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  1. Naby Keita is next in line to receive a new deal according to reports. Liverpool spend the summer locking away a number of key players to long term deals in the summer including captain Jordan Henderson, Alisson and Andy Robertson. The one player who they could not stop departing after lengthy negotiations was Gini Wijnaldum who after appearing to be set for a move to Barcelona ended up at Paris St Germain. According to the Express via (Calciamercato), it is for that reason that talks have opened up between the club and the Guinea international whose current deal expires in the summer of 2023. Keita was signed by Jurgen Klopp in the summer of 2017 from RB Leipzig but stayed an extra year at the German club before making his way to Merseyside. The 26 year-old came to the Premier League with a reputation as a box to box midfielder with a ‘superb range of passing’ and his all-action style was likened to Chelsea star N’golo Kante. Without being too critical, It is fair Keita has fallen short of those expectations with the midfielder who cost in the region of £50million falling well short of expectations. Part of that reason is that Keita has not been able to string a level of consistency together in his time at the club. Collectively he has missed more than a season (55 games) due to different ailments ranging from thigh and groin strains, a long term ankle ligament injury and Coronavirus. To call him injury prone at this point of time would be correct, but an interesting fact is just like Joel Matip, Keita missed minimal football due to injury before coming to England. But unlike the central defender, when Keita has returned from layoffs it has taken him a great deal of time in getting his game up to speed. It has led to many fans questioning his overall worth to the side and whether he will ever reach his true potential at Liverpool. The frustrating thing about Keita who has made 80 appearances and scored seven goals in his time at the club is that when he is on his game, you can see the talent he possesses. Conversely, at times he looks like a square peg in a round hole but despite that, Jurgen Klopp still sees Keita as a important member of the first team squad. An illustration of that point is that Keita has already started two league games this season along with the opening Champions League encounter with AC Milan. View full article
  2. Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Divock Origi after the striker played a valuable role in Liverpool’s stirring 3-2 win against AC Milan in the opening game of the Champions League group stage. In a game which Liverpool had to come from behind to win despite dominating for the majority of the 90 minutes, it was a opportunity for some squad players to get some valuable minutes. One of them was Origi, a player who has a special place in the hearts of many Liverpool fans for his exploits in this same competition two years ago. However instead of using that level of confidence to take his game to the next level, the Belgian has flattered to deceive and in more recent times has been on the periphery of the squad. Indeed this fixture against the Italian giants saw the 26 year-old clock up his first minutes for the senior team this season and his first start since the 31st of January against West Ham. It almost seemed a matter of time before Origi was going to move on in the summer, however that time never came to pass and it even left the manager a bit surprised as he explained after the thrilling fixture per the Echo. “To be 100 percent honest, I thought he would leave in the summer, but the football world is a crazy place and obviously people forgot how good he is. “So I have said this, it is really difficult to get in this team and it's just that we have to work and I have to decide. "There are difficult decisions who to pick, who to bring on and Divock has done nothing wrong. “He trains, he gives everything and sometimes you still don't play [yourself] into the squad and that can happen when everyone's fit. "In 10 years time' when people look back he will be a Liverpool legend. He is too young to be seen as a legend already so he has to play football.” Origi who came into the starting lineup for Sadio Mane, played just over a hour and certainly made an impact playing a perfectly weighted ball for Mo Salah to run onto and equalise just after half time. Klopp was certainly praiseworthy of his efforts on the night. “Divock Origi is an outstanding striker and he did really well tonight. It's just really difficult to get in this team to be honest. “He wasn't injured, he got a cramp, which is normal and for now that is just it. "I am really happy today to give him the opportunity and that he used it like he did. “It's just really difficult to get in this team to be honest. “That is what makes life sometimes a bit uncomfortable but Divock is a great guy." View full article
  3. Naby Keita is next in line to receive a new deal according to reports. Liverpool spend the summer locking away a number of key players to long term deals in the summer including captain Jordan Henderson, Alisson and Andy Robertson. The one player who they could not stop departing after lengthy negotiations was Gini Wijnaldum who after appearing to be set for a move to Barcelona ended up at Paris St Germain. According to the Express via (Calciamercato), it is for that reason that talks have opened up between the club and the Guinea international whose current deal expires in the summer of 2023. Keita was signed by Jurgen Klopp in the summer of 2017 from RB Leipzig but stayed an extra year at the German club before making his way to Merseyside. The 26 year-old came to the Premier League with a reputation as a box to box midfielder with a ‘superb range of passing’ and his all-action style was likened to Chelsea star N’golo Kante. Without being too critical, It is fair Keita has fallen short of those expectations with the midfielder who cost in the region of £50million falling well short of expectations. Part of that reason is that Keita has not been able to string a level of consistency together in his time at the club. Collectively he has missed more than a season (55 games) due to different ailments ranging from thigh and groin strains, a long term ankle ligament injury and Coronavirus. To call him injury prone at this point of time would be correct, but an interesting fact is just like Joel Matip, Keita missed minimal football due to injury before coming to England. But unlike the central defender, when Keita has returned from layoffs it has taken him a great deal of time in getting his game up to speed. It has led to many fans questioning his overall worth to the side and whether he will ever reach his true potential at Liverpool. The frustrating thing about Keita who has made 80 appearances and scored seven goals in his time at the club is that when he is on his game, you can see the talent he possesses. Conversely, at times he looks like a square peg in a round hole but despite that, Jurgen Klopp still sees Keita as a important member of the first team squad. An illustration of that point is that Keita has already started two league games this season along with the opening Champions League encounter with AC Milan.
  4. Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Divock Origi after the striker played a valuable role in Liverpool’s stirring 3-2 win against AC Milan in the opening game of the Champions League group stage. In a game which Liverpool had to come from behind to win despite dominating for the majority of the 90 minutes, it was a opportunity for some squad players to get some valuable minutes. One of them was Origi, a player who has a special place in the hearts of many Liverpool fans for his exploits in this same competition two years ago. However instead of using that level of confidence to take his game to the next level, the Belgian has flattered to deceive and in more recent times has been on the periphery of the squad. Indeed this fixture against the Italian giants saw the 26 year-old clock up his first minutes for the senior team this season and his first start since the 31st of January against West Ham. It almost seemed a matter of time before Origi was going to move on in the summer, however that time never came to pass and it even left the manager a bit surprised as he explained after the thrilling fixture per the Echo. “To be 100 percent honest, I thought he would leave in the summer, but the football world is a crazy place and obviously people forgot how good he is. “So I have said this, it is really difficult to get in this team and it's just that we have to work and I have to decide. "There are difficult decisions who to pick, who to bring on and Divock has done nothing wrong. “He trains, he gives everything and sometimes you still don't play [yourself] into the squad and that can happen when everyone's fit. "In 10 years time' when people look back he will be a Liverpool legend. He is too young to be seen as a legend already so he has to play football.” Origi who came into the starting lineup for Sadio Mane, played just over a hour and certainly made an impact playing a perfectly weighted ball for Mo Salah to run onto and equalise just after half time. Klopp was certainly praiseworthy of his efforts on the night. “Divock Origi is an outstanding striker and he did really well tonight. It's just really difficult to get in this team to be honest. “He wasn't injured, he got a cramp, which is normal and for now that is just it. "I am really happy today to give him the opportunity and that he used it like he did. “It's just really difficult to get in this team to be honest. “That is what makes life sometimes a bit uncomfortable but Divock is a great guy."
