Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has revealed that the Reds are in talks with Nacional to form a relationship that could see them get the best of Uruguayan talent, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
The Reds have signed two Uruguayan players in the past nine months with the captures of forward Luis Suarez and defender Sebastian Coates. Now, Comolli is looking to establish a partnership with Nacional to see if there is more talent they can unearth.
Comolli said: ‘I’ve got to thank the people from Nacional, the directors and their chairman, because they have been very helpful. We are talking about a partnership with them that we would like to create to see if there is more talent coming through.
‘During the Copa America, they had 14 players out of the 23 who had at some point played at Nacional or were developed by Nacional. That is a fantastic record for their academy. So it is very interesting for us’, the Reds director added.
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Benitez to launch website.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will launch his official website this week to promote the charity foundation run by his wife, The Liverpool Echo reports.
The website, www.rafabenitez.com, will be opened tomorrow and is designed for the Montse Benitez Foundation, which launches at the end of the month. Benitez spent six years as Liverpool manager before his departure last summer and brought Liverpool the Champions League title.
Benitez will give in-depth tactical analysis with his thoughts on current trends or matters of interest in football as well as information over Benitez’s work and career. The website launches in Paris in conjunction with the Spaniard’s new role as an expert commentator on Eurosport alongside Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The former Liverpool manager said: ‘I have always been keen to communicate with fans, especially local fans as my family have become part of the community’.
Young Liverpool defender Martin Kelly has handed Liverpool a boost by announcing he will be ready to return to full training this week, The Liverpool Daily Post reports.
The 21 year old suffered a hamstring injury in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers last month, which was a recurrence of the problem in February against West Ham United. Tests showed that it was only a minor strain and Kelly will be back at Melwood this week to return to full fitness.
Kelly said: ‘We had a scan and it was good news – it was only a slight strain. I’ll build up training this week. The first thing I thought was ‘Can I carry on?’ We tried a few exercises on the side, but I don’t think it was worth it. I could have maybe played on but (it was important to) get it right, with the history of hamstring trouble I had last season.
‘It’s all part of football. This is just a slight injury – no more than two weeks. It should be fine after that, injuries won’t trouble me’, the full-back continued.