Another day – same old squad.
Can you hear the Kop Fernando?
Fresh from Henry, Malouda, Eto’o, Bent and Benayoun the media have today switched all eyes on to Fernando Torres with his magical release clause of around £23 million. The media appear to have re-hashed three old stories – the first being that Atletico haven’t qualified for Europe, the second that Torres famously wore a captain’s armband with You’ll Never Walk Alone written on the inside and thirdly that Rafa is a long-term admirer of the 23 year old Spanish striker.
Last week Darren Bent was Liverpool’s number one target – if so why are the reds not moving faster to purchase him for half the price of a Torres?
Liverpool are playing their cards close to their chest, if they do have any cards that is. One theory is that the bank have asked for us to cut them up…. Torres is a great striker, plenty of potential but Rafa is seriously considering splashing that amount of money on a relatively lightweight striker then the player will have to perform. Enlarged transfer fees at Anfield will increase the pressure on our Rafa to land the title.
Cisse – another loan
Are we about to finally get some of our millions back that we spent on Djibril Cisse? Of course we aren’t. It looks like after discussions between Marseille and Liverpool, the player will stay at Marseille for another year with a then option to purchase for a pre-determined transfer fee. My opinion is simple, and Liverpool should stick to their guns and grow a bigger pair of balls: Purchase the player for a sensible fee or he will arrive back at Anfield. At this rate – he could be our biggest summer signing.
Craig Bellamy isn’t welcome
Not the words of the owner of the Portugese hotel in which Craig wielded golf clubs earlier this year – but the words of Mr. Newcastle United, Alan Shearer. Apparently he nearly had a coronary when he heard the Welshman with no neck was linked with a return to St. James Park’. Pulling no punches, big Al’ said:
‘Has no-one learnt their lesson about signing Craig Bellamy?’
‘If only Rafa Benitez had rung me I would have told him exactly what he was like. I hope there isn’t anything in these reports.
‘I was having a few days away in France with [former Newcastle team-mates] Gary Speed and Steve Harper and the wives and I picked up the newspaper. I was having a fantastic day.
‘But when I read Bellamy for Newcastle I thought I would definitely have to have another drink. I had several.’
Newcastle United have not commented. Rumours that they have been busy building a brand new shoebox for their trophy collection have not been confirmed.
Poor old Scott
Scott Carson’s 30th England Under 21 cap ended in disappointment. England were leading Holland 1-0 until near the end when the equaliser from the Dutch sent the game in to extra time and then penalties. An amazing penalty shoot out followed with both sides taking a mammoth 16 penalties. Scott Carson even took one and scored. But Holland knocked England out of the semi-final winning 13-12. Carson only managed to save one of the pens in a thrilling shoot-out.