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Adrian to decide future
Adrian is yet to make a decision about his future reports the Express.
The Spaniard has made 18 appearances after joining Liverpool on a free transfer last summer to serve as Alisson's deputy.
Although still under-contract, reports suggest he could look to leave in search of first team football and is expected to receive offers.
However, the report says he will make a decision at the end of the season.
Derby day at Wembley?
Could the Merseyside derby take place at Wembley?
Kevin Palmer's reporting it's the preferred venue should the game not take place at Goodison.
Liverpool remain interested in Werner
Liverpool are still interested in signing Timo Werner this summer report the Guardian.
They claim Jurgen Klopp has spoken with the Reds board this week and told them that the Germany striker would be perfect for his team.
Yet to hold talks or bid for the 24-year-old as they deal with the coronavirus crisis, Werner’s representatives are aware of Liverpool’s situation.
The report states the Reds are still keen to make the transfer happen and have been assured Werner will wait for them to make a decision before choosing his future club.
Inter rule out Werner transfer
Inter Milan's sporting director has ruled out a move for Timo Werner.
The Serie A giants have repeatedly been linked with the Germany international international, having been tipped as an alternative destination to Liverpool.
But Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has ruled out a move, offering a hint on the forward's future.
“Timo Werner will not come to Inter. I know his thoughts about his future and we’ll not sign him. I love him as a player but we’ve never started talks to sign him.”
Merseyside Police issue statement over Premier League stadium plan
Merseyside Police say they are ready to "provide whatever policing is required" for when the Premier League returns to Goodison and Anfield.
But the force say they will take their lead from the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) as discussions continue over the possibility of moving the 236th derby to a neutral venue.
Merseyside Police have, this afternoon, issued a statement in which they hold "no objections" to games being staged at Goodison or Anfield from a "crime and disorder" point of view and point to "good working relationships" with fan groups of both clubs.
Phil Kirkbride has more...
Alexander-Arnold's message for fans
Trent Alexander-Arnold's picked his favourite all-time goals on Twitter, with Steven Gerrard against Olympiacos making the cut.
Taking requests from his followers, he then had his say on a number of great strikes including a few Reds favourites.
Before signing off with a message for his fans.
Listen to the latest Blood Red podcast
It's Friday so why not start your weekend off right with the latest episode of the Blood Red podcast?
Guy Clarke hosts with Paul Gorst, Connor Dunn and Matt Addison on the panel as discuss and debate the very latest Liverpool talking points including reaction to the Premier League's provisional return date of 17th June and the possibility of Liverpool perhaps having to play in neutral stadia until the title is won.
Premier League release statement as Everton plan for Goodison derby
Some interesting news for Liverpool fans too.
All planning for the 236th Merseyside derby has so far centred around the game being played behind closed doors at Goodison, writes Phil Kirkbride.
Everton met with the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) last week and talks centred around how the club would host the game, without supporters inside the ground, at Goodison.
Rodgers has had coronavirus
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, now in charge of Leicester City, confirms he has had coronavirus but has recovered from it.
— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) May 29, 2020
'Ambition' for home and away fixtures 'where possible'
Premier League confirm ambition "is to complete all remaining fixtures home and away, where possible. Discussions with National Police Chiefs' Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral-venue contingency."— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) May 29, 2020
Origi warming up
Divock Origi gearing up for a return to clinch the Premier League.
pic.twitter.com/gc5dqYn78Y— Liverpool FC (at ) (@LFC) May 29, 2020
Crouch reveals chance meeting with Keane cost him £25,000
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has explained how a chance meeting with Manchester United's Roy Keane left him some £25,000 out of pocket.
Speaking to Redknapp’s Home Fixture on Sky, the former Reds striker recalls how he had splashed out on an Aston Martin:
"It wasn't me, but I'd spent a lot of money on that car and I needed to drive it. I've got my arm out the window, got the sunglasses on and got music on.
"I thought 'I've really arrived now, I'm a Premier League footballer and England international'.
"I've pulled up next to Roy Keane and remember looking at Roy thinking we were the same being at big clubs, we're both the men, but the way he looked at me...I've never felt smaller in all my life.
