News and gossip from Liverpool FC in the past 24 hours.
Liverpool director of communications Jen Chang has been forced to deny allegations he harassed a Liverpool supporter. Liverpool fan ‘Duncan Jenkins’ had predicted the signings of Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini before they were completed leaving apparently paranoid Liverpool staff sure a mole was leaking information. Chang reportedly continually rang and sent e-mails to self styled ‘Slam Dunc’ saying he would be banned for life and that newspapers would ‘ruin’ his dads business. Chang denies the allegations.
The redevelopment of Anfield moves a step closer on Monday when it is expected the city council will announce favourable plans for the area. John Henry wants The Reds to remain at Anfield rather than move to a new ground on Stanley Park. Henry’s Fenway Sports Group consortium completed a similar renovation on the legendary Fenway Park in Boston and while no official plans have been announced early reports suggest a new tier could be added to the ground.
Liverpool will step up their interest in Newcastle United frontman Demba Ba in January. Brendan Rodgers has been informed that Hamburg striker Son Heung-Min is not for sale which has alerted him to turning his attentions to the Senegalese striker and his £7 million buy-out clause. Whether the Anfield club could afford his hefty wages is another question entirely but bringing in the leagues current top-scorer is a potential avenue come January.
Luis Suarez has hit back at claims from Fifa’s vice-president over remarks made about his dive against Stoke City, The Uruguayan has been widely polarized for his simulation and Jim Boyce described the issue as ‘footballs cancer’. Suarez however exclaimed he had ‘no idea who he [Boyce] is’ and that it would not affect the way he plays. He was on the losing side as Uruguay were defeated 3-0 by Argentina, with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scoring alongside a brace from Lionel Messi.
Lucas Leiva has thanked Liverpool fans for criticising him in his early Anfield career, exclaiming that the experience has made him a better player in the long run. The Brazilian struggled when he first arrived in the Premier League but has gone on to become one of their better players, a point highlighted by his recent struggles with injury. The 25-year-old believes however that the current crop of young players such as Raheem Sterling and Suso need support in order to gain the confidence to achieve at this level.
Dietmar Hamaan has stated his belief that there is more to Joe Allen’s game than simply ball retention. The German, who played in the holding role at Anfield for seven years has been impressed with the 22-year-old’s mental strength as well as his all-round footballing ability this season.
What are your thoughts about everything happening at Liverpool FC on the 13th October 2012?
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