Liverpool included in match-fixing storm

It has been reported Liverpool’s 2009 Champion’s League clash with Debrecen was one of almost four hundred matches worldwide to have been targeted by a far eastern betting ring.

It is alleged that the Hungarian side’s goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was paid to ensure that there were more than two goals in the match, though the final score was 1-0 the Reds.

However, there is no suggestion whatsoever that there has been any wrong-doing by Liverpool, with a spokesman from club confirming that no one at LFC had been contacted by either UEFA or Europol – the European Union’s Criminal Investigations arm.

Elsewhere, Pepe Reina has told a Spanish newspaper that Liverpool ‘can’t compete’ for the Premier League title currently.

The Red’s keeper told Marca that the vast difference in budgets and in the squads mean that clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have a ‘big edge’ over the club.

Meanwhile, the January transfer window may have only been close for a few days, but rumours are already rife regarding potential summer targets for Brendon Rodgers.

Athletic Bilbao centre-back Fernando Amorebieta is reportedly being monitored by the Reds, along with Stoke City shot-stopper Asmir Begovic and Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.

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