Liverpool vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Just three days after beating them on penalties in the Capital One Cup final, Manchester City take on Liverpool at Anfield as they look to reignite their bid to win the Premier League title. Over the piece, Liverpool did extremely well to force extra time and indeed a shootout on Sunday as they were second best for the majority of the encounter and survived several near misses from City, but for boss Jurgen Klopp and his team defeat represented a huge disappointment, while it extended the club’s four-year trophy drought.…

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Liverpool star admits he considered quitting Anfield this summer

Liverpool midfielder Lucas has admitted that he was seriously considering whether to quit Anfield this summer, but reaffirmed his desire to remain on Merseyside, according to the Daily Express. The 28-year-old was linked with a switch to Turkish side Besiktas after a reported bust-up with manager Brendan Rodgers saw him miss the opening two games of the new season (via Express). And while Lucas conceded that he thought about leaving, he suggested that he is delighted to be staying where he has spent the last eight years (via Express). “Of course…

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Liverpool perform U-turn and block Lucas’ Anfield exit

Liverpool have seemingly changed their mind about letting midfielder Lucas Leiva go this summer, after the Daily Express reported that the Reds had blocked his Anfield exit. The Express report that the Brazilian was on the verge of moving to Besiktas on a season-long loan after being informed that he was free to discuss a departure with other clubs following a falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers. However, it now appears that the 28-year-old will be remaining on Merseyside. The Express suggest that Rodgers wants a replacement before letting the holding…

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Liverpool close to agreeing deal for outcast to leave club following falling out with Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Besiktas about a possible deal involving midfielder Lucas, according to the Daily Express. The Reds are willing to let go of the 28-year-old after he fell out with Brendan Rodgers following the manager’s decision to leave him out of the matchday squad for the side’s opening day victory over Stoke City (via Daily Express). And while the Turkish club are not willing to meet Liverpool’s £8m valuation of the Brazil international, it does appear that a deal is close to being agreed (via Express).…

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AC Milan closing in on £5m move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas

AC Milan have emerged as the favourites to sign Liverpool’s holding midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to the Daily Express. The Express report that the 28-year-old has fallen out with Brendan Rodgers after he was left out of the matchday squad to face Stoke City during the opening weekend of the season. His agent is set to fly out to Italy tomorrow and begin discussions about a possible move, which is set to cost the Rossoneri £5m (via Express). The Reds’ current longest serving player is set to become part of…

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West Ham planning bid for unwanted Liverpool man

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is considering whether to make a bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, after the Hammers’ move for Joey Barton fell through, the Metro report. The former Queens Park Rangers man underwent a medical ahead of a proposed free transfer to the Boleyn Ground (via Sky Sports), before the club then pulled out of talks to sign the 32-year-old (via BBC Sport). But the Metro suggest that Bilic is still in the market for someone to play the anchoring role in midfield, with the Brazilian swiftly…

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Lucas Leiva to leave Liverpool after being left out of squad to face Stoke

Lucas Leiva’s days at Liverpool appear to be numbered after manager Brendan Rodgers left him out of Sunday’s squad to take on Stoke City, according to The Guardian. The 28-year-old is rumoured to have fallen out of favour under Rodgers and did not even travel with the rest of the squad to the Britannia Stadium for their Premier League opener. The Guardian claims that the Brazilian international has fallen behind in the pecking order to the likes of James Milner and Jordan Henderson, while Emre Can came off the bench…

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Lucas Leiva believe Roberto Firmino will be Liverpool’s ‘new Luis Suarez’

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is already getting excited about the prospect of lining up alongside new signing Roberto Firmino by claiming that the Brazilian can have the same impact on the club that Luis Suarez did, the Metro reports. The Reds pounced earlier this month to bring Firmino in from German side Hoffenheim in a £29m deal (via the Metro) and his arrival is already making waves at Anfield. And though players and staff usually want to avoid putting too much pressure on new signings, Lucas wasted now time in…

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