Manager responds to Liverpool interest in free-scoring striker

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Bristol City manager Keith Millen has responded to speculation linking Nicky Maynard with a move to Liverpool.

The 24-year-old striker scored 21 goals for the Robins last season but has missed the vast majority of this campaign after a serious knee injury.

However, Maynard has made an immediate impact since his return to fitness - scoring three times in as many starts for the npower Championship side.

This quick return to form has reportedly alerted Liverpool and Everton to his potential availability with both clubs alleged to be considering summer bids for his services.

Liverpool and Everton are both known to be in the market for goalscoring reinforcements when the transfer window reopens, but Millen has moved to quash any reports regarding the potential sale of his prized asset.


"There is always speculation and you cannot do anything about that," he told the Bristol Evening Post. "But I'm surprised to have to answer so many questions about this at this stage of the season.

"We have not heard anything from Everton, Liverpool or any other club and, as far as I'm concerned, this is just newspaper talk. Sometimes agents put things out there and sometimes it's just gossip.

"He scored 21 goals last year and no-one came knocking on our door. I'm hoping it will be the same this summer, because we certainly don't want to lose him."

Along with Liverpool and Everton, Fulham have also been linked with the Englishman who is seemingly destined to eventually play in the Barclays Premier League.

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