Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Talk on Luis Suarez and More from Anfield

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 24, 2013

With rumors running rampant and barely any transfers coming to fruition, it's important not to read too much into speculation. 

Sure, sometimes it can be fun to play the "what if" game when Player X is "believed" to be headed to your team or Club X is "rumored" to have made a deal for your player. 

But at this point in the transfer window, rumors are endless—and more often than not, meaningless. 

Instead, let's attempt to take a look at more concrete evidence directly from clubs and players. 

We'll start, obviously, with polarizing-but-talented striker Luis Suarez, who has been at the center of rumors for the entire summer. 

According to Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones, via The Mirror, the Uruguayan isn't expected to leave Anfield:

"It's good to have Luis and (fellow Uruguay international) Seb Coates back," he told the Liverpool Echo. "Most of the boys were joking with him about his Uruguayan (television) advert which we saw on the internet."

"He's the same player we've been used to. Nothing has changed. He's still here and we expect it to stay that way. We all hope he stays as he's a fantastic player."

This obviously isn't the be-all-end-all sign that Suarez is staying, but the fact he is back in training with his teammates—and clearly enjoying himselfis an indication he isn't as unhappy as many make him out to be. 

Of course, contrary to popular belief, Suarez isn't the only matter of business for Liverpool. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for depth in the back, per Sky Sports:

"There are obviously certain areas of the squad where we're a bit thinner than others," he said.

"We probably need a bit more support - that extra bit of quality - at the top end of the field and that's something we'll look out for.

"That'll be mixed with needing cover in the left-back position - that's something we're looking at. It's not really about numbers, it's about quality.

"If we can do that over the next number of weeks we'll be happy."

Jose Enrique held down the left-back spot for the majority of last season, and he played better as the season progressed, but depth is always key. 

With Kolo Toure already brought in to help the central defense, it's apparent Rodgers is intent on shoring up an already solid back four. 

One potential target, however, seems to be unavailable. 

According to The Guardian, not only has Chelsea turned down a Liverpool inquiry for 23-year-old left-back Ryan Bertrand, but the youngster himself noted he doesn't want to leave Stamford Bridge:

"I want to be Chelsea's No. 1 left-back, and when that time comes it will happen," Bertrand said. "All I can do is be ready and keep playing, keep biding my time. I'm thinking of nothing else. I am just focusing on being No. 1, concentrating on progression in the games I get, and I've managed to do so in recent years."

Still, there are other options, most notably Valencia's Aly Cissokho, who is reportedly close to being sent away from Valencia on loan

It's been a slightly quiet summer so far from Liverpool, but it's clear that the club is not done making moves. 


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