The Liverpool Echo reports that Brad Friedel is in for a surprise return to Anfield. The American goalkeeper spent three years at Liverpool from 1997 – 2000, making only 30 appearances, and he is supposed to be keen on a return to the Reds. Friedel will reject a one year contract extension offer from Aston Villa and join Liverpool on a two year deal, where he will be deployed in a back-up role to current Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina. Liverpool face stiff competition for the 40 year old goalkeeper, who has represented his country 82 times, from fellow Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion, but manager Kenny Dalglish is confident in securing the signature of Friedel.
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Young could stay at Villa.
Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister believes he can convince potential Liverpool target Ashley Young to stay at Villa Park, if Villa make some quality summer signings.
The Metro reports that McAllister, who used to play for Liverpool between 2000 – 2002 and made 55 appearances, wants Young to remain at the club along with other rumoured Liverpool target Stewart Downing. Young, who has 12 months left on his Aston Villa contract, is reported to have a high interest in moving to Merseyside, but McAllister said: ‘Maybe one or two signings might make him change his mind. You live in hope’.
Aquilani Juve stay unlikely.
Liverpool’s hopes of offloading midfielder Alberto Aquilani to Juventus have faded after the Turin giants captured AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Aquilani, who spent all of this season on loan at Juventus, was supposed to make the deal permanent after a disappointing time at Liverpool, but the Old Lady’s acquisition of Pirlo should ensure Aquilani will return to Anfield for next season. Aquilani was signed from Roma back in 2009 for £17 million and so far, he hasn’t shown the level of form required to repay the investment from the Reds. Manager Kenny Dalglish recently gave his public backing to Aquilani’s return to Liverpool, saying that it would be like a new signing.