Villareal: Josemi – Kromkamp swap deal agreed

Jan KromkampLiverpool are reported to have agreed terms with Spanish side Villareal to sign Dutch international Jan Kromkamp when the transfer window reopens next week. The deal would see Reds right-back Josemi return to his native country as part of a swap deal.

The only stumbling block to the deal now, according to the Spanish club, is whether the two players can agree personal terms with their respective new clubs. Villareal released a statement, saying: ""We have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Jan Kromkamp and the arrival of Josemi. The agreement is between the clubs and now requires agreement by both players."

Josemi cost Liverpool £2m, whereas Villareal paid around £4.7m for Kromkamp. The terms of the deal have not been announced, but it seems likely that Liverpool will be adding cash to the deal.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has represented his country eight times, but has struggled to get into the Villareal side this season, making just half-a-dozen league appearances. This has upset the player who is desperate to be a part of Holland’s World Cup plans this summer. He has also appeared for Villareal in the Champions League, meaning he’ll be unavailable for selection in that competition if he joins the Reds.

Kromkamp is a right-back or a right-sided midfielder, and would make ideal cover for Steve Finnan.
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Reaction: Everton 1 Liverpool 3

Liverpool’s 3-1 win in the derby at Goodison Park saw them take their winning run to nine-in-a-row in the league, although their run of clean-sheets in finally came to an end with Beattie’s goal just before half-time. For large parts of the game Liverpool were in control, but perhaps a little too often took their foot off the pedal a little and allowed Everton some chances. It’s the third Everton game in a row to see four goals scored, and tonight was the first time any of the goals were theirs. Manchester United dropped two points tonight, meaning Liverpool stay in third but are now just four points behind United with two games in hand.

Rafael Benitez was generally happy, after all his team had the points in the bag, but he did have some cause for concern with certain aspects. He said after the game: “I am very happy but at times in the first half Everton caused us problems in the air and we were not winning second balls. We can play a lot better and have played better this season. The team is playing well and with confidence.”

This was Rafa’s third game against Everton, and he seems now to be well aware of how they like to play: “We knew before the game it would be physical and we knew what to do. The whole team worked hard, everybody. We started at a high tempo, we knew they would make some mistakes and we wanted to take advantage of that.” Rafa says Liverpool now have personnel capable of dealing with roughhouse tactics: “The big difference for us this season is we know how to handle the physical games and we have players like Sissoko, Crouch and Reina who have helped us do that.”

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Result: Everton 1 Liverpool 3

FA Barclays Premiership Result.

Everton 1 (Beattie 42) – Liverpool 3 (Crouch 11, Gerrard 18, Cisse 47)

Half-time: 1-2.

Everton: N Martyn, T Hibbert, J Yobo, D Weir, J Nuno Valente, M Arteta, P Neville, S Davies (57 J McFadden) , K Kilbane, T Cahill, J Beattie
Subs: R Wright, M Bent, J McFadden, M Ferrari, L Osman
Booked: T Cahill 20, P Neville 56, J Beattie 73, M Arteta 88
Sent off: P Neville 68, M Arteta 90
           
Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan, J Carragher, S Hyypia, S Warnock, S Gerrard (85 S Luis Garcia) , M Sissoko, X Alonso, H Kewell (80 J Riise) , P Crouch (77 F Morientes) , D Cisse
Subs: J Dudek, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, G Josemi, F Morientes
Booked: H Kewell 65, P Crouch 71

Referee: G Poll
Attendance: 40158

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Half-time: Everton 1 Liverpool 2

FA Barclays Premiership Latest.

Everton 1 (Beattie 42) – Liverpool 2 (Crouch 11, Gerrard 18)

Half-time.

Everton: N Martyn, T Hibbert, J Yobo, D Weir, J Nuno Valente, M Arteta, P Neville, S Davies, K Kilbane, T Cahill, J Beattie.
Subs: R Wright, M Bent, J McFadden, M Ferrari, L Osman
Booked: Cahill 20

Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan, J Carragher, S Hyypia, S Warnock, S Gerrard, M Sissoko, X Alonso, H Kewell, P Crouch, D Cisse. Subs: J Dudek, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, Josemi, F Morientes

Referee: G Poll
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Everton v Liverpool – tonight’s teams

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Everton v Liverpool

Confirmed teams for tonight’s derby at Goodison Park.

Everton: N Martyn, T Hibbert, J Yobo, D Weir, J Nuno Valente, M Arteta, P Neville, S Davies, K Kilbane, T Cahill, J Beattie. Subs: R Wright, M Bent, J McFadden, M Ferrari, L Osman

Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan, J Carragher, S Hyypia, S Warnock, S Gerrard, M Sissoko, X Alonso, H Kewell, P Crouch, D Cisse. Subs: J Dudek, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, Josemi, F Morientes

Referee: G Poll
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Momo ready for Blues’ abuse

One of the sub-plots of tonight’s 202nd Merseyside derby involves a player that snubbed Everton and instead chose to move to Anfield and become part of the Rafa-lution. Momo Sissoko joined Liverpool and his former boss Rafael Benitez in the summer for £5.6million after coming desperately close to becoming a blue.  When David Moyes told the press that the deal was more or less sewn-up it alerted Rafa Benitez, who made enquiries of his own. Liverpool had an offer accepted; Momo had a decision to make.

