Liverpool latest: Including Suarez happy and Melgarejo deal done?

A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours connected to Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he’s spoke to Luis Suarez and the striker completely understands the position of the club in relation to his future. Suarez has been linked with a big money move to Arsenal, with the Gunners having already seen two offers for the forward turned down.

“It's a story that can keep running but for me there is no new news. Luis is happy. He totally understands the club's point of view,” said Rodgers.

His comments don’t seem to have done anything to ease the speculation with suggestions today that Tottenham Hotspur could now get involved, viewing Suarez as a potential replacement for Gareth Bale if the Welshman completes that world record deal to join Real Madrid.

An out of the blue rumour, which has just started, in terms of players Liverpool could target to replace Suarez, is the idea that Liverpool will target Salomon Rondon of Rubin Kazan who could be available for under £9 million having moved to the Russian club from La Liga side Malaga as recently as last summer.

In other news not connected to Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s new signing Iago Aspas says he is looking to secure a starting place for the club’s first Premier League game against Stoke City.

“I'm working hard every day to try and earn my place on the team sheet for the first game. From that moment on it's all about doing as well as I can and gaining confidence to continue to keep my place in the side,” said Aspas.

In another transfer story, some sources have claimed that Liverpool have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign left back Lorenzo Melgarejo on loan for the coming season. Liverpool will have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season, taking care of the additional defensive signing he was looking for.

Other reports have suggested that FC Schalke star Kyriakos Papadopoulos is the player Brendan Rodgers is focusing on. Some reports have suggested that Liverpool are pushing forward with a £13 million offer for the defender with other sources claiming that a deal has already been done for the controversial centre back.

Either way it does look as though Liverpool will need to add defensive reinforcements to the squad and deals for both players could be possible, especially if current centre back Martin Skrtel completes a move to Napoli, linking up with former boss Rafa Benitez on a loan deal for next season.

Another Liverpool player is also in the news, as Pepe Reina has addressed negative reactions to his open letter following his recent departure to Napoli on loan for the coming season. Reina says he didn’t mean to come across as angry or resentful towards Liverpool, claiming he’s grateful for what the club has given him.

In news which doesn’t relate directly to the football, Liverpool have issued a list of offensive words to all staff that come into contact with the public, which they should be listening out for over the new season. It’s part of a Liverpool plan to create a much nicer match day atmosphere, stamping out all forms of discrimination.

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