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Liverpool target cut-price 18million deal to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi

LavezziAccording to reports Liverpool are lining up an 18million move for PSG winger Ezequiel Lavezzi this summer.

According to the express Liverpool are making a move for Lavezzi after the deal to sign Loic Remy from QPR sensationally collapsed.

Remy travelled to Boston to undertake a medical, but after not passing the medical Liverpool decided to pull the plug on the 8million deal.

The Daily Express now say that Brendan Rodgers is looking to France to reinforce his squad, with Lavezzi being an attractive alternative to Remy.

PSG need to offload several of their players if they are to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid and need to stay in line with FIFA’s financial fair play guidelines.

And that means the French club may well sell Lavezzi at a cut-price 18million to raise funds.

The 29-year-old joined PSG from Napoli in 2012 for 24million and scored nine goals in 34 appearances for the French club.

 

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Liverpool secure transfer of Dejan Lovren, full interview below

Confirmed lovrenDejan Lovren – Liverpool player. How does that sound?
It sounds amazing and it’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here; I’m proud and can’t wait to start.

What are you most looking forward to about playing for Liverpool?
I’m most looking forward to Anfield, of course. I played there last season in front of the crowd singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. That is something very special for every player, every sportsman and every fan. I can’t wait to get started.

What do you know about the club and its history?
I know we have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club.

You spent one season with Southampton – how do you reflect on that year at St Mary’s?
It was just one season and it was really short, but we had a great season with the team and it was amazing to play at St Mary’s. It was the first time I had played in England and I was proud to play for Southampton. I’ll take good memories from my time there.

When you meet up with your new teammates, there will be a couple of familiar faces in Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana – that must be a great feeling for you?
Yes, of course, but it’s not just Rickie or Adam, I also want to meet the other lads and I can’t wait to start with them. They are top players and top lads. Of course I know Adam and Rickie a lot better from last season – they are great players and they deserve to be here.

What do you think Rickie brings to this Liverpool team?
He has a lot of experience, has played a lot of games in the Premier League and the Championship also. Rickie scored a lot of important goals last season and I learned a lot of things from him. He was like a leader for us.

What can you tell us about Lallana?
I really enjoyed playing with Adam last season – it was amazing. He was the main player, playing all of the games. Like Rickie, he is a great leader, even though he is only 26. Now the dream has come true and we will get the chance to play together.

You scored just twice for Southampton, one of them the winner against Liverpool at Anfield last season. What did that moment mean to you?
It was an amazing moment for me because before and after the game I sensed the feeling and atmosphere around the stadium. I will never forget the victory we achieved and especially getting the goal. After the game, I said to myself: “One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool.”

Apart from the goal, what else do you remember about playing at Anfield that day?
Jose Fonte, my defensive partner at Southampton, told me to listen to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before the first whistle and to enjoy the moment. It was really amazing – I had chills on my arms and it’s something that I will never forget. I want to listen to that song every other weekend.

What have you made of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for Liverpool, in this coming season and beyond?
We have spoken a little bit. Liverpool have already bought five players, so you can see the club has big ambitions to carry on and not stop here. Of course, I want to be part of the club’s ambitions.

What have you made of Liverpool’s playing style under the manager?
I like his style, it’s amazing and quite similar to Southampton. Their games last year were great, particularly the win at St Mary’s. Liverpool play amazing football so I can’t wait to join up with the team. It is a privilege to be here.

For anyone who may not have seen you play, how would you describe yourself as a footballer?
I’m a defender but I don’t really like to talk about my qualities, as I want to show them on the pitch. The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch, who will really give everything for the lads.

This summer you played in your first World Cup with Croatia – what positives did you take from the experience?
It was an amazing experience for me as it was the first time I have been to the World Cup. I will never forget the opening game against Brazil; I don’t know how many billion people were watching! But I’m obviously disappointed that we were eliminated after three games. That said, I think we have a quality team and quality players, so hopefully in the future we will do better.

