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Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in a permanent deal this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The Reds are among a number of clubs tracking the Colombian star and have entered the talks with his agent as they search for Philippe Coutinho’s replacement, according to Don Balon (h/t Liverpool Echo).

However, with Rodriguez currently midway through his first season at Bayern Munich, having agreed on a two-year loan switch to the Bundesliga club last summer, Liverpool could be prevented in their hopes of landing the Colombian playmaker if the German champions refuse to send him back early to the Spanish capital.

The 26-year-old has shone for Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid this term, playing 20 times and scoring few goals.

The report further says that Real are keen to retrieve most of the £70million they paid Monaco for Rodriguez’s services after his exploits in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he mesmerised everyone in the summer tournament.

The Germans have Rodriguez on loan until 2020, so we’d have to get them to agree to cut the deal short, through payment, then negotiate a separate deal with Real.

Given that Jurgen Klopp and co. are apparently looking for a summer signing to replace the departed Coutinho, they still have around six months to try and negotiate a deal with both Rodriguez’s parent club and his temporary employers.

We are looking to bolster our squad after receiving £142m from Barcelona for Coutinho. We have already spent £75m on Virgil Van Dijk, and Rodriguez is believed to be next on our wish-list. It remains to be seen whether Bayern would agree to terminate the loan deal but it seems Liverpool have started discussions early to give the clubs the time to arrive at an agreement.

James is due to spend two seasons with Bayern before another career crossroads can be reached, and the 26-year-old intends to soon make a decision over his future.

He told El Chiringuito: “I don’t know if Madrid miss me. I did my work well and with all my heart. I was always eager, and everyone could see that when I was doing things well, I could make a difference.

“All the people who were close to me offered great support, such as my ex-wife, mother… they all supported me a lot and I’m eternally grateful to them.

“For now, I’m only thinking about Bayern. No-one knows what’ll happen in the future. My present is at Bayern, and it depends exclusively on me if I’m going to leave or stay.”

Personally, I would love to have James in our team but the decision lies with first Bayern and then Real.

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Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player



Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

Rhian Brewster Liverpool

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

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(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion



Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

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