  5. Jamie Carragher believes that Mo Salah is still underrated despite his fine record for the club. The Egyptian superstar scored his 100th Premier League goal in the Reds 3-0 win against Leeds on Sunday. 98 of those goals have come in Liverpool colours from just 155 league appearances while his overall record for the club has him on 128 goals from 208 games. It is why Carragher says that the impact of Salah has been such a important factor in the success of the team and why he is just as vital to future prospects. Sky Sports reported the Liverpool great as saying: "He is massively important and sometimes I feel sorry for Mo Salah because I think he goes under the radar in terms of Liverpool. "When people talk about Liverpool winning the league, they always go back to Liverpool signing Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk. Mo Salah came in six months before [Van Dijk]. “It is the three of them but everyone mentions that it was the goalkeeper and the centre-back that took Liverpool to this next level. Mo Salah is a huge part of that.” Consistency and durability are two major aspects that make a great player and Carragher believes that having a player like that in your ranks is incredibly invaluable. “We should not forget as well that Salah plays from the right. Yes, he is a wide forward but he does not play through the centre. He is Johnny on the spot. “If he goes a few games without a goal you just think there is one coming because it is Mo Salah. That is just how it is." While this summer was largely noted for re-signings more than new players arriving at the club, the pundit believes money should not be an issue when locking away the 29 year-old. “Now, he (Salah) obviously wants a few quid. And rightly so. Good luck to him. He deserves it. He deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the Premier League for what he has done since he came to Liverpool, he really does. "He is never injured and year after year he is top goalscorer. He just is. That is what he is.” The former Centre-back who made 737 appearances for Liverpool across 17 seasons is very well placed to assess where Salah sits in the pecking order when it comes to all-time greats. “When you pick your all-time Liverpool XI, there are positions where you just think, 'He is in.' Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. You could fill all those positions no matter what this team does. “There is nobody you ever think of on the right. Mo Salah will be in that position when he finishes his Liverpool career. He will be in that all-time Liverpool XI. There is no doubt for me about that.” · View full article
  6. The transfer window may have recently closed but that doesn’t mean the transfer rumour mill grinds to a halt. As has been discussed frequently, Liverpool were one of the quieter Premier League clubs in the summer, only signing central defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for around £35 mill. While the Reds have a squad full of quality, one question mark lies in the position of the back up striker. It was a role that Divock Origi made his own, with his exploits in the lead-up to Liverpool claiming their sixth European Cup going down in club folklore. Origi is a tough position because unless there is an injury, he is highly unlikely to get regular starts. Nevertheless when given the opportunity, the Belgian has failed to build on that form from two years ago and has basically become a peripheral figure in the squad, but is seemingly more than happy to stay. The financial difficulties of Liverpool due to the Covid pandemic have been well documented, but the Mirror reports that there could be an affordable option on the horizon. Red Bull Salzburg have been one of the great developers of attacking talent in the last few years with the likes of Erling Haaland Takumi Minamino and Patson Daka to name three. The next name off the conveyor belt is likely to be Karim Adeyami. The Mirror (per Bild) reports that Liverpool are right in the mix to sign the German youngster who has already scored six league goals for Salzburg in as many games to start the season along with one in the Champions League qualifiers. Bild speculates that he is currently worth around £17 million with Bayern Munich and Barcelona also said to be interested. The 19 year-old German who scored seven league goals and produced 11 assists last campaign, spent part of his youth career at Bayern, but honed his craft at fourth division outfit SpVgg Unterhaching. The rise of Adeyami culminated recently when he won his first international cap for Germany in their World Cup qualifier against Armenia, which he topped off with a goal. Former Unterhaching president Manfred Schwabl discussed the rise of Adeyami. “When he was 16, some clubs from England wanted to sign him. For example, some scouts from Chelsea came, but I don't know if that would have worked out. “The move to Salzburg was exactly right because it's not too far away from his home in Munich. The closeness to his family is very important. He has a very good and stable environment. “You should never take two steps at once. Salzburg is a good station for him, but also a club that doesn't put any obstacles in the way of young players with suitable offers. "If he continues like this, I would say it will be interesting from the spring." Schwabl rightly had a sense of pride seeing Adeyami earning his first senior international cap but offered some words of wisdom. “It was a goosebump moment to see the boy play in the Germany jersey. “His development lately is like a little fairy tale. We are very proud of Karim as a club. “The goal was of course the crowning glory. I congratulated him afterwards, but also said: 'Stay on the ground, boy!' That is so important. He is only at the beginning of his career." The scouting report on Adeyami who is in his third season at Salzberg says that “he is not the guy you whip in crosses for, that’s where he differs from his striking predecessors at RB Salzburg, he looks and plays more like a midfielder. “Adeyemi’s dynamism is an invaluable asset that always keeps him one step ahead of the opposition, highly spontaneous and unpredictable. Sometimes he plays on the shoulder of the defenders and requests for passes to be played into the space for him to run into like Jamie Vardy would. “With all that said, Karim still needs to work on his decision-making and his vision, he sometimes gets tunnel-vision and ignores everyone else when going on those long runs with the ball.” For all those talent watches, Adeyami is certainly one to keep tabs on throughout this season. View full article
  7. Harvey Elliott believes he can be another attacking option for Jurgen Klopp next season. The 18-year old winger has flourished on loan at Blackburn Rovers scoring six goals while developing the creative side to his game by contributing 11 assists for the Championship side and being nominated for the EFL Young Player Of the Year award. Despite making a few cameo appearances for the league champions last season, he knew it was best for his career path to have some regular minutes. The Echo (via The Counter Attack Podcast) reported Elliott as saying: “I had a few appearances here and there last season and took this loan with Blackburn, which I personally thought would be the best thing for me. "I had a chat with Jurgen as well and he said for me to go and express myself, and that the move would be the best thing for my career and for me to get the games and experience. He said he'd support me 100%. The Championship is well known for being one of the most physically demanding leagues in all of Europe. Elliott has made over 40 appearances for Rovers this season which has moved his career game tally past the half century mark. It is something which the youngster feels will put him in good stead ahead of the next step in his career “Next season I am going to go back thinking I can get in the team. I have had this experience and feel ready, and have 50 appearances under my belt, which is a lot for a teenager." Elliott has undoubtedly grown as a player but he knows competition for spots in the Liverpool first team will be fierce. “I feel 100% confident I can go in and challenge. I'm looking forward to the fight and showing to people