Monthly Archives: July 2013

No agreement with Liverpool has been made over Papadopulous, insist Schalke

The German club’s general manager Horst Heldt has insisted no agreement has been made with Liverpool over the sale of defender Kyriakos Papadopulous, but admits that they would consider any bids made for the 21-year-old.

The Greek international has been linked with a move to Liverpool after a number of reports suggested that Liverpool had agreed a 13million fee with the German side for Papadopulous.

Horst Heldt has claimed they have received no bids for the Greek, claiming his side are looking forward to the youngster returning from injury.

“There’s not a jot of truth in it,” Heldt told German newspaper Reviersport. “We have no offer for Papadopoulos. Neither from Liverpool or some other club.

“On the contrary: we are very happy that ‘Papa’ is making progress and can be back soon, hopefully. We’re planning with him.”

Despite being adamant that no bid has arrived for Schalke’s prized asset, Heldt did go on to reveal that the club will consider the sale of Papadopoulos should a sufficient offer be tabled.

He added: “If we receive an offer for him, we will come together and talk about that as we do with every player for us.”

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Rodgers: Luis understands the clubs point of view

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that Luis Suarez understands the clubs tough stance over his future, and is happy at Anfield.

Arsenal have already had two bids rejected for Suarez with the latest being a 40,000,001 bid, which the Gunners thought they had triggered a release clause in Suarez’s contract.

Liverpool have stood by the fact there is no release clause in Suarez’s contract and they are not forced to sell the 26-year-old, and Suarez has accepted there is no release clause in his contract and will not take the matter to the Premier League.

Liverpool believed they are owed a good amount of loyalty from Suarez after they had stood by him through his race row with Patrice Evra which saw him banned for eight games and have also stood by him after biting Branislav Ivanovic in which he received a ten game ban, where he is still serving the ban with six games remaining of his ban.

The 26-year-old is still keen to leave Anfield but has stopped short of handing in a transfer request and has not taken legal action, but Rodgers states this has not affected his attitude.

“It’s a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“Luis is happy. He totally understands the club’s point of view.

“He’s in a difficult position in terms of not being able to play because of his suspension – he will sit out the first six games and he will miss playing football.

“But he’s working hard and remains part of the group. He hasn’t been moping about.

“It’s obviously difficult when you come back after a break but he has settled in and has been working well.

“He needs to get up to speed and we will continue to work to get all the players ready for the first game of the season.”

Suarez’s is one of the transfer saga’s of the summer along with Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale saga’s, with the latter making the most headlines lately. But it still does not go a day where Suarez is not in the paper over leaving Liverpool.

Rodgers is confident that the whole transfer saga has not had a destabilising effect on the rest of the squad.

“It could have unsettled them but it hasn’t,” he added.

“It says a lot about their professionalism: the environment that we’re creating is that the star will always be the team.

“We want to have top players here but if for whatever reason we don’t, we will always know we can rely on the team and each other.

“The harmony in the group is very good. The spirit is strong. Right across the club there is a one club mentality.

“If we can keep it that way we can have a great season.”

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Suarez will now cost at least 50million for Arsenal

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will not be sold for less than 50million, after the Uruguayan accepted that he does not have a 40million release clause in his contract.

Arsenal had believed that they had triggered Suarez’s release clause after they made a bid of 40,000,001 with the Gunners believing they had triggered a release clause after bidding just over 40million.

Liverpool, though, are not inclined to sell Suarez at any price as there is no release clause in his contract. The only significance of the figure that Arsenal paid is that Liverpool have to tell Suarez of any offers that come in over 40million.

Suarez has decided to take no further action after numerous reports suggested he could take this matter to the Premier League and make this a legal dispute over his contract, but that is not the case.

Liverpool have said they would only consider offers that come in for 50million, but even then Liverpool are unlikely to sell. PSG paid 55million for Edinson Cavani from Napoli and Liverpool’s stance is that Suarez is no worse than Cavani so they should demand 55million.

Liverpool are reluctant to sell Suarez to one of their biggest rivals next season for the top four and could be willing to sell him to a foreign club for less than what they are asking Arsenal to pay.

The Telegraph quotes a senior Liverpool source saying: “We’ve all examined the clause in detail. All it obliges is for us to enter good faith negotiations about Luis’s future. “There is absolutely no obligation to sell and that is very clear.”

Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Suarez for now as they focus on making a world record signing in Gareth Bale.

Liverpool are fully in control of the situation and now it is Arsenal’s turn to either come in with another bid over 50million or lose out on not signing the 26-year-old, but we have probably not heard the end of the Luis Suarez saga just yet.

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Liverpool agree loan deal for Lorenzo Melgarejo

Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo on a season long loan, subject to a work permit.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add competition for Jose Enrique in the left back position and sees the Paraguayan as the ideal player to fill the void in the team.

Liverpool have the option to buy the 22-year-old at the end of the season for 7million, if he impresses during his loan spell.

Melgarejo is a very attacking full-back but can leave spaces at the back, but if Rodgers can get the best out of him then they have a talented and promising youngster at their hands. Melgarejo can play as a winger, as well as full-back, and some argue he plays better as a winger.

Liverpool will need to apply for a work permit though as the 22-year-old only has one cap for Paraguay.

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Liverpool close to agreeing a 13million fee for Kyriakos Papadopulous

Reports earlier today have stated that Liverpool are close to agreeing a 13million fee with German side Schalke 04 for Greek center back Kyriakos Papadopulous.

Papadopulous made just 10 appearances for Schalke last season, as he had a knee operation in November to deal with a long standing knee problem.

