A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool’s reported £18 million deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno has hit a problem. The Spanish side are thought to be demanding a larger chunk of the transfer fee up front than the Anfield club are willing to put on the table. Moreno has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
Brendan Rodgers says there is real flexibility in the way his Liverpool side now play. Liverpool were labelled as a counter attacking team last season but the boss has suggested that’s not the case.
“We can make passes; if we sit deep, we can play on the counter-attack; we can sit on a low block or we can press high. There's a real flexibility now and it's a huge credit to the players that we can now flip from formation to formation,” he told the club’s website.
Should a deal for Moreno not go through, a possible alternative is Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand. However, the blues are reluctant to do a deal according to the Mirror as they’re unlikely to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton and because the Reds are now a main rival to the West Londoners.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Reina has confirmed that he’ll head back to the club after the World Cup but is expected to move on after playing on loan at AS Napoli last season.
Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has said he’d have no hesitation starting Anfield star Raheem Sterling in this weekend’s World Cup opener for England against Italy. Evans suggests the winger has improved dramatically.
“I would start him - no danger. The lad has had a fantastic season and progressed week-in, week-out. His end product wasn’t good enough before but he’s improved on that and become a real top player,” he told Sky Sports.
Liverpool transfer target Adam Lallana has echoed that view. Lallana is part of the England squad in Brazil but has praised Sterling;s ability even though it means he’s likely to miss out on a start himself.
“Raheem is a great athlete, the more we see him out there on the pitch the better it is for the country. It is great he has taken his club form into the national set up,” said the midfielder.
In other news, former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has had some kind words to say about his former club, describing Liverpool as a ‘temple of football’. The Spaniard was speaking in reflection of his time at the club.
“Anfield makes a huge impression on you, it motivates you. It's a place with a lot of charm and for me, it's one of the temples of football - there aren't many but Anfield is one of them,” he told Canal+.