Liverpool face stiff competition from Arsenal, if they want to sign Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, The People reports.
The exodus of several key players from St. James’ Park, including captain Kevin Nolan, have angered Barton and the 28 year old expressed his disgust on Twitter at the potential sales. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been monitoring Barton for some time now and is now lining up a bid, which will see Barton link back up with former teammate Andy Carroll.
Arsenal are still considered as favourites for the bid, as Barton would love to immediately play in the Champions League next season. Liverpool could be able to take the midfielder off Arsene Wenger’s hands with the promise of brand new players, ambition and determination to get into the Champions League and Premiership title pictures.
Barton only has twelve months on his existing deal and Newcastle are prepared to cash in this summer rather than lose Barton on a free next summer.
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Marveaux claims no fitness problems.
Newcastle’s new signing Sylvain Marveaux has reiterated that he did not fail his medical at Liverpool and is ‘perfectly fit’, Sky Sports reports.
The Frenchman was reported to be on course to sign for Liverpool and agreed personal terms on a five year deal, Bosman transfer to the club. The Reds reported that Marveaux failed his medical and Newcastle stepped in and took Marveaux off Kenny Dalglish’s hands. The 25 year old winger has spoken out over the failed medical claims, dismissing them as false.
Marveaux said: ‘I am perfectly fit and capable of playing again. I am a little disgusted to read rumours like that, because I know it could affect the rest of my career.’
Carragher: We can win title.
Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool will be prepared to win the Premier League next season and are definitely looking to end their five year wait for silverware, Liverpool Daily Post reveals.
Fierce rivals Manchester United eclipsed Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles last season and the last time Liverpool won a trophy was the 2006 FA Cup. Now, with optimism of bigger and brighter things to come on Merseyside, Carragher is hoping his side will challenge next season.
The 33 year old said: ‘We are Liverpool, we should be looking to be in there and challenging for trophies. We can’t keep these records, the same applies with the five Champions Leagues, if we aren’t competing for them and trying to win more.’
In his time at Anfield, Carragher has won two FA Cups and a Champions League, but yet to win a league title, despite coming runner-up twice with Liverpool.
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