Liverpool transfer news, Lucas won't leave on loan, Robinson to depart

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will not be allowed to leave the club on loan according to the Daily Mail, with Serie A side Napoli interested in taking the Brazilian to Italy.

The Reds are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for Lucas but only on a permanent basis, and are said to want at least £8 million for him.

Napoli prefer a loan deal with a view to making the deal permanent. Any such move will reunite Lucas with old Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

The same article says that Liverpool have accepted an offer of around £1 million for 20-year-old full-back Jack Robinson from Queens Park Rangers.

Robinson's first team chances at Anfield are likely to be limited given the transfer activity at the club this summer, and it appears his future lies away from Merseyside.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is excited to start work with new signing Mario Balotelli.

The Italian forward completed his move from AC Milan to Liverpool yesterday for £16 million, and was present at the Etihad Stadium as the Reds lost 3-1 to Manchester City.

Rodgers is quoted by the Liverpool website, saying: "As a coach, I'm really looking forward to working with him.

"One thing he doesn't lack is confidence; he's got that self-belief and football arrogance when he's on the field. All of the big teams and best teams have that.

"With the market to get someone in of that quality, the deal was very good. He is a world-class talent and it's an area we needed to strengthen."

The Liverpool manager also said that last night's defeat to Manchester City won't hurt in the long run, in what was a disappointing night for his side, and is confident his players will improve.

He added: “You buy players but it doesn't guarantee you anything. We needed the depth in the squad and I have every confidence the players will improve.

“The young players are still adapting to the league. You can spend as much money as you want but it doesn't guarantee you anything."

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