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Ousmane Dembele reportedly snubbed Liverpool move, Rhian Brewster deal stalls and Reds won't sign Ozan Kabak.

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Klopp on Keita

Naby Keita could do with a big performance on Monday to keep up momentum.

Here's Jurgen Klopp on the midfielder's progress at Liverpool...

Klopp on Thiago

Could Thiago start against Arsenal? Jurgen Klopp has dropped a team selection hint...

Liverpool injury update

So, no Jordan Henderson to face Arsenal but Joe Gomez could return.

Klopp on Brewster future

Jurgen Klopp wasn't give much away when quizzed on Rhian Brewster's future...

Sturridge trains with non-league side

Daniel Sturridge is training at Kidsgrove Athletic as he continues his search for a new club report the Stoke Sentinel.

The former Liverpool man is a free agent after serving a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules, having left Trabzonspor back in March.

And Kidsgrove chairman Mick Fitzjohn has revealed all about the arrangement.

Daniel Sturridge (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“Yes, he’s signed a 12-month contract (laughs). No, he’s coming down to keep himself fit and he’s working hard while he finds a new club.

“He comes down most days and he can let himself in. He lives locally and we don’t mind that. It’s a nice set up.

“I’ve been down there painting but we haven’t chucked him a brush just yet to help out.”

Rhian Brewster update

And we're back!

Click the above post if you watch to catch up on every word from Jurgen Klopp's press conference.

In the meantime, a big update on Rhian Brewster's future courtesy of Yorkshire Live.

They claim Sheffield United have been told they can have Rhian Brewster, but the Blades are understood to be stalling.

United have submitted an offer for a season-long loan, however, Liverpool are not keen on that and, instead, have instructed the Bramall Lane hierarchy to make a permanent bid.

Rhian Brewster of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood

Liverpool want £18m for the striker and are even happy to receive a token gesture fee up front and allow the money to be paid over a length of time and structured in a way that suits United.

But despite Chris Wilder urging his board to get a deal done, Sheffield United have not taken them up on this offer with Liverpool growing frustrated at the lack of progress being made since talks began last month.

Jurgen Klopp press conference LIVE

Jurgen Klopp is just about to face the press ahead of Liverpool's clash with Arsenal on Monday.

Follow LIVE updates HERE...

Arsenal Carbao Cup details confirmed

Liverpool will face Arsenal twice in less than a week after beating Lincoln City last night.

The two sides clash in the Premier League on Monday, then will meet again in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Rhian Brewster future latest

Rhian Brewster is reportedly edging closer to a Liverpool exit after he was left out of the Reds’ matchday squad for the Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City.

Rhian Brewster of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood

The Independent claim Sheffield United still heading the queue to sign him with Blades boss Chris Wilder and Jurgen Klopp holding another discussion about the young forward on Wednesday.

Klopp offers Gomez injury update and drops Fabinho hint

Jurgen Klopp has hinted Fabinho could become more than an emergency centre-back and offered an injury update.

In the England international's absence, the Brazilian shone at the heart of defence against Chelsea before coming on in the same position against Lincoln City.

Fabinho with Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino after Liverpool's FA Cup exit at Chelsea (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

And Klopp has hinted even when Gomez returns, Fabinho could still line up as a centre-back.

"We have to make sure we have centre halves when we play football and Fabinho can obviously play the position very well, he’s fit and that’s good, so he gets minutes, that’s good for him.

"Joe [Gomez] should be back in training tomorrow [Friday], I hope so and the situation could look slightly different. But he is doing really well, if he plays like he played against Chelsea he can play as a centre half, 100%.

"If somebody else plays as a 6, he has another position."

Fresh interest in Sarr

Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have reportedly both joined the race to sign Ismaila Sarr from Watford.

The winger looks set to leave the Hornets following their relegation and Wiwsport credits the duo as entering the race for his signature along with Aston Villa.

Ismaila Sarr has been linked with a summer switch to Anfield

They also claim Liverpool had previously opened talks with Watford, however, the Reds are unlikely to make a move after signing Diogo Jota.

Messi's message to Suarez

Lionel Messi has hit out at Barcelona for their treatment of Luis Suarez in his farewell message to the Uruguayan.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona (Image: Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

He writes on Instagram:

"I was already getting the idea but today I entered the locker room and the card really fell. How difficult it is going to be not to continue sharing the day to day with you, both on the courts and outside. We will miss them so much. It was many years, many mates, lunches, dinners ... Many things that will never be forgotten, every day together.

