Paul Konchesky’s troubled start to life on Merseyside has taken a turn for the worse after it transpired that his mother had left a message on her Facebook page calling Liverpool fans ‘scouse scum’, the Daily Telegraph reports.. Comments left below her message were largely supportive of her outburst, with one saying that Liverpool fans wouldn’t know class ‘when it hit them in the face’.
Sensibly, Liverpool and Konchesky hope to deal with the matter internally. However, as news of the comments spreads, Konchesky’s life is likely to be made more difficult by Liverpool fans with whom he is already unpopular. Indeed, the motive for the misguided post in the first place was his mother’s perception that Konchesky was being made scapegoat for Liverpool’s poor performances.
Change in attitude towards Europe.
Liverpool will face Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic in the final-32 of the Europa League when the competition resumes in February, and Roy Hodgson has told the Daily Telegraph that he is considering changing his policy of squad rotation in European competition. Resting big-name players reached its boiling point as Fernando Torres was consigned to the bench against FC Utrecht, Hodgson having promised that the Spaniard would start the game.
“We are at the knockout stage now, and so I will not have that option because it will be important to put out our best team every time if we want to go further in the competition,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
Jan transfers targeted.
With injuries to Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard – along with Fernando Torres’ difficulty in finding form and fitness – having disrupted Liverpool’s start to the 2010/11 season, Roy Hodgson is hoping that New England Sports Ventures will grant him money to spend in the January transfer window, according to skysports.com.
“I can only hope if there is any possibility of transfers in the January window that will help us and make us a better team,” he said. The signings would have to offer clear improvements to the team, rather than being panic buys for the sake of bolstering squad numbers: “My ambition to improve the squad is shared by the owners but we will have to wait and see what possibilities are there – if any – and what they would like to do.”