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Liverpool morning news: Legend backs Sakho, stadium re-development, and Tello snub

Also features round-up of international involvement and Tello turning down Liverpool.

After a quiet few months on the stadium front at Liverpool, principal owner John W. Henry has said the finances, believed to be £150m are available to carry out the club’s redevelopment of Anfield when the plans – which are yet to be unveiled – get the go-ahead.

Henry has said that good progress has been made by Liverpool City Council in purchasing the remaining privately own properties required in order to expand the ground. Once that has been completed, a planning application will be submitted.

Henry also said that they will not repeat former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett did.

He said: “They were talking about going out and borrowing an enormous amount of money for an enormous facility. That’s not what we are doing here.

“When this [project] happens, that won’t be the problem. We just need certainty with regard to these properties.”

Away from the stadium redevelopment, former defender turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has said that he is looking forward to seeing new centre-back Mamadou Sakho in action for the Reds.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Carragher recalled the time when he played in a charity game alongside Sakho organised by former manager Gerard Houllier, where the Frenchman said of Sakho “He’s going to be a player, him.”

Carragher said: “He’s at a great age, physically he’s ready for the Premier League, it will just be interesting to see where the manager brings him in.”

There have been reports circulating in the past 24 hours that Barcelona winger Cristian Tello turned down an approach from Liverpool during the summer. The 22-year-old has since signed a new four year deal with the Spanish champions and is reported to have said: “I knew that Liverpool were interested in me – but I never thought about leaving.”

Several players were in action at international level last night, notably captain Steven Gerrard who led England to a goalless draw against Ukraine in Kiev which keeps England top of their group by a point with two games to play.

Daniel Agger scored the winner for Denmark in a crucial 1-0 win over Armenia which leaves them a point behind second-placed Bulgaria in their group, whilst Martin Skrtel’s chances of qualifying with Slovakia are over after a 2-1 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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