Liverpool news – Skrtel confident of top four finish, Henderson looking to improve, Poulsen set for Espanyol

Skrtel confident of top four finish.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel believes Liverpool have a squad filled with enough quality to finish in the Champions League places, liverpoolfc.tv reports.

The Slovakian defender was on the scoresheet this weekend as the Reds comfortably beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield. Liverpool have now collected seven points from their opening three games and Skrtel believes that there is a strength in the squad where any one of the squad members can play and perform well.

Skrtel said: “It doesn’t matter who is playing now. We have maybe 22 players and everyone can play in a game. That’s very good and we can compare to the best teams in the Premier League. I can say we are playing in one of the best periods since I came to the club.”

“We had a target at the start of the season. Now we’ll just try to win every single game, get as many points as possible and qualify for the Champions League,” Skrtel added.

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Henderson looking to improve.

New Liverpool signing Jordan Henderson believes there is more to come from him this season after he opened his Reds account against Bolton, liverpoolfc.tv reports.

The 21-year-old signed for Liverpool for £20m this summer from Sunderland and he has settled in well to life at Anfield, playing a part in all three of the Reds opening league games. Henderson now feels he can kick on and continue to show his quality, along with the rest of his summer signing teammates in Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Stewart Downing and Alexander Doni.

Henderson said: “I’ve worked hard and got my head down, but I think I can do a lot better. I think there’s still a lot more to come. I just need to focus on what I need to do, keep working hard in training and hopefully that will come through on the pitch like it did today. We’re playing some good stuff at the minute, we’ve been working hard on the training pitch and it came off today. We just need to carry on doing that, carry on working hard and hopefully, we can keep performing like that.”

Poulsen set for Espanyol.

Spanish side Espanyol are keen to negotiate a deal which will take Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen to the club on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The Danish international is surplus to requirements at Anfield and is reluctant to take a pay cut from his £40,000 a week wages. Espanyol are therefore hoping they can persuade the Danish international to take a slight drop in his wages for the return of regular first team football.

Poulsen has endured a torrid time at Anfield since his arrival from Juventus last summer and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is looking to send Poulsen away from the club to reduce the wage bill and the amount of players at Anfield. The Dane is one of a number of players on their way out of Anfield this summer, with Dalglish looking to make the Reds squad his own.

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