Premiership

Yossi Benayoun will stay at Liverpool

October 15, 2009

Yossi Benayoun’s agent has dismissed talk that the midfielder will move to big-spending Manchester City in January.

Reports suggested that City boss Mark Hughes is weighing up a move for the Israeli skipper but the player’s agent, Ronen Katsav, said: “It is a great compliment that teams from Europe are interested, but Yossi is very happy at Liverpool and only in the summer agreed a new four-year contract.”

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Levy: All is not lost for Haifa

By Simon Griver, September 24, 2009

Maccabi Haifa manager Elisha Levy is confident his team can get their Champions League plans back on track when they travel to Bordeaux on Wednesday.

The Israeli champions will look to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group match.

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Benayoun signs new Liverpool deal

July 6, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has committed himself to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal. His improved salary is reported to be in the region of £85,000-a-week.

Having been linked with some of Europe's top clubs including Real Madrid, Benayoun said: "Hopefully, now I can concentrate on the hard work that needs to be done and try to play better and better and win some silverware."

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Sahar on his way this summer

By Exclusive by Simon Griver, May 20, 2009

Ben Sahar will leave Chelsea next month, we can reveal.

The news comes after we spoke to the Israeli teenager’s agent Ronen Katzav in Israel.

He said: “First Ben has to complete his loan spell with De Graafschap and then he will be ending things with Chelsea. I will fly to London to discuss the many offers we have for him.”

Katzav refused to name any of the clubs interested but Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam are among teams linked with the striker.

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Yossi’s set to cash in

April 30, 2009

Yossi Benayoun looks set be offered a new contract at Liverpool after an inspired performance over the second half of the season.

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Gerrard hails brave Yossi

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2009

Steven Gerrard hailed the bravery of Israel captain Yossi Benayoun after his double kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race in Tuesday night’s 4-4 draw against Arsenal.

A thrilling contest saw Arsenal take a first-half lead before two goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half from Fernando Torres and Benayoun, a diving header, put Liverpool ahead.

Andrei Arshavin scored twice in quick succession to put Arsenal 3-2 up before Torres levelled again. Arshavin looked to have sealed the points before Benayoun tapped home deep into stoppage time.

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Yossi does it again

April 6, 2009

Yossi Benayoun was the toast of Liverpool after his injury time winner put the Merseysiders top of the Premier League on Saturday night.

Having spurned two easier opportunities, the Israeli captain ended a disappointing week on a high after firing into the top corner to put the Reds ahead of Manchester United, who went on to finish the weekend top of the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 3-2.

Benayoun has made a habit of scoring vital goals with his Craven Cottage strike coming on the back of one at the Bernabeu in the Champions League.

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Yossi: we're the Real deal

By Simon Griver, March 5, 2009

Yossi Benayoun says Liverpool must not be complacent when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Leading 1-0, thanks to his late winner at the Bernabau, the Israel captain said: “The goal I scored will be worth nothing if we lose. “We will have to be wary because Real are a smart team with quality players. If we let them score first it will make things very difficult for us.”

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Yossi completes good week

By Craig Silver, March 4, 2009

Yossi Benayoun struck his second goal in a week to help Liverpool back to winning ways in the 2-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Benayoun, who was surprisingly left out in the 2-0 defeat against Middleborough slotted home after Martin Fulop fumbled David Ngog’s hooked cross.

The delighted Israeli admitted the Reds were discouraged by their unexpected weekend defeat and badly needed to get the better of another north-east team back on their home patch.

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Yossi is the Real deal

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

An 82nd minute header from Yossi Benayoun proved decisive as five-times Champions League winners Liverpool claimed a vital advantage from the Super 16 first leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Impressive throughout, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to open his account in Europe’s premier competition as the Reds gained the upper hand. He found space in a packed six-yard box to nod home Fabio Aurelio’s curling free-kick.

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