Kenny Dalglish was frustrated with the scheduling of international matches during midweek, blaming them for his Liverpool team’s inability to defeat Wigan on Saturday. More interesting, however, was his appraisal of the F.A’s decision to stage an international friendly just three days before the start of next season. Would these, The Guardian reports, be the concerns of a man who will step down from his caretaker manager post at the end of the season?
“We had a look at the fixtures for next season, which starts on the 13th of August, but there is a friendly on the 10th,” Dalglish said. “That is a Wednesday but why not play it on a Tuesday.”
Clearly Dalglish is already thinking about his players’ preparation for next season; a clue, perhaps, as to his own future as Liverpool manager.
Lucas wants top form.
Lucas Leiva insists that Liverpool are eyeing a strong finish to the season.
Liverpool trail fourth-placed Tottenham by eight points having played a game more, but the Brazilian believes Liverpool have shown enough to suggest they can close the gap on Spurs.
“I don’t think it would be too clever on our part to talk about the top four because two months ago we were three points off the relegation zone,” Lucas told Skysports.com. Yet even the mention of the top four betrays his ambitions. Whilst the weekend’s result was disappointing, he argued: “We must keep the same level of concentration every game to finish as high as possible in the table.”
Reds plan Toon raid.
Having signed Andy Carroll in one of the season’s most sensational transfers on deadline day, the Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are ready to make another raid on Newcastle, this time targeting their left-back Jose Enrique. Damien Comolli watched Enrique as he put in a sterling performance against Blackburn on Saturday.
The Spanish left-back’s contract expires next summer, meaning the Magpies will be open to offers should they be unable to extend his deal. Liverpool are in the market for a left-back. Although Glen Johnson has looked comfortable in that position under Kenny Dalglish, he is by trade a right-back. Paul Konchesky and Fabio Aurelio have been unable to make the position their own too, meaning new options are needed.