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Can eyes spot in Liverpool midfield

Emre Can, Liverpool's utility man last season, wants to nail down a place in midfield for the coming campaign.

The Germany Under-21 international struggled to break into the side following his £10million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen after injury sidelined him for six weeks early on.

He played just nine times before the Boxing Day match at Burnley, which proved a turning point in his season as he came on at half-time for Kolo Toure to play as a third centre-back.

Emre Can fancies playing in midfield. Credit: PA

"The most important thing is I feature in the games for Liverpool - that's my number one intention," he told LFC GO.

"A midfield role is preferable; of course it is the manager who decides who plays where.

"We'll see where he choses to play me this season. It is up to the manager but my preference is midfield."

Liverpool defender set to join Norwich on loan

Newly-promoted Norwich have agreed a loan deal for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

The 22-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Reds in May, is likely to complete the move in the next couple of days.

Andre Wisdom is used to going out on loan. Credit: PA

The Canaries will pay a loan fee of £1.25million for the England Under-21 defender, who can operate as a full-back or in the centre.

Wisdom spent last season on loan at West Brom, having previously impressed in the Sky Bet Championship for Derby in a temporary spell the previous campaign.

Henderson: We didn't want to go to Gerrard's party after Liverpool got thrashed by Stoke

Liverpool were embarrassed by Stoke on the final day of the season. Credit: PA

New Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson revealed many of Brendan Rodgers' squad felt uneasy about boarding the plane to Steven Gerrard's special send-off bash in Dubai after getting thrashed 6-1 by Stoke.

"A lot of us didn't want to go to be honest," said Henderson, who assumed the armband from his former midfield colleague this summer.

"It had been organised for a number of months and it was especially for Stevie.

"He has been such a huge role model for everyone who has been here and we'd wanted to make sure that we said goodbye to him properly off the field on a more personal level for him.

"If it was just a holiday, we wouldn't have gone. That is natural when that happens. It stays with you but then there comes a point when you have to move on.

"I won't forget that day in a hurry. That game will stick in my mind for a long time."


Benteke: I came to Liverpool to win trophies

Benteke wants silverware. Credit: PA

New Liverpool signing Christian Benteke has outlined his determination to win trophies after completing a £32.5million transfer from Aston Villa.

The Belgium international became the club's second-most expensive acquisition after £35million Andy Carroll when a deal, which will see the Reds pay £16million up front and the remainder over the duration of his five-year contract, was completed late on Wednesday night.

He will not meet up with most of his new team-mates until they return after Friday's match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

The 24-year-old already knows a couple of them, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi, from the national team and believes the summer recruitment has given the Reds a chance of winning silverware.

"I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course," said Benteke, who became the club's seventh signing of the close season taking their spending past £80million.

"I'm happy to be part of this team and will (try) to help this team reach its goals.

"I want to be the best and I want to reach the best of myself.

"I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team."

Rodgers hoping for Benteke boost at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers needs more goals at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the imminent arrival of Christian Benteke will instantly boost his side's firepower.

Press Association Sport understands the Aston Villa striker will undergo the first part of a two-stage medical with Reds team doctor Andy Massey, who flew in from Adelaide after leaving the club's pre-season tour early, in London on Monday afternoon with the process continuing on Tuesday.

Rodgers made the Belgian his primary target after watching Liverpool score just 52 times in the Premier League last season - down from 101 the previous campaign when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge almost fired them to the title.

On Sunday, Liverpool concluded negotiations on a payment structure which will see them pay £16million up front and the remainder of his £32.5million release clause over the length of his contract.

"It was just clear we needed to score more goals," said Rodgers in quotes reported in the Liverpool Echo.

"A few years ago we needed to improve our goal tally and we did that and it gave the team a little bit of profit. I feel it was the same this summer.

"We were down on our goals. Overall it is the balance we need to improve offensively and defensively and the players that will contribute to both."

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