Andy Carroll is in line to make his Liverpool debut as the side travel to West Ham this weekend, having made a quicker than expected recovery from the thigh injury which has stopped him from appearing for Liverpool since signing on deadline day.
Liverpool had initially been cautious about putting a date on the £35 million-man’s return, but have been happy enough with his rate of progress to proclaim he has a chance of making the substitute’s bench this weekend.
The forward returned to training 10 days ago and has impressed since joining up with the rest of the squad as he steps up from the problem he picked up whilst at Newcastle, the Daily Mirror reports. It seems he will be striking up a partnership with fellow new-boy Luis Suarez sooner than predicted.
Aquilani deal doubt.
Whilst Juventus are keen to negotiate a new deal which would take Alberto Aquilani to Turin permanently, Liverpool resolutely maintain that they will not let a player they bought for £17 million just 18 months ago leave on the cheap.
Juventus’s financial problems mean they are not likely to have the resources to match the £11 million clause agreed in his loan contract over the summer to make the move permanent, the Daily Mail reports.
Instead, they are prepared to negotiate the fee down to somewhere closer in the region of £5 million. Liverpool on the other hand will steadfastly refuse to go below the pre-negotiated fee, even if they would be happy to offload Aquilani’s £85,000 weekly salary.
Reds target N’Zogbia.
Liverpool head the list of potential suitors for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia, Yahoo Extra Sport reports. N’Zogbia has been in impressive form for Roberto Martinez’s struggling side this season, scoring four Premier League goals so far and is attracting interest from both Liverpool and Sunderland.
N’Zogbia has already been watched by Liverpool’s scouts this season, suggesting the club are considering making an offer. However, they are also believed to have shown an interest in Ashley Young during the January transfer window. If the Aston Villa man cannot agree a new contract with The Villains, it seems that the Merseysiders may be persuaded to make a bid for Young instead.