A round up of the latest news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
In transfer news, a radical swap deal which would see Fabio Borini exchanged for Sunderland’s Adam Johnson has been suggested by the Express. Liverpool have previously been linked with moves for the former Manchester City winger.
Reports today suggested fresh hope for Liverpool in their pursuit of Barcelona’s Martin Montoya. News from Spain reportedly suggests that the 22-year-old has turned down a new contract offer with the Spanish champions, offering Liverpool hope of signing him.
Liverpool also remain firmly connected with a summer move for Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka. Liverpool were thought to be close on a deal to sign the winger last week but reportedly couldn’t get the initial funds together in time to complete the transfer.
Liverpool are thought to be in a battle against Manchester City for Hellas Verona star Mohamed Fares. Both clubs have reportedly sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old play in a youth football tournament in Italy.
In other news, Liverpool have been linked with a move to buy Australian side Melbourne Victory. Liverpool officials held talks with the Australian side last weekend and Victory are reportedly set to receive around $20 million if the deal goes through.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says his side can beat Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend. Liverpool host the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday and Skrtel says they have the strength to claim three points.
“I am confident we can beat Arsenal because we definitely have the strength to do so. They are the leaders at the moment but we can give them a hard time,” he told Liverpool’s website.
Club legend Kenny Dalglish says Liverpool are in pole position to secure Champions League football by the end of the season. However, he’s refused to rule out arch rivals Manchester United from securing a top four spot.
“Liverpool are in fourth spot right now and someone has to come and take it off them because they are not going to give it up – Manchester United in top form can achieve it but they’ve not been in top form,” he told the Daily Post.
Mike Marsh has revealed that he thinks Steven Gerrard is well suited to a deeper lying midfield role. The first team coach has revealed the management have no fear over asking Gerrard to play the position.
“He's a world-class player. He has played in numerous positions before and it's another string to his bow. It's a position that's not new to him as he's played there on a number of occasions, particularly for England, so I think he'll only get better at it,” he told Liverpool’s website.
Liverpool fans have reacted furiously to the news that Arsenal have cut their allocation for the FA Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium. Just fewer than 4,000 fans will miss out.
“We have immediately re-written to both clubs to ask them to explain this decision, given the absurdity that a football club can designate an area as being available to away supporters yet then raise fears over potential safety issues,” read a statement from the Spirit of Shankly on their website.
Former Liverpool player Milan Jovanovic is set for retirement after failing to find a club in the last transfer window. The 32-year-old has revealed mentally he’s ready to hang up his boots and says he doesn’t miss the competition.
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