Liverpool news – Gerrard eyes trophies, Suarez in Copa squad, Wickham set for Sunderland

Suarez in Copa squad.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named in Uruguay’s squad for the Copa America next month, reports.

Suarez has impressed with his Reds performances since his January transfer from Ajax and has been rewarded with a place in Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez’s 23 man squad. The Liverpool striker is the second Reds player to have a place in the competition confirmed after midfielder Lucas made the Brazilian squad for the tournament.

Last season saw the arrival of Suarez coincide with a rapid rise up the table for the Reds and in 12 league appearances, the striker scored 4 goals. Uruguay are expected to progress past the group stages, which could lengthen the amount of time Suarez is away from the Reds squad as pre-season preparations begin.

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Gerrard eyes trophies.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that his side are ready to get back into shape and win the Premier League title, according to the Daily Star.

During his time at Anfield, Gerrard has lifted the Champions League and the FA Cup, but the Premier League title has eluded him and the closest he has come is two second placed finishes in 2001 and 2009. The England international has refused to put a timeframe on how long it will take for Liverpool to win the league, but is confident that Reds can win a league title for the first time since 1991.

‘What I can say to the fans is that Liverpool will be back among the trophies sooner rather than later, because we are moving in the right direction. We will lift the championship again’, Gerrard said.

The Liverpool captain is making his return from injury for next season after missing the latter half of last season with a groin injury and Gerrard will be fit for pre-season after surgery. The 31 year old is happy with the squad and admits that there are a whole host of talented midfielders at Anfield.

Wickham set for Sunderland.

Liverpool are set to miss out on striker Connor Wickham after Sunderland had a £9m bid for the striker accepted, Sky Sports reports.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish had been interested in bringing in the 18 year old to Anfield as backup to main strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, but Sunderland have seemingly pipped Liverpool to the signature of the striker. Ipswich had demanded more money from Liverpool if they were interested in the transfer, but the Reds did not meet the valuation and Sunderland will pay £9m up front, which could rise to £12m in add-ons.

Wickham scored 15 goals in 72 appearances for current club Ipswich since breaking through at the age of 16 at Portman Road. Ipswich have given Wickham permission to discuss personal terms and he should arrive in the North East for a medical today. Liverpool now have to re-assess their options and try and find a new target for their next signing at Anfield.

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