The transfer window may be over but Liverpool have completed the signing of Anderson Arroyo, the club’s official website have confirmed.
“Liverpool FC can now confirm the completion of the signing of defender Anderson Arroyo, who has immediately moved to Real Mallorca on an 18-month loan deal,” read a statement from the club.
Arroyo is an 18-year-old Colombian U20 international. The Reds signed the teenager from Fortaleza CEIF, where Arroyo has made 22 appearances over three seasons. The Colombian has immediately joined Spanish second division leaders Real Mallorca on an 18-month loan deal.
Arroyo, who is rated highly in his native, impressed Liverpool’s coaching staff during a short trial and agreed to terms on a switch last month, during the transfer window.
The 18-year-old, who can play at right-back or left-back, is known for his attacking prowess. The teenager is Liverpool’s third signing of 2018 so far, following the arrival of Virgil van Dijk of Southampton and Tony Gallacher from Falkirk.
Jurgen Klopp will want his new signing to get regular game time to grow further. Playing away from England and in Spain would help the defender shape up his game before becoming ready for English football. Arroyo is extremely talented, capable of playing on both the flanks with equal ease and composure. A chance to play in the Spanish third tier would be a good opportunity for the defender, who should grab it with both hands.
It was the best possible decision from our club to let the youngster leave for Spain on an 18-month loan. Currently at Liverpool, Arroyo would struggle to get into the first-team, which would affect his rapid development. Klopp would surely not want the Colombian’s progress to stall.
The likes of Alberto Moreno, Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all been used this season at right-back and left-back respectively. So there was no point in keeping Arroyo at the club when there was no place for him in the team.
Had he stayed with the club, his game time would have been less, which would have hampered his overall development. I am glad we signed the starlet before anyone and sent him out on loan. Let’s hope Arroyo plays well and improves his game at Mallorca before returning to the club in the summer of 2019.
Former Liverpool star believes Jurgen Klopp could sell a few players in the summer
The Reds have been in a bit of an overdrive securing the futures of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold recently.
They all penned contract extensions and with more clarity regarding the squad, Aldridge believes Klopp could sell a few players that aren’t in his plans.
“The new contracts for Liverpool duo Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are fully deserved.
“We have had a lot of deadwood over the years, but now there’s clarity in the squad. There are a number of players on long-term deals, and there are youngsters also coming through.
“Jurgen Klopp might look to move on three or four in the summer.”
Aldridge claimed this was a favourable condition for Liverpool and compared that with Everton who have a lot of deadwood in the side thanks to Marco Silva coming in and replacing Sam Allardyce.
The former Liverpool star believes Klopp now has to replace the players that aren’t required with better players.
Aldridge is right in saying that the manager has done well in revamping the Liverpool team. Since the German arrived players such as Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Christian Benteke have all left for decent sums.
We have a side that is in tune with Klopp’s style and should see some quality signings in the summer when squad players such as Alberto Moreno or Daniel Sturridge leave.
“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race
The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.
Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).
The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.
Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):
“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.
“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”
Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.
City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.
The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan
There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.
The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.
The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.
The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.
The moment 104-year-old Reds fan, Bernard Sheridan, met Jürgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after the Palace game.
Happy birthday, Bernard. ❤ pic.twitter.com/YMcAotaDmv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 22, 2019
The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.
Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.
The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.
Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.
@KevRedCon this is what Liverpool fc is all about.
— John kelly (@jonhkelly1981) January 22, 2019
My Liverpool is more than a football club………Family, and we look after our own
— kenny (@Kennedy20686482) January 22, 2019
He has seen more than any reds out there.Hope he gets to see us win the league this time
— Neymar (@Suvendra6) January 22, 2019
Wow. ❤️💯 Show me a club with more heart for reals! 🔥
— Liverpool stan ✊ (@MelissaJacobs12) January 22, 2019
love the King and Klopp and respect their hectic schedule. How nice if they could have invited him for a cup of tea to hear about the old days of the club…like the early 20th century.
— Mick (@MICKDXB) January 22, 2019
Sir Kenny a class act
— Liam Smith (@Liam229Smith) January 22, 2019
It’s lovely to see such warm gestures from a club that’s so close to my heart. Feels like I’ve been there, although I’ve never been. Would love to meet them all one day. Hopefully soon. #YNWA
— R Mansingh (@rmansinghani) January 22, 2019
This is Anfield, where dreams are made.
— Howard howface (@HowardHomix1) January 22, 2019