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Kylian Mbappe 'makes decision over transfer future'
Kylian Mbappe has made a decision about hia future, reports in Spain are claiming.
French publication L'Equipe stated earlier this week that both Liverpool and Real Madrid were in regular contact over a potential transfer next summer, when the 21-year-old will only have one year of his PSG contract left.
Former Real Madrid star Paco Buyo claims the superstar striker has already decided he will move to the Santiago Bernabeu next summer.
He told Spanish television program El Chiringuito (via the Mirror):
It looks like Liverpool are also interested, but I believe Mbappé has already made his decision [to join Madrid].
Will it be next summer? We will see if he expects to end the contract, I do not know if he can handle the pressure or if he will accept any millionaire proposal that PSG will present to him.
Buyo - real name Francisco - spent 11 years with Madrid from 1986-1997 as a goalkeeper.
Jota, Salah and Liverpool's true strength in the transfer market
When it comes to recruitment at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is a flexible sort
Liverpool's recent transfer business highlights one of Jurgen Klopp's main strengths when it comes to recruiting new players @ptgorst explains https://t.co/LwrQ7wKMRl— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 23, 2020
'I do what I do for Liverpool' - Marcus Rashford sends powerful child poverty message to city
Red or Blue, Scouse or Manc, we can all agree @MarcusRashford is good people and deserves support and a massive ovation next time he plays in front of a crowd on Merseyside https://t.co/HLG2bzKK8j#ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY— Dan Kay (@dankay) September 23, 2020
Pep Lijnders on Billy Koumetio fitness and his development
Could the big young French defender get his full Liverpool debut at Lincoln tomorrow night?
Liverpool home clash with Arsenal changed as Premier League give fixtures update
Liverpool's home game with Arsenal on Monday has been altered after Government chose to impose 10pm lockdown on hospitality venues
Liverpool home clash with Arsenal changed as Premier League give fixtures update https://t.co/hfvyzNpYo0— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 23, 2020
Lijnders press conference
Today's pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool's Carabao Cup trip to Lincoln City tomorrow night (with assistant manager Pep Lijnders - not Jurgen Klopp).
Liverpool using Mane to ‘win the raffle’ for another mega signing
After splashing on both Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota last week, Liverpool's spending spree may not yet be over reckons a report.
Sport Witness cite Le Parisien as claiming the Reds still want to pair Kalidou Koulibaly with Virgil van Dijk in a potentially formidable centre-back combination - despite the Napoli man having already agreed contractual terms with rivals Manchester City.
The article states:
Liverpool haven’t given up, as they are ‘forcing to convince the player via his friend and compatriot Sadio Mané to win the raffle’.
The moment Klopp decided Thiago was perfect for Liverpool
Although Liverpool didn't need any convincing over Thiago Alcantara's ability, a specific moment has been pinpointed when Jurgen Klopp decided the midfielder was perfect for the Reds.
The Metro cite David Ormstein of The Athletic as insisting:
Klopp decided the Spaniard would be the ‘perfect signing’ while watching his showing against Paris Saint-Germain over a drink with his coaching staff at Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
Excitement grew within Liverpool’s squad when Thiago’s arrival became a real possibility and there was a breakthrough in discussions last Monday before Liverpool’s club doctor, Jim Moxon, was sent to Germany to begin the medical process.
Injury blow as trio ruled out of Carabao Cup clash
Captain Jordan Henderson is facing a race against time to be fit for Liverpool's Premier League clash against Arsenal next week, writes Ian Doyle.
The Reds skipper will be absent from Thursday's Carabao Cup tie along with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who both missed out at Stamford Bridge through injury.
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Grealish and Zaha 'not good enough for Liverpool'
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told Jack Grealish and Wilfried Zaha they are not good enough to play for his former club.
Both players have been linked to the Reds in the past along with other big sides but remain at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace respectively.
The Mirror quote Carragher as telling Sky Sports:
“I think Jack [Grealish] is in a position similar to [Wilfried] Zaha at Palace, where the type of money to get him out of the club you are talking £60 or £70 million.
“I don’t think they are quite good enough to play for Liverpool or Manchester City, and teams just below the top four I don’t think they’d want to pay the money to get him.”
Mum's anger after school bans LFC face mask
A Merseyside mum has shared her frustration over her child's school allowing only certain coloured face masks to be worn on site, writes the ECHO's Jess Molyneux.
Last Friday, Johanne Hall, 43, received a text message from her son's school, Lord Derby Academy (LDA) in Huyton, stating pupils must wear a face covering that is "black, grey, burgundy or medical blue" in school from Monday, September 22.
Johanne said she is not opposed to pupils and staff wearing face coverings, but she was frustrated at the short notice given to parents and said that "it shouldn't matter what colour a mask is as long as the children wear it and feel safer."
She said she contacted the school Friday after the announcement for more information but didn't speak to LDA until yesterday to discuss the matter.
