Jordan Ibe joins Derby County on loan

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Jordan Ibe has joined Championship Derby County on a season long loan from Liverpool.


The 18-year-old was one of the standout performers of the Reds pre-season programme, and is tipped to be a future star at Anfield.

Ibe has made three first team appearances for the Reds since signing from Wycombe Wanderers as a 15-year-old back in Janaury 2012.


The young winger spent the latter part of last season on loan at Birmingham City, scoring once in 11 appearances for the Midlands outfit.

He will now get the opportunity to play regular first team football in the Championship.

Brendan Rodgers has added the likes of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic to his squad this summer, pushing Ibe further down the Anfield pecking order.

Andre Wisdom enjoyed a successful loan spell at Derby last season, and Brendan Rodgers is happy for Ibe to continue his development under former England boss Steve McLaren.


Flanagan close to agreeing a new deal

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Jon Flanagan says he is close to agreeing a new contract with Liverpool.

The local defender was one of the breakthrough stars of the 2013-14 season, and looks set to be rewarded for his performances last term with an extended deal.

The 21-year-old is yet to feature for the Reds this season after suffering a knee injury in pre season, but has revealed a new deal is close to being agreed, as he has just 12 months remaining on his current deal.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “There have been some talks and I should be signing a new contract soon.

“It would be reward for all the hard work I’ve put in. It would be great for me and great for my family as well.


“All I’ve ever wanted is to play for Liverpool and I want to stay here for as long as I possibly can.”

Flanagan has been forced to watch from the sidelines as new signings Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno have enjoyed first team action, but the local defender says he is confident of playing regularly as he did last season.

He added: “A massive club like Liverpool are always going to sign top players.

“Moreno and Manquillo play in my position but that will just make me work harder. Having good players around you pushes you on.

“Hopefully I’ll get back in the team. Things went well for me last season and I want to build on that.”

LFC draw Real Madrid in Group B

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Liverpool have drawn reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid in Group B. The Reds have also been paired with Swiss Champions FC Basel, and Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Liverpool fans will look back to the last time the Reds faced Real Madrid back in 2009. The Reds won the last 16 tie 5-0 over the two legs, after a Yossi Benayoun header earned a 1-0 win in the Bernabeu.


The return leg at Anfield was one of those special European nights, with the Reds running out 4-0 winners with goals from Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard (twice) and Andrea Dossenna.

Liverpool are also set to come up against FC Basel, who knocked them out of the group stage in the 2002-03 season after a 1-1 draw at Anfield and a deciding 3-3 draw in Switzerland.

Super Mario Moves To Merseyside

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Several sources report that Italian international Mario Balotelli will be the newest addition to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The former AC Milan striker scored 26 goals in 43 appearances last year and scored 20 goals for Manchester City in the three years before that.

Balotelli will compete alongside Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling as Liverpool will make another run at the title after coming so painfully close last May.

Balotelli has had his run-ins with bad press and negative light in the past few years, but there is no denying the talent and charisma he brings with him wherever he goes.

The next game for Liverpool will be the 25th of August at Balotelli’s former club, Manchester City.

Rodgers happy with Reds transfer business

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Brendan Rodgers says he is happy with the transfer business conducted by Liverpool so far this summer, and says he hopes there will be more additions before the window shuts. Speaking at his first pre-match press conference of the new season, Rodgers said he was happy with what he described as the ‘biggest window for a few years.’ Brendan Rodgers “I’m really, really happy with the business that we’ve done,” said Rodgers. 

“It will allow us to cope with injuries, to cope with all the competitions, and if we can add one or two more in the areas that we want, then we would have had a very, very good window.

“We didn’t sign anyone in January, so we had to make it count this summer and I would say this will be our biggest window for a few years.”

The boss also maintained the Reds will stay calm for the remainder of the window, and will not look to sign just anyone for the sake of doing so, with a striker remaining high on the agenda.

“We’ll aim to do that [add a striker] right until the end,” added the manager. “The money is there, but it’s not as if there’s panic to buy. “It is something we will look to complete before the end of the window, but if we do not add upfront, it means the right player did not become available to us.”

Rodgers: Sterling can go to a new level

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Brendan Rodgers has backed Raheem Sterling to take his career to a ‘new level’ this season, having witnessed the teenager’s superb pre-season performances.

Sterling was one of the stars for Liverpool last season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions and winning a place in England’s World Cup squad.

Young player of the season - Raheem Sterling

The 19-year-old appears to have picked up where he left off last season, with some superb performances in pre-season – most recently in the 4-0 drubbing of Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Sunday.

And his manager insists there is more to come from Sterling this season.

The Liverpool manager said: “Something we said to Raheem when he first broke into the team, and something we’ve reiterated, is that you have to have an identity as a player.

