With Brendan Rodgers claiming he wants to reinforce his Liverpool squad with players that are clearly better than what the team presently has, we look at the club’s recent transfer activities.
FC Porto’s Fernando to Anfield?
Liverpool have shown a keen interest in Porto star Fernando, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Brendan Rodgers looks to secure the services of a top class defensive midfielder who can compete with Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen in the starting squad.
Fernando Francisco Reges, simply knows as Fernando, began his career with Vila Nova in the Brazilian third division, but was instantly snapped up by Porto following his impressive performances for Brazil in the 2007 South America Youth Championship. He is said to usually stays deep, help out the defence and have a dominating presence in the midfield. He is calm and composed in passing and also has a varied range of shots under his belt. Most importantly, he’s a tough tackling midfielder and a ball-clincher, the attributes most sought in defensive midfielders.
After making a considerable addition to the defensive aspect of Liverpool’s squad in the summer, it is believed that Rodgers wants healthy competition in the midfield as well.
The midfielder’s contract expires in June and hence he is free to talk to a host of clubs to discuss his future and A Bola claim Liverpool have contacted Fernando’s agent to discuss the matter.
Reports suggest that this move might happen in the summer, but there is a strong possibility of the 26 year old moving to Anfield as Liverpool are willing to offer him a higher salary than any other club.
Juventus, Napoli, Inter and Fiorentina are all monitoring his situation.
His representative Antonio Araujo recently commented:
There is demand from one big Italian club, but we’re talking about the future and anything can happen.
Mohammed Salah deal “99%” done
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers witnessed the Champions League clash between FC Basel and Schalke 04 to scout Egyptian player Mohamed Salah. It was reported earlier that Salah’s representatives were also spotted at Liverpool.
The Egyptian Messi, who can play anywhere in the front, has been targeted by a host of clubs including Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, but Liverpool were always said to be frontrunners for his signature. Most recently, Salah’s arrival at Anfield in the winter has been almost confirmed by former team-mate Mohamed Zika.
Yes, I am 99% sure this will happen. He makes us and all of Egypt proud. Everybody talks about Mohamed Salah now – and aside from that he’s my friend. I’m very happy for him.
Rodgers rejects Napoli’s loan move for Daniel Agger
It was reported that Liverpool’s ex boss Rafa Benitez, present manager of Serie A side Napoli, had made a loan move for Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger, the defender having been made a peripheral figure in Liverpool’s recent outings.
Brendan Rodgers has rejected Benitez’ bid and removed any doubts of Agger’s future. He doesn’t want to sell or loan any players but wants his squad to have healthy competition and feels that no one should be resting on their laurels:
It’s not about 11 players, it’s about the whole squad. Anytime anyone is on the bench there shouldn’t be a question about whether he goes or do other clubs want to take someone on loan. With the injuries we’ve got, it’s a small squad and we don’t have to move anyone out. If players aren’t in the team then they need to fight to get back in the team.