Liverpool transfer news, rumours, gossip and speculation including updates on Renato Sanches and Neco Williams plus Stewart Downing’s Darwin Nunez comparison to Luis Suarez
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes, though are set to face competition for his services. Elsewhere, Sadio Mane has been speaking about his Bayern Munich transfer.
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Reds prepare for first training session
There’s no rest for the wicked in Bangkok. Liverpool’s players are already getting their first training session underway in Thailand.
ICYMI: Liverpool win Masters Cup after feisty final against Manchester United
Liverpool can add another piece of silverware to their bulging trophy cabinet after being crowned Masters Cup champions for 2022 in Glasgow on Friday evening.
But before they could get their hands on the trophy, the team of Anfield stars of yesteryear had to graft their way past a solid Manchester United side with tempers occasionally fraying between the two old enemies.
The Reds put out a team that included Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Stewart Downing, Jermaine Pennant, Sander Westerveld, Luis Garcia and David Thompson.
Liverpool got off to a flying start, beating Rangers 6-2 in the opening group game, with Spaniard Garcia helping himself to four goals in the process. Celtic were then dispatched 2-1 before United offered a greater challenge, inflicting the Merseyside club’s only defeat with a 4-2 score line.
However, when the two sides faced each other again in the grand final, it was a different story, as the Reds ran-out 5-3 winners to be crowned champions, much to the delight of Garcia. “The tournament was so intense, but we enjoyed it,” he said.
“The crowd were fantastic, it was a great show for the spectators. It was so good to catch up with team mates and with rivals you haven’t seen for so long.”
Read the full story HERE.
Few players embody Liverpool’s modern transfer strategy like Diogo Jota. Eyebrows were raised and questions were asked when it was announced, abruptly, that the Reds had secured a deal worth a potential £45m with Wolves in September 2020.
To many whose knowledge of the Portuguese forward was gleaned from highlight shows alongside the occasional live televised game, it didn’t appear to be an obvious fit.
Liverpool’s recruitment, however, has been one step ahead of the curve for some time now. It’s why the questioning from the footballing laymen cut little ice outside a department who have proven to be one of the sport’s most astute over the last five or six years.
Whenever Wolves were analysed, Klopp was said to be struck by Jota’s work rate, versatility and determination; three traits that he has shown in spades since making the move to Anfield.
Tracked for a couple of years prior to his eventual move from Wolverhampton, Pep Lijnders received a glowing set of reports when he spoke to his contacts in Portuguese football and the club’s healthy working relationship with Jota’s agency, Gestifute, allowed the transaction to be completed with minimal fuss, aware from the glare of the transfer gossip columns.
Initially arriving as high-quality back-up for Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s, Jota’s trajectory now serves as a shining example to those who may find themselves in a similar situation to the one the frontman found himself in a little under two years ago.
Read the full story from Paul Gorst, our Liverpool FC correspondent HERE.
Ben Davies is the subject of interest from Championship clubs Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.
That’s according to Sky Sports, as claimed by their Transfer Centre this morning.
An emergency signing by Jurgen Klopp during the 2020/21 season, Davies has never made a first team appearance for the club and spent last season on loan with Sheffield United, making 22 appearances and helping the Blades to reach the Championship play-offs.
Davies has three years left on his Liverpool contract but has been left out of the Far East tour, which indicates the 26-year-old could be about to make a move back to the Championship, where he was originally acquired by Klopp from Preston North End. สล็อตแตกยับ
Jurgen Klopp insists all places are up for grabs this coming season in his new-look Liverpool team after touching down in Thailand ahead of the friendly with Manchester United.
The Reds kicked off their tour of the Far East on Sunday morning by meeting the press in a Bangkok airport ahead of Tuesday’s exhibition with United at the Rajamangala Stadium.
After losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich following six successful years on Merseyside, the Reds brought in Darwin Nunez for an initial fee of £64m and the ex-Benfica striker could end up costing the club a record £85m. Fabio Carvalho has also joined from Fulham for a sum that could reach around £7.5m, while 18-year-old Calvin Ramsay has arrived from Aberdeen to act as deputy to Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.
As Klopp and his staff mull over a change in style following the arrival of Nunez, the Liverpool manager insists all spots are open ahead of the new Premier League season as he challenged his 37-strong contingent to catch his eye this coming week.
“We will have a good season, [it will be] a season where we can improve, there is space to improve and we have space for improvement,” Klopp said. “We can always do better and that is what we will try.
“I have no doubt about the quality of the boys. We brought in new players, yes we lost a few players but we’ve brought in new players and fresh blood and that’s really helpful.
