A round up the key news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said Xabi Alonso will be allowed to leave the club. The former Liverpool midfielder has been strongly linked with a move back to Anfield.
“If he wants to stay at Madrid, he will stay. If he thinks his future is elsewhere then I understand perfectly. He is a player who has given everything to Madrid and he will have every opportunity to do what he want,” said Perez.
Liverpool have been handed a further injury boost ahead of this weekend’s match against Newcastle United. Creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho is back in training and may even be in contention to feature this weekend following a shoulder problem.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been open and honest about his aims at the club this season. Allen could feature against Newcastle United this weekend and says he’s looking to transform his performances, admitting that he’s not been good enough so far in Liverpool colours.
In transfer news, goalkeeper Pepe Reina has laughed off rumours that he will join Spanish giants Barcelona at the end of the season. Reina says his only focus at present is to help Napoli win more than one piece of silverware before his loan deal at the Italian club expires.
Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has hinted that he would be open to a move away from the Nou Camp next year. Liverpool reportedly tried to sign the 22-year-old over the summer.
“Right now I am very happy, but next year we'll see. Every year I've felt more integrated into the team, more mature, but then every year you want to play as much and when the season ends we'll see what suits me best,” Tello told Catalan newspaper Sport.
Liverpool also remain firmly connected with Hellas Verona playmaker Jorginho. Reports suggest that Liverpool will have to battle hard against Arsenal to sign the midfielder who they have been linked with for several months.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he is savouring the feeling of having led England to automatic World Cup qualification. Gerrard scored the second goal in a 2-0 win against Poland last night which secured England’s place at the tournament next summer.
“'I have had some wonderful nights as Liverpool captain and I remember the night when Roy phoned me to tell me I was going to be the permanent captain, the feeling I got when that goal went in, that feeling was maxed,” said Gerrard.
Liverpool based newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, has released player ratings for Liverpool stars based on performances this season so far. Luis Suarez, Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho make up the top four with Joe Allen at the bottom.
Liverpool have unveiled plans to create an academy in India as part of a strategy to discover future stars. The aim is to help deliver coaching to aspiring young stars in Asia, with the possibility of Liverpool being able to pick up several underrated players.
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