Liverpool transfer news: £7m forward linked as club look to offer Rodgers pay rise

Some of the key stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Boxing Day morning.

Liverpool are close to signing Basel striker Mohamed Salah for around £7m according to the Daily Mirror.

The same report also indicates that manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to offload vice-captain Daniel Agger to Serie A club Napoli on loan in the January window if he can find a replacement, followed by an £8m fee for a permanent deal in the summer. Sevilla’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic has also been linked with a possible move to Anfield by the Mirror.

The Mirror is also reporting that manager Brendan Rodgers is to receive a significant pay rise as part of a new contract. Rodgers initially signed a three year deal when he was appointed in the summer of 2012 – and that Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to keen on trying to lure him away from Anfield.

Another report in the Mirror indicates that striker Luis Suarez has two price tags in his contract, one of them is £100m, with the report suggesting the Uruguayan is unlikely to play for another Premier League club. 

The Liverpool boss has said that his side will go into this evening’s clash with Manchester City with no fear as the Reds try and end City’s 100% record at the Etihad Stadium.

He's quoted in The Guardian, saying: ‘We outplayed Manchester City last year, home and away. We had two draws and we should have won both games but we will go there with every respect for them. I believe with the squad they have it’s their title to lose.'

Jon Flanagan has revealed that his dad’s own footballing experience has allowed him to become a better player as he has enjoyed a good spell in the side in absence of Jose Enrique.

Flanagan said in the Telegraph: ‘He told me about the mistakes he’d made and admitted that he maybe hadn’t had the right attitude. His message was that he didn’t want the same thing to happen to me, that he’d missed his chance and he didn’t want me to miss mine. That was a big thing for me because I was able to listen to that advice and take it into training.’

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