In the Papers: Aug 22nd
In comparison with recent days, it looks as though the newspapers have slightly fewer rumours to work with today with barely any new players being linked with the Reds. In fact, most of the headlines are still surrounding Andy Carroll, whose future remains up in the air ahead of the transfer deadline.
The Telegraph and Daily Express are running stories on the 23-year-old’s future, with both offering different approaches. In the case of the former, the Telegraph is stating that Newcastle have placed the ball in Liverpool’s court – with the Magpies not prepared to increase their current bid of £12m. The paper seems to think that the Sports Direct Arena outfit hold all the cards and know that the Reds may have to accept their offer rather than keep an unhappy player at the club.
With the above being said, the Daily Express claim that Brendan Rodgers is more than happy to keep Carroll at Anfield, even if it means keeping him on the bench. The report claims that Liverpool are not prepared to take a huge loss on the player and won’t be forced into selling him to his former club Newcastle.
Away from the Carroll situation, the Reds are being linked with a couple of players. Firstly, the Daily Mail is reporting that the club are battling with Manchester United to sign Mexican Hector Herrera. However, the report does have more of an emphasis on United’s interest and if there is any truth to it, it would appear as though Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are leading the chase for his signature.
There also does not appear to be too much to smile about in relation to the final rumour, which involves Manchester City winger Adam Johnson. The BBC has claimed that Liverpool are one of three clubs interested in the former Middlesbrough man, with Sunderland and Tottenham being the other two. However, several smaller media outlets have claimed that Sunderland are favourites to sign the 25-year-old, meaning that Rodgers may have to look elsewhere again.