Reds central defender Martin Skrtel has insisted that Liverpool ‘belong in the top four’ and is ready to try and help them to European qualification this season, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Liverpool go into the new season without European football for the first time in the 21st century, but the Slovakian defender is eager to help his side re-establish their name as one of the greats of European football.
Skrtel said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the start of the season. Our target has to be win everything we possibly can. I can promise our fans that we will do everything to have a better season than the last one. I truly believe we belong in the top four’.
The Slovakian defender missed Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East with a calf injury and is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s friendly. Skrtel is hopeful for being fit for the start of the season and is enjoying his return to Melwood after spending the summer back in Slovakia.
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Wolves eye Spearing.
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy is interested in bringing Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing to the club on a season-long loan, the Daily Express reports.
22 year old Spearing signed a new three year deal this summer and made impressive strides during his time with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish at Anfield. McCarthy is looking for some bite in his midfield and sees Spearing as the perfect player to help keep his side in the Premier League next season.
The signings of midfielders Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam has also sparked speculation on the future of Spearing, but Dalglish is said to be keen to hold onto Spearing and sees him as a magnificent squad player for his side. Spearing’s performances last season could sway his head to playing regular first team football and he could be interested in the loan move to Molineux.
Jovanovic nears Anderlecht.
Liverpool midfielder Milan Jovanovic is holding talks with Belgian side Anderlecht over completing a free transfer deal, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The Serbian forward has been told he is surplus to requirements at Anfield after his signing from Standard Liege last summer. The move could be completed by the start of next week with the 30 year old keen to join the Belgian side. Jovanovic made only 13 starts for Liverpool last season and struggled to make an impression on the Reds’ side.
A spokesman for Anderlecht confirmed: ‘We’re currently negotiating with Jovanovic, but we couldn’t achieve an agreement (yet). We’re very much interested and the player would like to come’.
Jovanovic himself has admitted that he has been told by Liverpool to leave the club and despite interest from Greek giants Olympiakos and fellow Belgian side Club Brugge, Anderlecht are in the driving seat to sign Jovanovic.
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