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Gerrard Plans Liverpool Stay

July 20, 2010 2 comments

From sky sports

Gerard staying with the reds

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has pledged his commitment to the club after being “very impressed” with new manager Roy Hodgson’s plans.

Gerrard’s future at Anfield has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, with Real Madrid reportedly lining up a move for his signature.

However, England ace Gerrard insists he plans to stay at Liverpool having been impressed by new boss Hodgson’s vision for the club.

“I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family,” Gerrard told theLiverpool Echo.

“I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and having done so, I’m very impressed with his plans for the future.

I’ve only returned to training today at Melwood with some of the other World Cup players, but I can’t wait for the new season to start.”

Fantastic signing

Gerrard is also relishing the prospect of playing alongside new signing Joe Cole following his free transfer switch to Anfield.

“It is a great signing for us. I know Joe well through the England set-up and have seen first hand just how good a player he is,” added Gerrard.

“He’s proved his ability over many years in the Premier League, sometimes against us – so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool.

“I’ve told him what a great club this is and I’m sure Joe’s the sort of exciting talent our fans will love to see.”

Liverpool Secure Cole

July 20, 2010 2 comments

by rob parrish, sky sports news

Liverpool have swooped to secure the services of England international Joe Cole on a four-year deal, subject to a medical.

The talented midfielder became a free agent at the start of the month when his contract withChelsea expired with the Blues electing not to extend his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

New Reds boss Roy Hodgson claimed at the weekend that he had not held talks with the former West Ham player, but the deal has now been concluded.

Cole moved to Chelsea from Upton Park in a £6.6million switch in the summer of 2003 but was shown the door with the Blues not willing to meet his wage demands.

The 28-year-old has three Premier League winners’ medals to show from his time in West London and also helped Chelsea to two FA Cup successes.

Creative

Cole was part of Fabio Capello’s England squad for the dismal World Cup display in South Africa this summer but was restricted to a bit-part role as the Three Lions crashed out in the second round with a 4-1 humbling by Germany.

Hodgson will hope Cole’s ability to unlock defences will help the Reds climb back into the UEFA Champions League reckoning following their disappointing seventh-place finish last term.

The creative Cole has rejected advances from rival Premier League teams – including those who could offer Champions League football this season – to compete in the Europa League with the Reds.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Liverpool FC are delighted to confirm the signing of Joe Cole on a four-year deal.

“The England midfielder has agreed personal terms with the Reds and will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.”