Reports have suggested Leon Goretzka has decided which club he will join when his Schalke contract expires at the end of the season. The 22-year-old has not told Schalke he will leave the club amidst mounting speculation of the Germany midfielder joining Bayern Munich.
Goretzka is available on a free transfer this summer, and therefore his capture would be something of a coup for whichever club manages to get the deal done. There were previous reports that the German’s preferred destination was Liverpool, while he has also been linked with a host of leading European clubs, including Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus.
So it came as a blow to all when reports surfaced that German champions Bayern Munich had agreed on a deal to sign him. The Marca added that Bayern actually secured his signature months ago. Despite those Bayern reports, Schalke chief Christian Heidel says that no deal has been done.
“Leon has not informed us that he has decided to leave. I trust Leon and his adviser, with whom I was in contact with yesterday,” Heidel was quoted in a report by Mirror.
The midfielder’s agent has further spoken out to deny the speculation in a mega boost for Goretzka’s other suitors.
“When the decision has been made, Leon and I will inform Schalke first of all,” Jorg Neubauer told Sport1.
This would come as a big sigh of relief for Klopp, who reportedly wants Goretzka to join his forces at Anfield next summer. Liverpool are said to have eyed up Goretzka, 22, as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho. A bid rests on whether or not Barcelona come to an agreement with Liverpool over the Brazilian.
Incidentally, the Germany international is an alternative transfer target for Barcelona if Liverpool hold their ground on Coutinho.
Goretzka has helped Schalke to the lofty heights in the Bundesliga with 4 goals in 11 appearances this season on the back of a superb showing in Germany’s Confederations Cup triumph.
A stress fracture in his lower leg, however, has interrupted his progress of late and the midfielder has been sidelined since the first week of December 2017.
Klopp looks more ready to spend the required funds after Liverpool agreed to make Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world, in what was a £75million deal.
“7-0”, “9-0” – Some Liverpool fans certain of a huge win over Red Star Belgrade
Liverpool take on Red Star Belgrade in an important Champions League clash on Wednesday. The Reds started the campaign well with a 3-2 win over PSG, however, the loss against Napoli means we have to beat the Serbians.
Red Star won’t be easy to play as they held Napoli to a draw. Playing at home will give us a boost as we look to get the three points.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 22, 2018
The Reds’ attack hasn’t clicked this season with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino not ripping defences for fun.
The Egyptian scored in our narrow win over Huddersfield while Mane and Firmino haven’t scored for a while.
The Liverpool fans were in great spirits ahead of the game, and many believed a big win is on the cards for the Reds.
A BIG WIN COME ON REDS
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) October 22, 2018
— Kenny Peng (@KenlfcTO) October 22, 2018
9-0. I believe in you guys
— Jamie (@jamiekop227) October 22, 2018
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade
— Abel Axel Hernandez (@abel_axel_hdz) October 22, 2018
3-0 based on our peformance the past few matches.
— JeremyChng (@areskchng91) October 22, 2018
Liverpool will win
— Sharif PL (@sharif_pl) October 22, 2018
A must win for us… We are liverpool #kop
— George Ak (@IamAkajas) October 22, 2018
Good luck. Fighting and winning YNWA
— Maik Loss (@maikloss) October 22, 2018
Sure three points for the reds
— Rich A. Erekake (@richaerekake) October 22, 2018
A BIG WIN COME ON REDS ❣️❣️❣️
— WanboSports万博体育 (@wanbosports) October 22, 2018
This is going to be a cracker of a game.. hope Mo Bobby and Sturridge get a goal each 😉👍
— Jay (@Jay10867457) October 22, 2018
This is a vital match. Must win really.
— JOAKIM 🇸🇪 (@JAckelmante) October 22, 2018
Liverpool receive huge injury boost ahead of crunch Red Star Belgrade clash
The Senegalese forward injured his thumb during the international break and was rested in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
The report adds that Jurgen Klopp could have played the former Southampton player against the Terriers. However, the decision was left to Mane and the Reds star decided not to risk it.
Mane underwent successful surgery on his thumb, as per the report, and should be in line to start for the Reds.
Liverpool are second in their Champions League group ahead of Paris Saint-Germain on the head-to-head basis.
The Reds cannot afford to drop points against Red Star as our final group games are against PSG and Napoli. Liverpool lost to the Italians a couple of weeks ago, while Red Star held the Serie A club to a draw early on.
Liverpool struggled to score in our previous game as we defeated Huddersfield by a solitary Mohamed Salah goal. Mane should provide us with greater attacking threat and we could see a strong Liverpool team come out on Wednesday.
Winning the two clashes against Red Star is extremely important and we cannot afford to take these games lightly as our Champions League progression isn’t a guarantee.
Mane and Firmino to start? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Red Star Belgrade
Liverpool play Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League at Anfield, and we need the three points against the Serbians.
The loss against Napoli in the last CL game makes the two clashes against Red Star extra important. The Reds are in great form in the Premier League and won their last game against Huddersfield.
There are a few injury concerns for the Reds as Jordan Henderson was subbed in the previous game. Jurgen Klopp should tinker with his XI as we should have enough quality to beat the Serbs. It will be an electric atmosphere at Anfield on Wednesday, and here is our predicted line-up for the game.
Predicted Liverpool XI
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Alisson Becker (GK)
The Brazilian must start since he is one of the best in the world. Alisson kept a clean sheet in our last game and would want another shut-out against Red Star.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
TAA wasn’t played at the weekend, but his attacking runs will be important as we look to breakdown the Red Star defence.
Joe Gomez (CB)
Gomez should be shifted to his preferred central role, as we could rest Virgil van Dijk.
Dejan Lovren (CB)
The Croatian has looked good since returning to the team. Lovren could start in the heart of the defence alongside Gomez.
Alberto Moreno (LB)
Andy Robertson needs a bit of a break. Although Moreno isn’t the most consistent player, he could get a game on Wednesday.
The Brazilian looked decent in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield and could get a start against Red Star.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)
Wijnaldum replaced Hendo in the Huddersfield game and should continue his role in the Liverpool midfield.
Xherdan Shaqiri (CM)
Shaqiri played a deeper role against Huddersfield and could line-up in a similar fashion at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah (RW)
The Egyptian got the only goal of the game against the Terriers, and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t start on Wednesday. Salah could play 60 minutes or so as we look to ensure a win.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
Firmino didn’t start against Huddersfield and came off the bench. The Brazilian hasn’t clicked this season but could do well alongside Salah and Mane.
Sadio Mane (LW)
The Senegal star could play with a cast on his hand. We haven’t been great in attack, but this game could be the one that sees us score a ton of goals.
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