Liverpool latest: Including Alonso praise and Wisdom contract

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Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso has hinted that he would like to return to the Premier League at some point in the future with Liverpool his preferred choice. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard remains good friends with Alonso and voted for the Spaniard during the recent Ballon d’Or awards.

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Blackpool star Tom Ince. Liverpool made an initial bid of £4 million for the player but were told to up their bid, with reports suggesting they have added an extra £2 million on top of the initial offer. Blackpool may still hold out for £7 million.

Fresh reports have suggested that Liverpool will miss out on Lazio central defender Modibo Diakite. Liverpool were thought to be in pole position to sign the player but new information has suggested Lazio will pull the plug on any potential deal and try to convince Modibo to stay.

Andre Wisdom has signed a new long term contract, committing his future to Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has said that if more youngsters follow the examples of Wisdom, Suso and Raheem Sterling then Liverpool are looking at a very bright future over the next few seasons.

Fabio Borini is nearing a return to first team action but may not be fit enough to take a place in the squad which travels to Manchester United this weekend. Borini has been out of action since last year when he picked up a foot injury while away on international duty with the Italy Under-21 team.

Borussia Dortmund have said they are not interested in acquiring Nuri Sahin amid speculation that Liverpool will end his loan deal early. Sahin joined Liverpool from Real Madrid over the summer but has failed to hold down a regular first team starting place as he’s struggled with English football.

Liverpool look set to miss out to Manchester United over the signing of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Zaha is said to prefer a move to Old Trafford with reports suggesting United are readying a deal of just over £10 million which Liverpool cannot match.

Brendan Rodgers says the return of Fabio Borini from injury and the addition of Daniel Sturridge into the attack will give Liverpool impetus moving forward. Liverpool have been forced to play the majority of the season with only Luis Suarez available up front which means Rodgers is enjoying a luxury.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said the youngsters at the club are integral to the success of the team over the next few seasons. Liverpool have been forced to field a number of teenage players this season owing to having a small squad and the lack of funds necessary to bring in ready made stars.

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