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Liverpool complete £20.3m deal for Keane

20.3m sounds a bit much. It’s Rafa’s biggest signing of the season by far and Liverpool’s second largest transfer in history. The Tottenham and Ireland captain, and number 10 (!) has after much speculation finally put his signature on a Liverpool contract that stretches over four years. Keane is known to be a highly working forward that always reaches 15 goals or more every season, a much more complement to Torres and Crouch ever was in other words.

Keane has issued a statement, which read: ‘I would like to place on record my thanks to the board, players and fans of Tottenham for the past six years, which were the best and most enjoyable of my career to date.

‘I will never forget them. I would specifically like to thank chairman Daniel Levy for understanding, that, as a fan, joining Liverpool is a lifelong dream of mine and one I couldn’t let pass me by.”

One can only expect that Keane will join the likes of Gerrard, Torres and Carragher as the players who is not likely to rotate as much as other players during a season. Keane is most likely to take on the role that Gerrard has been hosting the past season, as an extra attacker behind Torres. This of course leaves Gerrard in a more central, commanding and playmaking role in midfield, allowing Liverpool to be more offensive than in past seasons. I really hope this is what’s going to happen. I also really hope that this indeed proves to be a solid buy.

1-2-3 Torres and me!

It’s been a couple of decent weeks for Liverpool. “Rookie” Fernando Torres had the chance to become the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush (check out that picture, can you be more legend material?) to score a back-to-back Hattrick, unfortunately that didn’t happen. But today against West Ham (back-to-back-to-back if you will) he did it again, bang bang bang and it was 3-0 Liverpool. To top it up Captain Fantastic scored a scorcher in the top right corner to make it 4-0 in the end, it was a good night!

Besides EPL, the first teams to make the quarters of the Champions League was decided. Surprisingly AC Milan and Real Madrid went out against Arsenal and Roma respectively. This was actually the forth year in a row that Real didn’t even make the quarters …

Oh, and more statistics about Torres is of course that with the three goals against ‘Boro and now Hammers he has broken two club records (and in style too). He is now officially the foreigner that has scored the most league goals in one season for Liverpool as well as being the foreigner that has scored the most goals in total in a season, the “in style” comes from these numbers;

Most league goals/season by a foreign player:

18 – Fernando Torres.
12 – Dirk Kuyt
9 – Titi Camara, Patrik Berger, Milan Baros (2 times), Djibril Cisse
8 – Luis Garcia

Most goals in total/season by a foreign player:

24 – Fernando Torres
19 – Djibril Cisse
14 – Dirk Kuyt
13 – Milan Baros, Luis Garcia

Pure inspiration Torres

We are still holding on! That’s right, “we” as we won today, it should actually always be we now that I think of it. Anyway, 4-1 against Porto and the hopes of qualification are still alive. Torres put the reds ahead twice before Gerrard slotted home a penalty and Crouch made it 4-1.

It’s pretty obvious that under pressure coach Benitez is reaching out to the fans for backing, “Rafa: The win was for the fans” was something that could be read in a Soccernet article after the game.

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Silly season

Finally! Torres to Liverpool, after weeks of speculation what Benitez will do, this seems to be one of the answers. Hicks (new owner) and Benitez has said that this week will reveal some serious negotiations and big names, so hopefully Torres will be one of them. Especially now that it seems that Chelsea is in the race for Malouda (of course). In other news it seems that new Juventus coach Ranieri would consider offering Trezeguet as part payment for Crouch, seems like a good deal to me! The idiots at Real Madrid has today approach L.A Galaxy to already try to buy Beckham out of his new deal and get him back to Madrid, again – idiots at work.

Other Liverpool rumours of today include Diego Milito and Diego Forlán. It also seems as if Benfica has issued a ‘hands off’ when it comes to captain Simao, the Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira was quoted “warning Liverpool that star winger Simao Sabrosa won’t be sold on the cheap”. I think it’s pretty safe to say that big names will be allowed to talk to clubs this week … however, we still have to remember that it isn’t called “silly season” for nothing.