All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…
Liverpool target Iago Aspas has spoken of his desire to complete a move to Anfield. The Celta Vigo forward has been strongly linked with a £7million move and has now spoken about the possible deal.
Speaking to Spanish website Marca.com he said, “I was forced to cancel the holiday we had planned to the Caribbean, but the cause is more than justified.
“When I heard of Liverpool’s interest I did not hesitate even for a minute.”
The 25-year-old is almost certain to complete his move once the transfer window opens next month.
Another La Liga player who may be joining him is Sevilla’s Luis Alberto. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at Barcelona B, scoring 11 goals and providing a remarkable 17 assists. But the Catalan side decided not to make his move permanent, meaning the Reds can sign him for a reported €9.5million.
We ran a story earlier today following reports that Brendan Rodgers’ side had already agreed personal terms with the player and were now negotiating a transfer fee with his club.
One player who looked set to leave Anfield was Andy Carroll, after West Ham’s offer of £15.5million was accepted by the Reds. And yet with the England striker unsure of the move, the Hammers are now said to be turning their attention to former target Wilfried Bony.
Other reports this weekend have stated that Carroll’s former club Newcastle are not prepared to match Liverpool’s valuation, meaning that Rodgers may be left with a player he would happily do without and yet one who doesn’t appear ready to go…at least not to a club at which he isn’t 100 per cent happy.
Another Liverpool striker has been hailed as the best player in last season’s Premier League by former Red Robbie Fowler.
The player in question is Luis Suarez, and despite the Uruguayan’s recent quotes saying he wanted to move on, Fowler hopes he stays at Anfield for many years to come.
“Any side in the world with Luis Suarez is a better team,” Fowler said, “so I hope he stays at Liverpool a long time.”
He also gave his thoughts on Carroll, saying, “The squad would probably be better with Andy Carroll in it, but I wouldn’t say that he would play many games.”
And finally, Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson has backed manager Stuart Pearce after England’s Under-21s were eliminated from the European Championship after just two games.
“He has been brilliant with all of us so I would love to see him stay on,” Henderson said.
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