Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has agreed to let his 18-year-old forward Ben Woodburn leave on loan to Championship side Sunderland for the rest of the season, as Black Cats manager Chris Coleman is looking to strengthen his squad in order to get his side above the relegation zone. (Daily Mail)
Sunderland are currently sitting at the bottom of the Championship table with just 22 points from 26 fixtures. And in order to help his side bounce back, Sunderland boss Coleman is looking to bring Woodburn and is happily willing to give the 18-year-old as much game-time as possible to continue his development.
Woodburn is rated highly by the Liverpool faithful but the fact that he has hardly been offered regular football has been a stumbling block in his progress. The 18-year-old has only made one appearance for the Reds this season, which came in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City in the Carabao Cup in September.
However, as things stand for Jurgen Klopp, he has already stated that he is in no rush sanction any loan deals as he wants to keep his squad up and running for the rest of the season and for all right reasons. But the case of Ben Woodburn has proved to be an exception as Klopp has agreed to sanction a loan move, which will no doubt help Sunderland in their fight to avoid relegation.
Coleman has insisted he wants players, or youngsters we should say, who are talented and keen on proving themselves, rather than having a player with immense experience but with no desire to fight.
“It’s all about hunger,” Coleman said, per the Daily Mail. “You can have £50million in the bank and 500 games under your belt, but if you’ve lost your appetite then you can’t come here or shouldn’t be here.
“Give me an 18, 19, 20-year-old who is climbing with a bit of fight and fire in his belly, I’ll take that all day long. I’ve seen some players who have been around the block kidding themselves, thinking they still have that bite, that burning desire, but maybe they’ve lost it a little bit.
“Finance has softened them up. Maybe they’ve got a perception of themselves that is actually not true. But I don’t care, 17? 18? If you’re ready and capable, come here.”
Do you think the loan move is the right thing for Woodburn?
Liverpool submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club
Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa
Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.
The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?
A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.
The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.
Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.
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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.
“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.
The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.
“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.
“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.
‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.
“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”
On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.
“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”
Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.
Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.
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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.
Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause
Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix
Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.
The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.
Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.
The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.
It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix
Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.
Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.
I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.
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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.