The latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banished to train alone, away from the rest of the Liverpool squad. Brendan Rodgers has reacted furiously to claims from Suarez that the gaffer broke a promise to sell him this summer, accusing Suarez of showing Liverpool a complete lack of respect.
Rodgers has received support from former Liverpool favourite John Barnes, who has accused Suarez of thinking that he’s bigger than everyone at the club.
“This is the future of modern football we have created. The media and especially the fans have empowered players too much to make them feel that a) they are better than their team-mates and b) better than their clubs,” said Barnes.
The problem of how to handle Suarez could be taken out of Liverpool’s hands if Arsenal come good with a third offer for the forward. Several reports are suggesting that the Gunners will offer £51 million to sign Suarez, over £10 million more than their last offer.
The chances of that bid coming are very good, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stating that he is not afraid to spend big money on star players like Suarez, despite the fact that Arsenal’s only signing so far this summer is a free transfer.
If Suarez does leave the club, then Iago Aspas could find himself with regular football and frequent chances following the praise of the manager. Rodgers has described Aspas as an excellent player and has cited his pace and movement as two of his biggest threats.
In other transfer news, Liverpool are standing firm in the face of an apparent bid from Barcelona for defender Daniel Agger. Several sources have suggested a Barcelona bid in the region of £15-17 million for the defender, who has been linked with the Spanish side throughout most of the summer.
Jay Spearing is set to undergo a medical with Bolton Wanderers ahead of a permanent move. The Liverpool man spent time on loan with the Championship club last season and is being allowed to leave, with no immediate prospect of getting back into the first team under Brendan Rodgers.
In non-transfer related news, full back Martin Kelly has described his delight at coming through Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Valerenga unscathed following injury.
“I’m made up to be playing again, 45 minutes felt like I was playing for a day, but I think that’s the first 45 minutes in 11 months,” said Kelly.
The club has been handed a favourable draw in the second round of the League Cup with a home tie against Notts County. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher drew his old club at home for the tie, which will take place the week commencing August 26.
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