Liverpool latest: Rodgers' transfer aims, Reds edge ahead in race for Cole

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

Brendan Rodgers has given an insight into his thinking over how he’ll approach the transfer market this summer. He’s suggested that he won’t make signings for the sake of doing so.

“I don't want to put a figure on how many [players I would like] but I would rather have one or two absolute top players than seven that might not help us,” Rodgers told the Liverpool website.

The Independent has suggested that Liverpool are leading the race to sign left-back Ashley Cole. Cole may not have his contact renewed at Chelsea, meaning he’d be a free agent and reports suggest that the Reds are getting themselves into a great position to snap up the former England international.

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to beat Manchester United to the signing of Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho. Liverpool are believed to have overtaken United in the race to sign the 21-year-old, with Louis van Gaal (tipped to be next United boss) thought to prefer other midfield options.

The Daily Star suggests another player Liverpool are reportedly going up against Manchester United for is Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic. The 20-year-old is thought to be open to an exit from the Serie A giants after they failed in attempts to qualify for the Champions League.

The Catalan press has suggested that Liverpool want to make a move to re-sign former midfielder Javier Mascherano. The Argentine has dropped a big hint that he could leave the Nou Camp after this weekend and Anfield is an obvious destination for him.

Another potential transfer coup sees Liverpool linked with a move for Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm. The Swansea shot stopper is valued at around the £5 million mark according to reports, making him a cheaper option than Cardiff City ‘keeper David Marshall.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has piled the praise onto Brendan Rodgers’ ability to get the best out of his players, man managing them to the finest degree.

“I think I’ve improved from the start of the season until now – The manager has been the key. He’s been amazing for me personally and I’m sure that’s the same for everybody else in the team as well,” he told the club website.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is backing the club’s arch rivals Manchester United to struggle for a second season in a row. United are widely expected to appoint Louis van Gaal as their next manager.

“I don’t believe Manchester United will finish in the top four next season. Every team is going to improve. It’s going to be very tough for them,” Fowler told talkSPORT.

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