A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
On the transfer front, central defender Daniel Agger says he’s paying no attention to reports linking him with a move away from Anfield. Napoli are thought to be leading the race to sign him.
“I’m not thinking about moving at the moment, not at all. I’ve only seen what the papers say and I can’t really do anything about it. There is no reason to believe these rumours,” he told Danish publication Jyllands-Posten.
Staying with Agger, reports in several British papers today have confirmed the news that he’ll be out of action for around one month. Agger picked up a knock against Oldham in the side’s FA Cup win at Anfield last weekend.
There’s no sign that reports linking the club with a move for Barcelona’s Martin Montoya will cease. The Barca man is being tipped for a move to Anfield if contract talks with the Spanish club prove to be unproductive. He could join Liverpool for nothing in the summer.
Another Spanish based player the club have been linked with today is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The forward is thought to be available to loan over the second half of the season for a fee of just under £2 million. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the other sides linked with the Spaniard.
The Metro has reported that Liverpool now have the green light to go after Yann M’Vila of Rubin Kazan. Brendan Rodgers is thought to be keen on signing the player after glowing reports received over his performances in Russian football.
Liverpool are one of three sides reported to have made contact with Anderlecht over defender Cheikhou Kouyate. The agent of the 24-year-old has revealed that he’s held talks with Liverpool representatives along with interest from Arsenal and Manchester City.
“I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate – Southampton and Manchester City have also been in contact with me over him,” Saffet Balkan told Turkish Football.
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has said it would be an amazing achievement for him to represent England at the World Cup this summer, considering where his career was this time last year.
“If I can keep developing my game and get a place at the World Cup, I’ll be delighted. That would be an amazing achievement,” he told the Liverpool website.
Brendan Rodgers has accepted a charge from the FA following comments he made about referee Lee Mason. Rodgers described Mason’s performance during the match against Manchester City on Boxing Day as ‘horrendous’. Rodgers is likely to receive a fine following a hearing.
“I think we will improve. I think we’re improving in every area, defensively and offensively. We’re working hard every day and if last season is anything to go by, then – we’ll come on strong,” he told Liverpool’s website.
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