Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has defended striker Andy Carroll following recent criticism of his lifestyle by England boss Fabio Capello, BBC Sport reports.
Carroll was a substitute for England in their win over Wales on Tuesday and Capello has claimed that the former Newcastle forward needs to cut down his drinking to get himself as a top England player. Dalglish has rubbished such claims and backed that the 22 year old’s fitness would be one of the best against anybody else in the Premier League.
Dalglish said: ‘I don’t think his lifestyle is anything like you want it to be to write a story. Andy was not properly fit last season, because of a knee injury. We are pleased with his fitness this season, because he’s lost that injury.
‘I think Andy is appreciative of advice from anyone who has a good standing in football. I think he appreciates Fabio Capello’s advice, because he has great respect for Fabio Capello’, the Reds boss added.
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Duo return for weekend.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has revealed he has no fresh injury worries and Charlie Adam, along with Glen Johnson, will be back in action against Stoke, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
The Scotsman is ready to welcome back his countryman from international duty after Adam was ruled out of Scotland’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Lithuania. England international Johnson has been back in full training after his thigh problem and he should be involved in the squad at the Britannia Stadium. Dalglish only has one long-standing injury worry and that is skipper Steven Gerrard, who should return towards the end of the month.
Dalglish said: ‘I think we’ve been pretty fortunate. There doesn’t appear to have been anybody come back (from international duty) with any injuries. Glen Johnson is training alongside us again now and Steven is getting closer everyday, so everything on the injury front seems to be pretty positive.’
Benitez in demand.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has revealed he has turned down top class jobs all over the world following his sacking from Inter Milan, the Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
Benitez spent six years at Anfield and won them the Champions League trophy before his move to Inter Milan. He was sacked from the Nerazzurri last December and is now back living in Merseyside, working with his wife on her charity work.
The Spaniard said: ‘Roma contacted me over the last few months, as well as three clubs in Spain and two in Germany. There were also a few national sides in Asia and Africa, but I’m waiting for the right time and the right project’.
Benitez has also attacked the Inter hierarchy for not delivering the promises they made to the Spanish manager. The Liverpool boss had tried to buy his former player Javier Mascherano, as well as new Barcelona signing Alexis Sanchez, but was not given sufficient funding by the Inter bosses.