More LFC transfer rumours today as the Luis Suarez saga rumbles on and Assaidi’s career at Liverpool could be over before it really got started.
Liverpool’s pre-season training in Jakarta, Indonesia is well underway as they prepare for this Saturday’s friendly against an Indonesian XI.
The Jakarta Post newspaper over there reports:
Besides holding an open training session and playing a friendly match against Indonesia, The Reds — as the club are affectionately known — will also officiate the launching ceremony of the limited edition “Garuda Indonesia — Liverpool Football GFF Club Card” on Friday.
Forward Luis Suarez is yet to meet up with the squad – he’s due next week after extended leave this summer – but his future at the club remains up in the air.
Although Arsenal are the only club to have made an official approach for the 26-year-old, Chelsea‘s Branislav Ivanovic has said he is full of praise for Suarez.
Ivanovic was the recipient of a bizarre ‘bite’ by Suarez towards the end of last season, an incident that will see Suarez miss the first six games of the new campaign, after missing the last four.
He is quoted in the Independent as saying, “About Luis Suarez, I said straight after the game, whatever happened on the field finished there. He’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don’t have any problem with him or doubt about that.”
The Daily Express report that Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi could be on his way back to Holland, just one year after leaving Heerenveen for Anfield.
Assaidi has failed to make an impression or breakthrough to Liverpool’s first team since his move and it appears Brendan Rodgers is ready to cut losses with the 24-year-old Moroccan.
Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman says he is interested in completing a move for Assaidi.
He says in the Express, “I hope that the deal comes around soon.
“Assaidi is a player who can play in different positions. We just have to wait and see whether this is feasible.”
Dani Pacheco looks set for another year out on loan. Celta Vigo are interested in recruiting the 22-year-old from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.
And Stewart Downing has confirmed he wants to stay at Liverpool to fight for a place in the first team, despite the signings of competition in the squad – Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas this summer.
Downing had been linked with an £8million move to West Ham, but says he is working hard to establish himself as a first team regular.
He told the club’s official website, “I’m here to stay,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m enjoying it – especially last season. I got a good run in the team. Hopefully that will continue, and I need to work hard.
“I want it to continue. It’s why I came here – to play in a successful team. I want that to continue as long as possible.”