7 Dec 2016

Great News for Liverpool: 'Superstar' £43m attacker cleared for Anfield return during Barcelona trip

After a brief injury scare, Liverpool's top scorer has returned to first-team training. Sadio Mane limped off the field during the Reds' 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth, and fans feared yet another injury layoff, but the Liverpool Echo has confirmed: "Mane has been passed fit for Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Anfield. The Senegal international returned to training in Barcelona on Tuesday". In recent weeks, Sturridge, Lallana, Firmino, and Coutinho have all picked up injuries, and the injury curse currently afflicting the club's attackers appeared to have struck again at Bournemouth. Mane's return to action at Anfield this Sunday is an early pre-match boost, but Daniel Sturridge will probably miss out once again. According to the Echo: "Daniel Sturridge remains a fitness concern. He isn’t part of the trip to Spain as he stayed behind at Melwood to undergo treatment". Looking on the bright side: an injury to Sturridge now is pre

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool want 'fantastic' £25m attacker who rejected 'Man Utd' transfer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is once again being linked with a January raid on the Russian Premier League. Last month, Sky Sports claimed that Liverpool are planning a £25m move for Spartak Moscow attacker Quincy Promes, and according to ESPN this week: * Liverpool are planning a move for Promes to 'offer cover' for Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho. * Klopp 'tried to sign Promes for Borussia Dortmund' during his time in the Bundesliga. When asked recently about Promes' future, Spartak boss Dmitry Alenichev told Sport Express : "Many clubs are interested but we are going to talk to him [Promes]. Even if Jose Mourinho comes calling, we will not let him go. I want to keep working with him". Some info about Promes: * 24-year old right-winger, who can also play on the left, or as as striker. Contract expires: 2021 * Spartak : 37 goals/20 assists (57) in 78 apps (One every 118 mins). * This season : 13 goals/assists in 17 apps (One every 111 m

6 Dec 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool now free to sign 'superb' powerhouse for £25m. Klopp wants January transfer

Liverpool are currently linked with a move for ' superb ' Southampton star Virgil Van Dijk, and it looks like the Reds could sign him for a lower fee than the hype suggests. Last week, Saints legend Matt Le Tissier claimed : "It would take £40-50m to get Virgil van Dijk [who] is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League. Hopefully, we don’t lose him in January". According to Sky Sports , though, Van Dijk is available for for 50% less than Le Tissier's claimed price: "Southampton could struggle to keep hold of Virgil van Dijk in January as he has a buy out clause of £25m". Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has also confirms the £25m clause, and further claims: "Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Van Dijk every week for the last two months. They want to sign him in January, and are willing to pay £25m". £25m is certainly more palatable than £50m, and is more in line with the prices Liverpool paid for Sakho and Lovren. With Jo

Transfer Update: Legend confirms 'Liverpool' rejected chance to sign 'world-class' Man Utd hero

Ex-Reds boss Graeme Souness has confirmed that he rejected the chance to sign one of the Premier League's greatest ever players. Speaking to the Daily Mail over the weekend, Souness recalled: "Peter Schmeichel wrote to me when I was at Liverpool in the early 1990s...and was willing to pay his own travel and hotel in exchange for some time with us. I had just signed David James, so I thought I could do without it." Souness has his dates mixed up a little here: * Schmeichel signed for Man Utd in August 1991 (and he cost just £500k!) * Souey signed David James in July 1992 , almost a year later (at a cost of £1m). Either way, this has to be one of the biggest transfer mistakes in Premier League history. Schmeichel wanted to sign for Liverpool, and the Reds sent straight into the arms of Manchester United. Souness further admitted: "Michel Platini came to see me, and he said he had a player — a problem boy but a proper player. Cantona. I said the last thi

'£50m' MegaDeal? 'Brilliant' £65k-a-week star responds to 'Liverpool' rumours and confirms transfer decision

Adam Lallana is currently linked with a massive transfer to Paris St. Germain, but is there any chance of this happening? On Sunday, ex-Red Jamie Redknapp asked Lallana what he thought about PSG's '£50m bid', and the Reds attacker replied: "It's a great compliment to be spoken of in the same breath as PSG with those sorts of numbers, but the thought of leaving Liverpool has never entered my mind...and I can only see myself being here for the long term". £50m?! The world's gone mad, but if the that figure is true, then selling is surely a no-brainer? Short-termist fans will inevitably disagree, but Lallana's good form this season (which is the exception for his time at LFC, not the rule) doesn't retroactively render previous criticism invalid, and or erase from history his barren spells and perennial underperformance. Lallana is approaching 30, so his transfer value will inevitably decline over the next couple of years. Right now, he'

Disaster for Klopp? 'Brilliant' £100k-a-week Liverpool star could miss 7 games (including Man Utd) due to the AFCON

