Lucas Leiva insists the kind words of new boss Brendan Rodgers helped him make a remarkable
recovery from knee surgery.
The 25-year-old Brazil international went under the knife after damaging his knee ligaments last
November and was not expected back until the autumn.
But the midfielder stunned medical staff at the club by declaring himself fit for Liverpool's
pre-season tour of the US and came off the bench to face Tottenham in Baltimore.
Rafael Benitez admits "it would be a dream" to manage Liverpool again in the future.
The Spaniard only left Anfield last summer and while his successor Roy Hodgson lasted barely half a
season, he himself was similarly unsuccessful at Inter Milan.
"I am really proud of being the manager of Liverpool Football Club and I would like to come back in
the future," Benitez told Sky Sports News.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that right-back Glen Johnson could return from injury in
the Europa League clash with Napoli on Thursday night â€“ but Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger and Joe Cole
are all out.
Johnson has missed the past four games with a muscle injury but, after training on Tuesday, he is
likely to be involved at some stage on Thursday.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that his side was nervous in the first half against
Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but was pleased by picking up all three points in a tricky away game.
The Gunners found themselves level with the Rovers 1-1 at halftime after Manchester United loanee
Mame Biram Diouf cancelled out Theo Walcott's blistering opening goal.
Rafa Benitez hopes the victory over Tottenham will act as a springboard for Liverpool to go on a
The Reds have received fierce criticism for a disappointing sequence of results this season, while
their cause has not been helped by injuries to key players such as Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres
and Glen Johnson.
The transfer merry-go-round is starting to wind itself up. A few big money moves have already taken
place - Ronaldo, Kaka, Glen Johnson - and the next few days are bound to see some more cash flying
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber paid a visit to the city of Montreal recently, meeting
with Impact President Joey Saputo and local government officials to discuss bringing the club into
MLS as an expansion franchise. MLS President Mark Abbott traveled with Garber as they held talks
with Quebec Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay.
We've known for several weeksÂ months that the next round of expansion in Major League Soccer
would start with Montreal. The league has taken another step closer to getting to that point today
as MLS commissioner Don Garber has traveled to Montreal to meet with Joey Saputo and some local
Bayern Munich to send 1860 into administration? Disturbing news filtered through to EFW Towers today that 1860 Munich look set
to face administration due to a farcical situation with their tenants Bayern Munich. We immediately
reached for the phone to dial up our good friend and 1860 fan Michael Stoffl who takes up the
Today our very popular 1860 chairman Manfred Stoffers resigned just one day after the club lost
a decisive court case against FC Bayern.
Wolves insist Stephen Hunt will return as good as before after dismissing fears of his
The 28-year-old Ireland international completed his Â£3m move to Molineux yesterday on a three-year
contract, despite being in rehabilitation for a damaged foot sustained against Wolves at the end of
African nations were late entrants into the World Cup. Morocco participated in 1970, and Zaire in
1974 with pathetic results. In 1978 Tunisia was the first African team to win a match in a World
Cup when they defeated Mexico 3-1, and in 1982 two African teams, Cameroon and Algeria, had
extraordinary results but without qualifying to the second round.
the end of the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man
Muricy Ramalho has been given the chop by SÃ£o Paulo. On Friday evening, the coach had a meeting
with club president Juvenal JuvÃªncio were it was decided that Ramalho had no future at the
Morumbi. The decision came after SÃ£o Paulo's exit form the Libertadores after they lost 2-0 at
home to Cruzeiro on Thursday.