Liverpool have been told in no uncertain terms that they must up their offer for Charlie Adam before Blackpool even consider letting their playmaker go.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston confirmed that Liverpool submitted a £4m verbal offer on Friday – nowhere near enough to tempt the Seasiders into cashing in on their prized asset. “Liverpool’s offer only matches previous offers we have recently turned down from Aston Villa,” he told Skysports.com.
Talking to the Match of the Day cameras, Ian Holloway was less sanguine and justified his rant, saying: “When I got Charlie he was a very frustrated young man, but now he is looking a fantastic footballer. You saw (against Sunderland) he was totally focused on playing as well as he can.”
Reds in Benzema move.
The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are targeting out-of-favour Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on loan in a bid to relieve some of the pressure on Fernando Torres in attack.
Benzema burst onto the scene as a teenager at Lyon, persuading Real to pay 35 million Euros for his signature. Hpowever he has not progressed as he would have liked with Los Galacticos, who hope to loan him out to rediscover some of his early-career promise.
With Ruud van Nistelrooy interesting Jose Mourinho as a replacement for the injured Gonzalo Higuain, it is thought that Benzema will benefit from a spell away from the club, piquing Liverpool’s interest in the player.
Dalglish lifts gloom.
A huge weight has been lifted from Liverpool’s shoulders after their comfortable 3-0 victory over Wolves at the weekend. A 1-0 defeat to the Black Country side effectively sounded the death knell for Roy Hodgson and looked a tricky away trip for a side yet to taste victory under Kenny Dalglish. It was King Kenny earning the plaudits come the final whistle.
“You can feel the difference,” Christian Poulsen observed. “At Wolves it was unbelievable how the away fans supported the manager.”
Dalglish himself was delighted with the outcome. “Somebody asked if I thought that coming back would tarnish my standing with the supporters,” he told the Daily Telegraph in the aftermath of the win. “I said, ‘quite the reverse. If I hadn’t come back I couldn’t be a supporter. Because every time we need some help we help each other.”