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Author:   indiblue
Date:   Oct 6, 12 at 11:34am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Chelsea Return to Form

Premier League: Manchester United 0 - 4 Chelsea (W)
Mata 11', Hazard 43', Sturridge 71', Moutinho 81'

Courtois had a brilliant first outing for Chelsea as the young Belgian pulled off a great series of saves, balancing out a stupendous offensive strike from the front line to thrash trophy rivals Manchester United four goals to none. Whether the youngster will be re-loaned in the winter window remains to be seen, as he seems a viable candidate for the top spot.

Champions Cup: Feyenoord 0 - 2 Chelsea (W)
Mata 6', Muniain 62'

Yet another clinical performance from Chelsea saw them secure progression to the Champions Cup's knockout stages with a possession-heavy win over the weak Dutch club.

Premier League: Chelsea 1 - 0 Fulham (W)
Oscar 89'

Young Brazilian attacker Oscar left it to late to grab the winner in Chelsea's fourth London derby of the season.

Champions Cup: Chelsea 2 - 1 Nordsjaelland (W)
Mata 45', Muniain 72'
Stokholm 82'

Under heavy snow and in biting wind, a strong Chelsea side devoid of John Terry (hamstring, 2 weeks) managed to finish top of their Champions Cup group with 15 points.

Munian the New Unhappy One

Ruud Gullit will not be pleased if rumours of Iker Muniain's unrest are true. The Dutch manager paid a whopping £17m for the Spanish winger only last summer, and the youngster has already impressed. However, Muniain is not relishing his limited chances at Chelsea. He scores whenever he plays yet he's not picked ahead of people who don't, is his arguement. That he is a favourite of Gullit's is no secret, so it will be interesting to see how the situation progresses.

Blues Begin 2012 Run-In

Premier League: Sunderland 0 - 0 Chelsea (D)

Chelsea's first goalless draw of the season was a very boring affair with nothing to talk about.

Premier League: Manchester City 1 - 2 Chelsea (W)
Tevez 44'
Mata 56', Moutinho 76'

Chelsea overcame table leaders Manchester City to keep themselves in the race for the title. The Blues are looking ever bit stronger since dropping Cech from the playing squad and calling Courtois back from loan in Spain.

Premier League: Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton (W)
Sturridge 87'

Daniel Sturridge lifted in an audacious 40-yard chip over the Southampton keeper after he was caught out of position having travelled down for a late corner.

Premier League: West Ham 0 - 0 Chelsea (D)

What promised to be a thrilling cross-London derby turned sour as both Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge were sent off, the former for a reckless tackle and the latter receiving two yellows.

Premier League: Chelsea 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Hazard 36', Oscar 49'
Bent 22'

Chelsea always looked the side more likely to win as they toyed around with the West Midlands side all afternoon. Ruddy, to his credit, saved a Hazard penalty at the hour mark to deny Chelsea the comfort of coasting past the final half hour.

Premier League: Norwich City 0 - 1 Chelsea (W)
Sturridge 75'

Another late goal from Sturridge secured three points for Chelsea to keep them in the race for the title. The lad from Birmingham has been on fire recently, providing clutch goals at critical times, not unlike one Didier Drogba.

Author:   indiblue
Date:   Oct 6, 12 at 11:42am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Chelsea Will Sell Cech, Marin

Chelsea have placed European clubs on high alert with an unconventional move: the Londoners have placed the unsettled Petr Cech on the transfer list weeks ahead of the winter window. Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale, and PSG are all considered to be candidates for the purchase, with the Germans leading the race to win the Czech's favour. Cech is estimated to fetch between £8m and £10m for the Blues.

The earlier story this publication printed regarding Marko Marin's unreasonable wage demands have proven true, and Chelsea boffins have shown that they will tolerate no more player high-handedness. Marin has been placed on the transfer list alongside Cech, though it is unknown whether or not any clubs will make an approach for the German super-sub.

Akinfeev to Chelsea?

The southwest London club are reportedly in the market for Russia and CSKA Moskva keeper Igor Akinfeev. The one-club man, who has been with the Moscow club since 2003, will not not come at a cheap price. Though Cech is thought to be part of a lucrative deal being prepared at the Stamford Bridge offices, it is unlikely that the Russians will part with their talisman so easily, if at all. As backup, Chelsea are said to have enquired about Sporting CP's Rui Patricio and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Borussia Monchengladbach, while Thibaut Courtois has not been ruled out as Cech's full-time replacement.

Abate and Ivanovic Failing, Switchback Possible

AC Milan and Chelsea have not ruled out a mutual switchback between the two for Ignazio Abate and Branislav Ivanovic. Both right backs have failed to impress at their new clubs, with Ruud Gullit having played Cesar Azpilicueta for most of the later part of 2012. Serbian Ivanovic, meanwhile, has failed to play for the Rossoneri for a full 90 minutes thus far, fuelling speculation that both full-backs' performances are suffering due to mental issues.

Eager to return: Torres Rep

Fernando Torres' agent has stated that his client holds no ill will towards his former employers, stating that the Spaniard is not enjoying his time in Portugal. With Chelsea's lack of goals an issue and their current table position not very stable, Gullit has reportedly been considering switching from his false nine system to a more conventional 4-3-3 or even Chelsea's familiar 4-2-3-1. If such a move comes to fruition, it is very likely that the yet-to-be-pacified Muniain could be the temptation that leads Porto to part with Torres. Without doubt, it would not be the first unexpected thriller to come from Stamford Bridge. Russian owner Roman Abramovich is known for his willingness to shell out his oil rubles on big buys at the drop of a hat.

Piazon May Play Bigger Role

With his short-term loan at Birmingham set to expire in a few short weeks, Gullit's shining young lad Lucas Piazon may play a larger role in the Chelsea senior squad. The Blues will be in need of a midfielder capable of playing across the board should the rumours of Gullit's system overhaul prove true, and while purchasing a fresh face is always a possibility, Chelsea will always have to consider the talents of the Brazilian prodigy. Already touted as Kaka's heir, both in looks and in talent, Piazon may receive an upgrade in his contract to match his new role. Only time will tell what Chelsea is likely to do, though it is thought that Josh McEachran and Oriol Romeu, both finding it difficult to get games under such heavy competition at Stamford Bridge, will be sent out on loan until the end of the season. The two midfielders, in fact, may be candidates for full loans next year as well.

Author:   soccerking57
Date:   Oct 7, 12 at 1:03am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Ah no! indiblue I'm gonna do a Chelsea one. I do have a Fulham but I'm already really far in that, it's on youtube if anyone's interested, but that's not the point.

Author:   soccerking57
Date:   Oct 7, 12 at 3:19am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Gareth Wareth arrived at Stamford Bridge, taking over from the successful Roberto Di Matteo, who had won the Champions League and FA Cup the season previous. Wareth was introduced to the fans at a press conference by the chairman Roman Abramovic who said that the minimum expectation was to win everything this season. When asked if this was too much Wareth simply replied, "It's too little!" He went on to state that he was "simply the best, better than all the rest!" And when asked if he could compare to Mourinho he said, "I'm on his level for sure, just take a look at my records in Fifa 11, 12 and 13 aswell as Football Manager 08-12!" So it seems new the Chelsea boss has been appointed because of his gaming ability.
New Chelsea boss, Wareth, compares himself to 'The Special One'

Chelsea have been drawn in a tough Champions League group. Wareth said that Chelsea would "win all the games." However, with Dortmund, Malaga and Benfica in the group, this will be tough!

