While it looks like the Reds are going to go through the entire month without bringing anyone in, rumours continue to persist that they’ll be shipping at least one player out. Mario Balotelli has garnered the most headlines this month, but the likes of Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have also had some interest thrown their way with the latter tipped to be leaving Anfield by days end with a host of clubs interested in either bringing him in on loan or making a permanent move for the former Southampton man.
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Anfield has never been all that welcoming of a destination for West Ham United and there was absolutely nothing different about that yesterday with Liverpool leap frogging the London club in the table with their two unanswered goals more than enough to seal the victory. Raheem Sterling bagged his eighth of the season early in the second half and Daniel Sturridge, who made his first appearance since August, found the net within 15-minutes of coming on — much to the obvious delight of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
With news breaking this morning that Liverpool are ready to make a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings before the transfer window closes,, the Clarets haven’t wasted any time shutting down suggestions that the 22-year old has everything but his bags packed.
The fact that he has only six months remaining on his current deal hints at a departure in the future with Spanish side Real Sociedad and fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur also in contention for his signature, but the Reds are believed to be in pole position to sign him up — just not in the way that was being widely touted before. There were suggestions that the Anfield outfit could loan the England man back to the newly promoted side for the remainder of the season, but Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos wasn’t hearing it, “This type of move would violate Premier League rule V7 regarding transfers so simply cannot happen,” he said in a statement released by the club earlier today.
Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took the “woe is me” approach when asked about the transfer window during his pre-match interview at Melwood yesterday, reports coming out of respected media outlets have it on good authority that the Reds will be making a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings before the February 2nd cut-off.
Now, whether or not they’ll be successful is a different story altogether. Clarets manager Sean Dyche would be loathe to lose the 22-year old, who has scored a third of their 21 league goals this season, this late in the game — especially with the club sitting only one point above the drop zone. While staying in the top-flight could very well hinge on whether Ings stays at Turf Moor, it’s not all doom and gloom with there being a real chance that Liverpool will loan him back to the club for the remainder of the season.
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Liverpool may have just narrowly missed out on a trip Wembley after crashing out of the League Cup earlier in the week, but the fixtures aren’t about to slow down anytime soon with West Ham United visiting Merseyside on Saturday. The Reds will be looking for some measure of revenge when the two sides meet this weekend after falling 3-1 in the Capital at the start of the campaign. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will be bringing some familiar faces along with him, and in his pre-match interview Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers talked not only about them, but about our own players as well.