Liverpool latest, Ayre on attracting new players, possible war chest for Rodgers, stadium update

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has said that Champions League football will help the Reds attract top class talent next season, after their 3-2 win over Norwich City on Sunday meant they will finish no lower than third in this season’s Premier League.

Ayre has admitted that the transfer market has been a bit more difficult without the lure of Europe’s premier club competition, and is quoted in several newspapers this morning, saying:

“We had the issue with Luis Suarez last summer because he wanted to play in the best games against the best players. That is always a factor.

“There is no question we always expected that the squad we need for next season will be very different to the squad that we have needed this year when we were not playing in Europe. That has always been on the cards.”

Some reports have indicated that manager Brendan Rodgers could be handed a war chest of up to £70m – and that the Northern Irishman could be awarded a substantial new contract.

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said people will be ‘delighted and chuffed’ with the outcome of the new designs of Anfield and the surrounding area.

He’s quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “The whole scheme is not just about the redevelopment of LFC’s ground, which I think is going to be spectacular and as good as any ground in the country when it’s completed.”

Liverpool’s next opponents Chelsea were in Champions League action last night, and their manager Jose Mourinho has hinted at playing a weakened team at Anfield on Sunday – in a crucial game in the title race.

He said after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid: “I know what I would do. I would play the players who are not going to play on Wednesday. My priority is the Champions League. But I'm not the club. I have to speak to them."

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