Suso set for Almeria loan

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It is being widely reported that Spanish youngster Suso will be returning to his homeland on a season long loan to newly promoted Almeria.


suso2The youngster made a handful of appearances last season under Brendan Rodgers, but failed to make much of an impact and saw his chances limited once Philippe Coutinho arrived and hit the ground running.


It would seem that Rodgers has decided to let the attacking midfielder go out on loan to get more playing opportunities after bringing in further reinforcements in fellow Spaniards Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, which would further reduce Suso’s first team chances.

With Suso yet to make an impact on the Liverpool first-team, Rodgers will hope his stint back in his homeland will see him feature on a more regular basis.

New Almeria boss Francisco Rodriguez will be hoping that the Spain U20 star can help his side maintain their new status as a La Liga outfit.


Toure aiming for top four

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Kolo Toure believes Liverpool can achieve  a top four spot and qualification for the Champions League next season. The Ivory Coast international recently joined the club on a free transfer after his contract expired at Manchester City and is already aiming high with his new team.

toure“We want to win trophies, but we want to play in the Champions League as well,” he said.

“This club is a winning club. I want to be part of history here.”

 

When asked if Champions League qualification was a realistic target for his new team for next season, he said: “Of course we believe we can achieve that.

“I think with the squad we have got we can do very well this season. Liverpool have the history, quality, players and mentality.


“We just want to take the team as far as we can, to the top four or to win a trophy.

“To bring the club back to the Champions League would be amazing and that is what I am looking for.”

Toure went on to say that he feels ‘honoured’ to play for the club and is happy to have been signed to replace “really important” Jamie Carragher.

“This is massive for me,” he said. “it is an honour to play for Liverpool. This club is unbelievable. I’ve been here for two weeks and I’ve seen a lot of fantastic things.

“My experience will of course be important. I know Jamie Carragher was a really important player for this club and he has retired now. I think Liverpool look for somebody who can replace him. He was a big player for us.

“To replace Jamie Carragher is unbelievable. He was a fantastic player for England and this football club, a great leader. I will do my best.”

West Ham play down Downing talk

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West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has played down talk of West Ham moving for Stewart Downing – but has said that he rates the winger highly.

lsReports surfaced earlier this week claiming that West Ham were readying an £8m bid for the England international.

Downing signed for Liverpool in the Summer of 2011 and has endured a difficult couple of seasons at Anfield. He failed to register a single goal or assist in the league in his first season and was told by Brendan Rodgers that he was free to leave early last season before claiming a regular role on the right flank for the team.


Sam Allardyce is said to be in the market for wingers to provide ammunition for new signing Andy Carroll, a previous signing from Liverpool this Summer. Downing was said to have been signed by Kenny Dalglish to provide crosses for Carroll, but they never got going together.

Although McDonald says they would like to have Downing at Upton Park, he said that talk of a move is premature.

“He’s a very good player,” he told talkSPORT. “A player of that calibre and West Ham being involved would be great, but it’s all paper talk at the moment.”

Ngoo joins Yeovil on loan

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lsLiverpool rookie Michael Ngoo has joined Yeovil on loan for the upcoming 2013/14 season.

The twenty year old striker spent last season on loan at Scottish Premier League side Hearts and Brendan Rodgers has decided to send him out for a full season to gain more first team experience.

He will now have the opportunity to test himself in the Championship, as Yeovil were promoted via the League One play-offs in May.

Suarez pleased by Arsenal interest

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Luis Suarez has said that he is happy to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and that Liverpool “know exactly what I want”.

lsBrendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre both met with Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola, on Monday to discuss his situation and it was made clear to them that the Uruguayan is still looking for a move away from Anfield to a Champions League club.

And now the forward has said he is pleased to be linked with a switch to Premiership rivals Arsenal:

“It’s good to know that I am still valued by teams like Arsenal. Friends call me up to ask if I am moving to Chelsea,” Suarez told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890.

“Don’t believe everything you read or hear! I am sometimes off the grid. I don’t even know where my phone is sometimes.”

“There have been no offers yet but Liverpool know exactly what is going on and what I want.”

Despite Suarez saying “it was time for a change” and how it would be “difficult to say no” to Real Madrid in May, the club have yet to speak to Suarez himself and hear from him that he wants to move on from Anfield.

Arsenal’s £30m bid was flatly rejected last week and the club are expecting further offers from interested parties with Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Atletico Madrid all linked in the media.

Cissokho talks up Liverpool interest

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France international left back Aly Cissokho has welcomed talk of a move to Liverpool.

acThere have been several reports linking the defender with a move to Anfield in recent years and some are now claiming that a move could materialise for the full back at last.

The twenty-five year old was strongly linked while playing for French club Lyon, but no move was made by Liverpool and he made the switch to La Liga club Valencia.

Valencia are now suffering financially and could be forced into a fire sale this Summer, which could see Cissokho available for a knock down fee.

“I will not believe that I am going anywhere until I am in Liverpool and having a medical.” Cissokho said.

“Liverpool is such a great club, so to be linked with them is fantastic. But there is nothing concrete from anyone at the moment.”

