Saturday, February 03, 2007

"I Nearly Swerve Off The Road"

It's always bad to laugh at an unfortunate event. But Cashley Cole's injury taught us that karma is always ready to strike and when it strikes, it's gonna be a good long 6-8 months.


Reds vs Bluesh*tes Preview

This week has been a roller-coaster ride. We went 2 points off Chelsea on Wednesday after beating West Ham 2-1 and January have been a busy month with Liverpool signing a whole bunch of youngsters.

But DIC's decision to withdraw their bid for Liverpool have caused confusions and even resentment to the club's board. Javier Mascherano's transfer hve been set to drag on for yet another week because the FA Premier League decides to 'study' the case closer.

We have put so much focus on the off field things like George Gillett that we might have forgotten, we're playing the 'People's club' and our most bitterest rival. Whatever happens in the board room and business side of Liverpool, that is for the big wigs of the board to settle. Now, we cannot afford to lose our focus and concentration on this game.

The 205th Merseyside derby will prove to be an exciting one indeed. Already a derby famous for it's passion and the red cards, it'll further fueled on by the fact that Liverpool lost at Goodison Park earlier this season with a painful 3-0 defeat. For any Liverpool fans, it was utter embarrassment and we all hope for a better show today at Anfield.

Liverpool have won 9 out of their last 10 games and another interesting fact to be presented to you would be, Liverpool have only conceded 3 goals at Anfield in this season's Premiership. Rafa Benitez have successfully turned Anfield into a modern day fortress and teams rarely leaves with any points.

Brazilian lef-back, Fabio Aurelio have been ruled out of this game while Momo Sissoko will be unavailable even though he's on the road of recovery. Luis Garcia and Harry Kewell are the long term injury casualty and will play no part in this game.

It'll be interesting to see who Rafa will slot in that left back slot. It might be Dan Agger or even new signing, Alvaro Arbeloa. The versatile defender from Deportivo might not be suitable for this occasion due to the fact that it's a Merseyside derby and he might not be able to cope with the pace of the game as well as the challenges that is expected from the bluesh*tes.

Or will Rafa try out his 3-4-3 yet again with Crouch, Kuyt and Bellamy all starting? To me, it's a risk and a bigger one if Andy Johnson is passed fit. He's a striker than runs into channels and with 3 defenders, it'll be difficult to track him down and he will cause a lot of problems.

But he will have to pass a late fitness test before he can be unleashed.

Come on you Reds. Avenge the 3-0 defeat with a good performance and show them who's boss at Merseyside! And perhaps give our new owner something to cheer about.

Drogballs' Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Everton. And I tell you what, I hope for better score than that!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Reds Sign Huth.....

I think many Reds fan might have a shock of their lives when they read that line of words appearing on the official site. That Boro defender that used to be at Chelsea and used as a striker when Chelsea are losing?

Breathe easy. Again, Rafa extends his hands out to the South American, purchasing some players that we've never heard of but might have a chance of making into the team. Considering the unlimited amount of football talents over there, it's no surprise why we're setting out sights there instead of England, which to me, is like a miniature pond.

Prices have been ridiculously steep for players nowadays, especially those from England. A footballer with some talents will cost around 2million GBP. If you're hyped up by one of the major tabloid newspaper, your price will jump around 3 folds to 6 million. If you're English, it'll add around 4 million and now it's suddenly 10million.

And when Chelsea steps into the bidding war, game over.


Liverpool have announced the signing of Paraguayan defender Ronald Huth.

The 17-year-old has penned a two and a half year deal after agreeing to leave Tacuary FC in his homeland for a new career on Merseyside.

Despite being born in Paraguay, Huth holds an Italian passport.

He completed his move to Anfield ahead of Wednesday night's transfer deadline.
Good luck, hope you make it.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Alvaro Arbeloa Gets 2

New signing Alvaro Arbeloa has been allocated the number two shirt at Anfield.

Arbeloa, who will officially be unveiled as a Liverpool player later today, completed the formalities of his move from Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday evening.

Is it me, or does he looked the more hairy and tougher version of Luis Garcia? Heh!

Note: Thanks to GettyImages for the pictures. (Will replace it if there is one without the watermark at the Official site.)

