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The Academy Show Podcast

Guy Clarke and Matt Addison discuss the latest news out of the academy including news of James Balagizi signing his first professional contract with the Reds

Chris Wilder on Brewster pursuit and Sturridge availability

Chris Wilder has been asked about his side’s interest in signing Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster and the Sheffield United manager has admitted they are on the clock to get a deal done.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 loss to Leeds United he said:

“I have been focusing on the team but time is running out and we all understand that.”

He was also asked about the availability of former Reds forward Daniel Sturridge but he was more dismissive over the ex-Liverpool man.

Wilder responded:

“Nah, no contact. Not a player that interests me or is of interest to me. “

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United fans' Brewster message

heffield United fans are calling for their club to make a move for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.

The demands come after the Blades suffered their third loss of the season, against newly-promoted Leeds United, thanks to a late Patrick Bamford strike.

It means that Chris Wilder’s men are yet to score this season - and are likely to look to step up their search for a striker in the final days of the transfer window.

And fans have taken to social media to make their opinions known.

Read more here

Luis Garcia sends Barcelona message to former teammate

Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia has sent a message of support to one of his former teammates.

Barcelona will begin their La Liga campaign against Villareal tonight and many will be eager to see how new manager Ronald Koeman gets on in his job.

Next to him will be assistant Henrik Larsson, who played alongside Garcia at the Camp Nou.

He has sent a message of support ahead of their first game, wishing his friend well for the ‘fantastic challenge’ ahead.

Big Thiago claim

Earlier, Graeme Souness likened Thiago Alcantara to Brazil legend Zico and expects the new Liverpool signing to “breeze” through the Premier League.

Former Liverpool skipper and manager Souness regards Zico as the best player he ever came up against during his lengthy career.

And he is convinced Thiago can have a similar impact with the Reds and has already become a first-choice player in their midfield.

“Zico was the best I played against, I don’t think I got within two yards of him in maybe eight times I played against him in the course of my career with Liverpool, Sampdoria and Scotland,” said Souness.

“He was one of those rare players that always seemed to have an extra yard of space to play in, the radar to see several moves ahead, the intelligence to be perfectly positioned when he received the ball and the perfect weight of touch to open the game out rather than taking it towards an opponent.

“I suspect that many current Premier League players may find Thiago Alacantara as difficult to deal with.

“I reckon Thiago should find British football a breeze because he’s that good, too. Whenever you buy a player as a manager, you’re always trying to eliminate risk. Thiago ticks all the boxes - tremendous work rate, vastly experienced, he’s a creator but doesn’t shy away from the hard yards either.

Read more here

Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness

Thiago and Alisson 'doubt' for Arsenal clash

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Alisson Becker for Monday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal.

The duo have missed training sessions in recent days as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for the visit of the Gunners.

Liverpool will train again on Sunday and, while neither player has been ruled out of Monday’s game, there is obvious concern after sitting out part of the work at Melwood.

The Reds are already without Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, although Joe Gomez has returned to training after missing the last two games and his inclusion would allow Fabinho to return to central midfield.

Thiago was impressive on his debut as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea last Sunday, with Klopp considering handing the Spaniard, if fit, a first start against Arsenal.

Should Alisson fail to be available, Adrian will continue in goal with Caoimhin Kelleher on the bench.

Read the full story here

Thiago Alcantara had an excellent debut for the Reds
Thiago Alcantara had an excellent debut for the Reds

Former Man United striker's Liverpool prediction

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Liverpool are too strong for Arsenal ahead of their double header this week.

Asked when he thinks who will come out on top on Monday night, he explained the Reds’ front three edges the contest for him.

Speaking to the Metro, he said: “I’m looking forward to this, it should be a great game.

“We’ll see what Arsenal have to offer. Liverpool have been impressive, and Thiago coming in is huge for them, he is top class. I will go for Liverpool here, as their front three is just too strong for most teams, and Arsenal still need to improve in defence.”

Dimitar Berbatov in action for Manchester United in 2011
Dimitar Berbatov in action for Manchester United in 2011 (Image: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Five teams fighting Liverpool in Premier League title race

Jurgen Klopp expects five teams to fight Liverpool for the Premier League title this season.

Liverpool face Arsenal on Monday and Klopp was asked if the unusual conditions following the outbreak of coronavirus - such as no supporters inside stadiums - give teams such as the Gunners more chance of winning the title.

