Liverpool news – Adam race on, ‘Pool will get best of Henderson, Shelvey: I learnt defending here

Adam race on.

The race for Blackpool captain Charlie Adam is heating up with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston telling the Blackpool Gazzette that the club have held talks with several clubs over the sale of Adam. Liverpool are expected to be the main club that Blackpool will sell to this summer, judging on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s desire to bring Adam to Anfield.

Blackpool’s captain Adam was a pivotal figure in their first Premiership season and after their relegation, the 26 year old Scotsman revealed that he wanted to stay in England’s top flight for next season. The two clubs are said to be working on a fee for the player, rumoured to be around £8 million, and a deal could be finalised as early as next week.

Oyston said: ‘We’ve had a few preliminary discussions and enquiries, but nothing of any substance, so there really is nothing to report at this stage about interest from anyone’.

Bookmakers Sky Bet suspended all betting on Monday about Adam joining the Reds and the suggestion is that the Scotland international is only interested in joining Liverpool this summer.

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‘Pool will get best of Henderson.

Former Liverpool forward David Hodgson believes that new Liverpool signing Jordan Henderson can look up to manager Kenny Dalglish as a father figure, the Liverpool Daily Post reports.

The size of the transfer fee, reported to be a protracted £16m, has caused debate as to whether the former Sunderland man is worth the money. Hodgson, who made 49 appearances at Anfield after arriving from the North East in Middlesbrough, believes that the price is worth the potential and Dalglish can be the man to nurture the young midfielder.

Hodgson said: ‘Liverpool are paying a lot of money for Henderson’s potential. But Kenny has paid a lot of money in the past on potential before unlocking it. He knows how to nurture talent and make someone like Henderson the finishing product’.

Henderson is currently away with the England under 21s as they look to win for the first time since 1984 in the European Championships in Denmark.

Shelvey: I learnt defending here.

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has revealed that when he first joined the Reds, he had no idea what he was doing at the defensive end of the pitch, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Shelvey signed for Liverpool last summer from Charlton and made 15 appearances in his debut season for the Reds. The midfielder himself admits that defensively, he had little idea of what he was doing when he first broke into the senior side.

‘The defensive side of the game was new to me when I first came here. The staff here organise you very well defensively and it’s helped me as a person on and off the pitch. I’m not so attack-minded anymore; I’m getting to know my job in the team’, Shelvey stated.

The 19 year old also believes that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is the benchmark for any young midfielder to learn their trade and revealed that he constantly turns to his club captain for ways to improve and better his play at Anfield.

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