Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek would improve the Liverpool midfield, says former Liverpool striker Paul Walsh. Loftus-Cheek, 21, is currently on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace and has impressed in his short time at Selhurst Park. Arguably, he has been Palace’s standout player in an otherwise poor season so far.
The 21-year-old’s encouraging displays under manager Roy Hodgson earned him a first call-up to the England senior squad, where he impressed on his debut against Germany.
With Loftus-Cheek set to return to Chelsea in the summer, pundit Walsh says Liverpool would be a good option for the talented midfielder given that first-team football at Stamford Bridge is far from guaranteed.
“You mentioned Loftus-Cheek, I think he’d improve Liverpool in that central midfield area,” Walsh said told Sky Sports, as reported by Express.
While Walsh feels Loftus-Cheek will improve the Reds’ midfield, Anfield legend Phil Thompson believes the England international will have plenty of buyers if Chelsea deem him surplus to requirements.
“I think he’s got great energy, I think he can turn and go past people quite easily,” Thompson praised the midfielder. He’s got an assist, he’s got a shot on him. I would say yes (he’s good enough to play at Chelsea) and if he doesn’t, they’ll be a lot of suitors.”
Thompson feels Loftus-Cheek is now ready to feature regularly for Chelsea but says that he should consider moving on in the summer if he fails to get first-team opportunities more often.
“I think he’s now saying ‘I am ready’,” Thompson further added. If they’re not going to give them his chance, he has to move on in the summer.
“I think it’s a big sit down with Conte or whoever it is and he needs to find out, because I think he’s too good not to be playing.”
In November, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson revealed Loftus-Cheek’s loan spell at the club could be cut short due to a clause in their agreement with Chelsea.
The 21-year-old midfielder was sent out for a season-long loan in the summer but the Blues have the right to recall him early if they feel he isn’t getting enough playing time.
“I have a feeling that they have the right to call him back if he is not playing enough games or featuring in enough games, which is a good clause.
“If you are loaning out players who you believe in to get playing time, and the clubs aren’t using the player, then I think you are entitled to bring them back,” Hodgson was quoted in a report by The Sun.
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Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason
Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season
Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.
Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.
Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.
Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.
“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”
Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards
Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.
Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.
Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.
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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.
“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club
Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.
The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.
There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.
The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”
Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs
Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.
Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.
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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.
Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club
Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer
Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.
However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.
FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.
Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side
The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.
The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.
Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.
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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.