Swansea "extremely disappointed" about Allen speculation

SWANSEA CITY have issued a statement confirming Liverpool’s interest in Joe Allen and expressing their disappointment that details of his contract have been released to the media “by parties outside the club”. Various outlets have reported that Allen has a clause in his contract, signed a year ago, allowing him to leave should a bid of £15m be lodged with the Welsh club.

Although Liverpool had confirmed their interest in signing the player, they would not confirm if any official approach had been made to Swansea for Allen to team up at Anfield with former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers. Swansea statement adds their own confirmation of Liverpool’s interest alongside a claim that there has also been interest “from other clubs”. Allen is currently with the Team GB Olympic squad.
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Swansea “extremely disappointed” about Allen speculation

SWANSEA CITY have issued a statement confirming Liverpool’s interest in Joe Allen and expressing their disappointment that details of his contract have been released to the media “by parties outside the club”. Various outlets have reported that Allen has a clause in his contract, signed a year ago, allowing him to leave should a bid of £15m be lodged with the Welsh club.

Although Liverpool had confirmed their interest in signing the player, they would not confirm if any official approach had been made to Swansea for Allen to team up at Anfield with former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers. Swansea statement adds their own confirmation of Liverpool’s interest alongside a claim that there has also been interest “from other clubs”. Allen is currently with the Team GB Olympic squad.
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Trailer: Being Liverpool

The documentary following Liverpool Football Club and commissioned by Fox Soccer gets it premier in the US on Sunday September 16th and will be shown in the UK by Channel Five. Ahead of that Fox have released a 4-minute trailer as a taster of what to expect.

The filming for the six part series began with Kenny Dalglish as boss and Liverpool aiming to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup they’d won a couple of months before. It continues on past the end of Dalglish’s reign and into the early days of Brendan Rodgers’ career as Liverpool manager with a promise of footage gained from unprecedented access behind the scenes at Anfield and Melwood.
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Uncertainty for Carroll points to Rodgers' boldness

ONE way or another, Andy Carroll is on his way out of Anfield. From a Liverpool point of view nobody is going to be able to turn that departure into a positive story. Short of an unexpected and extremely unlikely bidding war Liverpool are going to lose a substantial amount of money on the player – and that’s if they sell him. It may well turn out that the player goes out on loan and if that’s the case the Reds will almost certainly find themselves subsidising his reported £80,000 per week wages.

Rumours of Carroll going to Italy had been circulating ahead of last week’s press conference held to discuss the Reds’ upcoming tour of North America. Manager Brendan Rodgers was asked about Carroll’s future and if anything his answers suggested there and then that Carroll wasn’t going to be Liverpool’s number nine much longer.

What were his thoughts on stories linking Carroll with a loan move to AC Milan? “He’s a good player Andy,” said Rodgers, pausing before adding, “So he’ll always be linked whether he’s here or not.” Standard practice in answering those types of question is to say how outstanding  the player is and how it’s no surprise to hear he’s been linked with other clubs but that’s usually followed with a firm ‘hands off’ message stressing the importance of that player – even if the club do want to get rid. But Rodgers didn’t answer in the standard way. Read more

Uncertainty for Carroll points to Rodgers’ boldness

ONE way or another, Andy Carroll is on his way out of Anfield. From a Liverpool point of view nobody is going to be able to turn that departure into a positive story. Short of an unexpected and extremely unlikely bidding war Liverpool are going to lose a substantial amount of money on the player – and that’s if they sell him. It may well turn out that the player goes out on loan and if that’s the case the Reds will almost certainly find themselves subsidising his reported £80,000 per week wages.

Rumours of Carroll going to Italy had been circulating ahead of last week’s press conference held to discuss the Reds’ upcoming tour of North America. Manager Brendan Rodgers was asked about Carroll’s future and if anything his answers suggested there and then that Carroll wasn’t going to be Liverpool’s number nine much longer.

What were his thoughts on stories linking Carroll with a loan move to AC Milan? “He’s a good player Andy,” said Rodgers, pausing before adding, “So he’ll always be linked whether he’s here or not.” Standard practice in answering those types of question is to say how outstanding  the player is and how it’s no surprise to hear he’s been linked with other clubs but that’s usually followed with a firm ‘hands off’ message stressing the importance of that player – even if the club do want to get rid. But Rodgers didn’t answer in the standard way. Read more

LFC change financial year-end

LIVERPOOL FC have changed their financial year so that it ends two months earlier, on May 31st as opposed to July 31st. Liverpool’s next published accounts will cover the period August 1st 2011 to May 31st 2012. The same change applies to the holding company that owns the football club.

The club have explained the reasons for the change: Read more

The new LFC mascot – not as bad as it seems

RUMOURS and Liverpool FC go hand-in-hand; on the internet and in the vehicles of Evertonian taxi-drivers. This summer is no different.

The club’s press office sent out a notice that there would be a press conference today at Anfield at noon. Word there was going to be a press conference got out to fans and before long rumours were rife on the internet as to exactly why it had been called. The bit of the notice from the press office that didn’t get passed on was that the briefing was being held “to preview Liverpool Football Club’s pre-season tour of North America.” Not as exciting as any of the rumours but the first chance for Brendan Rodgers and a couple of his new squad to speak to the media together. Read more