After losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in the January transfer window, Liverpool are set to raid the Catalan side for one of their star players in Ivan Rakitic. A report from Diario Gol claims that we would be facing a lot of competition from Arsenal for the signing of the 29-year-old Croatian.
Rakitic has been one of the most consistent players for Barcelona ever since he joined them from Sevilla and he is versatile too. The 29-year-old can play in a number of positions which includes central midfield and the right wing. So he would be useful to any side he might join.
The Croatian would be turning 30 later this year and that could be one reason why Barcelona are looking to cash in on the player, as he still has some value.
Rakitic was linked with a swap deal involving Coutinho in the summer but that did not see the day of light. However, the Croatian could be one of a number of stars who could be sold by the La Liga giants as they have to cut down their wage bill to incorporate Coutinho into their side.
Jurgen Klopp would be looking to reinforce our side by spending some of the Coutinho money but is Rakitic the right man for us?
A Quality Player But Age Is Not On His Side
If Rakitic was a couple of years younger, he would have been a great asset to this Liverpool side with his passing ability. The Croatian is not getting any younger and if Lucas Leiva was deemed to be a little slow for this league, Rakitic would be found out in an instant.
It is interesting to read that Arsenal are also interested in the player and there is no doubt that the former Sevilla man will be one of the players to leave the Camp Nou in the summer. Klopp has to find someone who would do the Coutinho job or even someone who can provide us with some creativity in the heart of midfield but it seems unlikely that Rakitic would be that man.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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