Liverpool started their pre-season training with a positive result as the Reds managed to defeat Tranmere Rovers few days back. The margin between the score wasn’t that impressive, but the side somehow managed to grab the winner. The German manager Jurgen Klopp gave a debut to all the new arrivals, but it was Danny Ings, who scored the only goal of the game.
Anyways, a win is a win; no matter how or by how many. The pre-season actually plays a major role for the new manager, as this is where he identifies the key areas that needs to be developed.
So far, Klopp has completed three signings in the summer and many reports are suggesting that the German manager is looking for more. There are many areas where Liverpool need an upgrade, notably; the forward line, the central line and the defensive line (left back). If the manager fulfills the need, the club would be a beast in the Premier League.
There are many players in Europe who are linked with a move to the Anfield, and here, we give you the names of those three players, who Liverpool need to sign, but probably won’t be signing due to some reasons:
The 24-year-old German midfielder, who scored the only goal in the 2014 World Cup final was regularly touted as a potential target for the Merseyside club and many even reported that the Reds are on the verge to complete the transfer. Gotze has previously worked with Klopp during his time at Dortmund, and therefore, he would be a perfect player to drive the young Liverpool team.
Gotze was having a very hard time with the German Champions Bayern Munich as he failed to make it to the first team under Guardiola, but as the Bavarians announced a new manager, Gotze decided to stay at the club to fight for the spot. But his celebration was cut short by the newly arrived Carlo Ancelotti as he recently stated that he won’t guarantee a first team spot to Gotze in the upcoming season.
The 28-year-old Argentine striker enjoyed a fine season with the Italian giants Napoli last season, and recently, it has been reported that the player has refused to sign a new contract with the club and that has fueled the rumours of him travelling to England. During the Copa America, the Liverpool manager was spotted alongside Higuain’s brother, who also works as his agent and that gave away speculations that Klopp is looking to sign the player.
Soon after that incident, there were reports claiming that the player himself has stated a desire to play alongside Klopp, but nothing has been concluded since then. It is no secret that the Reds need an experienced striker, and for that, Higuain is the best possible option for the team.
As we mentioned earlier, Liverpool need a left back and they need one desperately. With Moreno doing nothing better under Klopp, it was understood that Klopp is looking to replace the Spaniard by signing a new and improved defender. Many players were linked at that moment of time, including Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, the former Lorient defender Raphaël Guerreiro, who recently joined Borussia Dortmund, but there was a player, who was rumoured to be the priority of the manager.
We are here talking about the 26-year-old 1. FC Köln’s left back Jonas Hector. After his wonderful season with the German side, he was reportedly targeted by Jurgen Klopp as the manager saw him the best replacement for the error prone Alberto Moreno, but as always, nothing has been materialized and now it looks like the move is nothing but a myth as it is reported that Barcelona are planning to make a move for Hector.
ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona
Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona
Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.
Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.
Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):
“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.
“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.
“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”
Firmino’s future set at Anfield?
The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.
The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.
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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.
“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants
Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash
The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):
“Liverpool are the favourites.
“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”
Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool
Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.
The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.
“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”
Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.
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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.
19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).
The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.
However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.
Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan
Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.
Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.
We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.
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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.