Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher admits that he prays every night that Liverpool start climbing the table. The Reds lost to Arsenal this weekend, their tally of losses in the league now sits at 6. Carragher is hoping that they manage a top 4 finish, and at least one Cup – either the FA Cup or Europa League. Source
If reports are to be believed, West Ham’s Scott Parker is Anfield bound. West Hams finicial situation may force them to sell their star man, and Benitez needs to exploit this situation. With Mascherano probably on his way out, Liverpool will need to replace him, and Benitez has his sights set on Parker. Source
Dimitar Berbatov has said how his price tag is still a burden to him. United paid £30million for the Bulgarian in 2008, but he hasn’t found his feet at United. Berba concedes that the United fans are right to expect more from him, but is determined to show his quality. Read More at Sky Sports
Keeper Peter Cech’s future at the club is under threat as coach Ancelotti looks to West Hams Robert Green to replace him. Cech has had a bad spate of performances and has taken full blame for Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City. Source
Johan Cryuff has gone ahead and selected Cesc Fabregas for Catalunya’s friendly against Argentina on the 22 December. Arsenal boss Arense Wenger does not seem to be impressed, and has already stated that he will not allow Fabregas to play. Wenger has all the right to stop his captain from playing as Catalunya is not an official FIFAFA nation. Fabregas is keen to play: “I’ll play for Arsenal this Wednesday against Burnley and three days after against Hull.
“After that we have a gap in the Premier League and so on December 22 I will play for Catalonia at the Nou Camp. We are going to have almost a week without any games in the English league, and I want to take advantage of this by going to Spain and playing for the Catalan team against Argentina.”
Wenger is still reeling after losing van Persie while he was on duty for Holland, and since Rafa Benitez has not granted Mascherano permission to play the friendly, Wenger is not likey to go down without a fight.