Back to here and now with Liverpool, what are your plans next? Are you going to join your new teammates in the USA?
Yes, hopefully my Visa will be completed on Monday, so I can travel on Tuesday. It’s important for every player that you are with the team in pre-season.

Finally, what is your message to Liverpool fans?
As I said, I’m a player that will give 100 per cent and I want to show that to the supporters because they deserve to see players who give 100 per cent. I know it is going to be something special to play in front of the fans at Anfield and I can’t wait.

 

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Liverpool 1-0 Olympiacos-Player Ratings-Liverpool claim narrow first win in International Champions Cup

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones   7.2

Did not put a foot wrong in goal for Liverpool, although he did not have a lot to do. Looked comfortable for set pieces and made a important save in the last couple of minutes to deny Olympiacos a goal.

Defenders

Glen Johnson   5.9

Johnson was Liverpool’s worst defender on the pitch. He constantly gave the ball away in dangerous areas and would not get back down the pitch for his defensive duties when going forward. Johnson did nothing to please Liverpool fans who want Johnson out of the team for the coming season.

Martin Kelly   6.2

Looked comfortable at the back and passed the ball very well while in danger. Got forward a couple of times, but looks more assured in his defensive job. Kelly performed better than Johnson when he was on the pitch, making Liverpool a lot tighter at the back.

Martin Skrtel     8.8-Man Of The Match

Skrtel was superb at the back for Liverpool today and showed manager Brendan Rodgers that he remains Liverpool’s best defender. Skrtel made a number of key interceptions in the game to stop certain goals and looked comfortable while on the ball. Skrtel was dominant in the air winning every header, proving that Lovren should partner Skrtel at the back for Liverpool this season.

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Skrtel was impressive at the back

Kolo Toure       7.3

Toure Came under fire a lot from Liverpool fans last season after a number of costly errors, but put in a comfortable showing for Liverpool in this game. Toure is currently Liverpool fifth choice defender showing they have a vast number of defensive options if needed.

Sebastion Coates   7.0

Coates put in another comfortable showing for Liverpool but it currently way behind in the pecking order for the Reds. Looked solid in the air and showed he is a solid defender that could put him in the shop window for clubs that are interested.

Jose Enrique     7.2

Enrique looks to have recovered from the injury that plagued him last season after another impressive first half showing here. Made some critical interceptions and tackles and got forward when he needed to.

Jack Robinson   6.7

Robinson got forward a number of times but lacks a final ball that will make him a better player, which will hopefully come with experience. Comfortable in defence but was vulnerable when he galloped forward too many times.

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard   8.1

Gerrard showed all of his experience in this game and does not look like he needs pre-season to prepare himself for the coming season. Controlled the tempo of the Liverpool play and made a delightful pass to Sturridge in the build-up to the goal. Made some great tackles and passes in the game and showed why he is such an important player to Liverpool for the coming season.

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool's play

Gerrard controlled the tempo of Liverpool’s play

Emre Can     7.4

Can only played 45 minutes but looked impressive during the time he was on the pitch. Can showed he’s got good pace and strength to succeed in the Premier League.

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Emre Can did not look out of place in Liverpool first team

Jordan Henderson     7.8

Henderson played the full 90 minutes and showed what an engine he has. Ran all day and showed great link-up play with his fellow midfield players and forwards. Henderson will be a key player for Liverpool this season with his engine and work effort being pivotal to the Liverpool cause.

Lucas Leiva         6.3

Lucas has a point to prove to Rodgers to prove he should be in Liverpool’s first team plans, but on the basis of this performance Liverpool have better options. Gave away a number of needless free-kicks, which he consistently does, and did not look good on the ball.

Joe Allen           6.2

Allen had a very similar performance to Lucas and ultimately failed to impress once again. Allen gave away the ball a number of times, with one of them very nearly costly. The Welshman could not get his passing together and ended a number of Liverpool attacks.

