Liverpool latest: Arsenal build up, former striker won't rule out title glory


A round up of the latest news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Brendan Rodgers has cited his team’s change in mentality ahead of tomorrow’s game against Arsenal. Rodgers has revealed his side are confident and now expect to beat tougher opponents when those sides travel to Anfield.

“I think the big change for us is that we expect to win now. We're confident going into every game. When I first came in, the pressure to win was difficult for us. We expect it because of the name of the club and the size of the club but we were never that confident to consistently do it but now we go into every game expecting to win,” said the boss.

Liverpool full back Jon Flanagan has said he’s confident his teammates can get the better of Arsenal in key areas tomorrow. Flanagan will have to work hard defensively but he reckons Liverpool’s attack have enough to break Arsenal down over 90 minutes.

Raheem Sterling his explained his recent dip in form as being in awe of Liverpool’s first team superstars. Sterling suggests he felt shy in the spotlight of players such as Luis Suarez, taking the safe option of passing and not upsetting those players instead of trusting his instincts.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has revealed he thinks Liverpool can still win the Premier League title. Brendan Rodgers indicated earlier this week that he didn’t feel a title push was still possible for his team.

“He’s playing it down but if you go team by team I think Liverpool have got one of the strongest teams out there and with the likes of [Luis] Suarez and [Daniel] Sturridge up front you’ve always got an opportunity,” he told TalkSport.

In transfer news, the agent of Luciano Vietto has revealed he’s aware of Liverpool’s interest in the ‘new Sergio Aguero’. Real Madrid are also thought to be tracking the progress of the 20-year-old.

Further reports are suggesting that Barcelona defender Martin Montoya will snub Liverpool and sign a new deal at the Nou Camp. The 22-year-old is linked with Liverpool every time his contract talks come up and the latest indications are that he’ll stay in Spain.

In other news, Rafael Benitez has revealed the methods he used to attract top players to Liverpool. Benitez made a number of key signings during winter months during his time in charge.

“The transfer market is difficult and January is even more difficult. We had some very good buys in January at Liverpool, including Daniel Agger and Javier Mascherano, and the key to buying Mascherano was knowing him - It was the same with Agger. A lot of people were talking about him and we worked hard to get to know about him,” Benitez told the Independent.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has suggested that one day he would be interested in coaching Liverpool. The Dutchman says Liverpool have all of the characteristics he’d be looking for.

“Liverpool especially. Tottenham called my manager with the possibility after sacking [Andre] Villas-Boas but I said, 'no, right now it's not the right moment' - I think the history of the clubs and what you can do with the team is my cup of tea,” he said.

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