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Liverpool holds Friedel in limbo; transfer to Rosenborg is vetoed.

By Willy Calderon
Special to SoccerTimes

LIVERPOOL, England (Monday, January 17, 2000) -- Liverpool has confirmed that it will not release backup goalkeeper, American Brad Friedel, or allow him to leave on loan to Norwegian power Rosenborg.

Earlier in the week, Anfield had been approached by Rosenborg for the services of Friedel. The club is in need of a goalkeeper as it heads into the second round of the European Champions League. But the English Premier League team blocked the move.

Friedel has only made four appearances for Liverpool because Dutchman Sander Westerveld has a lock on the starting position. Reds spokesman Ian Cotton said: "Rosenborg wanted to take Brad Friedel on loan, but the club said that that wasn't possible."

The 28-year-old keeper's career currently hangs in the balance because he is not likely to get much playing time for Liverpool, which is limited to dressing three non-European Union players per match. Those spots are usually delegated to field players. The proposed move would have seen Friedel get more first-team matches and possible playing time in Europe.

A late substitute, United States striker Joe-Max Moore's first Premiere League goal had manager Walter Smith extolling his own virtues.

"That was a brilliant substitution!" said manager Walter Smith. "I'm using Moore as a late substitute at the moment because he has had so little match practice. The U.S. season finished weeks ago and he has missed so many matches. Even since he's arrived here there has been little chance for him to play reserve games to build up any match fitness.”

Moore’s tally proved to be a dramatic one as his injury time tally helped Everton continue this season's unbeaten streak at home with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

Moore, who earlier in the week was given the green light to miss the United States’ participation in next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, came on as an 82d minute substitute for Francis Jeffers. Tottenham were leading 2-1 by virtue of David Ginola's 28th minute strike. Everton had pushed numbers forward for the last 15 minutes but to no avail.

Midfielder Mark Pembridge had a long throw-in that Tottenham defense failed to clear and Moore sneaked in and slid a goal home past a flailing Ian Walker. The late substitution clearly delighted the Everton staff.

Moore was also ecstatic at his good fortune. "I was thrilled to get the first one out of the way to be honest," he revealed to the Official Everton web site. "As the games go by the pressure builds. As a forward it is always nice to break the ice and get the first goal, so I was happy to come on and make a difference.

"I had a couple of chances in some of the other games that I wasn't able to convert, so to get the first one under my belt. I'm very very happy."

Willy Caldron is an American abroad, based in England. He can be e-mailed at willy@netcity.co.uk .

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