Liverpool latest: Gerrard to play reduced time? Lucas tipped to follow Suarez with exit

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

The Daily Mail claims Brendan Rodgers may choose to only start captain Steven Gerrard for half of Liverpool’s games next season. The claim relates to an apparent desire from the manager to keep the 34-year-old midfielder in perfect physical condition next season.

Reports claim Serie A side Napoli are interested in a potential move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas. Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the club are monitoring the Brazilian’s situation.

“Michu and Leiva? We continue to monitor the situation. We’re having discussions, probably we’re also doing some contract drafting,” he told Sky Italia.

The Daily Star claims Liverpool are keen to sign Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony. The paper claims that the forward is valued at around the £20 million mark as the Reds prepare to try and cope without Luis Suarez who draws ever closer to a move to Barcelona.

Some sources have claimed today that a deal has been agreed between the Nou Camp side and Liverpool, with Suarez moving in a deal reportedly worth around the €88 million mark.

Winger Raheem Sterling says his experience of playing at the World Cup with England will benefit him and make him a better player.

“For any young person to be involved in such a big tournament is obviously a great experience – It was a learning curve for me,” he told the club’s website.

Reports suggest that Liverpool could try and do a swap deal with Sevilla involving Iago Aspas and Alberto Moreno. Aspas struggled to make an impression in his first season at the club while Moreno apparently remains a left-back target for Brendan Rodgers.

Luis Suarez has received support in the wake of that bite on Giorgio Chiellini in the form of former heavyweight boxing world champion Mike Tyson. Tyson says the bite came in the ‘heat of the moment’.

“I think it is just the heat of the moment, really hot blooded and really competitive. The heat of the moment takes over us sometimes. We are really competitive and lose bad judgement in our thinking at these times,” said Tyson.

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