Lazar Markovic   7.5

Markovic made an impressive debut and gave glimpses of what he is about. Markovic was at his best when running at defenders and had a decent chance but curled it over the bar. The Serbian showed Rodgers he could be a key player this season after showing good signs here.

Markovic looked lively on debut

Markovic looked lively on debut

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling scored the only goal of the game and showed great instinct and finishing to get into the position and finish it off. Sterling looked lively all game and was always on the move. With the departure of Suarez then Sterling could be in for a big season this year.

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Sterling scored the only goal of the game

Coutinho             7.4

Coutinho looked good on the ball and always looked dangerous on the ball. The Brazilian looks more dangerous when playing in a more central position but still threatened from the wing. Coutinho made a number of superb passes and linked up well with the forward players.

Jordan Ibe           6.3

Ibe did not get to many minutes to make his mark on the game but looked lively. Ibe made a number of good runs and put in Joe Allen for a great chance at the end of the game after a superb run and pass.

Forwards

Daniel Sturridge       6.8

Sturridge had a very quiet game in front of goal but showed goo link up with the midfielders. The England international scuffed a shot that deflected to Sterling for the goal but did not have the chance to get around the box as he would have liked.

Rickie Lambert   6.5

Lambert came on in the closing minutes off the game but held the ball well up front to take the pressure of the defenders.

Take part in the pole above or comment below who your man of the match was!

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Liverpool call 8.5million transfer of Loic Remy off as concerns over Remy’s medical

Loic RemyLoic’s Remy 8.5million move to Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers has collapsed.

Remy was expected to be announced as Liverpool’s fifth summer signing but the Reds have pulled out of the deal at the last minute.

Liverpool FC have refused to comment on the situation but it is believed that there was a problem with Remy’s medical.

Remy, who scored 14 goals while on loan at Newcastle last season, had flew to Boston to partake in a routine medical after Liverpool triggered a release clause in Remy’s contract.

Personal terms were all agreed and he was set to be given the iconic number 7 shirt, left vacant by the departure of Luis Suarez.

Anfield sources put the delay in announcing the signing due to a minor paperwork issue, but it appears that Liverpool were seeking a second opinion on his medical.

On the back of that advice they decided not to proceed with the deal.

Reports indicate that the deal will not be resurrected and manager Brendan Rodgers will look to other striking targets.

 

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Transfer rumours: Liverpool make 14.2million bid for Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri

17Xherdan-Shaqiri-1According to reports in Switzerland Liverpool have made a 14.2million bid for Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri has been given permission to leave Bayern Munich this summer if the right offer comes in for the Swiss international, with a host of European clubs after the 25-year-old.

But according to reports in Switzerland Liverpool are in pole position to clinch the 14.2mllion signing of Shaqiri.

Liverpool have been following Shaqiri for the last 18 months and now hope they can complete the signing completely.

Bayern have not accepted the offer yet, but it is believed that the 14.2million offer is close to the Bundesliga champions valuation.

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Liverpool’s Adam Lallana could be out injured for 6 weeks

Injured LallanaLiverpool have suffered a major blow to their preparations for the new season with the injury of new signing Adam Lallana, who could potentially be out for up to 6 weeks.

The England midfielder, who had signed for 23.5million from Southampton earlier in the summer, could potentially miss the first 3 games of the Barclays Premier League campaign, these games include a game against former club Southampton and two away trips to Manchester City and Tottenham.

Lallana is also likely to miss the start of England’s Euro qualifying campaign away to Switzerland. The 25-year-old was hurt during a training exercise on Thursday and Liverpool’s fears were realised following the results of the scan.

He has suffered a lateral collateral ligament damage, but does not require surgery which could have potentially put him out of action for 3 months.

Lallana was expected to make his Liverpool debut against Olympiacos on Sunday, but now may have to wait until after the season has started.

Have your say! How big a miss will Lallana be for Liverpool?

