Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry and chairman Thomas Werner arrived on Merseyside this morning ahead of the derby match with Everton tomorrow at Anfield.
Henry and Werner will meet with Kenny Dalglish for the first time since they appointed him caretaker manager last week and of the main topics for discussion will be potential January transfer signings.
This week has seen much speculation surrounding Ajax and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez. The controversial 23 year-old continues to be linked heavily in reports this weekend and it is known that Liverpool have had scouts watching him on several occasions this season.
Another exciting young forward who continues to be linked with Anfield is Anderlecht’s Belgium international Romelu Lukaku. At just 17 years old Lukaku is one of the hottest prospects in Europe and his signing would be a great signal of intent for the new owners.
Anderlecht’s general manager had this to say; “Our price will be around €30m (£25.3m). If you ask for between €20m and €30m for a footballer in Europe there are a maximum of 15 teams who can pay this amount. These 15 teams are all interested in Romelu Lukaku but it depends sometimes on what resources the team has at the time. Everybody knows Romelu and everybody wants Romelu but some teams don’t need him at the moment.”
“We have some managers who send people to inform us about the interest. It depends on the offers. We know that teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are interested in him and that they follow the player.
“There is some interest from Real Madrid but we know they are interested in every good young player.”
One area Liverpool clearly need strengthening is the left back spot, with Glen Johnson being played out of position there against Blackpool despite Paul Konchesky being available.
A possible solution could be in the shape of former Liverpool youngster Stephen Warnock. The 29 year-old left Liverpool for Blackburn in 2007 before moving to Aston Villa in 2009. He made his way into the England squad but has lost his place in the team under Gerard Houllier and the Frenchman has indicated he is free to leave the club.
Kenny Dalglish is reported to admire Warnock, whom would not only add quality in a position we desperately need but also bring homegrown values to the squad.
Meanwhile, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf today reports Liverpool have had offers from five clubs for Ryan Babel, namely Hoffenheim, Schalke 04, VfB Stuttgart, Fulham & West Ham.
And finally, there’s quotes from French press which have Portuguese left back Fabio Coentrao state his “love for Liverpool”.