Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 3
The January transfer window may be shut, but Liverpool are never really out of the news.
You can always expect there to be plenty of transfer buzz around the Reds as they continue in their attempts to qualify for next season's Champions League, which took a blow with the two points dropped at West Brom on Sunday.
Record a win over Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, though, and Brendan Rodgers' side will be right back in a race that they look set to go the distance in.
Is their squad a little too thin to finish in the top four? Which players are they looking to add for the next campaign?
Keep track of all this week's news and rumours here.
Last updated Friday, February 7
Suarez Speculation Starts Again, with Chelsea Linked This Time
The paper claims that the Blues are ready to offer £55million for the forward, which Liverpool will surely feel is not enough.
UAE Winger Omar Abdulrahman Reportedly Targeted
The United Arab Emirates winger Omar Abdulrahman was a new name linked with Liverpool on Friday, with the Daily Star claiming that the Reds are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old.
Rated as one of the hottest prospects in Asia, Abdulrahman reportedly once saw a move to Manchester City break down due to work permit issues, and also turned down a trial with Arsenal.
Rodgers Refuses to Blame Ayre for Konoplyanka Failure, Could Try Again in Summer
Liverpool are still frustrated by their failure to sign Dnipro's Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka on transfer deadline day.
The Reds appeared to have everything tied up, but the Dnipro owner refused to sign the relevant paperwork, according to Simon Jones and Dominic King of the Daily Mail.
Having already missed out on signing Chelsea new boy Mohamed Salah, plenty lamented what many saw as another high-profile failure by managing director Ian Ayre and Liverpool's "transfer committee."
However, speaking after the draw with West Brom, manager Brendan Rodgers refused to accept that was the case. He told the BBC:
The club did everything possible to get the player in.
We had our chief scout and managing director and doctor out there to conclude the deal - and from our point of view, categorically [managing director] Ian Ayre did a brilliant job trying to negotiate.
I've heard it mentioned the problem was about the money, but that was not a problem. It just wasn't to be.
I feel really sorry for the player because he was obviously desperate to come but it's gone now and we will review it in the summer.
Rodgers went further in his hint that the Reds could look to sign the player in the summer, adding:
If we feel he can improve us, we are a professional club.
There will be a greater market to look at then but it wouldn't stop us.
Pepe Reina a Target for Atletico Madrid
Out on loan at Napoli, it is easy to forget that Pepe Reina is still a Liverpool player.
The Spanish goalkeeper looks unlikely to ever play for the Reds again, however, and talkSPORT believe that current La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid are lining up a move for him in the summer if they can't persuade Chelsea to let them loan Thibaut Courtois for a fourth season.
The move would undoubtedly appeal to Reina. His father, Miguel, played in goal for Atletico for seven years, including in a European Cup final in 1974.
Manquillo Another Missed Deadline Day Target?
Whilst all of the deadline day attention was on Liverpool's missed deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka, in Spain there are claims that the Reds failed to complete another proposed signing, too.
Spanish daily AS report that Brendan Rodgers failed in a bid to sign Atletico Madrid's highly rated 19-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo, with a disagreement over a buy-back clause preventing a deal being done with the La Liga leaders.
Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal picks up the story at the International Business Times, where he claims that although Atletico were willing to sell Manquillo for Liverpool's offer of £8 million, their insistence that a buy-back clause be inserted in the deal meant that the Reds walked away without completing the transfer.
Henderson to Be Rewarded with New Deal
Dominic King of the Daily Mail reports that Jordan Henderson's fine form for Liverpool this season is to be rewarded with a new contract at the club.
Having initially struggled following his arrival in 2011, Henderson has played in every game for the Reds during this campaign and has matured into a key figure under Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds boss is now determined to extend the contract of the England international, which will have two years left to run come the end of this season.
Reds Involved in Four-Way Toni Kroos Chase?
The Daily Mail also carries a story of another midfielder, with the paper's John Edwards claiming that Liverpool are involved in a four-way Premier League fight for the German international, who is in contract dispute at Bayern Munich.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are believed to be the other clubs vying for his signature in the summer, with much surely depending on the ability to offer the 24-year-old Champions League football next season.
Liverpool Move "Too Early" for Tom Ince
Tom Ince turned down the chance to rejoin Liverpool in January because the move was just too soon for him, according to the winger's father Paul.
Ince senior, a Red between 1997 and 1999, said that the former Liverpool youth product had the chance to link up with the Anfield club again but that he instead chose to move to a club where he'd get more first-team action.
Paul told the Liverpool Echo:
Liverpool were in but I don’t think Thomas is ready to go to Liverpool yet.
Brendan (Rodgers) has done very well there and he does play the kids but for his progression as a footballer it needed to be a Stoke, a Swansea, a Palace or a Hull at this point.
Maybe in two or three years’ time that might be a move for him.
Seydou Keita Was in "Advanced Talks" with Reds Before Valencia Move
The Daily Telegraph report that Malian midfielder Seydou Keita turned down Liverpool before joining Valencia in January.
The 34-year-old former Barcelona midfielder joined the Mestalla club from Chinese side Dalian Aerbin, and upon his arrival said:
When we received the call from Valencia, talks with Liverpool were at a very advanced stage.
But then I told my agent we were going to Valencia. I did not doubt for a second.
When I came to play at Mestalla with Sevilla or Barcelona I suffered a lot to win, because this is a really big club with fantastic fans. That is why I opted to come here.
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