Liverpool have got in touch with French club Paris Saint-Germain about the possibility of bringing Julian Draxler to Anfield in the winter transfer window. According to the L’Equipe (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Reds have reportedly got in touch with the Parisian club to check on the situation of their unsettled midfielder Julian Draxler with a view of making a loan deal in January.
The German playmaker is one of those players who has suddenly become dispensable due to the arrival of Neymar. After the Brazilian superstar arrived from Barcelona in a world-record deal in the summer, PSG were forced to make room in their squad not just for strategic purposes but also for financial reasons to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP).
A group of players have been identified by the club and were told that they can find another club. Although Draxler is not a part of that group, the German midfielder is still unhappy about his situation at the club following Neymar’s arrival.
PSG coach Unai Emery has put Draxler in a deeper midfield role, which is an antithesis to what the player usually does. Although he is settled at the club, Draxler is willing to explore options to make sure he plays in his favourite position.
This is where Liverpool come in as the Reds, as claimed by L’Equipe (h/t Liverpool Echo), have made a request to see if they can bring him to the club in a short-term deal in January.
The point to be noted is that Draxler was a long-term target for the Reds who scouted him for a long time before he made a move to Paris. After his arrival, Draxler was one of the star players, who impressed with 10 goals in 25 appearances.
However, the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has pushed Draxler deeper and he doesn’t seem averse to exploring the option of joining Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp has seen Draxler in action in the Bundesliga and believes that he can be a great fit in his squad at Anfield.
A permanent deal may be difficult to pull off considering Draxler’s reluctance to give up on PSG yet, which means Klopp’s biggest chance would be to offer a loan-deal.
Will Draxler be open to the move? Do you think he will be a good fit for our team?
Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli
Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.
The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.
There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.
Alisson – 9/10
The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10
The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.
Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10
Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.
Joel Matip – 8.5/10
This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.
Andy Robertson – 7.5/10
The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10
The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.
Jordan Henderson – 7/10
The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.
James Milner – 7.5/10
It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.
Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10
Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.
Roberto Firmino – 7/10
Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.
Sadio Mane – 6.5/10
Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.
Naby Keita – 6/10
Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.
Fabinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.
Dejan Lovren – NA
Came on late in the late.
“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli
The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.
The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.
The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.
The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.
The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 12, 2018
How did we cheat the master Monchi himself 2 times in a row? First we bought Mo Salah for a bargain and next year we got Alisson for a bargain again.
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker 😎 pic.twitter.com/pIUzxhuBaz
— #FPL berhadiah 500k. 😎 (@INDONESIAN_LFC) December 12, 2018
Mad how we put 7 past Alisson😂
— LFC_000 (@LFC_000) December 12, 2018
Klopp: ‘If I knew Alisson was this good – I would have paid double.”
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) December 12, 2018
Alisson is a joke. Feels like he’s saved us 20 points this season already. So helpful in open play but these crucial saves he’s been making are just on another level.
12 clean sheets at the moment. Not bad for your first 22 games.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) December 12, 2018
Would any LFC fan swap Alisson and VVD for Coutinho? Nope? me neither. What a bit of business that was
— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker could save this country from Brexit.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) December 11, 2018
— Irish Reds 🔴🇮🇪 (@LFCIrishFanzone) December 11, 2018
— Eric LFC 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@_lfcEric) December 11, 2018
Worth every penny
— Mukunda Pokhrel (@Mukund_Pokhrel) December 11, 2018
That’s the difference between world class and a £4M keeper….just saying! Best keeper we’ve had for decades
— Wiggz 🔴⚽️ (@WiggzLFC) December 11, 2018
The best goalkeeper in the world currently. Insane 😱
— Nuredin Zymeri (@nuredinz14) December 11, 2018
“I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours
The attacking midfielder, who can play out wide, has five goals from 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season has spoken about his future, and it seems he wants to remain at Lyon for the foreseeable future.
“I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!
“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.
“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”
The 20-year-old is one of the hottest properties in French football, and it would be great if we could land him soon.
The Frenchman has the potential to become one of the best in the world, and under Jurgen Klopp, he would get ample chances to prove his ability.
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