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

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has suggested Brendan Rodgers is handling the pressure of the Premier League title race superbly, as the Reds approach their final run of games.

“Full credit to Brendan Rodgers, who is handling the situation supremely well. What you get with Brendan is exactly what you see. In his interviews and in the technical area, he never gets over-excited, always remaining in control,” wrote Carragher in the Daily Mail.

In contrast, first team coach Mike Marsh has played down Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League. Marsh has been impressive as one of Brendan Rodgers’ deputies this season but he’s staying realistic.

“We haven't achieved anything yet - It has been well documented that we started the season wanting to finish in the top four and we are in with a shout of that. Anything more than a top-four finish would be a bonus,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

Steven Gerrard says he’s learning from Brendan Rodgers every single day at Liverpool. Rodgers is receiving praise from all corners at the moment as Liverpool continue a fine season.

“I have been absolutely blown away by his sessions, his tactics and his maturity in the job and I am learning off him every single day,” Gerrard told Liverpool’s website.

In transfer news, on loan Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been urged not to return to Anfield at the end of the season. Napoli’s Dries Martens has encouraged his teammate to stay put in Italy.

“Reina is very important for us, both on and off the field. Pepe please stay here! He's having a terrific season, I hope he stays with us,” he told Mediaset.

The Express has suggested that Liverpool are positioning themselves to sign Zakaria Bakkali from under the noses of Arsenal. The Belgian PSV Eindhoven star is considered one of the most exciting young players in Dutch football at the moment.

One of the more intriguing transfer rumours to have emerged today suggests Liverpool are ready to go up against Tottenham Hotspur to land Burnley striker Danny Ings. The 21-year-old has scored 20 goals in the Championship so far this season.

In other news, former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has piled the praise onto current manager Brendan Rodgers, suggesting the team spirit the boss has created is integral to their current position.

“I think Brendan has done a great job. The most important part is getting the team spirit together, which he's done. By doing that he's done a brilliant job. His job is to continually improve the team and he's doing that all of the time,” he said in an interview with LiverpoolWay.

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