Wareth has made some controversial deals on the players leaving, but the ones he's brought in have got the Chelsea fans talking again.
Petr Cech says goodbye to the fans as he's off to Napoli for £11.5 million.

Thibaut Courtois was recalled from Atletico Madrid due to this. Costing Chelsea £3.4 million.

Benayoun, Meireles, Blackman and Turnbull all also left. Ake joined Port Vale on loan. Ramires joined Atletico for £15.5 million. And Lampard and Ivanovic left in swap deals.
Firstly David Villa joined from Barcelona for £12.5 million, fans got excited, the manager said it was "just the beginning!"

Then Miguel Veloso joined for £6 million after an impressive Euros.

Then Dani Alves joined Villa for £9 million & Ivanovic.

Mats Hummels also joined the revolution, giving the thumbs up to an £18 million move.

Then, the biggest transfer, the most controversial transfer of the summer. Weeks of going back and forth between deals, as Chelsea wanted to pay £21 million for Fabregas, but Barca wanted £30 million, an amount Chelsea didn't have. But finally, Chelsea and Barca agreed on £25 million plus injured Frank Lampard to sweeten the deal. "Despite losing a club legend in Frank, we've gained a world class player." Said Wareth, and surprisingly enough Chelsea fans weren't even in the slightest annoyed, fans came out in their thousands to watch the new signings be paraded at Stamford Bridge, and Fabregas, a former rival and a replacement to a legend, got the biggest cheer of them all.

Below, Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg 2012. Lampard and Fabregas get in a heated debate amongst a small coming together of most of the 22 players, as John Terry is sent off.

The team now looks like this at full strength!

Attention then moved to Wareth's first match in charge. Chelsea vs Man City, Community Shield finalé.
Chelsea made a good start and in the 24th minute Mata chipped the ball over the City defence, where Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead with a nice chipped header.
City weren't going to take that though and they replied through a goal from Mario Balotelli, who, in the 35th minute, rose above John Terry and headed into the back of the net, 1-1. It stayed that way until half time.
Then, in the 2nd half Balotelli went through on goal, he was just outside the box when Thibaut Courtois brought him down, Courtois was given his marching orders and with no keeper on the bench, Chelsea turned to John Terry, who probably would have done better than Hilairio.

The resulting free kick was spectacularly saved by John Terry, who made 2 more great saves by the end of the game.
Then, out of nowhere Chelsea had possession of the ball on the left wing with Cole, who passed to Villa, who made fantastic cross, fall right at the unmarked Juan Mata's left boot, and Mata rifled it into the back of the net, 2-1 to Chelsea.
However Chelsea's lead wasn't to last long, some scrapping play from both sides in Chelsea's box lead the ball to falling to Mario Balotelli's feet, he got past Hummels and smacked the ball past John Terry, and to be fair to Terry, no keeper would have saved the shot. 2-2 it finished, onto penalties.
Victor Moses dispatched Chelsea's first penalty, smashing it into the top right hand corner. Edin Dzeko stepped up for City's first, but his shot was saved amazingly by keeper John Terry. Marin made it 2-0 on penalties with another great Chelsea penalty, putting it in the top left hand corner. Then up stepped man of the match Balotelli, who hit the post, his one fault in the whole game, 2-0. David Luiz put his penalty in the bottom left hand corner to make it 3-0. Sergio Aguero then stepped up and HAD to score, to keep City in the game, he smacked it in. 3-1. Then, Fernando Torres stepped up and smacked the winner in the top right hand corner, a great moment for him to silence his critics and win Chelsea the Community Shield.

Author:   FAIZEY13
Date:   Oct 7, 12 at 3:25pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

Milan excited about future with Guidolin
In a suprising turn of events, Francesco Guidolin has been announced as the manager of AC Milan. It is unknown who else was considered for the job, with chairman Adriano Galliani was quoted as saying "He's determined to hit the ground running and we are confident that his leadership will bring success back to the club. We interviewed other candidates, but felt that everything Francesco has done at Udinese was astonishing."
The appointment of Guidolin by Milan is, to some, a gamble given that he has never won a major trophy in all his 26 years of management, but some argue that he has never had the pleasure of working with a team such as Milan.
Aswell as the announcement of the new head coach, Milan board also announced that the club would be travelling to Spain to take part in an all-Spanish pre-season tour, and will consist of Friendly games against Real Zaragoza, Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol.

Tell me what you think!

Author:   D4N
Date:   Oct 7, 12 at 11:46pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

D4N Ponders Carroll recall as David Villa is sidelined

In a shock turn of events, Liverpool manager D4N is currently considering to recall striker Andy Carroll from his loan at West Ham. Summer signing, David Villa suffered an injury at Melwood yesterday morning, but, no one as of yet are aware of the severity of the injury.

Carroll was loaned out to West Ham for the whole season, shortly before D4N was appointed manager of the club. Sources close to the Liverpool boss suggest he did not completely agree with the loan move and if at all necessary would recall the player.

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Liverpool 2-1 Wigan....'Skrtel, 'Sahin.
Raheem Sterling moved over to the left today with the absence of David Villa through injury. Former Benfica winger, Nico Gaitan had his place on the right. Liverpool dominated for large parts of today's fixture with the break through coming from an unlikely source. Martin Skrtel got up well from a Sahin corner to head home for his first of the season, and to put the reds in front. 1-0 was the deficit at the break and D4N may have reflected on some missed opportunities after both Suarez and Sterling wer denied by the wood work in the first period. D4N had to make a change at the break with Assaidi replacing Gaitan. The number 19 looked to be struggling in the last 5 minutes of the first half after a collision with Maynor Figueroa. The game was won for the reds by on loan Real Madrid midfielder, Nuri Sahin. The Turkey international found himself with a pocket of space around 20 yards from goal and curled an effort with his left foot past Ali El Habsi. Great strike. The travelling fans did get something to cheer about though, Franco Di Santo grabbed a goal with a very accomplished finish just before the full time whistle. But given the score line it was at best a consolation.

"I thought we played well today. And in some respect the score line flatters Wigan a lot. We had a bag full of chances to score, but for what ever reason it would not go in for us. We could be disappointed with not being able to keep a clean sheet but as an admirer of football you have to step back and applaud the lad who scored past us. It was a magnificent effort. If i had been standing here and that goal had beat us maybe it would be a different story but the key today is the 3 points and i'm glad we have got them."
D4N takes Charge of his first Game as Australia Head Coach

International Friendly

Australia 1-2 South Africa....'Ognenovski
D4N's debut as an International manager ended in defeat with his Austalian side letting slip a 1 goal lead to South Africa. D4N had been bold in his team selection and went 4-3-3, much like the formation he uses at Liverpool. The First 11 wer: Brad Jones in goal, Wilkshire, Neill, Ognenovski & McGowan at the back with, Holman, Cahill & Bresciano in midfield. Harry Kewell, Kennedy & James Troisi led the line up front. Ognenovski put his nation ahead just before the break. The big defender got up well from a Brett Holman corner to head past the keeper. The second half was decisive though and South Africa came out fighting. With two goals in the matter of 5 minutes for the South African's there would be no way back for the Socceroos and the game finished 2-1. The new Australia head coach will learn a lot from today's friendly and hopefully he will be able to get to winning ways against Hungary on Tuesday night.