You Must Wait To Get The Best

That line above sums up everything about Liverpool, isn't it? Once again, we're made to wait for not one, but two decisions, right at the eleventh hour. Both Javier Mascherano and Dubai Int. Corporation (DIC) are the losers of this round as one was made to wait along with Liverpool while the other one threw tantrum and left when they faced challenge from US billionaire, George Gillett.

Wait For Javier

Liverpool's protracted bid to sign West Ham midfielder Javier Mascherano has been drawn out further by the Premier League's decision to look more closely at the details of the transfer.

The Argentina midfielder was given special dispensation by world governing body FIFA to complete the transfer despite already played for two clubs competitively this season - the Hammers and Brazilian club Corinthians.

Liverpool submitted the player's registration documents to the Premier League ahead of the midnight transfer deadline but they cannot, as yet, call the player their own.

"The Premier League can confirm that, in accordance with its rules, Javier Mascherano's registration documents were received from Liverpool FC prior to the transfer window closing," said a statement from the Premier League.

"While Liverpool have met the required deadline the Premier League Board, consistent with its powers in this matter, has decided to take time to satisfy itself with the proposed arrangements before the registration can be effected and the player permitted to play for Liverpool FC.

"The board will consider the terms of the registration as quickly as possible and notify the parties involved of its decision accordingly.

Something which I cannot agree with and baffled. Right, so after a month of 'discussion', FIFA decides to let us go ahead with the signing of Mascherano from West Ham on loan. It's controversial as it's an exploit of the loophole in the 'rules' of the game as a player is not supposed to play for more than 2 clubs in a year. We had a point to argue and we made ourselves clear. Fair enough.

So it took FIFA around 30 days before they gave us an answer and by then, we had to submit the case to FAPL and now again, another 'investigation'. If the world football governing body has already dispensate the case, why do they need another round? Trying to show who's big daddy here?

Miles and miles of red tapes. Time wasted. A player's career I'm talking about here. Javier haven't played since December 8 and why? I don't know. Perhaps the shady company that owned him has the answer.

What to do? Wait, la.

Wait For Takeover

Boy A likes Girl A and his love reciprocated. But in comes Girl B and Boy A seemed impress by her. Seen talking to the new Girl B, Girl A got jealous and let with a note saying "Hope you have great fun with your new girl." and then a "hmmpf!" at the end of it.

Sounds familiar? Read the DIC statement on their decision to pull out of the deal.

"As businessmen, we move on. As fans, we hope that the new owners would share the same vision as we had for LFC."
It's really how you interpret their statement. Some thinks they're nice enough to say good luck. But then again, read between the lines, you could sense a little anger and annoyance. I could understand. To me, their CEO, Samir Al-Ansari seemed like a nice person with a passion for the Reds. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, the board decided to reject the bid from them and out they went.

I'm disappointed, as you can see from my previous post. But then again I have to make myself clear that the post yesterday was more of a knee-jerk reaction (we all do, don't we?). Sometimes we just jump to conclusion to quickly and never really take a look at the bigger picture.

I cannot say I've seen the bigger picture, actually not much have been made available for fans, but I still believe Parry and Moores KNOWS what they're doing. And what can we do as fans? Trust in our board I guess. Nothing much we could do. Only the insiders know what's going on and the people on the outside like us, could only speculate all day lay blames and pointing fingers.

CEO RickParry has appealed to the fans to trust the board
and I still think they know what they're doing. Not much have been known about this new American billionaire since he seemed to be in and out of the picture all the time and his didn't gain as much publicity as the DIC.

Even the FA Premier League Chief, Brian Barwick came forward and said about how clubs now have befallen into the hands of foreigners and has reinstated that clubs are not a passive thing but something that many have their lives attached to. He spoke as a passionate Liverpool fan and said "don't mess with the club I love".

And again, all we can do is, WAIT. Hopefully, not for long.

Disgraceful And Shameful

I think those who are interested in Asian football would have had their eyes fixed on last night's ASEAN Football Championship Finals 1st leg that was held over here in Singapore.

Although Singapore now took the lead with a 2-1 score but it has been marred with a major controversy.