I am a different player and ready to play when called upon. "I will need to work hard and train well and if I get my chance, I have to take it." While Jurgen Klopp is a clear admirer of his talents, so too is Tony Mowbray with the veteran manager effusive in what he has delivered for Rovers during this campaign. “Harvey is a wonderful talent. I don’t want to keep eulogising about him, because the statistics and his quality on the ball stand out for all to see. “I watched him in training once and he almost scored a goal, Pearsy (Aynsley Pears) made a brilliant save, where he ran through six men and had a shot from the edge of the box, it was like the ball was stuck to his boot. “We took him because he’s got class and we knew that he was going to help us. It didn’t matter that he was 17. “He is a great kid, he wants to introduce himself to everyone, he’s an amazing young guy, he’s got personality so he can get tetchy. "We haven’t fallen out but we’ve had words on some occasions and he’s a brilliant football player. While acknowledging the quality of his Liverpool teammates is elite, there is one player who stands out in the mind of Elliott. “Firmino. When he is on the ball, you can't get it off him. He is a joke. “It's a Brazilian thing. They are all technically so good, Fabinho and even Alisson whenever they are on the ball. "Everyone has their different qualities and you can see why they are one of the best teams in the world. They have talent and skill and all work 100%. "But when I first saw Firmino, I was just dazed watching him as what he was doing with the ball was unbelievable." View full article
  8. Jamie Carragher believes that Mo Salah is still underrated despite his fine record for the club. The Egyptian superstar scored his 100th Premier League goal in the Reds 3-0 win against Leeds on Sunday. 98 of those goals have come in Liverpool colours from just 155 league appearances while his overall record for the club has him on 128 goals from 208 games. It is why Carragher says that the impact of Salah has been such a important factor in the success of the team and why he is just as vital to future prospects. Sky Sports reported the Liverpool great as saying: "He is massively important and sometimes I feel sorry for Mo Salah because I think he goes under the radar in terms of Liverpool. "When people talk about Liverpool winning the league, they always go back to Liverpool signing Alisson and Virgil Van Dijk. Mo Salah came in six months before [Van Dijk]. “It is the three of them but everyone mentions that it was the goalkeeper and the centre-back that took Liverpool to this next level. Mo Salah is a huge part of that.” Consistency and durability are two major aspects that make a great player and Carragher believes that having a player like that in your ranks is incredibly invaluable. “We should not forget as well that Salah plays from the right. Yes, he is a wide forward but he does not play through the centre. He is Johnny on the spot. “If he goes a few games without a goal you just think there is one coming because it is Mo Salah. That is just how it is." While this summer was largely noted for re-signings more than new players arriving at the club, the pundit believes money should not be an issue when locking away the 29 year-old. “Now, he (Salah) obviously wants a few quid. And rightly so. Good luck to him. He deserves it. He deserves to be one of the highest paid players in the Premier League for what he has done since he came to Liverpool, he really does. "He is never injured and year after year he is top goalscorer. He just is. That is what he is.” The former Centre-back who made 737 appearances for Liverpool across 17 seasons is very well placed to assess where Salah sits in the pecking order when it comes to all-time greats. “When you pick your all-time Liverpool XI, there are positions where you just think, 'He is in.' Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish. You could fill all those positions no matter what this team does. “There is nobody you ever think of on the right. Mo Salah will be in that position when he finishes his Liverpool career. He will be in that all-time Liverpool XI. There is no doubt for me about that.” ·
  9. The transfer window may have recently closed but that doesn’t mean the transfer rumour mill grinds to a halt. As has been discussed frequently, Liverpool were one of the quieter Premier League clubs in the summer, only signing central defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for around £35 mill. While the Reds have a squad full of quality, one question mark lies in the position of the back up striker. Much like spinning the wheel at paras nettikasino, this represents a gamble by Jurgen Klopp. It was a role that Divock Origi made his own, with his exploits in the lead-up to Liverpool claiming their sixth European Cup going down in club folklore. Origi is a tough position because unless there is an injury, he is highly unlikely to get regular starts. Nevertheless when given the opportunity, the Belgian has failed to build on that form from two years ago and has basically become a peripheral figure in the squad, but is seemingly more than happy to stay. The financial difficulties of Liverpool due to the Covid pandemic have been well documented, but the Mirror reports that there could be an affordable option on the horizon. Red Bull Salzburg have been one of the great developers of attacking talent in the last few years with the likes of Erling Haaland Takumi Minamino and Patson Daka to name three. The next name off the conveyor belt is likely to be Karim Adeyami. The Mirror (per Bild) reports that Liverpool are right in the mix to sign the German youngster who has already scored six league goals for Salzburg in as many games to start the season along with one in the Champions League qualifiers. Bild speculates that he is currently worth around £17 million with Bayern Munich and Barcelona also said to be interested. The 19 year-old German who scored seven league goals and produced 11 assists last campaign, spent part of his youth career at Bayern, but honed his craft at fourth division outfit SpVgg Unterhaching. The rise of Adeyami culminated recently when he won his first international cap for Germany in their World Cup qualifier against Armenia, which he topped off with a goal. Former Unterhaching president Manfred Schwabl discussed the rise of Adeyami. “When he was 16, some clubs from England wanted to sign him. For example, some scouts from Chelsea came, but I don't know if that would have worked out. “The move to Salzburg was exactly right because it's not too far away from his home in Munich. The closeness to his family is very important. He has a very good and stable environment. “You should never take two steps at once. Salzburg is a good station for him, but also a club that doesn't put any obstacles in the way of young players with suitable offers. "If he continues like this, I would say it will be interesting from the spring." Schwabl rightly had a sense of pride seeing Adeyami earning his first senior international cap but offered some words of wisdom. “It was a goosebump moment to see the boy play in the Germany jersey. “His development lately is like a little fairy tale. We are very proud of Karim as a club. “The goal was of course the crowning glory. I congratulated him afterwards, but also said: 'Stay on the ground, boy!' That is so important. He is only at the beginning of his career." The scouting report on Adeyami who is in his third season at Salzberg says that “he is not the guy you whip in crosses for, that’s where he differs from his striking predecessors at RB Salzburg, he looks and plays more like a midfielder. “Adeyemi’s dynamism is an invaluable asset that always keeps him one step ahead of the opposition, highly spontaneous and unpredictable. Sometimes he plays on the shoulder of the defenders and requests for passes to be played into the space for him to run into like Jamie Vardy would. “With all that said, Karim still needs to work on his decision-making and his vision, he sometimes gets tunnel-vision and ignores everyone else when going on those long runs with the ball.” For all those talent watches, Adeyami is certainly one to keep tabs on throughout this season.
