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Henderson: Respecting Chelsea can inspire Liverpool

Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson admits standing in a guard of honour for newly-crowned champions Chelsea should provide the players with all the motivation they need to be better next season.

Henderson wants Liverpool to challenge Chelsea next season. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho's side won the title with victory over Crystal Palace last weekend and when they run out again at Stamford Bridge the visitors are expected to offer their congratulations, as has become the tradition over recent years.

Henderson admits it will not be a nice feeling having to applaud their rivals but there is a positive to be taken from it.

You have to respect the team because they have been the best team over the season. Of course it will be difficult doing that but you have to pay your respects.

If that (guard of honour) does happen you have to remember the feeling that it is what we want to achieve. You have to bottle that and make sure next season we can have a really good go and use it as motivation and drive to push on.

– Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson

Liverpool midfielder warns Man United about top four

Lallana still believes Liverpool can catch Man United. Credit: PA

Adam Lallana wants Liverpool to spoil Chelsea's title celebrations and dent Manchester United's Champions League aspirations this weekend.

United's shock defeat to West Brom on Saturday left them just four points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

Although there are just three matches of the season left, Lallana is convinced Liverpool can catch Louis van Gaal's men, but he admits the Reds will have to win all three of their remaining games to do so.

It's not over yet. We can still finish in the top four but we need to take maximum points now. We'll keep fighting right to the end. We all know what can happen.

United have some tough games to play and I am sure they will drop more points. We have to put pressure on United by going to Stamford Bridge and getting three points. Pressure is a tough thing to deal with.

We need to beat Chelsea and Palace and hope it all comes down to the final weekend.

– Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana

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DONE DEAL: Liverpool sign Portuguese midfielder

Paulo Alves has a great future ahead of him. Credit: labor.pt

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign promising midfielder Paulo Alves, the 17 year-old's Portuguese club has confirmed.

The Reds had been monitoring the youngster's progress this season after being alerted to his talents through their scouting network, and he is expected to undergo a medical at Melwood this week.

A statement from Sanjoanense, who are sixth in the Portuguese third tier confirmed today:

Sanjoanense informs that, after many months of negotiations, they have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer, outright, of Paulo Alves.

The agreement comes after a period of testing at the legendary English club, which met the expectations of his parents. It should be formalised in the coming days, with the player allowed to travel to Liverpool in the company of his father.

– Sanjoanense club statement

QPR manager hopeful of beating Liverpool at Anfield

Ramsey is tying to fill his QPR players with confidence. Credit: PA

Time is running out but Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey remains confident his relegation-threatened side can revive their fortunes, starting with a Premier League victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

QPR, in 19th place, have four games remaining to avoid the trapdoor to the Championship but travel to Anfield having not won there in the league since a 3-1 victory in 1991.

"Liverpool have the quality and resilience to bounce back. They've been written off two or three times this season and Brendan's done a fantastic job in bringing them back to the levels that warrant a team of Liverpool's stature.

"But we believe we can beat anyone on our day and we're hoping that our day will be on the weekend."

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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.co.uk

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
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