Friday, August 22, 2014

Liverpool to consider Eto'o if Striker deal collapse

Samuel Eto'o was undergoing a medical with Liverpool on Friday afternoon ahead of signing a one-year deal

The 33-year-old was subjected to late interest from Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton, but Roberto Martinez could not do enough to keep Eto'o away from Anfield's clutches. Everton reportedly offered Eto'o a two-year deal, but the lure of Champions League football with Brendan Rodgers's men was too tempting to turn down.

Eto'o reportedly underwent a medical with Liverpool representatives outside of the United Kingdom and is expected to complete his move before the Reds take on Manchester City on Monday night. It is likely that he won't be registered in time to play against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The Cameroon veteran will join on a free transfer after Jose Mourinho decided against offering him the chance to stay at Chelsea for a second season. Eto'o scored 12 goals for Chelsea after signing from Anzhi Makhachkala last summer but his relationship with Mourinho broke down after the manager joked about his age.

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Super mario signing imminent

MARIO BALOTELLI has touched down in the UK ahead of his £16million move to Liverpool.

Balotelli flew into Liverpool this afternoon on board a private jet.

The former Manchester City man jetted into Merseyside from Brescia airport.

Balotelli will now undergo a medical with Liverpool and discuss personal terms over a £16m switch.

The 24-year-old will reportedly pen a contract worth £120,000-a-week at Anfield.

Balotelli will not be signed in time to face Manchester City on Monday (8pm), but the deal is likely to go through by the weekend.

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers refused to discuss Balotelli at his press conference.

He said: "I can categorically tell you that I can't speak about it or anything until the player's signed.

"If we sign anyone I will speak at length about them but until then I can't say anything."

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Liverpool start PL with a win

Striker Daniel Sturridge shouldered the responsibility as Liverpool's new main man up front with a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of a Southampton side who suggested there is still life after their summer exodus.

With last season's 31-goal star Luis Suarez having departed to Barcelona for 75 million pounds there is a shortfall to be accounted for - but Sturridge and the Reds' other scorer Raheem Sterling showed they are up for the challenge.

Such was Suarez's brilliance it is almost forgotten Sturridge was the Barclays Premier League's second highest scorer with 24 last season - but without his world-class partner beside him there is a greater burden on him to deliver.

With the England striker having a relatively quiet 80 minutes it seemed Saints would leave Anfield with at least a point after Nathaniel Clyne's second-half equaliser, only for the 24-year-old to pounce on his first clear-cut chance.

There had been significant change for both sides over the summer. Liverpool spent upwards of 100 million pounds on eight new signings, while their opponents were still in debit having seen a raft of departures - three players to Anfield and manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham.

Only five of Saints' starting line-up started their final match of last season, with four players making their debuts and new 12 million pounds striker Shane Long on the bench.

The most significant absentee, however, was Suarez. However, a year ago Liverpool began the season without the suspended Uruguayan and took 10 points from their first four matches.

While a suitable replacement up front still remains a target for Brendan Rodgers, arguably his most important summer signing was that of Dejan Lovren - who made his debut against the club he left acrimoniously, albeit for 20 million pounds.

Liverpool are still looking for a leader in defence to fill the void left by Jamie Carragher's retirement the year before last and the manager's hope is the Croatian fits the bill as it was an area of weakness which cost them valuable points in their surprise title challenge last season.

The centre-back, incessantly booed by the visiting fans, certainly added more of a presence alongside Martin Skrtel and won headers in situations which have often caused problems in the past.

It was not all plain sailing at the back in the first half with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet getting in a tangle with Graziano Pelle at Southampton's first corner and almost presenting the visitors with an easy chance.

But Liverpool's strength remains in the final third of the field and after scoring 101 goals last season, Sterling opened their account in an incisive attack which split Southampton wide open.