  10. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has plenty of good football left in him as he marks four years with Liverpool. In that time, the former Arsenal midfielder who was signed on transfer deadline day in 2017 has had his fair share of highs and lows, but he still remains a valued member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. While fans see what Footballers produce on the pitch, often their most challenging work is produced away from the bright lights and adulation especially when they are recovering from major injuries. It is something that Oxlade-Chamberlain has had to deal with a few times throughout his career, most notably when the 28 year-old tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament against Roma in the semi final of the Champions League in 2018. At the time many thought the England international was just reaching his peak form, however reflecting on that period, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his first full season back was his best to date. The Official site reported the midfielder as saying: "When I came back from the ACL, I played quite a bit in the season we won the league [2019-20] and I think I got the most goals that I'd got from midfield in my career – I think eight goals and a few assists – and obviously we finished the season brilliantly in terms of winning the league and that was amazing. "But I think that season when I look back to it from my point of view, I'm always proud of what I was able to do coming back from that injury and basically going the whole season uninjured and being available at all times, but I think there was probably a bit of hangover from that injury. "In terms of myself, I don't remember a consistent enough spell where I felt like I was on fire. I think it was a good season in terms of what I'd come back from to get back to that level and play and be back away with England and stuff as well. The midfielder commonly referred to as 'Ox' is feeling in good physical shape in the early stages of this season, and now viewed as a senior member of this squad feels that he can impart his knowledge onto his youngster teammates. “I feel like (this season) is just a chance for me to kick on and put down a really good season of consistent performances and hopefully some good numbers as well in terms of goals, assists. "It doesn't feel like a new start because it's all been part of the journey, the story. But I feel like this season's important for me to go and do something really good – hopefully on an individual level and then obviously for the team." “Once you've been around the block and you've done a lot, that experience is important and it helps you going into games, into situations, playing with other players – how to communicate with each other and get the best out of each other and seeing them in general situations day to day. "Experience always helps in that respect, so I don't mind it. But it's strange to think of me as one of the older ones now in the team." As he enters into the next phase of his career, the new father says the time has come to enjoy what he has achieved throughout his career and just embrace the challenges that lay ahead. “Winning the Premier League, when the boys performed how they did out in Madrid and lifted the trophy, Man City at Anfield, things like that – they're the ones that stick with me and take energy from, for sure. “And I've sort of had to remind myself that through all (the ups and downs), I'm still lucky enough to be at an amazing football club like Liverpool and how lucky I am to have that opportunity to still be in this environment, competing at this level. "So it's probably more a thing to sort of appreciate and enjoy every day. "Enjoy the challenge of trying to get in our team, and when you are in the team or not in the team, helping to still be competing for the biggest titles in the world.”
  11. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes he has plenty of good football left in him as he marks four years with Liverpool. In that time, the former Arsenal midfielder who was signed on transfer deadline day in 2017 has had his fair share of highs and lows, but he still remains a valued member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad. While fans see what footballers produce on the pitch, often their most challenging work is produced away from the bright lights and adulation especially when they are recovering from major injuries. It is something that Oxlade-Chamberlain has had to deal with a few times throughout his career, most notably when the 28 year-old tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament against Roma in the semi final of the Champions League in 2018. At the time many thought the England international was just reaching his peak form, however reflecting on that period, Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his first full season back was his best to date. Until now anyway. The popular midfield man affectionately known as 'Ox' is hoping to do his bit to help the Reds defy the odds and regain the title this year. While bookmakers seem to be favouring Manchester City and Chelsea, Liverpool have quietly flown under the radar. Anyone thinking of taking advantage of the generous odds on offer for Klopp's men should check out the latest Betfred sign up offer. The Official site reported the midfielder as saying: "When I came back from the ACL, I played quite a bit in the season we won the league [2019-20] and I think I got the most goals that I'd got from midfield in my career – I think eight goals and a few assists – and obviously we finished the season brilliantly in terms of winning the league and that was amazing. "But I think that season when I look back to it from my point of view, I'm always proud of what I was able to do coming back from that injury and basically going the whole season uninjured and being available at all times, but I think there was probably a bit of hangover from that injury. "In terms of myself, I don't remember a consistent enough spell where I felt like I was on fire. I think it was a good season in terms of what I'd come back from to get back to that level and play and be back away with England and stuff as well. The midfielder commonly referred to as 'Ox' is feeling in good physical shape in the early stages of this season, and now viewed as a senior member of this squad feels that he can impart his knowledge onto his youngster teammates. “I feel like (this season) is just a chance for me to kick on and put down a really good season of consistent performances and hopefully some good numbers as well in terms of goals, assists. "It doesn't feel like a new start because it's all been part of the journey, the story. But I feel like this season's important for me to go and do something really good – hopefully on an individual level and then obviously for the team." “Once you've been around the block and you've done a lot, that experience is important and it helps you going into games, into situations, playing with other players – how to communicate with each other and get the best out of each other and seeing them in general situations day to day. "Experience always helps in that respect, so I don't mind it. But it's strange to think of me as one of the older ones now in the team." As he enters into the next phase of his career, the new father says the time has come to enjoy what he has achieved throughout his career and just embrace the challenges that lay ahead. “Winning the Premier League, when the boys performed how they did out in Madrid and lifted the trophy, Man City at Anfield, things like that – they're the ones that stick with me and take energy from, for sure. “And I've sort of had to remind myself that through all (the ups and downs), I'm still lucky enough to be at an amazing football club like Liverpool and how lucky I am to have that opportunity to still be in this environment, competing at this level. "So it's probably more a thing to sort of appreciate and enjoy every day. "Enjoy the challenge of trying to get in our team, and when you are in the team or not in the team, helping to still be competing for the biggest titles in the world.”
  12. Ben Davies has spoken about his short-lived spell at Liverpool saying he has no regrets about making the move in the winter transfer window. The central defender signed for the Reds from Preston for a minimal fee of £1.6 million in the midst of the defensive injury crisis that ripped the heart out of the title defence. While it seemed like a signing from the blue, the scouting report on the 26 year-old was impressive for someone who had played his entire career in the lower leagues of English Football. So there was a sense of intrigue in what he could produce along with fellow deadline day signing Ozan Kabak. But while the Turkish international started his Liverpool career, Davies was nowhere to be seen. A leg muscle injury was firstly given as the reason but as the weeks progressed, the reasoning behind his signing seemed more confused with youngster Rhys Williams being used as a better option. In the end it was Nat Phillips leading the defence with aplomb and Williams was by his side as the Reds clinched a improbable third place finish with Davies and Kabak watching from the sidelines. The Davies transfer will likely go down as one of most bizarre of the modern era, but despite turning down the likes of Celtic for his Liverpool move, the man himself has no regrets as this week joined Sheffield United on a years loan. The Sheffield Star reported Davies as saying: “I have no regrets about going to Liverpool. “I asked the main people around me at the time, my dad, girlfriend and friends, and everyone said I had to go for it. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime move and I’d take it again if the chance came up again, every time. Even though I didn’t play a lot of football. “At the time you don’t know how it's going to go. I’m hoping I can get back in my stride quickly.” Davies was restricted to a handful of pre-season appearances for Liverpool and understandably is excited about getting back to registering playing time with the Blades. However he is still not willing to totally give up on his Liverpool dream. "When I initially went in, I thought I would be in the mix to play. "Obviously that’s different this season with world class players back but initially I thought I had a chance of playing. “It didn’t quite go how I wanted but it’s not like it was a six-month deal, it’s three-and-a-half years, so there is still time – but this is the time to play games. “I feel I have more chance of playing here at Sheffield United. I was fifth or sixth choice at Liverpool but here I can see a route to regular football.” “It’s good for my mental health to have a means to an end at the end of the week rather than just training and knowing that you won’t get an opportunity to play.” View full article
  13. Ben Davies has spoken about his short-lived spell at Liverpool saying he has no regrets about making the move in the winter transfer window. The central defender signed for the Reds from Preston for a minimal fee of £1.6 million in the midst of the defensive injury crisis that ripped the heart out of the title defence. While it seemed like a signing from the blue, the scouting report on the 26 year-old was impressive for someone who had played his entire career in the lower leagues of English Football. So there was a sense of intrigue in what he could produce along with fellow deadline day signing Ozan Kabak. But while the Turkish international started his Liverpool career, Davies was nowhere to be seen. A leg muscle injury was firstly given as the reason but as the weeks progressed, the reasoning behind his signing seemed more confused with youngster Rhys Williams being used as a better option. In the end it was Nat Phillips leading the defence with aplomb and Williams was by his side as the Reds clinched a improbable third place finish with Davies and Kabak watching from the sidelines. The Davies transfer will likely go down as one of most bizarre of the modern era, but despite turning down the likes of Celtic for his Liverpool move, the man himself has no regrets as this week joined Sheffield United on a years loan. The Sheffield Star reported Davies as saying: “I have no regrets about going to Liverpool. “I asked the main people around me at the time, my dad, girlfriend and friends, and everyone said I had to go for it. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime move and I’d take it again if the chance came up again, every time. Even though I didn’t play a lot of football. “At the time you don’t know how it's going to go. I’m hoping I can get back in my stride quickly.” Davies was restricted to a handful of pre-season appearances for Liverpool and understandably is excited about getting back to registering playing time with the Blades. However he is still not willing to totally give up on his Liverpool dream. "When I initially went in, I thought I would be in the mix to play. "Obviously that’s different this season with world class players back but initially I thought I had a chance of playing. “It didn’t quite go how I wanted but it’s not like it was a six-month deal, it’s three-and-a-half years, so there is still time – but this is the time to play games. “I feel I have more chance of playing here at Sheffield United. I was fifth or sixth choice at Liverpool but here I can see a route to regular football.” “It’s good for my mental health to have a means to an end at the end of the week rather than just training and knowing that you won’t get an opportunity to play.”