Liverpool manager is a huge admirer of the Greek international and wants to bring him to Anfield as a longstanding plan to replace Jamie Carrgaher.

Liverpool were thought to have ended their interest in Papadopulous as they were not willing to meed Schalke’s demands, as the Reds thought it could be a big risk as he might not pass the medical, after having a longstanding knee problem.

The 21-year-old is thought to have put his past injuries to bed as he is returning to action very soon, unless Liverpool make their move.

The 21-year-old is a huge prospect and has attracted interest from both Chelsea and Manchester City before they both got new managers.

With the rumours that Skrtel could be leaving, possibly on loan to Napoli, Liverpool are desperately in need for a new defender, even if Skrtel stays at the club.

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Liverpool target: Kyriakos Papadopulous

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Aspas: I know what I need to do to get in the starting eleven

New Liverpool forward Iago Aspas states he knows what he needs to do to make the team sheet for Liverpool’s first game of the season against Stoke City.

The Spanish striker signed from Celta Vigo last month and has already scored three goals for Liverpool, as well as impressing in all of his games so far.

Aspas admits training at Liverpool is harder than anywhere else he has been but he knows he and the other players will reap the rewards come the start of the new campaign.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “At the beginning it has been a little tougher than the sessions in Spain, but we know there is a little more running involved in this league.

“However, we do a lot of work with the ball and I think in that respect the sessions are very similar to back in Spain.

“I’m working hard every day to try and earn my place on the team sheet for the first game.

“From that moment on it’s all about doing as well as I can and gaining in confidence to continue to keep my place in the side.”

Aspas isn’t the only Spaniard to arrive at Anfield this summer, he’s been joined by Luis Alberto who arrived from Seville.

The Duo have been welcomed at Liverpool by fellow Spaniard Jose Enrique, who has helped them both settle in quickly at the club. Brendan Rodgers has also helped the duo settle in as he can speak Spanish.

“Luis has been a real source of support for me,” explained Aspas. “Because we’re the two new boys, we hang out and go everywhere together.

“Of course it helps a lot that the manager can speak Spanish – he gets by pretty well.

“Jose Enrique is the person who’s helping out the most at the moment. He’s Spanish like us, so he’s helping us out with everything – finding a house, a car, translating training ground explanations…whatever it may be, he’s there to help us.”

Upon arriving at Liverpool Iago Aspas was given the iconic shirt number nine previously worn by Fernando Torres, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush all players who hugely succeeded at Liverpool.

“In Spain they don’t attach so much importance to your shirt number as you do here in England, but I do know that simply by coming here I have the responsibility to return with interest the money the club has paid out for me,” said Aspas.

“I can’t wait for the first game at Anfield against Stoke City to be able to describe at first hand all the good feelings I have about this league.”

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Reina deserves better treatment

I agree with Liverpool loaning out Reina to Napoli for a season, as having two class goalkeepers was not going to end well as we would have the scenario of Mignolet that we paid 9million for on the bench or Reina sitting on the bench still collecting his 110,000-a-week salary at Liverpool. But Reina deserved better treatment from Liverpool.

Reina stated in his open letter to fans that Liverpool accepted an offer from Napoli before even letting Reina know of the bid. This is a player that has been at Liverpool for eight years and given us the best years of his career and to completely disrespect him by not even letting Reina know is beyond me.

The simple matter of the fact is that Rodgers signed Mignolet as he thought Reina would be on his way to Barcelona. This move did not happen for various reasons and Rodgers was left with two class goalkeepers and had to farm Reina out, instead of let him fight for his place.

I’ve heard a lot of fans saying he brought this on himself as he was that desperate for a move to Barcelona but can you really blame him for wanting to move to the Catalan club, arguably the best club in the world at the moment. Not forgetting Barcelona was where he started his career and he has a point to prove over there in his native Spain and a chance to return home.

It is likely that Reina will come back from his loan spell and move to Barcelona next summer, as Victor Valdes will have let his contract run down by then and is ready for a new challenge.

Liverpool should of shown one of our best keepers in recent memory more respect than to move him off to the first club that came in for him and at least talk to him about what he would like.

I understand why Liverpool loaned him out as he has a 110,000-a-week contract and that is a lot if he is to potentially sit on the bench for the rest of the season. But we can’t forget that he earned that salary with great performances down the years.

Liverpool kept the second most clean sheets in the league last season and that’s not to bad for a team ‘with a dodgy defense and a keeper that has lost his form.’ Reina made a few mistakes last season but tell me what keeper doesn’t? The best goalkeeper in the Premier League last season was David De Gea, somehow, and look at how many mistakes he made.

The simple matter of the fact is that Reina deserved more respect than what he got at Liverpool, after all he has been our number one for eight seasons and has stuck by us through the hard times when he could have left. Liverpool are showing more respect to Suarez, when he don’t deserve it, than Reina who has got to be one of Liverpool’s great goalkeepers.

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YNWA Pepe!!!!

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Napoli reignite interest in Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benetez is ready to raid Liverpool for a second time, by making a bid for Martin Skrtel.

Benetez brought Skrtel when he was in charge of Liverpool back in 2008 for 6.5million from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Benetez has already signed Pepe Reina on a season long loan from Liverpool, another player who he brought to Anfield.

Napoli have recently sold Edinson Cavani to PSG for 55million and have the funds to strengthen their team having already signed Reina from Liverpool and Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

Martin Skrtel’s form dropped considerably last season, having won Liverpool’s player of the season award in the previous season. Liverpool have signed Kolo Toure from Manchester City on a free and are still looking to bring a new centre half to Anfield with Kyriakos Papadopulous and Toby Alderweireld strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.

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