January 14th, 2009


Is Kidney Stones Code for Something Else?


Benitez undergoes third operation

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is to undergo a third operation for his troublesome kidney stone complaint.

Benitez, 48, will return to hospital for surgery on Wednesday but hopes to be back at work next week for league and FA Cup derbies against Everton.

Assistant Sammy Lee, who will lead team preparations in the absence of Benitez, said the Spaniard remained "buoyant".

Benitez last underwent surgery in December and has watched matches from the directors box since then.

Lee told the Liverpool website: "It's a difficult time for him because, you know Rafa Benitez - all he wants to do is be out there on the training pitch with his players. That's his forte. But he's still buoyant.

"He's going for the third operation but we're hoping it won't keep him out for too long - hopefully just a couple of days.

"All credit to Rafa for what he's put in place. His attention to detail and organisation means that, if any one of us is missing, there won't be a blip."

Benitez's first operation came just days after his Chelsea counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari was taken to hospital with the same complaint.

Benitez, who has revealed he is close to signing a new deal at Anfield, has recently been embroiled in a series of verbal exchanges with title rivals Manchester United.

In the build-up to last weekend's games, which saw Liverpool held 0-0 at Stoke, Benitez accused United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of bullying officials - Ferguson responded by branding the comments "ridiculous".

Then, on Monday, Benitez targeted Old Trafford chief executive David Gill by suggesting his position on the FA board could create a conflict of interest.

Source: The Beeb
Dirk Luis

Torres hates Everton

Fernando Torres has revealed how he hopes to bag more derby day goals in Liverpool's latest clash with Everton on Monday.

The Spanish striker scored the decisive goal against David Moyes' side at Anfield last season and struck twice at Goodison Park in September to make sure of the points in the Reds' first derby of this campaign.
Torres admitted that this match will be every bit as tense as other derbies he has played in and, with such a good record against the Blues, he can't wait to come up against Liverpool's old foes once again.
"Derbies are always tense but the last one brings back very good memories for me," said the 24 year old.
"If you can score a goal against Everton in the derby it makes the fans really happy. You can feel the excitement of the fans the day before the game.
"Before the last one against Everton I had people coming up to me telling me 'you have to win, you have to win' and 'you have to score'.

"I had never scored a goal in a derby game before I came to this country, so to get three in two games against Everton and to win both of them is fantastic.
"I hope to play against Everton again this time and I hope to be able to score again."

The Spanish international is also hoping for an extended run in Rafa Benitez's first team after a niggling groin injury restricted him to 10 league appearances this term.
"I didn't do pre-season training properly when I got back from the Euros," said Torres, who returned to Melwood later than the rest of the squad after helping Spain to the European Championships crown last summer.
"I think the season started too soon and it's difficult when you are trying to keep your best physical stamina. Now I want to get 100 per cent fit and not get injured again.
"I feel much better right now and I hope to come back to play in the first team as soon as possible. Then I can forget the injuries and start to play again for Liverpool, who are in a very good position."


come on Nando, get a few goals and embarass them

pep guardiola - teen idolo
  • c0rrine

ontd_footbald: pep vs jose

between training, la liga, champions league, copa del rey and cardigan shopping, barcelona's pep guardiola may find himself with little time for the local peluquería. he is widely known for being a hands-on coach, and it looks like his coaching philosophy has been taken into matters involving his new hairstyle. this typical lazy man's way of a quick-fix haircut has also been spotted on inter coach, jose mourinho, a couple months back.

so who makes the final cut? pep or jose?


força guardiola
forza mourinho