  14. They say an image is worth a 1000 words. Never was that more pertinent than the moment that Alisson pointed to the heavens after scoring the winning goal against West Brom. While the three points claimed in such an improbable and dramatic fashion were a major catalyst in Liverpool’s quest for a top four finish, it meant so much more than that. The goalkeeper was a individual deep in grief after the tragic and sudden loss of his father in his homeland of Brazil in late February. In normal circumstances, Alisson would have immediately headed home to pay his respects, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world that was not a feasible option. Finally in June, the 28 year-old headed home and he did so in the knowledge that he is just one person going through this tragic part of life. The Mirror reported Alisson as saying: “It was really, really difficult. But I know I am not alone in this kind of feeling. “I believe a lot of people are going through the same thing because of the situation of the world. I have many friends who lost their friends or their grandparents because of the Covid.” While being an exceptionally difficult moment to come to deal with, The Brazilian was exceptionally grateful to grieve with his loved ones. “Being there seeing my mother, seeing my brother, seeing my grandmother, everybody. It was an emotional moment of course, but it was good. It was a relief for my soul, for my mind. “It was really needed from my side and my family’s side. I went to my farm where me and my father spent a lot of time together. It was emotional but it was good for me. It was not something bad you know. “I will always miss my father. I will always miss the moments we had together as a family. He was always there. It was two years since I went to my hometown, a long, long time. It was good to be there, to see how my family is in this and they help each other.” The deeply spiritual Brazilian says that he knows that there is someone looking after him and giving him strength to fill his role for the club he loves. And he is forever grateful for the support of his teammates, coaches and supporters. “I really feel that God is giving me the power, the strength to keep on going with everything. “The love of the club – and the football community – is something I will never forget. It was kind of a surprise - in a good way - to me to see how many people were feeling something about me, about this moment. “My family, we felt really loved by everyone. It gives you a warm hug in that moment…." The custodian has repaid the faith of the club in spades when they signed him from Roma in July 2018 for a then record of £65 million which was surpassed a few weeks later by Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea. In this off-season, Alisson signed a new six-year deal in a clear sign that Liverpool is the place that he wants to remain in his prime years. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else. Neither me nor my family. The trust I have in this club to be fighting for big things and I want to help my teammates in this club to push for those goals, to keep on going and winning things, winning titles." And speaking about ‘that iconic moment’, Alisson said he was asked about it wherever he went in his homeland, even by his esteemed footballing contemporaries. “In Brazil, everyone I spoke to… within two minutes they were always mentioning the goal! It was something amazing, even more special because we qualified for the Champions League for this season. “Yes, even Neymar spoke about it. Everybody! They were all so excited about it! I played in training at the Copa America up front. We had a session when we were just having fun. “So I went up front and I scored some goals! For me, it wasn’t a surprise! But it was nice to hear what people thought about it.” View full article
  15. They say an image is worth a 1000 words. Never was that more pertinent than the moment that Alisson pointed to the heavens after scoring the winning goal against West Brom. While the three points claimed in such an improbable and dramatic fashion were a major catalyst in Liverpool’s quest for a top four finish, it meant so much more than that. The goalkeeper was a individual deep in grief after the tragic and sudden loss of his father in his homeland of Brazil in late February. In normal circumstances, Alisson would have immediately headed home to pay his respects, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world that was not a feasible option. Finally in June, the 28 year-old headed home and he did so in the knowledge that he is just one person going through this tragic part of life. The Mirror reported Alisson as saying: “It was really, really difficult. But I know I am not alone in this kind of feeling. “I believe a lot of people are going through the same thing because of the situation of the world. I have many friends who lost their friends or their grandparents because of the Covid.” While being an exceptionally difficult moment to come to deal with, The Brazilian was exceptionally grateful to grieve with his loved ones. “Being there seeing my mother, seeing my brother, seeing my grandmother, everybody. It was an emotional moment of course, but it was good. It was a relief for my soul, for my mind. “It was really needed from my side and my family’s side. I went to my farm where me and my father spent a lot of time together. It was emotional but it was good for me. It was not something bad you know. “I will always miss my father. I will always miss the moments we had together as a family. He was always there. It was two years since I went to my hometown, a long, long time. It was good to be there, to see how my family is in this and they help each other.” The deeply spiritual Brazilian says that he knows that there is someone looking after him and giving him strength to fill his role for the club he loves. And he is forever grateful for the support of his teammates, coaches and supporters. “I really feel that God is giving me the power, the strength to keep on going with everything. “The love of the club – and the football community – is something I will never forget. It was kind of a surprise - in a good way - to me to see how many people were feeling something about me, about this moment. “My family, we felt really loved by everyone. It gives you a warm hug in that moment…." The custodian has repaid the faith of the club in spades when they signed him from Roma in July 2018 for a then record of £65 million which was surpassed a few weeks later by Kepa Arrizabalaga at Chelsea. In this off-season, Alisson signed a new six-year deal in a clear sign that Liverpool is the place that he wants to remain in his prime years. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else. Neither me nor my family. The trust I have in this club to be fighting for big things and I want to help my teammates in this club to push for those goals, to keep on going and winning things, winning titles." And speaking about ‘that iconic moment’, Alisson said he was asked about it wherever he went in his homeland, even by his esteemed footballing contemporaries. “In Brazil, everyone I spoke to… within two minutes they were always mentioning the goal! It was something amazing, even more special because we qualified for the Champions League for this season. “Yes, even Neymar spoke about it. Everybody! They were all so excited about it! I played in training at the Copa America up front. We had a session when we were just having fun. “So I went up front and I scored some goals! For me, it wasn’t a surprise! But it was nice to hear what people thought about it.”
