Liverpool transfer round-up: Rodgers’ words, Lacazette blow & Gerrard’s replacement

Liverpool’s transfer window has so been just as disappointing as their season so far.

After a summer of rebuilding, it was always going to be difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side mount another challenge for the Premier League title. Last season’s oh-so-close attempt will have undoubtedly taken a lot of them, and that’s without the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge’s injury to contend with.

This month Liverpool fans were half-hoping for some reinforcements to help them make some kind of attempt to finish in the top four. But so far there’s been a load of speculation but nothing more concrete to whet the whistle of even the most pessimistic of Reds fans.

Today is a new day, though. Less than a week until the transfer window slams shut and there remains no shortage of Liverpool chat in the world of football. So here’s just a snippet of what we’ve covered this morning, as well as some interesting reads from the past few days…

Huge blow as Liverpool strike target is sidelined


Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has become one of Europe’s hottest prospects this season after netting 21 goals in 22 Ligue one outings.

So it was inevitable that a side struggling for goals, like Liverpool, would be interested in signing him up this January. But any hope of deal before the end of the transfer window have been dealt a blow after the French goal-machine picked up an injury that is expected to leave him sidelined for at least three matches.

Read all about it here.

Rodgers eyes unlikely Gerrard alternative


It was never going to happen this summer, but Liverpool’s reported interest in Manchester City’s James Milner just refuses to go away.

And it’s now emerging that Brendan Rodgers has Milner in mind as the perfect replacement for the departing Steven Gerrard at the end of the season.

There’s no doubting Milner’s ability to do a job for Liverpool, particularly when taking in to account his versatility and hard work ethic.

Anyway, read more on that here.

Rodgers denies rumours he will spend in January

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And while reports are still linking Liverpool with the likes of Lacazette and Milner, Rodgers has gone on record to claim he won’t be doing any business between now and the end of the transfer window.

That’s certainly not what the fans wanted to hear, not with so many areas of the side needing some TLC. A new keeper wouldn’t have gone a miss, while anyone who’s better than Mario Balotelli should’ve been priority.

But Rodgers just doesn’t seem interested. Read his comments here.

…but at least Rodgers is confident

Liverpool v Chelsea - Capital One Cup Semi Final First Leg

Despite hinting there will be no business at Anfield this month, Brendan Rodgers is confident his side can overcome rivals Chelsea in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Samford Bridge tonight.

They should’ve won the first leg but could only settle for a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Still, all Liverpool need to do is channel the spirit of Bradford City and they’ll be on their way to Wembley.

Have a read of Rodgers’ positivity here.

Time running out for Mignolet?


Poor ol’ Simon Mignolet has had a torrid time at Liverpool this season. It got so bad that he was even replaced by Brad Jones in between the sticks at one point, only to earn his place back in the side because Jones got himself injured.

But here we argue the fact that it’s not all Simon’s fault.

The top four dream is still alive


Liverpool chances of being in the Champions League naturally depend on them finishing in the top four again.

It’s not inconceivable to believe they can still do it. After all, they’re only five points off fourth placed Manchester United and have been playing pretty well recently.

So we’ve put together FIVE extremely realistic reasons why Liverpool CAN still finish in the top four. Click here to keep the dream alive.