All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
Defender Martin Skrtel has put his Liverpool future in doubt by declaring that he would consider a move away from the club this summer.
Despite the retirement of Jamie Carragher, the Reds could still lose the 28-year-old Slovakian who, while stressing he would not definitely be leaving, certainly didn’t dismiss the possibility either.
“I have not had any specific offers,” he said. “But if some should come and they interest me, I would probably ponder it seriously.”
Skrtel’s quotes come as Liverpool are linked with both Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Manchester City’s Kolo Toure.
While one defender ponders a possible future away from Anfield, another may be promoted to vice-captain following Carragher’s retirement.
While no official announcement has yet been made, a vote on the club’s website saw Daniel Agger receive 44 per cent of the online vote.
While Brendan Rodgers considers that issue, he may also soon have to field inquiries from City for Luis Suarez, who is said to be on incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini’s wish-list.
Despite the Uruguayan missing the first six matches of next season following his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, the Chilean coach is apparently keen to pair him with Sergio Aguero next season.
One man who may be joining the Reds is Porto winger Christian Atsu. With the player in the last year of his contract, and quoted as saying he would like to play in England, Rodgers is rumoured to be considering a £3million offer.
As England prepare to face Brazil, defender Glen Johnson has spoken of his desire to improve in major competitions.
“A matter of inches can determine if you win,” he said, “but ratio-wise we have been generally going out around the quarter-final stages so you certainly do want to improve on that.”
And finally, the Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has rather belatedly and controversially had his say on the Suarez biting incident.
“Sporting events are contests and not declarations of war,” he said.
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