Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala has now joined Championship side Derby County on loan for the rest of the season.
The deal was agreed last week but Derby were waiting until the Spanish centre back had completely recovered from an injury he suffered during a loan spell at Hull. He played an hour for the reserves on Tuesday in their 4-0 win over Tranmere and has now joined up with Nigel Clough’s team.
Clough said “I would like to express our thanks to Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool that they have decided Derby County is the best place for Daniel at this stage of his development.”
Elsewhere today, former boss Roy Hodgson has been appointed West Brom manager following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo at the weekend. The Baggies may be more suited to the Englishman’s expectations after his dismal spell in charge at Anfield.
Meanwhile, Daniel Agger has told it exactly how it was under Hodgson by describing how we were playing; “we played awful, we were shit – the Dane pulls no punches there!
He also spoke about Fernando Torres’ departure saying he has shown a lack of respect by moving to Chelsea; “It is unacceptable to play for one of Liverpool’s arch rivals.”
“For a Dane, it’s about having respect for the club you play at. I am proud to be able to pull on my Liverpool jersey and will never go to another club in England. I would never go to Manchester United or Everton, for example. It’s about a form of respect for the club.”
Finally, he praised new manager Kenny Dalglish and first-team coach Steve Clarke;
“They have made a major difference. But it is also something to do with confidence, because we are the same footballers. Confidence can win games and, somehow, Kenny and Steve have put the confidence back into the players. It is looking good, but there is still a long way to go.”