Liverpool news – Reds close in on Dann, Downing plans Carroll partnership, Poulsen dismisses exit talk

Reds close in on Dann.

Birmingham City defender Scott Dann’s proposed move to Liverpool could be sealed by the end of this week as the Reds step up their pursuit, according to the Daily Star.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish wants to address the shambolic defending that encapsulated his pre-season, seeing his side concede 15 goals in six outings. Dann has been a target for the Reds all summer and Dalglish wants to make the central defender his fifth summer signing at Anfield. The 24 year old has been a rock for the Blues during his time at St. Andrew’s and his injury in the middle of last season did not help in Birmingham’s attempts to survive.

The 24 year old has been likened to Liverpool legend Alan Hansen and his quality is too good for the Championship, so a move back to his boyhood club is definitely on. Dalglish is prepared to pay the £8m valuation and bring the defender to Liverpool.

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Downing plans Carroll partnership.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has spoken of his enthusiasm about linking up with Reds striker Andy Carroll this season, Sky Sports reports.

Downing joined the Reds from Aston Villa this summer for £20m and has already showed promise of what he can do for Liverpool in pre-season. Both Downing and Carroll are in the England squad for the friendly against Holland on Wednesday night and the 26 year old winger commented on the strong British contingent at Liverpool, a factor that brought the winger to Anfield.

Speaking ahead of England’s game, Downing said: ‘The British nucleus at Anfield was an attraction to me. I knew Steven and Carra before I came. The manager is demanding and that is something I wanted. It has been brilliant and training has been really good. It is a challenge to get in this team and do well.

‘I have played a few games with Andy, for England and in pre-season, and I know his strengths – he’s very impressive. If you get the ball In the box, then, nine times out of 10, he will get on the end of it. He is a big target’, Downing added.

Poulsen dismisses exit talk.

Christian Poulsen has dismissed any speculation that he is leaving Liverpool and insists that his future remains at Anfield, Sky Sports reports.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has increased his midfield options with the signings of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam. Poulsen is said to be backup to not only the new signings, but current Reds midfielders Lucas, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard. The Denmark international still has two years left on his Anfield contract and is in no hurry to leave Merseyside.

The 30 year old said: ‘I have been really happy and I want to play, that’s my goal for the future. I am happy there with my family, it’s a good club and they treat me really well. I hope I can change my situation and play more.’

Poulsen signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2010 for a fee of £4.5m from Italian giants Juventus, but his first team opportunities have been limited and there was interest from Danish side FC Kobenhavn to take Poulsen back to his homeland.

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