“No place is already sorted, who will play where, the boys will put pressure on each other which is important. We have five substitutes from now on in the Premier League as well, we have to get used to that and we have to adapt and all these kinds of things. I’m really looking forward to it. There are no guarantees in football but there is a good chance we will play another good season I would say.”
Read the full story HERE. เล่นสล็อตเว็บตรง
Friendly match mistake was final straw before ruthless Jurgen Klopp decision
Liverpool’s Loris Karius in action
It seemed hard to envisage a way back for Loris Karius at Liverpool following the 2018 Champions League final.
A nightmare evening in Kyiv saw the German shot-stopper commit two high-profile errors, helping Real Madrid on their way to a 3-1 victory. Dejected at the full-time whistle, this was a cruel ending to a season in which Karius had shown great promise having earned the trust of Jurgen Klopp.
Mistakes of this magnitude are challenging to overcome, not least at a club the size of Liverpool. Once the dust had settled on the Reds missing out on a sixth European Cup, the 2018/19 pre-season schedule was soon on the horizon and Karius was back in the starting-eleven for the club’s opening friendly with Chester.
A 7-0 triumph marked the perfect start to the club’s Premier League season preparations but alarm bells were already ringing over Karius’ rehabilitation from the mistakes made in Kiev when a video of him making a howler in the warm-up before the match went viral.
A meeting with Tranmere Rovers three days later provided the former Mainz keeper with further unwanted spotlight. The match, which was four years ago to this day, began with Danny Ward between the sticks and Liverpool leading 3-0 at the break against their Merseyside neighbours. On came Karius after the interval, who conceded twice late on as the Reds held on for a narrow victory at Prenton Park.
It was not the scoreline that was the issue in this instance, however, but rather the manner of the Whites’ opener. Ollie Norburn’s free-kick was spilled by Karius, enabling Jonny Smith to sweep home for a goal on his Tranmere debut. A defensive mix-up between James Milner and Pedro Chirivella then enabled Tranmere trialist Amadou Soukouna to pull another goal back for the hosts.
Tom Cavilla has the full story HERE. สล็อตวอเลทเว็บตรง
Liverpool’s squad for the tour of Thailand and Singapore confirmed
Liverpool have a 37-man squad for their tour of Thailand and Singapore. Here it is:
Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Bajcetic, Carvalho, Chambers, Clark, Clarkson, H. Davies, Diaz, Elliott, Fabinho, Firmino, Frauendorf, Gomez, Henderson, Hill, Jones, Jota, Keita, Konate, Mabaya, Matip, Milner, Morton, Mrozek, Norris, Nunez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phillips, Robertson, Salah, Thiago, Tsimikas, Van den Berg, Van Dijk, R. Williams.
Hendo happy to be in Bangkok
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has expressed his pleasure at being in the Far East and is looking forward to facing Manchester United in two days’ time.
He said: “Thank you very much for the warm welcome. I know how passionate the fans here are. We’re very happy to be here and see everyone. Hopefully you enjoy the game on Tuesday.”
Klopp – We can improve
Jurgen Klopp was asked in his press conference what he was expecting from next season.
He said: “A good season. We have space for improvement, we can always do better and that’s what we will try.”
Klopp happy to be in Thailand
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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that this is his first proper trip to Thailand, having once previously passed through on a connection to Sydney, Australia.
He said: “Thank you very much for the really warm welcome we received already. It’s really nice. It’s my first proper time in Thailand and I’ve heard so many good things about it.”We look forward to the game obviously, and to have some time to spend in the city. We are here for all of you and we hope we can have a good time together, and tie the knot between us and our supporters here in Thailand a little bit more.” เว็บสล็อตแตกง่าย
Klopp gets in early United dig
The host of Liverpool’s press conference says to Jurgen Klopp: “Welcome to Thailand.”
Klopp responds by saying: “First question I have. Did it look like this here yesterday when Manchester was here as well?”
Cue laughter, but that throws the host who has no response!
Straight into press conference
No sooner have Liverpool arrived in Bangkok, Jurgen Klopp is straight into a press conference at the airport.
The Reds’ boss has already been presented with a hand-crafted ball featuring the faces of Liverpool players on it. Klopp checks the ball to see who’s on it. There’s no James Milner, which is a bit awkward because he has joined Klopp for the press conference!
No Ronaldo in Thailand for Liverpool fixture
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It seems that Liverpool will not be facing wantaway star Ronaldo when they come up against Manchester United in Thailand on Tuesday. Both clubs have travelled to the Far East for the pre-season match-up in Bangkok but the global superstar is a glaring omission from United’s 31-man squad. สล็อตPG
The official line from the club is that the Portuguese international has been given extra time off to deal with a ‘family issue’, but it remains to be seen whether he will join up with the squad at a later point… or indeed ever again!