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.
World-class Liverpool target set to move away from La Liga club in the summer
Latest Liverpool transfer news: James Rodriguez could be on his way to the Premier League
The 27-year-old joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal in 2017 from Real Madrid, and the report claims that the Colombian has struggled to settle at the Bundesliga club.
Rodriguez has put up some great performances for the Bavarians this season and scored 7 goals in the Bundesliga.
The report adds that the 27-year-old will meet with agent Jorge Mendes and discuss his future move, and he isn’t interested in staying at Real Madrid too. Zinedine Zidane is back at the club, and he doesn’t see Rodriguez in his plans, according to the report.
Liverpool interested in Rodriguez
Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the 27-year-old, and the report claims that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Rodriguez.
Liverpool already have a fantastic first-team under Jurgen Klopp but could do with another attacking midfielder in the side.
Rodriguez’s time at Bayern has been average, to say the least, and there is no surety if he will fit into the scheme of things at Anfield.
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The Reds play a high-energy game under Klopp and it will be interesting to see who we sign once the season is complete.
Boost for the Reds as Klopp provides positive news over two Liverpool stars returning to fitness
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp provides a positive update on two Liverpool players
Jurgen Klopp provided some positive news regarding Roberto Firmino’s return to the first-team.
The Brazilian missed our last three games and is working to regain fitness ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham.
The forward is at our training camp at Marbella, and Klopp claimed that the Brazilian still needs to be looked after (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“Bobby looks really good [and] he is now part of training. It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.”
The manager added that Firmino had played in some of the smaller games with the rest of the players and it was “the first step to play football.”
“Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session. Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine.”
More good news for Liverpool
Firmino returning to fitness for the final would be a huge boost to our attack.
The Brazilian has a great relationship with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the trio could cause Tottenham all sorts of problems.
Klopp also spoke about another injured player as Naby Keita is making a return from an abductor injury sustained against Barcelona at the Nou Camp:
“Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final.”
The German added that the player is running and doing some work, and spoke about Keita possibly playing in the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.
“For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be 100 per cent honest.”
However, Klopp confirmed that Keita would not be playing in the tournament if he wasn’t completely fit, and claimed that the medical staff would work to get the Guinea midfielder back to his best.
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Liverpool have just over a week before the final and hopefully, we have Firmino ready to go against Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Promising Liverpool starlet to sign new deal and join Scottish giants on loan
Liverpool FC transfer news: Sheyi Ojo close to joining Steven Gerrard at Rangers
The English youngster was on loan at Reims last season but only made three starts for the Ligue 1 side. Ojo did play 18 games in all competitions for the French side, but most of them came off the bench.
The report claims that Ojo will be joining Rangers after signing a new deal with the Reds. Gers manager Steven Gerrard used his connections to sign a couple of players from Liverpool last season.
Ryan Kent was a success at the club, and the report claims that Gerrard is looking to keep the Englishman for another season.
However, Kent is expected to move to another club, and the report claims that Ojo would be his replacement for the Scottish giants.
Ojo needs to play regular football
The report claims that Ojo is highly rated at Anfield, and it should not come as a surprise if he is loaned out for another season.
The English winger will find it difficult to get regular minutes under Jurgen Klopp next season. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could do with some competition, however, Ojo hasn’t proven his ability in a top league yet.
It will be interesting to track his development next season and see if he performs better than Kent at Rangers.
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The Reds are blessed with young attacking talent at the moment, with Harry Wilson also shining at Derby County this season.