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Liverpool transfer news: Ex-Man City midfielder linked, Reds may explore cheaper option

A selection of the latest transfer stories and more involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool are interested in signing former Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong on loan from AC Milan until the end of the season according to the Daily Mail.

The Reds are said to be interested in the 29-year-old in order to provide cover for Lucas Leiva who has been ruled out for up to two months, but new Milan boss Clarence Seedorf could be reluctant to let De Jong leave the San Siro.

Another potential target for Liverpool could be Norway international Valon Berisha according to the Daily Star.

The Star reports that Red Bull Salzburg player would be a cheaper option than Milan’s De Jong – rated at £2.5m, and reports in Norway say that Liverpool are keen to land the 20-year-old midfielder after representatives from the club watched him in action in a friendly against Bayern Munich.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has said he will try and lift the confidence of under fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after a dip in the Belgian’s form – which has accounted for several costly errors in the past month.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying: ‘He is still an outstanding goalkeeper but when you make those mistakes they get highlighted more as a keeper.

‘He will be disappointed with the second one because it is a basic cross into the box and he should deal with it. We’re then 2-0 behind and it’s uphill for us.

‘But he has come here because he’s an outstanding goalkeeper and, I repeat, you don’t lose your talent.’

Liverpool under-21 boss Alex Inglethorpe has said that seeing more youngsters get their chance in the first team is providing inspiration to the young players.

Inglethorpe told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Some clubs have enough senior players to field three teams but we don’t operate like that.

‘The young players here know if they are working hard and improving they will get chances.’

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