Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 0: Stuttering Liverpool sweat over Torres injury

This was the Gareth Barry transfer saga caught in 90 minutes. Both teams set their stalls out early and refused to budge. And while Liverpool always believed their superior class would tell they also did not sufficiently account for Villa's energy, doggedness and growing ambition. A draw in both contests – even Martin O'Neill concedes he can only count on Barry, a pale performer yesterday, "for the foreseeable future" – although Liverpool will certainly feel like the losers after Fernando Torres limped off with a damaged hamstring. With Steven Gerrard already sidelined after his groin operation, that will have sent a shudder through their ranks.

Credit crunch delays new Liverpool stadium

Liverpool's plans for a new stadium have suffered an embarrassing setback. The club's co-owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, have been forced to delay the project because they do not have the required funds.

Riera set for Liverpool medical

Liverpool are poised to complete the signing of Albert Riera from Espanyol after the Spanish wide midfielder flew to England for a medical.

Riera given Liverpool transfer deadline

Espanyol winger Albert Riera has been told by his club he has 72 hours to finalise his move to Liverpool.

Benitez makes peace with Parry

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and chief executive Rick Parry have vowed to "move forward together" after holding clear the air talks at Anfield.

Spurs close on Garcia, with Bentley next

Tottenham Hotspur are in talks to sign the striker Luis Garcia from Espanyol and are planning to launch a bid for their long-term target David Bentley next week. The Spanish club are asking for €12m (£9.5m) for Garcia and, although Spurs insist they have not yet reached agreement on the fee, it appears that the two clubs are now not far apart.

Transfer News and Speculation, 11 June

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Juande Ramos has hailed Giovani dos Santos as an "exciting signing" after finalising his move from Barcelona for an initial £4.7m. The 19-year-old Mexico international who signed a five-year deal, could cost £8.6m depending on appearances. Barcelona have retained the right to 20 per cent of any fee if the teenager moves on from Spurs in the next two years and 10 per cent if he is sold later in his contract.

Transfer news and speculation, 30 May

Espanyol have turned down an offer from Liverpool for their Spanish international Albert Riera. The Reds are believed to have tabled an offer of around €12m (£9.5m), but that falls considerably short of the La Liga club's valuation. Riera enjoyed a successful loan spell at Manchester City in 2006, but has flourished since returning to his homeland. Xabi Alonso's move to Juventus, meanwhile, appeared to be drawing closer last night after the player's agent Inaki Ibañez was reported to have flown to Turin for discussions. Ibañez was reported to have agreed a four-year contract. Liverpool are believed to be asking for around £16m.

Ramos focuses on reshuffle after pain of Spurs' Uefa exit

As he perused the souvenir stall at Eindhoven airport yesterday – did he really consider buying those furry orange clogs? – Daniel Levy's mind may have wandered to more substantial purchases to come this summer. Exiting the Uefa Cup, despite protestations that there's much to play for, means that Tottenham Hotspur's season ended when Pascal Chimbonda shanked his penalty in the shoot-out against the Dutch champions.

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