Liverpool latest: Marcelo emerges as left-back target, Rodgers doesn't fancy Richards move

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

The Daily Star claims Liverpool are in a battle against Tottenham Hotspur to sign Real Madrid defender Marcelo. With both sides looking for a left-back, the Brazilian has emerged as a possible alternative to Alberto Moreno of Sevilla for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Sources reportedly close to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers have claimed that the Reds boss is not interested in a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards. The Anfield side have been linked with a potential £8 million move in the last few days.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed he wasn’t fully fit when he scored a brace, which pushed England nearer to a World Cup exit.

“I was not really 100 percent the other day - My last game had been at Liverpool in May. So I was cramping and tired,” he told the press.

Liverpool target Stephane Mbia has delivered a blow to the Reds after admitting that he wants to play under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mbia has been linked with Anfield as a potential addition to the midfield pack at the club ahead of next season.

“My dream is to be coached by Mourinho because I think he is a great manager,” said Mbia.

Sevilla have told Liverpool they can have left-back Alberto Moreno but only at the right price. The Reds have been linked with a move for the Spanish defender with the fee the main obstacle to a deal.

“If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold,” said Sevilla president Jose Castro.

An alternative is Sporting Lisbon left-back, with talkSPORT reporting that the Reds will have to fork out £12 million to sign the Argentinian defender. TalkSPORT points to sources from Portugal, which suggest no club has yet matched Sporting’s £12 million price for the defender.

Suarez’ Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho has nothing but praise for the striker, suggesting he’s an excellent person as rumours he could turn his back on the club this summer roll on.

“[Suarez is an] excellent person and father. This year, he did not get involved in anything serious. Suarez is a guy who helped me at the club. It's a huge honour to play alongside him,” Coutinho told Lance!Net.

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