Saturday Jul 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  1 Comment »

VIDEO : The Redmen- Stupid Dubbing-Dani Pacheco

Saturday Jul 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  13 Comments »

Three reasons why I am glad Fabio Aurelio is back

The club today announced the return of Fabio Aurelio who signed a 2 year contract.

Reason 1: He made Van der Saar look like an idiot.

Reason 2 : He made Petr Cech look like a moron.

Reason 3 : He made the entire Bolton defence just look and stare.

Saturday Jul 31Posted by: Tonio Bone  12 Comments »

Completing the jig-saw!

Players continue to be linked to the Reds left right and centre, but there are a couple of names that are becoming more consistent than others. We all know that the Reds are still in search of a left-back, a holding midfielder and an out and out striker to complete the jig-saw puzzle for the coming season. Okay, so let’s try to tackle each of the three vacant positions separately and see what we can come up with!

Left-Back : The candidature of Luke Young for this role seems to have fallen by the wayside, and perhaps at 31 year of age this would have been more of a stop-gap rather than a long-term solution. That said, the lad is an ex-England International (suitable for the new home grown quota rule) and does have bags of experience. The two most favoured tabloid and webnews candidates are now Paul Konchesky and Maynor Figueroa. Both lively attacking full-backs but Konchesky (29 years old) here takes a winning edge in my book for being another England International .
With the above said, Fabio Aurelio is back with the Reds after signing a fresh two-year deal. The Reds will probably still go for a left-back to make sure the turnover process covers all positions and also not to depend to much on the injury prone Brazilian!

Holding Midfield: Beppe Marotta, General Manager of Serie A giants Juventus, confirmed that the Reds are in fact interested in the Stg 6/7 million rated Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen. No doubt this is a solid player. He is excellent at sitting in front of defense but is not a nimble as Mascherano. What they do share in common is their ability to collect yellow…and the odd red cards! Solid Investment but not very ‘long-term’. Then there is Steven Defour. Those of us that recall a Champions League pre-Group qualifier against Standard Liege will remember how this 20 year old Belgian (at the time) directed his side in giving the Reds a real run for their money (and he was already captain of the Belgian national side). Dogged by injury last season, he is now 22 and is skilful at all three possible options a player can play in his role, i.e. defensive, central or attacking. At a rumoured Stg 10 million price tag, this would be a solid investment for the future (go for it Roy!).

Centre-forward: With our beloved El Nino destined to stay and David N’Gog giving the Reds a 2-0 away victory in the Europa League, the latter’s credit rating has been given a massive boost and there is no doubt the young Frenchman will have the time to improve and flourish into a wonderful striker. The Reds have been linked to various strikers and possible come-backs, but one player that stands out in my mind at present is the striker and player that impressed me most in the last World Cup: Keisuke Honda! Power, technique and work ethic are all part of this 24-year olds abilities (this one falls within the wish-list category). The problem here is that half of Europe’s football elite want him in their ranks and in this case perhaps we might fall behind in his order of preferences. Personally, I’d go for either Carlton Cole or Peter Crouch (that is if Old ‘Arry will sell him back to us). Both excellent forwards and both England Internationals!

On the way out: It is believed Inter Milan are putting together a Euro 25 million offer which will obviously be turned down by the Reds. If these people are demanding Euro 35 million for Balotelli and close to Euro 50 million for Maicon why should we sell him to then ‘on the cheap’? Rafa always claimed Masch was worth Euro 50 million, so why offer should we accept a half-price offer? The lad wants to leave, so be it, but the Reds should and will not make this too easy. Philippe Degen too is also on the way out. I suppose some players will leave on loan for the coming season. Pacheco seems to want to play first team football and Kriztian Nemeth will probably spend another season out on loan. It may be too early to cash in on these two wonderful talents even though I personally would not even think of selling them (not yet at least).

A good luck to the Reds for tomorrow’s friendly, and am all excited to see Joe Cole’s debut game!

Saturday Jul 31Posted by: Amanda Musch  10 Comments »

Joe, Jamie, Roy and … me!

Roy Hodgson has confirmed Joe Cole will make his Liverpool debut in Sunday’s pre-season friendly with Borussia Moenchengladbach – a match you can watch exclusively live online.
Liverpool’s No.10 will play some part of the match which is a repeat of the 1977 European Cup final.
The Reds boss also confirmed Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher will also be given their first outing of pre-season.
And the best thing is: I am going to be there and chat with them!
So, KOPites …  if you’re going to watch the match – and I’m sure you will – look out for something blond running around a little bit ditsy and amazed. :-9
It is going to be a great fun, and a great football party. 
After the match I’m going to meet with some of the German Reds and the founder fd the German SOS Branch.

Enjoy the match!!

E-season ticket holders can watch the match exclusively on Liverpoolfc.tv.

-Amanda

amandoloss@empireofthekop.com

 

Saturday Jul 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

The Daily Antoine 31/7/2010 LFC News Digest – Draft

Pacheco’s Spain U19 didn’t win the European Championship but Mavinga’s France did more…
(YNWA)

According to the Daily Mail Hodgson is trying to steal Standard Liege’s Steven Defour from under the nose of Sir Alex Ferguson more…
(If true that is awesome news)

The Daily Post is also reporting the same story here…

(So there must be some truth to it)

Phillip Degen is being linked with Stuttgart more…
(Good luck)

Looks like we are interested in Christian Poulsen more…
(Humm)

Hodgson “N’Gog’s future was never in doubt” more…
(YNWA)

The young Frenchman in the meantime praises Aquilani more…
(That is the spirit)

More talk of Poulsen being linked with us more…
(We will not give Agger away though)

Hodgson claims that there is a lot of work to do more…
(Good to hit the ground running though)

The reserves might win another trophy today more…
(Excellent, let the silverware flow again)

Former Red David James has joined Bristol City more…
(Good luck)

Inter are placing a £20 million bid on Mascherano more…
(We should demand more than that)

Spearing is up to the challenge more…
(With Masch gone he should have a chance to shine)

Paul Konchesky is being linked again more…
(I was under the impression that Roy couldn’t take Fulham players)

Lucas is proud of leading the Reds to the Europa qualifier victory more…
(YNWA)

Tommy Smith talks about his Borossia memories as we prepare to play the Germans in a friendly tomorrow more…
(Hey Chelsea does your history book include a word like Moenchengladbach?
)

Aleksandr Hleb is the latest player being linked to us more…
(We have had over 70 players linked to us now since June 1)

UEFA is investigating alleged racial chanting in Liverpool clash with Rabotnicki more…
(Ban them)

Friday Jul 30Posted by: Antoine Zammit  3 Comments »

VIDEO : The N’Goals

In case you missed them here are the goals David N’Gog scored last night.