Liverpool Latest: Rodgers signs new deal, Sanchez on Barca exit list

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

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has committed his future to the club by signing a “new long-term contract”.

The Northern Irishman, who was appointed the Reds boss in the summer of 2012, led the Merseyside outfit to a second-place finish in the Premier League in 2013-14.

“It leaves me hugely honoured,” the 41-year-old told Liverpool’s official website. “I'm absolutely delighted to be able to continue what has been a really exciting time for the club. We'll look to move forward again next season and over the coming seasons.”

Barcelona have reportedly made Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez available for transfer this summer along with midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Dani Alves. The Express suggests that the moves are part of a plan to generate transfer funds for new manager Luis Enrique.

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan according to the Express. The Italian international striker is valued at around the £20 million mark and is thought to be exhausted with the level of racial abuse he’s forced to endure playing in Serie A.

An alternative striker target for the Reds is Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy. The Frenchman has a reported price tag of £8 million and Rodgers’ side are apparently ready to go up against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the race to sign the striker.

Arsenal are also rivalling Liverpool for the signing of Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The Daily Star has reported that the Gunners are ready to start the bidding war for the Frenchman with an £18 million bid, which could force Brendan Rodgers’ hand if he’s interested.

The Star has also suggested that Liverpool are ready to go after a big money double signing for two Southampton players. The paper claims Rodgers’ side will offer £40 million for England midfielder Adam Lallana and highly rated defender Nathaniel Clyne.

In other news, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed his belief that England can copy his club’s success from last season. The Reds were within touching distance of the Premier League title, starting the season as underdogs.

“There are other nations that are in a similar situation to us - It's like when you look at the Premier League last season. Nobody would've said Liverpool would be challenging or have a chance of winning it. So regardless of whether we have pressure or not - it doesn't matter,” Sturridge is quoted by FourFourTwo.

Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom has wished Derby County good luck for next season, after his loan spell with the club ended. Wisdom will return to Anfield and it’s unclear whether he’ll be sent on loan again next season.

“Would like to thank Derby for everything these past 7 months,” posted the versatile defender through his Twitter account.

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