A round up of the key news and transfer stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed that he didn’t want to face England at the World Cup next summer. England and Uruguay have been paired in the same group along with Italy and Costa Rica. Suarez has revealed that he’s joked with club captain Steven Gerrard about the draw.
Suarez has also piled praise onto the supporters of Liverpool, suggesting that his Anfield career would be in ruins if the fans hadn’t welcomed him back. The striker suggested several times over the summer that the club had previously agreed to sell him.
“After so many difficult moments for me I was able to win the supporters back, and that was unbelievable when I came back to play,” said the striker.
Brendan Rodgers says he is expecting a difficult test when Liverpool host Cardiff City this weekend. Liverpool go into the game off of that superb away win at Tottenham Hotspur.
“We have Cardiff next and that will be a really difficult game because Malky Mackay has done brilliant there in getting them organised and getting them promoted,” Rodgers told TalkSport.
The big piece of transfer news today relates to Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger. Several reports have run with stories suggesting former boss Rafael Benitez will try and sign Agger on loan for Italian side Napoli when the winter transfer window opens next month.
Oliver Kreuzer, sporting director at Hamburg, has confirmed that Liverpool are interested in signing Hakan Calhanoglu. The £15 million rated attacking player is the subject of interest from Brendan Rodgers’ side as well as league leaders Arsenal.
“Liverpool and Arsenal are interested. Hakan is not against prolonging his contract, but when Liverpool and Arsenal turn up – the lad might reconsider,” he told Bild.
Liverpool also face a fight with Arsenal to get their hands on Olympiakos star Konstantinos Mitroglou. Both clubs are thought to be keen on the forward with reports of potential January bids from both camps.
In other news, Jon Flanagan has revealed that he will keep trying to repay the faith that Brendan Rodgers has shown in him. Flanagan has thrived since being thrown in at the deep end of the first team.
“I know I’ve still got a lot to learn. Brendan has given me a run in the team but I have to keep repaying that faith with good performances,” he told the Liverpool website.
Former Kop favourite John Aldridge has given his thoughts on Liverpool’s top four challenge, suggesting Rodgers’ side are genuine contenders to win Champions League football by the end of the season. Aldridge says last weekend’s win against Tottenham sends out a huge message.
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