Liverpool media round-up: Latest on Teixeira pursuit, Klopp on set-pieces, Milner on momentum

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

Liverpool are still hoping to do a deal to bring Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira to the club, with Sky Sports last night reporting that he wants a move to Merseyside during this transfer window.

It seems that Teixeira is trying to force through a move, with Sky's report saying that he regards fellow Brazilians at Liverpool in Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva as close friends.

The Liverpool Echo, however, reports that the two clubs are a long way away from agreeing a deal for the 26 year old. Liverpool are said to have tabled a bid of around £24.5 million, with the Ukrainian club valuing the player at closer to £38 million. 

The Echo's report also states that Liverpool anticipated lengthy negotiations and there is still a desire on their part to get a deal done with a week of the transfer window remaining. 

On the field, the Reds played out a remarkable 5-4 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime, and while there was the excitement - and Liverpool finding their scoring touch in the process - some of Liverpool's familiar failings remain when it comes to set-piece defending, something which manager Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to address.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “It is not something I like to make jokes about but our defensive work from set plays, we know how it works now.

“I was a below average player but when I was dealing with set-plays it was not that difficult. Now, as you saw, it is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Everyone is talking about it, we are thinking about it, (and) you are seeing the situation of course.”

The result moved Liverpool up into seventh in the Premier League, and they still trail the top four places by eight points but sides immediately above them in West Ham United and Manchester United both dropped points on the weekend.

The attention for Liverpool now turns to cup competitions as they look to reach the final of the League Cup when they take on Stoke City in the second leg of their semi-final tomorrow night, as they hold a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Reds vice-captain James Milner told the Liverpool Echo that he hopes the side can kick on after the dramatic win against the Canaries. 

“We knew how important it was to get a result and it gives us some momentum going into the game on Tuesday.”

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