New Anfield boss has a busy time ahead as he looks to bring in White Hart Lane forward and prevent the loss of Argentine midfielder.
In contrast to Torres, Liverpool have virtually given up on Javier Mascherano and are likely to sell him to Barcelona this summer. The Argentine was not even mentioned yesterday by Hodgson, who talked about his determination to hold onto Gerrard and Torres. There have also been suggestions that Hodgson could be interested in bringing Peter Crouch back to Anfield, having tried to sign him for Fulham last summer. (Independent)
Not sure how to take some of the rumours I have read today. The Independent are on something of a roll. They think we may offload Steven Gerrard and now also think we may make a move for former forward Peter Crouch.
I do have to say that there appears a very real chance we will lose Javier Mascherano. The Argentine hasn’t exactly moved to allay the speculation and it seems interest from both Spain and Italy could tempt the former West Ham man to leave Anfield. Some supporters are rightfully apoplectic about the manner in which the player and his agent have allowed (and encouraged) this speculation and whilst there is no doubting the 26 year old’s talent, given his poor showing last term it seems that perhaps his heart is set on an exit.
Peter Crouch was a player I liked when he was at the club. He gave his all but got mixed messages from Rafa and wasn’t given a chance to prove himself and was offloaded to Pompey where he got his career back on track. His move to Tottenham has been a mixed bag really. He helped Redknapp’s efforts for a top four finish without really getting going and he came off the bench almost as often as he started.
He only cost the north London club £9m and one would imagine they would want more if we tried to re-sign the giant front man.
One man who has sealed his move to the club is battering ram of a forward Milan Jovanovic. His holding aloft of the new Liverpool shirt confirmation of his arrival. The Serbian could be a big hit in the Premier League given his strength and determination, however he has no top level league experience so who knows how the move will work out.
I am still optimistic about the coming season so have started to count the days down until the Arsenal opener and have even gone as far as to plan some nice away trips to boot.