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Takumi Minamino to undergo his medical today, Timo Werner linked with the Reds and an injury update on Harvey Elliott.

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Wijnaldum 'offered new contract'

Liverpool are in talks with Gini Wijnaldum regarding a new contract report Football Insider.

Gini Wijnaldum of Liverpool Celebrates scoring a goal to make it 5-2 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 4, 2019
Gini Wijnaldum of Liverpool Celebrates scoring a goal to make it 5-2 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 4, 2019 (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

The Reds have moved to tie down the majority of their squad over the past 18 months, and with Jurgen Klopp and James Milner committing their futures to Liverpool last week, Anfield bosses have now turned their attentions to the Dutchman.

The 29-year-old’s current contract expires in 2021 and the report claims he is set to be offered an improved, extended deal after establishing himself as one of the club’s most trusted lieutenants.

Doyle on Minamino

Ian Doyle’s currently over in Qatar getting ready for tonight’s game.

But he’s taken some time out from sunning himself to offer an update on Takumi Minamino and his medical following his story earlier today.

Aston Villa moments missed

Connor Dunn was keeping a close eye on proceedings at Villa Park last night.

Here are some of the moments you might have missed...

Predicted line-up

No Gini Wijnaldum to face Monterrey this evening so Jurgen Klopp will have to make at least one change.

However, I’d be tempted to make a few more.

As always, we’ve had a go at picking the Liverpool team for tonight. And, as always, it throws up some interesting choices...

Reds 'wait on Werner move'

Could Liverpool make a move for Timo Werner next month?

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig
Timo Werner of RB Leipzig (Image: TF-Images/Getty Images)

Red Bull Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has confirmed the Bundesliga side have made a bid to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg next month report the Independent, with the striker lined up as a potential replacement for the German.

And should Leipzig land the Norwegian, ESPN claim the Reds could proceed with a move for Werner.

What the papers say

Caoimhe O’Neill’s been flicking through today’s papers having a look at all the national media reaction to last night’s loss to Aston Villa.

It does not make pretty reading for the EFL.

Elliott absence explained

Harvey Elliott has missed out on travelling to Qatar because of injury.

That makes sense.

Here’s Ian Doyle with the story...

More Minamino

So Takumi Minamino is closing in on joining Liverpool.

Here’s everything you need to know about him so far...

ICYMI

From Aston Villa and Monterrey to Timo Minamino, there’s a lot going on today.

Fear you’ve missed something? Have a read of some of these to stay in the loop...

Minamino to undergo medical today

Here’s confirmation on Takumi Minamino undergoing a medical today courtesy of Ian Doyle.

Minamino transfer update

Looks like Takumi Minamino has moved a step closer to joining Liverpool.

Elliott left at home

This is a surprise.

Harvey Elliott won’t be flying out to Qatar with Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp Ven Den Berg and Caoimhin Kelleher instead making the trip.

Very odd. Granted Liverpool are light in defence at the moment but Elliott showed just how good he is last night.

Harvey Elliott reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019
Harvey Elliott reacts during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019 (Image: Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

And with Alisson, Adrian and Andy Lonergan already in Qatar, a fourth goalkeeper seems excessive.

Match reaction

Fancy some early-morning reading?

Paul Gorst and Connor Dunn were at Villa Park last night and here’s their very best match reaction...

Critchley on Villa defeat

Despite that scoreline, how good were the kids last night?

Harvey Elliott was arguably the best player on the pitch against Aston Villa with that 5-0 scoreline really flattering the hosts.

Liverpool’s youngsters can hold their heads high and here’s Neil Critchley on his side’s performance.

Rise and shine!

Rise and shine, Reds fans!

Liverpool lost their first domestic game since January to Aston Villa last night in the Carabao Cup, but a 5-0 loss only tells half the story.

Keep it with us for the all the reaction to that one, build-up to today’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final clash with Monterrey as well as all your latest Reds news and transfer rumours.

Let’s get started...