Bad news for Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool could lose the club's most effective defender for much of January. Joel Matip is the lynchpin of the Reds' much improved defence, but if Cameroon boss Hugo Bross gets his way, Matip wil join Sadio Mane at the African Cup of Nations [AFCON]. Speaking to Voetbal Magazine , Bross noted: “When I took over as coach I asked him [Matip] to return, but he said to me he was not convinced. I’ve heard that he is now prepared to make a comeback and so I am going to go and see him again.” If ' brilliant ' Matip is 'prepared to make a comeback', then that obviously means he's open to persuasion, and the upcoming AFCON is the obvious place to make a return. Assuming (as is customary) he heads to the tournament a week early, Matip (and Mane) will potentially miss the following games: * Jan 7th : Middlesbrough (FA CUP) * Jan 11th : Southampton (EFL) * Jan 14th : Manchester United * Jan 21st : Swansea City * Jan 25th : So

Deal 'Was Close': €38m Klopp signing confirms he held transfer 'talks' with Man Utd

Long-time Liverpool target Mats Hummels has confirmed that he almost signed for one of the Reds' biggest rivals. When asked on Monday about historical rumours linking him with Manchester United, Hummels told the Daily Mail : "[The deal] was very close. There were talks. I had offers from England Van Gaal wanted me but he wasn’t the only one" Prior to his transfer to Bayern Munich, Liverpool were regularly linked with a move for Hummels, and given his association with Jurgen Klopp, many fans expected the Reds to be in with a chance of sealing the deal. Alas, that wasn't the case, but according to Reds legend Mark Lawrenson, Klopp was never interested in bringing Hummels to Liverpool. In an interview last season with BBC Radio 5 Live, Lawro claimed: "When Klopp arrived at Liverpool, everybody presumed he was going to try and sign Mats Hummels, but From what I’ve heard at Liverpool, Klopp has a little bit of a doubt about Hummels in the Prem.” Hmmm. In

Next Sterling? Ian Rush hails 'absolutely amazing' Liverpool academy sensation

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has heaped praise on one of Liverpool's rising Academy stars. When asked this week about Reds' sensation Ben Woodburn, Rushie raved : "When he was 14 and he had great potential, but to be the youngest-ever goalscorer for Liverpool is absolutely amazing. I think he will knuckle down, but you don't throw him in straightaway". Anfield icon Robbie Fowler added a note of caution: "It's important now that he [Woodburn] gets well looked after. Liverpool know that and they stop you from getting a bit too big for your boots. Plus, Jurgen [Klopp] is very astute when it comes to handling young players". Predictably, the fan and media-driven hype machine is in full swing, but I personally don't see what all the fuss is about. Woodburn scored a comparatively easy goal (laid on a plate) against lower-league opposition at Anfield. What's the big deal? It's great for Woodburn to score on his debut, but with greatest

Shock Transfer: Carra wants Liverpool to sign 'world-class' €46m Man Utd star. 'Klopp likes' his style of play

If you could sign one player from any Premier League team, who would it be? When asked this question last night, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports : "I’d go for David De Gea. He’s one of the top goalkeepers in the world. He can play with his feet, and Jurgen Klopp likes that. He's been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and he’d suit Liverpool". Over the last three years, De Gea is (statistically) one of the most effective goalkeepers in Europe, so I'm sure most teams in the world would jump at the chance to have the Spaniard in goal. As Carra clarified, though: "Unfortunately, there's more chance of me supporting Man Utd than De Gea signing for Liverpool". Carra recently claimed that De Gea is 'up there with Manuel Neuer, but the Spaniard's stats this season don't support that contention: * Neuer : 13 GC in 20 games (One every 138 mins). 8 clean sheets ( 40% of games) * De Gea : 22 GC in 20 games (On

5 Dec 2016

Sign for Liverpool? 'Excellent' €65m attacker wanted by Klopp confirms he's desperate for transfer

Liverpool target Julian Draxler has once again reiterated his desire to leave Wolfsburg ASAP. According to The Telegraph today: "Julian Draxler is is desperate to leave Wolfsburg next month". In August, Draxler confirmed : "I want to leave Wolfsburg [and] go to a top international club". Soon after, Draxler's agent declared : “He [Draxler] will definitely leave Wolfsburg. PSG offered €65m. I repeat: he will leave.” Wolfsburg fans are understandably irate about the situation, but after being booed over the weekend, the German reiterated his stance: "I can understand the fans. They have every right to do that [Boo]. I said in the summer the way I feel and I stand by that." Clearly, Draxler wants out, which obviously provides Jurgen Klopp with an opportunity to tempt him to Anfield. Some info about Draxler: * 22-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing. Current contract expires: 2020. * Wolfsburg : 50/50 spl