A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Brendan Rodgers says his Liverpool side are looking incredible ahead of the Premier League clash against Manchester United. Rodgers’ men haven’t played since they defeated Southampton at the start of the month.
“It was interesting really as we had an adaptation day after they had been off for a few days. It was supposed to be a low intensity session, but the quality and the intensity they worked at was incredible. I actually had to take them off it a little bit,” he told TalkSport.
The boss has also agreed with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Manchester City are the Premier League title favourites. Chelsea and Liverpool are above City but Manuel Pellegrini’s men have games in hand.
“Jose is right. City have the power in terms of their squad. If they win their three games in hand they will go to the top and you would expect them to win those,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has insisted the side can handle the pressure of the Premier League title run-in. Brendan Rodgers’s side are in a great position with a realistic chance of winning the title.
“When you play for Liverpool Football Club there is always pressure and that won't change between now and the end of the season - We are in a good position, but we are only in March. There is still a long way to go and a lot of points to play for,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
On loan Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has no idea whether he’ll go back to Liverpool at the end of the season, when his deal with Gus Poyet’s Sunderland expires.
“To be honest, if you ask me what my future is, I don’t really think about it. Every day I could give you a different answer,” Borini told the press.
In transfer news, Liverpool have been linked with signing Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. Valdes is leaving the Nou Camp at the end of this season to seek a new challenge and his reported destination is likely to be Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers keen to provide competition for Simon Mignolet.
“It [the Premier League] is one of the biggest leagues in the world, with the best clubs in the world and, without doubt, it’s a very good option for me,” he told the Daily Mail.
Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio says he receives phone calls from agents claiming Liverpool are one of the sides interested in him but has revealed that no one has contacted the Serie A giants directly.
“Sometimes I have received phone calls from agents who told me of the interest of clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. But no one from these clubs, however, has ever contacted directly us,” he is quoted by Goal.com.
In other news, Liverpool’s youth side are out of the FA Youth Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Reading. A dramatic game saw the young Reds go two down after ten minutes before coming back to lead 4-2 in extra time before late Reading goals forced the game to a penalty shoot-out, which Reading went onto win.