Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Updates, Updates

Apologies for the late update. I've been pretty busy with stuff lately and should be a little more free after tomorrow so bear with me. Meanwhile, I'll just do a quick summary of everything that has happened over the weekend and of course the latest transfer rumours.

Too Good For Crewe

Pre-season Friendly

Crewe Alexandra 0 - 3 Liverpool

LIV - Peltier, Crouch, Putterill

With the big guns reporting back for training last week, Rafa Benitez was able to field a pretty strong side compared to the previous friendly against Wrexham.

Skipper, Steven Gerrard, was put straight into the starting line up along with the likes of Peter Crouch and John Arne Riise but it was the backups who made the news headline, particularly Ray Putterill and of course, new signing, Andiry Voronin.

Prior to the American take-over, he signed for Liverpool after his contract ran out and decided to join Anfield for free and by the looks of his performance, he'll be quite handy in some matches. Despite coming on a free, he might still have a part to play in the team as he's given the number 10 jersey.

His style of play looked pretty similar to Dirk Kuyt, as they are industrious attackers who likes to drop deep between the lines and create opportunities and open up space for their strike partner. He was involved in a couple of chances and seemed pretty active.

Jay Spearing too, received rave reviews for his performance in the central midfield, alongside Gerrard, whom he must be yearning to emulate in the near future.

Ray Putterill's performance was also decent and got the goal he deserved. One of the players who participated in last season's victorious FA Youth Cup campaign, he was lively and his tendency to drift infield makes him a very difficult player to track.

Liverpool will now move to their training camp in Switzerland before facing off with the big guns such as the upcoming match against Werder Bremen before moving off for an Asian tour.

New signings such as Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel are expected to make their first appearance for the club in tomorrow's match and it'll be interesting to see what tactics Rafa will put out and how is he going to use the new signings.

Reds After Chiellini?

We've been pretty busy in the market lately with a couple of important signings for the first team and countless number of players for the reserve and youth squad.

Rumours has been doing its round that Gabriel Heinze, the ManYoo defender, is interested in a move from Old Trafford to Anfield. It might sound ludicrous but the story seemed to get more real as each day passes by. Even Sir Alex admitted that he wants out.

We're aware of our situation and that co-owner, Tom Hicks, has mentioned that there'll be one more name to be added before we call it a day.

Simao, Mancini, Quaresma are the names in the whirlwind pool but from many people's point of view, a left back would be needed, especially after the announcement that Fabio Aurelio will miss the start of the 07/08 season.

Heinze's name was linked to us because he could play in the left back slot as well as providing cover for Carragher, Agger and Hyypia.

But as Rafa is unlikely to let Gabriel Paletta, another Argentinian defender, off for season loan, Heinze's versatility might not be necessary and now it seemed like Rafa has turned his attention to Italian U-21 defender, Giorgio Chiellini.

A very highly rated attacking full back of Juventus, he has captained the Italian U21 side and was named in the 'UEFA Team of the Tournament' in the U21 Championship last month.

It is reported that Liverpool has offered 5million GBP for his service but Juventus will only let go for 7million. More to follow...

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