Liverpool latest: Reds could face horror Champions League group, loan star hits out at Rodgers

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

Liverpool could be faced with a Champions League group including Bayern Munich next season. Liverpool’s UEFA ranking, regardless of whether they win the Premier League, dictates that Brendan Rodgers side are likely to face a group including one of the competition’s top seeds.

On loan Liverpool star Oussama Assaidi has launched an astonishing attack on current boss Brendan Rodgers, claiming he didn’t give him a fair chance in the Liverpool first team.

“I am a winger and Liverpool don’t play so much with wingers. I think they play with midfielders on the side. That’s I think what the boss wants and, I don’t know, he didn’t give me a fair chance,” said the Moroccan.

Real Madrid fullback Marcelo has seemingly played down reports linking him with a move to Liverpool. Rodgers is reportedly interested in making the Brazilian defender one of his transfer priorities in the summer as he seeks to sure up a problematic left-back position.

"It was a spectacular moment. I've been here since I was 18, I'm from Madrid in practice and I am proud to be one of the captains of Real Madrid," he's quoted by TalkSport.

TalkSport has reported Liverpool are facing a fight against Manchester United to sign Antonio Candreva from Lazio in the summer. The 27-year-old is currently jointly owned by the Serie A giants along with Udinese with the latter ready to buy the other 50%, which could spark a bidding war against the Premier League rivals.

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has heaped praise onto Raheem Sterling, claiming the teenager is one of the first players Brendan Rodgers considers for his team each week.

“At the moment, he's probably one of the first names on the team sheet. He has been class. When he first burst onto the scene, everyone could see how good he could be,” he told the Liverpool website.

Daniel Sturridge has cited Sunderland as a side that opposition teams will look to copy when they play Liverpool over the rest of the season. The striker noted the Black Cats’ compact defence when the sides met towards the end of March.

“You saw it against Sunderland that teams will come and be really compact, and try to close down all of the spaces against us. That makes it really difficult,” he told the club’s site.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that Liverpool’s squad are constantly demanding high standards. Liverpool are staring at a very possible historic Premier League title win.

“Everyone works for each other, everyone is demanding of each other which is always important if you want to win games,” said Mignolet.

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