Barcelona’s heightened interest in the Reds’ Brazilian midfield magician, Philippe Coutinho has been the talk of the red half of Merseyside for a number of weeks now. Neymar’s shock switch from the Nou Camp to play for French big-spenders Paris Saint Germain has only intensified Barca’s desire to bring Coutinho to La Liga, severely disrupting Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season plans.
However much Klopp says to the press that the transfer speculation won’t affect Coutinho and the rest of the team, there is no doubt that it will considering the Brazilian’s influential impact on the side last season.
Losing Coutinho would be a bitter pill to swallow for the Reds faithful, who would ultimately be forced to accept being a ‘selling club’ to the ultra-elite clubs in Europe. Klopp reiterates Liverpool are not a selling club and the Anfield faithful will be hoping he remains at the club beyond the 31st August transfer deadline.
Nevertheless, Klopp has plenty of other issues to contend with throughout his squad, with the Reds going into their opening day clash with Watford severely undercooked despite a busy pre-season in south-east Asia. In fact, Watford are a very tempting 11/2 in the Premier League betting with many bookmakers to prevail at Vicarage Road, having strengthened their own front line this week with the capture of Burnley striker, Andre Gray for a club-record £18.5m.
Another transfer story that continues to rumble on surrounds Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk. The former Celtic ace has reportedly voiced his wish to join the Anfield club, but as yet, the Saints are digging their heels in and are refusing to let the Dutchman leave without Liverpool paying the full asking price. Reports of Van Dijk refusing to train with the rest of the Saints squad appear to be wide of the mark. However, the powerful defender has now officially submitted a transfer request, which could accelerate matters towards the end of the month.
Support for Coutinho and Co.
The news that playmaker Adam Lallana will be out for at least two months with a thigh injury sustained in pre-season has made it even more important for the Reds to hold onto Coutinho. Red Bull Leipzig’s dynamic Naby Keita continues to be linked with a move to Anfield, but as yet the Reds seem unwilling to pay the full asking price again for another of their key targets – sounding familiar?
The midfield issue becomes even more pertinent in the event Coutinho does depart for Spain, with the untested Marko Grujic next in line for a start.
Are the Youngsters Ready?
The issue of first team squad depth also boils down to the fact that a number of the Reds’ youth teamers simply lack first team experience at any level. Trent Alexander-Arnold looks likely to be given the nod at right back against the Hornets in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, but beyond that, very few of the youngsters are banging down Jurgen Klopp’s door looking for a first team place on merit. Nevertheless, with five games in 15 days to start the campaign, Klopp may well be forced to call upon his rookies in the league with a critical Champions League play-off also on the horizon.
“We would take Pulisic or Fekir” – Some Liverpool fans want winter signing as journalist shoots down interest in £85m star
Liverpool have been linked with a massive £85million (h/t Liverpool Echo) deal for the French forward, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp is not willing to buy players in January as he believes the team can challenge on all fronts.
Pearce did believe that Klopp could spend in the winter window only if we are dealt with a number of injuries.
Liverpool are second in the Premier League and have a decent chance of making it out of their Champions League group too.
However, some fans were not happy with the report from Pearce and wanted the club to sign an attacking midfielder in the winter window.
We need Fekir. Thank you…
— KennyLFC (@Kslyms) November 14, 2018
Liverpool are delusional if they think we can mount a challenge with that midfield.
— Rosebud Films (@FilmsRosebud) November 14, 2018
Bad news Pearce strikes again!
— Anish (@Anish_Dogra) November 14, 2018
— Sam (@Sam_Gocher) November 14, 2018
I don’t have enough fingers to count the amount of buzzkills that @JamesPearceEcho delivers to us Liverpool supporters😭
— Dylan van der Spuy (@dylanvdspuy14) November 14, 2018
Bring him on he’s needed
— Mel♥️😜❤️ (@MelMboma) November 14, 2018
*pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/DLH8ZmyhXO
— @Virgil_VD (@Virgil_VD) November 14, 2018
Couldn’t help yourself pic.twitter.com/vfZIC5G8ui
— A.Y (@reddalasisoahc) November 14, 2018
Dembele , no thanks , we would take Pulisic or Fekir please
— Saket Dhodapkar (@saketdhodapkar) November 14, 2018
Hmmmm just like Alison, VVD, Salah, Robbo etc…..
— RedMac (@Grahammcgarty) November 14, 2018
— Gabriel Santos (@gabrielcrf07) November 14, 2018
Liverpool target doesn’t rule out moving to the Premier League in the future
Christian Pulisic hasn’t ruled out playing in the Premier League someday. The American is one of the best youngsters in the Bundesliga and was brought to Borussia Dortmund by Jurgen Klopp.
Pulisic was quoted by the Express as saying:
“England, the Premier League, is a league where lots of kids dream of playing.
“So there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”
The Express adds that Klopp bid £11million for the American in 2016 but Dortmund rejected that offer. Pulisic has helped the club to the top of the Bundesliga this season and has two goals and two assists.
The report adds that Manchester United are also interested in the 20-year-old, and could rival any bid made by the Anfield giants.
The American added that he is enjoying his season with the Germans and knows that tabloid tales are part of the game.
Pulisic would be a wonderful addition to the team, and the youngster can play in a number of positions in the attacking third.
The 20-year-old would not come on the cheap, however, Klopp can make the American better at Anfield. It will be interesting to see what happens in the winter window, and if we get Pulisic, it would be the blockbuster deal of the January window,
“Looks sad, unwilling”, “Cheer up mate” – Some Liverpool fans believe star attacker is unhappy playing for national side
Mohamed Salah was recently in the news after being caught wearing a Playboy shirt. While many commented on his style, the Egyptian posted yet another image before the international break.
Salah is set to play for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia on Friday, and the pressure would be on the Liverpool man to get the three points for the Pharaohs.
The Liverpool attacker shared an image suggesting he was ready to play for the national side.
Reporting for National Team duty… pic.twitter.com/pFwSLXXjhB
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 14, 2018
However, some of his Twitter followers weren’t happy with the picture he selected and believed the 26-year-old was unhappy playing for the Pharaohs.
Salah has been exceptional for club and country in recent years with Egypt making it to the World Cup in the summer.
The Reds reached the Champions League final but Salah had to be subbed after 30 minutes due to an injury.
The 26-year-old has 11 goals for club and country this season and will be important for both sides throughout the campaign.
However, the fans weren’t letting go of the picture easily, and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.
lol the pic tells about how you feel joining national duty
— Dalia Khashan (@DaliaKhashan) November 14, 2018
@meanjoebeanz seems happy
— James Ferrier (@Jdferrier) November 14, 2018
Good luck for you, Mo 💖
— Tiffany P Lukitasari (@puteritiffany) November 14, 2018
Look sad, unwilling 😭😭😭
— Laffing_Gor (@Laffing_Gor) November 14, 2018
Cheer up mate
— Lewis Campbell (@Campbelllfc) November 14, 2018
Yh we get it you don’t like the Egyptian FA ffs
— Caesar (@CaesarMS7) November 14, 2018
reporting for call of duty
— Murad (@murad___92) November 14, 2018
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