Liverpool Latest: Rodgers protects Gerrard, Lyon star 'fascinated' by possible Anfield move

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

Brendan Rodgers says he’s proud of his Liverpool side, despite their defeat ton Chelsea over the weekend. The Reds had most of the game against the West Londoners but lost the match 2-0.

“I said how proud I was of them, because they were absolutely fantastic. We've been on a run of games and the games that we've won have been exceptional,” Rodgers told the press.

Rodgers also protected captain Steven Gerrard after the final whistle, as the captain’s mistake allowed Demba Ba to score and put Chelsea 1-0 up, a lead they never gave back.

“I said at half-time, this is a boy who has picked up this club so many times and just really unfortunate that it happened to him - it could have happened to anyone,” Rodgers is quoted in the Mirror.

Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette has hinted that he’d be interested in a move to Liverpool. The Frenchman has been linked strongly with an Anfield move since the turn of the year.

“Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested? An experience in another major league fascinates me,” he’s quoted by the Sun.

Liverpool will reportedly watch Newcastle United forward Loic Remy in action against Arsenal this evening. RMC has claimed that the striker, on loan from QPR, is of interest to Brendan Rodgers as he mulls over potential summer additions to his squad.

The Reds are also being linked with a 20-year-old described as the ‘next Michael Ballack’. The Daily Star claims 20-year-old Emre Can is a target for the Merseyside club after an impressive season with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

In terms of players who could be leaving, Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has admitted he wants to make Oussama Assaidi’s loan deal permanent at the end of the season. The young winger is currently on loan from Anfield.

“Ozzy (Assaidi) isn't our player - but he has done really well and we will talk about his future,” said Hughes.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush says if the side can achieve back-to-back wins in their last two games, he believes that will be enough for them to win the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City.

“I think if Liverpool win their next two league games they’ll win the league. If they beat Crystal Palace away, it all adds up to the final game of the season which could be unbelievable,” he told BBC’s 5Live.

In other news, ticket touts are cashing on for what could be a title defining game against Newcastle United at Anfield on the final day of the season. Some tickets are changing hands for thousands of pounds with the price reaching a staggering £26,000.

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