Liverpool Transfer News
Southampton are making it tougher for us to sign their star player Virgil van Dijk as the Liverpool Echo claims that the Saints want £75 million for the Dutch defender.
This comes right after news that the Saints were reporting us to the Premier League regarding an illegal approach by us to sign Van Dijk.Southampton had stated that they had no wish of selling their captain ahead of next season but Van Dijk had hinted that he prefers a move to Anfield.
While we were prepared to pay around £50-£60 million for the former Celtic man, this move might price us out of the race for signing Van Dijk. Jurgen Klopp had made the imposing central defender his priority signing for next season. Van Dijk would certainly help us to plug the holes in the defence and reduce our rather incredible goals conceded tally. He is also comfortable on the ball and can play out of trouble at the back, something that is a requirement for Klopp defenders.
However, this latest turn will have put the spanners in us trying to sign him. This also plays into the hands of Chelsea and Manchester City who want to sign the defender and can price Liverpool out of the running.
Southampton are playing their cards right as they know that any club that wants Van Dijk will now have to play on their terms. While £75 million is a little too much, even if the player has five years left on his current contract, he will move at the end of the transfer window. This is a real test of Klopp and FSG’s negotiation skills. We know the player wants to move to Liverpool and he will make the side better. The big question is, how much would we have to pay to bring the Dutch defender to Anfield?
Anything close to £50 million would be alright but Southampton’s asking price at the moment is ludicrous, to say the least.
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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.”
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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.
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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.