  16. Jurgen Klopp has given his clearest indication yet that he is more than satisfied with the squad at his disposal and is unlikely to delve into the transfer market before the window closes. In terms of incoming players the Reds have been very quiet, only adding young French central defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. However Liverpool have been buoyed by the return to full fitness of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Harvey Elliott has displayed his blossoming talent throughout the pre-season. While the loss of Andy Robertson with ankle ligament damage was a undoubted setback, Kostas Tsimikas is another player who has impressed of late and after a frustrating first season at the club the former Olympiakos man will be looking to make a real impression. Throughout the summer Liverpool have been frequently linked to Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and Renato Sanches from Lille, while PSV striker Donyell Malen looked a possibility before signing with Borussia Dortmund. Throughout his tenure, Klopp has been staunch in his support for players that he has at his disposal. He is a manager that would rather see them succeed no matter how long it takes, than be someone who turns over his squad in a frequent fashion. In the last few seasons that sense of loyalty has been rewarded with the club winning numerous honours on the domestic, European and global stage. While some pundits openly question whether Liverpool still has what it takes to challenge, Klopp is in no doubt as he told Danish network TV2 (via The Mail). “Let's go through the squad. Do you want to buy a new full back? A new goalkeeper? We already have good players there. “In midfield, we have players with a lot of experience, such as Thiago, Fabinho, (Jordan) Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. 'In addition, we have exciting young boys in Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. In the attack, we have Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi. While the other clubs that made the top four last season have forked out vast sums of money for reinforcements, Klopp is adamant that the need was not there for Liverpool at this point of time. “If you want to buy such (top-class) players, you have to spend a lot of money. We do not have to do that, because the players are already here. “You have to make changes from time to time, but then there must be room to do it. We do not want more players. If something happens somewhere, something can happen somewhere else, but it makes no sense to add more players.” View full article
  17. Jurgen Klopp has given his clearest indication yet that he is more than satisfied with the squad at his disposal and is unlikely to delve into the transfer market before the window closes. In terms of incoming players the Reds have been very quiet, only adding young French central defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. However Liverpool have been buoyed by the return to full fitness of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Harvey Elliott has displayed his blossoming talent throughout the pre-season. While the loss of Andy Robertson with ankle ligament damage was a undoubted setback, Kostas Tsimikas is another player who has impressed of late and after a frustrating first season at the club the former Olympiakos man will be looking to make a real impression. Throughout the summer Liverpool have been frequently linked to Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and Renato Sanches from Lille, while PSV striker Donyell Malen looked a possibility before signing with Borussia Dortmund. Throughout his tenure, Klopp has been staunch in his support for players that he has at his disposal. He is a manager that would rather see them succeed no matter how long it takes, than be someone who turns over his squad in a frequent fashion. In the last few seasons that sense of loyalty has been rewarded with the club winning numerous honours on the domestic, European and global stage. While some pundits openly question whether Liverpool still has what it takes to challenge, Klopp is in no doubt as he told Danish network TV2 (via The Mail). “Let's go through the squad. Do you want to buy a new full back? A new goalkeeper? We already have good players there. “In midfield, we have players with a lot of experience, such as Thiago, Fabinho, (Jordan) Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. 'In addition, we have exciting young boys in Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. In the attack, we have Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi. While the other clubs that made the top four last season have forked out vast sums of money for reinforcements, Klopp is adamant that the need was not there for Liverpool at this point of time. “If you want to buy such (top-class) players, you have to spend a lot of money. We do not have to do that, because the players are already here. “You have to make changes from time to time, but then there must be room to do it. We do not want more players. If something happens somewhere, something can happen somewhere else, but it makes no sense to add more players.”
  18. Trent Alexander-Arnold has expressed his delight in signing a new four-year deal. The Liverpool right back put pen to paper on the new deal yesterday which will keep the boyhood Red at the club until 2025. Speaking to the Official site, Trent spoke of his delight. “I'm honoured to be given the opportunity and to be shown the trust in the club to be given an extension. So, it was a no-brainer for me. The state the club is in and where I'm at in my career is always a good option for me. To extend and make sure I'm here longer is always a good thing. I'm made up. As someone who joined the Liverpool academy at the age of six, Alexander-Arnold said that the club has meant so much to him. “I mean, it's the only club I've ever really known. So to be here for this amount of time and extending to be here for a longer amount of time is amazing for me and my family. It's a proud moment for me – it always is – signing a new contract here. To be given the trust, like I said before, by the club and the staff is an amazing feeling." At just 22, the footballing resume of Alexander-Arnold is glittering on a individual and team level and one that most players would be delighted with for the entirity of their career. Reflecting on what he has achieved to this point, the League and European Champion takes nothing for granted. “I've achieved so many dreams and goals that I never actually thought I would. I live the dream every day really. "Being able to represent the club and to be in and around names and players, and obviously managers and staff, that are world class every day is a privilege for me and I'm very fortunate to be in the position I am.” Top clubs are meticulous in the planning for the next phase, and careful to not being caught out when the end of the cycle comes. Speculation has begun over who may succeed Jordan Henderson as the next captain and despite being so young himself, Alexander-Arnold says that he is trying to impart some of his knowledge that he has learnt from his senior teammates onto the next generation. “I've been around some amazing leaders. Hendo Millie and Virg were definitely up there as the three best that I've been in and around. I'm privileged to be able to pick up things and learn things from them. They're all different leaders in their own way – some lead by their actions and some by their words. But at the end of the day, leadership is leadership. “I think I've been in and around the lads enough time now to not see myself as a young player. Someone who's a mature lad, capable of fulfilling those roles and being a captain without necessarily having the armband on your arm is something that I've always wanted to try to be. “So just being a role model for the younger players, trying to keep them on the right path and being there for encouragement when they need that. Just mentoring, I'd say – kind of what like Hendo and Millie were doing to me when I was a bit younger. Then just kind of nurturing them into young men that are capable of achieving anything really.” Reflecting on a difficult past season, Alexander-Arnold said that despite no silverware, securing Champions League football was seen as a worthy achievement. However winning honours is their sole focus for the 2021/22 season. “The previous seasons we were there with silverware and we were on top of the world – world champions, Premier League champions, we had everything under the belt. "Then to be kind of brought back down to earth last season with a lot of road bumps in the way, speed bumps on the journey, we overcame them. It kind of felt like a little bit of an achievement to secure top four in the way that it was looking throughout the season at certain points. “We have our sights set on trophies, that's our aim. It's no longer top four or doing well, Europe and things like that, getting to quarters and semis. "We want to be in a title run coming into May, we want to be in the Champions League final, we want to be in the domestic cup finals. We want to go as far as we can. I think this season we'll be fighting on all fronts to win as many trophies as we can."
