Dirk Kuyt believes that with a good run of form over the Christmas period Liverpool can mount a challenge to the top four. At the time of writing, they sit nine points below fourth placed Chelsea, but Kuyt sees home games against Wolves and Bolton and away trips to Blackburn and Blackpool as winnable. With teams around them dropping points, he believes that the foundations can be laid for a second half of the season surge.
“I’m sure a lot of the top teams will drop some points this month,” Kuyt told the Daily Telegraph. “If we could get four good results in a row, then who knows?” To do so, Liverpool would have to rectify their abysmal away record. Winnable away fixtures give them the opportunity to do this.
Spearing contract talks.
Jay Spearing hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow youngsters Daniel Pacheco and Martin Kelly by signing a contract extension to keep him at Liverpool.
First team opportunities have been sparse for the dynamic midfielder in the Premier League. However his mature Europa League performances have marked him as a big prospect in the Anfield corridors. Therefore whilst Spearing has 18 months to run on his current deal, Liverpool are hopeful that a new deal can be quickly agreed. Contract negotiations have reached an advanced stage, skysports.com understands, meaning Spearing should soon form a big part of Liverpool’s future.
Reds in for Jarvis.
Liverpool are rumoured to be considering a bid for flying Wolves winger Matt Jarvis following his excellent start to the 2010/11 season, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hodgson has been a long-time admirer of the former Gillingham man who has been linked with a call-up to the England squad.
Hodgson is not alone in admiring Jarvis, however. A cross-Merseyside tussle for the Wolves man could be activated should David Moyes act on his interest. Steven Pienaar has yet to sign a new contract and should the South African schemer move on in the January transfer window, Moyes will offer a cool £4 million for Jarvis. Hodgson’s interest in Jarvis means he should be prepared to match that offer.