Liverpool are considering a shock move for Arsenal target Mario Balotelli if Luis Suarez leaves Liverpool this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Tuttosport believe that Liverpool have pinpointed controversial AC Milan striker Mario Ballotelli as the ideal replacement for Luis Suarez, who looks increasingly likely to be leaving Liverpool after his third bite scandal.
Suarez is unavailable for selection for 4 months but is still wanted by Barcelona, who want a cut-price deal for the Uruguayan.
Brendan Rodgers is believed to want a like-for-like replacement for Suarez, even if Liverpool get Alexis Sanchez in the deal for Suarez.
Balotelli has been tipped to leave AC Milan this summer, with Arsenal the club who are leading the race for the Italian.
But Liverpool are now set to enter the race for the former Manchester City striker, with the player himself keen on a move to the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers has stated that when searching for new players not just ability will play a part in the potential signings.
Having narrowly missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City last season Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market already, with the signings of Rickie Lambert and Emre Can.
With Rodgers insisting that mentality will play a key part in any potential signings as the Reds look to go one better next season and win the Premier League title.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “What we do need to do to ensure we kick on? We need to ensure we continue with our thinking in terms of the types of players we’re going to bring in.
“We want to bring in players who are hungry. They must have the ambition to want to come in and succeed here.
“We need players who there can be no doubts about their quality.
“We’re in a position now where we’re going straight into the group stage of the Champions League and we’re going into the Premier League next season with an expectation and a belief that we can win the league.
“We need players that have those qualities. That belief, players who are willing to improve and who are hungry to improve themselves.
“If we can get a number of signings with that profile then we can go on and build on last season.”
With Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League Rodgers knows he needs a bigger squad to keep the team fresh.
It’s one where we just need good players,” added the boss.
“The position we were in last summer was that we were losing players who were cover players and it was difficult for us to bring in starters.
“This year the squad will change around. We will need to change the team regularly over the course of the season in order to keep the efficiency and the energy in the team.
“Those players who are coming in need to be capable starters. They have to be to the level that we require to perform. That is absolutely key for us this summer.”
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself fit to play in Liverpool’s crunch clash with Chelsea, With possibly Chelsea being knocked out of the Premier League title race.
Sturridge was a doubt for this game after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City, missing the 3-2 victory over Norwich City.
In a Q&A session with kids who are given a chance to play football in coaching sessions with LFC foundation. When asked if he will play against Chelsea Sturridge said “Hopefully this weekend I’ll be back.”
Regarding a question as to whether or not Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will play Sturridge in the critical match he responded “I’m not too sure if he’ll play me or not. We’ll have to see.”
He was then asked as to whether or not he will celebrate if he scored against his former club, Chelsea, this weekend…admitting that it will cause him a few problems.
“I would like to show respect to my former club, but if I were to come on and score in the last minute I’m going to be on a mad one, aren’t I?” he laughed. “I don’t want to – but I don’t know if I could control myself if that happened.”
Kolo Toure believes Liverpool have a team capable of challenging for the top four this season, and could possibly add another trophy.
Having spent four seasons at Manchester City, the 32-year-old moved to Liverpool for a free transfer to gain more first team football.
Kolo Toure his first thought when Liverpool rang him was ‘wow’. Having spent almost two weeks in training now the Ivory Coast international believes Liverpool are capable of challenging for the top four.
Kolo Toure has revealed how he thinks this coming season is going to be better for the Reds than the last campaign when they finished behind Merseyside rivals Everton for the second year in a row.
Liverpool have steadily been improving in recent seasons with Brendan Rodgers having a better league season than what Kenny Daglish had, although the form in domestic competitions was not good enough for Liverpool.
Kolo Toure has revealed how he thinks Liverpool play great football, after being at the receiving end of Liverpool’s passing game in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Liverpool are considering a shock move for Manchester City star Carlos Tevez, as they look to find a suitable replacement if Suarez does indeed force a move from Liverpool this summer.
Liverpool have long admired Tevez, and have made two approaches to sign him on loan in recent seasons under Kenny Daglish and they are now ready to reignite there interest in Tevez for a permanent deal.
Manchester City will be taking a huge hit on Tevez, who cost them 28million back in the summer of 2009 from Manchester United. Tevez has just one year remaining on his current contract and would be available for as little as 8.2million.
The big stumbling block for the deal is the Argentines 232,000-a-week contract, Liverpool would not be able to match Tevez’s salary but they would be willing to offer him a long term contract worth more than 117,000-a-week to lure him to Anfield.
Reports in Italy have suggested that Juventus are in pole position to land the former West Ham forward having already agreed personal terms, while the player has spoken highly of both big spending Ligue 1 clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco
City have not formally offered Tevez a new deal yet but the forward is keen to sit down with new Manchester City boss to be Manuel Pellegrini to discuss a new contract and is excited at the prospect of playing for the former Malaga boss. The club will sell Tevez if he does not put pen to paper this summer.