Are players supposed to walk off the pitch in protest if they cannot agree with the referee's decision?

We have been here again and again, banging on this topic over and over again for the past how many years about how football should have implemented technologies to aid the referees due to the number of wrong calls made in matches. Some of them are small, but like last night, it was a major turning point of the match and it could very well be the winning goal (wishful thinking, of course).

But then again, the implementation of technology is so painfully slow. So now, let's move on with things and accept that the referee is the judge of the game and will always have the final say.

Anyway, the incident happened was Singapore striker, Noh Alam Shah, was adjudged to have been brought down by a Thai defender. Referee pointed to the spot and the Thai players were livid. Replays shows minimal contact between the duo but it is not conclusive enough.

What happened next is disgraceful. Something that is not supposed to be on a football pitch.

The Thai players walked off the pitch in protest and it took them a good 15 minutes before they walked back and face the music.

Where's the sportsmanship? Where's the spirit of a footballer, no, someone who plays sports.

In the Premiership, we have referees like Uriah Rennie and Graham Poll. They have time and again proved to be pretty incompetent referees with strange calls and wrong decisions. But other than players showing dissent, have you seen the whole team of players walking off the pitch throwing tantrums?

If that happens, wow, they'll get fined by every 'fa' ie. FIFA, UEFA and just to name a few.

What happened last night was uncalled for and an utter shame. It should never happen on a football pitch especially in a final in front of 50,000 fans. It has set the game of football in Asia back by a good 10-20 years.

Shame on you.

January Transfer Window Round Up


Daniele Padelli
Position: Goalkeeper, Date of Birth: 25/10/1985, Former clubs: Sampdoria, Crotone.

Liverpool confirmed the loan signing of Italian under-21 goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from Sampdoria in January 2007, subject to international clearance.

Padelli, who was on loan with second division Crotone in the first half of the season, has signed until the end of the 2006/2007 season when the Reds will have the option to agree a permanent deal.

“He’s a good young goalkeeper who has been selected for his national side,” said manager Rafael Benitez.

“Padelli will give us a good option for the future. The fact he is once again with the under-21s for his national side tells you that we are signing a very good player.
“Our scouting department are working really hard to bring good young players to the club and I’m delighted we have been able to sign Padelli.”

Emiliano Insua
Position: Defender, Date of Birth: 07/01/1989, Former clubs: Boca Juniors

Liverpool signed promising Argentinian defender Emiliano Insua on an 18 month loan deal in January 2007.

The teenage left back - who has represented his country at under 20 level - has arrived from Boca Juniors and signed a deal to keep him at Anfield until June 2008.
“He is a good, young player with a lot of potential,” said manager Rafael Benitez.
Insua’s arrival is part of an ongoing strategy by Rafa Benitez to recruit elite youngsters from across the world and provide a stable foundation for the future of the club.

Jordy Brouwer
Position: Striker, date of birth: 26 February 1988 , Former clubs: Ajax.

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Dutch youngster Jordy Brouwer from Ajax. The 18 year old striker is the latest of Rafael Benitez’s youth recruits as the manager continues his policy of planning for the club’s future.

Brouwer - who plays for the Dutch under-19 side - has swapped Ajax for Anfield.
“We have made a good signing for the future in Jordy,” said chief executive Rick Parry.”He has had a youth contract at Ajax, but has opted to build his career at Liverpool. We have been monitoring his progress and look forward to developing his potential at Anfield.” On 22 January 2007 Brouwer signed professional papers with Liverpool on a four and a half year contract[2]. As Brouwer was only a youth at the time of the transfer, the English side only paid a training based fee to Ajax for the player

Sebastiàn Leto
Position: Midfield, Date of birth- , Former club: Lanús (Argentina)

Liverpool have finalised the signing of Sebastiàn Leto, the Argentine winger, in a deal worth £1.85 million. Leto, 20, who plays for Lanùs, had a medical on Merseyside on Friday, but will return to Argentina before officially becoming a Liverpool player on July 1.

Sebastián Leto is an Argentine football midfielder. He was born on August 30, 1986, in the city of Alejandro Korn in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina. He currently plays for Club Atlético Lanús of the Primera Division Argentina.

