24 Jan 2017

Disaster for Klopp? £77m Liverpool duo miss training; 'excellent' midfielder suffers new injury 'knock'

Liverpool face Southampton tomorrow, and ahead of the game, it looks like there may be continuing injury worries for two of the club's key players. Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne both missed training on Monday, and neither appear in official photos of last night's training session. After recent injuries, both Clyne and Coutinho returned to Jurgen Klopp's starting lineup for Saturday's home defeat to Swansea City, and if they're both missing training again, it suggests that there may be some injury blowback and/or recovery issues. In his pre-match press conference yesterday, Klopp insisted that the team has no new injury worries, but when asked about Jordan Henderson's fitness, he admitted that the captain is playing through the pain barrier: "He got a knock [against Swansea] It’s not the moment to feel nothing, he always feels a little bit, but he can cope with it.” On the plus side, Joel Matip participated in Monday's session, and he

Deal Close? Liverpool now in talks with 'amazing' €55m attacker. Record £150k-a-week deal expected

Liverpool are reportedly in negotiations over a new deal with one of the club's most important players. Last month, The Independent claimed: "Liverpool are ready to increase Philippe Coutinho’s wages to £150k-a-week". According to the Echo today: "Liverpool have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho over a new contract [which] will reflect his importance and influence". If this goes through, Coutinho - who is currently on £75k-a-week - will become Liverpool's highest paid player, and although £150k-a-week is a ridiculously obscene amount of money, some fans will probably argue that he's worth it. Last month, Jurgen Klopp, appeared to suggest that Liverpool were open to selling Coutinho: "If there’s a club that can pay double what we pay, then I’ll bring the player [Coutinho] there myself. Who am I to tell him not to think about family?". Last week, though, Klopp appeared to have changed his tune : "He [Coutinho] is our p

Sign for Liverpool? Klopp wants 'outstanding' €40m star who rejected 'Arsenal'. Secret talks held already with Inter

Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for one of Serie A's most coveted defenders. According to reports in Italy: * Klopp has his eye on ' outstanding ' Roma centre-half Kostas Manolas. * Inter Milan are also interested, and in a bid to get a jump on the deal, the Italian giants have allegedly held 'secret talks' over a possible €40m summer transfer. Some info about Manolas: * 25-year old centre-back. Contract expires: 2019. * 109 apps for Roma. 27 apps for the Greece national team. * Missed only 8 games through injury for his entire career. * Jan 2017 : When asked about a January move, Manolas' agent told reporters : "A transfer in January? There's no news, but it's hard to predict anything in football". * Jan 2017 : Manolas's agent also suggested that €40m may not be enough: "Roma refused an almost €40m offer from Arsenal in the summer. The Gunners were really interested but Roma's demands exceeded what

Shock Change: Legend urges Klopp to replace €60m Liverpool 'superstar' with 'fantastic' Brit sensation for the AFCON

Reds legend John Aldridge has urged Jurgen Klopp to make a shock change to the team for Liverpool's upcoming games. In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Aldo claimed that one of the club's ' fantastic ' academy players is capable of filling the Sadio Mane void. He explained : "Why not throw Trent Alexander-Arnold in there until Mane comes back? The lad is quick, has played in midfield at youth level and we need someone there with pace to stretch teams like Mane does". Obvious Scouse solidarity notwithstanding, this is a stretch to say the least, though such a change will fit perfectly with Klopp's 'square pegs in round holes' policy. Liverpool already have a wide player (Firmino) playing upfront; a midfielder (Milner) playing at left-back; two attacking midfielders (Lallana and Wijnaldum) playing in central midfield, and a striker (Origi), regularly playing out wide, so playing a right-back on the wing is a natural progression.

Anfield MegaDeal: Legend insists Liverpool 'need' to sign 'superb' £40m powerhouse this week; Klopp wants deal now

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has called for Jurgen Klopp to sign one of the Premier League's most coveted players. When asked over the weekend who Liverpool should sign this month, Gerrard told BT Sport : "Who I think we need, I would go and try and bid for Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton". Gerrard's former team-mates Jamie Redknapp and Jamie Carragher are also fans of ' superb ' Van Dijk. In December, Carra insisted , that Klopp should spend '£40m' on the Dutchman, and explained why the deal is necessary: "Matip has fitness issues, as does Lovren. If Klopp wants someone in January, he has to be backed, as the stakes could get very big for Liverpool in 2017. I still think he needs a defender" . After Soton's 1-0 EFL win over Liverpool, Redknapp enthused : "He [Van Dijk]is immense. He's so comfortable on the ball. Whoever decides to buy him, he is a fantastic player. There's not a better centre-back in the Pre

