Liverpool latest: Gerrard's big decision, Lovren nears move

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

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football. Gerrard captained England through a disappointing World Cup campaign and steps down after making 114 appearances for his country.

The Daily Star claims Liverpool’s plans to sign Dejan Lovren from Southampton is close. The Saints defender is being tipped to complete a £16 million transfer to Anfield, joining former teammates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert in moving to Merseyside.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini reportedly wants to fight for his place at Anfield. A deal was thought to have been agreed between the Reds and Sunderland worth £14 million, but the transfer may not go through as the Italian seems keen to prove he can lead the Liverpool attack.

Isco continues to be linked with a move to Liverpool from Real Madrid. James Rodriguez’s move from Monaco to Real places Isco’s position in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad under threat. The Daily Mail suggests Manchester City are also interested in doing a deal.

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has admitted he’s uncertain over his future at the club. Reports suggest the Reds have agreed a deal for Dejan Lovren, which could pave the way for Agger to leave.

“It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things - Many things can happen in football and I do not want to exclude anything,” said the Dane.

The Express claims Juventus are interested in signing Liverpool linked Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich. The £15 million rated Swiss international has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield but the Serie A champions could make a move before the start of the season.

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert says he’s honoured to get the number nine shirt at Anfield.

“It’s a great number for me to wear for Liverpool. I’ve always seen myself as a No.9 as it’s the type of player I am, and to get it at Liverpool is unbelievable,” said the forward.

Iago Aspas’ loan move to La Liga club Sevilla has been confirmed. Aspas struggled to make an impact at Anfield last season and will spend next season with the Europa League winners.

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