A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema doesn’t fear the prospect of Luis Suarez joining the club. The Spanish press is going with the angle that Los Blancos will make a big bid for Suarez despite the fact he’s made no noise about leaving.
“Everyone can come, and all the more to Madrid where all the best come. I work every day to play for Madrid. I don't feel any particular pressure,” he told Marca.
That bid for Suarez could be in the region of £72 million according to Corrierre dello Sport.
Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri according to the Swiss press. The 22-year-old is being linked with a £15 million transfer to Anfield after failing to nail down a regular starting place under Pep Guardiola in Germany.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has described the redevelopment of Anfield as a huge moment for the club. The Reds have just submitted plans to increase the current capacity to 58,000.
“I have to agree with the idea this is a monumental moment for us as a club. This will be our legacy at Liverpool, resolving the stadium issue,” Werner is quoted by the Independent.
The future of reported Liverpool transfer target Alexandre Lacazette is in doubt despite talks over a new contract at current club Lyon. The issue seems to be that the forward is asking for too much in his personal terms, which could eventually lead to his sale if an agreement can’t be reached.
Sevilla have braced themselves for a potential second sale to Liverpool. The La Liga club have reportedly accepted that Ivan Rakitic is set to leave, with Barcelona also thought to be interested in the midfielder. Sevilla’s boss has admitted that the club are preparing for life without the player.
Former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman has hailed the arrival of striker Rickie Lambert as a ‘bargain’. Lambert recently completed a move from Southampton in a £4 million deal.
“If he can replicate those kind of (goalscoring) figures for Liverpool I think they got themselves a really shrewd bargain,” he’s quoted by the Mirror.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has praised the work manager Brendan Rodgers has done since he took over the club back in 2012.
“You have to give huge credit to the manager. He came in, a young manager taking a huge job and to have the impact he’s had in such a short space of time is phenomenal really,” Gerrard told the PFA’s website.