Leto is one of the most highly rated youngsters breaking into first team football in the Argentine Primera and has played 34 matches for Lanús since breaking into the first team, scoring six goals. He’s considered the best young player in the World behind Lionel Messi in French Magazine TLW.

Alvaro Arbeloa
Position: Centre half/right back, Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1983, Former club: Real Madrid, Deprotivo de la Coruna.

Liverpool have clinched a deal for Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa, according to Deportivo la Coruna boss Joaquin Caparros.The Reds are ready to pay €4million (£2.64million) for the former Real Madrid full-back who only moved to Depor at the start of the current season. Caparros has admitted that the Spanish club have sanctioned the sale of the player who cost €1.3million (£860,000) from Real in the summer.

When the 23 year old left Real he said: “This is a strange situation for me, i have been playing for Real Madrid Castilla for 5 years, since i was 18 year’s old, Real was nothing but good to me, but it’s time for me to go. real has the best players in the world, although that is great for the club, unfortunately that’s not so great for Cantera players, only a few of us can find there place in the first team, and even those how find there place in the first team like Álvaro Mejía and Paco Pavon are only 3ed or 4th pick and that is why i want to live the club, to a club where i can get some play time.”

Francis Durán
Position: Midfield Date of birth: (he’s 18) Former Club: Malaga

Liverpool are set to acquire the services of promising Spanish midfielder Francis Duran from second division team Malaga.The 18-year-old will travel to Liverpool on Tuesday and is expected to sign a professional contract with the Reds, according to the Spanish media.
“It’s a unique opportunity and I couldn’t let it go by,” Francis told the Spanish press.

Javier Mascherano (To be confirmed)
Position: Defensive Midfield, Date of birth- June 8, 1984, Former Club: West ham utd, River Plate, Corinthians.

Argentinian defensive midfielder has been given clearance to sign for the Reds in a deal which may initially be an 18 month loan but this is still to be confirmed officially. Having struggled at the Hammers this season the 22 year old will provide valuable cover for the Reds in midfield.

DIC Pull Out Of Liverpool Deal

The Dubai International Capital investment group have pulled out of a proposed takeover of Liverpool.

The group, owned by the Dubai government, had been examining the club's books with a view to a £156million buy-out.

And their decision to withdraw follows the failure of the Liverpool board to accept the offer last night, following a rival bid by American billionaire George Gillett.

A statement read: "Dubai International Capital LLC today announces that it has decided to end negotiations with Liverpool FC & Athletic Grounds plc about a possible investment in the club.

"Having completed due diligence, DIC submitted a comprehensive offer to the Liverpool board.

"The offer had been accepted in principle by majority shareholder David Moores. It appears that the Liverpool board and the majority shareholder David Moores were unable to approve these terms in order to allow DIC to make a formal offer to all shareholders."

The news prolongs Liverpool's long search for the outside investment they believe they need to compete at the top end of the Premiership and in Europe.

DIC had been their most likely suitor and entered into discussions with the club late last year.

The deal would have valued the club at £450million but the Dubai group have decided to withdraw following the board's decision to allow more time to consider the Gillett bid.

Gillett, owner of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team, has proposed a deal which is thought to offer shareholders more for their holdings.

Sameer Al Ansari, executive chairman and chief executive officer of DIC, said: "We are very disappointed to be making this announcement. DIC are a serious investor with considerable resources at our disposal.

"At the same time, we are supporters of the game and of the club. Liverpool's investment requirements have been well publicised and, after a huge amount of work, we proposed a deal that would provide the club with the funds it needs, both on and off the pitch.

"We were also prepared to offer shareholders a significant premium on the market price of the shares. However, we will not overpay for assets."

Drogballs: I seriously don't know what to say. After months of anticipating and waiting for that 'imminent' move, the board dillied and dallied, waited and waited and finally DIC says take this or f**k off.

And then the American Gillett decides to enter the picture from out of nowhere and offer another deal. With more money involved, the board seemed to sway towards him and that's it, two months of waiting, back to square one.

Sometimes I wonder whether our board are really a bunch of arrogant people who thinks that because they own Liverpool, a prestigious club, they have the f**king right to stop the world from spinning.

