Liverpool latest: Including Valbuena and Arsenal reaction

Steven Gerrard playing for England v France - Euro 2012

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

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged the side to bounce back from FA Cup defeat at Arsenal when they face Swansea in the Premier League this weekend.

“We have to move on, dust ourselves off and go again against Swansea next Sunday. The way we're playing at the moment, we're a match for anyone. Going forward we look so dangerous and we are creating more than enough chances to win games,” said the Liverpool captain.

Midfielder Joe Allen has echoed the comments of his captain, urging the side to make a big push for a top four place, which would mean a shot at the Champions League for next season.

“I know the quality we’ve got in this dressing room. We’re looking forward to the last 12 games now to really put a big push in, give everything in every game and see where that takes us,” he told Liverpool’s website.

In transfer news, Marseille star Mathieu Valbuena has reportedly been told that he can leave the French club. Interim Marseille coach Jose Anigo has said the club won’t force him to stay amid interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.

“If we received a good offer, we won't force him to stay. He has given a lot to our club so if he wants to he can leave,” Anigo told Le10Sport.

In another transfer story, Liverpool have been linked with a move for Manchester City right-back Micah Richards. Bwin Betting claims that Brendan Rodgers is at the front of the queue of coaches interested in snapping up the defender who has struggled to break into the City team under Manuel Pellegrini.

Liverpool are one of three sides thought to be watching Lazio’s Keita Balde Diao. The teenage striker has moved onto the radar of several European clubs with Arsenal and Manchester United also linked with him. Keita has scored three times in 12 appearances for the club this season.

In other news, former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has broken his silence over how he left the club, suggesting that a number of broken promises pushed him towards the exit door.

“I didn't want to say anything at the time because of my respect for Liverpool - When I went back to Liverpool for pre-season I had a lot of meetings with them and they were promising a lot of thing to me but never kept their word,” he told The Times.

Liverpool legend Ian St John has compared youngster Joao Teixeira to £30 million Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, suggesting they both have similar playing styles.

“We’ve just witnessed the emergence of a really good kid. I remember watching Wayne Rooney’s debut and Teixeira reminds me of that,” said St. John.

Another former Liverpool star, Mark Lawrenson, has claimed that Liverpool have the best attack to watch in England at the moment.

“Is there a better attack to watch in the Premier League at the minute? Not for me. Even if Brendan [Rodgers] had brought in Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro. I don’t think he would have got into the side ahead of Sterling, who has improved beyond recognition,” wrote Lawrenson for the Daily Mirror.

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