Liverpool news – Zapata close to Reds move, Marveaux deal falls through, Dalglish attacks fixtures system

Marveaux deal falls through.

Liverpool have pulled out on the signing of Sylvain Marveaux and instead, Marveaux has signed for Newcastle United on a five year deal, BBC Sport reports.

The 25 year old was set to sign for the Reds, but reports suggested talks broke down after he failed his medical at Anfield. Newcastle have swooped in to sign the French winger from under Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s nose, who used to manage at St. James’ Park for one season in 1997/1998.

Marveaux had a turbulent season with injuries last term and the injury he suffered last season, a tear in his groin, is said to have shown up on his medical with more problems. Newcastle agreed terms immediately after the failed medical on Merseyside and sign Marveaux on a Bosman deal.

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Zapata close to Reds move.

Udinese defender Cristian Zapata is reportedly on the brink of a move to Liverpool after revealing that he has held talks with the Reds, the Daily Mail reports.

Zapata is a suggested target for fellow Premier League sides Manchester City and Arsenal and also German giants Bayern Munich, but all three will be left disappointed as the Colombian central defender, who can also operate as a left back, told radio station LA FM he is close to moving to Liverpool this summer.

The 24 year old said: ‘I do not know what to say, I can say that I am very close to Liverpool. At the end of the Copa America, we will see what happens in my future. I have gained experience, but the time has come for me to jump to a big team’. Liverpool have been in the market for a defender after missing out on now Manchester United defender Phil Jones and Zapata’s versatility in defence could be the missing point for Dalglish’s new look Liverpool side.

Dalglish attacks fixtures system.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has scathed the Premier League for holding the opening day of Premier League fixtures so close to international fixtures the Wednesday before, The Telegraph reports.

England play Holland on the 10th August at Wembley with the Premier League starting just three days later on the 13th. Liverpool will have a whole host of key players in line for a call-up to Fabio Capello’s squad, as well as their overseas players playing for their respective countries. Dalglish is unhappy with the league games not being set back a day or so to give the players more rest.

The Liverpool boss said: ‘I would ask why the season is starting on a Saturday when there are international friendlies the week before. If you are going to have international friendlies, have them. But surely it makes sense to put the league games back a day if that’s possible? To me, it’s common sense.’

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has called on his side to hit the ground running early in their difficult games against Sunderland and Arsenal, believing that if his side have serious title aspirations, they cannot afford to slip up early.

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