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Swansea following Liverpool contract talks with Joe Allen

Swansea want allenSwansea are waiting to discover the fate of Liverpool’s contract talks with Joe Allen before potentially making a move if a agreement isn’t made between the player and club.

Allen has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract and no talks have yet taken place as Allen reached the Euro semi-finals with Wales after some impressive displays from the 26 year old.

Liverpool signed Allen from Swansea for a fee of 15million in 2012 when Brendan Rodgers was in charge and so far he has struggled to break into the first team under Klopp as the Welshman made just 8 premier league starts last season.

Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will hold talks with Allen when he returns to the Reds preseason after a extended break and Klopp said he hopes they can reach a agreement when he returns.

“We will find a solution but it’s not done,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 5-0 friendly win on Wednesday night.

“Obviously Joe Allen is a good player. We never doubted this. He played a good European Championship, like the whole Welsh team.

“We have to make decisions, we have to find solutions. We have to talk to the player, ask the player and think about our situation. That’s how it works.”

Allen was named in the official UEFA team of the tournament after a number of impressive games which helped Wales have a fantastic tournament.

 

 

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Transfer Rumours: West Brom to sign Andre Wisdom on season loan

WisdomAccording to reports West Brom have won the race to sign young Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom on a season long loan.

Wisdom spent last season on loan at Derby County in the Championship, making 37 league appearances. Derby wanted the 21-year-old on another season long loan, but it seems West Brom have won the race.

West Brom failed to lure Alan Hutton from local rivals Aston Villa and have now moved to sign Wisdom on loan.

Wisdom has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, after looking impressive three seasons ago, and Liverpool are happy for him to gain valuable Premier League experience.

 

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Rodgers looking for hungry players

Brendan RodgersBrendan 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.”

 

 

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Chelsea due Petr Cech and John Terry out for rest of the season

Terry injuryChelsea have been handed a double blow for the conclusion of the Premier League run in with star due John Terry and Petr Cech out for the rest of the campaign.

Chelsea have been without Hazard and Eto before their crucial Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid, and now look to miss another two players.

Terry suffered an injury to his foot while Petr Cech has picked up a dislocated shoulder, with Mourinho guaranteeing that they won’t be back in the near future.

Manager Jose Mourinho said: “Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over.

“And John – we have to play the final for him to play with us.”

“We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight,” added Mourinho.

“Ivanovic is back, Schwarzer showed clearly that we can trust him. People that are not playing a lot, like for example Ashley Cole, put in an amazing performance.”

Chelsea go to Anfield in a crucial game that they need to win to stay in the title race, with this news Liverpool and Man City have a massive advantage over their title rivals.

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Liverpool confirm Oussama Assaidi has joined Stoke City on loan

Stoke have agreed a deal with Liverpool to bring winger Oussama Assaidi on loan for a season.

Assaidi is expected to make his debut for Stoke this Wednesday in the Capital One Cup tie against Walsall. The Moroccan was reportedly in Stoke on Tuesday putting the finishing touches on a deal to take him to Stoke.

The 25-year-old was reportedly at Stoke’s win against Crystal Palace at the weekend. Assaidi was signed last summer by Brendan Rodgers for a fee of 2.4million, but just made 4 Premier League appearances.

Liverpool are likely to dip into the transfer market over the next week of the transfer window, wanting to bring in a winger and a centre back.

 

 

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Rodgers: Fabio Borini will not be leaving Liverpool on loan

Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Liverpool striker Fabio Borini will not be leaving the club on loan this summer.

The Italian has had a troublesome time last season at Liverpool, as a serious shoulder injury forced him out of action for most of the season.

The Italian under-21 has made just 13 league appearances scoring once since joining from Roma last summer.

Rodgers has confirmed that Borini, an unused substitute in their first two league games, will remain at the club.

“There would be a queue of clubs wanting to take him if he was available. We want to keep a strong group, it’s a very long season for us,” he said.

“You’ve got Daniel, Fabio, Aspas and Luis to come in a number of weeks.

“We want to make sure the competition in the group is there.”

 

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Liverpool player rating v Stoke City

SIMON MIGNOLET-9

Simon Mignolet had a superb debut for Liverpool yesterday. The first 20 minutes of the match he looked a little uncomfortable in the Reds goal, making a few mistakes when he received the ball at his feet. But he made a three top class saves during the course of the match. The first coming from a curling shot from Jonathon Walters which Mignolet had to spring across his goal to prevent Stoke taking the lead in the game. The second of his high profile saves came when Stoke were awarded a penalty in the last few minutes of the game and Mignolet sprung across to his right to dramatically rescue Liverpool from dropping points. The third was the rebound from the penalty where he had to get up quickly to prevent Kenwyn Jones from a late equaliser. Along with the saves he looked comfortable in goal for the most part and handled the crosses well.