Reading Steven Gerrard's book on how the board dealt with his contract row makes me sick. Now this. Can we afford to wait again?

I don't know much about business takeovers and corporate stuff but I sincerely hope Parry, Moores and his lackeys know what they're doing. If they don't have a back up plan than go ahead, laugh at us.

Anyway New Anfield to be build in 2049 I assume. Gutted.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Oh Gordon!

Gordon Strachan, remember him? Used to be the manager of the team I have soft spot for, which is Southampton. Gotta admire his quotes here

Reporter: Gordon, Do you think James Beattie deserves to be in the England squad?
Strachan: I dont care, I'm Scottish

Reporter: "Gordon, can we have a quick word please?"
Strachan: "Velocity" [walks off]

Reporter: Welcome to Southampton Football Club. Do you think you are the right man to turn things around?
Strachan: No. I was asked if I thought I was the right man for the job and I said, "No, I think they should have got George Graham because I'm useless."

Reporter: Is that your best start to a season?
Strachan: Well I've still got a job so it's far better than the Coventry one, that's for sure.

Reporter: Are you getting where you want to be with this team?
Strachan: We're not doing bad. What do you expect us to be like? We were eighth in the league last year, in the cup final and we got into Europe. I don't know where you expect me to get to. Do you expect us to win the Champions League?

Reporter: Gordon, you must be delighted with that result?
Strachan: You're spot on! You can read me like a book.

Strachan: "I've got more important things to think about. I've got a
yogurt to finish by today, the expiry date is today. That can be my
priority rather than Agustin Delgado."

Reporter: This might sound like a daft question, but you'll be happy to get your first win under your belt, won't you?
Strachan: You're right. It is a daft question. I'm not even going to bother answering that one. It is a daft question, you're spot on there.

Reporter: Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Can you take it?
Strachan: No, I'm just going to crumble like a wreck. I'll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe! jump of a bridge. Umm, I think I can take it, yeah.

Reporter: There's no negative vibes or negative feelings here?
Strachan: Apart from yourself, we're all quite positive round here. I'm going to whack you over the head with a big stick, down negative man, down.

Reporter: where will Marion Pahars fit into the team line-up?
Strachan: Not telling you! It's a secret.

Reporter: You don't take losing lightly, do you Gordon?
Strachan: I don't take stupid comments lightly either.

Reporter: So, Gordon, in what areas do you think Middlesbrough were better than you today?
Strachan: What areas? Mainly that big green one out there....


For laughing at Rafa's slip up. You as a captain laughing at our poor manager. You, now, walk alone!

Okay just kidding, I laughed my arse off as well.

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Reds Deal Hammer Blow

Kuyt And Crouch Combines

English Premiership

West Ham Utd. 1 - 2 LIVERPOOL

WHU - Kepa (77min);
LIV - Kuyt (45min), Crouch (53min);

Match Highlights:

Liverpool dealt a hammer blow to West Ham's survival hope with a 2-1 win at Upton Park. With both teams in totally different fortunes, the tie seemed like a mismatch. But West Ham made up their lack of form with a little more sharpness and looked the more hungry side in the opening 45 minutes. The fact that Liverpool were without any match to play since the 2-0 defeat of Chelsea 11 days ago, they were fresh but took a little too long to get into their gear.

It's hard to imagine just less than a year ago, this is the West Ham that Liverpool have met in the most prestigious domestic cup competition. The FA Cup final which ended like a fairy tale on Liverpool part, but everyone had to take their hats off for West Ham for all their efforts in that match.

But since then, they have went down hill so fast that it's so difficult to comprehend what happened at Upton Park after that. Now they're in the mire of relegation and if they continue their disastrous form and shambolic defending, they might be in a great danger and there is no such thing as 'too good a team to go down'.

Liverpool started their experimental 3-4-3 tactics with Kuyt, Bellamy and Crouch all starting. It says a lot about the confidence in the Red camp and their willingness to be adventurous even though we all know Upton Park is never an easy place to go. Since Alan Curbishley's appointment, they have only won once and that's against Man Utd.

Their front line of Marlon Harewood and Carlton Cole did cause Hyypia and Co. some problem with their build like a brick sh*thouse.