"It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you. You deserved to be fired for what you are: one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. And not to get kicked out like they did. But the truth is that at this point nothing surprises me.

"I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon friend. "

Dembele 'rejected' Liverpool move

Jurgen Klopp was reportedly convinced that Liverpool would sign Ousmane Dembele this summer, only for the Barcelona star to reject a move to the Premier League.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, cited by the Mirror, the Reds were keen to sign the Frenchman on loan with an option to buy.

Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona (Image: Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

However, the forward told both Liverpool and Manchester United he has no intention of leaving Camp Nou this summer.

Glatzel and Hardy injury update

Barry Lewtas has provided an injury update on Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy.

After missing last season with an ACL injury, Glatzel returned for pre-season but is currently sidelined with a minor problem.

Paul Glatzel of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Hardy missed pre-season but is now back in training.

And Lewtas offered an update to about their progress.

"Paul had a long-term injury. It is a bit more frustrating for him that he got through pre-season, scored goals and played a lot of games but he's just picked up a little injury which will keep him out for a short time, but it's nothing long-term.

"It's more of a frustrating one for him really but he will be back soon.

"Joe has been out and missed pre-season but he started training with the group yesterday.

"He had a big smile on his face and it's great to have him back.

"Obviously with the break we had due to COVID-19 it adds time on as well, so we've got to be a bit careful with some of the boys. We have to do the right thing and look after them because it's going to be a long season."

Thiago message

Thiago Alcantara was quick to congratulate his new team-mates for beating Lincoln City last night.

Lincoln City media reaction

Our man Connor O'Neill has been flicking through the papers to bring you all the best media reaction to Liverpool's win over Lincoln last night...

Coutinho message to Suarez

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has also sent a message to Luis Suarez on Instagram following his now former Barcelona colleague's exit from the club.

"brother, I want to wish you good luck in your future, may GOD always bless you and your family. I am very grateful for all the help you have given us. Great honor to have played with you and great honor to be your friend! miss you."

Suarez farewell message

So after six seasons, Luis Suarez is no longer a Barcelona legend.

The former Liverpool star held a farewell press conference yesterday ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid.

And he's posted a couple of farewell messages on social media...

That second one translates to...

"Special day with feelings of sadness for leaving a place that gave me a lot as a player and as a person, from now on a new challenge begins that I will live with the same enthusiasm that I experienced since I arrived here. Thank you all very much and you will always be in me."

Mane handed Coutinho warning from Barnes

John Barnes has advised Sadio Mane to stay put at Liverpool and not follow in Philippe Coutinho's footsteps.

Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the Reds forward, but the club legend used the Brazilian as an example when insisting the grass isn't always greener.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (right) during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

“Philippe Coutinho was going to be the greatest, but then he left after five years.

“The only way players will be regarded as the one of the best Liverpool players, is if they stay at the club for a long period of time.

“I hope Sadio Mane does that, he’s been terrific since his transfer from Southampton in 2016.”

“If Fernando Torres or Luis Suarez were at Liverpool for 10 years, they would both have been in the Liverpool all-time XI.

“If Sadie Mane is going to stay for a prolonged period of time performing at a high level, then of course he can get into the all-time Liverpool XI.

“He is a phenomenally good player with outstanding ability and could definitely project himself into legendary status at Anfield if he keeps it consistent with the high-class performances.”

Arteta on Anfield

Liverpool are back in action on Monday night against Arsenal and it's fair to say they owe the Gunners one after a couple of recent defeats against the North Londoners.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has speaking about Anfield ahead of the game...

Klopp's match verdict

You've had a few snippets, now here's Jurgen Klopp's match verdict in full...

Klopp on Curtis Jones

What can you say about Curtis Jones that hasn't been said already?

The kid looks the real deal. Amazing to think he's still only 19.

And Jurgen Klopp agrees he's an exceptional talent...

Klopp on Minamino

How great is it to see Takumi Minamino finding his feet?

A solid pre-season was followed by his first Liverpool goal in the Community Shield.

And handed his first start of the season at Lincoln he notched a brace, including a real peach of a first goal, to earn his manager's praise...

Klopp on Shaqiri

Let's hear from the boss now.

It's been a hard 18 months for Xherdan Shaqiri but Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the playmaker's performance...

Doyley's verdict

What a win for the Reds last night and so many positives!

From Xherdan Shaqiri being boss at football to a couple of promising debuts, here's Ian Doyle's verdict...


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