Melwood Today: International Reds Round Up, Carra, Keita & Hendo

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Looking through the International Round Up, so far as I can tell, all our Liverpool players have come through Friday’s International games unscathed with no reports this morning of any of our players limping off or being carried off in any of the games!!

In Saturday Morning’s Melwood Today…

  • We bring you Fridays LFC International Round Up’s
  • Keita – “Lets wait until the end of the season”
  • Molby – Right wing is not Jordan’s best position…
  • Carra – Enrique deserves Spain Call Up
  • FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw

Fridays International Round Up

Here’s a quick round up of yesterday’s games which featured Liverpool players in action…


Uruguay 4-0 Chile
SuarezLuis Suarez scored four goals for Uruguay as they beat Chile 4-0 on Friday night in the third round of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Sebastian Coates was an unused sub for Uruguay.

Suarez was in scintillating form and had already hit the bar before he opened the scoring on 41 minutes. He then added a header either side of half-time to secure his hat-trick, before adding a fourth late on.

Watch the goals and hear the match reaction here.


Denmark 2-0 Sweden

Denmark made a perfect start to their UEFA EURO 2012 preparations when Nicklas Bendtner and Michael Krohn-Dehli struck ten minutes from the end of each half to give Denmark a 2-0 victory over Sweden.

Daniel Agger played the full 90 minutes for Denmark keeping a clean sheet for the Danes and nearly opened the scoring after just 20 minutes when his 35-metre strike sailed narrowly past the post…


Holland 0-0 Switzerland

The Netherlands were forced to settle for a goalless draw in their friendly match against Switzerland. Dirk Kuyt played the full 90 minutes and went close early on when he fired wide, while former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel was also in action and came close to opening the scoring on several occasions….


Poland 0 – 2 Italy

Liverpool’s on loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani was a second half substitute in Italy’s 2-0 victory over Poland as Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini struck either side of half-time in the first football match at the newly built stadium in Wroclaw, which will host Euro 2012 matches.


Cyprus 1 – 2 Scotland

Charlie Adam pulled out of Scotland’s squad last Monday to face Cyprus suffering with a knee problem so he missed Scotland’s 2-1 victory over Cyprus while Danny Wilson failed to make the Scottish first team squad.


Saturday’s International Matches

Later today, expect to see Craig Bellamy in action for Wales as they take on Norway while Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson and Stewart Downing could all in be in action during England’s clash with Spain…

Wales v Norway, 15:00
England v Spain, 17:15


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In other news this morning…


Keita – “Lets wait until the end of the season”

In Wednesday’s Melwood Today article we heard of the reports that Liverpool had made an enquiry about Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita… However, speaking to Sky Sports on Friday, Keita admitted his delight at being linked with the Reds, but his top priority at the moment is winning a regular role in the Barcelona first team…

“Liverpool is a great club, it is fantastic to hear that they are interested in me, but you know how I feel about Barcelona. However we are in football and nothing is an absolute, so let’s wait until the end of the season.

“I want to play more games than last season, playing regularly in a winning team is very good for the player, but the Premier League is very attractive and exicting for any player. My contract runs untill 2014, at the end of the season we will see.”


Molby – Henderson’s a central midfielder…

Meanwhile former Liverpool midfielder in his weekly column on the Liverpool Echo spoke of Jordan Henderson, who captained England Under-21s in their 5-0 Euro 2013 qualifying win over Iceland on Thursday night and believes the 21-year-old needs to be given more time to settle at Liverpool and find his rightful place in the side.

Henderson has not found things easy since swapping Wearside for Merseyside and last week goalless draw against Swansea saw him taken off at half-time, to be replaced by Dirk Kuyt, Molby went on to say…

I feel for him, I really do. It is never nice to see any player taken off at half-time, because there is no hiding place in that respect. It is clear to me now that right wing is not Jordan’s best position, it simply isn’t. He is a high-tempo player, one who pressurises opponents and does things instinctively; in short, he is a central midfielder.

Molby also spoke about his experience and how difficult it can be to settle into a new club, a new midfield, right away.

It took me a year or so to fully adapt, and even that was aided by the signing of Steve McMahon to play alongside me. If you go back to June, he would have been full of confidence, and ready to hit the ground running. It hasn’t happened for him, and yes he looks a little bit lost. But he is a young lad learning his trade. There is plenty of time for him.


Carra – Enrique deserves Spain Call Up

Every Liverpool supporter was surprised to learn the news that Jose Enrique failed to make the Spanish squad for this weekend clash with England. This season has seen Enrique slot seamlessly into a position which was proving to be a problem at Anfield.

On LFC TV’s Friday Night Live programme, Jamie Carragher praised our new left back and belives Enrique is unlucky not to be off on International duty this week…

“I’m very surprised he hasn’t had a Spain call-up. It makes you realise how strong Spain must be, because I can’t think of a left-back who’s performed better than him at this stage of the season. You wonder what they’ve got at left-back, but if he keeps performing the way he is he’s got a chance of getting in for the Euros in the summer.


FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw

rumour millThe draw for the Third Round Proper of The FA Youth Cup was held at Wembley Stadium yesterday evening with Liverpool’s U18s drawn away to Swansea City U18s.

The FA Youth Cup is now in its 60th season and Liverpool have won the competition three times already in 1996, 2006 and 2007 and during the 2008/09 season reached the final before losing to Arsenal.

A Date has not been set for the fixture but keep up to date with any news here on ThisIsAnfield as we follow the Youth Team on their quest for Youth Cup glory!


At the Heart of the Liverpool Defence against Chelsea

Finally, dont forget to vote in this weeks online poll… Provided Carragher is fit to play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Skrtel and Agger make it through the International break without any injury concerns, who would be your preferred center back partnership for our upcoming game against Chelsea? Vote in our online poll below…

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