Liverpool latest: Twist in Valdes transfer saga, Sterling praised for England display

Alberto Moreno Perez

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It's now a week since we learned that Liverpool would be facing Basel, Ludogorets and Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage, and fans are already excited to see that European football is heading back to Anfield. The match against Real Madrid will be particularly special for left back Alberto Moreno, as the Spanish international will be facing one of the biggest clubs from his homeland just weeks after leaving Spain for Anfield - and the 22-year-old says he hopes to win the competition this season.

"Playing in the Champions League is going to be amazing. It's all new for me and I'm really looking forward to it. Plus, it's against Real Madrid at Anfield and I'll be wearing Liverpool colours - it's going to be a unique experience," said Moreno. "I saw the trophy at Anfield and I got goosebumps. Hopefully we can win it this year. Hopefully that day will come."

Moreno was just one of a handful of new signings to arrive on Merseyside this summer, but one of them won't be playing for the Reds this season. Striker Divock Origi was signed from Lille in a £10m deal after impressing for Belgium at this summer's World Cup, and the youngster has once again reiterated to Liverpool fans that he's glad he chose Brendan Rodgers' men over Premier League rivals Tottenham.

"I chose Liverpool and I have never regretted it," Origi said. "I think they welcomed me very well. This showed me a little bit about the history of the club and their philosophy so it was very interesting. At the end, I think it was the right choice."

A number of Reds players featured in England's 1-0 win over Norway on Wednesday night, including Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge - but it was Raheem Sterling who stole the show with a man of the match display, which inluded winning the penalty for Wayne Rooney's goal. Former England defender Martin Keown was impressed with his display, even saying that the 19-year-old is England's best player already.

"Sterling is England’s best player," said Keown. "He started with a reputation as a dribbler, but his speed, link-up play and movement makes him such a threat. It was good to see Sterling and Daniel Sturridge doing what they do for Liverpool on a weekly basis."

Finally, rumours continue to suggest that Liverpool will be looking to add former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer one he is fully recovered from a serious knee injury. However, whilst clubs can usually snap up free agents outside of the transfer window, ESPN are tonight reporting that the Reds will have to ask for permission from the Premier League in order to add him to their squad.

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