ada juga menyatakan itu juga bakal menjadi aksi terakhir Babel setelah khabar angin bertiup yang Babel akan meninggalkan The Reds.

Separuh masa kedua amat berbeza keadaannya dari separuh masa pertama bermula dengan percubaan Torres dan tandukan Lucas yang gagal mencecah jaring. Bersambung-sambung sehinggalah gol Poulsen pada minit ke-73 dibatalkan setelah pengadil melihat kekasaran berlaku ke atas penjaga gol Trabzonspor. Kenyataan live commentary di Yahoo Eurosports UK berbunyi:

Goal disallowed! The keeper rolls around in agony after the ref buys that there was a foul on him. Kyrgiakos headed the corner on goal, Cole in front of him obscured his view, Onur dropped it and Poulsen drilled it in. The ref, as often happens, saw a foul on the keeper when there was none.
Kedudukan kekal sehingga masa permainan tamat dengan kemenangan tipis buat Liverpool. Berita baik buat penyokong The Reds apabila Torres bermain dengan baik dan seharusnya bakal menjaringkan lebih banyak gol buat Liverpool.

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'Home Grown' untuk menjaga gawang Sang Merah


Tiada kena-mengena dengan masalah Pepe Reina yang menghadiahkan 1 mata buat Arsenal pada hujung minggu lepas tetapi peraturan baru Liga Perdana Inggeris (EPL) yang menetapkan 8 orang 'Home Grown' untuk disenaraikan dalam skuad 25 orang membuatkan Liverpool membeli penjaga gol baru. Brad Jones yang berasal dari Australia dan berusia 28 tahun bakal meninggalkan Middlesbrough setelah The Reds bersetuju dengan kadar bayarannya - £2.3 juta.

Walaupun bukan berbangsa United Kingdom (UK) tetapi telah bersama Boro sebagai pelatih sejak tahun 2001 yang melayakkan Jones dimasukkan di dalam kategori 'Home Grown'. Tunggu sahaja laporan rasmi kemasukkannya yang kini sedang giat diperiksa oleh pakar perubatan di Melwood.
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Sudut Membaca: 25 Man Squads & Home Grown Rules Explained

 Di copy-paste dari http://kopthat.co.uk/?p=845817312 untuk tujuan pemahaman.

As the end of the transfer window starts to approach, just 15 days to go until August 31st, the mention of the new Premier League rules that take effect for the 2010/11 season become ever more mentioned across all forms of media. The reason for this is that by September 1st 5pm, every Premier League club has to register its squad for the current campaign, meeting a new level of criteria designed to increase the number of young ‘home-grown’ players in the Premier League and with a long-term aim of giving more options to the England manager.


 
A further target of the strategy is to prevent teams stock piling players, or fielding squads completely dominated in numbers by overseas players as explained by Chief Executive Richard Scudamore recently:

 
Scudamore does not believe the move will encourage clubs to hoard young foreign players and claims the England team will ultimately reap the reward.

 
“It’s not in the club’s interests to stockpile players. It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive,” he said.

 
“We’re not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can’t buy a team from abroad.”

 
“We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team.”

 
The 2010-11 Premier League season will see top flight clubs forced to comply with rules, specific to games played in the Premiership and no other competitions, over the size of their squads and the type of players that make them up. The system is simply administered at each club via an online form which automatically flags up if they have named too many players who do not qualify as “Home-Grown”.

 
Some teams will most certainly be affected more than others at different points of the rules. For example Liverpool are recognised as only having Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and new arrival Brad Jones as the only senior homegrown players on the books, although a good abundance of U21s does exist. Manchester City on the other hand, fresh from a £100m spending spree and rising have some different thinking to do. Although their current squad boasts 13 senior home grown players, a number of them are recognised as surplus to requirements at Eastlands which will lower the availability to them but overall the squad is much closer to 40 players than the 25 limit. Therefore a considerable number of players are not going to see Premiership action this season although they will be able to feature in their Europa campaign as well as the English cups. The new set of rules could certainly encourage a hectic last week in the transfer window as teams look to meet their quota’s as well as possibly ensuring that high paid players not named in the 25 man squads, are loaned out, sold on etc.

  
An Overview of the Rules
  •  Clubs register a squad of up to 25 players, which must include at least eight ‘home-grown’ players, at the end of each transfer window.
  •  Home-grown players do not have to be English; home-grown players are defined as those who “irrespective of nationality or age, have been affiliated to the FA or Welsh FA for a period of three seasons or 36 months prior to 21st birthday”.
  • Clubs can supplement their squad with an unlimited number of players under the age of 21.
  •  Changes can be made only during transfer windows, although in exceptional circumstances (eg two out of three goalkeepers injured) moves could be allowed.
  •  Players loaned out to Football League clubs cannot be replaced, but can regain their spot on return to parent club.
  •  Clubs do not have to name a full squad of 25 if they do not have that many contracted players and in this instance they may add free agents outside the transfer window. However if they have 25 eligible contracted players, they must be named.
  • Clubs do not have to name eight home grown players but if they do not have that many signed they will operate from squad reduced by the relevant number of home grown players missing.
  • Rules purely apply to only Premier League matches – not European, FA Cup or League Cup games.
 The first deadline to be adhered to for squad submission to the Premier League is 5pm BST on 1st September 2010, the current transfer window closes on August 31st 6pm 2010.

