A John Paintsil own goal was all that separated Liverpool and Fulham on a tense night at Anfield. Liverpool were significantly less fluent in possession than they were at Molineux in their previous fixture and were not helped by Fernando Torres having his goal disallowed contentiously for offside. Nerves were fluttering come the final minutes as Fulham’s aerial strength created chances for Clint Dempsey, Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland. Nevertheless, Liverpool hung on.
The victory takes Liverpool to seventh in the table and on the cusp of an unlikely challenge for European football next season. Kenny Dalglish is not getting carried away, however, telling The Guardian: “We will not get carried away with seventh. That is not where this club wants to be.”
Ajax set Suarez deadline.
Liverpool have been given until Saturday to complete Luis Suarez’s transfer. Frank de Boer, Ajax’s manager, is adamant that he will be given time to replace his Uruguayan hitman should Suarez decide to leave the club, meaning a last-gasp transfer is unlikely.
The sticking point remains the fee. Ajax are reported to want £30 million in exchange for their prized asset, whereas Liverpool’s valuation is closer to £20 million.
“I do not want to be surprised on the last day of the window,” de Boer told the Daily Telegraph. “So we have made that deadline January 29. The situation has been going on long enough. Liverpool have to come up with a good offer and the money we want by that day.”
Konchesky to Fulham.
Paul Konchesky is in talks with his former employers Fulham over a proposed return to Craven Cottage, The Guardian reports.
Konchesky has struggled for form since signing for the Merseysiders last summer, and became a target of fans’ frustrations during Roy Hodgson’s tenure at the club.
Konchesky has not played for Liverpool since Kenny Dalglish returned as caretaker manager but remains a well-liked figure at Fulham where he was an integral part of the team which reached last season’s Europa League final. Should Konchesky complete his transfer, Liverpool are believed to have targeted Stephen Warnock on loan as his replacement until the end of the season.