Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Jose Enrique have all been named in Liverpool’s squad to face Zenit St Petersburg tomorrow. All three players have featured in the competition already this season but Brendan Rodgers is thought to be keen on securing a first leg advantage.
Liverpool players Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge will play no part in the club’s Europa League tie at Zenit St Petersburg. Both stars are struggling with fitness and Brendan Rodgers has deemed it better to leave them both behind so they can fully recover.
Liverpool could line up a £1 million deal for Viborg goalkeeper Kevin Ray Mendoza next week. The shot stopper is currently on a trial with the club and reports are suggesting that Liverpool are prepared to go to seven figures to secure the future of the 18-year-old.
Jonjo Shelvey has hit out at Liverpool fans who criticised him online as 'clueless'. He tweeted, before deleting it: "Love people giving me stick .. When half of people on here haven’t got a clue what they’re on about. #welldone #keyboardwarriors”
Liverpool could be locked in a battle with Inter Milan this summer if they want to have a second attempt at signing Balazs Dzsudzsak from Dynamo Moscow. Liverpool tried to sign the winger on loan last month and the Russian club have since revealed that Inter Milan also made an approach.
Liverpool have been dented in their pursuit of Wilfried Bony. Bony has been linked with a move to Anfield from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem but the forward has revealed he is keen on a move to Russia and wants to complete a deal away from his current side before the end of this month.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has reiterated his claims that the club’s players will be well protected against Zenit St Petersburg tomorrow. Zenit have one of the most racist groups of supporters in the world who demanded last year that the club refused to sign black or homosexual players.
Former Liverpool player John Aldridge reckons the problem for the side at the moment is their defending from set pieces. Aldridge has suggested Liverpool have to work harder at being organised in defence if they don’t want to concede more soft goals over the rest of the season.
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says he believes the club can return to their glory days under Brendan Rodgers. Owen has revealed that he doesn’t think there is a lot of work to do at the club, insisting they only need to make one or two more quality signings.
Liverpool legend Gary McAllister says the club have to invest more in the summer transfer market to catch up with their rivals. McAllister has suggested the club still need another high profile striker after Liverpool clearly missed Daniel Sturridge during the defeat to West Brom.
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