Liverpool’s Managing Director Christian Purslow commented at the weekend on BBC 5 Live that - ”I think there will be one or two more ins and outs. There are a few people who will move on”.

As well ensuring that players surplus to requirements at Anfield are moved on, or simply unhappy for personal reasons such as is the case with Javier Mascherano, it is logical to assume that the Liverpool board will be closely looking at their home grown quota over the coming fortnight as much as overseas targets continue to exist.
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Pepe Reina penyelamat Arsenal

Liverpool : 1
(Ngog 46)
 Arsenal: 1
(Reina 90 - og)
Anfield (44 722)






Jose Reina sekali lagi menjadi penyelamat di saat genting cuma kali ini pada pasukan yang salah. Kegagalannya meneka dengan tepat hantaran lintang Marouane Chamakh yang terkena tiang sebelum melantun kembali ke arahnya adalah permulaannya. Kemudian Reina sekali lagi gagal menangkap kemas bola yang bergolek ke dalam gawang. Mungkin silau matahari mengganggu penglihatan Reina pada minit akhir perlawanan.

Liverpool bermula dengan mempertahankan KOP dengan sepak mula oleh Arsenal yang berjersi kuning yang lebih dahulu mendapat mencuba penjaga gol apabila sepakan percuma Thomas Vermaelen sempat ditumbuk keluar oleh Reina. Permainan agak seimbang dengan berbalas serangan namun Arsenal lebih banyak menguasai bola dan Liverpool masih gagal memberi peluh buat penjaga gol Arsenal. Sehingga hampir ke minit akhir separuh masa pertama, bermula dari sepakan sudut Steven Gerrard, David Ngog dapat menanduk bola yang menuju ke arah kiri tiang gol Manuel Almunia yang gagal menahan bola tersebut namun Gael Clichy menyelamatkan keadaan.

Sejurus selepas perkara itu berlaku, insiden dramatik bermula apabila Joe Cole telah dianugerahkan kad merah oleh pengadil, Martin Atkinson apabila terjahan lewatnya terhadap Laurent Koscielny di tepi padang. Ironinya Koscielny juga dibuang padang pada masa kecederaan separuh masa kedua setelah menerima kad kuning kedua akibat mengawal bola dengan tangan.

Separuh masa kedua menyaksikan penguasaan jersi kuning di padang Anfield. Jersi Merah lebih banyak melakukan counter attack yang tidak dapat disempurnakan untuk menambah jaringan. Namun Ngog terlebih dahulu mencuri tumpuan apabila menepis segala prasangka buruk yang dilemparkan terhadapnya dengan menjaringkan gol pertama perlawanan sejurus permainan separuh masa kedua bermula. Bermula dari kanan kemudian bola mencecah ke kaki Javier Mascherano yang menghantar kemas kepada Ngog. Ngog tanpa masalah melepasi Vermaelen dan melepaskan tendangan dari sudut sukar dan melepasi jangkauan Almunia.

Masalah ketumpulan Arsenal selesai apabila Arsene Wenger memasukan Theo Walcott dan Tomas Rosicky pada minit ke-59 dan bermulalah episod bertahan Liverpool yang lebih menyedihkan apabila Maxi Rodriguez dan Lucas yang dibawa masuk tidak banyak membantu Fernando Torres juga tidak menyengat. Lebih mengharukan apabila Liverpool hampir terpaksa bermain 9 orang apabila Daniel Agger yang telah menggunakan kepalanya untuk menahan percubaan pemain Arsenal telah seakan hilang ingatan setelah 15 minit kejadian tersebut berlaku. Wenger dengan sombongnya telah mula marah-marah dan dilayan oleh pengadil ke-4. Roy Hodgson pula terpaksa berlakon cool kerana kesemua pertukaran telah dibuat. Akhirnya Agger masuk bermain semula setelah berjaya menekan dengan tepat bilangan jari fisio yang telah ditunjukkan kepadanya.

Tidak banyak yang berubah walaupun Liverpool kembali bermain 10 orang. Gandingan Robin van Persie dan Rosicky terus menerus mengatur serangan sehinggalah berlaku kesilapan Reina. Kedudukan terikat 1-1 setelah terpisah hampir 45 minit. 5 minit masa tambahan telah diberikan dan Liverpool menerusi kapten, Gerrard sekali lagi menguji Almunia dari sepakan percuma cuma kali ini Almunia bermain baik sedikit dengan menepis keluar percubaan deras tersebut. Kedudukan 1-1 kekal sehingga wisel penamat dengan 10-10 dari sudut bilangan pemain.
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Poulsen akan memakai jersi 28





Jambu jugak pemain baru Liverpool ni yang akan memaki jersi bernombor 28. Mungkin kerana Christian Poulsen juga dilahirkan pada 28 Februari 1980.



