Liverpool Latest: Impressive friendly squad, Swans confirm outside interest in Vorm

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

Brendan Rodgers has named a strong squad for Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against FC Brondby, which kicks-off at 6pm later today. The squad includes Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas, Martin Skrtel and several players from the club’s academy.

Swansea City have confirmed there is outside interest in goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Liverpool have been linked with a move for the ‘keeper as Brendan Rodgers looks to secure a top quality deputy to Simon Mingolet for the new season. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has confirmed a number of approaches for the player.

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge says it’s time for him and his teammates to step up following the departure of Luis Suarez. Suarez’s move to Barcelona leaves Sturridge as the main striker currently at the club.

“People have to step up. When stars leave, a new star can be born, as they say. There are a lot of players that can take that mantle, but it is a team game, regardless of whether there are star players within that team. It’s not about one person, it’s about the team,” said the forward.

The Metro claims Liverpool have competition if they want to sign Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad. The £20 million rated Frenchman is yet to sign a new deal with the La Liga club, which has sparked speculation he could leave.

Lazar Markovic says he’s hoping to win his fifth straight domestic league title after his move to Liverpool was confirmed yesterday. Markovic has enjoyed a league title in every season (four in total) he’s been a professional player.

“I want to win titles with Liverpool and I will give 100 per cent on the pitch. I watched every Liverpool game last season and they played absolutely superb. It is a shame they did not win the title and I hope we will win it this season,” said the Serbian.

Liverpool legend John Barnes says he doesn’t think the club need to splash the cash generated from the sale of Luis Suarez on new players.

“A lot of people may not have heard of them, very much like Philippe Coutinho but we don’t necessarily need to buy superstar players,” Barnes told talkSPORT.

Rickie Lambert has revealed he was itching to get back into first team training with the club following his England duties at the World Cup in Brazil.

“Probably for the first time in my career I’ve been looking forward to pre-season - and it’s not bad for a 32-year-old to be saying that! I was itching to get back, be with the lads and play football,” he told the Liverpool website.

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