Liverpool latest: Borussia Dortmund eye up Liverpool target as Lewandowski replacement

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Spanish youngster Luis Alberto is demanding more playing time from Brendan Rodgers after making just five appearances following a £6 million summer move from Sevilla.

“I would like to play more; I am waiting for my chance. The truth is I need to play more and I hope to do it. I want to play but there are many other players who are working well,” said the 21-year-old.

Luis Suarez could be rested ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton. Suarez was part of the Uruguay side which thrashed Jordan 5-0 in the first leg of a World Cup play-off yesterday and Suarez is likely to be rested for the second leg.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he is looking to the example of defender Martin Skrtel as he aims to get back into the team. Allen has struggled to make an impact at the club this season, making just four appearances so far.

“Martin is the perfect example for anyone who feels frustrated or impatient when they are not in the side. He's done brilliantly and my idea is to do the same. Dealing with not being in the team can be tough,” he told the Liverpool website.

Liverpool under-18 boss Neil Critchley has revealed his delight at the performance of teenager Sergio Canos in the under-18 victory over Stoke City. Canos has just received international clearance which allows him to play following a move from Barcelona.

In transfer news, there’s bad news for Liverpool after TalkSport reported that Borussia Dortmund are eyeing up Diego Costa as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. Liverpool have been linked with an ambitious move for the Atletico Madrid forward.

Liverpool may also struggle to stay in the race for Halmstad youngster Valmir Berisha. Reports emerged earlier this week that Liverpool and Tottenham were linked with the 17-year-old but fresh news stories suggest his current employers want to hang onto him.

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Whatever moves Liverpool make in the transfer market this January, former player Mark Lawrenson has urged them to act wisely. Brendan Rodgers is expected to make more than one addition to his squad.

“The higher Liverpool set their sights up the Premier League table, then the pool of possible signings grows ever smaller - I would also be looking now to the long-term and who could replace Steven Gerrard,” he wrote in the Liverpool Daily Post.

Liverpool fans have echoed Lawrenson’s comments, voting in numbers for the club to make a defensive midfield addition this January which would release Lucas to go and play a more advanced central midfield role.

In a more light hearted story from the day, three of Liverpool’s main stars; Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have taken part in an egg on spoon race for Children in Need. The trio visited Anfield Juniors to take on a number of activities with the school’s children and Lucas came out on top.

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