"It's a learning curve for me more than anything. Obviously i am new to this level of football and the players still need to adapt to my ways of playing the game. Brad (Jones) is the only player familiar with my style because he is with me at Liverpool but that's not much use as obviously Brad's a goal keeper. But we have got a chance to have a couple more training sessions before we go to Hungry on Monday morning for the game on Tuesday night, so hopefully we will understand each others strengths and weaknesses by then."

Hungary 1-2 Australia....'Kewell (p), 'Cahill
D4N fielded an unchanged team to the side that wer defeated by South Africa the weekend. Hungary wer the side to take the lead though. West Brom attacker, Zoltan Gera with the strike for the home nation to take the lead. It remained 1-0 until just after the hour mark. Aston Villa midfielder, Brett Holman was bought down in the penalty area and Harry Kewell calmly stepped up to dispatch the spot kick. The equaliser seemed to galvanise the Ausises and the intricate passing a moving that we see so often at Liverpool began to click. Former Everton midfielder, Tim Cahill grabbed the goal that gave D4N his first win as an International coach. The New York Red Bulls midfielder shrugged off his opponents challenge and smashed the ball past the keeper with his left foot, just outside of area. 2-1 at the final whistle.

"We showed good character today and came out deserved winners. There was a big difference in style between these two friendlies. Against South Africa, we seemed content at sitting back and hoofing the ball up field but today we wer passing and moving and the wide players wer making penetrating runs at times. It was a definite penalty though no doubt about that."
Former Liverpool winger, Harry Kewell celebrates his equalising penalty against Hungary.

David Villa Cleared to Play at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool forward, David Villa has been declared fit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in two days time. The number 10 suffered a slight ankle injury at Melwood shortly before the Wigan game, just before the International break. But the first team Doctor, Zaf Iqbal has given the all clear for the Spain striker to play.
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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool....'Gaitan, 'David Villa
A fantastic result away from home for D4N and Liverpool today. The reds fought back after going a goal down from a Frank Lampard strike. Steven Gerrard was the man to play in Gaitan, who grabbed his first goal for his new club at the shed end of the bridge. After receiving the ball from his skipper, the number 19 bamboozled John Terry then riffled the ball past Petr Cech at his near post. 1-1 was the score at half time. Second half substitution David Villa won the game for the reds. The Spaniard was hogging the touch line when a long precise ball from Pepe Reina was played to him. a 1-2 with Joe Allen enabled him to escape the clutches of Ivanovic. The striker entered the box and hit the ball hard and low past Cech to win the game.

"Brilliant for the lads to come back and win the 3 points today. It's good to have David Villa back fit as well he showed his class by getting the winner today and a fit David Villa is a hell of an improvement for any team. Chuffed for Nico to open his account as well so hopefully we can kick on from here and take confidence from the win today."

Swansea 0-1 Liverpool....'Assaidi
Liverpool's trip to Wales, proved to be a productive one as the reds came back to Merseyside with all 3 points once again. It's two wins from two for D4N's men away from home and the Liverpool boss will be hoping for his side to continue this run. Oussama Assaidi with the only goal of the game. A lovely move down the right involving Glen Johson, Luis Suarez and Nuri Sahin ended with the latter squaring an enticing centre which Assaidi slotted home. Swansea City went close to salvaging a point, Michu hitting the ball just wide of Reina's far post from around 25 yards. It finished 1-0 to the reds.
These two have been instrumental in the last two wins for Liverpool

Europa League Group Stage

Liverpool 0-2 Bayer 04
Liverpool sunk to defeat tonight against German outfit, Bayer Leverkusen. Lars Bender and Andre Shurrle put the reds to the sword. Both goals wer scored in the first half leaving D4N's team a mountain to climb in the second period. The German side defended well and denied Luis Suarez a clear run on goal at one point but the referee deemed there to have been no contact. Frustration for the Liverpool players and the Manager in the dugout. Liverpool remain 2nd in Group A with Bayer Leverkusen top. The final group game comes against AIK in 3 weeks time.

"We wer too lazy i think in the first half. The lads wer told what they needed to do at half time to turn the game around but they wer very,very organised defensively. We maybe had a call for a sending off when Suarez was through on goal but you get decisions like that, the officials are only human after all. We pressed them well in the second half but it wasn't to be. All we can do now is look to the final group game against AIK and see where we go from there."

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Liverpool 3-1 Southampton....'Assaidi x2, 'Suarez
Premier League new boys, Southampton had a rude awakening at Anfield today as the reds fought back from a goal down once again to take the three points. Boyhood Liverpool fan, Ricky Lambert gave the saints the lead after 10 minutes. Some sloppy play by Joe Allen as he played a pass back to Reina short, the scouser pounced on Allen's mistake and slid the ball past Reina. The in form, Assaidi bought it back to honours even after 35 minutes. The Morrocan played a neat give and go with Luis Suarez and the number 11's pace was too much for José Fonte and an accomplished finish went past Artur Boruc. The score was tied going into the break and with his confidence knocked following the mistake for the goal, Joe Allen was replaced with Jordan Henderson. Liverpool wer on the front foot from the start of the second half. Substitute, Henderson announced his arrival straight away hitting the up right from just outside the box. A goal was coming and it was top scorer Suarez who got it. The number 7 took a ball out the sky from Gerrard and played in David Villa, the Spaniard hit the ball and forced a save from Boruc. But Suarez gambled on a loose ball and was there to tap it in. A rare opportunity in the second half presented itself to Adam Lalana but a block by Dan Agger insured Liverpool's lead. Assaidi put the icing on the cake though as he again got the better of José Fonte and curled a left footed shot past Boruc into the far corner. Great performance again by the reds and they have shown a lot of character today to come back.

"Brilliant result today. Especially after that defeat on Thursday night i thought the lads showed how determined they are to succeed today. It was unfortunate for Joe (Allen), but it happens to the best players in the world. It looked as though it knocked his confidence a little so i threw Jordan (Henderson) on. Joe will keep his chin up and bounce back though."

Spurs 1-0 Liverpool
Joe Cole was the main threat for Spurs today as he returned to haunt his former club. The former England midfielder created Clint Dempsey's goal which turned out to be the only goal of the game. Liverpool wer poor going forward today. Skipper Steven Gerrard cut a frustrated figure in midfield as he was trying to push his team mates forward the players around him just didn't seem to be on the same wave lentgh. D4N even put youngster Samed Yesil on for the final 10 minutes to try and bag a goal but the damage was done and Joe Cole and Spurs deserved the 3 points.

"The better team won today. We wer outclassed in every department, which is a rarity for Liverpool Football Club. If im honest the team did not play to their strengths today, of that i am disappointed. We have to do better, if we are to compete at the top of the league. Our fans did not deserve that performance today, we have the best fans in the world and they deserve better than that."

Liverpool drawn against Southend United in FA Cup as the Xmas period approaches

Liverpool have been drawn against Southend United away in the FA Cup 4th round. The reds - who have been FA Cup champions 7 times, the most recent in 2006 will travel to Southend for the tie.

The fixture pile up is fast approaching and D4N will be releshing the task of using his whole squad throught out this busy period. The first of which is away at West Ham United in the Premier League.

