Here are the Liverpool morning headlines for Wednesday, June 3.
Klopp talks safety, challenges and face masks
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident the club has done all it can to ensure the players and staff have a safe working environment, though acknowledges a return to football can never be completely immune to real-world consequences.
While he feels Melwood and Anfield is “100 percent a safe environment,” he told BBC 5 Live that he had asked his squad to wear PPE when out and about and couldn’t understand why the government hadn’t done the same with the wider public.
“We wear face masks [in Germany], which I don’t understand why not everyone in England, especially in close areas, wears face masks and gloves,” he said.
“We’ve told the boys, if you go wherever, I want them to wear a face mask and gloves, so from their point of view nothing can really happen. Humans are the most risk to humans, we are our own biggest enemy sometimes, so we have to stay disciplined, and we will.”
The Reds are due to resume their Premier League campaign against Everton on June 20.
Details emerge from Klopp’s Werner conversation
Klopp reportedly called transfer target Timo Werner recently and now details have emerged over the details of the conversation.
While it is understood the Reds have not yet held talks with Leipzig or decided on their final summer transfer plans, Werner has long been linked with the Reds.
Klopp’s call to the German forward, though, was partly to discern his personality, his fit for the club and to get a general feel of the person behind the player, says Christian Falk, a journalist with Sport Bild.
“We know that [the call] was around Easter, so a few weeks ago,” Falk told PodSaveTheBall podcast.
“It’s not only about football, [Klopp] wants to see the player – normally in person, he prefers – and he doesn’t talk about football all the time, he talks about life. He wants to know, ‘Is the player good in his head? ‘Is he a player which fits his team spirit?’ and I think Werner is a player who fits to Klopp.”
No links with Saul ahead of midfielder’s social media reveal
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez got people talking by announcing on Twitter he’d reveal his “new club” in three days — which means today, Wednesday.
However, few people believe it will have anything to do with a transfer away from his side in La Liga, given his long contract, his personal affinity with the club and the fact he has repeatedly said he’d be happy to spend his entire career at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Instead, it’s likely to be an eSports team or similar, rather than a switch to the Premier League.
The ECHO’s Paul Gorst and Matt Addison report that there’s no reason to think Liverpool will be looking at a big-money move for a midfielder of any description this summer, particularly given the impact on the team of current central starters.
“I think those three [Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner] - although they are approaching or are already in their 30s - are among the fittest in the squad, so don't think they are ready to drop out any time soon,” Gorst said.
Read the full piece here.