“If there is an opportunity to join such a club, I will take it. Valencia are a great club, in a great city, but Liverpool are a legendary club.”

Brendan Rodgers has been looking to add depth and competition to his squad for the upcoming season and Cissokho would certainly be competition for Jose Enrique at left back.

Suarez still wants to leave says agent

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Pere Guardiola, Luis Suarez’s agent, has told the club that his client wishes to leave Anfield to play for a Champions League club.

Pere Guardiola went to Merseyside and held separate meetings with Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre yesterday, which were planned and understood to be amicable.

suarezRodgers and Ayre both informed Guardiola that they have not changed their outlook and want Suarez to remain with the club next season.

Suarez himself has not been shy in expressing his desire to move on from the club and sign for a Champions League side, with Real Madrid mentioned as his preferred destination this Summer.

But so far no move has come from the Spanish giants, who have recently appointed Carlo Ancelotti as manager – who is reported to be a big fan of the striker, having reportedly been interested in Suarez while in charge of both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal have opened the bidding for the striker, with a £30m bid rejected last week. Liverpool gave Arsene Wenger’s club a swift answer and informed them that Suarez is ‘not for sale’.

It has been reported that an offer closer to the £50m mark would be required for the club to sell Suarez – and preferably to a foreign club as well. And were Suarez to opt to join another Premiership side, it would make a mockery of his claims that he and his family have been victimised by the English media after a string of misdemeanours on the pitch in his time with the club.

Chelsea, now managed by Jose Mourinho, have also been linked with a move for the forward, but no bid has been made as of yet with them reported to be tracking Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani as well.

The saga continues.

Liverpool reject Arsenal bid for Suarez

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Liverpool have rejected a £30m bid from Arsenal for striker Luis Suarez.

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It is being widely reported that the north London club made the approach late last week and formally bid for the wantaway Uruguayan, who remains on holiday after the Confederations Cup.

Arsenal are yet to return with an improved offer after seeing their opener flatly turned down with Liverpool reported to want closer to £45m for their star man – despite the response being given to Arsenal of ‘Not for sale’.

Club officials have been expecting enquiries for the forward after he said he was tired of life in England and wanted to move on from Anfield. But no offers or approaches had been made until Arsenal made the call.

Suarez has publicly stated that Real Madrid is his preferred destination and despite Carlo Ancelotti being appointed manager there has been no approach from the Spanish giants.

The offer from Arsenal came amidst bookmakers suspending betting on Suarez moving to Arsenal after a flurry of betting activity in Barcelona, where punters were backing him to make the switch.

However, it seems that a move to Arsene Wenger’s side is highly unlikely. Liverpool seem unwilling to sanction a move to a Premiership rival and Suarez himself has said that he has had enough of the English media and that he and his family have been “suffering” thanks to the press.

Arsenal have been lining up a move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and the Spaniards could be waiting for him leave before opening negotiations for Suarez.

Suarez, who has three years remaining on his recently signed contract, has been given three extra weeks off by the club after the Confederations Cup and is due back at Melwood in a fortnight for preseason training.

He will miss the Indonesia leg of the pre-season tour the week prior to that, but he is expected to join the Reds squad for the friendlies in Australia and Thailand.

This is becoming one of the transfer sagas of the Summer.

Kelly happy to be back to fitness

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Martin Kelly has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of returning to the first-team squad after recovering from knee surgery after a tough injury suffered last season.

The defender was rising to prominence at the club and also for England, having been called up to Roy Hodgson’s European Championship squad.

“My knee feels perfect and I’m just glad to be back with the team for pre-season,” Kelly said.

“It’s been 10 months now so the knee has had more than enough time to heal. Now I just feel unfit, I don’t feel like I’ve had a big injury. I’ve put it behind me — that was last season, this is a new season.

“I’ve had the injuries and I know how to look after my body now ‐ making sure it gets the right rest and food,” the defender continued. “That’s going to stand me in good stead. I know what limits my body can take now.

“We have pushed it to the limits over the past eight months so it can withstand the demands of the Premier League. Fingers crossed this is the season when it all turns around for me and I get that little bit of luck so I can really push on.”

Mignolet happy with competition

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New signing Simon Mignolet has said that he is happy to compete with Pepe Reina and Brad Jones for the number one shirt at the club.

The Belgian international was signed from Sunderland late last month for a reported £9m fee.

“That’s always what has happened when there’s competition,” Mignolet said.

“I’ve had competition in Sunderland and in Belgium with the national team.

“It’s not only Pepe – there’s a lot of good goalies at Liverpool, like Brad Jones for example – and it’s not only the position of the goalie where there is competition. It’s every single position on the field.

“There are only 11 players who can play and it is something that is normal with being a football player. You have to deal with that. Competition can only make you as an individual better and let you perform better. It can only be a positive thing.

“From the talks I had with the manager and the goalkeeping coach I felt they were very ambitious and the club wants to get forward.

“The signings they’d already done before July showed they really wanted to get going. They want to push on again in the Premier League. It was obvious that they are an ambitious club and a big club.

“I know how big a club this is but I think I’m only going to feel it once the games get going. The first few training sessions went okay. I’m very happy to be here and train.”