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Liverpool hampir mendapat Poulsen



Terbaru, Juventus telah mengesahkan bahawa mereka telah bersetuju dengan tawaran bidaan Liverpool untuk mendapatkan pemain tengah berusia 30 tahun mereka, Christian Poulsen. Kini terpulang kepada perjanjian persefahaman di antara The Reds dan Poulsen terhadap kontrak untuk bermain di Anfield.
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Fernando Torres difitnah lagi


Gambar yang disiarkan dari insiden yang berlaku pada 2 Ogos lalu telah disalah ertikan sebagai Fernando Torres telah ditahan oleh pegawai polis kerana memandu laju dan juga telah disaman. Namun kenyataan rasmi dari pihak polis telah menyatakan bahawa Torres tidak melakukan sebarang kesalahan pada waktu itu. Apa yang terjadi adalah Torres telah berhenti dan menahan pegawai polis untuk menghalang tindakan jurukamera yang mengekorinya pulang.
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Nombor baru untuk pemain lama

Fabio Aurelio yang diberi peluang kedua untuk beraksi bersama Liverpool telah diberikan nombor yang lebih kecil untuk disematkan di belakang jersinya. Dari nombor dua angka (12) kepada nombor 6 yang satu ketika dahulu pernah digunakan oleh pemain yang seakan sama fungsi dengannya - John Arne Riise. Ini memungkinkan suatu tanggung jawab dan peranan yang lebih besar akan diberi oleh Roy Hodgson kepada pemain Brazil ini.


Sementara itu, bintang skuad muda Sepanyol, Daniel Pacheco telah mengambil alih nombor lama Aurelio iaitu nombor 12 sebagai nombor jersinya yang baru. Satu lompatan yang penuh makna dari nombor asalnya, 47. Ini juga menunjukkan Hodgon akan menggunakan khidmat Pacheco dalam musim yang mendatang ini.
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Selamat menyambut Ramadhan al-Mubarak

Sidang redaksi Padang Anfield (seorang je pun), mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengucapkan selamat menyambut kedatangan Ramadhan al-Mubarak. Semoga bulan ini akan mendekatkan kita dengan Pencipta kita dan seterusnya memperkuatkan keimanan dan ketakwaan terhadap-Nya. Ambillah peluang ini untuk mencuci dosa-dosa di samping menambahkan amal ibadat yang dijanjikan-Nya berlipat kali ganda pulangannya. Semoga dapat berpuasa penuh dan meninggalkan larangan-Nya.
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Pasukan India tarik diri

Ia bukanlah pasukan bola sepak tetapi Sahara Group, salah satu pihak yang dikatakan sedang berusaha menghalau dua ekor yankee dari bumi Anfield. Konglomerat dari India ini diberitakan telah menarik diri dari perlawanan untuk mengambil alih kuasa di Liverpool.

Menurut kenyataan pegawai komunikasinya, Abhijit Sarkar kepada Bloomberg,

"The deal for acquisition of the Liverpool Football Club was in our consideration in the recent past,"
"However, after considering all related factors, we have decided not to go ahead with it, at least for the time being."

Kini hanya tinggal dua prospek yang diperkatakan akan berjuang untuk mendapatkan Liverpool FC sehinggakan menyebabkan ahli lembaga pengarah terbahagi dua. Menurut khabar angin, dua ekor beruk yankee lebih cenderung ke arah rakyat Syria, Yahya Kirdi manakala tiga yang lain - Pengerusi,  Martin Broughton, Pengarah Urusan, Christian Purslow dan pengarah, Ian Ayre lebih menyokong usahawan China, Huang.
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Pertahanan meninggalkan Anfield untuk ke Jerman

Philipp Degen secara rasminya telah ke VfB Stuttgart secara pinjaman sehingga tamat musim 2010/2011 ini. Pengurus VfB Stuttgart, Christian Gross bukanlah seseorang yang asing buat Degen apabila mereka pernah bekerja bersama sewaktu Degen di FC Basel. Degen telah menyertai Liverpool secara percuma dari Borrusia Dortmund pada musim panas 2008.

Kenyataan Degen:

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and the wonderful VfB fans.
"I really want to make use of my chance. It's fantastic to be working together with Christian Gross again. I had a very successful time with him in Basel."
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Lawan yang mencabar menanti The Reds - Europa League



Liverpool telah diundi bersama kelab TurkiTrabzonspor dalam perlawanan play-off Europa League. Perlawanan pertama dijadualkan di Anfield pada 19 Ogos sebelum bertandang ke Turki dengan perjalanan 2000 batu pada 26 Ogos. Kali pertama dan terakhir kedua-dua kelab ini adalah pada European Cup pada musim 1976/77.
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Hyypia tidak akan bersama Liverpool musim ini

Hasrat Roy Hodgson untuk membawa pulang pemain pertahanan, Sami Hyypia dari Bayer Leverkusen menemui kegagalan apabila Hyypia yang ditawarkan jawatan kejurulatihan di Anfield tidak diberi kelepasan dari kelabnya. Hodgson agak kecewa dengan keputusan itu berkata,


