Liverpool news – Reds release El Zhar, Dalglish not underestimating Gunners, Dalglish campaigns for Hillsborough files

Reds release El Zhar.

Liverpool have agreed to release forward Nabil El Zhar ahead of a move to Spanish side Levante, Sky Sports report.

The 24-year-old joined the Reds from St. Etienne in October 2006, but only managed one goal in 32 Liverpool appearances. El Zhar did not endure the best of times at Anfield and he spent last season on loan with Greek side PAOK. The Moroccan will now move to Levante on a two year contract and end his Anfield nightmare.

A statement read: “Liverpool football club this evening confirmed they have reached an agreement to release Nabil El Zhar from his Anfield contract. The player is now expected to join Spanish side Levante, who have announced on their website they expect to finalise a two year deal in the coming days.”

El Zhar is one of a number of players that Liverpool are looking to move out of Anfield this summer and midfielders Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole are expected to be the next targets for a transfer away from the club.

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Dalglish not underestimating Gunners.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists that Arsenal will not be an easy task for his side on Saturday, The Liverpool Echo reports.

The Reds go to Arsenal looking for their first away win over Arsene Wenger’s side since February 2000, where a goal from Titi Camara gave the Reds a 1-0 victory. Wenger’s side have been depleted by the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, the imminent exit of Samir Nasri to Manchester City and a whole host of injuries and suspensions. However, Dalglish has told his players to forget about Arsenal and focus on themselves.

Dalglish said: “It’s not going to make it any easier for us that they’ve lost Fabregas and that Nasri might not be playing. They’re still a team I have great respect for. We’ll go there with the same feelings that we had last season – that it’s going to be a really difficult game. I don’t know how they’re going to react, but it’s about what we do.”

Liverpool scored a last-minute penalty at the Emirates Stadium last season to earn them a draw and knock Arsenal out of the title race. Dalglish will be hoping to lay down an early marker in his hunt for the title.

Dalglish campaigns for Hillsborough files.

In the midst of the campaign to release the protected Hillsborough files, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has joined the growing list of people urging their release, The Daily Mail reports.

The Cabinet Office said that it was to appeal a ruling by the information commissioner which demanded the papers be made available. Dalglish was the manager of Liverpool on that fateful day in 1989 and used his official Twitter account to urge people to sign an e-petition calling for full disclosure of the documents.

He wrote: “Please sign this petition and RT. Think it is very important that we support this.”

Several parliament members are also lobbying for the push to make the files available and they are backed by hundreds of Liverpool fans across Twitter. 96 Reds fans died as a result of the stadium disaster back in 1989 and there has been no disclosure of documents, discussions and reports relating to the tragedy.

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