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Sterling aiming for top four

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Raheem Sterling: Says Liverpool can finish in the top four next season

Raheem Sterling: Says Liverpool can finish in the top four next season

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Raheem Sterling is confident that Liverpool can challenge for a UEFA Champions League spot next season and has praised manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool finished seventh in their first year under Rodgers but Sterling insists there were plenty of positives to take from the campaign, particularly their strong finish.

Sterling also believes that Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for his managerial methods and pleasing playing style.

“He’s a top guy,” the 18-year-old told Sky Sports News. “He is one of them who is not just interested when you are playing well at the moment, he also looks at players who are not playing or young players.

“I’d say top four, definitely. As we ended the season we can see how strong the team has become. Hopefully we can get a good start to the season and just maintain that.”

Raheem Sterling

“Liverpool should be really grateful that they have a manager like that because he is a big bonus for the team and the players, and obviously his playing style is really attractive.

“He has also got some players in during the January transfer window and they are putting the performances in, so these are really exciting times for Liverpool now next season.”

Daniel Sturridge was one of those recruited by Rodgers in January, and Sterling feels his displays have shown that Liverpool can cope without Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan was given a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanoivic and will not be available to return to action until late September.

Sterling said: “It will be a big blow but Daniel has scored ten or 11 goals since he has come in and done really well. He has stepped up to the plate and shown what a good player he is.”

Liverpool are now hoping to push on next season and compete for a place in the Champions League.

Asked where they could realistically aim to finish, Sterling replied: “I’d say top four, definitely.

“As we ended the season we can see how strong the team has become. Hopefully we can get a good start to the season and just maintain that.”

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Carroll to reject £15m West Ham move & fight for Liverpool future

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The Hammers have agreed a deal with the Reds for the 24-year-old striker, but he is keen to establish himself at Anfield or at least secure a shock return to Newcastle

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By Richard Buxton

Andy Carroll looks set to turn down a permanent £15 million move to West Ham after telling Liverpool he will fight for his place at Anfield, Goal understands.

The 24-year-old striker is ready to accept a role as a bit-part player at Liverpool next season in order to force his way into the side following a successful loan spell at Upton Park.

West Ham agreed a £15m deal with the Reds last week after Carroll scored seven goals while on loan in east London, but he is unsure about a move as he focuses on re-establishing himself at Anfield and earning a place in England’s World Cup squad.

“Things haven’t worked out for Andy at Liverpool but he went there with high hopes and isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet,” a source told Goal.

“He enjoyed his time with West Ham but feels he has unfinished business at Anfield.”

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers had hoped to cash in on Carroll to boost his transfer spending this summer, having only been given £20m by owners FSG to improve the squad that finished seventh in the Premier League table.

Carroll is also thought to be keen on a shock return to Newcastle. The Magpies, though, are not believed to be in the running for his signature, with bad blood from the original £35m transfer in 2011 meaning Liverpool are reluctant to negotiate a return.

Carroll faces up to four months on the sidelines with a heel injury, and has withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

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Ex-Leeds, Liverpool winger Kewell linked with Melbourne Heart

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Reports are suggesting that Harry Kewell could soon sign for Melbourne Heart.

The 34-year old former Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray winger is being heavily linked with a move to the Heart after his short-term loan with Qatari club Al-Gharafa finished recently.

It was believed that Kewell, who previously played with crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory, was set to sign tomorrow but a press conference was called off, however, that has not dampened the spirits of Heart chief Scott Munn.

“We are keen to sign him, but no deal has been done,” Munn said.

“I’d be lying if I said (coach) John Aloisi hadn’t spoken to him, but he spoke to several players while in Europe.

“We believe he’d be a fantastic addition and we need players with a winner’s mentality.”

Kewell was recently left out of Holger Osieck’s Australian squad as they prepare for vital World Cup qualifiers in June.

 
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Hearts boss Locke thrilled to sign Wilson from Liverpool

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Heart of Midlothian manager Gary Locke was overjoyed after signing Danny Wilson from Liverpool.

The former Rangers young gun has penned a three-year deal with the Edinburgh club after spending time on loan at Tynecastle last season and Locke is looking forward to calling on his services on a permanent basis.

“I’m delighted that Danny has decided to sign for the club permanently,” the Jambos boss told the club’s official website.

“He has a wealth of experience despite only being 21 years old and has already shown how talented he is in his loan spell here.

“I’d like to thank Liverpool for allowing him to come here in the first instance, and Danny himself for showing faith in this club and choosing us when there was interest elsewhere.

“This is the type of player I want to attract to the club and I firmly believe that if he continues to play the way that he can then he’ll be called back up to the Scotland squad in no time at all.”

 
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Wilson leaves Liverpool for Hearts

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Danny Wilson has departed Liverpool to join Heart of Midlothian on a permanent basis.

The 21-year old defender, who arrived at Anfield from Rangers in 2010, spent four months on loan at Tynecastle last season and has now signed with the Jambos on a three-year contract.

Wilson will head to Edinburgh when his Liverpool contract expires this summer and he is excited about the opportunity.

“It didn’t take me long to decide about committing myself to Hearts once the club made it known they were keen to keep me,” he told the club’s official website.

“I just want to play football and I firmly believe that staying at Tynecastle will benefit my career.

“I really enjoyed my time on loan here and am very pleased the move has been made permanent. This is a great club with great supporters and I’m looking forward to helping bring more success to Hearts.

“I believe the club has a bright future with a lot of good young players and being part of that excites me.”

 
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Hamann convinced Allen will be Liverpool success

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Liverpool hero Didi Hamann is convinced of big things to come from Joe Allen.

The midfielder’s first campaign with the Reds was curtailed by a troublesome shoulder problem but Champions League winner Hamann is confident that Allen offers reason …

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Liverpool legend Callaghan impressed by Rodgers work

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Liverpool legend Ian Callaghan appreciates what manager Brendan Rodgers is attempting to build at Anfield.

Callaghan remains a frequent visitor to Anfield and likes what he sees from the Rodgers project.

“I had the privilege of playing for two …

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Swansea boss Laudrup ponders selling Arsenal target Williams

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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is ready to cash in on Ashley Williams.

Laudrup is resigned to losing one top player in the transfer window.

And defender Williams is a likely candidate despite signing a new deal until 2015 in October, with Arsenal ready to table an £8million bid and Liverpool also keen.

Laudrup said: “There has been a lot of talk and let’s see what happens.

“Maybe we have to accept one player will go but not any more.”

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