GLEN JOHNSON-6

Glen Johnson did not have to do much today and had a very quite match for his standards. Did not bomb down the right hand side as much, but defensively was very sure in the match and made no mistakes. Johnson has good competition for his place this season in the returning Martin Kelly and if Johnson does lose form then Kelly will be breathing right down his neck. Had a secure game but will need to better his performances if he is not to become complacent.

KOLO TOURE-8

Kolo Toure signed for Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer and a lot of people questioned whether he will be good enough for Liverpool, with a lot of supporters expecting him to more of a squad player. But he proved all his doubters wrong with a solid performance against Stoke. He’s now 32 but he does not lack pace and is extremely strong. Liverpool needed a bit of height, physicality and experience and Toure proved all of them today. Toure hit the crossbar for Liverpool after getting on the end of a corner with a blistering header onto the bar, and continued to look a threat for corners. Matched the physicality of Stoke City and is the needed extra height and experience that is needed, and he certainly proved his doubters wrong with this performance!

DANIEL AGGER-7

Daniel Agger is Liverpool’s new vice captain after remaining with Liverpool for a number of years and showing undivided loyalty towards Liverpool, despite interest from Barcelona. His performance today was solid alongside Kolo Toure, but did give away a late penalty with a handball that could of cost Liverpool three points if it weren’t for Mignolet’s heroics. Handled the physicality of Stoke well and dealt with everything Stoke threw at the Reds defence.

JOSE ENRIQUE-6

Had a solid game in the left-back slot for Liverpool, but is now under pressure as Liverpool are looking to sign a new left-back. With reports that Liverpool have agreed a loan deal for Aly Cissokho, Jose Enrique could well lose his place in the team. The Spaniard can be erratic at times but he wasn’t tested too much by Stoke. He looked a threat going forward, although some of his touches let him down and ended positive attacks.

LUCAS-7

Had a good game against Stoke and is often the unsung hero in matches. Lucas holds the midfield and defence together and the game was no different against Stoke. He was making tackles, putting his body on the line and starting off attacks for Liverpool. You don’t usually notice his mark on the match but when he is not in the starting eleven you can see the gaps in the Liverpool team.

JORDAN HENDERSON-7

Henderson started ahead of Joe Allen in the match which did surprise a lot of supporters after Joe Allen was so prominently featured in pre-season. Henderson looked lively and was box to box for all the game. Had a number of chances but hit most of them straight against the Stoke keeper Begovic and needs to improve his finishing.

STEVEN GERRARD-7

Do we expect anything else from Gerrard? He was his usual self pinging passes and pulling all the strings in the Liverpool team. Combines defence and attack brilliantly and was all over the park like he normally is. He plays in a deeper role now and lets Henderson bomb forward, although he still picks and chooses when he goes forward like he did in this match today.

COUTINHO-8

Coutinho had a brilliant game and created the most chances out of any Premier League teams on the opening day of the weekend. Coutinho rattled the post with a cracker of a strike and was involved in everything which was good about Liverpool’s attack play. Coutinho even got back defensively well and did not leave gaps when he was going forward. The Brazilian also forged a brilliant partnership with Iago Aspas and Daniel Sturridge.

DANIEL STURRIDGE-9-MAN OF THE MATCH

Daniel Sturridge was rated at just eighty percent fit for the game and it is a great credit to how well the England international played. Sturridge was the match winner with a brilliant 25 yard strike to beat Begovic in the Stoke goal, and it took something special to beat the Stoke keeper who had an impressive game. Sturridge forged a brilliant relationship on the field with Coutinho and Aspas. Sturridge had a few chances to double his goal tally but otherwise had a stunning game for Liverpool. When Suarez returns to the fold he could find it hard to get back into the team if Liverpool continue to play like this.

IAGO ASPAS-8

Iago Aspas made his Barclays Premier League debut in this match today and did not show it. Looked lively for the whole match and showed how skilful he can be during the course of the match. Had a couple of chances to score and needs to improve his finishing if he is to be a success at the Reds. Aspas linked up well with Coutinho and Sturridge during the match.

SUBSTITUED IN THE 70TH MINUTE FOR RAHEEM STERLING

RAHEEM STERLING-6

Raheem Sterling played 20 minutes of the match coming on the pitch for the impressive Aspas. Didn’t do a lot as Liverpool mostly had to defend for the last 15 minutes of the match. Had a impressive pre-season where he looked extremely lively.

 

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Liverpool plot move for Leandro Damiao if Willian transfer falls short

According to the Daily Mirror Liverpool have turned their attention to Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, if a move for Willian falls through.