“I don’t think Arsenal are a very good example because last year they came eighth but didn’t have enough time to sort out the situation but, in my opinion, they were not the eighth best team in the league,” he replied.

“I think they would have qualified easily for a Europa League spot, if not, pip Chelsea.

“That is good news they have the midweek European games as well because otherwise with the quality they have would have an advantage with different situations.

“The Premier League and these teams with what they do is too much and too good that the season isn’t decided before it is started, so it doesn’t just work like this.”

Read more about what the Reds boss had to say here

Jurgen Klopp during a Liverpool training session
Jurgen Klopp during a Liverpool training session (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'likes' Liverpool tweet

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has caused a reaction on social media after someone spotted he ‘liked’ a tweet saying he should play for a club like Liverpool.

The Arsenal striker’s future was subject to plenty of speculation before he finally signed a new deal to stay with the Gunners but that hasn’t stopped some fans believing he should have reunited with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The tweet the star apparently liked, translated from French read: “He’s been so deserving of the calibre of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool etc...not Arsenal.”

A screengrab showed he liked the tweet but it cannot be found on his account anymore.

Perhaps a slip of the thumb?

Jurgen Klopp and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Liverpool's win over Arsenal
Jurgen Klopp and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Liverpool's win over Arsenal (Image: (Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images))

Wagner leaves Schalke

Schalke have announced David Wagner has left the Bundesliga club.

Wagner is a close friend of Jurgen Klopp and began his managerial career alongside the Reds boss when they were both at Borussia Dortmund.

Robbie Fowler edging towards new role

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler could be on his way to the India Super League for his next job.

Goal reports the former Reds striker is set to be appointed as manager of East Bengal ahead of their new season.

Fowler has previously taken charge of Thailand club as Muangthong United, originally as a player-manager before most recently taking the reigns of Brisbane Roar in Australia.

He left the A-league club a few months ago with a statement citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic for the decision.

East Bengal, known as the Red and Golds, were only confirmed as the 11th team in India’s top division this morning according to the same publication.

Robbie Fowler at Anfield
Robbie Fowler at Anfield (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

'Happy and cheeky' baby needs lifeline from LFC fans

The family of a ‘happy and cheeky’ baby boy are asking Liverpool FC fans for help after he was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

Reign Miller-Hardy needs to find a bone marrow match and for potential donors to come forward and save his life.

The 11-month old was diagnosed with a genetic disease known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) last month.

The condition causes the immune system to attack healthy tissues and organs including the liver, brain and bone marrow.

Reign’s dad Scott Hardy, 28, started watching Liverpool FC with his own dad when he was two and has been a massive Reds fan ever since.

Now Reign is following in Scott’s footsteps and watches every match with his dad - including from his hospital bed.

Mum Lisa said the compassion of Liverpool FC fans and the kindness of people from the city prompted the family to ask people to sign up to the bone marrow register.

People can join the register by asking when they give blood, or request a swab kit from Anthony Nolan or DKMS. Those aged over 30 and up to 55 can register here.

Reign Miller-Hardy is just 11 months old and was diagnosed with a genetic disease in August. His parents Scott Hardy and Ashleigh Miller from Barry are hoping to find a bone marrow transplant match
Reign Miller-Hardy is just 11 months old and was diagnosed with a genetic disease in August. His parents Scott Hardy and Ashleigh Miller from Barry are hoping to find a bone marrow transplant match (Image: Lisa Evans)

Read more on Reign’s story here

For more details please go to DKMS or www.anthonynolan.org

Kylian Mbappe 'decision'

Another day, another Kylian Mbappe rumour.

Earlier in the week, French publication L’Equipe claimed the Reds were in ‘constant contact’ over a possible move next Summer for the World Cup winner.

They also stated the Paris Saint-Germain star could be available for a fee of around £91m.

Ex- Real Madrid player Paco Buyo has now made the latest claim regarding the Frenchman’s future.

The former goalkeeper told outlet El Chiringuito: “It looks like Liverpool are also interested, but I believe Mbappe 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.”

Further reading

Morning Reds!

Start your Sunday by catching up on some of the day’s top LFC stories below!

Good Morning!

Salutations!

Welcome to another day of Liverpool news, views, opinion and transfer tittle-tattle as we build up to the big game against Arsenal on Monday.

But before we kick-off, why not read what Jurgen Klopp had to say about the visit of the Londoners - and Curtis Jones - last night?

You can find it neatly packaged below.

Peter Harris will be with you shortly to get things going!

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