"I'm a bit disappointed that my attempts to bring Sami Hyypia back failed. It only failed because he's so important to Bayer Leverkusen. We couldn't get him out of his contract," 
"He's one I would also put in the Jamie Carragher-Steven Gerrard mould, Liverpool for life.
"Unfortunately he was let go at the end of the season before last and we can't get him back. He's too valuable to them."
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The Reds meneruskan perjalanan dalam Europa League

Liverpool: 2
Ngog 22
Gerrard 40 (pen)
FK Rabotnicki: 0
(Agg: 4-0)



Liverpool
1 Cavalieri Diego
23 Jamie Carragher
2 Glen Johnson
37 Martin Skrtel
34 Martin Kelly
8 Steven Gerrard
10 Joe Cole
21 Lucas
24 David Ngog
14 Milan Jovanovic
47 Dani Pacheco

Substitutes
42 Peter Gulacsl
16 Sotirios Kyrgiakos
  Danny Wilson
4 Alberto Aquilani
17 Maximiliano Rodriguez
26 Jay Spearing
39 Nathan Eccleston

Substitutions
Alberto Aquilani for Steven Gerrard (62)
Maximiliano Rodriguez forMilan Jovanovic (67)
Jay Spearing for Lucas (73)
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Gambar Torres kembali berlatih

Berita baik buat semua Kopites apabila Fernando Torres telah pulang ke Anfield dan mula berlatih dengan rakan sepasukan.






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Debut Joe Cole dengan kekalahan

Borussia Monchengladbach: 1
Liverpool: 0




Kehadiran pemain antarabangsa England ke dalam skuad kali ini gagal mengelakkan kekalahan 1-0 kepada tuan rumah yang menyambut ulang tahun ke-110 seterusnya mencalarkan penampilan sulung Joe Cole bersama Liverpool. Steven Gerrard, Glenn Johnson dan juga Jamie Carragher juga telah bermain dalam perlawanan tersebut. Gol Borussia MGB telah dihasilkan seawal minit ke-8 oleh penyerang Algeria, Karim Matmour. Karim telah mengambil peluang daripada kecuaian Daniel Ayala untuk menyumbatkan gol tunggal perlawanan.

Liverpool: Cavalieri (Gulacsi 69), Johnson (Darby 59), Insua (Aurelio 59), Ayala, Carragher (Wilson 45), Gerrard (Spearing 62), Shelvey (Sterling 84), Ince (Amoo 62), Eccleston (Irwin 78), Cole (Aquilani 65), Dalla Valle (Jovanovic 45) (Suso 89).
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Kembali ke pangkal jalan: Fabio Aurelio

Masalah pertahanan kiri bakal diselesaikan apabila Liverpool di bawah kelolaan Roy Hodgson telah mengambil semula Fabio Aurelio yang telah dilepaskan apabila kontraknya tamat pada Mei lalu. Kini Aurelio telah menandatangani perjanjian kotrak untuk dua tahun. Ini telah direalisasikan setelah Aurelio lulus cemerlang sewaktu pemeriksaan perubatan di Melwood. Aurelio juga telah berlepas ke Jerman bersama rombongan The Reds untuk perlawanan persahabatan Ahad ini menentang Borrusia MGB.

Hodgson dipetik berkata kepada LiverpoolFC.tv:

"I asked the club to find out whether Fabio had found a new club.
"When we ascertained that he hadn't, we invited him back to Melwood so both myself and my staff, and the medical team could properly assess the player.
"We were both very impressed and I am delighted we were able to re-sign Fabio."
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Lepas ganti Kaka, Lucas ganti Mascherano pula

Selepas mendapat call up untuk pasukan Brazil serta peluang menggantikan Kaka yang digugurkan pengurus baru Brazil, kini Lucas Leiva tidak memandang ke belakang lagi. Kisah Javier Mascherano yang tidak lagi berminat bermain untuk The Reds seakan memberi peluang kepada Lucas untuk bermain di posisi yang dikosongkan pemain Argentina tersebut.

Kejayaan mengemudi Liverpool sebagai ketua pasukan sewaktu menang 2-0 ke atas FK Rabotnicki akan menguatkan lagi harapan Lucas untuk lebih memainkan peranan yang lebih besar musim hadapan. Menjelang perlawanan persahabatan menentang Borussia Moenchengladbach di mana pemain utama termasuk debut oleh Joe Cole, Lucas masih diberi tugasan sebagai ketua pasukan.


"We know the situation regarding Javier and of course we all hope he stays because he's such a good player and important to the team,"
"We'll have to wait and see, but if he goes then I'm ready to play and to impress and do whatever job the manager needs from me.
"I'm not the same player as Javier, we have different styles, but I know I am able play the role Javier does because last season I played a few games when he was at right-back.
"I've no problem with doing that job, I know I can do it if that's what the manager wants. I think I did well last season, but I think in this one I can do even better wherever I play."
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Europa League - Ngog benam Rabotnicki

FK Rabotnicki: 0
Liverpool: 2
David Ngog (17, 59)

Macam main sorang-sorang pulak


Dua jaringan di setiap separuh masa oleh David Ngog telah memberikan kemenangan moral buat Liverpool untuk menewaskan FK Rabotnicki di gelanggang lawan. Ini juga merupakan kemenangan pertama buat Roy Hodgson sebagai pengurus The Reds. Ternyata tindakan Hodgson merehatkan 10 pemain yang beraksi di Piala Dunia bukanlah sesuatu yang memakan diri. Hanya Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Sotirios Kyrgiakos dan Milan Jovanovic diturunkan.