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West Ham 2-2 Liverpool....'Allen, 'Suarez
Liverpool today twice threw away the lead as West Ham fought back to earn a point at Upton Park. Joe Allen put the reds ahead after gaining a free run into the penalty area. The Welshman fired the ball past Jääskeläinen to give his side the lead. The lead didn't last long though as Kevin Nolan went up the other end to cancel out Allen's goal. The score was 1-1 at the break. It was the 84th minute when Luis Suarez finally put Liverpool in front once more, Nuri Sahin flicked a header on after a Martin Kelly throw in. El pistolero controlled the ball with his heel and smashed it into the roof of the net. Liverpool looked set to win the game but Mohammed Diame went up the other end in the 3rd minute of stoppage time and won a point for the hammers.

"It's a hard one to take. We wer perhaps 30 seconds from 3 points when Diame scored, but thats football. Those are the margins in how a game can flip in an instant. At the same time we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. When we are a goal ahead we still need to be as tight at the back as we have always been and the same time need to press for that all important second goal. Before the game i would have said a point at Upton Park is not a bad result but in the manner of which we conceded so late on, its disappointing."

Author:   CosLamp
Date:   Oct 8, 12 at 10:41am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

SS. LAZIO 2012-13


Lazio's chances of Champion's League football next season were dealt a major blow and Miroslav Klose suffered a broken ankle in a 2-1 victory over Genoa.

The German striker has bagged 8 goals in 11 league games for the biancazurri this season, but became the latest name on a long injury list troubling Fabio Galletti.

Following Stefano Mauri's 2 month injury in the season opener, first choice keeper Marchetti suffered a fractured leg which is expected to keep him sidelined for 3 months, with the stopper due back in training by January. Klose's absence will serve to compound the troubles of a club stuck in 7th in the Serie A, a long way off their desired Champions' League spot.

With Zarate and Kozak both having difficulty finding the next, Lazio have no obvious goalscorer to fill the gap, and Klose not expected to return until late March, Galletti may have to spend in the upcoming transfer window to find a reliable striker, or possibly turn to 18 year old Luca Romanó, who is lighting up the Belgian league on loan to Club Brugge,


Lazio's quiet transfer window sparked to life with deadline day moves for Adryan and Cristian Pasquato following the sale of Ederson.

Cristian Pasquato, who found himself out of favour at Bologna, has expressed his desire to make the switch to the capital, and if Galletti's track record of spotting potential is right with this choice, the 22 year old could prove a steal for just €4m.

18 year old Adryan is one of Brazil's brightest prospects, and with age on his side, could prove to be another shrewd buy at just €5m. If the countless videos of the youngster are to be believed, he has exciting speed across the ground and excellent quick feet, but with the fans clamouring for more established names to replace Miroslav Klose, Adryan will have to adapt quickly to the Italian game to find himself any favour.

Author:   D4N
Date:   Oct 8, 12 at 11:45pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

Shelvey scores a brace as the reds loose in Sweeden.

Liverpool have qualified as Group A runners up after they slipped to defeat in Sweeden tonight. A 3rd minute penalty and a second half header from, Jonjo Shelvey did not prove enough as the Sweedish side played for pride and took there only win of the group.

Europa League - Group Stage

AIK 4-2 Liverpool....'Shelvey x2
Liverpool looked set to wrap up their final group game after going a goal up when Jonjo Shelvey converted a 3rd minute penalty, but it wasn't to be. Liverpool wer ahead for all of 10 minutes when the home side grabbed a quickfire double. Goals from, Celso Borges and Helgi Daníelsson put AIK into the lead. Liverpool found themselves chasing the game and did look desperate on occasions. Jamie Carragher - who was captain today, with Gerrard rested - tried to calm his team mates down and hold onto the ball, but was dispossessed by Henok Goitom who found the net to give his side a two goal advantage going into the second half. An unchanged Liverpool side entered the fray for the second period and Jonjo Shelvey got on the score sheet for a second time. The 20 year old getting in between the two centre backs to head home a perfectly timed, Dani Pacheco cross. Liverpool wer back in it but their commitment to find the equaliser cost them once more. With only Carragher back and the reds attacking a corner, AIK managed to scramble the ball clear and break with Celso Borges and Henok Goitom. Carragher needed to win the ball but was out run by Borges who was 1 on 1 with Gulasci and buried it for his sides first and only win of the Group. It finished 4-2 in Sweeden.

"We wer lazy at times especially when we went in front so early on. Credit to them though they played some good football and deserved to win. Slightly disappointed to go through as group runners up but who ever we face in the next round, i'm sure it will be a difficult tie."

Final Group A Standings

1.Bayer 04 -----P6----W4----D0----L2----GF10----GA5----GD5----PTS12 QUALIFIED
2.Liverpool -----P6----W2----D2----L2----GF10----GA9----GD1----PTS8 QUALIFIED
3.FC Basel -----P6----W2----D2----L2----GF7----GA10----GD-3----PTS8 OUT
4.AIK Fotboll ---P6----W1----D2----L3----GF7----GA10----GD-3----PTS5 OUT

Liverpool advance on goal difference alone, D4N will be calling for his players to improve as the competition enters the knock out rounds, where the opposition gets tougher each stage.
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Liverpool 1-1 Villa....'Gerrard (p)
Steven Gerrard scored a late penalty at Anfield to rescue a point for the home side. The reds who are un beaten at home this season wer in danger of loosing today after Darren Bent scored a header in the first half. Liverpool dominated the ball in the second period but could not find the net. It wasn't until Nuri Sahin was bought down just inside the box by Vlarr in the 88th minute that Liverpool scored. The penalty was awarded at the Anfield Road end in front of Villa's travelling contingent, who did there best to try and put the England captain off but Steven Gerrard is the master under pressure and riffled the ball past Shay Given to grab a point, silencing the away end. It finished 1-1.

"It's frustrating because we played the better football, but just could not find the net. Going into the final 5 minutes and still a goal down was demoralising for us on the touch line because we had played most the second half in their half. The referee made the correct decision with the penalty though it was a clear penalty and i new that Stevie (Gerrard) would bury that."
Liverpool Skipper, Steven Gerrard silences the away fans.

Liverpool 2-2 Fulham....'Suarez, 'Sterling
A second consecutive home draw for Liverpool today as they drew with Fulham 2-2. Dimitar Berbatov and Damien Duff gave Fulham a 2 goal advantage with the reds once again chasing the game. Joe Allen went close, as did David Villa but at the half time whistle the score was still 2-0 to the visitors. It's unusual for Liverpool to be chasing a game at Anfield but it's whats happened in the last two fixtures at the historic ground. Liverpool wer attacking the Kop end in the second half, and it wasn't long before an opportunity presented itself. Brede Hangeland fouled Raheem Sterling around 20 yards from goal. Suarez, Gerrard and Sahin wer stood over the ball. It was Suarez who took the kick and curled it into the keepers far corner, great free kick and a great goal. Liverpool back in it with the score at 2-1. D4N took off David Villa and put on Nico Gaitan for some fresh legs in attack. The Argentine was involved from the off as he received the ball from Gerrard a 1-2 with Suarez got him into the box. Gaitan then slalomed past Hangeland and squared the ball across the 6 yard box where Sterling was waiting to tap in. Fantastic Subtitution by D4N, Gaitan made an immediate impact. Liverpool went close to getting the winner but for Schwarzer who pulled off a tremendous save to deny Suarez a second.