23 Jan 2017

Done Deal: 'Unbelievable' £30m sensation wanted by Klopp signs 3-year deal. Liverpool offer submitted in August

One of Jurgen Klopp's top transfer targets has finally ended speculation about a move to Liverpool. Over the last year, Liverpool have been regularly linked with a move for ' unbelievable ' Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic, with the latest link coming in December, when The Independent claimed: "Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Christian Pulisic now that Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for up to six weeks". Dortmund rejected an offer from Liverpool in August, and according to a statement on BVB's official website today: "Borussia Dortmund have secured the long-term commitment of Christian Pulisic. The club has extended his contract until 2020". Reacting to the new deal earlier, Pulisic enthused : "I still have a lot to learn. Here in Dortmund are the best conditions for me. And here I have the chance to play in front of over 80,000 spectators. We have the best fans in the world - it can not be better.&

Done Deal: After transfer talks, Liverpool seal deal for 'fantastic' £20m attacker

One of Brendan Rodgers' flop signings has sealed a return to the Premier League. According to BBC : "Lazar Markovic has joined Hull on loan for the remainder of the season. Markovic agreed a loan with Sporting Lisbon for this season but it was cancelled by mutual consent. Over the weekend, Portuguese newspaper Record claimed that Sporting are 'dissatisfied' with Liverpool attacker Lazar Markovic, and are ready to end the Serb's season-long loan spell, so this deal comes as no surprise whatsoever. In October, ex-Red Neil Mellor suggested that Markovic will find it 'difficult to develop at Sporting Lisbon', and with just 2 goals/0 assists in 14 games for Sporting so far, that appeared to be the case. In my view, Liverpool should've sent Markovic on loan to a Premier League side in the first place, as playing in a tough, competitive league might've been better for his development. Right now, Markovic looks like a massive transfer flop, but

Redknapp raves: 'Unplayable' £57m striker Liverpool tried to sign is like 'Luis Suarez'

Jamie Redknapp has compared one of the Premier League's most controversial players with ex-Red Luis Suarez. In his weekend column for the Daily Mail , Redknapp claimed that Costa is the Premier League's current 'Player of the Year', and suggested that the Brazilian can win the award despite alienating fellow pros. He explained: "Costa polarises opinion as much as Luis Suarez, who won Player of the Year in 2013-14 after a ban for biting. There are suggestions that Costa is unmanageable, but at his best he is unplayable". Fans of rival teams rubbed their hands with collective glee last week over Costa's alleged meltdown last week, and hoped that his rancorous relationship with Antonio Conte might lead to the (self) destruction of Chelsea's title bid. Alas, it hasn't worked out that way, and Costa returned to the fold on Sunday with yet another goal, which now makes him the Prem's top scorer. Chelsea's victory over Hull City has also p

'It's Close': Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool 'transfer' status and confirms he 'wants' to sign the 'right player'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the club's January transfer plans, and it's not encouraging. When asked on Saturday about his current transfer plans, Klopp confirmed that he is trying to 'bring players in', but claimed that it's 'pretty difficult' to find the 'right player' to sign. He explained : "The players we want because we think they help us, the clubs don’t sell. It is not about money, it is the winter transfer market. It’s close, but if the right decision is not possible, then you cannot make the wrong transfer". Klopp's (regular) claim that it's difficult to sign players in January is an increasingly tenuous excuse: * Given the deficiencies in Liverpool's squad (no quality left-back cover; no experienced wingers bar Mane; Sturridge's injury record; injury prone defenders; no dedicated DM etc), Klopp should've been identifying targets since last summer. * Klopp also could've si

22 Jan 2017

Boss Confirms: 'Immense' £40m star admired by Klopp took a 'big kick' and may miss Liverpool-Southampton game

After Saturday's disastrous home defeat to Swansea *shudder*, there may be some good news on the horizon for Liverpool. The Reds face Southampton this week in the second leg of the EFL semi-final, and it looks like one of the Saints' best players may miss the game. ' Immense ' Southampton captain Virgil Van Dijk suffered an ankle injury during the Saints' 3-0 win over Leicester today, and when asked after the game if Van Dijk will be fit for Liverpool on Wednesday, Claude Puel admitted : "I don't know if we can recover him. He took a big kick and could not continue the game, so we will see for the next games. I hope we can have Virgil of course because he is our captain and he's an important player". Southampton have a 1-0 lead from the first leg, during which Van Dijk delivered a master-class in defending, and helped his team nullify the Reds' array of talented attacking players. On paper, Liverpool should be able to beat Southampton