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Adakah terlalu yakin atau sengaja menempah jalan sukar? Itulah persoalan yang timbul apabila melihat barisan yang diterbangkan Roy Hodgson ke Macedonia untuk perlawanan rasmi pertama musim ini menentang FK Rabotnicki dalam pusingan ketiga Europa League. Ini kerana barisan ini masih belum membuktikan keampuhan dalam 2 perlawanan persahabatan sebelum ini.


Mungkin Hodgson yang lebih senang mengendalikan pemain bukan bintang lebih senang untuk memberi arahan kepada mereka atau masih mahu memberi peluang kepada pemain berstatus bintang untuk berehat lebih lama sebelum menggempur pemain Macedonia untuk mengenali European Night di Anfield.

Cavalieri, Aquilani, Agger, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Lucas, Wilson, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Shelvey, Kelly, Skrtel, Eccleston, Ayala, Hansen, Gulacsi, Amoo, Dalla Valle, Ince.
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Barisan Roy Hodgson masih kebuntuan gol

Kaiserslauten: 1
Liverpool Muda: 0

Masih belum cukup mantap dan matang skuad muda bimbingan Roy Hodgson yang diketuai oleh Lucas Leiva setelah gagal mencecah jaring untuk dua perlawanan berturut-turut. Walaupun pada minit-minit awal Ngog mendapat peluang tetapi gagal disempurnakan. Perlawanan ini merupakan yang pertama buat Milan Jovanovic yang telah beraksi 45 minit di sepanjang separuh masa pertama.

Liverpool: Cavalieri, Kelly (Ince 68), Ayala, Kyrgiakos (Irwin 77), Darby, Jovanovic (Degen 46), Spearing (Palsson 76), Lucas (Shelvey 74), Amoo, Ngog (Dalla Valle 73), Eccleston (Robinson 82). Subs not used: Gulacsi, Irwin, Hansen.

Kaiserslautern: Sippel, Bugera (Stulin 83), Amedick, Francisco, Dick (Hornig 88), Amri (Fuchs 75), Bilek (Kirch 57), Tiffer (Rivic 56), Ilicevic, Micanski, Nemec. Subs not used: Trapp, Schluz, Abel, Moravek, Hoffer.

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Lucas dipanggil untuk perlawanan persahabatan Brazil

Apa? Ingat aku tak hebat ke?

Mungkin berkat menjadi kapten siri perlawanan persahabatan Liverpool di pra musim ini, Lucas Leiva telah mendapat panggilan untuk mewakili Brazil ke perlawanan persahabatan menentang Amerika Syarikat pada 10 Ogos ini. Apakah mungkin ada unsur pilih kasih seperti mana Rafael Benitez yang sangat menggunakan Lucas sejak dua musim yang lepas kerana pengurus Brazil yang baru, Mano Menezes merupakan bekas pengurus Lucas sewaktu beraksi di Gremio.
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Sinopsis perpindahan - (Empire of The Kop)

Weekly Transfer Rumour Round up – July 25th, 2010


By Antoine Zammit (Other posts by Antoine Zammit)

Here is my update for this week’s transfer activity, the percentage is strictly my prediction based on the different sources the stories are coming from.

Confirmed So Far:

In:
Jonjo Shelvey - The youngster has signed from Charlton Athletic for £1.7 million.
Milan Jovanovic – The Serbian has penned a 3 year contract.
Joe Cole – Joe has signed a four year contract is now our new No 10.
Danny Wilson – Finally happened, the youngster joined us from Rangers.

Out:
Mikel San Jose – The Spaniard who was on loan at Athletic Bilbao has now made the move permanent.
Fabio Aurelio -The Brazilian’s contract was not extended.
Yossi Benayoun - The Israeli has joined Chelsea.
Francisco Duran - The youngster has been released.
Emiliano Insua – The Argentinian is joining Fiorentina.
Albert Riera – The Spaniard moved to Olympiakos.

Not Confirmed & Rumours:

