Liverpool media round-up: Trio's time at Anfield all but over, West Brom confident of landing Lambert

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

The Liverpool careers of three players appear to be effectively over, including Mario Balotelli's - according to the Daily Mail - after the Italian forward was made to train away from the rest of the squad along with Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini

The trio are not included in either squad for two upcoming friendlies this weekend, with one travelling to Finland to take on HJK Helsinki, while a separate side will make the trip to Swindon Town.

The Reds' two biggest signings of the summer in Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are due to make their first appearances for the Reds this weekend.

The report says that West Ham United have been monitoring the situation of Borini, while Balotelli is attracting the interest of Bologna. Discussions have been held with Jose Enrique's representatives about releasing the player from the final 12 months of his contract, but he reportedly has no desire to become a free agent. 

The Birmingham Mail have offered an update on West Bromwich Albion's pursuit of Rickie Lambert, saying there are 'optimistic noises' coming out of The Hawthorns. 

They have reported that the Baggies face competition from Norwich City and Bournemouth for the striker, but they fully expect Lambert to become a West Brom player in the very near future - only 12 months after joining the Reds from Southampton.

The Liverpool Echo has also reported that Liverpool are in negotiations with West Brom over the sale of Lambert, after Baggies Head Coach Tony Pulis revealed that he was told Lambert was available.

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