Kirkland close to new Reds deal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports last weekend suggested that the England Under-21 international was considering his future with Liverpool as he bids for regular first team action.
Kirkland has laughed off the rumours and insists he will be staying at Anfield by signing a new deal.
"I'm about to sign a new contract so I don't know where that story came from," said Kirkland.
"You expect paper talk but there's clearly no truth in it. I'm expecting the contract situation to be sorted in the next few weeks.
"I'm still a young lad, learning all the time, and there's no way I'm thinking of leaving."
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be forced to pay Coventry £250,000 as Kirkland made his 20th appearance for the club against Blackburn on Wednesday, triggering a clause in the deal that took him to Merseyside from Highfield Road
In other news, Reds duo Sami Hyypia and Florent Sinama-Pongolle are doubtful for this weekend's clash with Fulham.
The pair picked up knocks in the win at Blackburn and face a race against time to be fit for the trip to Loftus Road.
Hyypia was doubtful for the game with Blackburn after suffering a hamstring strain in the warm-up but battled through the first half before being replaced at the break.
Sinama-Pongolle also failed to come out for the second half after suffering a dead leg and Reds boss Gerard Houllier is sweating over the duo's fitness.
"Sami felt his hamstring but wanted to start at Blackburn. I took him off at half time as a precaution," said Houllier.
"He got a kick to the side of his ankle but it wasn't malicious. Florent has a dead leg and is on crutches."