Those cheeky chappies at the Daily Torygraph reckon Rafael Benitez’s pencilled Friday into his diary as the date Gareth Barry finally pulls on a red shirt.
August 8th sees Liverpool take on Lazio in a mouth-watering friendly, which should provide a sterner test of the Reds’ pre-season form than recent opponents.
Villa are still holding out for around £18 million, more than Liverpool were originally prepared to pay, but Liverpool co-owners Hicks and Gillett are now understood to have agreed to underwrite the fee in what amounts to a short-term loan, says the Telegraph.
Steve Finnan, who has spent the last five years at Anfield, is being tipped to be included in the deal although why Martin O´Neill would want an ageing right-back who is clearly past his best remains to be seen.
Liverpool will take on Norwegian side Vålerenga in Oslo tonight in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd.