Liverpool latest: Including Lamela claim and Kelly

Brendan Rodgers

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

Liverpool could be poised to get their own back on Tottenham Hotspur with reports spurs are stalling over the price of Roma youngster Erik Lamela. Spurs are reportedly reluctant to pay Roma’s £30 million asking price, with the same reports indicating Liverpool could weigh in with an offer of their own.

Liverpool may also find themselves with a chance to go after another long term Tottenham target, Leandro Damiao, if Spurs complete the signing of Willian. Several online sources have suggested Damiao as a possible target for the Anfield club, now likely to miss out on the Anzhi star.

The Reds are also in a very good position to land England Under-21 star Will Hughes. Hughes has made a dramatic impact since he first appeared for the Derby County first team and many reports are suggesting Liverpool’s youth policy makes them the ideal club for the midfielder.

Another transfer story which doesn’t quite seem to have gone away relates to Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel. Reports from Portugal have apparently said Capel is ready to leave the Portuguese club but Liverpool will have to double their initial offer of £3 million to force the move through.

New Liverpool signing Aly Cissokho says he is pleased to have moved to Anfield and believes the club can achieve big things. The full back has signed a season long loan deal from La Liga outfit Valencia, bolstering the defensive options at Brendan Rodgers’ disposal.

Sebastian Coates’ Liverpool and professional football career are in doubt. The centre back picked up a severe knee injury while playing for Uruguay last week which prompted the arrival of Cissokho as Brendan Rodgers looks to compensate for the unavailability of his player.

In other news, current midfielder Lucas has described himself as a far more complete player than the one who joined the club. Lucas hit some of his best form and consistency for the club last season and is looking to maintain that over the rest of the current season.

Defender Martin Kelly has said he’s happy to play as many games as possible for the club’s Under-21 side, to prove his fitness and to force a first team chance. Kelly had been out of action for a long spell since picking up an injury last season but he played a full 90 minutes in the 4-2 win against Manchester United last Monday.

Kelly has gone on to praise Liverpool striker Fabio Borini who scored a brace in that game. Borini was being tipped for first team success this season but finds himself on the fringes of the first team, looking to force his way into the side.

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