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Liverpool 'in the mix' for Marco Asensio
The Reds are reportedly 'in the mix' for the signing of Real Madird playmaker Marco Asensio, but according to Fichajes, they face competition from Tottenham and Arsenal.
It is believed that a bid of around £34m could secure the Spaniard's services.
A ruptured cruciate ligament in 2020 had a big impact on the progression of Asensio, with the midfielder not quite able to hit the standards he had previously reached. However, at just 25-years-old, he still has time to get back to the levels he has been at before.
The mentioned report does suggest that Arsenal have shown the greatest interest of the three clubs, but Liverpool are seemingly monitoring the situation closely.
Reds 'aware' of contract situation at Bayern Munich
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are said to be “aware” of the current contract stance of Kingsley Coman, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
According to German journalist Florian Plettenburg, the Reds are monitoring the situation of the Bayern Munich trio.
He states that Liverpool will 'know' that Kimmich, Goretzka and Coman are having issues agreeing new contracts with the German outfit.
Considering this, there is a possibility that the Reds could make a move for one or more of them should they fail to agree contract extensions.
Goretzka is now in the final year of his deal and is yet to extend at the Allianz Arena, whereas Kimmich and Coman both have two years left to run on their current deals.
Fans react after Traore 'asking price revealed'
Adama Traore is a name that is consistently linked with Liverpool - it seems that every transfer window, he is rumoured to be on his way to Anfield.
However, a move away from Wolves does look more likely this summer, as the speedy winger is reportedly declining to sign a new contract with the club.
As such, he could be sold for £30million, and after the many positive quotes which Jurgen Klopp has issued about the player over the years, transfer rumours are inevitable.
Liverpool have been regularly linked with the forward with fans eager to see Klopp bolster the forward line during the summer transfer window.
But is Traore the man Reds fans want to see at Anfield? Find out HERE.
Liverpool 'enter race' to sign Guido Rodriguez
The Reds have reportedly entered the race to sign Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Liverpool are set to rival Arsenal for the signature of the Argentine international star this summer.
The 27-year-old joined the La Liga outfit from Mexican side America last year, quickly developing into a key part of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
He made 35 appearances for Betis in the league, scoring once, as they finished sixth. He was also a regular for Argentina at the Copa America, who broke their 28-year wait for a major international trophy.
The inside track on Ibrahima Konate
Matt Addison recently spoke to Guido Schäfer - the man who broke the story about the Konate deal - to get the inside track on Liverpool's newest star.
Blackburn 'struggling' to replace Harvey Elliot
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that players like Harvey Elliot - who was on loan with Rovers last season - are ‘not easy to find’.
“We need more individual talent, players who can beat players, because we have a lot of hardworking honest players which is a real positive,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“But sometimes the game dictates that you need players with individual talent like [Bradley] Dack brings to our football club when he’s available.
“Harvey Elliott brought that to an extent last year with his individuality and range of passing, they’re not easy to find, you can’t just pluck them out of the air.”
The talented Reds youngster made quite the impression last campaign, scoring seven goals and grabbing 11 assists in 41 league appearances.
However, Elliott is expected to remain at Anfield for the upcoming 2021/22 season, as it looks unlikely that Jurgen Klopp will allow the winger to leave on a second loan away from the club.
Enrique believes Sanches would be a 'great signing' for Liverpool
Former Reds man Jose Enrique has stated that Renato Sanches would be a good signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Renato Sanches is a player I do know a little bit more about – he has the potential to be a world-class player. He moved to a big, big club when he was very young and sometimes these kinds of transfer are not easy to handle," he told Empire of the Kop.
“But maybe now it’s the time for him to make a step into a bigger team. With one year left on his contract, he could be a good signing for us. We’d have to make it clear to him, though, that we already have Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho, who will probably be our starting three in midfield.
“If he can accept that, for the money it’d take to sign him with one year left on his contract, I believe he could be a great signing for Liverpool.”
Sanches did well for Lille last season, helping them win the Ligue 1 title. He also impressed at the European Championship this summer, making two starts and two substitute appearances.
