A round up of transfer and news stories connected to Liverpool.
Mamadou Sakho remains two to three weeks away from a return to Liverpool first team action, but Jon Flanagan could start for the side against Everton this evening. Flanagan has made a huge impression since he was given a chance at left-back by manager Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers says winning the Merseyside derby this evening will create a psychological advantage over Everton. Liverpool host Everton at Anfield for one of the most eagerly anticipated Merseyside derbies in recent memory.
“It would be a big psychological boost, because it means they have then got to have a couple of results better than us. As the games tick away, that can be difficult to attain,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.
Rodgers has revealed that a deal for Mohamed Salah didn’t go through because the club couldn’t compete with Chelsea financially.
“It’s the construction of the whole deal - It was deemed in this case that we couldn’t do a deal and Chelsea could. So the boy has gone there,” Rodgers is quoted by the Guardian.
The boss has also said he’s disappointed that the club haven’t made much progress in the transfer market this month while maintaining he won’t make signings for the sake of doing so.
However, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has defended the transfer policy of the club. Ayre has defended the club against accusations they were held back from completing a deal for FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah.
“We haven’t been held back from completing a deal, the player (Salah) has decided he doesn’t want to come to Liverpool. We will always compete and know the value of a player and how far we are prepared to go,” said Ayre.
In transfer news, reports this morning have suggested that Liverpool have an interest in signing Luke Shaw from Southampton. The £22 million rated left-back has been the subject of intense speculation which suggests Chelsea and Manchester United are preparing to make a move for the teenager.
Rumours suggesting Napoli will offer Gokhan Inler to land centre back Daniel Agger won’t go away. The Dane has been linked with several moves away from Anfield this month despite never stating a desire to leave and with Rodgers never suggesting he wasn’t part of his first team plans.
In other news, Rodgers has welcomed the challenge of facing Arsenal in the next round of the FA Cup, suggesting his side will have the belief they can put the Gunners out of the competition.
“If you're going to get to a final, you're going to have to beat one or two good sides along the way. Arsenal are obviously a good side - But we'll arrive there in the belief that we can win. That's something that, when the time comes, our focus will be to get into the next round,” said the boss.
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