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Konoplyanka 'excited' by Kop move


Yevhen Konoplyanka. Photo: PA

Yevhen Konoplyanka. Photo: PA

Yevhen Konoplyanka. Photo: PA

DNIPRO winger Yevhen Konoplyanka has claimed he is "excited" by the possibility of joining Liverpool before the close of the January transfer window.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre flew out to Ukraine earlier this week to hold discussions regarding a deal for Konoplyanka.

Tottenham Hotspur are also understood to have shown an interest in Konoplyanka, but Liverpool are in pole position to secure his signature.

Reports have claimed that Liverpool have upped their offer to £16million for the 24-year-old Ukraine international as manager Brendan Rodgers tries to finalise a "major signing" before tonight's deadline.

Konoplyanka, who scored against England in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at Wembley in September 2012, is surprised at how strong Liverpool's interest has become.

"I'm excited about it and soon everyone will know where I will play," Konoplyanka said

"Is it very serious with Liverpool? I am shocked myself at how serious it is. I think in the near future everything will become clear."

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is confident he can "get it right" in the deeper role he has been occupying of late.

The midfielder has been operating just in front of the back four recently, something he admitted had not worked in the Reds' recent 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa.

But he produced an impressive display from the position on Tuesday when Liverpool thrashed their derby rivals Everton 4-0 at Anfield.

And the 33-year-old England skipper, said: "I know that with time and work on the training pitch, I can get it right."