 

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Transfer News: Red clinch signings of Remy, Origi and Javier Manquillo..and plan further spending

RemyLiverpool look set to wrap up deals for QPR striker Loic Remy, Lille’s highly rated young striker Divock Origi and Atletico Madrid’s upcoming full-back Javier Manquillo.

Loic Remy has passed a medical in Boston on Wednesday and has agreed personal terms on a 4 year contract.

Remy is seen as a real bargain buy as he cost Liverpool just 8.5million to sign from QPR, having scored 14 goals during a loan spell at Newcastle.

Divock Origi is seen as a future star after impressing for Belgium at the World Cup, starting ahead of Chelsea striker Lukaku. Origi will cost Liverpool 10million and they could potentially loan him back to Lille for a season.

Liverpool are also close to wrapping up a deal for Aletico Madrid’s left-back Javier Manquillo, with this deal being a 2-year loan period with an option to buy for 5million at the end of the loan spell.

Liverpool have already signed 4 players this summer, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, rising star Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and talented winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica for a combined 60million, potentially increasing to 80million if the Reds wrap up the triple deal.

Liverpool are not set to stop there either though with Liverpool targeting Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, with a potential 20million deal getting closer to completion.

Liverpool are also in the market for a left-back with the Reds still not giving up on Seville full-back Alberto Moreno, but are willing to move onto other targets in this position.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the market for a ‘world-class’ midfielder and has targeted Juventus midfielder Vidal, and are also targeting Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund who could be available for 30million.

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Preston 1-2 Liverpool-Ibe stars in victory for Liverpool

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones  7.6

A good performance from Brad Jones, could not do anything about the goal. Made a number of good saves throughout the game and looked confident when collecting crosses.

Defenders

Martin Kelly 5.8

Did not look sharp for the second game in a row and lost a number of balls in the first half. He Will need to improve if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Jon Flanagan   7.2

Flanagan was Liverpool’s best defender in the first half. He looked comfortable on the ball and attacked more in his natural right-back position, when he swapped positions. Flanagan looked comfortable in defence and would have impressed Rodgers so far.

Martin Skrtel   6.2

Did not have a lot to do but was guilty of being complacent throughout the match. Skrtel looked strong in the air as normal, but did show rustiness a few times throughout the match.

Andre Wisdom 5.9

Wisdom did not have a good day and it is no surprise that Rodgers does not consider Wisdom in his first team plans. Looked weak on and off the ball and lacked pace a number of times during the game. A loan spell in the Premier League will suit Wisdom well.

Kevin Stewart    6.5

A much better appearance for Stewart as he looked more comfortable on the ball, and did not give away the ball. In the last game he gave away the ball for the goal and never looked like a player that was confident, but this was a much better run-out for the young full-back.

Sebastion Coates   6.7

Did not have a lot to do when he came on the pitch but whenever called upon he produced. He looked strong and comfortable on the ball, Coates showed that he has gotten over his injury but whether Rodgers considers him in frame for the first team is yet to be seen.

Lloyd Jones     6.5

Helped tighten things up at the back and worked well with Coates. Very comfortable but did not have a lot to do when he came on.

Jack Robinson     6.3

Did not really make an impression for himself and was replaced by Enrique later on in the game. Did not go forward many times but did look comfortable defensively.

Jose Enrique     6.8

Only made a short 20 minute appearance, but did show his quality during that time. Gave Liverpool another option going forward and looked fit and raring to go for the new season.

Midfielders

Lucas Leiva     6.6

Made some very good tackles while on the pitch, but if he is to fit into Rodgers plans then he will need to be better on the ball, as he gave away the ball a few times. Looked lively defensively and did help out the defence well.

Joe Allen       6.1

Did not look like a senior player on the pitch. Too many times he watching the play and not showing the determination he needs to. Good on the ball when the Welshman had it, but did not show determination to make his mark on the game,

Emre Can     7.1

Only played 20 minutes due to him being taken off as a precaution. During those minutes he controlled the tempo of the game and looked comfortable on and off the ball. An impressive brif appearance and if he can show this in the Premier League he could be in for a big season at Liverpool.

