TAO – Video: Benayoun winner for Liverpool against Fulham

With Liverpool set to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday night, we look back on some of the more memorable clashes between the two sides.In April 2009 the Reds headed to west London with title ambitions, sitting just one point behind leaders and eventual winners Manchester United.A frustrating day in the capital saw Andrea Dossena hit the bar twice, with both Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also both denied by the wood work.It looked as though Liverpool were only going to get one point out of the game, but Yossi Benayoun found himself in space on the right hand side of the box, firing home in the 92nd minute to give the Reds the win.The win put Liverpool two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.


METRO – Clint Dempsey hails ‘perfect’ Spurs move but slams Fulham treatment

Clint Dempsey has hailed his ‘perfect’ move to Tottenham but says he is frustrated at the way Fulham portrayed him over his exit from the club. Let down: Dempsey was unhappy with treatment at Fulham (Picture: AP) Dempsey sealed a late move out of Craven Cottage on transfer deadline day, signing for Spurs in a £6 million deal, after Fulham blocked a move to Liverpool. The transfer brought an end to a long running saga involving the 29-year-old, who had told Fulham two weeks previously that he did not want to play for them ever again, after entering the final 12 months of his contract. It was a stance designed to force a move out, and that’s what he got, but Dempsey is still hurt about how Fulham dealt with his difficult exit. ‘I’m disappointed in the way I was portrayed in the end with Fulham,’ said Dempsey. ‘I always wanted to play at the highest level possible. That was never a secret. That’s something I always said. ‘It would be a dream of mine to play Champions League and you want to play on the best team possible to try to get there.’ Dempsey had been holding out for a transfer to Liverpool up until the last minute, when they failed to agree a fee with Fulham, leaving Tottenham the only side in the race, with just minutes of the window left. The transfer across London might have been rushed, but Dempsey still maintains Spurs are the right club for him. ‘I’m very relieved and looking forward to getting back to playing. I think the team is a perfect fit.’ ‘They qualified for a place last season for the Champions League but missed out on a technicality. But it’s still in London. My family doesn’t have to move far. My daughter, she can go to another international school and be on the same curriculum. It couldn’t have worked out any better in that regard.’ Dempsey is expected to made his Tottenham debut against Reading on Sunday.


Clint Dempsey fined £25k by Fulham ‘for trying to force Liverpool transfer’

Clint Dempsey has been fined £25,000 by Fulham after he refused to be included for their opening Premier League match against Norwich amid speculation he is going to join Liverpool before the end of the month. Clint Dempsey is desperate to join Liverpool (Picture: PA) Dempsey is keen for a move away from Craven Cottage, and is said to have declined to play for Fulham in the meantime in the hope of forcing through a transfer. That stance has left Cottagers manager Martin Jol fuming and the club has sanctioned the American a week’s wages – £25,000 – for his petulance. ‘Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad,’ said Jol.‘He is not committed to the club – he wants to leave.‘If we get the right price for him we will sell him, if not he will stay. ‘I would like to keep him, but I think it’s impossible.’We won’t let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap that’s for sure. It’s a sad and almost embarrassing situation.’Dempsey was on the radar of many clubs this summer following another impressive season – but it seems the 29-year-old has his heart set on a move to Anfield. But Jol has confirmed that, despite the apparent need for Dempsey Liverpool, have failed to make an approach for the star. ‘There was never an offer – Clint himself told everyone he was going to Liverpool so we really thought there was a firm interest in him,’ added Jol. ‘But our people never had an offer on the table. If you show interest in a player you have to follow it up. They didn’t.’