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Liverpool interested in signing €70m-rated Ligue 1 star who has scored 19 goals

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool interested in Lille star Nicolas Pepe

Liverpool are the latest club to have shown interest in Lille star Nicolas Pepe, reports French news outlet L’Equipe. (h/t the Birmingham Mail)

Nicolas Pepe, 23, is one of the hottest properties in the world right now, having enjoyed a real breakthrough campaign at Lille. The Ivorian has enjoyed a fantastic season in front of goal, with 19 goals so far while he has also bagged a further 11 assists.

Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe

A superb performance as his Lille side thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 at the weekend has reminded everyone just how good Nicolas Pepe is, and with club chairman Gerard Lopez making it clear he’ll be off in the summer, Liverpool’s latest interest in the player could be true.

Liverpool aren’t the only club interested in the Ivory Coast international, Inter Milan, Wolves and several other Premier League clubs remain keen for his signature, adds the report. (h/t the Birmingham Mail)

Do Liverpool need Nicolas Pepe?

Interest in Pepe doesn’t come as a surprise but do we really the nippy winger? It remains to be seen as we have our front three fixed almost in every game. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are undoubted starters under Jurgen Klopp and it has proven very difficult for the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi to dislodge them from the first team.

So that could see Pepe reject us, knowing he’ll likely find himself more on the bench than on the pitch. The talented Ivorian needs to play games regularly if he is to unlock his true potential. At Anfield, chances of that happening remain bleak.

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Thus, it’s better to avoid signing Pepe, who is rated at €70m by Lille. (h/t the Birmingham Mail)

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Liverpool veteran set to stay at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp values the player’s presence

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Simon Mignolet might remain at Anfield next season

Paul Joyce of the Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that veteran goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to remain at Anfield.

The Belgian joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and is one of the most experienced players in the current team.

Simon Mignolet

The 31-year-old was the back-up to Alisson last season, and the Belgian was expected to leave the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo).

However, Jurgen Klopp values the Belgian’s attitude and presence in the team, and the goalkeeper is also valued highly in the dressing room, according to the report.

The report claims that Liverpool would only let Mignolet leave if they get a quality offer like Lucas Leiva did from Lazio a couple of years ago.

Mignolet’s stay would not be a bad move

The Belgian was always sharing positive messages as the Reds battled for top honours last season.

Alisson
Alisson

The 31-year-old only played in the domestic cup competitions but could get more games next season as we play in several tournaments.

Keeping hold of Mignolet would be great given his quality and experience, and he could help some of our younger keepers too.

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Mignolet has been a fantastic professional despite seeing Alisson take over as the No.1.

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“I know that the hard work is only starting” – Young forward excited as Liverpool set to complete signing on July 9

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool to complete Conor Bradley signing on 9 July

The Mirror reports that Liverpool will sign 16-year-old attacker Conor Bradley on 9 July – his 16th birthday.

The Dungannon United youngster will be signed on a two-year scholarship by Liverpool, and the report adds that the Reds are his boyhood team.

The Northern Ireland youngster has played for the Reds in youth tournaments earlier, and the report claims that the 15-year-old impressed many members at Liverpool.

Conor Bradley
Conor Bradley in action

Speaking to the Ulster Herald (h/t Mirror), Bradley was pleased at earning the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, but knew there was a lot of work to be done:

“But I know that the hard work is only starting. I’ll be part of the U18 squad and the good thing is I know the coaches and I know most of the boys in the team.”

The youngster added that he would be staying in familiar surroundings and was not worried about settling in. Bradley added that this was a dream for him and could not wait to get started.

Liverpool’s youth team doing well

The Reds have a lot of quality youngsters and Bradley has to work hard if he wants to feature regularly for the U18s.

Rafa Camacho

Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup last season and saw starlets such as Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever pick up first-team minutes under Jurgen Klopp.

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Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are two strikers who were in great form last season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with Bradley.

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Barcelona starlet packs his bag ahead of a move to England amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool interested in Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde, according to Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 16-year-old is primarily a left-back and is capable of playing as a winger too. The Spanish youngster recently moved up to the U-17 side of the Catalan giants.

The report claims that Chelsea are also interested in the 16-year-old, and Balde has packed his bags ahead of a move to England.

Liverpool are favourites to land the Spaniard ahead of Chelsea, given the Blues’ transfer ban (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The report adds that Barcelona are trying to keep hold of their star, however, the Spaniard seems set to leave the La Liga giants.

The Reds can also do with youngsters joining the academy and we have seen a couple of them break into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are England internationals now, while the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever are expected to be the next big stars for the Reds.

Liverpool have to decide on the futures of two youngsters too

Harry Wilson also came up through the system at Liverpool and was one of the stars in the Championship last season.

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Marko Grujic has earned a lot of praise after his spell at Hertha Berlin, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

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