Particularly during the 2009/10 season as Liverpool mounted their only convincing title challenge since they last won the league in 1990, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres forged a famous partnership in attack. The respect was mutual as the goals flowed, and Gerrard believes that it will soon be rekindled.
He told Skysports.com that, with Torres back amongst the goals, confidence is sure to rise. “It’ll do wonders for Fernando’s confidence,” he told Liverpool’s official website, inferring that there is more to come from the Spaniard. “This team is so different when Fernando is on form.”
Gerrard’s comments prove how integral the striker’s form is to Liverpool and the relief that he has finally broken the drought.
Few funds for Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson is set to be denied an ostentatious budget to add bodies to the squad in January, The Independent reports. Although New England Sports Ventures have written off the debt accrued by the club’s previous owners, John W. Henry wants Liverpool to be more savvy than spendthrift.
Henry is a student of Sabermetrics, a theory made prominent in the book Moneyball, which shows how a team’s wage budget id directly correlative with their eventual league position. Moneyball, however, is a study on how that wage curve can be broken, looking at the example of Billy Beane’s famous Oakland Athletic team. As such, he urges caution and consideration rather than flinging money away. “We believe the foundation of any good sports club has to be the experience, valuation and understanding of scouting,” he said.
Reds in for Szalai.
Liverpool are believed to be one of Europe’s big guns tracking the form of Hungarian forward Adam Szalai. A former Real Madrid youngster, Szalai has risen to prominence over the past 12 months at German league leaders Mainz. Having joined the surprise leaders on loan in January, he made the deal permanent over the summer and has consistently impressed in his team’s surge to the top of the table, also scoring four goals in five international games this season.
Liverpool’s official website reports that Rafa Benitez’s Internazionale are their main rivals for the 22-year-old’s signature.