Liverpool principal owner John W. Henry has thrown down a challenge to manager Kenny Dalglish by insisting it would be a major disappointment if the Reds did not qualify for the Champions League.
The Daily Mail reports that the principal owner was in Oslo last night to watch his side’s 3-3 draw with Valarenga and witnessed the slack defending by Liverpool that saw them throw away the win in the last few minutes. The performance has not stopped Henry, and his American consortium Fenway Sports Group, from expecting a top four finish by the Reds.
Henry said: ‘It’s too early for us to start talking about winning the league. In my opinion Manchester United (are the team to beat). They have a good squad and look good. Our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League. If we don’t, it would be a major disappointment.’
Dalglish has spent £43m of Henry’s wealth on three midfielders in Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, who all played in the draw with Valarenga.
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Milan Aquilani link.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that he is looking into the possibility of bringing in Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Italian international is surplus to requirements at Anfield and has been expected to make a move away from Liverpool all summer. Fiorentina were the main interest in the 27 year old, but Milan are looking to replace Andrea Pirlo after his transfer to Juventus and Galliani has outlined Aquilani as a potential target, whilst ruling out any move for former player Kaka.
Galliani said: ‘He’s (Aquilani’s) a midfielder who has the characteristics we’re looking for, so he could be of interest. Kaka’s wage is impossible for an Italian club, due to the tax system.’
Aquilani spent last season on loan at Juventus and is looking for a permanent transfer back to Italy to escape his Anfield nightmare.
Kuyt: Time to improve.
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt insists that his side still have time to put things right before their opening Premier League fixture, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The Reds were held to a 3-3 draw with Norwegian side Valarenga at the Ullevaal Stadium on Monday and they have now conceded 15 goals in five pre-season friendlies. Kuyt still believes that there is no reason to panic and they will show their quality in the final pre-season outing against Valencia at Anfield on Saturday.
The Dutch forward said: ‘We’re very disappointed with the result. We have to do a little bit more to be ready for the league, but we still have time to work on things. We had a good trip to Asia, we’ve all worked hard and the next step is to put that into the games. I’m not concerned as it’s still pre-season. If we beat Sunderland in our first game, then it’s been a good pre-season for us.’
Kuyt will be looking to improve on his impressive performances last season, which saw him score 13 goals in 32 league appearances for the Reds.
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