Liverpool latest: Henry on club's biggest challenge, smart £6m signing lined up

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

Liverpool owner John Henry says the club’s biggest challenge is sides that ignore Financial Fair Play rules. The American says it makes things difficult for the Reds when other sides overlook the current rules in place to ensure financial fairness across football.

“The biggest challenge for us has been the ignoring of Financial Fair Play - It's challenging, it makes it difficult. There are only four Champions League spots, we have three teams that seem to have unlimited budgets, at least two so it's challenging,” Henry told the BBC.

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall. Marshall has been one of the best performing goalkeepers in the league this season, despite Cardiff’s position, and is rated at around £6 million making him a potentially good value addition to the squad this summer.

TalkSPORT has reported that Madrid based La Liga sides Atletico and Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Hamburg’s Hakan Calhanoglu. The 20-year-old Turk has been linked as a possible summer addition for Brendan Rodgers as he seeks to improve the attacking area of his squad.

Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has said the side will remain modest in their hunt for a first league crown since the 1989/1990 season. The Reds are in pole position to win the league after Chelsea were beaten by Sunderland and they won at Norwich.

“We come in every day at Melwood and see each other, everyone knows what the dream is at the end of it, so everyone is just keeping each other modest and we know that if we keep working hard there is this real goal at the end of it now,” said the winger.

Sterling has been widely praised for his performance in the weekend win by teammate Joe Allen. Allen says Sterling’s first goal against the Canaries demonstrates the talent he possess at the moment.

Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson has said that if the club win the league, it will be the greatest triumph in the Premier League era.

“He has taken a team that were seventh last term and lifted them above three far better resourced teams (Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal) with much better squads to win the title - For me, to have come from nowhere as they have done, really does make it the best title victory we have seen in the last 21 years,” Lawrenson wrote for the Mirror.

In other news, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is the odds on favourite to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award. The bookies suggest Gerrard’s inspirational performances as Liverpool’s captain put him in with a great chance of winning the highly prestigious accolade.

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