Liverpool latest: Including Suarez and Coutinho

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A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool.

The Luis Suarez transfer saga is set to continue with reports Arsenal will bid £42.5 million for the striker. The Gunners have already had bids of £30 million and £40 million turned down, with Liverpool well within their rights to hold out for the top end of their valuation which is the other side of £50 million.

Staying on the topic of Suarez, former Liverpool player Neil Mellor has said he would be amazed if the front man did complete a move to North London: “I've got to be honest, I'll be absolutely amazed if he does go to Arsenal. I just can't see Liverpool selling to a rival,” he told Sky Sports News Radio.

Liverpool remain firmly linked to Benfica left back and left winger Lorenzo Melgarejo. Brendan Rodgers has admitted he’s looking to add further cover to his squad before the start of the season and his club seem to be in the race to sign the 22-year-old who was linked to Arsenal earlier in the summer.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has slammed Liverpool after joining Napoli on loan. The Spaniard says the club did the deal behind his back and that he was prepared to stay and fight for the number one position at Anfield following the arrival of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.

Napoli are also sticking their nose in to try and grab another player connected to Liverpool, Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was tipped for a move to Anfield at various points last season as he seeks regular first team football. The story has originated from press sources in Italy.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he would pay to watch midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian has had a dramatic impact at the club following his move from Inter Milan last January: “Coutinho had me up off my seat. He's a player you would pay money to watch. He's just a delight on the ball,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool finished their pre-season tour with a comfortable 3-0 win over Thailand. Goals from Iago Aspas, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho were enough to see Liverpool over the line. The squad will now fly back to England for Gerrard’s testimonial match against Olympiacos this weekend.

Liverpool fans have shunned a group of Asian supporters who unveiled a banner glorifying the Munich disaster in that 3-0 win over the weekend. A group of local supporters displayed a banner which read “Alex Ferguson Out Working Go To The Hell (Munich, 58)”. Eleven people lost their lives in that Munich disaster.

Jordon Ibe has given an insight into his hopes and expectations for the new season as he looks to become a more complete player. The 17-year-old has urged fans to be patient with him but he’s promising consistency, accuracy, shots, goals and assists as he looks to develop his reputation as one of the most exciting young wingers in the country.

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