Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool:
Raheem Sterling has called in sick for training for the second consecutive day, the Daily Mirror report.
The winger wants to leave and has informed Brendan Rodgers that he does not want to be considered for their pre-season tour to Asia and Australia.
The Reds are planning to make a £16m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, the Daily Express report.
The deal hinges on whether the Spanish giants can seal a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.
However, they look set to miss out on another target, as the Daily Express report that Tottenham are currently leading the chase for Fernando Llorente.
The World Cup winner has fallen down the pecking order at Juventus Stadium following the signings of Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala.
While they may have missed out on Llorente, they now know what they need to do to seal a deal for Gonzalo Higuain.
The Daily Express report that Napoli have confirmed that only bids of £67m will be accepted.
Finally, Gary McAllister has returned to the club after being confirmed as the side’s first-team coach, BBC Sport report.