Liverpool latest: Stoke reaction and transfer targets

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All of the latest news coming out of Anfield from the last 24 hours.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should be banned for diving according to Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Suarez has been heavily criticised following the 0-0 draw against Stoke over the weekend as he appeared to dive a number of times to gain Liverpool set pieces in key areas around the pitch. Pulis suggests it’s something the FA has to deal with.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hit out at the criticism, describing it as wrong, also claiming he was the victim of a stamp by Stoke's Robert Huth.

Russian club Anzhi have been heavily linked with Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan. The Benfica midfielder is thought to be the subject of interest from the Anfield club with a fee of £20 million being talked about in the media. A deal could be arranged in January but the wealthy Anzhi have moved to confirm their interest in the player and have said they will be making an approach.

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been called up to the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Roy Hodgson says the midfielder's place in the squad is well deserved.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he will go into the transfer market in January and look for a striker. The club have only Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as front men following the departure of Andy Carroll on loan to West Ham United. Rodgers and Liverpool have been linked with a number of high profile targets in recent days.

Liverpool sent scouts to run the rule over Manchester United transfer target Angelo Ogbonna. The Torino defender is thought to be valued at £16 million by his current club with United reportedly preparing a move for him. Liverpool could swoop in and steal his signature as it is thought that United do not want to pay Torino’s full asking price for the player.

Brendan Rodgers has thanked Liverpool fans for their continuing support after another game passed at Anfield without a win. Liverpool have won only two games at home this year and it has been nearly a full year since the club has won two Premier League games in a row. Rodgers has thanked all supporters for keeping faith in the side when they need it most.

Everton have been backed into odds on in the betting markets to finish above Liverpool in the Premier League this season. Liverpool have made an inconsistent start while Everton hold one of the top spots in the league. Traditionally it has been Liverpool who have been the dominant club but the starts have created a trend with bookmakers all over the United Kingdom.

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has slammed the club for allowing a documentary called Being: Liverpool to be broadcast on mainstream television. Lawrenson has called the show cringe worthy and says it will have former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly ‘turning in his grave’ after cameras were allowed in behind closed doors at the Anfield club.

And finally we take a look at Stewart Downing's recent comments, and whether he is talking himself into a move, that is if Liverpool can find any takers.

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