"He didn't even give me a wave or a nod of appreciation or anything, he just drove off.
"I looked at myself in the mirror and thought 'no, you've lost the plot here'. I sold the car that week and must have taken a £25k hit on it."
Klopp outlines his Liverpool identity dream
Jurgen Klopp has declared that he wants Liverpool to play with a distinct style so that even if they weren't wearing the club's famous all-red kit, observers would be able to tell it was them.
In an interview with Western Union, he said:
“We have a few clear rules how we want to play, how we want to defend, where we want to defend, where we want to pass,.
“It’s not that we have a book and give it to read it, then you know it.
"These are the kinds of things; how lively are we? How positive? How brave?
"Absolutely important for the boys, through all the ranks and through all the teams.
“Is a 10-year-old too young for it? I’m not an expert. It’s not that intense actually, it’s just a specific way. But 17, 18, 19, 20 you are for sure old enough and that’s exactly the moment.
“My dream was always that we can play in any random shirt but if you watch us playing you say, ‘Ah, that’s Liverpool.’
"The identity is that clear that everybody would say ‘Oh, that’s Liverpool.’ That’s what we try.”
Carra goes back on Strictly claim
no it was a wind up by Neville that I thought I’d go with for a laugh! https://t.co/EAsmlXJkGs— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) May 29, 2020
Looks like former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher might not be competing for the Glitterball trophy after all!
Liverpool-linked Traore can leave any day declares Wolves loan chief
An interesting choice of words from Wolverhampton Wanderers loan pathway manager Seyi Olofinjana when addressing the issue of Liverpool-linked Adama Traore's future.
Recent reports have claimed that the powerful wide man could be on his way to Anfield in a big money move.
Olofinjana told Goal:
“He is a good player and we've all seen what he is capable of doing. His sheer pace, power, goalscoring stint, skills on the ball and also running the length of the pitch.
“He's been doing it for the past few seasons, so we are very much aware of what he brings to the table. In terms of what will happen to him going forward, the league has not ended, so we need to wait for that.
"We can't ignore the fact that he has done very well for the club.
“Anybody can leave Wolves, he came from somewhere and he can leave any day.
"Regarding genuine transfer interest in our players, there are procedures and policies that we consider as a club, they tell us whether it is the right step for us or not.”
Chelsea star tells Werner to snub Liverpool and Manchester United
Timo Werner has been told to snub both Liverpool and Manchester United and join Chelsea instead claims a report.
The Metro cite SportBild as saying that the in-demand RB Leipzig striker who has been strongly linked with a transfer to Anfield for months, is close friends with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger who has reached out to his Germany international team-mate.
The article says:
Rudiger is good friends with Werner and has been messaging the forward to try and convince him to move to west London.
The pair played together at Stuttgart until 2015, when Rudiger moved to Roma on loan, and have remained close, also teaming up with the German national team and winning the Confederations Cup together.
Merseyside Derby 'won't go to Manchester'
With the Merseyside Derby identified as one of the six Premier League fixtures the police supposedly want switched to neutral venues over fears that fans could congregate outside the stadiums, the Daily Mail reports the game that should be taking place at Goodison Park will not be played in Manchester.
Their article also states:
It has not yet been decided where neutral games will be staged. Some of Britain's 43 police force areas have said they are willing to stage them. Some have indicated they are not.
Discussions on that will now take place between the Premier League and senior football police officers, who today praised the league for their cooperative and positive contribution to security discussions.
Greater Manchester Police, whose chief constable expressed concerns about some fixtures two weeks ago, have identified three fixtures in their force area as ones they prefer to be held at neutral venues.
Police might move three Liverpool games
I thought we were moving away from all this neutral ground nonsense?
It's been claimed that the police want to switch six Premier League matches to neutral venues and three of those involve Liverpool - including the Merseyside Derby scheduled for Goodison Park.
Understand police have identified SIX fixtures requiring neutral venues when PL restarts: Man City v Liverpool, Man City v Newcastle, Man Utd v Sheff Utd, Newcastle v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool, the game in which Liverpool might take the title. Full story to follow...— ian herbert (@ianherbs) May 29, 2020
Carragher hits back over Neville title jibe
We have a date for the Premier League's return and old sparring partners Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville are already back at it.