“The identity he has is to score goals and create goals. That’s what the job is. He scored 10 goals last year and this kid is only going to get better. When you’re so young, it’s important to understand exactly what your role is. Not just look good, you have to be efficient and effective. His development has gone to a new level. He’s way above the level from when he first came in.

“Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity. He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s taking it all in his stride and now he’s in a good place with every part of his game. It’s just about maintaining that commitment to his work. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent.”

Moreno set for medical after £12million fee agreed

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Alberto Moreno is set to become Liverpool’s eighth signing of the summer, after the club finally agreed a £12million deal with Sevilla for the left back.

The 22-year-old is scheduled for a medical at Melwood tomorrow, having been pulled out of the Sevilla side to fact Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup Final in Cardiff last night.

Alberto Moreno

The Reds have been chasing the Spanish international all summer, and appear to have finally landed their man after extensive negotiations with the Europa League winners.

“I am living a strange situation because I’m leaving the club of my life,” Moreno told ABC de Sevilla. “I was always aware of the two teams (trying) to agree. I never got into that but Sevilla have understood that Liverpool’s offer was good and I am going.

“(I have) many feelings together. What happened on the pitch, with the fans, will remain forever etched on me and I could not help but mourn (his departure) because I did not expect it.

“First came the parting with colleagues, then with the fans…all very complicated. Liverpool are a great team and of course I’m super-motivated. I hope things go well.”

Toure vows to stay and fight for his place

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Kolo Toure has rejected the opportunity to join Trabzonspor after holding talks with Brendan Rodgers over his future.

The 33-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield following the £20million signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

Toure looked to be on his way to the Turkish club after the Reds accepted an offer of £1.5million for his services, but the former Arsenal and Manchester City man says he now wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield.

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He said: ‘Trabzonspor are interested in me, but I am happy to be a Liverpool player – especially as the coach reiterated his confidence in me for what I bring to the group.

‘He wants to keep me to help Liverpool cope with all the competitions they are in. It’s true that I have to look at all possibilities. If I sense there’s a need to leave, then I will see.

‘There’s a possibility that I may need to drop into a lesser league to earn more playing time, but I am a battler and I have decided to stay at Liverpool.

‘It’s true that things can change at any time. For the moment, I repeat, I am at Liverpool and I hope to stay at the club.

‘For now, Trabzonspor is a no. But in football, anything can happen.’

 

 

Rodgers hoping to add more depth

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Brendan Rodgers hopes to add further signings before the close of the transfer window, admitting he is looking to add greater depth to his Liverpool squad ahead of the new season. Brendan Rodgers

The Reds have been the busiest of all the Premier League clubs this summer, completing the signings of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Javier Manquillo.

Rodgers watched on as four new signings made their Anfield debut in the 4-0 win over Dortmund on Sunday, and whilst admitting to being delighted with the way his squad is shaping up ahead of the new season, the Reds boss wants to add further additions.

“We would still like to do some business,” the boss explained, following the win at Anfield at the weekend.

“But I’m certainly happy with where we’re at with the squad at the moment. We’ve still got players to come back from injury.

“Across the board we still want to add a little bit more depth to what we have. We hope to do some more business.”

Klopp backs Reds for title challenge

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League next season.

Klopp watched on as the Reds thrashed his Dortmund side 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday, and whilst admitting after the game his side were nowhere near the required fitness levels, he remained impressed with what he saw from Brendan Rodgers side.

So much so in fact, that Klopp tipped the Reds to challenge for the Premier League title once again, despite the departure of Luis Suarez this summer.

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Four Group F

When asked about Suarez’s departure, Klopp said: ‘It seems to be no problem! They have a plan maybe but I don’t know. We can play better than that and Liverpool can play better too.

‘Liverpool is a great club and they did well last year. I saw it. If you make the right decisions after you miss (a trophy) you can be stronger. Maybe Liverpool this year is the big team in the Premier League. We will see.

‘We are only the middle of our preparations and on Wednesday we have the other match against Bayern Munich in the Super Cup. Our problem at the moment is not (missing) Lewandowski. The players all start at different moments and this was not the ideal time to face Liverpool.’

Brendan Rodgers described Klopp as an ‘inspiration’ in his programme notes on Sunday, for the manner in which he has kept a Dortmund side challenging for the top honours in Germany, despite having nowhere near the budget of other clubs at his disposal. 

Comparisons have been made between the two bosses, and Klopp admits he can see similarities between the two sides.

We did what we did, when we started we tried to create football moments that will hopefully be more successful than the past,’ said Klopp. ‘We didn’t think about what happened in the past, just how we can develop the team. That’s what we do at the time.

‘He’s a good manager but I don’t think about things like this. He does his job and I do mine.’