Can impressed despite going off early

Can impressed despite going off early

Phillipe Coutinho  7.4

Showed what he is all about and another impressive performance from the Brazilian. Showed great feet, dominant on the ball and surprisingly show better strength.

Coutinho impressed once again

Coutinho impressed once again

Jordan Ibe     9.2- Man Of The Match

A great performance again by Jordan Ibe, adding another 2 assists to his name. Great runs for both off the goals and showed real determination to get into attacking position. Got a very good pass on him, but again needs to improve his finishing as he had a great chance in the first half.

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Connor Coady   6.9

Coady is a very good tackler of the ball and made a difference when he came on. Looked comfortable on the ball and made a few bursting runs forward, overall a good performance for Coady when he came on.

Jordan Rossiter 7.9

Made a real difference when he came on the pitch. Made some great tackles and ran the show in the midfield when he was on the pitch. Still only 18 and could have a good future at Liverpool if he can progress to the next level.

Suso   8.5

Suso impressed on the left side of midfield, scoring a great curling equalising goal. Cut inside on his left foot and looked a danger when he did. Got a good shot on him, as he showed with the goal and has an eye for goal, could be a good player for Liverpool this season.

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Adam Phillips  6.5

Phillips played just the 10 minutes, so not really a lot of time to make an impact on the game. Did not have a lot of touches on the ball as Liverpool were seeing the game out when he came on.

Krisztian Adorjan   6.6

Looked comfortable on the ball and showed good link up play with Peterson. Did not see a lot of the ball but when he did he would rarely play a bad pass.

Strikers

Rickie Lambert     6.6

Lambert did not see a lot of the ball, but did show glimpses off what he can do. Will need to improve his performances if he is going to make the starting eleven and perhaps at times showed the occasion got to him.

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Fabio Borini       6.1

Borini is on the verge of a move to Sunderland and this is likely to be his last appearance for Liverpool. Showed that his head was not at Liverpool and did not make an impact on the game.

Kristoffer Peterson   8.3

Peterson Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers what he is about, scoring the winning goal of the game. Scored in the loss to Brondby and showed his poachers instinct for his second Liverpool goal. Made some great runs throughout the game and showed that he links up extremely well with Jordan Ibe.

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Liverpool agree 8.5million fee for QPR striker Loic Remy

Loic RemyLiverpool have agreed a 8.5million fee to sign French striker Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers.

Arsenal and Tottenham were both heavily linked with the striker during the transfer window, but it appears that Liverpool have won the race to sign the 27-year-old.

Liverpool wanted Remy to lower his wage demands from 80,000-a-week to 60,000-a-week, and it appears that Remy is willing to do just that to move to Liverpool.

With Liverpool agreeing a fee with Sunderland to sell Fabio Borini to them this represents very good business from Liverpool.

Remy scored 14 goals in 24 appearances the Premier League last season while on loan at Newcastle United, and for 8.5million represents a great piece of business for Liverpool.

 

 

 

 

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Transfer News: Liverpool accept 14million bid from Sunderland for Fabio Borini

BoriniLiverpool could make a 3million profit from the sale of Fabio Borini after agreeing a 14million fee with Sunderland for the striker.

Liverpool have accepted Sunderland’s improved offer for the Italian, who has managed just two goals in 20 games for Liverpool.

The 23-year-old was one of Brendan Rodgers first signings at the club 2 years ago, after joining from Roma in an 11million deal from Roma.

He failed to impress at Anfield and moved on loan to Sunderland where he scored 10 goals in a season where Sunderland beat the drop and reached the Capital Cup final.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was desperate to sign Fabio Borini, and the deal could be up to 14million with add-ons.

Sunderland will now discuss personal terms with the Italian international to undergo a medical as well.

 

 

 

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