In:
Reto Ziegler – More talk about him filling the Left Back position, raising from 20% – 40%
Loic Remy - Nice are asking too much money, Lyon join the race, dropping from 50% – 25%
Taye Taiwo - Marseille President rules out move, however if Marseille sign a new left back then it might happen, dropping from 30% - 25%
Marcell Jansen – The German International is being linked – 25%
Maynor Figueroa – Nothing new here, dropping him from 30% – 20%
Klass-Jan Huntelaar – Was linked as a potential trade for Babel, raising from 15% – 18%
Tiago - The Portuguese has been linked as a possible replacement for Masch – 15%
Marcus Pedersen – The young Norwegian is being scouted – 15%
Sulley Muntari – Italian press is linking him as a potential trade for Mascherano – 15%
Bryan Ruiz – Nothing new but keeping him at 15% – 15%
Paul Scharner – Nothing new but keeping him at 15% - 15%
Edin Dzeko - Nothing new but keeping him at 15% - 15%
Victor Caceres -Nothing on this week, dropping from 15% – 12%
Ever Banega -Nothing new, dropping from 15% – 12%
Steven Defour – Nothing new, dropping from 15% – 12%
Wayne Bridge – The former Chelsea man is being linked but Manchester City don’t want to sell him – 10%
Park Chu-Young – Rumour is fading, dropping from 15% – 10%
Arda Turan - Rumour fading away, dropping from 15% - 10%
Paul Konchesky – Doesn’t look like it will happen, dropping from 10% – 7%
Christian Poulsen – No news this week, dropping from 10% – 6%
Rene Krhin – No news this week, dropping from 10% – 6%
Alou Diarra – No news this week, dropping from 10% – 10%
Stefan Kiessling - No news this week, dropping from 10% - 10%
Peter Crouch – No news this week, dropping from 10% - 10%
Keisuke Honda - No news this week, dropping from 10%- 10%
Diego Forlan – The People linked us with him today so we raise him - 9%
Asamoah Gyan – No news this week, dropping from 8% – 8%
Ashley Young – No news this week, dropping from 8% – 8%
Steve Taylor – No news this week, dropping from 8% – 8%
Gervinho - No news this week, dropping from 5% – 4%
Wayne Hennessey - dropping from 5% – 4%
Madjid Bougherra - dropping from 5% - 4%
Djibiril Cisse – Story dying dropping from 15% – 4%
Esteban Cabiasso - Story dying dropping from 4% – 2%
Yasuhito Endo – Story dying dropping from 4% – 1%
Stefano Okaka – Story dying dropping from 3% – 1%
Royston Drenthe – Story dying dropping from 3% – 1%
David Trezeguet - Story is dying, dropping from 5% – 1%
Fernando Gago – Story died - 0%
Diego Tardelli - Story died – 0%
Brede Hangeland – Roy can’t take any Fulham players - 0%
Rafael van der Vaart - Story died – 0%
Gilberto Silva – Story died – 0%
Daniel Opare – Story died – 0%
Stephen Ireland - Another story that died after Rafa left – 0%
Guiseppe Rossi – Can’t see this happening - 0%
David Bentley - Don’t see this happening – 0%
Giampaolo Pazzini - Does not look likely – 0%
Simon Kjaer - Nothing – 0%
Marijan Antolovic – Nothing – 0%
Micah Richards – No news – 0%
Roque Santa Cruz – Not happening – 0%
Simao – Nothing here - 0%
Oscar Cardozo – Not happening – 0%
Adam Federici - Nothing on this – 0%
Mesut Özil – Nothing on this - 0%
Yaya Toure – Signed with City – 0%
Gary Cahill - Was originally linked, faded - 0%
Juan Mata – Was originally linked, faded – 0%
Jesus Navas – Was originally linked, faded - 0%
Javi Martinez – Was originally linked, faded – 0%
Raul – Rumour – 0%
Adriano – Signed by Roma – 0%
Edin Dzeko – Rumour – 0%
Gareth Barry – Rumour - 0%
Nikola Zigic – Signed with Brum – 0%
Nedum Onuoha – Rumour - 0%
Michael Johnson – Rumour - 0%

Out:
Javier Mascherano - Looking more and more likely he will leave, increasing from 85% – 89%
Philipp Degen -Was told he can leave, he needs to find a club that takes him however – 85%
Ryan Babel – Was linked with AC Milan this week, raising from 45% - 49%
Nabil El-Zhar - Nothing new on him, dropping him from 40% – 30%
David N’Gog - Club wants to sell, but he wants to stay, raising from 10% - 25%
Diego Cavalieri - Looks like he is set to stay, dropping from 35% – 25%
Dani Ayala – Good performance against Grasshoppers, dropping him from 35% – 25%
Fernando Torres - Returning to Anfield on August 2nd but Hodgson admits that Nando is upset over broken promises by the club - 25%
Dirk Kuyt - Nothing new on this, dropping him from 30% - 15%
Krisztian Nemeth – No more on this, dropping from 15% – 10%
Daniel Pacheco – Don’t think Roy will let him go following his performance in the U19 European Championship, dropping from 10% – 5%
Lucas Leiva - Looks like he is staying, dropping from 10% - 5%
Glen Johnson - Staying at LFC – 0%
Alberto Aquilani – Staying – 0%
Steven Gerrard - Committed to Liverpool - 0%
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Albert Riera pergi ke Greece?

