Liverpool latest: Derby reaction and Konoplyanka's dad says move is a go

A round up of the latest transfer and news stories about Liverpool.

Martin Skrtel says the 4-0 demolition of Everton in the Merseyside derby was the perfect result for his team. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and a brace from Daniel Sturridge was enough to see the Anfield side humiliate their local rivals and grab another three points.

“It was the perfect performance from us. Everyone worked so hard. We had great support from the fans and that really helped. We started better than them and kept it that way for the full 90 minutes,” said the centre back.

Sturridge has apologised for his reaction when Brendan Rodgers decided to take him off last night. Sturridge explained that his frustration was partly due to missing a penalty which would have secured him a hat-trick.

In transfer news, various reports have suggested Liverpool are about to launch an €18 million raid for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. Having missed out on signing Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen on an attacking addition to his squad before the window shuts on Friday.

The chances of that deal going through have been strengthened through comments from Konoplyanka’s father, who has confirmed that interest from an English club is true.

Rodgers has revealed he is confident that some support will come into the squad before the deadline.

“I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days - Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games,” said the boss.

A deal which is less likely to go through before the close of play on Friday is the capture of Lazio star Ogenyi Onazi. Liverpool are reported to be interested in an £8 million deal with TalkSport suggesting Lazio don’t want to sell this month.

In other news, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has reiterated his desire to make a move into football management. The 33-year-old has started his coaching badges and is laying the groundwork for a step into management after he retires.

“I’ve started my coaching badges recently, a couple of months ago and I'm going through the necessary steps to becoming a manager but no decision has really been made,” said Gerrard.

Former Liverpool star and club legend John Barnes says the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez is not a classic one. Barnes says the pair will have further arguments after Sturridge demanded to take a penalty against Everton last night.

“They are not going to be a classic partnership because they are very individual - That's not to say they are not both going to score lots of goals, but they will get frustrated and you will see some incidents like the one against Everton,” he told TalkSport.

Merseyside Police have confirmed they will investigate incidents of coin throwing in last night’s Merseyside derby. Luis Suarez had coins thrown in his direction as he took corners in front of the travelling Everton fans and a statement confirmed the authorities are looking into the matter.

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