Liverpool news – Weakened team to face Napoli, Utd in for Torres, Cole looking forward

Weakened team to face Napoli.

Once again, Liverpool will travel away from home in European competition with a weakened squad through choice. Roy Hodgson intimated to the Liverpool Echo that he will rest many of his more experienced players in the hope that the rest will rejuvenate them for the rest of the Premier League season.

“I’ll leave some players out, that’s for sure,” Hodgson said. “Some of the more important senior players won’t travel because their participation on Sunday is going to be so important to us.

“I think it’s a chance for some players who have been on the fringes, like David N’Gog and others like Ryan Babel who has had very few chances.”

Cole looking forward.

Joe Cole has endured a difficult start to his Anfield career – a start littered with missed penalties, red cards and a search for his best form – something which he has openly admitted. Looking to the future, he predicts brighter times both personally and for his employers. Cole believes that Liverpool’s stay in the relegation zone will not last, and that the boost provided by the new owners New England Sports Ventures will steer the club to glory once more.

“They (NESV) seem genuine and they seem as though they are doing it through passion,” he told Skysports.com. “I definitely think they can help us get back up there.”

Utd in for Torres.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Manchester United are believed to be ready to test Liverpool’s resolve with a sensational bid for Fernando Torres. With Wayne Rooney’s intention to leave the Red Devils clear, Sir Alex Ferguson has already started drawing up a list of potential replacements, with Torres emerging as a main target.

As Liverpool flounder second from bottom of the Premier League and Torres struggles for goals, it is thought that the Spanish striker is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Anfield and is willing to leave the club in search of winning titles. The shock such a deal would cause can be measured historically. No player has transferred directly between the two clubs since Phil Chisnall left Old Trafford for Anfield in 1964.

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