Liverpool Latest: Konoplyanka's agent heads for Liverpool as Skrtel's rules out exit

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

Yevhen Konoplyanka’s agent was in Liverpool earlier today. James Lippett Tweeted that he was on his way to Merseyside, with reports immediately cropping up that the reason was to discuss a move for the Dnipro winger this summer. The Ukrainian has been at the centre of a tug of war between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

In another agent related story, Martin Skrtel’s representative has confirmed the central defender will be staying at Liverpool ahead of next season. Skrtel has been linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli.

“What I can say is that Martin Skrtel will not go to Napoli... Skrtel will remain at Liverpool,” Karol Csonto told Calciomercato.

Liverpool are well in the hunt for the £20 million rated Adam Lallana according to Goal.com. The England midfielder has been compared to the likes of Xavi and Cesc Fabregas by current Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino. He’s started in 31 of the Saints’ 32 matches in the league this season.

Pepe Reina’s permanent move to Napoli has reportedly been held up by his salary demands. The Spaniard has been tipped to stay at the Serie A side, where he’s on loan from the Anfield club.

Brendan Rodgers has told midfielder Lucas that he will do what’s best for the club over his aspirations to play for Brazil at the World Cup this summer. Lucas has struggled to force his way back into the side after recovering from injury.

“I respect all the players and their needs but I want what's best for Liverpool and can only think of Liverpool - Hopefully it won't hinge on that because I think he's already done enough to get in the squad for the World Cup,” said the boss.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has revealed he’s not surprised Brendan Rodgers wants Fabio Borini back at Anfield. The Italian striker is on loan in the North East from the Merseyside club and has produced some impressive performances for the Black Cats.

“If he has been watching him, I am not surprised. I would do the same, and that's credit to Fabio. He has been incredible here, even if he is on loan, caring and giving everything possible. He's a great character,” said Poyet.

Everton will support rivals Liverpool and show the Hillsborough Memorial Service live at Goodison Park. The Toffees are opening up their home ground for anyone who wants to go along and pay their respects to the 96 fans who died in the tragedy back in 1989.

Former Liverpool star Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has revealed he can’t help but enjoy the decline of Manchester United. Ruddock was faced with some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s early great Manchester United sides during his playing days.

“I love it. It’s very funny [seeing United's troubles]. When I was playing Man United weren’t the best in the late 80s and early 90s, then they came the force they were,” he told the Daily Star.

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