Liverpool latest: £30,000-per-week contract offered to goalkeeper, say Italian press

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Gerrard was axed, says Shearer

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was dropped for the club's 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday, with reports suggesting that he was simply rested. However, Alan Shearer believes that manager Brendan Rodgers dropped Gerrard for his poor displays of late, and that the notion that he was being rested is a lie.

"Something has gone wrong between the manager who nearly guided the club to a first Premier League title and one of the club's greatest-ever players," said Shearer.

"Have no doubt about it - Steven Gerrard was unceremoniously dropped at Anfield on Saturday. Forget about his age or being rested, or not being able to play every game... he was axed, plain and simple," he added.

Austin speculation played down

Over the weekend, Liverpool were linked with a January move to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin. The former Burnley and Swindon Town star has been impressive for the R's this season and had been suggested as the man to revitalise Liverpool's attack, but his manager Harry Redknapp says that there has been no interest.

"We’ve not had any enquiries from anyone else as far as I know," admitted Redknapp. "He’s come into the Premier League and only played a dozen games. He’s got a long, long way to go still – he knows that. He’s full of confidence, playing well, he’s happy here and he’s just got to keep going."

Neto offered contract?

Whilst Rodgers may not land Austin, his hopes of bringing Fiorentina's Brazilian goalkeeper Norberto Neto to Anfield have been handed a boost.

The 25-year-old is out of contract next summer, and in a bid to secure a pre-contract deal with the stopper, Liverpool have offered him wages of around £30,000-per-week according to reports in Italy.

Current Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is under increasing pressure having struggled this season, and a free transfer move for Neto makes sense as Rodgers looks to add competition between the sticks.

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