January 2009 Archives

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RAFA BENITEZ has told Spurs to put their money where their manager's mouth is if their interest in re-signing Robbie Keane is anything more than talk.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp angered Anfield officials earlier this week when he told a press conference he would be lying if he said he did not want Keane back at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool have stopped short of making a formal complaint to the Premier League about the matter but chief executive Rick Parry has written to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy seeking his observations.

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RAFAEL BENITEZ has urged Liverpool supporters to "trust" him as he dismissed suggestions his team are too cautious to win the title.

The Anfield outfit entertain fellow championship contenders Chelsea tomorrow afternoon having slipped below the Londoners to third place in the Premier League table, with both teams two points adrift of leaders and champions Manchester United.

Liverpool have been hampered by a run of form that has seen them draw seven of their last 10 top-flight fixtures, including successive draws in their last three outings against Stoke City, Everton and Wigan Athletic.

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HAVING been presented with a beautiful watch to commemorate his status as Liverpool's player of the year, Fernando Torres could not have picked a better moment to talk about his desire to make up for lost time.

Torres cuts a frustrated figure at present as he bids to shake off the fitness problems which have restricted his impact on Liverpool's season so far but he firmly believes he is edging closer to the level he wants to be at.

"It's been a strange season for me because I have never really had injuries before and I have had three on the run," he said.

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FERNANDO Torres remains confident that Rafa Benitez - the man he describes as a father figure - will sign a new contract with Liverpool.

Benitez recently rejected Liverpool's offer of a new deal on the grounds that the contract put forward by club owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett did not give him the control over transfers and influence over the academy that he had been seeking.

The future of the Reds boss remains up in the air although Hicks has pledged to thrash out a deal during his visit to Merseyside this weekend,

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SAMI HYYPIA'S Anfield future could be called into question after the defender was again left out of Liverpool's Champions League squad.

The Finland international was not part of the 25-man pool for the group stages with UEFA rules limiting the number of foreign players. And Hyypia, a regular starter in the Premier League in recent months, has again been overlooked for the knockout stages with centre-backs Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher already at Rafael Benitez's disposal.

Sunderland are among a number of clubs are monitoring Hyypia's situation and could now make an effort to lure the veteran to the North East, although Benitez wants the player to stay.

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