"We need to be more disciplined defensively. We are conceding too many goals at the moment. The only plus side is that we haven't lost today. But no way should we be chasing a point at home, it's not good enough for a club of this magnitude, i know that, the players know that and more importantly the fans know that. That is who we play for, the fans. So we need to improve."
Liverpool Drawn Against Inter in Europa League Round of 32

Liverpool have been handed a difficult draw in the Europa League against Inter Milan. It will be only the 3rd time these two great clubs have met after Liverpool won 1-0 at the San Siro and 2-0 at Anfield in the Champions League in 2008. Before that you have to go as far back as the 1964/1965 season when Inter defeated Liverpool 4-3 on aggregate after winning by 3 goals to nill at the San Siro then loosing 3-1 at Anfield in the European Cup.

The reds will travel to the San Siro for the first leg in Febuary next year with Inter travelling to Anfield for the second leg the following week. Inter won 5 of their 6 group games finishing top of Group B so it will be a difficult game for Liverpool that's for sure.

Xmas Joy for the Reds at the Brittania

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Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool....'Suarez, 'Allen
Boxing Day and a difficult fixture for the reds away to Stoke. D4N's men gave the travelling Kop a late Christmas present with a scintillating performance on this cold winter afternoon. Luis Suarez put Liverpool in front shortly before the half time whistle, the Uragyuan skinned Shawcross and Huth then placed the ball into the bottom corner. Great finish. Liverpool went into the break a goal to the good. The reds started the second half with terrific energy, feeding off their travelling support, who jeered every touch from a Stoke player. As early as the third minute in the second period, Suarez created a yard of space for himself, but his shot was slashed wide. Joe Allen though soon doubled the visitors lead. A great move involving Jose Enrique and David Villa, Enrique scooped the ball over Etherington for David Villa to control. The Spaniard came in field and spotted a bursting run from midfield by Joe Allen, a clever disguised pass to the Welshman left him with an easy finish across the keeper. Allen ran to the Liverpool fans behind the goal who where duly celebrating the goal. Stoke did pull a goal back just before the final whistle. Peter Crouch with the looping header. It finished 2-1 to Liverpool.

"Fantastic result today. Not many teams come here and do what we did today. The lads wer determined and we kept the ball well. The plan was to keep the ball as often as possible and keep it tight and compact. Ariel crosses would have been no good today as Stoke have a big strong side. We won by playing good quick tempo football so i'm pleased with the performance today."
Joe Allen capped off a brilliant Liverpool move to get the winner at Stoke today.

The busy Christmas period continues in 3 days time as the Reds go further south to QPR on the 29th followed by a home tie against Sunderland on New Years Day.
What are D4N's plans in the transfer Window?

With the transfer window reopening next week we hava look at some of the players being linked with a move to Anfield.

Fernando Torres
Former Liverpool and current Chelsea forward Fernando Torres is being linked with a shock move back to the club where he was once adored by it's supporters. Following D4N's appointment in the summer he moved quickly to bring in David Villa from Barcelona. With Luis Suarez as well in a potential front 3 which could be mouth watering for Liverpool fans should Torres play to the levels he was during his previous spell. Torres made 102 appearences for the reds last time round scoring 65 goals.

Nuri Sahin
Although the Turkish International is currently on loan at Liverpool, D4N will be seeking talks with Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid officials to try and take him on a permanant basis. Sahin has proved a vital player for D4N so far this season and has contributed immensley in the push towards the Champions League spot. Sahin is just the type of player D4N likes, good on the ball, can spot a pass and is hardworking and committed at playing for his shirt.

Alan Dzagoev
Should any permanant move for Sahin prove impossible for Liverpool, D4N is thought to be scouting, CSKA Moscow and Russia International midfielder, Alan Dzagoev. The Russian is a player in a similar mould to that of Sahin and would be an ideal solution for the reds in midfield. Dzagoev was a revelation at Euro 2012 and has been in excellent form for CSKA so far this season.

Queens Park Rangers vs Liverpool Football Club
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Loftus Road
Match Preview

Heading into the penultimate game of the festive season, Liverpool travel to London to face QPR at Loftus Road. A convinsing victory on boxing day at Stoke will give the reds a lot of confidence going into this fixture. With Luis Suarez in hot scoring form and David Villa back to full fitness as well as the likes of Steven Gerrard, Nico Gatian, Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Oussama Assaidi and Raheem Sterling bang on form the homeside may find they have their hands full.

Lets take a look at how the teams may line up.



Author:   Wembley_Way
Date:   Oct 9, 12 at 12:17pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

Dynamo Dresden

Benson Signs Dynamo Contract

2. Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden have appointed unknown English manager George Benson as their new manager after Ralf Loose walked out. Loose who took Dresden to 9th in the division last season couldn’t agree on a new contract and has subsequently left the club. Benson passed his UEFA coaching badges last month and chairman Andreas Ritter obviously thought that he was the right man for the job.

Andreas Ritter: This club needs a young manager with new, fresh ideas which will help the club grow. What he lacks in experience he makes up for in talent and i think many people in Germany are going to be surprised about how good he really is.

Ritter has lots of faith in Benson's ability.

A History Lesson

Full Name: Sportgemeinschaft Dynamo Dresden
Founded: 1950 as SG Deautsche Volksolizei
Stadium: Glücksgas Stadion (Capacity: 32,066)
Chairman: Andreas Ritter
Manager: George Benson
League: 2. Bundesliga
2011-12: 2. Bundesliga, 9th

They played West Ham United in a pre-season friendly this year, with Dresden winning 3-0.

Author:   Severance
Date:   Oct 9, 12 at 5:22pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
First of all apologies for another Liverpool one, but they're my team and I was always going to start my first career mode with them.

Liverpool announce Redknapp as manager

Liverpool have named Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp as the club's new manager, replacing darling of the Kop, Kenny Dalglish. A number of names were thrown around as potential replacements such as Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez but the club's American owners have opted for 39 year old to take the club forward. It is seen as a risky approach by the club with it being Redknapp's first ever steps into management.

"I'm delighted to be back at Liverpool. Of course it's going to be hard to replace Kenny but I've got confidence in myself and in the team that we can improve on last season. The most important thing was to be back in Europe, because a club like Liverpool should be there, fighting for the top honours but for us this season it's all about the top 4. It'll be a challenge but I'm well up for it!"

Tom Werner, chairman of Liverpool had this to say; "Jamie is a great pundit and his knowledge of the game and of the club is great and that is why we've gone for this option. We wanted a young manager , someone we could back in the transfer market and bring stability to the club and in Jamie I think we've got a really good, up-and-coming manager."

Jamie's father and fellow manager, Harry Redknapp is well known for having a keen eye int he transfer market and Liverpool fans certainly, will be hoping that it is a trait that runs in the family.

Alaba swaps Munich for Merseyside

Liverpool have completed the signing of Bayern Munich defender David Alaba for a fee of £7million. The 20 year old Austrian international has signed a 4 year deal with Liverpool and one which sees Redknapp off the mark in the transfer market. With only Jack Robinson currently challenging José Enrique for his place at left back, this deal is one that is sure to go down well with the Liverpool fans.

