Big-spenders deny move for Reds skipper

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Anzhi Makhachkala manager Roberto Carlos has rebuffed suggestions he wants to sign Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, as well as numerous other high-profile players.

The Brazilian World Cup winner has frequently been in the press in recent weeks having made ambitious claims that mega-rich Anzhi are eyeing some of Europe's top players.

Along with Liverpool captain Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Robin van Persie also feature on the supposed shopping list of the Russian club.

"I am having dinner with the president tonight and we'll speak about signings for next season, names like Lampard, Gerrard and Pires," Carlos is alleged to have said.

Billionaire backed Anzhi are attempting to become football's next superpower and, should they attempt to sign Gerrard from Liverpool, the Anfield club would do well no to entertain a potentially substantial fee.


However, the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal may be able to rest easy now, after Carlos claimed the quotes attributed to him are entirely false. The 38-year-old will now impose a media blackout.

"Words are attributed to me about mythical new signings, whose names at times are a total surprise," he told Ria Novosti.

"Not in one interview did I utter any concrete names. From this moment, I am not giving any more interviews to allow me to concentrate completely on my work as a coach at Anzhi."

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