Liverpool media round-up: Sakho offered new deal, Henderson may not be risked for Arsenal

Mamadou Sakho

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

Liverpool will offer defender Mamadou Sakho a new long-term contract according to various newspaper reports, including one in the Guardian

The Frenchman has not been part of the matchday squad for the first two games of the season, which has led to some uncertainty to develop around the player's future, but the Reds still see him as part of their plans. 

Both Roma and Bayer Leverkusen has been reportedly interested in the defender but Liverpool are prepared to raise his wages from £75,000 per week to closer to £100,000 per week.

The report does state that negotiations are only at a preliminary stage and Sakho is likely to see whether his first team prospects at Anfield improve - with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren currently preferred at the heart of the Reds back line. 

Summer signing Nathaniel Clyne has told Sky Sports that the side is targeting Champions League qualification for next season after last season's disappointing sixth place finish. 

He said: "We're involved in a lot of competitions. We've got Europe, the FA Cup and the Premier League.

"We are going to try to go into those games looking to win every single one of them. The aim is top four or anything higher. We've done a lot of work on the training field and organisation."

Liverpool's first big test of the season comes on Monday night when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal and the Reds are still sweating on the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson, who was withdrawn in the early stages of the second half during Monday's win over Bournemouth. 

An ongoing issue with the ball of his foot has reportedly been causing Henderson problems and the Liverpool Echo reports that he may not be risked for the trip to face the Gunners.

Emre Can would be the man likely to replace him in the starting XI. 

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