Jurgen Klopp admits squad 'concern'
Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool's international tournament contingent will not be fully ready for the start of the Premier League campaign - as he detailed plans of how the Reds will approach their remaining friendlies.
Jordan Henderson is the only senior player to remain absent after Brazilian trio Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino joined the final leg of the pre-season training camp in Evian this weekend.
Henderson is expected to link up with the squad on their return to Merseyside following Thursday's two 60-minute matches against Bologna.
Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Andy Robertson have all missed parts of pre-season having also featured in Euro 2020.
Klopp has long been critical of the lack of rest time for international players between seasons, with Liverpool's Brazilians having had just three weeks off since helping their country reach the Copa America final.
Ian Doyle has the full story.
Henderson return date revealed
The Liverpool captain is set to miss the Reds' pre-season training camp in Evian, as the midfielder is to be given a four-week break following his involvement in England's Euro 2020 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp stated that he was keen for all his players to all have at least a three-week break.
The German has now confirmed that Henderson will not be back with the squad until they return to England at the end of next week, ahead of two more pre-season friendlies against Athletic Club and Osasuna at Anfield.
“Hendo will not be here probably until the end, he will get included in England,” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.
“But that’s all planned like this. It’s a challenge every year. Every year.”
On a positive note, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are all now back with the Reds in Evian, and will begin full training next week.
Reds ‘thought about’ signing Malen
If Liverpool would've managed to sell Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, then they could've given Borrusia Dortmund more of a competition for the signing of Donyell Malen - that's according to Fabrizio Romano, anyway.
“AC Milan followed him [Malen] between October and December of last year but without ever making an offer to PSV Eindhoven, Liverpool only thought about it in case they sold Shaqiri and Origi faster,” the Sky Sports journalist told BenchWarmers.
“Dortmund, on the other hand, after selling Sancho closed the deal.”
Malen featured 45 times in total for PSV last season, scoring 27 goals and grabbing 10 assits.
Phillips suggests Klopp may 'block' Shaqiri move
Former Sunderland man Kevin Phillips believes that Jurgen Klopp might refuse to sell Xherdan Shaqiri in a protest against Liverpool's owners.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “You would think that winning trophies would give you the money.
“They have won the Premier League, the Champions League, they should not be worrying about wheeling and dealing.
“It shows the times we’re all in but that deal for Shaqiri, it’s time for him to move on.
“He’s been a bit-part player for quite some time a fee of aorund £15million takes care of a player’s wages for a few years too.
“Every little helps at this point. I don’t think Klopp will let him go. Why would he?
“He might say to the board that he can’t afford to let players go unless they give him what he wants, as a sort of protest.
“For all parties concerned, I think Shaqiri just needs regular football.“
Six players Liverpool are 'tipped to sign' this summer
After Gini Wijnaldum left the club to join PSG, Jurgen Klopp needs to fill the void left by the departed Dutchman, as well as adding more competition for the club's frontmen.
But how likely are Liverpool to sign some of the big names that have been mentioned in the rumour mill in the last few weeks?
SkyBet has the latest transfer odds - accurate at the time of writing - and it makes for interesting reading.
It's important, however, to take most of it with a pinch of salt. The players listed are the names who Liverpool are apparently 'most likely' to sign this summer…
Dan Brown has the full story.
Reds reportedly 'open' to Tsimikas exit
Last week, Italian journalist Ciro Venerato claimed that Liverpool were not keen on letting Kostas Tsimikas leave the club if it wasn't on a permanent transfer.
The left-back appears to be a realistic target for Napoli, with Venerato stating that there had been contact between the two clubs.
“Tsimikas? Napoli, while waiting to understand what will happen with Emerson Palmieri, has spoken with Liverpool to see if the Reds can open to a loan,” Venerato told Radio Kiss Kiss, relayed by Area Napoli (via Sport Witness).
“But Liverpool have already given their answer, they said no to Napoli, the player can only leave on a permanent basis.”
