“That’s a tough question. I like being the man with the plan so I’d have to be Hannibal. And I think Momo would be perfect to play the part of Mr T.. Face would probably be Stevie because he’s a gentleman and Jermaine Pennant is definitely crazy so he’s well suited to the role of Mad Murdock.”—Xabi Alonso answering a question about which players would star as who in a remake of The A-Team. (via fygerlonso) (via fyxabialonso)
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Liverpool agree fee of £2.5m for Aston Villa’s Luke Young
• Anfield club are short of options in full-back positions
• Hodgson had previously tried to sign Young for Fulham
Liverpool have made a surprise move for the Aston Villa full-back Luke Young. Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, tried to sign Young earlier this year when he was in charge of Fulham and he has now rekindled his interest in the former England international. Liverpool have agreed a £2.5m fee for a player who has been told he is surplus to requirements at Villa Park. Although Hodgson’s pursuit of Young might raise a few eyebrows among Liverpool supporters, the 31-year-old is able to operate in both full-back positions and was asked to represent England as recently as last November, when Fabio Capello failed to persuade the defender to reverse the decision he made earlier that year to retire from international football with seven caps to his name. He would also increase Liverpool’s quota of homegrown players to comply with the new Premier League rule. Liverpool are also short of options in the full-back positions because Emiliano Insúa is set to join Fiorentina and Fábio Aurélio has left the club on a free transfer. Philipp Degen, the Switzerland right-back, has also been told that he can look for another club after meeting with Hodgson last week. Villa have been keen to offload Young as he is one of the club’s higher earners and has three years remaining on his contract. Sunderland had also expressed an interest in signing Young this summer but were unable to match his personal terms. Villa’s decision to make Young available for transfer came as a disappointment to many of the club’s supporters. Having joined Villa from Middlesbrough in a £5.5m deal two years ago, Young performed well in his first season but his start to the following campaign was curtailed through a combination of injury and personal tragedy, when Andre, his 17-year-old half-brother, was found dead on holiday. Young eventually came back into the Villa side but made only 14 Premier League starts and was ultimately unable to dislodge Carlos Cuéllar, an orthodox central defender, from the right-back position. He remained a popular figure among the Villa supporters, however, and was given a standing ovation when he appeared as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in the final match of the season.