Melwood Today: Joe Cole and the Samba & Dyer Rumours

In Wednesday’s Melwood Today

We review our Reserves 5-1 victory over Sunderland Reserves; Joe Cole was in impressive form for Lille yesterday in the Champions League; Christopher Samba and Nathan Dyer are linked with a move to Merseyside; while Mark Lawrenson speaks of Kenny’s strength in depth this season…

lfc reservesLiverpool Reserves 5 – 1 Sunderland Reserves

Tuesday afternoon produced an impressive game of football as Liverpool Reserves secured a 5-1 victory over Sunderland‘s Reserves in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North at the Reds’ Melwood training ground.

Sebastian Coates, Jay Spearing, Jon Flanagan and Danny Wilson were all in Rodolfo Borrell’s starting eleven and it was Liverpool who made a flying start with early goals from Sebastian Coates and Jay Spearing.

Coates opened the scoring for the Reds when he crept in to convert a Suso cross before Spearing drilled in a a low shot beyond King 25 yards from goal. Just before the half-time mark, Spearing grabbed his second and Liverpool’s third. Seeing his initial shot parried by King, Spearing followed up to give Rodolfo Borrell’s side a 3-0 lead at half time.

Nathan Eccleston was introduced on the hour mark replacing Adam Morgan following his return from a loan spell at Rochdale. With eight minutes remaining, Sunderland pulled a goal back when Coates felled Lynch in the area and Noble fired the penalty past Hansen.

The final minutes saw substitute Nathan Eccleston score a majestic brace in front of the watching Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool Reserves: Martin Hansen, Jon Flanagan, Danny Wilson, Andre Wisdom, Sebastian Coates, Conor Coady, Raheem Sterling (Michael Roberts 82), Jay Spearing, Adam Morgan (Nathan Eccleston 60), Krisztian Adorjan (Toni Silva 66), Suso.
Unused subs: Jamie Stephens, Stephen Sama.

Sunderland Reserves: King, Marrs (Bagnall, 70), Liddle, Laing, Egan, Cook, Lynch, Reed, Elliott (Knott, 46), Deacon (Armstrong, 70), R Noble.

A Date for the Diary

The date for our Youth Cup third round game with Swansea City has been set for Wednesday, December 7. The tie, which has to be completed on the night, takes place at St Helens Sports Ground, Swansea, and kicks-off at 7pm.

coleA Fine Cole European Performance

On Loan midfielder, Joe Cole, was in impressive form for Lille yesterday evening helping his team secure a 2-0 win over CSKA Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Goal.com Player Ratings spoke highly of Cole’s performance…

“[Joe Cole] gave a performance reminiscent of his best tonight. His final ball was a joy to behold and caused all sorts of trouble for the CSKA defence, as evidenced by Berezutskiy’s own goal. He dovetailed superbly with Hazard throughout, and was given a hero’s reception by his team-mates on the bench upon his withdrawal in the second half. His shot that struck the post set up Sow’s clincher.”

Lille president Michel Seydoux has hinted the reigning Ligue 1 champions may try to turn Joe Cole’s loan move into a permanent switch at the end of the season…

“It is not a certainty that he will leave us again at the end his contract” said Seydoux to French outlet RTL. “If he has a certain good feeling with Lille and we can make him an interesting offer then this is something that we will look into.”

Lawrenson on Kenny’s Strength in Depth

Meanwhile, following our victory over Chelsea last Sunday, numerous former players have spoke of Liverpool’s strength in depth this season. One of these former players was Mark Lawrenson in his Liverpool Daily Post Column

“Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll were on the bench at Stamford Bridge, and for them it was a case of ‘welcome to life at a big club’.

Training will be lively this week. With Maxi and Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy shining at Chelsea, Henderson will want to get back in, so too will Downing and goodness knows what Carroll is thinking at the moment.

Last year, Dalglish didn’t have the quality of replacements he’s got this year. The players know that too now, and at top teams you don’t get many chances to have a poor game.”

Read Lawrenson’s full column over on The Liverpool Daily Post Here

Christopher Samba and Nathan Dyercole

The past few days have seen Liverpool heavily linked with Blackburn Rovers defensive colossus Chris Samba and Swansea playmaker Nathan Dyer.

According to the People Newspaper, Kenny is leading the hunt for Blackburn’s defensive colossus Christopher Samba with the Rovers defender having switched agents after failing to secure a move away from Ewood Park last summer.

While the Metro has Liverpool linked with a move for Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer. Nathan, who is only 23, has been in impressive form in Swansea’s start to their first season in the Premier League and according to the People, “Dalglish apparently sees the young wideman as exactly what he is looking for to complement his existing squad.”

Wednesday Morning’s Premier League News

  • Martin Atkinson will be the referee in charge when Manchester City arrive at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
  • Manchester United’s Champions League hopes suffered a major setback as they failed to overcome a stubborn Benfica outfit drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford.
  • Edinson Cavani struck twice as Napoli beat Manchester City 2-1 leaving City’s Champions League hopes in tatters.
  • Andre Villas-Boas has been fined £12,000 by the Football Association for comments made after Chelsea‘s 1-0 defeat at QPR.

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