The latest news about Liverpool FC from the last 24 hours.
Liverpool will not be moving away from Anfield with £150 million plans to redevelop the current stadium to a capacity of 60,000. There had been the worry that Liverpool’s American ownership would move them away from Anfield to create a bigger stadium which may have involved a temporary ground share with Everton. However, Liverpool fans can rest easy as it’s been confirmed this will not happen.
Demba Ba is expected to be a Liverpool target when the transfer window opens in January. Ba is highly rated by Brendan Rodgers and a realistic target considering the lack of strikers Liverpool have in their squad. With Andy Carroll unlikely to return until the end of the season and complications likely with foreign targets, Ba is one of the realistic targets Liverpool can aim for.
Liverpool are thought to be one of four clubs interested in signing Argentina midfielder Luciano Vietto. Liverpool are thought to be up against Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in the fight for the player, valued at around £6 million by current club Racing Club in South America. Liverpool are reportedly hunting for a long term replacement for Steven Gerrard.
Laurent Koscielny has launched ascathing attack on Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The French international has branded the striker the worst player he has to face in the Premier League in an interview with L’Equipe, stating that the controversial forward is a ‘tiresome’ ‘cheat’. He is not the first person to criticise the 25-year-old in recent weeks as he continues to face widespread vitriol for his continued apparent simulation.
Liverpool are reported to be one of three clubs tracking the future of current AC Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng. Boateng has experience of playing in England before with spells at Tottenham and Portsmouth. Arsenal and Manchester United are also on the radar for the play maker who is said to be frustrated by the club’s decision to let top class players leave for European rivals.
Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre has said that the club’s plans to redevelop Anfield will have a big and beneficial effect on the finances of the club. Liverpool have not been able to match the spending power of Manchester United, who have gained extra finance through being able to sell more tickets. Increasing capacity to 60,000 would mean Liverpool’s maximum attendance would increase by nearly 15,000.
Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith has backed the club’s plans to redevelop Anfield into a larger stadium. Smith has said that the plans are long overdue and also that he believes Liverpool could attract 75,000 fans regularly for home games if Anfield was redeveloped again after this latest news. A 75,000 seat stadium would match the capacity of Old Trafford.
Standard Liege manager Ron Jans has said that Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi can be as good as Luis Suarez. Jans was manager of Heerenveen when Assaidi played for the club before a £3 million transfer over the summer. Jans says that the winger has everything needed to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool team and just needs a chance to prove himself.
Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has become the latest to jump to the defence of under fire midfield star Joe Allen. Allen has been criticised in recent weeks for not showing the same fire he displayed during his career at Swansea City. The former Germany international has stated that Allen’s role in the side is a lot more clever and delicate than simply attacking non-stop.