Liverpool latest: Midfielder working on speaking English, Valdes trial update

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Liverpool made a host of new signings this summer, and one of them, Emre Can, has struggled to make an impact so far. The German midfielder has recently been sidelined through an ankle injury, but says that having taken English lessons, his confidence is growing on Merseyside.

"My English is much better now," admitted Can. "I did know a bit of English beforehand, but I’m not fluent. I’m having quite a few English lessons each week and it’s getting better. There are a lot of foreign players here from Spain and elsewhere and that’s made it easier for me."

Another new signing to have struggled at Anfield so far is striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian arrived for £16m from AC Milan this summer, but has scored just once in all competitions for the Reds. Figures inside the Milan hierarchy have recently criticised the former Manchester City man, and owner Silvio Berlusconi is the latest.

"I remember [Balotelli] was bought against my advice," said Berlusconi. "We have many champions: (Jeremy) Menez, (Keisuke) Honda, (Stephane) El Shaarawy, (Fernando) Torres, (Nigel) De Jong. The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room."

Despite a number of summer signings, it seems that Liverpool could still be interested in adding another player. Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been linked with a free transfer move to the club after seeing a move to Monaco fall apart, and his agent has rejected the notion that he has turned down a trial with Brendan Rodgers' men.

"Liverpool didn't ask us to train for four days. We haven't rejected it because [the story] is false. Neither Brendan Rodgers nor Liverpool have ever made us this proposal, at any time," said Gines Carvajal.

Finally, the January transfer window is on the horizon and Liverpool could move for Belenenses winger Fabio Sturgeon. The 20-year-old may have been capped by Portugal Under-20's, but his father is British, and the Reds are believed to be lining up a £2.5m move to finally bring him to England.

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