A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Juventus will reportedly spend big to ensure they sign winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. The Chilean has been linked with a Liverpool move but the Daily Star has suggested that Juve will look to prevent a bidding war with a straight up, £20 million offer.
A left-back target to emerge for the club is Feyenoord star Daley Blind. Blind has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United but Liverpool could prevent any deal with a swoop of their own. The Dutchman has insisted his full focus is on the World Cup despite being aware of speculation over his future.
Brendan Rodgers is reportedly willing to pay over the odds to ensure Liverpool sign Marcos Rojo. The versatile Sporting Lisbon defender is currently at the World Cup with Argentina and the Reds could offer £12 million, more than Manchester United are supposedly willing to spend and more than Sporting have asked for.
England coach Gary Neville is thriving on Raheem Sterling’s attacking ability ahead of England’s second World Cup game against Uruguay on Thursday.
“All of a sudden you’ve got players in the team who are really going to cause defenders problems – with Sterling you watch him and you think, you just can’t play against him,” he told the BBC.
Daniel Sturridge has revealed the inspiration behind his England performance against Italy, a conversation with his Mum on her birthday. The striker scored England’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat.
“I spoke to her in the morning and she was just saying "good luck" and "mash it up son" as she says. I was like "OK, mum". I spoke to her on video and she wished my good luck, my dad also,” said the Anfield forward.
The Daily Star claims Chelsea will rival Liverpool in the race to sign Iasmin Latovlevici. Chelsea reportedly see the Steaua Bucharest player as a replacement for Ashley Cole, who was told he wouldn’t be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season.
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has warned new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman that he’ll face a fight to hang onto Liverpool targets Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
“Ronald Koeman’s most important job is to try and convince the three lads (Luke Shaw included), who want to get away, that, perhaps, they do still have a future at Southampton,” he told talkSPORT.
Pepe Reina has insisted that his future is in Liverpool’s hands, suggesting nothing has been decided over a possible exit from the club.
“For now I will return to Liverpool. That is the only certainty I have. I have a two-year contract with Liverpool, so I have no other news to tell you,” he told Marca.