But after her son returned home from school she heard he was told he couldn't wear a black and red patched mask with a Liverpool FC logo on it and was instead given a "medical blue" mask to wear.
Anderlecht eye new deal for Liverpool-linked Doku
Anderlecht are hoping to get Liverpool-linked wonderkid Jeremy Doku to sign a new contract according to a report.
Inside Futbol write that the Belgian club have opened talks with the teenage winger over a fresh deal in order to safeguard their investment in him.
Doku scored his first goal for Belgium on his full international debut earlier this month.
The article says:
Anderlecht have also not ruled out selling the winger if they receive a big-money offer, but the club are desperate to keep hold of him this season.
And according to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, the Belgian giants have been in talks with Doku’s representatives over offering him a new contract.
The teenager still has two years left on his current deal but Anderlecht are acutely aware of the interest from Liverpool and other heavyweight clubs.
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Van Dijk slammed as 'lazy' and 'does not like fellow players'
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has come under an astonishing verbal attack from former Netherlands international Wim Kieft.
Van Dijk's imperious form saw him run Lionel Messi close to finish second in the last Ballon d'Or voting but he was at fault for one of Leeds United's goals in Liverpool's Premier League opener, failing to clear the ball over Patrick Bamford, in a manner Jamie Carragher claimed was "arrogant".
The Daily Star quote Kieft as telling De Telegraaf of Van Dijk:
"He is not sharp, he behaves with the Oranje (Dutch national team) and Liverpool like the finished star, the great coaching leader, who shows a little too much that he does not like his fellow players.
"At the same time, he plays lazy and nonchalant himself. He makes mistakes and often runs away from defensive handiwork in matches.
"With his status, he should be at the forefront of the battle.
"It took Van Dijk a long time to get to the top international level.
"He has been there for about two seasons now, but it is important that Van Dijk remains very critical of himself.
"His environment also plays an important role in this. It's OK if his trainers shake him up a lot."
Reds don't need another centre-back claims Carragher
Many have called for Liverpool to recruit a new centre-back to replace Dejan Lovren who quit Anfield after six years this summer to join Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
However, Reds legend Jamie Carragher, who made the lion's share of his 737 appearances as a one-club man in the position, reckons an additional body is not necessary for Jurgen Klopp.
The Sport Review quote Carragher as telling Sky Sports:
“There has been talk of Liverpool needing a centre-half.
“Lovren has left, Matip you can’t trust fitness wise, that leaves Joe Gomez.
“Fabinho was outstanding. Normally players who play in a holding midfield role have a great understanding of the game. Fernandinho was excellent for Man City last season. Fabinho was brilliant.
“I think it puts to bed talk of Liverpool needing a centre-half.
"They’ve got so many midfield players, they’ve got to get them games. If he drops back, it’s another space in midfield for someone.”
Liverpool shift focus as next transfer priority clear
Liverpool are turning their attention towards outgoings inside the final fortnight of the transfer window, writes Paul Gorst.
Schalke defender Ozan Kabak had been linked following the captures of Thiago and Jota but the ECHO understands the Reds' business on the incoming front is complete.
It means the club have now turned towards players who could leave the club before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Rhian Brewster's future remains very much up in the air as the clock ticks closer towards deadline day.
As many as 10 clubs have spoken to Liverpool about his status and the champions are not against a permanent deal.
The Reds had looked to loan the young striker to a Premier League club or European equivalent but have not ruled out giving the green light to a permanent sale if the right offer arrives.
Why Thiago won't touch 'This is Anfield' sign
Sticking with Thiago, the midfielder has revealed why he won't touch the iconic 'This is Anfield' sign at Liverpool's home ground - well not yet anyway.
Give me sport quote the former Bayern Munich man as saying:
“Fernando Torres told me not to touch the ‘This is Anfield’ sign until I win some trophies at the club, so I will respect that."
“To touch this sign you've to deserve it and earn it."
The article adds that it's a tradition that current boss Jurgen Klopp implemented when he first took over.
"I've told my players not to touch the 'This Is Anfield' sign until they win something. It's a sign of respect," he said.
Aouar still available for £54m but Reds found better value
Liverpool-linked Houssem Aouar is still available for £54million but the Reds have found better value elsewhere according to a report.
Citing an article in the Daily Telegraph, Rousing the Kop say the midfielder can be prised from Lyon if a suitor meets their asking price.
Mikel Arteta is believed to be an admirer and could take the plunge but Arsenal face competition from another club in the Champions League.
It's not expected to be Jurgen Klopp's men though after Liverpool finally snared Thiago Alcantara for Bayern Munich for a fraction of Aouar's hefty valuation.
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Liverpool trio ready for loans as injury inspiration hits landmark
No pain, no progress. Such is the message Liverpool’s youngsters will hope to take from a chastening evening at Wigan Athletic.
Read Ian Doyle's analysis here
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