Euro 2016 has ended and the transfer market will be in its full speed now. Several transfer deals were put on hold due to the fact that the Euros were going on, but now no such problems exist and hence, we will be able to see some big signings by bug clubs.
Liverpool have completed three signings this summer and it is expected that we will see atleast two more new faces at Anfield. It is also expected that many faces will no longer be seen at Anfield. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, said after the friendly match against Tranmere Rover’s that he had more than enough players in his side. This clearly states that he will be selling a few players this summer.
One of those players, who will be sold by Liverpool this summer, is the highly rated Jordon Ibe. The 20 year old winger was a very exciting talent and was expected to replace the void left by Raheem Sterling last season, but things didn’t exactly go in Ibe’s way. The England U-21 player was not able to impress Jurgen Klopp and now he will have to move on.
Last week, it was reported by several Liverpool journalists that the Reds have accepted a 15 Million bid from Bournemouth. The club have let the player to discuss contract and other details with the Cherries. It looks like this deal will go through. The deal would make all the three parties happy.
Even though Ibe could not impress Klopp, there is no denying that he was one of the most important back up options for Liverpool last season. So, the Reds will have to fill the gap by bringing in a new player or promoting an academy player.
As soon as the Ibe news broke out, several other reports came out linking Liverpool with Jakub Blaszczykowski. These reports stated that Jurgen Klopp wants to reunite with Blaszczykowski at Liverpool and bring him as a replacement for Jordon Ibe.
Will Jakub Blaszczykowski be a good signing for Liverpool? Let’s see.
The Polish International currently plays for the German side, Borussia Dortmund, where Liverpool’s current manager Jurgen Klopp used to work before coming to England. The 31 year old winger was not always Klopp’s first preferred option, but there are times when the German put Blaszczykowski to good use.
Blaszczykowski would be available for Liverpool for a fee as little as 6 Million and considering he is only a back up option, it would be a great deal for Liverpool.
The Polish International is very much experienced and has played in big matches for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and also for Fiorentina in the Serie A. Blaszczykowski also has experience in the UEFA Champions League and also the UEFA Europa League.
The 31 year old was a very important player for the Poland National Team in this year’s Euros which was held in France. The Borussia Dortmund man scored two goals and assisted one for his national team in the Euros. This indicates that he is in good form and still can score goals on big stages despite being 31 year old.
Blaszczykowski is a very hardworking powerhouse winger which makes him a ‘Klopp guy’ and also is very similar to Liverpool’s vice captain, James Milner. The fact that Liverpool already have a similar player in their team will question Liverpool’s move for Blaszczykowski. Though Milner and Blaszczykowski are very similar, there is one thing that creates a huge difference between them. Milner is more of a playmaker and likes to stay back. Blaszczykowski, on the other hand, is an attack minded player who loves to score goals. And with that being said, having both of them in the same team will be a plus point if we look in that perspective. Both loves to press’s and track back. One loves to assist and other loves to score. That makes a perfect combination.
Blaszczykowski is pacey and powerful at the same time. He is not much of a skillful player, but his pace and power can create problems for the opponent defenders. He has also got some power in his boot (both legs) and can score some screamers.
As mentioned earlier Blaszczykowski is more of an attack minded player who likes to score, but that does not mean he is not a team player. He is also a good passer of the ball and has the ability to make defense splitting passes.
Liverpool signing Blaszczykowski may not be as big as Manchester United signing Henrikh Mkhitiryan, but the 31 year old can definitely contribute to the team. And for a fee of about 5-7 Million, Blaszczykowski could prove to be a big bargain for Liverpool.
Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member
Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll
Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)
Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.
Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.
O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.
Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.
He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)
Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.
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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.
In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.
Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season
Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season
Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.
The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.
Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.
The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.
Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.
Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.
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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.
Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games
Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock
Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.
Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.
He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.
The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)
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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.
Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.