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Liverpool Unveil Anfield Stadium Redevelopment Plans In Full – Includes New £100m, Three-Tier Main Stand (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

You may remember that we brought you a leaked snapshot (above) yesterday, but today Liverpool have released the full set of architects' renderings of the club's proposed redevelopment of their Anfield stadium.

With the focus on Liverpool's plan for a new, three-tier, £100million Main Stand, several more images have been released as the club prepare tosubmit planning application for the project that will see Anfield and an accompanying plaza expanded into the area surrounding the stadium.

Suarez Confident Of Champions League Qualification But Not Title

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Luis Suarez has no doubt he can achieve his dream of playing Champions League football with Liverpool next season, but the olds on favorite to win Player of the Year in the Premier League does not sound convinced that Brendan Rodgers side can win the title.

Suarez like most of us watched the Champions League matches between Bayern and Arsenal and Man City v Barcelona and told the Liverpool Echo:

"I watched the games on TV this week and when you hear that Champions League music that's motivation in itself.

Man United, Man City, Real Madrid, Liverpool Lined Up For The 2014 International Champions Cup

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Man United, Man City, Real Madrid, Liverpool Lined Up For The 2014 International Champions Cup

Last summer the International Champions Cup brought some of the biggest names in European football to the USA and it looks like the 2014 version of the tournament will do the same.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool FC will be one of the teams participating in the 2014 International Champions Cup.

Liverpool ‘in talks’ to sign FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool are in talks with FC Basel with a view to signing their forward Mohamed Salah, according to reports. The Liverpool Echo claims that the Reds are keen to sign the Egypt international this month, but says reports that a £7m fee has been agreed are incorrect. Although initial talks have been held between the [.

Injury Update: Iago Aspas Thankfully Hasn’t Ruptured His Rectum After All

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By Chris Wright

Earlier today, Liverpool striker Iago Aspas tweeted to confirm that he was feeling low having been told that the unfortunate ruptured rectum he'd suffered in training was going to keep him out for the next five or so weeks...

Confirmado rotura en el recto en el entrenamiento de ayer,unas 5semanas de baja :( #YNWA

— Iago Aspas Juncal (@aspas10) October 18, 2013

Hey, that's what happens when Martin Skrtel goes in too hard.

Rodgers Snaps Up Liverpool Legends As Coaches

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recruited some familiar faces to help with the club's youth teams as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman join the backroom staff at Anfield.
Rob Jones will also join the team who has been given the role of coaching the U21 and U18 sides at the Liverpool Academy in Kirkby.

Lucas Leiva backs Luis Suarez to fire Liverpool to silverware

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Luis Suarez will help Liverpool to compete for "good things" this season, according to team-mate Lucas Leiva. The Uruguayan scored two goals on his return to Premier League action against Sunderland yesterday, and Lucas thinks that having him back in the team will put the Reds in contention for trophies.

Liverpool To Make Offer For Midfielder In January

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to be reunited with Gylfi Sugurdsson and is ready to make a formal approach for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder in January.
Rodgers brought Sigurdsson back to the Premier League when he signed the midfielder on a short term loan for Swansea City and was again interested in signing him when he became the Liverpool manager in the summer of 2012.

Ilori To Fight For Starting Spot

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Liverpool defender is ready to fight for his place in the first team after making a first Anfield appearance, albeit for the under 21's.
The 20-year-old was a transfer deadline day arrival from Sporting Lisbon as The Reds shelled out £7 million the land the Portuguese youngster, who is also eligible for England.

Mignolet Backs Sakho And Moses To Succeed

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has backed new signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses to succeed at the club.
Both Moses, who joined on loan from Chelsea, and Sakho, who is now Liverpool's most expensive defender, impressed with their performances in the 2-2 draw away at Swansea on Monday night.

Liverpool To Undergo £150m Anfield Revamp

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Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group say that they are set to finance a new £150m revamp of Anfield and that rebuilding is only being held up by property acquisitions, planning processes and other issues.

Although John Henry refused to speculate on the exact date a planning application will be put in, he said Fenway are making progress.

Liverpool Making 'Progress' On Stadium Plans

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Liverpool owner John Henry says that the club is making "good progress" in their attempts to revamp Anfield.
The American has ambitious plans for the current Premier League leaders as the Reds try to generate more matchday revenue by increasing the capacity of Anfield to around 60,000.
The area surrounding Anfield is also set to be regenerated as part of a partnership between the Merseyside club, Liverpool City Council and Your Housing Group.

Jamie Carragher on his centre-back partnership with Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho

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No, Jamie Carragher's not out of retirement. But the Liverpool great has been talking about the time he partnered the Reds' new signing Mamadou Sakho in defence. The pair was teamed up during a charity match in Corsica 18 months ago, so he has seen the former PSG man at close quarters. He told the [.