However, a recent report now suggests that the Reds are ‘opening up’ to Tsimikas’ potential loan exit, with Sport Witness suggesting that a loan deal COULD be possible.
Deespite the rumours, it is clear that any such decision over the left-back's future will all depend on Jurgen Klopp - who is unlikely to let the Greece international leave in any way.
Jordan Henderson 'appreciated' by many clubs
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano believes that Liverpool 'have to resolve' the situation regarding Jordan Henderson's contract, as many top clubs 'appreciate' him.
Romano, writing in his BENCHWARMERS column, said:
"Liverpool will have to resolve the Jordan Henderson issue because it is real that there is no agreement so far for his new contract.
"Many clubs especially abroad appreciate him, there has been talk of PSG in France but the club still hopes to convince him to renew his contract, while there has been no offer at Atletico Madrid for Saul Niguez.
"Liverpool are among the English clubs that have inquired about Saul’s situation, the player would appreciate an experience in the Premier League but there is no offer because until the swap deal with Griezmann is definitively collapsed, Saul will not fly to England."
Four things spotted in Liverpool training
Liverpool are continuing to step up their preparations for the new campaign in their pre-season training camp.
The Reds have started the final leg having moved from Austria to the French town of Evian this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp put his players through their paces on Sunday as they build up to Thursday's friendly double-header against Bologna.
But what did we spot from the session?
Find out HERE.
Naby Keita set for new Liverpool chance that could shape transfer plans
Pre-season always seems to bring around newly-found optimism and cause to look forward to the campaign that lies ahead.
For Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, there will be expectation rather than hope for the new season following a year without any major trophies.
Granted, the Reds did remarkably well to finish third in the Premier League after the lengthy injury list that they had to endure for the majority of the campaign.
Now that term is over and done with, attention is firmly on the 2021/22 season and what can be won 12 months from now.
Players are returning from injury; Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are the obvious three that get mentioned, but there are some that will be looking to prove a point this time round.
Midfield is the area of the pitch that is getting scrutinised the most this summer, mainly due to the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.
A replacement in the transfer market is yet to be found, so the players that are there will be hoping to put their hand up and take on the responsibility.
One of those is bound to be Naby Keita, whose time at Anfield has been rather underwhelming after the hype surrounding his signature.
Liverpool 'in love' with Martin Odegaard
Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Martin Odegaard.
The Reds were tentatively linked with the Real Madrid playmaker during the latter stages of his loan spell at Arsenal.
According to Fichajes, Liverpool are “in love” with Odegaard, and could make a move for the 22-year-old this summer.
The report goes on to say that both Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in signing the Norway international.
It is also being claimed that Odegaard would be a “good addition” for the Reds following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.
Serie A striker following Erling Haaland path has dream to play for Liverpool
A striker who featured in yellow and black last season and whose father played for Nottingham Forest in the 90s has declared his desire to play for Liverpool.
However, it is not Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland. No, instead it is Sydney van Hooijdonk, the son of former Tricky Trees frontman Pierre who appeared alongside Alf-Inge Haaland at the City Ground back in 1997.
And this week, Dutchman Sydney will face Liverpool after joining Bologna earlier this month.
Coming through the ranks of his hometown club NAC Breda, the attacker scored 23 goals in 70 Eredivisie games to seal a move to Serie A and played in Friday's friendly with Borussia Dortmund.
However, in an interview with Voetbalzone last October, Van Hooijdonk claimed he will not consider his career until he has played in the Premier League and picked the Reds out as his favourite team in England.
Diogo Jota 'frightening' Liverpool as Takumi Minamino talent emerges
Pep Lijnders admits Diogo Jota has been "frightening" Liverpool since joining up with their pre-season training camp.
Jota made his first appearance of the summer for the Reds as a second-half substitute in Thursday's 4-3 friendly defeat to Hertha Berlin in Austria.
The Portuguese had been given an extended break having featured for his country in the European Championships, during which he scored twice.
Jota made an instant impact during an injury-affected debut season at Liverpool last term, scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances.
And the forward has wasted no time in underlining he can make a similar contribution during the coming campaign.
