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Belgium star asks for advice about Liverpool move

Striker Divock Origi has been preparing for his arrival at Liverpool by getting advice from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Origi has no fears about his move to Liverpool. Credit: PA

The 20-year-old was loaned back to Lille after he was signed for £10m last summer and, while manager Brendan Rodgers and some of the Reds' coaching staff have been keeping in contact, he has found his Belgium team-mate to be useful in providing inside information.

He told the club's official website:

Simon has helped me a lot and given me a lot of information about the city. It's always nice to have someone in the team that you know and who speaks the same language, but obviously I speak some English also, so I hope the integration will be okay.

I am sure there is a good atmosphere within the group. Simon told me the team is very human and that's very good to hear. I have no worries about that. Some people from the team's management have also sent me some messages and let me know they're watching all the games. It's very nice to have the team supporting me and watching often.

– Divock Origi speaking to


Liverpool captain Gerrard helped Torres join Chelsea

Gerrard and Torres shared a special relationship at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Steven Gerrard told Fernando Torres to "think about himself" when the Spaniard was weighing up whether to join Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011.

There is a popular assumption that Reds captain Gerrard was strongly opposed to El Nino's £50m transfer, but Torres has quashed those claims by suggesting he had the midfielder's full support.

Speaking to AS, Torres, who is now on loan with Atletico from AC Milan, explained:

Gerrard changed my career, my ambition, the way of raising my goals, the way of wanting to win. He changed everything.

Gerrard talked a lot with me and even when I said that I was leaving Liverpool, he said: 'Think about yourself. Do what's best for you because you have seen how people are leaving and it's time. You have nothing to prove.'

He changed my way of seeing things and showed me that I could get much higher than what I had always thought. I will never find a teammate like him, I am sure.

– Fernando Torres speaking to AS


Liverpool refuse to comment on Henderson speculation

Liverpool have refused to comment on reports midfielder Jordan Henderson has agreed a new five-year contract at the club.

Reports suggest Henderson has agreed a new five year deal. Credit: PA

The England international was on Monday night reported to have agreed to commit his future to the Anfield outfit in a deal worth £100,000 a week.

The 24-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, is a key member of Brendan Rodgers' side and will take on even greater responsibility when Steven Gerrard leaves the club in the summer. He is currently vice captain to the former England skipper.

The deal would be a major boost for the Reds boss in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final exit, while they also face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League.

Liverpool declined to comment on the reports in several national newspapers when contacted by Press Association Sport.

History suggests Liverpool will sack Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers will end his third season at the club without a trophy. Credit: PA

Sunday's defeat against Aston Villa ensured that Brendan Rodgers will become the first Liverpool manager since the fifties who has failed to win a trophy in his opening three seasons.

In that time the club has, of course, dismissed managers with less than three seasons under their belt, but this is hardly going to reassure Rodgers, who is unlikely to guide Liverpool into those treasured Champions League places this year.

Former wing-half Phil Taylor took over the reigns in May 1956 and was eventually replaced by the legendary Bill Shankly in November 1959.

He was the last manager at the club whose reign lasted more than three years and ended fruitless. Will Rodgers survive until November this year?

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