Liverpool have denied that Steve McManaman has joined Barcelona. The Merseysiders moved quickly to dismiss speculation ahead of their Premiership meeting with Wimbledon at Anfield. Reports from Spain suggested McManaman had joined the Spanish giants but McManaman, before facing the Dons, said: "It's news to me" - Press Association
Robbie Fowler is demanding a staggering £50,000 a week to sign a new contract which would keep him at Anfield for the next five years. Although the England striker has more than two years to run on his current agreement, Liverpool are anxious to tie their major stars down well into the millennium to avoid them becoming free agents under the Bosman ruling. Given any encouragement, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would move in for Fowler, rated in the £10m to £15m bracket, as a replacement for 34-year-old Ian Wright. But Liverpool are prepared to pay big wages to keep influential stars such as Fowler, McManaman and Michael Owen on Merseyside. That is why they asked Fowler's advisers to name their price for a long-term commitment. The answer has come in the shape of £50,000 a week, which would make Fowler one of the highest-paid performers in the Premiership. - World Soccernet
Liverpool have turned down a £4 million bid from Portuguese giants Benfica for Czech star Patrik Berger. New Benfica boss Graeme Souness got an instant snub when he contacted his former club with an offer for Burger. Manager Roy Evans said: ``Patrik's got fantastic ability, he's still young - and he's staying with us.'' But there is growing speculation on Merseyside that Liverpool will sell Berger in the summer. Evans will have to play the striker in 75% of games for which he is available between now and the end of the season. If Berger does not play in the mandatory number of matches he could fail to have his work permit renewed. - Press Association
Mark Wright has stepped up his training as he looks forward to a complete recovery from the back injury that has sidelined him for the last four months. We understand he is confident that the problem has now been sorted out successfully and he expects to be back in contention for a first team place before too long. -TeamTalk
Liverpool are set to offer Robbie Fowler £42,000 a week over a five year deal which, including signing on fees, comes to around £11m. The same offer will be put in front of Jamie Redknapp and Steve McManaman. The eldest of the trio is McManaman, who is 26 next month, and the latest offers signify The Reds' intentions to base a team round the England internationals."We are optimistic of signing all of them because we are still talking and no has said that they wanted to leave," said Roy Evans. - TeamTalk
Liverpool failed to make it 6 league wins in a row as they are held to a goalless draw at Filbert Street.
Michael Owen scored a beautiful goal in the 17th minute against Newcastle United at Anfield to help the Reds close the gap between them and leaders Manchester United. With this victory, Liverpool is 3rd on the table, 5 points behind United.
Hearts want Liverpool's 30-year-old midfielder Michael Thomas on loan (with a view to a permanent deal) until the end of the season as they try to overhaul Rangers in the race for the title.
Liverpool misfit Mark Kennedy has moved one step closer to ending his Anfield hell by signing for Queens Park Rangers on loan. Kennedy, 21, has signed for the First Division club for six weeks with a view to a permanent move - Press Association
Liverpool will take an important one goal lead into the second leg of the Coca Cola semi-final at the Riverside, after a 2-1 win at Anfield on Tuesday evening. The opening goal did come though on 28 minutes and it went to Middlesbrough, thanks to Paul Merson. It took Liverpool only three minutes to equalise, with another cracking strike by England international Jamie Redknapp. The midfielder struck a 25 yard shot with his right foot into the corner, giving Schwarzer no chance, and that's how it stayed to the break. In the second half it was all Liverpool, with the visitors finding it hard to get out of their own half for long periods. The Liverpool fans behind the goal rose as one to encourage Fowler as he hung his head - and nine minutes from time they got their reward. -TeamTalk
Jamie Redknapp will undergo an operation on a slight tear on his cartilage later today. Manager Roy Evans is optimistic that the England international will miss just two or three weeks. - Press Association
Neil Ruddock has turned down a loan move to Mersey rivals Tranmere. The Anfield hardman insists he wants to fight for his first team place and re-ignite his Liverpool career. Ruddock explained: "I still believe I am a Premiership player and I'd love that to be at Liverpool."
Michael Thomas has been loaned to Middlesbrough for a month (he's cup-tied so won't play against Liverpool next month of course). - Mighty Reds
Liverpool and Blackburn fought to a goal-less draw at Anfield. Reds begun the match with Carragher coming for the injured Redknapp. Macca came off at the start of the second half with suspected hamstring problem, Berger replaced him. During the match, McAteer was injured and was replaced Jones. With this draw, Liverpool slipped to 4th (Chelsea won their tie). However, Evans would be pleased that the Reds gained a point in closing the gap between Manchester United. (United lost 1-0 to Leichester at Old Trafford)
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