Dusan Vlahovic competition
Reported Liverpool transfer target Dusan Vlhaovic appears to be attracting interest from elsewhere.
According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan will make a move to sign Vlahovic, but only if Lautaro Martinez leaves this summer.
Martinez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and the reigning Serie A champions would look for a replacement in the form of Vlahovic should a deal get over the line.
Liverpool have been frequently linked with Vlahovic in recent months, and he excited fans last week after scoring seven goals in a single half in a pre-season friendly for Fiorentina.
Liverpool warned over transfer 'problem' as Raphael Varane point made
It would be fair to say that this summer's transfer window has been a reasonably quiet one for Liverpool - in terms of incomings, anyway.
The Reds have only made one addition so far, having officially signed centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig on July 1, after agreeing to pay his £36m release clause.
In terms of outgoings, Jurgen Klopp has allowed Harry Wilson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Grujic to leave the club - receiving around £30million for the trio.
It is no secret that Liverpool could still make signings this summer, particularly in the midfield and forward areas.
Yet, concerns are starting to appear at the lack of Anfield incomings, and it is not just fans that are beginning to get frustrated, either.
What happened to the 15 teenagers Jurgen Klopp gave debuts to at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has given first-team debuts to 15 teenagers in his managerial stint up to now.
Liverpool have a strong tradition of promoting players from the academy and the German is certainly not afraid to give debuts to teenagers in pressurised fixtures - if he believes they're ready to play, it is then up to them to go and perform.
Klopp's appreciation of the club's philosophy of promoting youth players and openness to give them an opportunity to perform has been a strong element of his success at Anfield.
Plenty of youth players have made their mark on Merseyside or have been sold for a healthy profit to generate transfer funds to sign first-team stars.
The emergence of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, among many others, has been incredibly pleasing to see.
Here are the 15 teenagers who have debuted under Klopp so far.
Liverpool's Premier League campaign kicks off in just under two weeks when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.
The Reds are yet to add to the signing of Ibrahima Konate after confirming his capture before the window had opened.
Saul Niguez and other rumoured midfield targets remain the topic of conversation following Georginio Wijnaldum's exit.
After confirming as many as four departures, there could still be more to come with Kostas Tsmikas touted with a move away from Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp will be keen to add to his squad and challenge for the Premier League title next term, but what players will they actually sign?
Here, we take a lookout some of the latest rumours doing the rounds and how likely they are to happen.
On this day
It's 25 years to the day since Liverpool signed Patrik Berger from Borussia Dortmund.
What a player he was on his day.
Who else remembers THAT pass in the 2001 FA Cup final?
Renato Sanches price tag
Liverpool have reportedly been informed of the asking price for Renato Sanches.
The Reds continue to be linked with the Lille midfielder, as do fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal.
Reports in recent days have claimed that Lille would be willing to sell Sanches this summer, as they attempt to raise funds for their own deals.
According to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, the Ligue 1 club would want €35m (£30m) for Sanches’ services this summer.
Bayern Munich, who sold Sanches to Lille in 2019, are also said to be interested in the 23-year-old midfielder.
PSG star Idrissa Gueye makes Gini Wijnaldum admission after Liverpool exit
Former Everton star Idrissa Gueye welcomed the arrival of Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer and relishes the added competition in the PSG midfield.
The Dutchman signed for the Parisian side in July on a free transfer after his contract with Liverpool expired.
Wijnaldum's arrival at Le Parc des Princes means PSG now have 14 midfielders battling for a starting spot in Mauricio Pochettino's side.
However, his new teammate Gueye welcomed the added competition claiming it was what the team needed.
Liverpool prepare Franck Kessie contract offer
Liverpool have reportedly outlined their contract offering to AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.
The Reds continue to be linked with the Ivory Coast international, despite his public desire to remain with Milan.
According to Corriere dello Sport, via Paisley Gates, Liverpool are prepared to offer Kessie a contract worth £115,000 per week.
Kessie’s current deal at Milan expires next summer, and the player has publicly stated his wish to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.