Liverpool transfer news: hopes of Alonso reunion dashed, links with Anderlecht star

Xabi Alonso

Some of the key stories surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool’s hopes of luring Xabi Alonso back to Anfield were dashed yesterday when the midfielder signed a new two year contract at the Bernabeu – keeping him at the La Liga giants until 2016.

Alonso left Merseyside in 2009, though some fans have harboured ambitions the midfielder would one day return to Anfield.

The Reds are said to be interested in Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate according to the Daily Star, with Arsenal also said to be interested.

His agent, Saffet Balkan, is quoted saying: 'I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate.

'Arsenal are very interested in Kouyate. It’s very likely that he’ll be joining a Premier League club soon.'

Manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted an FA charge regarding his comments about the match officials in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Rodgers claimed the performance of the officials was ‘horrendous’ and questioned why Lee Mason was put in charge given that he’s from Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The Liverpool boss was quoted after the match saying: ‘Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.’

Vice-captain Daniel Agger could be out for a matter of months rather than weeks with a calf injury according to the Daily Mail.

The club initially thought the injury was just cramp in Agger’s calf, but the club released a statement yesterday saying it was a strain in the Dane’s calf – but there are fears he could have pulled or torn a muscle which could keep him out for around six weeks.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is targeting both Champions League qualification and a place in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad at the end of the season on his return from injury.

Sturridge is quoted on the club’s website saying: ‘It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it [Champions League] and that’s too long.

‘We had a good start and we want to build on that. Some say a lack of European football could help us and maybe that does give us a slight advantage in terms of freshness.’

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