  19. Trent Alexander-Arnold has expressed his delight in signing a new four-year deal. The Liverpool right back put pen to paper on the new deal yesterday which will keep the boyhood Red at the club until 2025. Speaking to the Official site, Trent spoke of his delight. “I'm honoured to be given the opportunity and to be shown the trust in the club to be given an extension. So, it was a no-brainer for me. The state the club is in and where I'm at in my career is always a good option for me. To extend and make sure I'm here longer is always a good thing. I'm made up. As someone who joined the Liverpool academy at the age of six, Alexander-Arnold said that the club has meant so much to him. “I mean, it's the only club I've ever really known. So to be here for this amount of time and extending to be here for a longer amount of time is amazing for me and my family. It's a proud moment for me – it always is – signing a new contract here. To be given the trust, like I said before, by the club and the staff is an amazing feeling." At just 22, the footballing resume of Alexander-Arnold is glittering on a individual and team level and one that most players would be delighted with for the entirity of their career. Reflecting on what he has achieved to this point, the League and European Champion takes nothing for granted. “I've achieved so many dreams and goals that I never actually thought I would. I live the dream every day really. "Being able to represent the club and to be in and around names and players, and obviously managers and staff, that are world class every day is a privilege for me and I'm very fortunate to be in the position I am.” Top clubs are meticulous in the planning for the next phase, and careful to not being caught out when the end of the cycle comes. Speculation has begun over who may succeed Jordan Henderson as the next captain and despite being so young himself, Alexander-Arnold says that he is trying to impart some of his knowledge that he has learnt from his senior teammates onto the next generation. “I've been around some amazing leaders. Hendo Millie and Virg were definitely up there as the three best that I've been in and around. I'm privileged to be able to pick up things and learn things from them. They're all different leaders in their own way – some lead by their actions and some by their words. But at the end of the day, leadership is leadership. “I think I've been in and around the lads enough time now to not see myself as a young player. Someone who's a mature lad, capable of fulfilling those roles and being a captain without necessarily having the armband on your arm is something that I've always wanted to try to be. “So just being a role model for the younger players, trying to keep them on the right path and being there for encouragement when they need that. Just mentoring, I'd say – kind of what like Hendo and Millie were doing to me when I was a bit younger. Then just kind of nurturing them into young men that are capable of achieving anything really.” Reflecting on a difficult past season, Alexander-Arnold said that despite no silverware, securing Champions League football was seen as a worthy achievement. However winning honours is their sole focus for the 2021/22 season. “The previous seasons we were there with silverware and we were on top of the world – world champions, Premier League champions, we had everything under the belt. "Then to be kind of brought back down to earth last season with a lot of road bumps in the way, speed bumps on the journey, we overcame them. It kind of felt like a little bit of an achievement to secure top four in the way that it was looking throughout the season at certain points. “We have our sights set on trophies, that's our aim. It's no longer top four or doing well, Europe and things like that, getting to quarters and semis. "We want to be in a title run coming into May, we want to be in the Champions League final, we want to be in the domestic cup finals. We want to go as far as we can. I think this season we'll be fighting on all fronts to win as many trophies as we can." View full article
  20. Brighton have identified Nat Phillips as a prime target to replace the recently departed Ben White. The highly rated 23 year-old is set to officially become an Arsenal player when he completes his medical after returning from his summer break. The proposed fee is believed to be in the region of £50 million and the Seagulls are naturally keen to spend a chunk of that on a replacement. Talksport reports that Phillips is firmly in the frame to be that player with Brighton preparing a bid in the region of £15 million. After spending a season at Stuttgart, in his own mind the academy graduate would have been preparing for another spell away from the club. But as the injuries mounted in the heart of the defence, Phillips was called into action. While it was a season full of inconsistent performances, one constant was the commitment to the cause of the big Number 47. To the fans watching on at home Phillips became a cult-figure, winning headers like a seasoned pro and often showing the scars of battle with big centre forwards like a badge of honour. In all, Phillips made 17 league and three Champions League appearances for the season scoring a trademark power header against Burnley in the penultimate game of the season. With the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip returning to full fitness and the signing of Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool have reportedly told the 24 year-old that he is free to leave the club if a opportunity for regular first-team football presents itself. It is not the first time that Phillips has been linked to other clubs with Newcastle and Burnley previously showing an interest. Phillips has openly spoken about his future once the season concluded saying that he is not one to shy away from a challenge, but he also has to do what is right for his own career. “If you want to play as often as possible, you need to embrace that fight and play to a high enough standard to hold off such competition. “Even though there is a lot of competition, I see it as another person to try and learn from. A new person’s game I get to see up close, see how they play and see if I can take anything from that. “At Liverpool there is always going to be high competition for a place on the pitch. No matter who you are, you don’t have a right to play for them and certainly not myself, having only played a handful of games when the new boys came in. “I still need to have the conversations with them and just see if there is a role for me there and what role they would want me to play. “I would then have to decide what is best for myself off the back of that.” While it would be a shame to see Phillips depart, in terms of his own career it will be a great move and a environment that you can see him flourishing in. And with Liverpool reportedly having to sell before they buy this summer, any fee can be put towards shaping the squad for the upcoming season. View full article
  21. Franck Kessie is the latest name to be linked to Liverpool as the Reds look to fill the hole left by Gini Wijnaldum. The Mail ( via La Gazzetta deli Sport) report that the 24 year-old Ivory Coast international is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at AC Milan, and it is believed that both parties have hit a roadblock in negotiations. Kessie is believed to be earning roughly €2.2million (£1.9m) per season, but Milan would be open to raising the figure to €4m (£3.4m) to prevent him leaving. Kessie's representatives are believed to be demanding closer to €6m (£5.1m), but despite the sizeable difference, Milan technical director Paolo Mancini remained confident that there would be a resolution. “Franck Kessie will stay as he's part of our future,'. 'We're working to extend his contract.' The career path of Kessie saw the midfielder come through the ranks at Ivorian club Stella Club d'Adjamé, before finishing his youth career at Atalanta. He was loaned to Serie B club Cessena, before getting some senior experience with his parent club during the 2016/7 season. AC Milan acquired his services a season later initially on a loan deal, before the Rossoneri made the deal permanent. His performances have grown in consistency over the past few seasons, and in turn some of the top clubs in Europe have been alerted with Liverpool believed to be at the front of the pack should the showdown talks go awry. Kessie scored 13 goals for AC Milan in the recently completed league season admittedly though, 11 were from the penalty spot. Goal did a head to head comparison between Kessie and Wijnaldum over the past campaign. When doing this type of analysis, you have to factor in the differences in how Milan and Liverpool play in a tactical sense and how both players are asked to undertake their role. However the figures showed that Kessie was a more progressive passer and successful dribbler, and also attempted and won more tackles, blocks (shots and passes) as well as interceptions. He also edged the head-to-head for loose balls recovered per 90, while winning more aerial duels than Wijnaldum. Liverpool have been linked to a number of players in this off-season and this is just another player to add to the list. View full article
  22. Franck Kessie is the latest name to be linked to Liverpool as the Reds look to fill the hole left by Gini Wijnaldum. The Mail ( via La Gazzetta deli Sport) report that the 24 year-old Ivory Coast international is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at AC Milan, and it is believed that both parties have hit a roadblock in negotiations. Kessie is believed to be earning roughly €2.2million (£1.9m) per season, but Milan would be open to raising the figure to €4m (£3.4m) to prevent him leaving. Kessie's representatives are believed to be demanding closer to €6m (£5.1m), but despite the sizeable difference, Milan technical director Paolo Mancini remained confident that there would be a resolution. “Franck Kessie will stay as he's part of our future,'. 'We're working to extend his contract.' The career path of Kessie saw the midfielder come through the ranks at Ivorian club Stella Club d'Adjamé, before finishing his youth career at Atalanta. He was loaned to Serie B club Cessena, before getting some senior experience with his parent club during the 2016/7 season. AC Milan acquired his services a season later initially on a loan deal, before the Rossoneri made the deal permanent. His performances have grown in consistency over the past few seasons, and in turn some of the top clubs in Europe have been alerted with Liverpool believed to be at the front of the pack should the showdown talks go awry. Kessie scored 13 goals for AC Milan in the recently completed league season admittedly though, 11 were from the penalty spot. Goal did a head to head comparison between Kessie and Wijnaldum over the past campaign. When doing this type of analysis, you have to factor in the differences in how Milan and Liverpool play in a tactical sense and how both players are asked to undertake their role. However the figures showed that Kessie was a more progressive passer and successful dribbler, and also attempted and won more tackles, blocks (shots and passes) as well as interceptions. He also edged the head-to-head for loose balls recovered per 90, while winning more aerial duels than Wijnaldum. Liverpool have been linked to a number of players in this off-season and this is just another player to add to the list.
