Monthly Review - November

November 1  - Fowler sent off as Reds fail to win at Reebok stadium

What turned out to be a great start for Fowler ended up as a disappointing day for both Fowler and the team.  Fowler took only 50 seconds to take the lead at Bolton. The second half began much the same with neither team really taking control of the game and both defences were still on top. Liverpool were dealt a huge blow after 75 minutes when Robbie Fowler was sent off for a reckless challenge on Per Frandsen. Fowler appeared to use an elbow and the referee had no option but to send him off. Bolton made their one man advantage tell almost immediately and equalised through Nathan Blake after 84 minutes. Jimmy Phillips produced a great deep cross for Blake to head beautifully past James in the Liverpool goal.  1-1 it ended.

November 4  - Liverpool 2 Strasbourg 0... the French nightmare continues

Liverpool notched it 100th European victory but failed to progress to the 3rd round of the UEFA Cup. Its double dejavu from last season's European Cup-Winners' Cup contest with another French team, Paris Saint Germain. The victory means that Liverpool has failed to overcome the 3-0 away deficits suffered at the hands of their French opponents these 2 seasons.  Fowler and Riedle scored for the Reds. Fans can only take heart that the team played well but just missed out on luck.

November 8  - Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Liverpool recovers from a sluggish first half to win Spurs  4-0 at Anfield. McManaman, Leonhardsen, Redknapp and Owen scored for the Reds. This victory provided Evans with much relief as speculation of the board seeking a foreign coach intensifies. The Reds leaped to the 6th spot in the Premiereship after this match, 5 points behind leaders Manchester United.

November 9  - Southgate targeted... Macca rumoured to go (again)

Gareth Southgate is rumoured to be targeted by Roy Evans to strengthen the erratic defence. Southgate lashed out in papers earlier, questioning the direction that Villa is heading under Brian Little. Meanwhile McManaman is said to be the target of Juventus and AC Milan with a fee expected to be worth at least 11 million. Macca still has 18 months of the current contract left and the board is eager to extend his contract.

November 10  - Macca squashed rumours of leaving

Macca revealed that he is not prepared to leave Liverpool at the moment. He revealed that he will want to help Liverpool win the title either this season or next. However he said that it would be too early to renegotiate his current contract now.

November 14  - Liverpool's shock bid rejected by Spurs

Liverpool have had a shock 10 million swap deal for Sol Campbell rejected by Spurs. The club offered three stars - Neil Ruddock, Jason McAteer and Mark Kennedy - plus 2m for the England defender. But Spurs informed them that Campbell, 23, is not for sale. Evans knows if he could get Campbell, it would be a major boost to Liverpool's title chances - and his own prospects of remaining as manager. - condensed from Press Association

November 15  - Fowler stakes his claim

Robbie Fowler staked his claim to be Alan Shearer's strike partner for next summer's World Cup Finals after finding the target in England's 2-0 victory over Cameroon. Fowler struck in first-half injury time for England's second goal in the friendly international played at Wembley. - World Soccernet

November 18  - Liverpool 3 Grimsby Town 0

Michael Owen returned from his week training with the England squad to plunder his first hat-trick in senior football. The Liverpool boy wonder, who has set his heart on become the youngest player ever to pull on an England shirt, sent the Anfield side into the quarter-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup. The young predator is fast emerging as one of the country's finest strikers and even Robbie Fowler, England's hero of last weekend, will surely be left pondering whether he will be in Liverpool's next starting eleven.
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Press Association, Team Talk

November 20  - Coca-Cola Cup Q-Finals clash with the Magpies

Liverpool will play Newcastle United in the Coca-Cola Cup Quater-finals at the St. James’ Park. The two teams will face each other 3 times in less than a month. Liverpool visit St James’ Park in the Premiership on December 28 before the Reds return to theNorth East a week later when the sides clash in a titanic Coca-Cola Cup quarter-final shoot-out tothe death. The trio of matches end with the Magpies’ trip to Merseyside on January 20 when the Premiership sides play their re-arranged league game which was cancelled on August 31 because of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales. - Liverpool Echo

November 21  - Dalglish signs Dalglish

Newcastle have signed manager Kenny Dalglish's son Paul from Liverpool - and immediately sent him on loan to Bury. The 20-year-old midfielder, who was previously at Celtic, will stay at Gigg Lane until the end of the season. Dalglish goes straight into the Shakers' squad for tomorrow's home game with Sunderland. - Press Association

November 22  - Bogarde's deal abandoned

Liverpool have pulled back from the deal of AC Milan's Dutch star Winston Bogarde. The 3.5million move was believed to have been called off due to concerns about Bogarde's temperament. Apparently it was due to a row with Van Gaal last season when he was left out of the Champions Cup quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, American 'keeper Brad Friedel looks set to join Anfield.

November 22  - Liverpool 0 Barnsley 1

Ashley Ward scored a simple tap-in goal after 35 minutes to stun Liverpool in a match he thought he would never play in. This game, the first between Liverpool and Barnsley in the Premiership, should have become little more than a curious footnote in the Merseyside club's history. Instead it encapsulated everything that has been frustrating and disappointing about Liverpool in the 1990s. It was a messy affair contributed to largely by some woeful Liverpool defending, but it was enough to provide the shock result of the day and Barnsley thoroughly deserved the points.

November 24  - Eggen for Manager ?

Nils Arne Eggen (56) wants to become manager for Liverpool. He hasn't heard anything from the club yet, but the rumours are increasing in strength in England. "I think it's both flattering and interesting. It would be interesting to be a manager for a team that has got opportunities that Rosenborg hasn't", Eggen says. Meanwhile , Swindon boss Steve McMahon has been named as a 4-1 favourite to succeed under-fire Roy Evans as manager of Liverpool after the Merseysiders crashed to an embarrassing 1-0 home defeat against Barnsley on Saturday.

November 28  - Friedel deal off !

The Department of Employment has rejected American keeper's application for a work permit to play in England. Apparently the DOE are not convinced that Friedel will be become the number one in Anfield right away and will thus fail to fulfil the 75% match attendance requirement. The whole situation was made worse because of a trial involving Portsmouth and DOE over Australian keeper Zeljko Kalac. This caused all impending applications on hold.  It is a serious blow to Evans as he has been hoping to sign Brad Friedel for weeks to provide a severe challenge to David James.

November 30  - Arsenal 0 Liverpool 1

Liverpool has to play the crucial match at Highbury without skipper Ince and leading marksman Fowler. However stand-in captain, Steve McManaman scored a gem of a goal in the 56th minute to give the Reds the vital 3 points. With this win, the Reds moves up 2 places to 7th position. Meanwhile, Manchester United thrashed Blackburn Rovers 4-0 in the top of the table clash to reinforce its pole position.

November 30 - Evans to stay

Liverpool boss Roy Evans has declared he will not walk out on Liverpool, despite the pressure he is currently under to win a major trophy this season. Evans, speaking after the win at Arsenal on Sunday, said: "If they (the press) think they can get me to walk out they're picking on the wrong guy." - TeamTalk


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