Midfielder Jordan Henderson won the ball in a tackle with Morgan Schneiderlin 10 yards inside his own half and produced a great through-ball for Sterling, who rushed through and shot past Fraser Forster, making his debut following a 10 million pounds move from Celtic.

Forster got closer to Sterling's snap-shot on the stroke of half-time and parried - but it was his Liverpool counterpart who produced the better saves of the first half as he clawed away a James Ward-Prowse inswinging free-kick and tipped over a Schneiderlin effort.

However, 10 minutes after the break he could do nothing with Clyne's powerful drive after the Saints full-back continued his run off the right flank to collect a Dusan Tadic backheel which beat Lovren.

Mignolet kept out Davis minutes later with a low save after the midfielder found himself unmarked free 12 yards out as Southampton stepped up the pressure, while another surging Clyne run was halted only by a desperate Glen Johnson tackle.

England striker Rickie Lambert, another Liverpool acquisition from Southampton, came off the bench and had a chance to score with his second touch before Sturridge grabbed the winner with 10 minutes remaining.

Henderson's cross was half-cleared by Victor Wanyama and Sterling nodded it back into the danger area, where his England team-mate poked home from close range.

But Liverpool were ultimately indebted to Mignolet, who in the opening game 12 months ago saved a last-minute penalty to secure victory.

This time he brilliantly tipped Schneiderlin's shot onto the bar in the 88th minute - and watched relieved as Long headed the rebound wide from six yards out.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Striker snubs new deal

Liverpool have been boosted in their chase for Ezequiel Lavezzi after the Argentine snubbed Paris Saint-Germain’s latest contract offer, Express reports.

The Reds are heavily linked with a move for the Argentina international and can finally land their man after Lavezzi rejected new terms from the Ligue-1 champions.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been in the market for a striker ever since the £75million departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and could end his search with a move for Lavezzi.

The former Napoli man has found it difficult to nail down a first team place in PSG’s very talented attack, which could force him to look elsewhere for regular playing time.

Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal were keeping track of the 29-year-old, but Liverpool are still the front-runners for his signature this summer.

Lavezzi scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists last season, before being picked in Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad which went all the way to the final.

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Moreno move confirmed

Alberto Moreno has been snapped in Liverpool colours for the first time as his move from Sevilla nears completion.

The left-back has arrived at the Anfield club’s Melwood training ground to undergo a medical ahead of his £12million switch and was seen posing with a Liverpool scarf.

Moreno missed Sevilla’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Super Cup, after the Europa League holders accepted Liverpool’s offer, and was highly emotional as he said goodbye to both teammates and supporters at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Liverpool enquire about another South American

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with mega-moves for Edinson Cavani of PSG.

The Liverpool Echo quoted the striker's agent Claudi Anelluci as stating: "“There has been much interest in the player during the last six months.

"I can confirm that Cavani heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal. Already said he would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision.

“He is not interested in money and fame; he just wants to be happy playing football."

Cavani has been playing out on the right for PSG to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and while he still managed to net 16 goals in 25 starts, but endured a dismal World Cup.

So which Premier League side out of Arsenal and Liverpool, would be the best fit for Cavani?

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Liverpool in talks for South American

LIVERPOOL have opened talks with Monaco over a stunning move for striker Radamel Falcao.

Sources in Italy claim the Reds are set to rival Manchester City and Real Madrid for the Colombian star.

According to Italian journalist Mina Rzouki, Liverpool are 'leading the race' to land Falcao.

Brendan Rodgers has spent nearly £100million on new signings this summer, with £75m Luis Suarez heading to Barcelona.

But having spent just £4m on a direct replacement in striker Rickie Lambert, Liverpool look light on firepower.

Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport claim Falcao is available on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

Gazetta dello Sport linked Manchester City with a move for Falcao yesterday, with Stevan Jovetic going the other way.

But fresh reports believe Liverpool could trump City and long-term admirers for the 28-year-old.

A switch to Anfield appears high unlikely for Falcao though, who missed the World Cup through injury.

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