  23. Brighton have identified Nat Phillips as a prime target to replace the recently departed Ben White. The highly rated 23 year-old is set to officially become an Arsenal player when he completes his medical after returning from his summer break. The proposed fee is believed to be in the region of £50 million and the Seagulls are naturally keen to spend a chunk of that on a replacement. Talksport reports that Phillips is firmly in the frame to be that player with Brighton preparing a bid in the region of £15 million. After spending a season at Stuttgart, in his own mind the academy graduate would have been preparing for another spell away from the club. But as the injuries mounted in the heart of the defence, Phillips was called into action. While it was a season full of inconsistent performances, one constant was the commitment to the cause of the big Number 47. To the fans watching on at home Phillips became a cult-figure, winning headers like a seasoned pro and often showing the scars of battle with big centre forwards like a badge of honour. In all, Phillips made 17 league and three Champions League appearances for the season scoring a trademark power header against Burnley in the penultimate game of the season. With the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip returning to full fitness and the signing of Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool have reportedly told the 24 year-old that he is free to leave the club if a opportunity for regular first-team football presents itself. It is not the first time that Phillips has been linked to other clubs with Newcastle and Burnley previously showing an interest. Phillips has openly spoken about his future once the season concluded saying that he is not one to shy away from a challenge, but he also has to do what is right for his own career. “If you want to play as often as possible, you need to embrace that fight and play to a high enough standard to hold off such competition. “Even though there is a lot of competition, I see it as another person to try and learn from. A new person’s game I get to see up close, see how they play and see if I can take anything from that. “At Liverpool there is always going to be high competition for a place on the pitch. No matter who you are, you don’t have a right to play for them and certainly not myself, having only played a handful of games when the new boys came in. “I still need to have the conversations with them and just see if there is a role for me there and what role they would want me to play. “I would then have to decide what is best for myself off the back of that.” While it would be a shame to see Phillips depart, in terms of his own career it will be a great move and a environment that you can see him flourishing in. And with Liverpool reportedly having to sell before they buy this summer, any fee can be put towards shaping the squad for the upcoming season.
  24. Sassuolo are the latest team to show an interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic according to a new report. Grujic has become a veteran of the loan circuit while being on the books of the Reds, making stops at Cardiff, Hertha Berlin and currently at Porto. While his next destination remains up in the air, what seems certain is that Liverpool seem intent on selling the Serbian international which will be mutually beneficial for both parties. Grujic at 25, is now entering his prime years and while midfield minutes at Liverpool seems an unobtainable goal, the good news is that he has impressed other suitors. Similar to Virgin offers, the Reds are looking to attract more interest by offering an incentive, in this case a reduced fee from what they would have demanded a year ago. The Daily Mail (via Sky Sports) report that Sassuolo, who finished eighth in the recently completed campaign, are accepting of the fact that they will lose their star player Manuel Locatelli who shone throughout the Euros and he has attracted the interest of Juventus and Arsenal. Sassuolo have put a £40 million value on the 23 year-old attacking midfielder and are reportedly looking for replacements. Davide Cangini is the recruiting chief for Sassuolo and is a big fan of the well-built midfielder who he attempted to sign when working for Atalanta. Grujic, who has made just 16 first team appearances for the club, is now valued at around £13 million and it is believed that fee would be no issue for the Italian club. The Portuguese giants are certainly not giving up their quest to sign their loan star with a source close to the club recently saying: “He (Grujic) wants to stay but money is short at Porto. "His numbers suggest he had one of his best seasons under Conceicao. They want the player but they need to sell first. "Sergio is the coach that gave Grujic the most matches he has ever played in a season. "The number of passes he played indicate his exposure to the ball in games, but he also had a high percentage of correct passes in midfield. "He also had fewer failures that directly led to goals. So Marko's evolution under Sergio has been clear looking at all the stats. "Should he sign for Porto, he will arrive without a proper pre-season with Sergio, which is no advantage, but his work with Liverpool [in Austria] means he won't be so under-prepared." Grujic is just one of a number of players that the club are looking to get off their books, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Divock Origi all reportedly surplus to requirements.
  25. Sassuolo are the latest team to show an interest in Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic according to a new report. Grujic has become a veteran of the loan circuit while being on the books of the Reds, making stops at Cardiff, Hertha Berlin and currently at Porto. While his next destination remains up in the air, what seems certain is that Liverpool seem intent on selling the Serbian international which will be mutually beneficial for both parties. Grujic at 25, is now entering his prime years and while midfield minutes at Liverpool seems an unobtainable goal, the good news is that he has impressed other suitors. Similar to Virgin offers, the Reds are looking to attract more interest by offering an incentive, in this case a reduced fee from what they would have demanded a year ago. The Daily Mail (via Sky Sports) report that Sassuolo, who finished eighth in the recently completed campaign, are accepting of the fact that they will lose their star player Manuel Locatelli who shone throughout the Euros and he has attracted the interest of Juventus and Arsenal. Sassuolo have put a £40 million value on the 23 year-old attacking midfielder and are reportedly looking for replacements. Davide Cangini is the recruiting chief for Sassuolo and is a big fan of the well-built midfielder who he attempted to sign when working for Atalanta. Grujic, who has made just 16 first team appearances for the club, is now valued at around £13 million and it is believed that fee would be no issue for the Italian club. The Portuguese giants are certainly not giving up their quest to sign their loan star with a source close to the club recently saying: “He (Grujic) wants to stay but money is short at Porto. "His numbers suggest he had one of his best seasons under Conceicao. They want the player but they need to sell first. "Sergio is the coach that gave Grujic the most matches he has ever played in a season. "The number of passes he played indicate his exposure to the ball in games, but he also had a high percentage of correct passes in midfield. "He also had fewer failures that directly led to goals. So Marko's evolution under Sergio has been clear looking at all the stats. "Should he sign for Porto, he will arrive without a proper pre-season with Sergio, which is no advantage, but his work with Liverpool [in Austria] means he won't be so under-prepared." Grujic is just one of a number of players that the club are looking to get off their books, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Divock Origi all reportedly surplus to requirements. View full article
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