Saturday, July 02, 2011

Kenny Won't Discuss Targets

Kenny Dalglish has insisted Liverpool will continue conducting their transfer business in the appropriate manner and will not publicly chase players.

There was expected to be movement in and out of Anfield this summer as Dalglish puts his plans in place for what the club hope will be a more successful 2011/12 campaign.

The Reds have been linked with a large number of players since the end of last season but, apart from signing midfielder Jordan Henderson, have so far been quiet in the market.

Dalglish, though, has played down suggestions that he should be worried about not bringing in many reinforcements during the early part of the summer.

"Pre-season has not started. We don't begin until Monday, but obviously transfers are part of football. You get people moving in and moving out," Dalglish told Sky Sports News after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

"We are not going to speculate on any players we have or any players anyone else has. There has been plenty of talk in the newspapers and if you read them and believed them, we'd have a squad of about 300 next year.

"We've just got to get on with what we've got to do. We do our business and we try to do it properly, with respect to other people, and we will continue to do it.

"The names they conjure up in the newspapers, sometimes they will be accurate and sometimes they will inaccurate."

Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam and Manchester City's James Milner are two players to have been connected with Liverpool but Dalglish refused to confirm or deny an interest in the duo.

"There's no point asking about anybody because we're not going to talk about them, and we never have done," said the Scot.

"Managers don't talk about individuals and I think that's the right way to be."

Carragher Expects Liverpool Spending Spree

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher believes the club's transfer activity is set to pick up and expects to see more young talent arrive at Anfield in the coming weeks.

So far Kenny Dalglish has brought in England Under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.

But having seen Ipswich target Connor Wickham join Sunderland and Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy apparently set for a move to Manchester City - coupled with arch-rivals Manchester United spending £50 million-plus on Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David De Gea - there is a growing feeling among Liverpool fans that the club were falling behind in the transfer market.

However, Carragher is unconcerned and backed the club's hierarchy, with owners Fenway Sports Group making it clear to director of football Damien Comolli they want to get more value for money from their signings, to bring in the right players.

"It's still very early and I didn't expect too much to happen on the transfer front before now," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"Over the summer players, managers, chief executives and owners are all away on holiday.

"It's only the start of July and with pre-season getting going next week I'm sure things will soon start moving.

"You often find that one deal sets it off and everything happens from there.

"I'm sure it will kick off over the next few weeks and hopefully we'll get a couple more new faces in.

"The club now has a policy of focusing attention on young players and I think that's the right way for clubs to go.

"You want to develop a team and have players at the club for a long time. I think that approach will really benefit us.

"Things don't always work out, but it's much easier to move on a younger player who still has a decent sell-on value than someone in their 30s."

Carragher pointed to the acquisition of Henderson as an example.

"Jordan is a great signing. I know one of the coaches at Sunderland who rates Jordan very highly," he added.

"He had a great season with Sunderland and we're fortunate to have got him. I think he will add real energy to our midfield."

Blackpool Request £9m From Reds For Charlie Adam

Liverpool will need £9 million to secure the services of Charlie Adam from Blackpool, according to the Mirror.

The 25-year-old's move to Anfield has been on-off all summer as Blackpool fight to get their best price for their prized asset.

And after Liverpool reportedly offered a player-plus-cash deal for Adam, the Tangerines have slapped a £9 million price tag on the Scot.

Adam reportedly told Blackpool that he wishes to move to Liverpool this summer following Blackpool's relegation from the Premier League.

As well as Adam, Liverpool are also tracking Stewart Downing and Moussa Sissoko.

Liverpool To Battle Man City With £10m Bid For Arsenal Left-Back

Liverpool manager Kenny Daliglish will have been put on red alert after the latest comments to come out of the Emirates with regards to the future of left-back Gail Clichy, who is also being chased by Manchester City.

Clichy is Arsenal's longest serving player having joined the north London club in 2003, he has won one Premier League and an FA Cup during his eight year stint at the Emirates.

However the French international only has one year left on his contract with the Gunners, and has made it clear he wants up his wages from £2.5million a year to £4m a year.

Arsenal are not willing to meet the demands of Clichy and a number of clubs have shown an interest including, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Roma. City have attempted to land both Clichy and his Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri with a joint bid for the pair but Liverpool will hope they can persuade the left-back to choose Anfield.

It is believed the 25-year-old favours a move to Liverpool, who are willing to match his wage demands, plus Clichy will be the number one left-back at the club, while City have the likes of Wayne Bridge and Alexander Kolarov.

Dalglish and Livepool's director of football Damien Comoilli are admirers of Clichy and see him as a welcomed addition to the squad, and believe he will be able to help push Liverpool back into the top four of the Premier League.

Liverpool will need to spend in the region of around £10m for the French left-back.

Doni Wants To Join Liverpool

TalkSport is reporting that Roma stopper Doni wants to move to Liverpool, and has already 'reached an agreement' for the deal to take place.

While there were doubts surrounding a move for Doni to Liverpool over the last couple of weeks, with discrepancies over wage amounts, an agreement has reportedly been reached and the keeper will be with Liverpool by the end of the summer.

Doni has starred for Roma since moving to the Italian outfit in 2005, and has been hot property during the transfer period. Liverpool have long had the 31-year-old on their radar, and while Pepe Reina has insisted his future is with the Reds, the arrival of Doni could spark questions over the current keeper’s stake on the side.

Pundits believe though that Doni could serve as a good back up for Reina, should the Liverpool keeper continue to star for the Merseyside club.

Roma have reportedly demanded £1.5 million for Doni, which Liverpool have agreed to meet.