Liverpool are after Brazilian Willian and are readying a 30millon bid and are prepared to pay Willian’s wages of 110,000-a-week, an increase in his 90,000-a-week salary at Anzhi.

Tottenham and Manchester United are both preparing to hijack Liverpool’s bid to sign the 25-year-old, and Liverpool do not want to be left short for attacking options.

Rodgers has the funds to make a marquee signing for Liverpool before the transfer window closes.

Liverpool have already missed out on top targets Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa, and Liverpool are concerned that the same could happen with Brazilian Willian.

Liverpool have a list of back-ups though if the move does not go through and Leandro Damiao is at the top of the list.

The striker has long been admired by Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Tottenham, but have failed to negotiate a deal with his club.

Damiao still wants a move to Europe though, and Rodgers believes he can find a forward line that can take Liverpool to the next level.

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Mignolet: It’s a dream come true

New Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has described his Liverpool debut as a ‘dream come true’ and thanks the Liverpool fans for their support.

Mignolet was the hero in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Stoke as he dived low to his right to thwart a Jonathon Walters penalty in the last few minutes of the game.

“You dream of those kinds of things and when it actually comes around, you’re very pleased afterwards,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com immediately after the final whistle.

“You can’t really judge if it’s going to end up like that on your debut. It can only be good for my confidence; the next game is going to be a lot easier than it was today.

“You have to get through the first 15 minutes. I managed to get through the first 15 minutes with the support of the fans, my teammates and the staff.

“I got through the first 15 minutes of the game and once I made my first save, it settled me down and made the game a lot easier.

“At that moment itself, you don’t really know what you’re thinking of. Once everything has settled I’ll look back to it and hopefully take positives from it.

“We just have to keep our feet on the ground and be focused. Next week there’s a tough game again against Aston Villa.

“The most important thing is that we got three points today; I think we deserved that with the game we played and the chances we created.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to score the second goal. That’s the most important thing – a win, a clean sheet and move onto the next game.”

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard revealed last season how he had benefited from the analysis of goalkeeping coach John Achterberg when attempting penalties at the other end.

The Dutchman’s level of research proved helpful for Mignolet on Saturday too.

“I think every goalkeeper does that nowadays in the Premier League,” the No.22 added.

“We analyse those things and all credit to the coaching staff, who have monitored that throughout the last couple of seasons and made sure that we knew what was going to happen.”

Mignolet was one of three summer signings to make his competitive debut against the Potters and the ‘keeper was thankful for the reaction afforded by his new home fans.

He said: “Of course, when you make the save at the end and the fans get behind you, that was very pleasing. It can only be good for my confidence for future games.

“Everybody was happy because we wanted to win the game – that was the objective. We’ve done that, we move onto the next game and make sure we do it again.”

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Willian’s come and get me plea

Anzhi winger Willian has issued a come and get me plea to any interested parties, especially Liverpool.

Willian has told ESPN Brasil he would welcome a big move to ‘great club’ like Liverpool and is expecting a number of offers in the coming days. Manchester United and Tottenham do hold an interest in the Brazilian and are both preparing bids.

Willian only signed for Anzhi in January from Shakhtar Donetsk and now the Russian side are trying to cut costs they have put all their big name players up for sale, including Willian and Samuel Eto.

“For now, all there is are talks,” he said. “There was the Manchester City bid and that was turned down and that was a while ago. Now I’m waiting for a new bid to arrive in the next days from a few clubs, like Liverpool. If it’s really Liverpool, then it is surely a great club. I’m hopeful and very calm, just waiting for the best.

“I know some clubs have talked with my agent about the money, but he hasn’t told me anything. He only said that he had conversations with some clubs, and he also didn’t tell me which clubs.”

But when asked if the clubs involved were English, Willian added: “I think so. England is my goal. The English championship is the dream of many players and I’m no different. I like the Premier League very much, I enjoy the English football and certainly, if that happens, it will be very good for me and for my image.”

Willian admits he was shocked by Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov’s decision to radically reduce the club’s spending, which could boost Liverpool’s chances of signing the Brazilian.

“I saw the news on the internet, and then when I got to the club I heard lots of people talking about it,” he said. “No one was expecting it, that’s for sure. I respect everyone’s opinion, though. He probably has his reasons to decide that.

“I’d rather stay cool, working and never let my head down, even in a situation like this. All I know is that [Kerimov] told us that Anzhi wouldn’t be making further investments, that in six months they will be returning to Makachkala, that they’ll be going home, that more Russian players will arrive and that if the foreign players who had offers would be free to go, that he would help us.

“He doesn’t want to let anyone go for free but he made it clear that if good bids arrive – something at least close to what he paid for the players – he would certainly help us go. [He is] not giving anyone away. [But] if a good offer arrives, they’ll let us go. If not, we stay. That’s it.”

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