Liverpool latest: Duo linked, Allen's big chance to replace Gerrard?

Nemanja Matic

A round up of key news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

In transfer news, reports are suggesting that Liverpool will move for PSV Eindhoven attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen this January, looking to make the move permanent next summer when the transfer window opens.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed his side’s interest in signing £25 million rated Liverpool target Nemanja Matic.

“Matic is a good player - As to whether he will be at PSG in the future, I hope to get him but he is already at a big club called Benfica,” Blanc told reporters.

Liverpool have also been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Barcelona defender Martin Montoya. The Barcelona defender has ruled out leaving the Spanish club, suggesting he’s never considered it as a viable option.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho says he is aiming to get back into European football with the Merseyside club. Liverpool stand a great chance of securing Champions League football by the end of the season.

“There is competition, but the most important thing is that all the players make themselves ready and available for the group, help the team to grow and help Liverpool get back onto the European stage,” he told the Liverpool website.

In a less mainstream story, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is football’s most popular story with social media site Twitter. ‘Suarez’ has trended on Twitter more than any other football related phrase in 2013 suggesting Suarez just can’t stay out of the limelight whether he’s biting an opponent or scoring a world class hat-trick.

In another less mainstream story, 20-year-old defender John Flanagan has revealed that he is getting text advice from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Carragher retired at the end of last season and now works as a pundit for Sky Sports covering Premier League and European matches.

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Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson has suggested that Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury is Joe Allen’s chance to cement a regular first team place. Gerrard will be out of action for four to six weeks, allowing Allen a chance to play more regularly.

Another former Liverpool star has called for the club to knuckle down and improve their record away from home. John Aldridge says the side need to grind out results in difficult matches away when their backs are to the wall.

Ahead of the weekend match against Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs star Sandro has compared Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho with fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho.

“Coutinho's passes are like Ronaldinho's. He doesn't move a lot, but his passing - you think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead,” said the midfielder.

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