Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke has given the biggest indication yet that Andy Carroll may come into consideration for Sunday’s fixture with Manchester United.
Despite not playing in Liverpool’s reserve team against Blackburn on Monday, Carroll is to be assessed later in the week with a view to including him in Sunday’s squad, The Guardian reports.
Clarke is also hopeful that Daniel Agger, Fabio Aurelio and Raul Meireles will all clamber off the treatment table in time for the weekend. Of Meireles, who suffered a knock at Upton Park, he said: “We’re hopeful. He had a little problem with his knee at the start of the second half and we thought it better to take him off. That gives him a better chance of being available for the next game.”
Reds in for Sissoko.
Liverpool will beat a host of Premier League rivals to the signature of Moussa Sissoko, the Daily Mail reports.
The 21-year-old central midfielder has impressed for Toulouse since breaking into their first team, attracting the interest of Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool in the process.
Tottenham were indeed thought to be close to signing Sissoko before baulking at the £18 million asking price. However, the French international midfielder is thought to have confided in friends that his preferred destination is Liverpool, even though he rejected their overtures during the summer. “I had contacts with English clubs, notably Liverpool, but I preferred to commit myself to Toulouse, the club where I have been educated, to get more experience,” he said.
Michel Bastos is the latest left-back reported to be on Liverpool’s radar. According to the Daily Mirror the Brazilian, who is comfortable playing left-back, left-midfield or on the left hand side of an attacking three, has already been the target of Liverpool enquiries to Lyon and a move to sign the player is thought to be likely in the summer.
The move signals Fenway Sports Group’s intent to continue where they left off in January come the summer’s transfer window, adding to the £57 million combined they spend on Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll (although that, of course, was funded in chief by the sale of Fernando Torres).