The formation looked disjointed at times and the 3 strikers were not posing at sort of threat in the first half. Their position were too close to each other and there was no width to stretch the Hammer's defence. Riise and Finnan played as wingbacks for the night but they always looked a little out of place and were late in supporting the strikers.

But if anyone think that Rafa's slip on his arse is a sign to come for Liverpool, the fear was dispelled 8 seconds into the second half.

We don't know what Rafa told the lads at half time but he must've been mad. The performance in the first half wasn't good enough. But most notably, his instruction to Bellamy and Crouch must be to pull to the wider areas.

It must've been the fastest second half goal in Premiership history if I'm not wrong. It all started when Liverpool kicked off and a pass to Crouch who ran through the Hammers defence like knife on hot butter. He managed to lay the ball off to Kuyt who hit a beautiful first time shot which sails over Roy Carroll and in off the bar.

It certainly piled a whole lot of pressure on Alan Curbishley.

Birthday boy Crouch decides to turn on style as well with a great side foot shot. Alonso and Gerrard combined in central midfield and the movement by the players were good. Riise found space down the left and when everyone was holding their breath for a shot by the Norwegian, he instead, placed the ball wonderfully for Crouch to fire home. Great technique from the big man.

But complacency creeps in and Liverpool took their foot off the gas pedal. Hammer's substitute, Bobby Zamora and new signing, Blanco Kepa combined with only 30 seconds on the pitch to put the ball into the net. There was calls of an offside from the Liverpool defence but referee Martin Atkinson saw nothing wrong. But fault must partly be placed on Pennant as he carelessly loses the ball up furtherup the field.

Then West Ham grabbed the initiative of the game and got the upperhand. Liverpool were forced to defend deeper and with those tall and physical strikers in the West Ham side, you know it's dangerous.

But Liverpool held on for a good 3 points. It moves them closer to Chelsea, who is now only 2 points ahead and certainly put pressure on the title chasers.West Ham will now have to buck up or go down.

Drogballs: It was a good result but an average performance. Whatever it is, it's 3 points in the bag and that's important. It's always nice to see us going on a roll and now 9 wins in 10 games spells yet another brilliant run that has been Rafa's special for the second season running.

Gutted to concede that goal because we sort of let them back into the game and thankfully, nothing happened in the end. It's also important that we shouldn't be complacent again as goal difference MIGHT be the key in later periods of the season.

Reina (7) - Assured performance. Back to performing at his standards.

Agger (7) - Did okay
Hyypia (6) - Slow, sloppy and suicidal. His pass nearly gave them an equaliser
Carragher (7) - Dealt with the big guys well. I mean Harewood and Cole

Finnan (7) - Never really provide the width and crosses.
Gerrard (7) - Industrious and disciplined
Alonso (7) - Passes the ball well as usual. Unlucky to get the yellow card.
Riise (7) - Did well to assist Crouch. Worked hard

Kuyt (8) - Good goal and ran tirelessly as usual
Crouch (8) - MOTM. 1 assist and 1 goal. Happy birthday CROUCH!
Bellamy (7) - Threatened on the flanks on couple of occasion and unlucky not to score.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Last Day Transfer Fury

It's so fast that I can't keep up as well. So today, depending on which newspaper you read (or wants to read), we have either signed Javier Mascherano on a 18 month loan or we're totally not going to get him due to FIFA's regulation. According to 'The Daily Mail':

Javier Mascherano Done Deal?

Liverpool have announced the signing of Javier Mascherano from West Ham in an 18-month loan deal that has bent football's rules.

Mascherano, who was deemed not good enough for West Ham's relegation battle by Alan Curbishley, will be thrust into Liverpool's Champions League campaign instead.

The signing is reward for Liverpool's patience.

If it's true, then great news. I don't know what's stopping a top class player from playing for West Ham. Perhaps the complication in his contract which makes West Ham seemed reluctant to let him start a game although we clearly know he is class and by the performance he has put up during the World Cup, surely a team in the relegation mire will want him?

We'll see. Is Rafa thinking of pushing Gerrard out wide again? Or does this signals the end of Bolo Zenden's Liverpool career? I hope it's the latter of course due to Gerrard's excellent form in the middle of the park together with Alonso, dispelling the doubt of the pair not being able to play together.


