Liverpool warned off move for CSKA striker

CSKA Moscow have issued a hands-off warning to Liverpool and told them to switch attention to another player over Japanese star Keisuke Honda, talkSPORT reports.

The 25 year old has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield after a string of fantastic performances with the Russian side. Honda is a Japanese international and has plenty of Champions League experience with CSKA. Kenny Dalglish is keen to strengthen the squad and give his side a chance of pushing into the Champions League places this season.

Honda is just returning from knee surgery and hopes to be back in action in the near future, but that has not deterred Liverpool. Reds chiefs were preparing to finalise an offer to submit to the Russian side, but have had the door slammed shut in their face by CSKA. Coach Leonid Slutsky insists his star midfielder will make no move in January and is still a vital part of first-team plans.

Slutsky said: ‘The boy is focused in making a full recovery from his injury. I can assure you that he will be here with us. It is not in our plans to sell him at this stage.’

Liverpool are keeping their future transfer plans youthful and have drafted Ghana under 20 international Mumuni Abubakar on a two week trial. The 18 year old was spotted by Reds scouts in Italy whilst playing for New Edubiase United against Parma and has been invited to Merseyside.

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