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Liverpool: All the latest Liverpool flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs

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Put yourself in the shoes of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez (just don’t complain if you’re not the same shoe size). You’re desperate to break the Chelsea/Man Utd Premiership axis of evil, so you’ve spent big in the summer. You’ve got rid of Luis Garcia and Craig Bellamy and now have the following forwards to choose from for the new season:

torres%20tshirt.JPGCalm down, calm down. TShirts365 have come up with this offering which is guaranteed to look good under even the most flammable of polyester shell-suits. In Spain the Kid is called El Nino, but on Merseyside he’s just La’ like everyone else! The Rafa-lution is a hotbed for t-shirt designs it seems!

Top Ten Transfers…so far

July 16th, 2007

1torres.jpgThere are bound to be a few more twists to this year’s transfer season, especially if someone remembers where they put Carlos Tevez’s ownership papers, but new TV money and the arrival of more glory hunting billionaires means there’s been plenty of action.
Here’s what we think are the ten best deals done so far:

Babel%2C%20Ryan.jpgThat’s Ajax’s Ryan, not the mediocre Brad Pitt movie of the same name. Rafa ‘we’re working with wingers’ Benitez has reportedly got his man after an £11.5 million deal was agreed. The 20-year-old will finalise his move over the coming days.

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We recently reported that Premiership legend and Scouse deity, Robbie Fowler, was having trouble finding a new club to ply his goal-poaching trade. Well, it seems all is not completely lost, as lowly League One club, Port Vale have made a cheeky attempt to sign his services.

Worst foreign imports XI

July 10th, 2007

Taibi.jpgLast week we took a look back at the greatest ever foreign players to grace the Premiership, but you can be sure that for every Bergkamp there’s a Boogers who’s just as remembered…but for all the wrong reasons.

Following yesterday’s news that Jamie Carragher was considering his international future, the Liverpool defender rang up radio station TalkSport to respond to criticism about him. A very unhappy Mr Carragher rang the station to dismiss accusations he was a ‘bottler’.

Liverpool bid for Babel

July 9th, 2007

Liverpool have apparently made a bid for Dutch U-21 star Ryan Babel. The Ajax forward is rated as the brightest young prospect in Dutch football by none other than Marco van Basten and has already been linked to Arsenal and Newcastle – whadyareckon?

We spotted this beauty on the ever-excellent Left Back and just had to pay tribute to (ie. steal) it. Top work chaps, love it…
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Rafa’s goatee strikes again! Not only is the bearded Liverpool boss a dead ringer for David Gest, he also looks like Peter Kay in his sitcom Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez (nice goatee beard, Rafa) unveils new signing Fernando Torres at a press conference held at Anfield on July 4, 2007. [Photo: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images]

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Harry Kewell takes a photo of Aussie teammate Lucas Neill with a fan in a Singapore hotel’s lobby, prior to the Socceroos depature to Bangkok for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. [Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images]

heinze_gabriel_mufc_profile_2006.jpgRafa Benitez seems rather keen on bringing Argentine left-back Gabriel Heinze to Anfield. All well and good – Heinze is a quality defender who always gives his best. One small problem though: he currently plays for Man Utd and traditionally Liverpool and Man Utd don’t tend to buy players from each other. It’s a hate thing.

So here’s a vid of an advert in which Liverpool-bound Fernando Torres (how sweet that must sound to Reds fans) plays keepy-up with a hand grenade. After that, you can check out a music video, by Spanish pop band El Canto Del Loco, featuring a guest appearance by Torres.

Because he sucked his thumb after he scored and wore a girly hairband, Luis Garcia was portrayed as the archetypal fancy foreign player. Okay, so he did give the ball away a bit too often, but I think he’s an underrated player and he always seemed to score crucial goals, most notably the cracker against Juventus in the Champions League in 2005, the year Liverpool won the trophy. Most Liverpool fans love him unconditionally and will be very sad to see him go to Atletico Madrid next season. Here’s a YouTube video tribute to Luis…

Fernando Torres is due to fly into Liverpool Airport today and undergo a medical before sealing a £27m transfer to Liverpool, from Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old striker has cut short his summer holiday to ensure the move goes ahead without delay. As part of the deal, the two clubs have also agreed for Luis García […]

73941584.jpgIf, as is rumoured, Liverpool were to sign Fernando Torres, their roster of forwards would look something like this:
Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy, Andriy Voronin, Djibril Cisse, Luis Garcia (who can play up front)

petercrouchsun.jpgLiverpool and England striker Peter Crouch could follow Thierry Henry to Spain if Atletico Madrid get their way. The Spanish outfit want to bring Crouch to La Liga as part of any deal that takes Fernando Torres to Anfield. The Daily Star reports that Real’s city rivals would love the lump the ball up to the 6ft 7in striker.

Fowler.jpgRumours linking Robbie Fowler with a move to the US have been knocking around for a while, but it has now emerged that he has been in talks with LA Galaxy over a possible deal. The News of the World reported that David Beckham’s new club had failed to tempt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the States, but were more hopeful of securing Fowler’s services.

74250651.jpgSome good news for Liverpool after last week’s shocker – Xabi Alonso has signed a new deal with the club. The 25-year-old midfielder had been linked with a move back to his native Spain, has he has now committed to Liverpool until 2012.

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Uefa spokesman William Gaillard – the man who branded Liverpool’s fans the worst in Europe – has been called a ‘clown’ by Liverpool’s co-owner Tom Hicks. From these pictures, we see exactly what Hicks means.

lfclogo.jpgYou’ll Never Blog Alone (great title) is written by Amanda, a ‘Twentysomething American, distracting herself from law school by obsessing about 1) Liverpool FC, 2) the England national team, and 3) Steven Gerrard.’

Token Scousers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have extended their contracts at Anfield until 2011. The pair have wasted no time in committing to Liverpool’s new American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Carragher, aged 29, said: “Yerrrrrrm, I am very pleased. Obviously we are both local lads and I’ve always said I wanted to stay here for the rest of my career.”