Liverpool news – Reds draw Exeter, Wilson eyes Rangers return, Kelly ready

Reds draw Exeter.

Liverpool have drawn League One side Exeter City in the second round of the Carling Cup, The Liverpool Echo reports.

The Reds will make the long trip south to St. James’ Park in the week commencing August 22 after The Grecians progressed to the second round following a 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town. The last time Liverpool faced Exeter was in a two-legged League Cup tie back in 1981 en route to winning the tournament.

After a 5-0 victory at Anfield courtesy of goals from Ian Rush (2), Terry McDermott, Ronnie Whelan and current Reds manager Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool then went to Exeter and won 6-0 in the second leg. Dalglish is expected to use his second string side against Exeter and give his reserves and youthful players a chance.

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Wilson eyes Rangers return.

Danny Wilson has spoken of his desire to move back to SPL side Rangers on loan to increase his chances of playing in the Scotland national side, The Guardian reports.

Wilson joined the Reds from Rangers in an initial £2m deal in July 2010 and has featured eight times for Liverpool since the move. The 19 year old started and impressed for Scotland on Wednesday night against Denmark and is looking to gain more first team experience to enhance his chances of becoming a Scotland regular.

The 19 year old said: ‘I think I’ll probably have to go out on loan. There are a lot of players at my club, so it would probably be best for my career to go somewhere else just now. I don’t know where that (loan) will be. There have been no offers for me yet. Once they come in, I’ll evaluate them’.

Rangers are interested in bringing Wilson back to Ibrox after the exit of Madjid Bougherra to Qatari side Lekhwiya this summer. Wilson will be open to the loan switch back to Ibrox and the deal could be sealed by next weekend.

Kelly ready.

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is eager to start the new season to complete his return from a torn hamstring injury, The Liverpool Echo reports.

The 21 year old defender was injured at Upton Park in a fixture against West Ham United six months ago and brought a premature end to his breakthrough campaign. Since then, he has embarked on a gruelling regime to get himself back to fitness and has impressed in his pre-season displays. With Glen Johnson set to miss the clash against Sunderland this weekend in the Premier League opener, Kelly is likely to get the nod as the Reds’ right back.

Kelly said: ‘With Glen getting a little knock, I’m not sure what’s going to happen in terms of Saturday, but I’m looking forward to the season and being part of this terrific Liverpool squad. After being out for so long, it’s been great to play a full part in pre-season and I can’t wait for the season to start’.

A Melwood academy graduate, Kelly impressed before his injury and could be in line to make a series of starts, especially with the injury ruling England international defender Johnson out.

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