Molby Questions £15m Liverpool Signing

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Liverpool legend Jan Molby believes something obviously went wrong in the development of Liverpool's new £15m signing Mamadou Sakho.
Writing in the Liverpool Echo, Molby notes that Sakho was made Paris St Germain captain aged just 17, but his career since then has stalled and possibly even regressed.

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori leaves the door open for England call-up

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Tiago Ilori: It's not a bad choice for me to have... #LFC Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 10, 2013 New Liverpool signing Tiago Ilori has not ruled out representing England at international level, but says he intends to stay loyal to Portugal. The 20-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £6.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘We can’t get carried away’

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Brendan Rodgers: "It's been a great start for us but we can't get carried away." #LFC Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 7, 2013 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his top-of-the-table players not to get carried away by their excellent start to the season.

Liverpool Agree Season-Long Loan With Chelsea For Victor Moses

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Liverpool have agreed a season-long loan deal with Chelsea to sign Victor Moses, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

With Chelsea signing Willian for £32million as well as several other midfielders in the past twelve months, Moses has become surplus to requirements at the Stamford Bridge club.

Liverpool Put Off By Siqueira's £12m Price Tag

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Talks have stalled between Liverpool and Granada for left-back Guilherme Siqueira, according to reports in England.
According to The Liverpool Echo, the Reds have reached an impasse over Siqueira's £12m price tag, which is much more than the £5.5m they were willing to pay.
Granada has upped the price due to claims that Real Madrid are interested in the Brazilian full-back, with Siqueira recently declaring his desire to play for Los Blancos.

Andy Carroll sued over destruction accusations

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Andy Carroll was able to leave Liverpool when he swapped for a West Ham jersey earlier this summer but he will not be able to avoid a £200,000 lawsuit handed to him during his time with the Anfield side for destroying his Liverpool mansion. The 24-year old's former landlord has revealed the player left the £2 million mansion he was leasing in ruins while also failing to make payments during his time with Liverpool, according to ESPN.

Liverpool to Off-Load Stewart Downing to Newcastle United at a £15m Loss: Nightly Soccer Report

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Liverpool are prepared to offload winger Stewart Downing and declare a £15million loss to let the inconsistent footballer move to Newcastle United for £5million, reports theLiverpool Echonewspaper.

Two years ago, the Reds signed Downing from Aston Villa for £20m. Late last year, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers warned Downing that if his performances didn't improve, he would be sold in the January transfer window.

Liverpool To Step Up Interest In Diego Costa

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Liverpool is expected to increase their interest in Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, with talks anticipated between the two parties this week.
The Reds were thought to have lodged a £22m bid for the striker last week, although reports in Spain denied any approach from Brendan Rodgers' side.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Atletico are prepared to let the Merseyside club speak with their Brazilian international later this week, as they attempt to iron out a deal.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard working on Luis Suarez to convince him to stay

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed his talking regularly to Luis Suarez in an attempt to convince the wantaway striker to stay at Anfield. The Uruguay international is desperate to leave the club, with Arsenal his most likely destination. But Gerrard has not yet given up on talking Suarez into committing his future to Liverpool.

Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez understands club’s position

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There has hardly been a minutes of respite in the endless barrage of transfer speculation surrounding Liverpool's 26-year-old Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, this summer.

With the player being linked with moves to Arsenal, Real Madrid and other clubs around Europe, Liverpool continue to stand their ground that they are not willing to listen to offers for their star striker at the moment.

Suarez Wants Deal Done By Friday

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Luis Suarez wants his future decided by Friday as the new Premier League season draws nearer, according to reports.
Arsenal is the club most interested in signing the unsettled striker, having already had two bids rejected by Liverpool.
Now it seems the Uruguayan is keen to get a deal decided by the end of the week in order to focus on the start of the new season, SportsDirect News claims.

Liverpool Agree Loan Deal For Benfica Left Back Lorenzo Melgarejo

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Liverpool Football Club have agreed a loan deal in principle with Benfica for defenderLorenzo Melgarejo, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

The 22-year-old left back will move to Liverpool on a season-long loan pending approval of his work permit application. The Paraguayan looks set to play for Liverpool after the Reds have been chasing the signing of Valencia left backAly Cissokho.

Liverpool want to loan Benfica’s Lorenzo Melgarejo

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Liverpool are lining up a loan move for Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo. The 22-year-old would join the Reds on a year-long deal to provide cover for Jose Enrique, with the possibility of a permanent move if he impresses during his time at Anfield, reports the Liverpool Echo. Brendan Rodgers has previously been linked with a [.

Rodgers: Arsenal must up Suarez bid

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal their £40,000,001 bid for Luis Suarez is nowhere near the player's value.

Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with the Gunners after the offer, made on Tuesday, triggered a clause in his contract.

Liverpool, though, maintain that the clause does not oblige them to sell the 26-year-old at that price and have rejected the bid.

Ayre Hails Infectious Rodgers At Liverpool

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Managing director Ian Ayre has admitted it took Brendan Rodgers the best part of a season to get used to Liverpool - but is confident his "infectious" enthusiasm equips him to succeed at Anfield now.
Rodgers joined Liverpool from Swansea last summer after two years at the Welsh club, who he led to promotion and then an 11th-place finish in the Premier League.

Liverpool Fitness Levels Improving

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Liverpool's first-team squad is already in better physical shape than they were this time last year, according to their Head of Performance Glen Driscoll.
The Reds are currently in their first week of pre-season, and manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for significant improvement, while aiming to ease through changes to his squad.

Kelly Happy To Play Centre-Back For Liverpool

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Liverpool defender Martin Kelly says he would be delighted to play centre-back if asked by manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 23-year-old has mostly featured at right-back for the Merseyside club since making his debut in a UEFA Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven in December 2008.
But, having noticeably bulked up during his time out with a cruciate knee ligament injury, the defender has underlined his desire to take on a central role.

Deals For Williams & Sakho Unlikely

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Despite continued speculation linking the Reds with Swansea's Ashley Williams, in particular, well placed sources suggest the club has moved onto other targets.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Welsh defender Ashley Williams have been strongly connected with an Anfield reunion for some time but it appears the likelihood is beginning to fade.

Liverpool To Give Young Duo A Chance

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Porto winger Christian Atsu is no longer on Liverpool's radar, as the club is now concentrating on their own youngsters.
Jordan Ibe and Raheem Sterling both received chances with the senior line-up in Brendan Rodgers' first season in charge at Merseyside, with plans to concentrate on developing talent.

Liverpool Show Interest In Portuguese Winger

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Liverpool scouts have set their sights on Sporting Lisbon starlet Bruma, according to reports.
The Liverpool Echo claims the 18-year-old Portugal youth international has caught the eye of the Reds hierarchy as they attempt to negotiate a deal for Tiago Ilori.
Both players are representing their country at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Portugal, helping Edgar Borges' side to top spot in Group B and a place in the knockout rounds.

Liverpool Edge Nearer To Swoop For Portugal Defender

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Liverpool are believed to have moved a step closer to sealing a £3 million move for highly-rated young Sporting Lisbon centre back Tiago Ilori, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The Portugal Under-20 international has been with the Lisbon giants for his entire career to date, having made his debut in the Portuguese capital two years ago, during which time the London-born 20-year-old has featured in just the 12 first-team fixtures for Sporting, scoring once in the process.

Video: 11-year-old Liverpool fan joins Chelsea’s Europa League trophy presentation

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A young Liverpool fan desperate to meet hero Fernando Torres ended up becoming part of Chelsea's Europa League trophy presentation. Louis Kearns, aged 11, had been at the match with his dad. As Chelsea's players made their way past Louis' seat, he was desperate to get up close and personal with Torres and former Liverpool [.

English Premier League

Rumour Mill: Benzema on his way to Chelsea or Arsenal?

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Karim Benzema is thought to be on the shortlist of many top Premier League sides for January including league leaders Arsenal, rivals Tottenham Hotspur and José Mourinho's Chelsea but according to The Express, Real Madrid have different plans for their France international.

Despite rumours of an unnamed Premier League team lodging a bid of £42million for Benzema, recent reports (Liverpool Echo, The Express and Daily Star) suggest that Real Madrid are planning a fresh bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suárez in January and the deal may include Karim Benzema along with £20million.

Gerrard Blames Extra Time For Toure Injury

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the whole team must accept responsibility for Kolo Toure's groin injury.
Brendan Rodgers' side were cruising 2-0 at half-time of Tuesday's Capital One Cup second-round tie against Notts County before a second-half lapse saw the game head into extra time.


Liverpool Target Mad Greek Defender

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Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers continue their summer of rebuilding with a bid for Greek international Kyriakos Papadopoulos. The Metro believes Anfield chiefs have offered Bundesliga club Schalke 04 £12m for the 21-year-old.
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, the German club is likely to be unwilling to negotiate at that fee, with reports the Greek has a £19m release clause.

Liverpool Searching For Consistency

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his team to show more consistency if they are to force their way back into the top four.
The Anfield side has been in good form recently but it's not been enough to secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2009-2010.
Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: "There is a process of getting into the top four and becoming champions and that is consistency.

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Ilori Won't Rule Out England Role

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New Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori would consider an offer to play for England - although he says playing for Portugal remains his ambition.
Ilori has represented Portugal at various youth levels but he was born in London and could still switch allegiance having not been capped at senior level.