Liverpool news – Babel-Suarez swap latest, Reds eye Warnock, Cole makes reserve appearance

Babel-Suarez swap latest.

Liverpool remain locked in negotiations with Ajax to bring Luis Suarez to Merseyside, The Guardian reports.

Whilst the two clubs are some way apart in their valuation of the player, the fact that Liverpool are tracking the player signals the ambition of new owners Fenway Sports Group who are not backing down on their promise to spend should the right player be made available.

A negotiating tool for the deal may be Ryan Babel who, hearing of Liverpool’s interest in Suarez, is interested in being used as a makeweight in the deal to return to his previous club. His £5.8 million proposed move to Hoffenheim has stalled – Babel indeed trained with Liverpool yesterday – meaning he may be used as part-exchange to significantly reduce the fee Liverpool would otherwise have to pay Ajax for Suarez.

Cole makes reserve appearance.

Joe Cole’s quest to recapture fitness and form which made him one of England’s most valuable creative midfielders took an unfamiliar turn as he turned out for Liverpool reserves, playing 45 minutes in their 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Rumours that Cole has been dropped to the reserves are unfounded and Kenny Dalglish told called the experience a chance for Cole to impress. “All the players are starting afresh now and it’s a chance for them to impress,” he said. “Joe will get an opportunity. If they want to play, they have to impress.” As the former Chelsea midfielder is coaxed back to form, Dalglish claimed: “At the end of the day, Liverpool FC is going to be the benefactor.”

Reds eye Warnock.

Stephen Warnock has emerged as a target for Liverpool, with a loan move until the end of the season mooted by the Daily Express.

Warnock has struggled for first-team football at Aston Villa under Gerard Houllier, his experience at Villa mirroring his experience on Merseyside with the former Liverpool manager. Nevertheless, Warnock’s stock is still high and this has alerted officials at Anfield as to his availability.

Liverpool have notoriously struggled at left-back this season. Paul Konchesky has been severely criticised for failing to live up to Liverpool’s high expectations, whilst Fabio Aurelio and Glen Johnson have filled in to limited success in recent weeks. It is hoped that Warnock’s arrival will assuage such problems.

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