Liverpool weekend round-up: £7m wonder-kid linked; Spurs to steal top targets?

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

In his latest impressive attempt to put Luis Suarez in his place, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has demanded an apology from his striker.

Following continual reports linking the Uruguayan with a move away – and the player's apparent frustration at being unable to move to Arsenal – Rodgers has told the player to say sorry to his teammates for his recent behaviour.

There needs to be an apology to his teammates and to the club,” Rodgers said, “and once we get that commitment that he is ready then we will have the player we have always had.”

Liverpool’s stance in recent days has been admirable in an age when players, more often than not, get what they demand.

It seems Suarez may be the exception to the rule.

Arsenal certainly think so, with the Daily Star Sunday claiming the Gunners will reignite their interest in Wayne Rooney following Liverpool’s refusal to sell Suarez; although Arsene Wenger may find David Moyes to be as steadfast in his stance as Rodgers is.

From players Liverpool refuse to sell to those they are keen to buy: with long-time Reds' targets Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld said to be on Tottenham’s wish list.

In fact the Mirror claims Andre Villas-Boas has launched a £15million bid to sign both players from Ajax.

However, if Spurs do somehow manage to sign the players for that fee, it will be one of the bargains of this and any summer.

Although the same paper also claims Tottenham will move for Suarez should Real Madrid ultimately sign Gareth Bale.

In truth it is all getting rather silly, and I for one will be glad when the transfer window is closed and we can get down to simply playing the game on the pitch and not the countless ones off it.

Although we may as well have one last transfer rumour today…if only because this one could actually happen.

The Reds have also been linked with Derby County midfielder (and next big thing) Will Hughes.

The story claims Liverpool see the 18-year-old as heir-apparent to Steven Gerrard, and would be willing to sign him before loaning him back to Nigel Clough’s side.

This isn’t the first time Hughes has been linked with a move. His performances last season were hugely impressive and for one so young he has an innate talent Liverpool would do well to secure before someone else does.

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