Reds Linked To Niang

Liverpool is the latest club to be linked to Caen rising star M'baye Niang and are reported to have made an initial enquiry to the French club. understands that Tottenham made a bid for the 16-year-old sensation in the closing days of June after watching the striker burst onto the scene at the end of last season.

Caen chairman Jean-Francois Fortin has not received any official offer, but it has been reported in France that Liverpool have checked on the substance of Tottenham's approach.

Liverpool's principal owner, John W Henry, has made it clear that the club's priority is to invest in youth in the transfer market, which would open long-term potential and sell-on value.

Caen are thought to want to keep Niang, who scored three goals in seven matches last season, for another year and that could mean that the teenager may return to France on loan if a transfer materializes.

But Fortin is still waiting for an offer, as he told L'Equipe on Friday: "I have had no proposition.

"But if we receive one, we will study it."

Liverpool Linked With Move For Emiliano Viviano

Liverpool is being linked with a move for Italian international keeper Emiliano Viviano.

The Inter Milan number two has recently emerged on the Emirates radar, with Arsene Wenger thought to be keen on bringing the 25-year-old to north London.

However, Mediaset TV claim Liverpool has made an enquiry over the former Bologna stopper's availability following the end of a co-ownership deal that had previously tied the player to two clubs.

The report goes on to claim that Kenny Dalglish is eager to bring the player to Anfield as back-up for Jose Reina, with limited options currently available to the Scot in the position at Liverpool.

With money at his disposal, Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have targeted a handful of players in a number of positions this summer, with a left back, winger and striker also thought to be on the Liverpool agenda.

Jordan Henderson's reported £20 million arrival a fortnight ago shows the Anfield outfit is willing to spend big in the transfer window, although £8 million could be excessive for a number two keeper at Liverpool.

Viviano's agent has admitted that the transfer window is a waiting game though, and the player will wait to see how things unfold over time with both Arsenal and Roma known to be on his radar.

"Viviano has come in to a big club and he is happy to be part of it," Renzo Contratto told

"Arsenal and Roma's interest? We are at the beginning of July, the market has only just opened. Let's see what happens.

"Emiliano has said that he trusts Inter, so we will have to wait."

Suarez Reveals Barca 'Dream'

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has said he would love the chance to play for European champions Barcelona.

Suarez only joined Liverpool in a £22 million deal from Ajax in January but revealed he always had a "dream" of playing for the all-conquering Spanish giants.

His agent, Pere Guardiola, is the brother of Barca coach Pep Guardiola, but the Uruguay international says this had no bearing on his goal.

"Before meeting Pere Guardiola, my current agent, I had this desire, this dream of a chance to play for that team [Barcelona]," Suarez is quoted as saying in Spanish sports weekly Don Balon.

"Obviously he [Pere] is a person related to Barcelona by his brother, but work situations are totally different relationships. If Guardiola wanted me, he would want me no matter who represents me."

Suarez came off the bench to score on his Liverpool debut at Anfield and quickly became a fans' favourite when he contributed to all three of his team's goals in a 3-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United.

Tigers To Land Reds Keeper understands Hull are closing in on the signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Hull are in the market for goalkeeping reinforcements with Matt Duke leaving the club and Brad Guzan returning to Aston Villa following the expiration of his loan stint.

Gulacsi admitted earlier this summer he was likely to leave Liverpool on loan and it appears Hull is ready to take him to the KC Stadium on a season-long deal.

The 21-year-old has not played a first-team game for Liverpool, but has had loan spells at Hereford and Tranmere in recent seasons.

Hull have taken Daniel Ayala and David Amoo from Liverpool on loan during the last 12 months and Gulacsi is set to become the third player to make the same move this summer.

Kenny Dalglish Receives Honorary Degree From University of Ulster

Liverpool FC boss Kenny Dalglish has been honoured for his services to football and charitable activity.

Dalglish, pictured above, was at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast today to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Ulster.

As well as being a huge success as both a player and manager at Anfield, he has worked tirelessly along with his wife Marina to raise money for cancer charities.

In 2004, Kenny and Marina Dalglish began raising funds through the Marina Dalglish Appeal which paved the way for a new £2m chemotherapy centre at the University Aintree Hospital.

Starlets Shine For England

Adam Morgan netted a crucial spot kick as England beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the FIFA U17 World Cup last 16 on Thursday night.

The Liverpool youngster came off the substitutes' bench to score from 12 yards after the game had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes in Mexico.

Morgan's fellow Reds Academy teammate Raheem Sterling had earlier drawn England level when his low drive crept in five minutes before the break to cancel out Maximiliano Padilla's opener for Argentina.

Sterling departed the action on 81 minutes to be replaced by Morgan, who kept his composure to net in the shootout before Jordan Pickford's save from Augustine Allione allowed Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah to blast in the winner.

Brad Smith was another Liverpool starlet involved, playing the entire 90 minutes, while Tyrell Belford, Matty Regan and Jack Dunn were unused substitutes.

England will now face Germany in the quarter-final.

Trio Sign New Deals

Liverpool Football Club have confirmed three of the club's young starlets have put pen to paper on new deals.

Adam Morgan, Tyrell Belford and Stephen Sama have all committed their futures to the Reds by signing new contracts.

Striker Morgan, currently on international duty at the U17s World Cup with England, has inked his first professional contract that will keep him at Anfield until June 2014.

Belford is also with the Young Lions in Mexico and the goalkeeper has signed a deal with the Reds that runs until June 2012.

Meanwhile, Sama has put pen to paper on a new extended contract until June 2014.