A round-up of news and views relating to Liverpool over the past 24 hours.
Confusion reigns today in the Luiz Suarez saga, with reports in the morning that the striker had said he was planning to stay at Liverpool, before he then denied saying any such thing following Uruguay’s 4-2 friendly win over Japan.
"I didn't say that, maybe someone else did and the main thing is that I am here now with the national team," Japan's Kyodo News quoted him as saying.
Martin Skrtl has played down fears that the knee injury that has ruled him out of Slovakia’s friendly against Romania is serious, saying that he will be back in training in a few days. The defender has stayed with Liverpool for treatment rather than joining up with the Slovakia squad.
Liverpool are reportedly close to signing Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira after agreeing a £5million fee for the 27-year-old. Siquiera has also been targeted by Real Madrid and Everton this summer, but Liverpool seem to have stolen a march on their rivals for the left-back.
The Reds are also apparently hoping to sign Anzhi midfielder Willian, who could cost over £30million despite the Russian club’s attempts to cut their budget. Anzhi signed Willian in January for £32million, but are ready to listen to offers for the Brazilian due to their financial situation, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also linked with the 25-year-old.
One player who will not be joining Liverpool is Diego Costa, with the striker agreeing a new deal at Atletico Madrid. Costa was rumoured to be on Liverpool’s shortlist should Luis Suarez leave, but has pledged his future to the Spanish club.
Lucas Leiva believes his Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho will get better and better after an impressive start to life at Anfield, but also warned his compatriot that now that Premier League defences know more about him, this season might prove harder than his first.
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