Gianluigi Donnarumma is the future when it comes to Italian goalkeepers and the AC Milan shot-stopper is the undisputed favourite to claim the number one spot once the legendary Gianluigi Buffon retires. The 19-year-old has been impressive for the Italian giants ever since he broke into the side but he has been linked with a move away from the capital from the start of the current season.
A number of top clubs have been linked with a big-money move for the Italian youngster who is arguably the best young goalkeeper in the world but recent odds from Ladbrokes suggests that Liverpool are joint-favourites to sign the 19-year-old, along with La Liga giants Real Madrid, who are both 2/1 favourites.
As quoted by Daily Star, Alex Apati of Ladbrokes stated:
“If the rumours are anything to go by, Donnarumma will be looking for a new club this summer and the latest odds suggest it’s Liverpool who’ll fancy their chances of striking a deal.”
The other clubs who made it into the top five for Donnarumma include PSG who are at 5/2, Arsenal at 4/1 and Juventus at 9/2.
Out of the above list, Madrid, Liverpool, PSG and Arsenal could all do with a new goalkeeper but are we really going to sign the highly-rated Italian star?
Are Liverpool Going To Spend Big For A Keeper?
Looking into our current team, Simon Mignolet has been frozen out and will be looking for a new club in the summer. The Belgian has been replaced by Loris Karius and the German has actually done well since becoming our first-choice keeper.
Even in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United, Karius commanded the box, even though he could not do much to stop the two goals we conceded.
The other keeper in our team, Danny Ward, does not seem to be developing as well as we would have liked him to, and it is surprising that Klopp did not let him leave in the winter window on a loan deal.
However, Donnarumma would not come on the cheap and this deal does look unlikely given that we already have a quality young keeper in Karius. The German just needs our backing and has already grown this season in a short time.
Instead of pursuing a deal for the Italian ace, we should instead be looking to spend the money to get more reinforcements in the defence and midfield, as we could lose Emre Can on a free transfer. Hence, the Donnarumma deal looks kind of off at the moment.
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
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