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Liverpool agree loan deal to sign Aly Cissokho from Valencia

Liverpool have agreed a loan deal to bring Valencia full-back Aly Cissokho to Anfield, with a view to make the move permanent next season. According to reliable sources such as the BBC and Sky Sports.

However, Cissokho will not be available for Liverpool’s first game of the season against Stoke City this Saturday, as he will be travelling to Merseyside next week to finalise the move.

Liverpool were targeting another left-back in Guilherme Siqueira, but the Reds could not agree a fee with his club Granada as the Spanish side wanted 12million.

Sunderland have targeted Cissokho and the Wearside club are prepared to make a permanent move for Cissokho, while Liverpool are only prepared to make a loan offer with a view to permanent deal next summer. But, Cissokho would prefer a move to Liverpool.



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Liverpool preparing 12million bid for Guilherme Siqueira

According to reports in Spain Liverpool are preparing a 12million bid for Granada full-back Guilherme Siqueira.

The Reds are looking to provide Jose Enrique with competition for the left-back slot in the side as Rodgers is a big believer that you need two players decent players for every position.

The 27-year-old has been a target for Merseyside rivals Everton if they sold Leighton Baines, and Real Madrid are also interested but they want to sell Fabio Coentrao first before making a move.

According to Spanish reports Rodgers is readying a 12million bid for Siqueira, but the paper goes on to state that the 12million figure falls well short of his 21million release clause in his contract.

The Granada full-back was a mainstay in the side last season, racking up 35 appearances in La Liga.


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Coutinho and co sign off in style

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Liverpool recorded a fourth straight pre-season win as they signed off their 2013 summer tour with a 3-0 victory over the Thailand national team.

Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard scored the goals on a day when many of Brendan Rodgers’ senior players featured for 90 minutes for the first time this summer.

The squad will now head straight for the airport, waving goodbye to their incredible Thai supporters and flying home to Merseyside.

Coutinho might have opened the scoring on 11 minutes but his extravagance in scissor-kicking Glen Johnson’s superb floating cross did not pay dividends.

But the Brazilian wouldn’t be denied for long. On 16 minutes he pick-pocketed possession before displaying outrageous footwork that left his pursuer floored and opened space to slot into the bottom corner.

The Reds continued to create chances against a national side who knocked China for five recently, while Thailand’s best effort in the first half was a rocket shot from 20 yards that Simon Mignolet had to be sharp to palm away.

Within four minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when Coutinho threaded a ball towards Aspas, who beat a defender with a Maradona spin before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to claim his third goal since clinching a transfer from Celta Vigo.

It was Gerrard who chipped in next on 59 minutes as Joe Allen sprinted clear in midfield, feeding Aspas, who in turn laid the ball off to his skipper. Gerrard – the undisputed star attraction for fans during the tour – showed poise to dink over the flailing defenders and ‘keeper.

Aspas and Fabio Borini then made way for Luis Suarez and Jordon Ibe but there wasn’t the raft of early changes we saw in previous tour encounters.

Kolo Toure and Coutinho – who both missed the Reds’ last game through injury – were replaced by Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson, while everyone else lasted until the closing stages or the final whistle.

Away from the sidelines, Suarez and Gerrard both hit the crossbar, Henderson had an effort stopped on the line and Ibe blasted into the side netting – but the passionate fans who filled the Thai national stadium were not treated to any more goals.

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Gerrard: Liverpool can break into the top four

Reds captain Steven Gerrard believes that Liverpool can significantly climb up the Barclays Premier League table this season, if they can perform like they did at the end of last season.

Rodgers team lost just the twice since the turn of the year and showed top four form towards the end of the season. The run also included victories by four, five and six clear goals.

Liverpool and England skipper considered those performances as top four worthy and hopes the new signings can help push the club forward.

“The final five or six months of the season were fantastic, we showed fantastic form – I think it was top-four form,” Gerrard told LFC TV at his foundation’s charity golf day in Portugal.

“We certainly finished the season really strong, but we were very inconsistent from August to Christmas – that’s the reason why we never managed to achieve what we set out to do, which was a top-four finish.

“But I felt at times in the season we played some brilliant football. If we can find that level on a consistent basis, I’ve got confidence we can break into the top four.

“The realistic message is to say to the fans that the last four or five months of the season were really positive, we played well. If these signings are positive and successes, they can add to those performances.

“If the fans get behind us and show the support that we know they can, I believe we can push into the top four. That would be a fantastic achievement if you look at the standard of the teams in this league.”

Liverpool have a good start to the season where they play just one team in their first nine games that finished above the Merseyside club, Manchester United. Liverpool start the season at home to Stoke City and then they travel to Aston Villa before entertaining Manchester United at Anfield. But the Reds captain refused to look past the first game of the season.

“You need to turn up and perform. I look at the fixtures all the time but the most important thing is to not get too carried away and look at that first game. We need to get off to a good start in terms of being positive for that first home game.”

Asked about Rodgers maiden season at the Reds he is pleased with the progress the Reds have made under the Northern Irishman and explained the areas of the team which need to be improved.

“When you get a new manager and new staff it takes a while for the message to come across and for all the players to take it on board,” added the Reds’ No.8.

“But we’ve also got to be men about it and take responsibility that, at times, we didn’t turn up and perform. There were certain games where we weren’t happy with ourselves individually and as a team – Southampton away, Aston Villa at home, West Brom away.

“We have to make sure those mistakes and performances don’t happen next year and, if they don’t, hopefully we can have a good season.

“I think the manager has done well – he’s taken a huge job on at a young age. He did fantastically well at Swansea and some of his other previous jobs, so he certainly deserves a crack at a big club.

“I think he’s moving the team and the club forward and making good progress. If he gets the backing from the owners, and the current squad that we’ve already got improves, I’m sure we can make the fans happy.”

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Liverpool agree 9million fee for Simon Mignolet

Liverpool have agreed a 9million fee for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Black Cats player of the year is set to be on Merseyside next week to discuss personal terms and to undertake a medical.

The 24-year-old arrived in Wearside in June 2010 for 2million from Belgium side Sint-Truiden and has gone on to make 101 appearances for Sunderland.

Mignolet impressed greatly last season keeping 11 clean sheets and played every single league game in a disappointing season for Sunderland.

The Belgium international believes a move to a bigger club will greatly improve his chances of being Belgium’s number one before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It is said that Mignolet wants assurances over his place in the team as Reina has said he will stick to his contract unless a big club come in for him, with Arsenal and Barcelona both being heavily linked with the Spanish goalkeeper.

Mignolet will possible be The Reds fourth signing by the time he arrives, as The Reds have agreed deals for Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas while Seville winger Luis Alberto is in Liverpool to agree personal terms and complete a medical.

Liverpool are also targeting Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Llori and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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