A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Luis Suarez could face a ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini in yesterday’s match against Italy. FIFA are investigating the incident and it’s unclear whether any punishment would be confined to international football. Sky Sports has reported the maximum ban the Liverpool forward could face is two years.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has defended Luis Suarez, suggesting the striker’s bite on Chiellini isn’t the end of the world.
“All things considered I'd rather receive a bite than a leg breaking challenge. Whilst he should be punished, it is not the end of the world,” Barton posted on Twitter.
Dr Tom Fawcett, a sports psychologist who predicted Suarez would bit again after the Branislav Ivanovic incident, says the problem is an impulse control which Suarez has no control over.
“He’s very vulnerable to high-intense emotional situations, particularly in high level football, and he’s got an inability to control or self-regulate his responses. It’s an impulse response,” he told the BBC.
The Daily Star claims Liverpool have opened talks to sign Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has been linked with Liverpool before, dating back to his days at Dutch giants Ajax. Reports suggest the Reds could offer £7 million for him.
The Reds have been dealt a potential blow in the transfer market with Juventus reportedly ready to move for left-back Marcos Rojo. The Argentine has been linked with an Anfield move but the Serie A champions have been linked with a £10 million move by the Express.
Liverpool are one of four clubs reportedly in the hunt to sign Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony. Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal are also reportedly interested with the Gunners and the Toffees given better chances of signing the Ivory Coast forward by the bookies.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed he’s in the dark over his future at Anfield. Reina is set to return to Anfield with his World Cup campaign in the Spain squad over.
“I have to join up with Liverpool and there’s nothing more I can do. I don’t know about my future,” said the Spaniard.