For Momo though the decision was easy, and one that he fails to see anyone would have made any differently: “Any player in the world would have done the same as me. Between the two offers, I had to go for The Reds because they are the champions of Europe and I already knew Rafa Benitez.”

Everton fans will no doubt taunt Momo because of his summer snub. Moyes enraged those fans for his part in the failure to land the Mali international. Worse than that, he handed him on a plate to the their biggest rivals, and that triggered the start of what has been a disastrous season. The false dawn of their fourth-place finish last season saw them ridiculed by Reds fans as they failed at the first hurdle in both the Champions League qualifiers and the UEFA Cup. In the league they are barely above the relegation zone. They want Moyes out, and some fans have already started campaigns against him and his board, but in the mean-time their hatred may just be aimed at Momo. He says he’s ready, and if anything it may spur him on: “I am well prepared for anything the Everton fans have for me. I’m sure they will whistle at me from the first minute, but it doesn’t worry me.” Liverpool need to be ready in all parts of the field, as Everton will be hungry to get some points on the board, and will stop at nothing to get them.

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Reds aiming to keep Moyeseyslide going

Liverpool’s eight successive league wins – all with clean sheets – is their best run since the 1990-91 season. The clean sheets part of the run means the Reds have equalled another club record, matching the eight consecutive clean sheets collected way back in 1923. It’s also their best start in the league since it became known as the Premiership, and they are ten points better off than they were at this point last year.

Even without all of these stats, it’s clear to any Liverpool supporter that the Reds are making excellent progress. The team that became European Champions in May has been improved, not just by having a couple of new faces, but in their attitude and belief. Tonight sees the Reds make the short trip across the park to face local rivals Everton in a match that will be used by many fans as a true test of progress.

Everton have just lost two games in a row by a margin of four goals to nil. After hailing him as “The Moyesiah” just months ago, the supporters of the so-called “People’s Club” are now calling for the head of manager David Moyes as the “Moyeseyslide” continues to gather pace. On paper it’s a formality – struggling Everton to be beaten by rampant Liverpool. In reality though, this is a derby match, a real banana skin for the Reds, and manager Rafael Benitez is well aware of how easy it will be to fall into a trap of thinking the game is already won.

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Result: Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0

Barclays Premiership Result

Liverpool 2 – 0 Newcastle United
Gerrard 14
Crouch 43

Half-time: 2-0

Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan (Josemi 78), S Hyypia, J Carragher, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, S Gerrard, X Alonso, H Kewell (F Sinama Pongolle 67), P Crouch (D Cisse 72), F Morientes
Subs:
S Carson, D Cisse, Josemi, F Sinama Pongolle, S Warnock
Booked: Crouch 66

Newcastle:
S Given, P Ramage, J Boumsong, S Taylor (T Bramble, 28), C Babayaro, L Bowyer, C N’Zogbia (45 N Solano), A Luque (86 S Ameobi),  A Shearer, M Owen
Subs:
R Elliott, N Solano, S Harper, S Ameobi
Sent off: Bowyer 66

Ref: M Halsey

Attendance: 44197

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Half-time: Liverpool v Newcastle

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Liverpool 2 – 0 Newcastle United
Gerrard 14
Crouch 43

Half-time

Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan, S Hyypia, J Carragher, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, S Gerrard, X Alonso, H Kewell, P Crouch, F Morientes
Subs:
S Carson, D Cisse, Josemi, F Sinama Pongolle, S Warnock

Newcastle:
S Given, P Ramage, J Boumsong, S Taylor (T Bramble, 28), C Babayaro, L Bowyer, A Faye, C N’Zogbia, A Luque, A Shearer, M Owen
Subs:
R Elliott, N Solano, S Harper, S Ameobi

Ref: M Halsey

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Teams: Liverpool v Newcastle

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Liverpool v Newcastle United

Liverpool: J Reina, S Finnan, S Hyypia, J Carragher, J Riise, S Luis Garcia, S Gerrard, X Alonso, H Kewell, P Crouch, F Morientes Subs: S Carson, D Cisse, G Josemi, F Sinama Pongolle, S Warnock

Newcastle:
S Given, P Ramage, J Boumsong, S Taylor, C Babayaro, L Bowyer, A Faye, C N’Zogbia, A Luque, A Shearer, M Owen Subs: R Elliott, N Solano, S Harper, T Bramble, S Ameobi

Ref: M Halsey

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