Liverpool latest: Fixtures released and Shaqiri talks begin

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

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

Liverpool will start the new Premier League season at home against Southampton. The match on August 16 provides new signing Rickie Lambert with a chance to play against the side he’s just left. The Reds travel to Burnley on Boxing Day and host Leicester on New Years Day.

The Metro claims talks are under way over a deal for Bayern Munich wide man Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss midfielder is away at the World Cup, but the paper points to the German press where reports have started to emerge that negotiations have started between clubs over a £16 million deal.

Liverpool risk missing out on Barcelona wide man Cristian Tello with local rivals Everton thought to be leading the race to sign him. Barca are thought to be keen on sending him on loan to the Toffees after the impact Gerard Deulofeu had during his time at Goodison Park.

Southampton have reportedly urged England international Adam Lallana to stay with the Saints for another season. The midfielder has been the subject of a £25 million offer from Liverpool, but Southampton are thought to be holding out for closer to £30 million.

“Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee,” executive director Les Reed told BBC Radio.

Liverpool are set to miss out in the race to sign Hamburg’s Hakan Calhanoglu. The Turkish star has been linked with an Anfield switch with the Star claiming Brendan Rodgers is still interested. However, he looks destined to stay in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has sent out extra warning to England ahead of their game against Uruguay tomorrow night. Carragher has described Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez as a ‘phenomenon’.

“Luis Suarez is different from most players in world football. He's a phenomenon; the mentality of him, he's a winner. I know what type of character he is - he will go at it full throttle,” he told talkSPORT.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says Suarez’ absence for Uruguay tomorrow would be great news for England.

“If Luis doesn’t play it is obviously a positive, because he is a fantastic player – I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit to do everything he can to be fit,” the Liverpool midfielder told FIFA’s website.

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