Liverpool transfer news: Reds in competition for two youngsters, more

Some of the key stories from the papers involving Liverpool this morning - including transfers and injury news.

Liverpool face competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal for the signature of 19-year-old Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu according to the Daily Mail. The Turkish player has scored four goals in 15 games and is a regular in the Bundesliga side’s first team.

Another young player Liverpool face competition for is Burnley’s Danny Ings with Celtic interested in the striker according to the Daily Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers has seen the 21-year-old as good cover for Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez whilst Celtic boss Neil Lennon has a more regular starting place in his side in mind for Ings.

Steven Gerrard could give Liverpool an injury boost by returning to the side earlier than expected according to the Daily Mail.

Gerrard was initially set to be ruled out for six weeks following a hamstring injury he picked up in the 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

But the Mail is reporting that Gerrard could return to action two weeks earlier at a time when Liverpool look short in the middle of the park with Jordan Henderson also likely to be sidelined.

Defender Martin Kelly has told the Liverpool Echo that he is ready to put his injury nightmare behind him and fight for a place in the first team.

Kelly was a second half substitute during the victory over West Ham at the weekend, and also played 45 minutes for the Under-21’s side in their 3-2 defeat to Bolton.

Kelly said: ‘I’m feeling a lot sharper. I’ve been doing some additional training over the past few weeks and I’m ready to push on.

The problem is the Hellas Verona man is on loan from Porto and there is no guarantee he will be playing in Italy next season.

The better he plays, the more teams join the race for his signature - and with his price shooting up there is little chance of Verona being able to afford him.

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