Liverpool Latest: Rodgers promises improvements, Allardyce's pledge

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

Brendan Rodgers says his Liverpool side will be stronger next season. The Reds still have a narrow chance of lifting the title but Rodgers has hinted he’s already looking ahead.

“We know the areas that we need to be better in and we'll certainly be that next year,” the boss told the press.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has said his side will do everything they can to try and beat Manchester City this weekend, paving the way for Liverpool to win the Premier League.

“We all know Manchester City in full cry are very difficult to play against and we’ve got to go out there and give a fantastic effort to try to stop them grasping the title on that day,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.

Allardyce also admitted that he wants to see Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard win the league, suggesting it would be a fitting tribute for the skipper after that infamous slip during the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Sky Sports has reported that a bid from Liverpool for Southampton’s Adam Lallana is imminent. Some sources have already suggested that the Reds have submitted an offer but Sky’s report states that the Saints are yet to receive any official offer for the England midfielder.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation surrounding his player, suggesting he knows nothing more than the rumours floating around in the press.

“I pretty much have the same information you have. The club has not spoken to me officially about anything,” he’s quoted by FourFourTwo.

Stoke City have reportedly told Liverpool they are willing to splash the cash to sign Oussama Assaidi in a permanent basis. The winger is currently on loan at Stoke from the Anfield club.

“We’ve made our view on it clear. A lot of factors have to come into play, not least that he’s their player. We’ve been very pleased with him, but they hold the cards. He likes it here and has been a success,” said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he’s in favour of controversial plans to create a new division for Premier League B teams. The division will be placed below League Two with a standard promotion and relegation system.

“It is something I have thought for years should happen. I am a big advocate of it,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

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