A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Southampton are playing hard ball over the price for England international midfielder Adam Lallana. Liverpool were thought to have offered an initial amount of £20 million for the player, but the Saints are thought to want close to the £25 million mark.
Goal.com has even suggested the fee could reach as much as £30 million if Liverpool want their man.
Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has pleaded with Brendan Rodgers to make a move for out of work left-back Ashley Cole. Cole was in tears after his final home game for Chelsea as it emerged he wouldn’t be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
“Cole hasn't played a lot of football this season but I watched him against Liverpool and against Atletico Madrid and he was absolutely outstanding. The guy has still got it. If I was Liverpool or Tottenham I would do my utmost to get him for a year or two,” the German told talkSPORT.
Former Kop favourite Michael Owen says he’s hoping England can adopt Liverpool’s brand of attacking and aggressive football at the World Cup this summer. Five Reds stars have made it into Roy Hodgson’s squad.
“I believe Roy Hodgson is an attack-minded manager. He certainly has been with England, as there are goals in every game nowadays. We have fantastic attacking players and, like Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool, you must play to your strengths,” Owen told sportlobster.
Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has hinted that this weekend will be mark his “last (game) with Barcelona.” The holding midfielder has been strongly linked with an Anfield return and talkSPORT has profiled Liverpool as one of the teams in with a chance of getting him this summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been named manager of the year for guiding the club to a second place finish in the Premier League. Rodgers picked up the award at the League Manager’s Association bash last night.
“There can be no greater tribute to a manager and his work than a tribute awarded by his match day foes and peers. This evening we applaud Brendan Rodgers as he receives that most valuable award,” said LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson.
Luis Suarez has been presented with his Premier League Golden Boot trophy for last season. The Uruguayan was just off the Premier League record for goals in a single season, as he bagged 31 efforts in a campaign where he missed the start through suspension.
In other news, former Liverpool player Vladimir Smicer is standing in the Czech European Elections to help fight obesity in younger children. Smicer is one of 25 candidates officially standing for Czech party Vize 2014.