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LFC to start 2012/13 season against WBA

Liverpool will kick off their 2012/13 season with a trip to West Bromwich Albion now managed by former Reds assistant manager Steve Clarke.



By Ryan Day

Liverpool will kick off their 2012/13 season with a trip to West Bromwich Albion now managed by former Reds assistant manager Steve Clarke.

New manager Brendan Rodgers’s opening game at Anfield will come a week later when current Champions Manchester City will visit Merseyside. The two local derbies against Everton will be on October 27th and 4th May, with the first fixture being held at Goodison Park.

Liverpool will welcome Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United team to Anfield on the 22nd September before making the trip to Old Trafford on the 12th January.

Rodgers will take his current Liverpool side to his former employees, Swansea City on the 24th November while he will welcome them to Anfield on the 23rd February.

Christmas time is always a busy period of the season and this year Liverpool can look forward to a visit to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke on Boxing Day before starting the New Year with a home clash against Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland.

Liverpool will close the season with a home fixture against QPR where they will hope to be ending a successful first season under the new management of Brendan Rodgers.

For a full list of Liverpool’s fixture list for the 2012/13 season please click here.

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Liverpool face Barcelona hurdle, with La Liga giants interested in 22-year-old



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Barcelona enter race for Junior Firpo

Marca (h/t Metro) reports that Barcelona have entered the race for Junior Firpo.

The Metro claims that Liverpool have been linked with the 22-year-old Real Betis star, however, the Spanish outlet adds that Barcelona have made Firpo their No.1 left-back for the summer.

The report adds that Barcelona have tracked the 22-year-old Spaniard for a while and see him as the long-term replacement for Jordi Alba.

Junior Firpo
Junior Firpo

The 30-year-old Barca star doesn’t have a lot of competition or cover at the club, and the Catalans also sold Lucas Digne to Everton.

The report adds that Firpo has a £45m release clause, which is a huge amount for Liverpool to pay for a second-choice left-back.

The Reds have one of the best in Andy Robertson but need cover for the Scot after Alberto Moreno’s departure.

Barca willing to throw players into the deal

The La Liga champions want to reduce the price for Firpo, and the report claims that they are willing to send players the other way.

The Spanish report (h/t Metro) adds that Barca are willing to send Juan Miranda and Marc Cucurella, and Betis are looking at the right deal for the left-back.

The 22-year-old has the potential to develop further, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

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Joining Barca or Liverpool would make him second-choice at both clubs, while staying at Betis would guarantee him regular starts.

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Liverpool handed boost as 23-year-old star will not sign a new deal with his current club



Liverpool FC transfer news: Timo Werner will not sign new contract with RB Leipzig

Kicker (h/t Liverpool Echo) reports that Timo Werner has told RB Leipzig that he will not be signing a new deal with the Bundesliga side.

The 23-year-old is out of a contract at the end of next season, and Leipzig do not want to lose him for free (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Timo Werner
Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

The report claims that Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick held last-minute discussions to keep hold of the German striker.

However, the 23-year-old is uninterested in staying at Leipzig, and the report adds that Liverpool and Bayern Munich are keen on the forward.

The report claims that Bayern are the favourites to land Werner, however, Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the former Stuttgart striker.

Liverpool need one versatile forward in the summer

Daniel Sturridge left the Reds for free in the summer, and we need to bring in one versatile forward who can cover our wide players too.

Daniel Sturridge

Divock Origi did a decent job out wide, however, Werner is comfortable as a centre-forward or as a winger.

The 23-year-old bagged 16 Bundesliga goals and provided seven assists as Leipzig finished in the Champions League places.

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Werner would be a wonderful addition to the team given his potential and age. However, he would have to move to a new country, and acclimatizing isn’t always easy in new surroundings.

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Liverpool bid £40m for midfield star in an attempt to beat Man United



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Reds bid £40m for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes

Correio de Manha (h/t Daily Star) reports that Liverpool have bid £40m for Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.

The report claims that Sporting Lisbon are hoping to raise £50m for the midfielder and Liverpool want to snap up the 24-year-old before Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Tottenham are also interested in the 24-year-old, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp wants to strengthen the Reds to challenge Manchester City.

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite amassing 97 points. The Reds did celebrate winning the Champions League a few weeks ago by defeating Tottenham 2-0.

Fernandes open to Premier League move

The Portuguese star has impressed in the last two seasons at Sporting, and was willing to move to the Premier League if the right deal was in place (h/t Daily Star):

“I never said that I wanted to leave, I am happy here. Even so, sometimes you can’t say no to certain offers.

“I would only leave if Sporting also agree to this. I dream of playing in England.”

Bruno Fernandes

There isn’t scope for a lot of improvement in the Liverpool team but one thing we missed in the side was goals from the midfield.

Fernandes bagged 20 goals and provided 13 assists in the Portuguese league last season, and was a part of the Portuguese national side that won the Nations League.

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The 24-year-old is capable of playing as a winger too and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move from Sporting in the summer.

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