8 Dec 2016

Transfer Stunner: 'Magnificent' Liverpool star could be sold for €98m mega-fee if rival club triggers clause

How much is Roberto Firmino worth in the transfer market? The Reds signed Firmino for £29m in the summer of 2015, but the Brazilian's contract reveals that Liverpool value him significantly more than that. According to Football Leaks (via Belgian newspaper Le Soir ), which is one of its publication 'partners'): * Firmino Liverpool contract allegedly contains a €98m (£82.6m) release clause. * The clause can be triggered by 'any club except Arsenal' (this is specifically stated in the contract). There's no hard evidence to suggest this is true, but if it is, then Liverpool appear to believe that Firmino - Hailed last month as ' magnificent ' by Phil Thompson - is amongst the most valuable players in the world. Is Firmino worth €98m? Based purely on end product (i.e. goals, assists, and chance creation), the answer is (arguably) a resounding no. To attract Ronaldo-esque transfer fee, Firmino needs Ronaldo-esque end product, and although his cr

Inside Info: Journo claims he's been 'told' that 'Liverpool' transfer for 'superb' £25m international is a no-go

Liverpool are heavily linked with a move for Virgil Van Dyke, but is Klopp really interested? Earlier this week, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Van Dijk has a £25m clause in his contract, and further claimed: "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". On Wednesday, Matt Law, a football correspondent with The Telegraph, claimed to have some inside information on the alleged deal: "I'm told tonight that Liverpool have no interest in Virgil Van Dijk despite what Dutch papers say". Given Klopp's historical frugality in the transfer market, a move for Van Dijk always seemed fanciful, especially at the prices being quoted: * In his entire managerial career, Klopp has never spent more than €10m on a central defender. * At Dortmund, Klopp signed Matthias Ginter and Sokratis for €10m apiece, with Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels costing a c

7 Dec 2016

I Want Anfield: 'Gifted' Champions League winner reveals he's desperate for 'Liverpool' move

One of Liverpool's ex-players has admitted that he wants Jurgen Klopp's job at Anfield. Speaking to ESPN on Tuesday, Kewell enthused: "I'm a big dreamer. You might as well go to the top. You want to dream big, you dream big, and my ultimate goal is Liverpool". Kewell is still 'learning his trade' at the moment, and he's determined to break into the managerial world at some point: "I just worry about my coaching. I'll just keep working and working until I get my opportunity." It's highly improbable that Kewell will ever become the manager of Liverpool, but at the age of 38, he has time on his side, and if he makes a splash in the next ten years, you never know what might happen. That said, one big barrier in Kewell's way is Reds legend Steven Gerrard, who also his heart set on managing Liverpool. Back in 2013, the ex-Reds captain confirmed : "The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool, when the Liverpool j

Massive Boost for Liverpool: 'Brilliant' £100k-a-week star cleared for Anfield return [Photo Proof]

With Sadio back in training after a recent injury scare, there's more good news today on the injury front. According to the Liverpool Echo : "Joel Matip [has taken part] in a [training] session at Melwood today. Matip - who missed the weekend defeat at Bournemouth - returned to team training at the Centre D'Alt Rendiment de Sant Cugat in Barcelona on Tuesday". After the defensive horror show at Bournemouth, this is obviously great news for Liverpool. With Matip in the team: * The Reds are yet to lose a game (10 wins in 13 games; 3 draws) * Liverpool have conceded only 9 goals in 13 games (one every 130 mins), and kept five clean sheets. * Without Matip , Liverpool have conceded 9 goals in 3 league games (Arsenal, Burnley, and Bournemouth). Clearly, Matip is vitally important to Liverpool's defensive solidity, but Klopp needs to find a way to retain solidity without the ' brilliant defender as it's alarming how the defensive unit collapses in

'I like Liverpool': €20m Uruguay star who plays with Suarez confirms he'd sign for Klopp

One of Luis Suarez's Uruguay team-mates has confirmed that he's interested in a transfer to Liverpool. Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport today, ' excellent ' Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino revealed: "My dream has always been to play in England. I like Liverpool and I would like to follow [Marcos] Alonso and many other team-mates of my national team [to the Prem]" Some info about €20m -rated Vecino: * 25 year old central midfielder midfielder, who often plays the holding role. Contract expires: 2021 * Fiorentina : 6 goals/assists in 59 apps. 9 apps for the Argentina national team. Missed only 6 games through injury in the last 2.5 years. * Sep 2015 : On Luis Suarez: "I've known Suarez for some time. He has won so much, and he has a lot of experience". * Sep 2016 : On his career goals : "I'd like to win a World Cup, or at least play in it, and make a mark here in Florence. It would be nice to do someth

Redknapp insists: It's time for Klopp to dump 'adequate' €17m Liverpool star and sign a replacement 'in January'

Ex-Red Jamie Redknapp has urged Jurgen Klopp to make a big change to the team during the January transfer window. In his column this week for the Daily Mail , Redknapp insisted that Liverpool need to 'sort out the defence' and identified James Milner as the weakest link: "James Milner has done well this season but if Liverpool are to sustain a challenge, they need another left back in January". Redknapp isn't the only ex-player who feels this way: * Steve Nicol [Oct 2016]: “Milner has been adequate , but eventually, he’s going to get found out” . * John Barnes [Nov 2016]: "Liverpool need to go and get a left-back . James Milner has done well, but to win [the Prem], we need to get a left-back." * Paul Parker [Nov 2016]: "Liverpool's downfall is in defence, with left-back the main problem". For the most part, Milner has done a stellar job on the left, but his frequently poor positioning is a major problem, and regularly caus

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