The Express reports that the old rivals have been back trading barbs on Sky Sports.
Manchester United stalwart Neville declared:
"We have no idea how any club is going to return.
"That is the one thing about this because there is no form guide to look at.
"We don't know what's going to happen. I mean Liverpool could lose all nine games!"
Carragher had the perfect riposte though, replying:
"And still probably win the league!"
FA Cup final date set
A general football news update here, this season's FA Cup final has been rearranged for August 1 report the Daily Star.
They write that the remaining quarter finals will take place over the weekend of June 27-28, with the semi finals being staged a fortnight later.
The rest of this season's competition is already an all Premier League affair with four clashes between Leicester and Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester City, Sheffield United and Arsenal and Norwich versus Manchester United.
What a shame that after 148 years, the showpiece game of football's oldest competition will be played without fans for the first time.
Arsenal look to beat Liverpool to Brazilian
Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos continues to be linked with a potential move to Liverpool but the Express reports Premier League rivals Arsenal are ready to challenge them for his signature.
The Reds were 'unsuccessful' in their pursuit of Carlos, 27, during the winter transfer window having only arrived at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in May 2019.
The centre-back is described as one of the more 'fashionable' players in La Liga and has a £67million release clause in his contract, which expires in June 2024.
Carlos is signed to the same agency as Arsenal forward and Brazil compatriot Gabriel Martinelli and that could give them the edge over Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Reds warn Leipzig to lower Werner asking price
Liverpool have warned RB Leipzig that they are prepared to consider other attacking targets if the German side do not drop their asking price for Timo Werner claim 90min.
They report that the Reds don't want to pay £50million for the striker but rather than the deal being dead, Anfield chiefs "have simply fired Leipzig a warning that they will not be pressured into triggering his release clause."
They add that despite the fact that manager Jürgen Klopp is a huge fan of Werner, the Reds are not afraid to look elsewhere in search of attacking reinforcements, with Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele seen as a likely alternative.
Blow for Liverpool as interest in Karius dries up
Despite previous speculation that Hertha Berlin were ready to bring Loris Karius back to Germany, it seems like interest in the Liverpool goalkeeper has dried up.
Caught Offside cite Kicker - via Get German Football - as reporting that Hertha don't actually have any interest in signing the 26-year-old.
Karius was displaced by Alisson as number one at Anfield after his double blunder in the 2018 Champions League final and subsequently moved to Besiktas on a two-season loan.
However, his time in Turkey was cut short earlier this month over a dispute over unpaid wages.
The report states:
There’s no sign of interest from anywhere else just now, so that suggests Liverpool might even need to pay off part of his contract to get him to leave.
If that is the case then it will only eat into their budget and make it even harder in the transfer market this summer.
On this day...
A very sad anniversary from 35 years ago today but an important one that should be learned from and never be forgotten.
39 Juve fans lost their lives as a result of that terrible act of hooliganism 35 years ago today. The Heysel Stadium disaster is by far worst thing that ever happened at any European Cup final.— LFChistory.net (@LFChistory) May 29, 2020
Nobody should ever go watch his beloved team and never return home.#LFChistory_net pic.twitter.com/X4SNl8lv8s
'Big money offer' for Reds star
Leicester City have offered a long-term contract to 'exit-bound' Liverpool midfield Adam Lallana claim Football Insider.
The midfielder is available on a free transfer from the end of June and the report states he may even leave days after the Premier League is due to resume.
It says a recruitment source has told them that Leicester head the queue of clubs trying to sign Lallana when the next transfer window opens and they have offered him a lucrative long-term deal as Brendan Rodgers looks to reunite with the player he took to Anfield in 2014.
United look to rival Liverpool for Werner
Manchester United are still monitoring Timo Werner's situation at RB Leipzig despite mounting evidence the striker will end up at Liverpool, claim ESPN.
They report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to revamp his forward line in the next transfer window despite widespread concerns about how the market might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Werner, who has scored 30 goals in 38 games for Leipzig this season, is on the list of players being watched closely by United's recruitment department even though there is a belief within the club that he is more likely to end up at Liverpool if he decides to move ahead of next season.