Beberapa laman web telah menyatakan bahawa Olympiakos telah membeli pemain sayap buangan Rafalution, Albert Reira dengan harga £4.5 juta setelah disahkan oleh jurulatih mereka, Ewald Lienen. Harga tersebut merupakan rekod untuk kelab Greece tersebut. Roy Hodgson sebelum ini ada mengesahkan Liverpool sedang berurusan dengan Olympiakos selepas tidak menurunkan Riera sewaktu bertemu Grasshoppers di Switzerland semalam. Namun kenyataan rasmi masih belum diumumkan di lawan web rasmi LiverpoolFC.tv.
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Gambar Burung lawan Belalang di Switzerland

(Gambar rembatan dari LiverpoolFC.tv seperti biasa)




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Danny Wilson sudah sampai ke Liverpool


Danny Wilson telah bersetuju dengan kontrak selama 3 tahun untuk bersama The Reds
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Kerja dalam cuti di Macedonia

Pasukan dari Macedonia, FK Rabotnicki akan menjadi lawan Liverpool di pusingan ke-3 Europa League selepas mengalahkan FC Mika dengan aggregat 1-0. Liverpool akan bertandang ke gelanggang lawan pada 29 Julai ini sebelum bermain di Anfield pada 5 Ogos. Walaupun pada asalnya perlawanan pertama sepatutnya dimainkan di Anfield, namun satu lagi pasukan Macedonia yang agak lucah namanya - FK Teteks juga melangkah ke pusingan ke-3 dan UEFA telah menetapkan untuk FK Teteks untuk bermain di Macedonia pada 5 Ogos. Dengan ini, perlawanan ini akan berselang dengan perlawanan persahabatan menentang Borussia Monchengladbach.
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Burung tidak mampu makan Belalang

Grasshoppers: 0
Liverpool Muda: 0

Perlawanan pertama Roy Hodgson untuk Liverpool yang bertemu Grasshoppers di Switzerland berakhir dengan tanpa jaringan dari kedua-dua pasukan. Barisan Liverpool yang agak kurang berpengalaman diketuai oleh Lucas Leiva dan juga beberapa beberapa pemain utama seperti Alberto Aquilani dan David Ngog. Philipp Degen yang telah dihalau Hodgson juga diberi peluang untuk bermain manakala Albert Reira yang pernah dihalau Rafael Benitez hanya berada di bangku simpanan.

Perlawanan The Reds seterusnya adalah di Jerman menghadapi Kaiserslauten Sabtu ini.

Liverpool: Cavalieri (Gulasci 47); Darby, Kelly (Palsson 71), Ayala, Degen, Eccleston, Lucas (Ince 61), Spearing, Amoo (Robinson 81); Aquilani (Shelvey 61), Ngog (Dalla Valle 62).
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Kapten akan sentiasa MERAH


Dengan lengkapnya kemasukan Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard pula menyertai Dirk Kuyt dan Fernando Torres dengan menyatakan taat setianya kepada The Reds. Jika Torres melalui gambarnya bersama trofi Piala Dunia, Gerrard melalui kata-katanya kepada laman web rasmi, Liverpoolfc.tv. Gerrard juga dikatakan sebagai tangan dibelakang tabir yang meyakinkan Cole untuk menyertai Liverpool dan bukannya Arsenal atau pun Tottenham Hotspur.
"I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family,"
"I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and, having done so, I'm very impressed with his plans for the future. I can't wait for the new season to start."
"I've told him what a great club this is and I'm sure Joe's the sort of exciting talent our fans will love to see. It is a great signing for us. I know Joe well through the England setup and have seen firsthand just how good a player he is.
"He has proved his ability over many years in the Premier League - sometimes against us - so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool."
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Selamat datang Joe Cole




Joe Cole kini telah menyelesaikan semua pendaftaran, pemeriksaan perubatan dan juga telah pun mula berlatih di Bad Ragaz bersama pemain Liverpool yang lain. Ikuti temu bual pertamanya bersama LiverpoolFC.tv di bawah yang menyatakan kegembiraannya menyertai lebih-lebih lagi pernah berdepan Liverpool sewaktu European Night di Anfield. Cole juga amat berbangga apabila dianugerahkan nombor 10 yang pernah dipakai oleh lagenda Liverpool. Walaupun pada awalnya diberitakan Milan Jovanovic yang akan memakai nombor 10 namun gambar-gambar di bawah membuktikan sebaliknya.







First of all Joe, on behalf of our fans all over the world welcome to Liverpool Football Club...

Thank you very much. I'm glad to be here.

What have the past 48 hours been like?

They have been crazy. I set myself a deadline to make a decision and when I made it I sent a text to Christian Purslow and Steven Gerrard and then turned my phone off. I know I have made the right decision and I am looking forward to the challenge. This is a challenge for me. I have played in London all my life. I could have stayed at Chelsea because the fans loved me and I won things, but I wanted to challenge myself and when I knew Liverpool were interested it was a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country.

This is a massive club. I tried to take everything out of the equation, take the financial and location side out and just thought in football terms. I thought about the semi-final of the Champions League in 2005 when I ran onto the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me.

How will you feel to have the fans who made so much noise in that semi-final on your side now?

That's the thing I am looking forward to. You talk to Liverpool players and talk about the European nights. I experienced it as an opponent and it was immense. To go out there and play in that atmosphere every week will be phenomenal.

Did Roy Hodgson have to sell the club to you - or does the club sell itself?

I had a chat with the gaffer about football and was impressed with him. The club has had Spanish and French managers over the years and I think it's a breath of fresh air to get an Englishman in. The club finished seventh last year, which wasn't good enough, and he explained where the club wants to go. I jumped on board because with the players we have here and the players we are looking to bring in, it's definitely going in the right direction.

