Liverpool latest: Five named in England squad, Lucas plays down exit rumours

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

Liverpool have been well represented in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad. Brendan Rodgers’ side have Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge selected with Jon Flanagan on standby to step in.

“It is absolutely brilliant to see Jordan and Raheem get the call-up. Both players have had difficult times in the past and come through them with flying colours,” Liverpool legend Phil Thompson told the club’s official website.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas has played down the idea he could leave the Merseyside club this summer. The Brazilian appeared to Tweet a goodbye message after the game against Newcastle but moved quickly to clarify any confusion.

“The goodbye that I said it is about the season that finished nothing else,” he later Tweeted.

Football pundit Robbie Savage says striker Luis Suarez may find the chance to join Real Madrid this summer too difficult to resist. The Uruguayan has been publicly linked with a potential £70 million move.

“If Real Madrid come in with a £70m bid this summer, it will be hard for Luis Suarez to turn it down. Could you imagine Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez in the same team?” he told the BBC.

Liverpool are reportedly favourites to land Manchester City star Micah Richards this summer, despite the right-back being offered a new deal at the Etihad. Richards made just five appearances in the Premier League and Champions League last season, in a season hampered by injuries.

Several reports have suggested Liverpool have lodged an initial bid for Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana. The Saints star has been linked with an Anfield switch for most of the second half of the season and is valued at around the £20 million mark on the current transfer market.

TalkSPORT has reported that Liverpool are one of the sides chasing Portuguese youngster Joao Cancelo. The 19-year-old Benfica star has the ability to play on either side of the defence, making him a potentially sensible investment although he has a long contract to 2018.

In other news, Luis Suarez has a pair of new boots he will wear when he faces England at the World Cup this summer. Suarez will come up against several of his Liverpool teammates in the England side when the teams meet in the World Cup group stage.

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