"I'm delighted to have signed for such a prestigious club at such a crucial stage." Said the young Austrian international, who will wear number 6 this season. "The chance to play at one of the world's great clubs in one of the most famous football arenas is a privelage and one I'm really looking forward too. I've enjoyed my time at Bayern; I've learned a lot there and made some great friends, but the chance to play a part in this restoration is too much for me to pass on."

His new manager is delighted with the acquisition. "David is one of the best left backs coming through at the minute and I'm really happy to have him on board. Last season, particularly in the second half of the season José [Enrique] looked a little lacklustre at times and that can happen to players who aren't having their positions challenged so for me bringing in a new left back was a priority. We wanted someone young, pacey and solid at the back and Alaba ticks all of them boxes. The fans are going to love him.

Author:   D4N
Date:   Oct 9, 12 at 11:46pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Severance no problem m8 im exactly the same im a red aswell

Reds Don't Have a Large Transfer Budget

Liverpool Football Club don't have the funds to provide the manager to bolster his squad during the upcoming transfer window. It is thought that D4N would have to sell to buy until the end of the season with rumours going round that a formal request of £20,000,000 by D4N - to fund a bid for Fernando Torres - was rejected by the club.

It will come as a blow to Liverpool fans as even with the summer injection of David Villa and Nico Gaitan, they still seem to be lacking that one big target man up front. Andy Carroll ticks all the boxes as to what D4N is looking for but is out on loan with West Ham until the end of the season. A recall could be made but a compensation fee would have to be paid to the hammers if D4N wishes to cut short the loan.

Social Media and the press have jumped on this one and it is thought that the potential sale of Italian forward, Fabio Borini may fund a move for Torres or help to recall Carroll.

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QPR 2-1 Liverpool....'Assaidi
A disappointing result for Liverpool today as they wer beaten at Loftus road by 2 goals to 1. Liverpool had taken the lead after 15 minutes, Steven Gerrard with the lofted ball from a central position, picking out Luis Suarez who flicked on to an un marked Assaidi at the back post. The Morrocan took a touch and drove the ball into the bottom corner. It was a promising start from the visitors who went close to doubling their lead almost straight from the restart, Steven Gerrard's long range strike narrowly wide of Cesar's far post. Mark Hughes' QPR responded well though to Liverpool's early flurry, and it wasn't long before they found the equaliser. Adel Tarrabt had the beating of Glen Johnson on the left then curled a great effort past Pepe Reina to equalise. Going into the break the score was 1-1. The home side wer on the front foot from the start in the second half with Liverpool penned back into their own half. The reds' opportunities wer few and far between in the second period with Suarez snatching at the only real chance. Liverpool's afternoon got worse when Skipper and talisman, Gerrard went over on his ankle and had to come off for Jordan Henderson - it looked a nasty one. But it would be former Liverpool striker, Djibrl Ciise who would get the final say. Junior Hoilett with a pass into feet the Frenchman dumied the ball through the legs of Agger and smashed it past Reina to win his side the points.

"It wasn't a very convincing performance from our point of view today. We did well in the first 20 minutes or so taking the lead and then going close again. I think if we had got a second there confidence would have been shot and we may have had a different outcome. But credit to QPR in the second half they wer the better team. As for Stevie (Gerrard) we think he may have just twisted his ankle it's too early to say he's left early to have an x-ray on it so we will see what the results say."
Gerrard Ruled out for a month

Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of action for up to a month after suffering a sprained ankle in the 2-1 defeat to QPR yesterday. It will come as a huge blow to D4N as his captain has been at the hub of everything from midfield this season. The injury means that Gerrard will miss vital matches against Sunderland on New Years Day, Southend in the FA Cup, Man United away and Norwich City at Anfield.

"It's obviously a huge blow to the team. It would be to any team, Stevie is one of, if not the best midfield players in world football and obviously we will miss him. But it's up to Jonjo (Shelvey), Jordan (Henderson) and Suso now to prove to me who is best to replace him. Sunderland the day after tomorrow will be a difficult game anyway but it will be even more difficult with out our captain."
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Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland....'Suarez
New Years blues for the reds today at Anfield as they slipped to their first home defeat of the season. Jordan Henderson was in for the injured Steven Gerrard in midfield - Against his former club. Once again though Liverpool went a goal ahead and lost the game in a frustrating manner for the manager and fans. Luis Suarez headed his side in front just before the break, Nuri Sahin got the ball just outside the box on the right and spotted Suarez's run. A floated cross was swung in by Sahin and Suarez just glanced the ball past the keeper. Liverpool took the lead into the break. A disastrous second half begun with Sunderland getting an equaliser through Steven Fletcher and then a second almost straight away from Craig Gardener. The reds wer rumbled and it led to there first home defeat. It finished at Anfield 2-1.

"I can't describe my feelings right now, frustrated is one of them though. We are better than how we are playing at the moment. We need to step it up now before the rest of the teams above get a lead on us, Southend in the cup next but after that its United away so we need to prepare ourselves correctly."
D4N Signs Morata until end of the season

Liverpool have signed 19 year old Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata on loan until the end of the season. The 6ft 3inch striker joined Real from Getafe in 2008 and has made 3 first team appearences for the Madrid side. D4N was in need of a strong target man and instead of recalling Andy Carroll from West Ham opted to take the Spanish youngster until the end of the season.

Morata will join, Nuri Sahin as the second Real Madrid player on loan on Merseyside. He has been given the number 22 shirt and having passed a medical at Melwood this morning will join up with his team mates on Friday for his first training session.

"He's a good young player and can bring something different to our game. We did explore the avenue of recalling Andy (Carroll) from West Ham but the compensation fee wasn't feasible for the club. Andy will come back up at the end of the season but until then i'm pleased to have Alvaro at the club. He's a big strong forward, something that has been missing from our team up to now. He will be another option, a plan b so to speak. Hopefully we can offer him some valuable experience in first team football as well so for all parties concerned its a good signing." - Liverpool boss, D4N

"I am pleased to be here to help the team. I have heard many great things about the club from Nuri and Xabi Alonso back in Madrid as well. The manager has explained to me why he has signed me and what he expects from me, i believe i can make an impact here."

Morata didn't sign in time to be able to feature for the reds agianst Southend in the FA cup tomorrow night but will be available for selection against Manchester United on Sunday.
FA Cup - Third Round

Southend United 2-2 Liverpool....'Dani Pacheco (p), 'Bornini
An exhilarating performance from Npower League 2 minnows, Southend United nearly caused an upset in the FA cup third round tonight. Liverpool's Fabio Borini came off the bench to score a late equaliser at the Roots Hall Stadium. D4N opted for youth to begin with, the first 11 consisted of, Jones in goal, Flanagan, Carragher, Wisdom and Robinson at the back with Suso, Lucas, Coady and Pacheco in midfield. Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil started upfront. Liverpool went behind just before the half hour mark when Brad Jones fluffed a textbook catch and Elliot Benyon was there to tap in to give his side the lead. Liverpool went close to scoring a few minutes later when Adam Morgan stretched Paul Smith with a fantastic effort. But it wasn't until stoppage time in the first half that Liverpool got back into it. After a ball into feet from Connor Coady, Samed Yesil was bought down by Anthony Straker in the box allowing the referee to point to the spot. Dani Pacheco was the designated penalty taker in the continued absence of Steven Gerrard. The Spaniard took a leaf from his captain's book and smashed the ball right down the middle, leaving Smith with no chance. A double change from D4N as he went in search of a winner, Jordan Henderson replaced Connor Coady and Fabio Borini came on for Adam Morgan. Southend though would be the ones to gain the advantage. Freddy Eastwood found himself in acres of space after springing the offside trap and made no mistake when 1 on 1 with Brad Jones. 2-1 to Southend and with the clock ticking, Liverpool needed a goal. It was the 86th minute when Fabio Borini escaped the clutches of Chris Barker and smashed the ball past Smith on the half turn, to earn a replay at Anfield. It finished 2-2 on the night.

