Liverpool latest: Rodgers says the fans can dream, Benitez back for first team star

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

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool fans should be dreaming of Premier League title success. Rodgers has played down his side’s chances of winning the league all season.

“It's great that the supporters have got that belief. That's so important for them, it's vital that they feel they can dream. For us, our focus and composure and mentality is just to work hard, because there's a process to dreaming. You've got to get the work done, or else it doesn't happen,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.

Sky Italia has reported that Napoli sent a scout to watch Martin Skrtel in action last weekend as the Reds trumped Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Rafael Benitez' Serie A outfit have previously been linked with the Slovakian centre back.

Liverpool have reportedly given FC Groningen a deadline to decide whether they want to sign Krisztian Adorjan permanently. Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden claims the Anfield club have told the Dutch side to activate their option to buy the 21-year-old by mid-May.

The Express has reported that Liverpool will compete against Manchester United to sign defender Jerome Boateng in the summer. German newspaper Bild has claimed that the 25-year-old is one of Brendan Rodgers’ transfer priorities this summer.

Former Anfield chief Christian Purslow has voiced doubts that Liverpool’s owners will give Brendan Rodgers the necessary cash to make high profile signings this summer.

“I think the new Liverpool owners are absolutely committed to spending what they earn on the pitch - Will they go beyond that with their own money? I somewhat doubt it,” he told TalkSport.

Raheem Sterling has revealed Steven Gerrard is one of the main reasons behind his progress at the club. Sterling attributes Gerrard as the individual ensuring players like himself stay well ground and develop.

“High-end players like Steven Gerrard will always make sure that your feet are firmly on the floor. I also now have the confidence to go and play as I have got players like Luis [Suarez] and Stevie [Gerrard] giving me encouragement. It's a credit to them,” he told the Liverpool website.

Former Anfield favourite Ian Rush says the Premier League title would mean everything to the club. Liverpool moved to the top of the league following their win against Tottenham over the weekend.

“If you asked supporters whether they wanted to win the Champions League or the league title, they’d say the Premier League - It would mean everything to win the title,” Rush told TalkSport.

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