Monthly Review -September

September 2 - Berger joins list of unhappy players

Patrick Berger is the latest player to have joined the 'I'm not happy here' brigade. This prestigious but by no means exclusive club has boasted members such as Stan Collymore, Neil Ruddock and more recently Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer. Well,now Berger is believed to be considering his options after astart to the season that has seen him on the sidelines. He had a chat with Roy Evans last season when things turned sour after an explosive Premiership introduction this time last year. Berger is also still retaining hopes of playing for the Czech Republic in next year's World Cup and it is thought that his former club Borussia Dortmund are keen on signing him. - TeamTalk

September 5 - McAteer threatens to quit Liverpool

In an interview for the The Daily Mirror, Jason McAteer confirmed that he is prepared to quit Liverpool to get first team football. Spurs are said to be ready to eager to bring Scouser McAteer to White Hart Lane in a 5 million deal. McAteer might well leave Anfield if he does not get first team action soon as lack of it is jeopardizing his chances for playing for Ireland in future.

September 7 - Paganin stubs Liverpool for Bologna

Massimo Paganin has snubbed Liverpool and will sign a three-year deal with Italian side Bologna today. The 27-year-old Inter Milan defender who was recommended by Ince wanted 800,000 per year tax free, a sum which would have made him one of the richest stars in the Premiership. But Liverpool were not prepared to bow to his financial demands and now Paganin, a great friend of Paul Ince , will go elsewhere. This is definitely a blow to Evans after eyeing Paganin for weeks.

September 10 - Liverpool in Euro Super League

Liverpool, together with other English clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle will be joining prominent clubs from Germany, Spain, France and Italy to form a European Super League. The clubs in the new League alongside the English clubs named above will be Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Stuttgart, Paris St Germain, Bordeaux and Monaco. Talks are already under way for the biggest TV and sponsorship contracts in world sport to give the European Super League incredible financial muscle. UEFA plan a meeting at the end of this month in an attempt to block the European Super League, but they may be too late.

September 13 - New chief executive suggests a move from Anfield

Liverpool's new power-broker Rick Parry has refused to rule out the possibility of the Merseyside giants uprooting and moving away from Anfield. The chief executive designate believes that Liverpool may ultimately have no option but to make an emotional switch from their world-famous ground if they are to keep their place among the standard bearers of European football. Parry insists that Liverpool should be looking for a ground capacity of at least 60,000 to keep pace with football's other glamour clubs. That figure could never be achieved at Anfield.

September 13 - Liverpool 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Liverpool collected their second consecutive Premiership victory in a pulsating game at Anfield. The first half was dominated by Liverpool, but despite all their efforts they failed to take the lead. Ince was inspirational in the midfield but collected his third yellow card of the season. Steve Harkness limped off after a crunching tackle. Eventually, after 55 minutes, Ince gave the Reds the lead. Liverpool went 2-0 up after 70 minutes courtesy of Michael Thomas's fierce left strike. Then in the 80th minute the Owls were back with a glancing header by Wayne Collins. Liverpool hang to the 3 points which lifted them to seventh place. - condensed from TeamTalk

September 16 - Celtic 2 Liverpool 2

This game lived up to the "Battle of Britain" hype and must have kept the nation glued to the live national TV coverage. Owen nipped in with a handy shot after 6 minutes and Liverpool proceeded to dominate in what was a scrappy but pulsating affair in the first half. In the second half, however, Celtic came out with all guns blazing and it only took 8 minutes for McNamara to find the net with a cracking drive. Celtic took command and, after hitting the crossbar, deservedly went ahead when Donnelly scored from the penalty spot after James had up-ended Larsson. It was up to a fantastic run and curled shot from McManaman to save Liverpool's blushes in the dying minutes, but Celtic must feel they let Liverpool off the hook and it's the Reds who look favourites to go through now.  - MightyReds

September 20 - Southampton 1 Liverpool 1

Liverpool struggled against a bottom-of-the-table team they were expected to beat and only had a Riedle header and a fluffed chance from McManaman to their credit before Riedle popped up to head past the reaching Jones some 8 minutes before the break. Southampton claims that McAteer handled just before half-time time were forgotten when a Kevin Davies' shot flew past James' outstretched hand and into the net shortly after the break to level the game. More chance for the Saints came and went, with the only clear-cut Liverpool second-half effort coming from Fowler, whose chip 6 minutes from time was deftly tipped over by Jones. - MightyReds News

September 22 - Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 0

Steve McManaman's second wonder goal in a week wrecked Stan Collymore's return to Anfield and sparked Liverpool to a much-needed Premiership victory. Macca scored the second after Robbie Fowler had given Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot following a foul on Michael Owen. Riedle made it 3-0 in the last minute from a simple tap-in after Owen had made a great run into the area and passed square to him. Stan Collymore was time he went anywhere near the ball. Roy Evans was forced to make five changes from the side that started the disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton. - condensed from World Soccernet

September 27 - West Ham 2 Liverpool 1

Liverpool lose to the Hammers In an inconsistent performance, Liverpool lost 2-1 to West Ham United on Saturday, their first away defeat of the season. Fowler equalised in the 52nd minute after West Ham took a shock lead by a Hartson goal in the 15th minute. Though superior in most departments, Liverpool failed to convert their chances to goals. Berkovic finally scored the winner in the 64th minute to give West Ham all 3 points.

September 30 - Liverpool 0 Celtic 0

Liverpool and Celtic fought to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the 2nd leg of the 1st Round in UEFA Cup. The Reds go through on away goals rule.

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