Liverpool have apparently shown a rejuvenated interest in landing Swedish star Ola Toivonen on loan until the end of the season. The 27 year old was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the Dalgilish-Comolli era.
The 27-year-old is known to be accomplished and multifaceted as he has the ability to play in the midfield and along the front line.
Toivonen becomes a free agent when his contract expires in the summer. The Swede wants a move away from Netherlands and the Dutch club is also keen on landing some fee for a highly rated midfielder and hence are prepared to sell him in the January window.
Toivonen has himself commented:
It (the contract) looks good, it expires in June. We have had a meeting with the club and I told them how I feel. It was an open and honest talk. I want to find a new club. But PSV also want that I sign and help the club. The dream would be to move in January, then PSV also get money.
But Liverpool, it seems, are eager on taking the player on loan for the remainder of the season, to bolster their injury-hit squad and assess the player’s time in the League. Depending upon that, the Reds will plan on purchasing the 27 year old in the summer.
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It seems odd that a player who was once targeted by Norwich, and for whom a £4.7 million fee was agreed, but the deal never materialized, be subject of serious interest from a club targeting a Champions League spot. Rodgers will be keen on landing one or two quality players who have already shown their quality, and not experiments with transfers which may or may not be fruitful for the club. Although a loan trial for the PSV player doesn’t hurt, Liverpool may still look at better transfer subjects such as Pastore, Turan and Menez.
Sandro Hails Coutinho
Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Sandro has commented on Coutinho ahead of the Reds visit at White Hart Lane likening Coutinho to Brazilian ace and legend Ronaldinho. Sandro said:
With the ball, Coutinho’s passes are like Ronaldinho’s. His passes are good, man. He doesn’t move a lot. But his passing! You think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead. He does the same as Ronaldinho. You think he’s going to do one thing, and he does something completely different. He changes. Ronaldinho was the best player, but I think their style is similar. I’m happy for him. He is young but he starts good at Liverpool. It is difficult to do that at Liverpool
Spurs’ Brazilian midfielder has said that it is not just Premier league leading goal-scorer Luis Suarez, the Lillywhites need to contain. He feels that the playmaker behind the Uruguayan is just as dangerous:
We know he (Suarez) can score wherever he is on the pitch. He can do something out of nothing But it is not just him. When Coutinho plays he has a good pass on him and he is an intelligent guy.
Sakho ready to work hard and attain Champions League with Liverpool
Madamou Sakho arrived from PSG in the summer, for £15 million, becoming Liverpool’s summer marquee signing. The Frenchman has since made 8 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
The 23 year old does not fear the presence of other established center backs in the side and says that he can take advantage of the fact and improve his game. He told told the club’s official website:
They are all experienced players and so I can only learn from working alongside them. As a youngster I can benefit from their experience.There is competition, but the most important thing is that all the players make themselves ready and available for the group, help the team to grow and help Liverpool get back onto the European stage.
But Sakho claims that he is not becoming lax or complacent about his place in the side:
That said, of course I’m working really hard to earn my place in the side, like every player. It’s been going well up to now.