Suarez: I’ll stay even without Champions League qualification

Luis Suarez

Striker Luis Suarez says that he will stay at the club next season whether Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League or not.

Suarez has scored 24 Premier League goals for the current Barclay’s premier league campaign with his latest coming in the 3-0 win over Southampton which helped the Reds move into second place in the table.

The Uruguayan international who recently committed his long term future with the reds claims he is enjoying his best season since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.

With Liverpool currently second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, there is every chance Suarez could achieve his ambition of getting Liverpool back in the top four.

Quizzed whether he would stay at Liverpool if the Reds failed to secure a top-four finishes, Suárez said:

“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that.  Any player would miss the Champions League.  We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.  It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”

There is no doubt that the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will come knocking at Liverpool’s door for Suarez once the season ends.Do you think the Reds will be able to keep hold of Suarez if they miss on top four once again?

Liverpool agree Aspas fee

According to reports Liverpool’s bid of £7.7 million has been accepted by Celta Vigo for the transfer of striker Iago Aspas.

Aspas has scored 60 goals in 130 appearances for Celta and was strongly rumored with a move to the Premier League in the January Transfer Window.

The 25 year old scored 12 goals with 6 assist in 33 appearances in La Liga this season, can lead the line, play as a second striker or in a wider role.

Aspas will become Liverpool’s second signing for the summer following the capture of Kolo Toure.

Liverpool complete Kolo Toure signing

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Liverpool FC confirmed they will sign Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer on July 1. A statement in the official site read:

“Liverpool Football Club can today announce they have agreed a deal in principal with Kolo Toure to join the club on July 1.  The powerful defender will be registered as a Reds player when his current deal with Manchester City expires.”

The Ivorian was out of contract with Manchester City, and Liverpool were rumored to be keen on bringing in some much needed experience in the defensive department after the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool will offer Toure a two-year deal as they look to make the defender their first signing of the summer.

The 32 year old was a member of Arsenal’s invincibles side that won the league title in 2004 and was a regular for Manchester City in his first two seasons.  Toure certainly is a world class centre back with more than a decade of Premier league experience. However the 32 year old will be used as a second choice defender, someone who can come in and stabilise panic with his experience during the dying moments of the game.

Reds close to Carroll sale

It is rumoured Liverpool have agreed a fee with West Ham for Striker Carroll after the club showed desire in keeping the player after his successful loan spell at Upton Park.

Reports suggest Liverpool had a £15 million offer accepted on Tuesday for the 24-year-old, and it all depends on Carroll’s willingness for a permanent move.

Rodgers told the reporters he has spoken to Carroll about his future, telling

“It was just a general conversation in terms of the experience of getting out and playing. He enjoyed that apart from the injury.  At the start of the season the whole thing was about going and getting games because he wasn’t going to be a starter here. We will talk again with him and the club to see how it all evolves. It’s one of those situations where it will probably be resolved a lot quicker than that for both parties.  It’s a difficult one. I spoke to him and we had a good chat.  In terms of the money, that’s something out of my control. But he’s a talent so we will assess the whole situation.  The objective at the beginning of the season was for him to go out and play. He’s gone away to think of what we spoke about and we will talk again through the weeks.”

Liverpool FC: ‘Pepe Reina not for sale’

Pepe Reina

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has denied reports suggesting shot stopper Pepe Reina will leave the club at the end of the season and insisted Reina will not be leaving the club this summer.

There were suggestions earlier this season that Rodgers was looking to sell Reina with the 30-year old constantly linked with a £10m move to Barcelona.  Rodgers said:

“It’s that silly season now that starts up all the rumors and what not but Pepe’s not for sale.  He’s got three years left on his contract here, he’s happy and obviously there’s speculation but it’s not worth commenting on.”

Liverpool FC: Steven Gerrard set to pen new deal

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According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have opened talks with club captain Steven Gerrard over a contract-extension.

The England skipper expects to pen a new deal over the next few months, with his current contract expiring at the end of the 2013/14 season.  He said:

“They want me to extend, I want to extend, so it’s just a matter of time really.  How long for I’m not too sure yet. That’s under discussion at the moment. But it will get sorted one way or another in the summer.”

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also confirmed that talks have taken place with midfielder, stating:

“Stevie and I went out for something to eat a couple of weeks back and had a good chat about plans and whatnot.  I have been ever so pleased with Stevie this year. For me as a manager, to have a captain like that has been brilliant. He’s certainly one I would envisage to be here for a good few years yet.”

Liverpool fans will be hoping that their talisman in Steven Gerrard will stay at the club for the years to come having notched up 9 goals and 9 assists in England’s top-flight this season – proving yet still to be one of the best in the business, all at the ripe age of 32.

Rodgers plays down Philippe Coutinho praise

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has played down growing hype surrounding Liverpool ‘s new Number 10 Philippe Coutinho, after the Brazilian starred in a 6-0 win at Newcastle United.

Coutinho was in sensational form when Liverpool ripped Newcastle apart , a 6-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday. Coutinho has become a regular since arriving from Inter Milan for £8 million in January.  We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down.

