Recent speculation has been mounting that dissatisfaction with Liverpool’s poor start to the season has led Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina to become disillusioned with life at Anfield. Escape clauses have been mooted which have attracted Manchester City (Torres), Manchester United and Arsenal (who both show an interest in Reina). Yesterday Liverpool’s hierarchy was quick to dismiss the notion of the two Spaniards leaving the club in the foreseeable future.
John W. Henry described the rumours as “destructive and unwarranted” in the Daily Telegraph, although perhaps tellingly he did not confirm whether or not the players had escape clauses in their contracts. Roy Hodgson meanwhile was more emphatic: “There is no way the club is looking to sell those players. As the owners made perfectly clear in their statement, they want quite the opposite. I am not concerned at all.”
Team won’t be weakened.
Liverpool co-owner John W. Henry has dismissed rumours circulating that Liverpool will predominantly be a selling club in the forthcoming January transfer window. Selling players, he told the Daily Telegraph, was simply not on the agenda. “We have recently read stories about our intention for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation,” he said.
Henry also gave hope to Liverpool fans who crave additions to the squad which looks out of its depth in the Premier League thus far this season. “We intend to build on the strength of the squad, not undermine it,” he said. “I can reassure our supporters that we have no intentions of allowing the team to be weakened going forward.”
Meireles backs Hodgson.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Raul Meireles said he expects Roy Hodgson to eventually prove himself to be a success at Anfield, in spite of Liverpool’s recent poor form. The summer signing from Porto praised his manager’s man-management qualities whilst also arguing that he has the tactical nous to bring Liverpool future success.
“He has some good ideas about how he wants us to play and I am confident things will turn around for the better,” Meireles said of Hodgson. “I am enjoying playing for the manager a lot. He has everything to succeed at Liverpool.”
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