Liverpool latest: Including Suarez reportedly staying and Willian latest

Luis Suarez Free Kick V Zenit

A round up of the latest news stories connected to Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly confident that the club has won the race to keep Luis Suarez. Arsenal have seen two bids for the striker rejected and with talk of a third, which has never arrived, Rodgers is apparently happy that Suarez will be available after completing his ban.

Liverpool remain in a good position to sign Willian from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. Reports are suggesting Tottenham Hotspur will try and go above Liverpool’s heads with a larger offer than the £25-30 million the Reds are thought to be prepared to spend.

The agent of Liverpool target Arda Turan says a transfer to the Premier League for his player is likely. Liverpool are thought to have been tracking the progress of the winger for several months.

“A transfer of Arda to the Premier League this summer is likely. England is where most of the interest in him lies and they are well informed about Atletico’s stance,” Ahmet Bulut told NTV Sport.

AC Milan are reportedly ready to spoil any plans Liverpool have to sign Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho on a loan deal. Milan will reportedly step up their interest if they qualify for the Champions League which puts Liverpool under pressure to pull off a deal before that point.

In other transfer news, Dutch club FC Groningen have confirmed Liverpool’s interest in signing 16-year-old Richairo Zivkovic. Zivkovic is rated as one of the best teenage wingers in Europe with comparisons in the Netherlands to Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.

Meanwhile, the manager Brendan Rodgers says he sense new belief and optimism from his team. Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win over Stoke City in their opening match of the season and Rodgers says there is a real team spirit among the current squad as the Reds hunt down at least fourth place.

On the player front, Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he is delighted with the way his debut panned out in that win against Stoke. Mignolet produced a crucial save from a penalty late in the second half to keep Liverpool in front and give them their first three points of the season.

New Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has also reacted to the result, heaping the praise onto striker Daniel Sturridge.

“Daniel Sturridge, for me, is one of the best players I’m playing with. I see him in training every day. I knew him when he was at Chelsea but now I have more respect for him. I think he’s a great striker,” said the centre back.

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