Liverpool latest: Reds ‘wanted £100m Suarez clause’; Hughes move dismissed

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Anfield this weekend…

Iago Aspas scored his first competitive goal for Liverpool as the Reds beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 in the FA Cup third-round earlier today.

The Spaniard has not had the best of starts to his Liverpool career, and talk has been of a loan move away from Anfield, but he scored a well-taken opener nine minutes after half-time, to ease the home crowd’s nerves after the League One side had gone in level at the break.

Raheem Sterling’s late strike went in off Oldham’s James Tarkowski to double Liverpool’s advantage and end the scoring.

The Reds will now travel to either Bournemouth or Burton Albion in the fourth-round.

In transfer news, it has long been suggested that Derby midfielder Will Hughes would ultimately sign for Liverpool. But the Championship side’s chief executive Sam Rush has dismissed suggestions of a January move for the talented teenager.

In quotes published in the Daily Star Sunday, Rush said, “Will is best placed in Derby.

You look at a variety of factors when you make a decision. Is it right for the player? Has he already maximised his contribution to the club – is there anymore he can do for us? And is he at the height of his potential in income you can generate?”

The answer to all three is ‘no’.”

So there you have it: the heir-apparent to Steven Gerrard is not heading to Anfield – or anywhere else for that matter – anytime soon.

And finally, the Sunday Express has reported that Luis Suarez has a £70million release-clause in his new contract that can be activated if the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The report claims Liverpool sought a £100million clause but settled for £30million less in order to complete the new long-term deal.

That said, it appears Suarez will continue to spend plenty of time in the rumour mill in the weeks and months to come.

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