A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Up to seven players could find themselves playing their football away from Anfield next season. Brendan Rodgers is ready to make big changes to his squad according to the Liverpool Echo with Suso, Samed Yesil, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Oussama Assaidi, Conor Coady and Jack Robinson all linked with exits.
Uruguay have revealed that striker Luis Suarez is doing everything he can to be fit for the World Cup. The Liverpool hit man recently had keyhole surgery but told his Liverpool teammates in the England camp that he didn’t think he’d be kept out of the tournament in Brazil.
“He is very focused. He is working double and triple shifts and we hope to have him with us soon,” said his Uruguay teammate Cristian Rodriguez.
Former England player and temporary manager Stuart Pearce has made an astonishing claim that Joe Hart takes better penalty kicks than Liverpool centre forward Daniel Sturridge.
“My five penalty takers would be Joe Hart, Leighton Baines, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and who ever is statistically better out of Sturridge and Rooney. I’ve seen Hart take 250 penalties and he’s, statistically, a better penalty taker than Sturridge,” he told talkSPORT.
Former Argentina forward and England foe Diego Maradona says Suarez is the best striker in world football, suggesting the forward will dominate at the tournament in Brazil. The Mirror claims Maradona said Suarez would ‘smash it’ when asked how he thought he’d get on at the tournament.
Liverpool legend John Barnes is hoping his old side can complete a deal for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana. The England international has been the subject of a £25 million bid from the club, with Southampton thought to be holding out for closer to £30 million.
“Lallana would be a fantastic signing, because you know what you are going to get with him - I am hoping that he can come [to Liverpool] but if he does not come, good luck to him,” Barnes told Sky Sports.
Former Liverpool midfield target Ivan Rakitic has described his imminent move to Barcelona as a dream come true. The Croatian is expected to officially complete a move to the Nou Camp after the World Cup.
“I am very happy, it’s a dream come true,” he’s quoted by talkSPORT.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is open to a return to Spain. The Spaniard spent last season on loan playing for former Reds boss Rafa Benitez in Serie A but has hinted that he’d be keen to return to his home country.
“I have a contract with Liverpool and I must return there - With every year that passes I have a greater desire to return to Spain,” said the shot stopper.
A potential replacement for Reina that Liverpool appear to have identified is Nottingham Forest ‘keeper Karl Darlow. However, the Express claims that Tottenham are also interested in the Championship side’s number one ahead of the new season.