The speculation on players both in and out of Anfield moved up a notch and the media have been filled with the weekend’s comments from Mr. Gillett.
New Anfield Stadium proposals
As we reminded everyone this morning, the reds are unveiling their plans for the new Anfield stadium to the City Council today. The plans have been sent to the application department who have to go through some ‘official’ time-wasting before they are revealed to public. We were sent a pdf file containing two pages of the new stadium designs about midday today. The document looks official but I would imagine that the official website will display the plans first, and I’m not running the risk of looking like a clown by being duped (again!). The pictures I saw I would be well happy with though. I’ve already picked me seat.
So the club have presented their plans and this morning the council were talking positive – the council leader was on local radio insisting that they want work to start as soon as possible – obviously keen to being the regeneration of the Anfield and Breckfield areas ahead of the European Capital of Culture year in 2008.
All the LFC websites and forums will be inundated with the images as they no doubt get leaked over the next week to ten days so don’t disappear on a pot-holing expedition just yet.
Reds chasing strikers
Some confusing rumours from the weekend. Apparently Darren Bent will go to Spurs for around £12 million (he was £17 million last week if West Ham wanted to buy him) but Liverpool will turn their attention to £13 million rated Diego Milito of Real Zaragoza. Confused? Were we ever / Are we interested in Darren Bent? Even former Spurs man Gary Lineker no less was backing Bent to come to Anfield for a ‘better footballing education’. Where’s the loyalty from ex-players these days?
Bellamy to follow Rush
Craig Bellamy could be set to follow in Ian Rush’s footsteps and make the move to Italian side Juventus. Rush who famously said of his time in Turin, ‘It was like playing in a foreign country’, played for Juventus for the 1987-88 season after a massive £3.2 million transfer from Liverpool. As proof that money in football really has gone mad, Juventus (and Roma) are considering meeting Craig Bellamy’s £12 million valuation. (Personally I’d take the 4 Ian Rush’s).
Rick Parry – working hard
Unfortunately not on our transfers, but helping out Sheffield United – you know them – the team that always have a moan about us. Rick was the first FA Premier League Chief Executive and with close involvement in the Mascherano transfer he is believed to have presented evidence backing Sheffield United’s claims that they should stay in the Premiership. Good work Rick – now get on a plane and take a chequebook (or Bellamy) with you.
Forlan – great news
Diego Forlan looks like he is coming to the Premiership. Fortunately, all eyes, including Mr Forlan’s, appear to now be on Sunderland.
And Gorgeous George smooths over the cracks
George Gillett has spoken that ‘Phase Two’ is about to commence. Phase One, you see, was all about signing up the big names, Gerrard etc, and now we are moving on to our signings. A lot of talk about ‘not spending for spending’s sake’, ‘we have a plan’ and ‘we are here to win Championships’.
With La Liga now finished for the season, now really is the time when there are no excuses for deals not being put together. The next few days and weeks really will decide if Liverpool fans and the new owners are set for an extended honeymoon, or if George and Tom are going to be sleeping on the couch.