Liverpool latest: Including bid for Shelvey and Zouma turns down Anzhi

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A round up of the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been told by Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu not to lower himself to ‘Liverpool’s level’ following Russian news reports that suggest the midfielder has agreed to join Liverpool. The midfielder has been linked with the club for several weeks.

Swansea City are set to make a £5 million bid for Jonjo Shelvey. The young midfielder’s future at Anfield has come under question and the Swans are keen on doing a deal although Liverpool may opt for the season long loan deal Crystal Palace are asking for.

Liverpool defensive target Kurt Zouma has ruled out a switch to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The St Etienne star seems set to move in the current transfer window and Liverpool remain in a great position to sign as Zouma admitted to not really knowing anything about the Russian club.

Central defender Kolo Toure joins Liverpool on a two-year deal. The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender was a free agent following the expiration of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, which means Liverpool were able to pick him up without paying a fee.

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is being strongly tipped to make a switch from Real Madrid to Chelsea. The possibility of bringing Alonso back to Anfield was raised just after the close of the season and there are questions over whether sections of Liverpool fans will forgive him if he goes to Stamford Bridge.

The agent of former Liverpool player Alberto Aquilani claims the midfielder has finally found peace at Fiorentina in Serie A. The Italian spent three seasons with Liverpool, struggling to get into the side and have any major impact on the first team following a move from Roma.

Liverpool will net around £4 million if Tom Ince leaves Blackpool this summer. The midfielder is the subject of an £8 million offer from Cardiff City and Swansea are also thought to be interested. Liverpool will receive the cash because of the sell out clause they insisted on when they first sold Ince.

Former Liverpool defender Danny Wilson has been made the captain of Hearts. Wilson’s move to the cash strapped Scottish side was in doubt but he was able to complete his registration as a Hearts player after agreeing to take a pay cut. He spent last season on loan with the club.

Brendan Rodgers has been praised for the way he’s handled the career and development of Raheem Sterling. The teenager was introduced to the Liverpool first team last season and Andy Evans, the CEO of the QPR Community Trust, says he’s managed the young man well.

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