"It was a typical FA cup tie. We neally bit the dust in this competition tonight but that's the beauty of the FA cup it brings the best out of sides. Im glad we still have a chance to progress when we play at Anfield but we will need to be on our toes, as Southend showed tonight they are no pushovers. I told Fabio before i put him on that we needed a goal and he was the man to get it and thankfully he did."

Borini celebrates last gasp equaliser.

Reds come good at Old Trafford

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Man United 1-2 Liverpool....'Allen, 'Suarez
Following two defeats on the bounce in the Premier League, the latest coming at Anfield against Sunderland. Liverpool wer faced with an away trip to Old Trafford. D4N changed tactics today and played with 5 defenders, 4 in midfield and 1 striker. Pepe Reina was skipper in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard with Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique operating as wing backs. Sebastian Coates, Martin Skrtel and Dan Agger wer the back 3. David Villa and Nico Gaitan wer on either side of Nuri Sahin and Joe Allen in midfield with Luis Suarez playing the lone striker role. New arrival, Alvaro Morata was on the bench. As the game got underway, Liverpool passed the ball around well and everyone had, had a touch before long. Just 6 minutes had past when Joe Allen found himself just on the edge of the box. Enrique was in an advanced position in United's half with the hosts penned back into their own half, the Spaniard squared it to Allen who created half a yard and curled it into the bottom corner. Great finish for his 3rd goal of the season. Liverpool continued to dominate the ball and some of the 1 touch passing from the reds was sublime. United could not get near them and Liverpool didn't commit any players forward where not necessary. United did have a late surge in the first half with Wayne Rooney only denied by the finger tips of Pepe Reina. Liverpool held on to take a lead into the break though. United came out attacking in the second half but there commitment to get the equaliser led to Liverpool's second. Nemanja Vidic was the only player back after Liverpool cleared a corner. The Serbian had a poor first touch, which enabled Suarez to pick pocket him on the half way line, The Uraguyan was tugged back by the United skipper but stayed on his feet and eventually got away from Vidic and was bearing down on goal. Lindegaard came out but Suarez curled it round him to give the visitors a 2 goal advantage. Almost 5 minutes later, Michael Carrick picked out van Persie and the Dutchman hit a first time volley into the bottom corner, contender for goal of the season there but it was too little too late as the reds held on for a famous 3 points at Old Trafford.

"Brilliant result today. We changed our dimension today, knowing the threat that United hold and it paid off, i thought we kept posession immensley. We finished the game with all 7 substitutions un used as well, We didn't want to upset our rythem and our play everyone on the field new what to do today and they did a fantastic job, so we saw no reason to change it round. Im proud of the players today and they should be proud of themselves, its a great win for everyone assosiated with the club."
Suarez celebrates his goal aginst United.

FA cup - Third Round - Replay

Liverpool 1-0 Southend United....'Dani Pacheco (AET)
Liverpool are safley through to the fourth round of the FA cup, but they had to do it the hard way. A 2-2 draw i Southend gave them a replay at Anfield. Alvaro Morata started up top today and Liverpool had a very direct approach for the hour he was on the pitch. The reds could not manage to do it in normal time though, it wasn't until the 100th minute in extra time the dead lock was finally broken. Dani Pacheco who netted a penalty in the previous tie gambled on a ball dropping to him in the box, Oussama Assaidi recieved the ball from Martin Kelly by the corner flag. The number 11 took the ball in field and clipped a ball towards the far post where Pacheco had ran towards, the Spaniard at full stretch volleyed the ball into the roof of the net. Heart break for the visiting supporters but they had been magnificent over the two games and can go home with their heads held high.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Dani Pacheco

"We did it the hard way but we are through. I have to give credit to Southend United who made it difficult over the course of the two games but we are through. I think we saw the extra dimension Alvaro (Morata) gives us as we could get the ball forward quicker and he is very good at holding the ball up to bring others into play. That's why we signed him. All in all a decent performance tonight by the young lads."

Author:   indiblue
Date:   Oct 10, 12 at 3:05pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates
Hi all, sad to say my PS3 was corrupted last night and the entire thing had to be replaced under warranty, so my Gullit story ends here. Mayhaps I will start a new one with one of the other clubs I favour - Dortmund/Bilbao/West Ham/Milan. But for now, I'll be focusing on just enjoying the game.

Author:   Severance
Date:   Oct 10, 12 at 4:42pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

Change continues at Liverpool

Liverpool have added 2 new faces to their team with a week to go until the Premier League season kicks off, bringing in Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada and Mexican wonderkid Carlos Fierro. Ahamada, 21 has joined from the French side for a fee of £4million, while Fierro, 18, has joined from Guadalajara of Mexico for a sum of £1million.

Where there are arrivals though, there are departures and Redknapp has allowed Joe Cole leave the club, with the Londoner joining Fulham for £4million, while goalkeepering duo Brad Jones and Alexander Doni have left the club, joining Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers respectively, bringing the club a collective amount of £1.3million.

As well as the 3 permanent departures, Redkanpp has also allowed a further 8 players join other clubs on a season-long loan. Peter Gulacsi, Stephen Sama, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson, Jon Flanagan, Conor Coady, Michael Ngoo, Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil have left their parent club to go and find 1st team football in order to aid their development, joining Andy Carroll, Jay Spearing and Henoc Mukendi as players who will miss the season with loans. It takes Liverpool's squad size for the season to just 25 as they look to restore their place in the Premier League's elite top 4.

"We have to move forward. We've got a lot of bright talent here, but for most of them they're going to be limited to cup matches and will only get 3 or 4 games this season, it's better for them to be playing competitive football rather than sitting in the reserves." said the new Liverpool boss. "Brad [Jones] and Alexander Doni are 2 fantastic goalkeepers, but they're at that age where there's no point of just sitting on the bench. It's better for all parties to allow them to move on and for us to bring in a young, talented 'keeper for the future."

When asked about his other signing, the young striker from Mexico, Redknapp said "He's an amazing lad with bags of potential, he's definitely going to be the real deal. He's quick, he's intelligent and he's got a keen eye for goal. We need competition at this club and for the future, we now have him, [Michael] Ngoo, Samed [Yesil], Adam [Morgan] and Henco Mukendi all pushing for that position, it's great for the club to know we've got talented lads like these waiting in the wings and chomping at the bit."

Finally, on Joe Cole's departure, the Liverpool manager said "Joe's a cracking lad and one of the more talented players we've had in this country, but this is one move that just hasn't worked out for him. Liverpool have some of the best fans in the world, but it's so important to win them over quickly, otherwise it's going to be a tough time. Look at Lucas, it took years for the Kop to warm to him, but he was young and had time to prove them wrong. Joe hasn't got that time, but I wish him all the best in the future."

