Liverpool transfer news: another striker 'crucial', wages could scupper Reina move

A selection of the latest transfer stories and more involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that signing another striker is 'crucial' for the club, after Daniel Sturridge flew home from the tour of the USA for treatment on a hamstring injury.

With Fabio Borini also receiving treatment on a shoulder problem, it leaves Rickie Lambert as the only senior forward left on the tour - which has one game left against Manchester United in Miami.

One person it won't be is Mario Balotelli. The Reds have been linked with the Italian, and Rodgers even spoke highly of the Milan forward, but 'categorically' told reporters that he will not be playing for Liverpool.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina is wanted by AC Milan according to the Daily Mail, but as expected the large wages the Spaniard commands appear to be too costly. They were also a major stumbling block to making his loan move to Napoli from last season permanent. 

Right-back Javier Manquillo is set to undergo a medical at Liverpool today with a view to completing a loan move from Atletico Madrid. 

The 20-year-old could join the club permanently at the end of the loan spell, and the Reds are still in talks with Sevilla over the possible transfer of left-back Alberto Moreno.

Finally, there has been plenty of talk about the time when Brendan Rodgers became manager of Liverpool, that he didn't want a technical director working above him. The new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was interviewed at the time by the club's owners FSG to work above Rodgers.

Rodgers said: “I always think the manager is the technical director. He is the man who oversees the football development of the club, and I believe you should take on that responsibility when you are manager."

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