Liverpool line up Samuel Eto’o on one-year deal… as Mario Balotelli back-up plan

The Cameroonian veteran has already taken a medical for the Reds, but may not be needed if the Reds tie up a deal for Balotelli

Plan B: Eto’o could join the Reds should Balotelli fail to arrive

Brendan Rodgers has lined up an amazing deal to sign Samuel Eto’o – in case the Mario Balotelli deal falls through.

Former Chelsea striker Eto’o, 33, underwent a medical in Paris on Friday and is hoping to fly to Liverpool this weekend to complete the move But Mirror Sport can reveal that Liverpool have taken the extraordinary step of putting Eto’o through a medical because of lingering doubts about bad boy Balotelli.

Kop boss Rodgers wants to talk face-to-face with Balotelli before completing the £16m deal and that is why Eto’o has been put on standby.

Rodgers could end up signing both strikers but it is more likely that only one will move to Anfield and the Eto’o back-up plan is a highly unusual step.

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How Liverpool Could Line Up Against Man City

Ben Twelves

Feature Writer

 Aug 22, 2014 

Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night where they face the first mouth-watering clash of the new Premier League season. Ben Twelves takes a look at how Brendan Rodgers could shape his team for the match.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Manchester City's James Milner during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Manchester City vs Liverpool, Monday 25th August 2014, 8pm

  • Moreno in the squad, could make debut
  • Balotelli not registered in time, won’t feature
  • Markovic in squad but unlikely to start
  • Allen or Can to replace Lucas?

Liverpool turn their attentions to Premier League champions Manchester City for the second game of the season, and the Reds will be determined to add to their winning start to the new campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

While Rodgers’ side exited Anfield with maximum points from the opening weekend clash against Ronald Koeman’s Saints, the performance of his’ team was not what’s come to be expected, and the Liverpool boss will know more than anyone that his side will have to improve if they want to come away with anything from the game on Monday night.

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Sunderland “Still Trying” to Complete Deal for Liverpool Striker

By on Aug 22 2014, 8:30p

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Stu Forster

Despite having agreed on a £14m with Liverpool in mid-July, Sunderland are yet to convince Fabio Borini to join, but manager Gus Poyet continues to work toward a resolution with just over a week left in the transfer window.

Over a month ago, Liverpool and Sunderland settled on a non-insignificant amount of money for the sale of Fabio Borini. That amount, believed to be in the region of £14m, was terrific from a Liverpool perspective and a statement of intent from the Wearside club, and most had expected a deal to be finalized shortly after the fee was agreed. Most except Fabio Borini, who’s yet to agree personal terms amid rumors that he’s content to stay and fight at Liverpool, or looking for higher wages, or interested in possibly heading back to Italy.

Whatever the case, what’s certain is that Borini hasn’t made up his mind yet, leaving Sunderland in the dark as to whether or not they’ll get the man they’ve been chasing all summer. Good thing Gus Poyet is stubborn:


“Nothing has changed. It’s the same as last week. It’s still on, nothing has changed for good or for bad. We’re still trying.”

From a Liverpool perspective there appears to be increasingly little space in which Borini can operate, though the club aren’t necessarily pushing him out the door. Mario Balotelli will come in as direct competition for Daniel Sturridge’s spot as the first option up top, ending up as second-choice at worst, while Rickie Lambert serves as a reliable option off the bench. That leaves Borini likely as fourth-choice, and from the wide areas the presence of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, and even Jordan Henderson makes time scarce in Borini’s second option as well.

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Mario Balotelli for £16 Million Is Shrewd Business for Liverpool

By , Contributor Aug 22, 2014

Mario Balotelli for £16 Million Is Shrewd Business for Liverpool

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Over the last 24 hours we’ve learnt that Liverpool are closing in on the signature of AC Milan’s Italian international, centre-forward Mario Balotelli. Ben Smith of the BBC and James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo report that the fee involved is as low as £16 million.

In a marketplace that has seen Shane Long move from Hull City to Southampton for £12 million this summer and Ross McCormack swap Leeds for Fulham for an £11 million fee, an additional £4 million for a 24-year-old striker with 33 Italy caps and 31 Champions League appearances to his name looks a very prudent bit of business indeed.

The move for the Italian has come just three weeks after the Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, “categorically” stated to reporters that he had no interest in recruiting Balotelli this summer. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani had similarly asserted that Balotelli’s short-term future lay at his boyhood club.

But despite recruiting eight new players at a cost of over £100 million in the transfer window, Rodgers has long determined that Liverpool need a proven Champions League-level goalscorer in an effort to replace Luis Suarez and supplement Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in attack.

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Photos: U21s held by United at Anfield

22nd Aug 2014 – Latest News

Author: Chris Shaw

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Young Reds thwarted by rivals’ leveller

22nd Aug 2014 – Latest News

 Young Reds thwarted by rivals' leveller
Author: Chris Shaw

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Ice buckets for Brendan and Skrtel

22nd Aug 2014 – Latest News

 Author: James Carroll

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