Liverpool fans, a warm welcome to you on this dreary Monday morning.
If the prospect of tackling the week ahead is too much to bear then stick with us, for we have a tonic of sorts.
If you’re a football-crazy fan, then it’s likely you’ll want to know all the latest news doing the rounds. In an effort to allay such cravings, we’ve compiled a neat round-up for your enjoyment. Read on below, watch the video, and remember to comment in the box provided.
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Gerrard the negotiator
Steven Gerrard’s new book ‘My Story’ is currently being serialised by the Daily Mail, and there’s plenty for Liverpool fans to get stuck into.
One tale sure to strike a chord with the Anfield faithful is Gerrard recounting how he tried to get both Toni Kroos and Willian to sign for the Reds, after being asked to do so by Brendan Rodgers.
With Willian, Gerrard claims a failure to guarantee Champions League football was what cost Liverpool, whilst with Real Madrid star Kroos the former England captain has admitted his club never really had a chance.
In his words ‘God loves a trier.’
"Our target in 2014 was ridiculously optimistic. Brendan asked me to take a crack at trying to talk Toni Kroos into signing for Liverpool. He smiled when I said we’d be p*****g into the wind with this one," the extract reads.
"We both admired Kroos immensely. I knew Real Madrid were gearing up to make Bayern Munich an offer and so I felt a bit awkward when I texted Kroos. The German was on his way to winning the World Cup with his country and Real were the champions of Europe. But God loves a trier, and so I gave it a whirl.
"Some of the best footballers in the world can also be the most respectful. Kroos didn’t make me feel like I was a total idiot. But, of course, he would soon sign for Real Madrid. We had a nice little exchange of texts and I said well done and good luck."
Gerrard on Diouf
Moving on, and it’s only right we stick with Gerrard’s revelations because, well, they’re far too juicy not too.
The LA Galaxy man has also revealed he has no respect for former teammate El-Hadji Diouf, who he says fans often compare with Mario Balotelli. Gerrard said he has respect for Balotelli, but not the man who came before him.
Last but not least, Nigeria manager Sunday Oliseh has confirmed that Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe has chosen to play for England at international level.
Oliseh apparently visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in August in an attempt to change Ibe's allegiances, but the Nigeria coach revealed on Twitter that he had been informed that he was unsuccessful.