While speculation over Luis Suarez’s future continues to dominate talk around Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, manager Brendan Rodgers is continuing to work on making final additions to his squad before the start of the season. Rodgers has expressed his belief that the Reds need to add another attacking player as well as a left-back to support Jose Enrique.
Having missed out on attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund, rumors of Liverpool moving for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen have strongly resurfaced. The talented Danish playmaker has just a year left on his contract and there is an acceptance both on his part and his club’s that he will leave the Dutch champions this summer if a suitable offer is forthcoming. And the 21-year-old will certainly know all about Liverpool, with former Reds forward Ryan Babel revealing that he has been filling Eriksen in while the pair were teammates last season.
“For the fans who have questions about Eriksen, I’ve given him enough information about the club during the past season, so he understands Liverpool,” the new Kasimpasa signing said on his Twitter feed. “In my opinion, it’s Liverpool who have to make the real effort to get him, then I’m confident for a good ending.”
Another player who could add something in the final third who Liverpool have been linked with is young Brazil international Bernard. After helping his Atletico Mineiro side to overcome a first-leg deficit and defeat Olimpia to lift the prestigious Copa Libertadores on Wednesday it is widely expected that the 20-year-old will soon be moving on. Bernard, who has been mentioned in connection with a move to Arsenal in recent days, admits that he is likely to be heading to Europe.
"I don't know what can happen with me, but if I leave, I know I will have done my job," he said, according to Sky Sports. "I have said a thousand times that I want to stay, but it doesn't depend on me now. I made it clear that, if I stay or not, I wanted to leave here with an important title. It's up to God to decide if I stay or not, up to God, [Atletico Mineiro's] presidency and the board."
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"I'll keep working until the board decides something about the transfer. There are offers from English football, Shakhtar and Porto.”
With Bernard likely to cost around £20 million, Liverpool may move for a less expensive option in Porto winger Christian Atsu. Talksport reports that the 21-year-old Ghanaian is keen to leave the Portuguese champions and was close to a move to Anfield, but the Reds are haggling over the player’s £6 million valuation. However, it is now said that Liverpool will face competition from both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon for Atsu’s signature.
As for a left-back, it appears that Liverpool have focused their sights on Valencia’s Aly Cissokho. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are poised to complete a season-long loan deal for the 25-year-old France international for a fee of £850,000 with the option to make the move permanent next summer for a further charge of £3.5 million.