Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has taken issue with ex-player Danny Murphy’s claims that the Reds have to prove they can perform under pressure when they try to return to the Champions League next season.
The Guardian reports that when Fulham captain Murphy was asked whether Liverpool can challenge for the title in 2012, the midfielder said: ‘It’s hard to say because they have been playing under very little pressure. They haven’t needed to go out and win games, and everything they get now is a bonus. It will be a different ask for those players to play under pressure every week’. Liverpool boss Dalglish responded angrily, stating: ‘He [Murphy] should know there is always pressure here. He played here long enough, didn’t he?’ Murphy made 249 appearances at Anfield from 1997 – 2004 and scored 44 goals.
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Xabi Alonso reveals exit truth.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has revealed the reasons why he left Liverpool in the summer of 2009 and has blamed ex-manager Rafael Benitez for the exit.
The Telegraph reports that the Spanish international spoke to official Liverpool channel LFCTV, explaining that he felt unwanted by Benitez. Alonso, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2006, said: ‘At the end of that  season, speaking to Rafa, he told me the situation and that he wanted to sign other players and I could be one of the replacements’. Alonso was supposed to be replaced by Gareth Barry in the summer of 2008, but nothing happened with that deal, and so Alonso spent the next season knowing he was going to leave Anfield. The Spaniard said: ‘It was very difficult to take that decision [to leave] but it was probably for the best for me because if I had stayed another season it would have been uncomfortable for me’
Elia: ‘Pool want me.
Hamburg winger Eljero Elia has talked up a move to Liverpool, declaring that the Merseysiders have a high level of interest in him.
The Mirror reports that the 24 year old, who has fallen out with the management at the Imtech Arena, was supposed to leave the club in January, but the management put a stop to the move and now Elia has revealed details of the interested clubs. The Dutch international, who has represented his country 8 times, starred at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and since then, there has been plenty of interest in the winger. Elia said: ‘There was enough interest. Liverpool, Everton and Juventus all wanted me.’ Elia also has decided he would like a move to either the Premier League or Serie A. He stated: ‘Liverpool remains England’s top team and Juventus are still the biggest club in Italy’.