“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in.  He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.  He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy.  He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.  If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”

How do you rate Coutinho’s performance against Newcastle last weekend. Was he the man of the match? Is he the best signing Rodgers has made for Liverpool?

Liverpool FC confirm Gerrard testimonial

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool Football Club will be holding a testimonial match for skipper Steven Gerrard against Greek side Olympiacos.  The match will take place on August 3, Liverpools only pre-season fixture at Anfield.

Gerrard’s opponents are the side he scored a dramatic 86 minute goal to send Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stages in 2004- which they eventually went on to win.

Gerrard said:

“I am delighted to be honoured by Liverpool with a testimonial match and particularly thrilled that Olympiacos have accepted my invitation to play the fixture.  Last time we met proved to be such a memorable game both for me personally and Liverpool Football Club.  I am also especially grateful that Olympiacos have truly embraced the aim of this match and chosen to donate their fee to charity.  I am looking forward to what I know will be a fantastic game and a wonderful occasion.”

All the money raised from events celebrating Steven’s testimonial year will go to the Steven Gerrard Foundation (SGF), a registered charity — stevengerrardfoundation.org

Liverpool FC: Carragher to extend contract?

Jamie Carragher

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers says he will hold talks with Jamie Carragher before the end of current Barclays Premier League season in an attempt to persuade the Liverpool defender to resign a new contract and postpone his retirement.

Carragher announced that he would retire from professional football back in February after struggling to break into the first-team earlier in the season.

However, the 35 year old has been a regular in Rodgers’ starting XI in the second half of the campaign, producing a string of impressive performances alongside Daniel Agger.

“He’s been fantastic and I do [believe he could play next season]. Him and I communicate a lot and he’s obviously got something in his mind.  Him and I will sit down between now and the end of the season anyway and we’ll see where it goes. If he does go, I will certainly miss him because he’s been brilliant for me in my time there, going in as a manager of a club of that size.  He’s shown great respect and really helped me and the other guys. The thing for now is to keep performing the way he is until the end of the season and between then and now him and I will chat and we’ll take it from there.”

Share your opinions? Do you think Jamie Carragher should extend his contract and play the next season for the Reds?

Liverpool FC: Euro absence could be a blessing – Rodgers

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Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool could be better off next year if they miss out on a place in the Europa League.

Liverpool currently lies seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.  Even qualifying for the Europa League, which would only be guaranteed if finished fifth, looks unlikely with Liverpool seven points adrift from Arsenal, who currently occupy fifth spot.

However Rodgers believes a successful summer window with no international tournaments to affect pre-season and the absence of Europa league football will be ideal for Liverpool to finish in the top four next season.

Rodgers said:

“It is a double-edged sword for us.  The players and supporters want to be in Europe and as a manager it is a great test and I have really enjoyed the Europa League (which they exited at the last-32 stage) this year.  But you could argue having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance of challenging for the top four next season.  That is a real difficult task now with the number of teams up there and the finances involved way beyond ourselves but it (the lack of Europa League action) would give us a real good run to do that.  Ultimately we want to be a club that is in Europe and we want to have a squad which is strong enough to be able to cope with European football and the domestic league and cups.  We will see where it takes us. We will finish as high as we possibly can but if Europe doesn’t end up for us then it might be a blessing for us next year.”

Do you think Rodgers is right with his comments? With the top four being extremely unlikely, where would you like Liverpool to finish in the table?

Liverpool FC: Lucas extends stay at Anfield

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool football club yesterday announced midfielder Lucas Leiva has committed his future with the club by signing a new “long term” contract extension.

The 26-year-old was signed from Gremio in 2007 and has since become a regular at Anfield, playing 143 matches in the Barclays Premier League. Lucas’s previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but the new contract will extend his stay on Merseyside 2018.  The Brazilian couldn’t hide his happiness in front of the reporters and admits that he is delighted to have put pen to paper.

“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here.  I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.  It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.”

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre hailed the impact Lucas has had at the club:

“He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it.  He just goes from strength to strength.  We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.”

Liverpool FC: Joe Allen has successful surgery

Joe Allen

Liverpool Football Club today confirmed midfielder Joe Allen has successfully undergone surgery on the shoulder problem.

The surgery will rule Allen out for the rest of the season. The 23 year old is expected to be fit for pre-season ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

‘Joe Allen had surgery this morning, which went very well,’ head of performance Glen Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday.

It’s going to be a relief for Joe that this has now happened for him. It has been quite a long-standing issue. He was repetitively subluxing, so his shoulder was coming out very easily and very often.

‘It was a procedure that was very important. He should be 12 weeks from now, so he’ll be fighting fit for the start of pre-season.’

Driscoll explained the extent to which the injury was affecting Allen, who has played matches without knowing where and when the problem might recur.  He said:

‘I think he has done amazingly well. Anyone who has ever had repetitive subluxations of shoulders will know there is a lot of apprehension involved.  I find it difficult to see how that wouldn’t have affected Joe. It was getting to the point where he would do a high-five to celebrate a goal and would actually feel a sublux.  When you know this is happening, it’s not just the pain that occurs – it’s the apprehension.  He has done very well to get through this and it’s great for him that we can draw a line under this, get him fit and see how he goes next season.’