Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez believes that the club have to secure a Champions League spot next season.
The Liverpool Daily Post reports that the Argentinian, who finished the season on a great run of goalscoring form with seven goals in four games, is hoping Liverpool can continue their own end of season form under manager Kenny Dalglish and improve on their sixth placed finish. Rodriguez said: ‘The team did not start well, but we almost turned it around to reach Europe. We must return to the Champions League next season.’ The first half of the season was catastrophic for the Reds with Roy Hodgson bringing the worst start to a campaign for Liverpool since 1953-54. After Hodgson’s dismissal, Dalglish was drafted in and took the club from mid-table to sixth place.
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Friedel to snub ‘Pool.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel is set to snub his former side Liverpool to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, The Daily Star reports.
The 40-year-old American was set to sign a two year deal at Anfield as a back-up to Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but Harry Redknapp seems to have stepped in and bought the veteran shot-stopper. Friedel spent three years at Anfield back in 1997 to 2000, but only made a limited 30 appearances before his move to Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool are limited in the experience they have as a back-up goalkeeper and Friedel could be seen as the ideal man for manager Kenny Dalglish, but Tottenham seem to have won the race for his signature.
Hamann: Reds will be stronger.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told lfc.tv that he believes Liverpool will be stronger next season for missing out on European action. A sixth-place finish for the Reds saw them miss out on any form of European football for next season and ex-German international midfielder Hamann believes there are some positive points to the lack of European football. Hamann said: ‘Missing out on the Europa League could be a blessing. A season without European football won’t do them any harm.’ Hamann is currently on the coaching books at Championship side Leicester City and also believes that the Europa League is a ‘devalued competition’, echoing the views of Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who also commented on the decrease in importance of the competition.