Liverpool latest: West Ham team news and Aspas hints at exit

Iago Aspas Celta Vigo

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

Liverpool are blessed heading into this weekend’s game against West Ham United with Jose Enrique the only notable absentee from the squad. Brendan Rodgers could welcome Lucas back into the starting line-up though it will be tempting to stick with the same side that tore apart Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Iago Aspas has admitted that he wants to leave the club in the summer just a year after signing from Celta Vigo. Aspas has struggled to gain regular first team football at the club due to the form of SAS up front.

“I used to play almost all the matches – I arrived here and I’m playing much less – I think the best would be to transfer to another club,” he told a Spanish reporter.

Brendan Rodgers has revealed his belief that his players can cope in the high pressure situations over the rest of the season, as they seek to win a historic Premier League title.

“I have said all along I feel that when there are pressure situations, the players can cope... they can operate at this level without any fear. You see the confidence, there is no anxiety, no pressure,” the boss is quoted by the Mirror.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has conceded his side have a smaller chance of winning the league than Liverpool but has said it’s very tight for Rodgers’ side as they look to take the crown off of Manchester United.

“Liverpool has an advantage as they don't play any competition other than the Premier League for a long, long time so they have only one target and they can of course be stable in their preparation. That is a little advantage, but it is very tight,” said the Frenchman.

Former Reds defender and Kop legend Jamie Carragher has admitted that it would have been great to be part of the current campaign. The centre back retired at the end of last season, which meant he wasn’t able to take part in the superb season that Liverpool have produced.

Joe Allen has revealed he thinks he’s had to change a lot since he moved to Liverpool from Swansea City. Allen is currently a key part of the diamond formation Brendan Rodgers is using in his midfield.

“You have to adapt a little bit. I think since joining Liverpool, as a player in general I've had to adapt a lot. I make myself versatile by playing in different positions, so I certainly see it as a good thing,” he told the Liverpool website.

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan has written off Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League title. The former Reds midfielder says it’s a three horse race between Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

“I think there’s only three now Chelsea, City and Liverpool – When you watch Liverpool, they’re full of energy, vigour, they want to get at people,” he told LFC TV.

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