Deportivo La Coruna defender Alvaro Arbeloa is excited by the prospect of a move to Liverpool.

The 24-year-old will travel to England on Tuesday to agree terms with the Reds after Deportivo and Liverpool reached a verbal agreement on his permanent transfer to Anfield.

"Until this morning [Tuesday], I wasn't sure whether I was going to leave or not," said Arbeloa in a press conference.

"My agent told me the deal was very advanced and I was then told that the deal had been reached between both clubs.

"I am happy that Deportivo will take double the amount of what they paid for me, I am grateful to them and I know my departure will help the club.

"For me this is a beautiful challenge and I hope everything goes well.

"It's a huge leap for me."

Arbeloa, who joined Deportivo in a £1.3million deal from Real Madrid last year, has made 20 league appearances this season.

Seemed like Rafa's fetish of bringing in his fellow Iberians is working up again. This time it's someone unknown even to a Football Manager addict like me. I've never heard of him at all. But first of all, let's hope it's not another Josemi or Jan Kromkamp. We need someone to actually challenge Steve Finnan rather than another panic buy.

Duran Duran?

Liverpool are set to acquire the services of promising Spanish midfielder Francis Duran from second division team Malaga.

The 18-year-old will travel to Liverpool on Tuesday and is expected to sign a professional contract with the Reds, according to the Spanish media.

"It's a unique opportunity and I couldn't let it go by," Francis told the Spanish press.

Apart from his very...musically inclined name, it's yet another youngster from Spain. How many of them actually turn out to be as good as Fabregas? Hmm, not much. But at least Rafa is willing to give it a try and why not, not as if we're going to lose a whole load of money.

I know, it's hard to catch up. With rumours flurrying around like a tornado, it's still best to wait and hear from the official site. Will keep you updated, my friends :)

Latest Breaking News!

After Wenger said he would not panic buy due to the recent Julio 'The Beast' Baptista's injury, an international superstar was spotted within their training premise.

It is said he'll be the ideal player to share the burden of scoring together with Monsieur Henry and has a great goal scoring record.

His name is RAUL!

Coat. And taxi.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Why Is Materazzi Enjoying Himself?

Because a lot of players are giving him heads.



If you're not aware of it, the Fanzone is a part of program where they put the fans into commentary box and they'll record down all that they've spouted, screamed and said. Very interesting...

Arsenal vs Leeds few seasons back:

Liverpool vs Arsenal with MELLOR scoring the goal:

WOOOOOOOOO! WOOOOOO! It's as if he's giving birth! Haha!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Liverpool's FWAGS

Ah, wait. Not FAGS! It's FWAGS. Since England have their WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends), as resourceful as I always am, I went round doing research on players and their families. Family, wives and girlfriends that is. Got quite a few although some players are really out of the limelight and pretty much impossible to find anything about them.

Here they are!

Starting from the back to front!

Manager Rafa's wife, Montse and one of their daughter


Goalkeeper Pepe Reina and his newly-wed, Yolanda:



Riise and his little daughter


Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Didi Hamann and their spouses


Jamie Carragher and his son...JAMES!

Football - F.A. Barcalys Premiership - Liverpool v Aston Villa

Daniel Agger and his girlfriend, name unknown


Luis Garcia's wife, Raquel

Football - FA Barclays Premiership - Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers


Raquel again, with Alonso's girlfriend on the right?

Football - FA Barclays Premiership - Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

Skipper Stevie G's wife, Alex Curran

Alex Curran carrying her daughter Lilly-Ella

Lily-Ella and Lexie


Xabi Alonso with his girlfriend, name unknown!



Xabi and his brother, Mikel from Real Sociedad


Cisse and his wife


Fowler and his little girl


Well, if you have more or want to add something then do keep in touch with me.

Lightning Quick Karma Strikes

No, not taken from some Star Wars fan fiction or anything.

West Ham, whose debutant Lucas Neill lasted 49 minutes before being replaced injured.

Must be all the weight of his wallet. It must be really heavy. Come on, let's all laugh at Neill!