Liverpool morning news: ex players on top 4, midfield injuries & more

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Ex-Liverpool player Patrik Berger has said that Liverpool finishing in the Champions League places will be vital if they are to attract the best players to the club. Berger said: 'They are doing really well and if they can stay there over the Christmas period and then make a few additions then they can keep going.

'If you can get into the Champions League you will attract the best players.'

Midfielder Joe Allen says he has been frustrated by the injuries he has picked up so far during his Liverpool career, according to the BBC. Allen was out with a shoulder injury towards the end of last season before picking up a hamstring injury meaning he has yet to break into the first team this season.

He said: 'I'm working hard and waiting patiently for my chance, but Liverpool is a massive club and we're having a great season. The competition for places is really good and you want that at a top club and I have to work as hard as I can to get back into the fold.'

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence has explained how he ended up signing for Liverpool in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail. At 18-years-old he was in goal for Scunthorpe and Bill Shankly was there to watch him at a game, and in a game Scunthorpe had lost 3-0, Clemence thought he had blown his chance.

He said: ‘We lost 3-0, two of the goals were my fault and I remember telling my parents my big chance had just gone straight out of the window. That summer, because I was still on only £11 a week, I took a job on the deckchairs at Skegness beach.

‘My mum had phoned the council to send someone to find me. She’d had a call from the club to say Scunthorpe had agreed a fee with Liverpool and it was up to me if I wanted to go. My life changed at that moment, as I’m standing there stacking deckchairs.’

Transfer rumours now and Liverpool could be lining up a bid for German defender Dennis Aogo – who could be available for as little as £2.5m according to the Daily Express.

The Hamburg left-back is currently on loan at Schalke, but the Reds could face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Roma for his signature according to the report.

In the international games that took place last night, Simon Mignolet was in goal for Belgium as they went down 2-0 to Columbia, whilst winger Raheem Sterling was part of the England Under-21 side who beat England 3-0 in Milton Keynes.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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