A round up of news stories and transfer rumours from the past 24 hours about Liverpool.
Liverpool are reportedly putting their first team players through gruelling double training sessions ahead of the new season. Brendan Rodgers has reportedly commissioned double sessions to improve the fitness of his players and to take advantage of humid conditions in Boston.
The Daily Star claims Spanish side Atletico Madrid are looking to hijack Liverpool’s plans to sign Divock Origi from Lille. The Reds have been linked with a £10 million move for the teenage Belgian. The Star points to Marca as stating that Atletico have made a late bid for the player.
Brendan Rodgers is confident captain Steven Gerrard will sign a new contract with the club when the offer is put to the experienced midfielder.
“I am very happy that Steven is now going to commit to Liverpool and I am sure that [his contract] is something that we will look at - Listen, for his own mind, I'm sure he will want it sorted out, absolutely. You never want to leave players with not too long to go on their contract,” Rodgers told the press.
Liverpool will reportedly try and stop Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan from moving to Monaco. Gaitan appears to have been identified by the Ligue One club to fill the void created by James Rodriguez’s departure, with some sources claiming he’s already agreed terms with the club.
TalkSPORT claims Lazio are ready to make the next move in the race to sign Liverpool and Manchester United linked Stefan de Vrij. The Dutch centre-back impressed during the World Cup with the Netherlands and has been linked with an Anfield switch.
Former Liverpool defender John Scales says Loic Remy will be a big acquisition for the club ahead of next season, with the Frenchman expected to officially seal a move to Anfield shortly.
“With Remy, the good thing is he knows the Premier League and he has performed well in the Premier League. You haven't got the same settling in period/risk as buying someone from overseas,” he told the Express.
Scales has also said that he wishes the club had done more to prevent Alexis Sanchez from moving to Arsenal from Barcelona.
“I think he wanted to live in London. That's every player's prerogative and he made a decision for what was best for his career - He looks a really good player and Liverpool would probably wish they had taken negotiations further.”