Liverpool will begin their Premier League campaign with a visit from title challengers Manchester City on Sunday, 3:00pm kick-off.

Fierro has the potential to be a new darling of the Kop

Author:   D4N
Date:   Oct 11, 12 at 1:24am (PST)
Subject:   re: Career Mode Updates

Interviewing the New boys

Since D4N's appointment in July, he has added 3 new faces to the Liverpool first team. The most recent was Alvaro Morata who made is debut in the FA cup replay in midweek against Southend United. Morata has signed until the end of the season from parent club, Real Madrid. The other 2 new faces joined in August last year, David Villa signed from Barcelona for an estimated £12,500,000 fee, whilst Nico Gaitan was part of a deal with Benfica that saw Stewart Downing go the opposite way.

David Villa

LFC: David, since joining Liverpool last summer you have managed to find the net 8 times with 6 of them coming in the Premier League, How have you found it so easy to adapt to the EPL?

"I just play my game. The manager uses me to my strengths and i am most comfortable when coming from a wide position. I think one of the main reasons i joined was down to the manager, as i knew his style of play would suit me down to the ground."

LFC: How are you finding your new team mates, and how do they compare to the likes of Messi, Iniesta?

"We have a fantastic set up here, not to different from Barca with the young players making a name for themselves. Great players are here also like Gerrard, Suarez for example. I think its unfair to compare players as everyone has their own attributes, of which make them the player they are."

LFC: Finally how are you finding the City of Liverpool?

"It is a very nice city the people are most welcoming. Everywhere i go the people here cannot do enough for me and it is always nice to feel welcome. Myself and my family are very happy here."

Nico Gaitan

LFC: Nico, you joined as part of a player swap deal, with Stewart Downing. How difficult has it been for you to adapt to the English game?

"It was hard at first i have to admit. The difference between this country and Portugal is massive so it was a whole new climate for me as well. The manager eased me into the side which helped and i think now im on my way to my best form."

LFC: Many Liverpool fans say your best performance of the season so far came against United at Old Trafford, could you elaborate on that?

"That's great that the fans are recognising my contribution, i think i did ok against United so it's an improvement. It is an honour and a privilege to play for the Liverpool fans, Ive never experienced anything like it at Anfield."

LFC: What are your thoughts on the rest of the season?

"We need to try and get into the top 4 definitely. We've had some disappointing results away from home but the recent win at Old Trafford could be a spring board for the rest of the season. If we can build on that we should break the top 4."

Alvaro Morata

LFC: Welcome to Liverpool, Alvaro. How did you find your debut on Tuesday night?

"It was a difficult game, i knew the English game was very physical so i had a bit of a baptism of fire against Southend. But the manager was happy with how i handled myself and i really enjoyed my first hour in English football."

LFC: D4N has made no secret of his desire to get a big strong centre forward in the squad, what did he say to you when you signed?

"He basically said to me that I was exactly the type of player he needed to help the side when needed. At Real Madrid i have only made 3 first team appearances but i know im only 19 and experience will come. Part of the reason for me joining was the manager's fearlessness in playing his younger players. He told me i will get my chance and to take it when it comes along."

LFC: Finally, your here to the end of the season. What do you hope to achieve in that time?

"Hopefully we can get into the Champions League, and go as far as possible in the cup competitions. Im looking forward to it."
Derby County next for reds in FA Cup

Following Liverpool's third round replay win over Southend United on Tuesday, the draw for the Fourth round was made early today and Liverpool will host Derby County at Anfield. Below is an overall account on the head to head matches in both clubs history.

Liverpool --------------70--------------52.63
Derby County ---------34--------------25.36
Draws -----------------29--------------21.80
Total (133)

Liverpool --------------262------------1.97
Derby County ---------165------------1.24
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Liverpool 4-1 Norwich....'Suarez x2, 'Gaitan x2
Liverpool continued from where they left off at Old Trafford in the Premier League with a 4-1 thrashing of Norwich City at Anfield today. Both Luis Suarez and Nico Gaitan continued there good form with a brace each, whilst Grant Holt got a goal back for the canaries. It took the reds just 3 minutes to open the scoring. Joe Allen with a ball into Gaitan's feet, the Argentine flicked it round his man to Suarez who was onside to stroke past Ruddy. Steven Gerrard was on the bench today after his spell on the side lines but the skipper was not risked as the reds looked more than comfortable. Joe Allen was at the hub of midfield all the time today and he created the second as he did the first. Gaitan was left unmarked on the right of the field with Allen picking up the ball from David Villa on the left, the number 24 switched the play and Gaitan's first touch got him away from the defender and bought him inside. He skipped his way into the box and drilled the ball into the bottom corner. 2-0 now. Suarez added his second just before half time with a 25 yard screamer. Ruddy didn't stand a chance.
3-0 at the break. Nico Gaitan added the 4th just after the restart, after beating the offside trap from a ball from Suarez. Easy finish and that had just about wrapped up the 3 points for the reds. D4N will be frustrated though because for all their dominance, Liverpool could still not prevent Norwich getting a consolation as Grant Holt smashed past Reina in the 86th minute. It finished 4-1.

"We wer good today, clinical in fact but we need to get a run of wins under our belt from here. It's 2 from 2 so it stands us in good stead. One of our problems this season is the conceding of goals and we can't seem to beg a clean sheet at the moment. But if we keep scoring goals an winning games we are still in the hunt for the top 4."
Pepe Commits to Reds

Liverpool Goal keeper, Pepe Reina has today committed his long term future to the club. Since the re opening of the transfer window on January 1st there have been numerous clubs across Europe interested in the Spain international's services, of which 2 made concrete offers to take him away from Merseyside.

The club have so far rejected to bids from LOSC Lille and Juventus for Reina both believed to be in the £8,000,000 region. Since the public have been made aware of the offers Pepe himself has expressed his desire to remain at Liverpool for the long term.

"I am happy here, my family are happy here and we are settled. I have been aware of the two bids made by other clubs for me and the manager has told me he wants me to stay. I have no desire to leave Liverpool Football Club now or anytime soon. I hope to be here for many years to come and win as many trophies as possible."

The player's own decision to publicly commit his future to the club will go down well with the fans and the manager. Hopefully it will see off any further bids for Pepe as well.
D4N holds out for £15m for Borini


Liverpool forward, Fabio Borini, was this morning a subject of a £13,500,000 bid from Italian side, Fiorentina. The Merseyside club rejected the bid but it is thought that D4N would re consider should the Viola stump up £15,000,000.

The Italian international who has previously had spells at Chelsea, Swansea City and AS Roma, has not featured much since D4N's appointment, despite grabbing a vital goal in the FA cup 3rd round against Southend.

It is thought that any funds raised in the sale of Borini would be given straight to D4N to strengthen as the Liverpool boss has to fund his own transfers in this window.

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Starting Transfer Budget: £700,000
Transfers In:

Tranfers Out:

2012/2013 summer Squad

Maxwell [55]

McLaughlin [63] Eastham [61] McNulty [59] Masenamela [67]

Hottor [58]
Taylor [63] Nicholson [63]

Nomvethe [69] Barkroth [59]
Lecointe [57]



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