With the amount of experience Roy has as a manager, how do you think he can help you move on to another level?

We have talked about positions in the team and types of formations he wants to play and I just want to be part of the team. I want to go out there and to run and fight for the lads and the fans. That's what I'll always do and Roy is the man who can make sure we are a nice unit as a team. It's all about us and being together as a team and having the spirit which can take you a long way. If you add that to the quality players we've got here we can go a long way.



Does it excite you when you look through the names in the Liverpool squad?

Yes, definitely. I am used to playing with world class players. I am excited about playing with Fernando and obviously I know Stevie, Carra and Jonno from the England set-up. Pepe Reina, Aquilani - there are a lot of big name players here but I will need time to settle down and relax into the club. I can guarantee the fans I will be giving 100 per cent every game. I am proud to be playing for this club and will give my all in every training session and every game to help the club be successful and put some pots in the trophy cabinet.

The day after you signed, Steven Gerrard committed his future to Liverpool - how much did that mean to you?

That was the best bit of news I could have had. I know Stevie, he is Liverpool through and through and I know from playing with and against him for the last 10 years what a quality player he is. I know how much this club means to him. I think players can play for other clubs but with Liverpool you have to live and breathe it. It's that kind of a place. I am excited by the challenge. I am moving my family and everyone is excited and booking their weekends up here. I am going to make it work.

How big a move is it for you to move up north?

It's a massive deal. We've just had a young baby girl, but I'm 28 now and I have a good family around me. I know people will make me feel welcome and the response I have had has been amazing. I just want to get involved. When you move to a new club it's important to immerse yourself into everything about it and that's what I'll be looking to do. I know the fans are great with the players and I will fight to try and win trophies for this club.



You have been in Switzerland for a couple of days - how impressed have you been with your new manager in just a short space of time?

Obviously I'm not playing tonight but I have sat in on the first-team meeting and he is very thorough. He's very much about a team effort and he told the lads it's about effort and desire. We have to put that in to get results and we have to be together as a team. I think Roy is the man to bring us together tactically. It's going to be a very long season and there will be spells when things go wrong, but it's about how quickly you get out of them. If you start separating or relying too much on Stevie or Fernando then we can be in trouble, so we have to stay together, fight for each other and we can have a good season.

You have been given the No.10 shirt - what does that mean to you?

I'm proud to wear the No.10 shirt. I'd have been proud to wear any Liverpool shirt, to be honest. When I was growing up we were just coming out of the era when Liverpool were winning titles on a regular basis, so I know all about it and I'll be proud to wear the shirt. It'll be strange to pull on the red shirt for a change but I'm looking forward to it and looking forward to being given time to settle in. I just want to help the team to do things.

What do you think you can bring to the team and how much can you improve here?

I'd like to make a lot of chances for Fernando and the front boys. I don't want to say I'll do this and that, I'll just say the fans will have a player who is going to give his all. From what I hear, that's all the people want. I want to be a success here and I'll do everything I can for the team to make it work.

Do you think you are entering the peak stages of your career?

Yes, definitely. I've had a tough two seasons with injury and one of the factors in my decision was coming to a club where I'd be able to string 90 minutes together. Your body needs to get used to the sharpness of doing it week in, week out. I've had a difficult couple of years but I'm coming here as an experienced player who is still fresh and excited about it.



Do you set yourself targets?

I do but I'll keep them to myself. In football you can have a bad game or a great game, but for myself I want to be part of a team that's going to win things. It's important this team is challenging and that we're right there at the end. That's my target - to play as many games as I can in this team and achieve something great.

Jamie Carragher was saying yesterday that you're alright for a Cockney...

That's as good as it gets, isn't it? I've always got on well with Scousers. I actually roomed with a Scouser for a year at Lilleshall - Ian Armstrong who went on to move to Liverpool. I know I'll have to take a few weeks to understand the accents. I don't know how the Spaniards have coped with it. I have always enjoyed good banter with them. I remember on an England trip when I walked into the players' bar after a game and Carra's family were there singing the Minder song because my dad's name is George Cole. I do like the Scouse wit.

Have you always enjoyed the banter with the fans at Anfield?

You do get some stick. Over the last couple of years I've been warming up a lot down the touchline and the stick does make me chuckle. I love it and hopefully they will be saying nice things about me now.

Are you prepared to become an honorary Scouser now?

Yeah. I'll be there eating a bit of Scouse. I like the Beatles as well, so I can't go too far wrong.

How excited are you as you prepare to start your Liverpool career?

It's a dream come true. I've only been here for 48 hours and my head is still in the clouds. It has all happened so quickly. I always knew this was a massive club but until you sign you don't realise. I have people on my phone who I didn't even know were Liverpool fans. It seems everyone I bump into is a Liverpool fan - it's a huge club.

What's your message to Liverpool supporters?

I know what they want and know they want a team to be proud of. I'll go out there every day and live and breathe the club and give my all. I just want to get myself fit. I'm a bit behind in my training work but I want to get fit and help the team to achieve something. I want to be part of a team that's capable of doing great things.

Thanks Joe - we wish you the very best in your Liverpool career...

Thanks very much.
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