A round up of the latest news stories about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
On loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at current Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet. Courtois has accused Mignolet of a lack of respect after Liverpool’s shot stopper said he wanted to become Belgium’s first choice ‘keeper.
“If someone says that he is unfairly left out of the Red Devils’ (Belgium’s nickname) goal, I see that as an attack. It shows you don’t accept the coach’s current choice and at the same time you show no respect for the current number one,” Courtois told Het Nieuwsblad.
In transfer news, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina (on loan at Napoli) has admitted he has little chance of a future at Liverpool.
“I’ve got to return to Liverpool, although it’s unlikely I’ll stay there. It was Liverpool who took the first step by not wanting me anymore because they were placing their faith in a younger goalkeeper,” said the Spaniard.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are also being linked with a swoop to sign current Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna. Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season unless he agrees a new deal, with Liverpool tipped to make a move despite the consistency of Glen Johnson and the development of Jon Flanagan.
TalkSport has suggested Liverpool won’t be looking at the option of extending Aly Cissokho’s loan deal at the end of the season or trying to secure him permanently. The left-back is on loan from Valencia and inconsistent performances have reportedly led to the conclusion that the club won’t try and keep him.
Liverpool have been dealt a blow to their hopes of signing Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla. The La Liga side’s president Pepe Castro has confirmed the club is in talk with Rakitic’s representatives over a new contract which should be signed over the next few days.
Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Udinese forward Luis Muriel. The Express suggests the striker could be a target for the Anfield club based on the movements of superstar Luis Suarez over the summer.
In other news, Liverpool legend Ian Rush says the club have to believe they can win the Premier League title. Liverpool just have the league to focus on for the rest of the season following their exit from the FA Cup last weekend.
“We are still the outsiders to win the title but the fact we’re still in the race at this stage of the season shows how far we’ve come under Brendan. You have to start believing that winning it is possible. We have to be looking up rather than down,” he told the Daily Post.
“That’s what it is now, to get in the Champions League and try to get above Arsenal. Why not? I think they are catchable. I don’t know about Chelsea and Manchester City, they have got to come here,” he told the Liverpool website.
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