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Liverpool handed boost as 23-year-old star will not sign a new deal with his current club

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Timo Werner will not sign new contract with RB Leipzig

Kicker (h/t Liverpool Echo) reports that Timo Werner has told RB Leipzig that he will not be signing a new deal with the Bundesliga side.

The 23-year-old is out of a contract at the end of next season, and Leipzig do not want to lose him for free (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Timo Werner
Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

The report claims that Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick held last-minute discussions to keep hold of the German striker.

However, the 23-year-old is uninterested in staying at Leipzig, and the report adds that Liverpool and Bayern Munich are keen on the forward.

The report claims that Bayern are the favourites to land Werner, however, Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the former Stuttgart striker.

Liverpool need one versatile forward in the summer

Daniel Sturridge left the Reds for free in the summer, and we need to bring in one versatile forward who can cover our wide players too.

Daniel Sturridge

Divock Origi did a decent job out wide, however, Werner is comfortable as a centre-forward or as a winger.

The 23-year-old bagged 16 Bundesliga goals and provided seven assists as Leipzig finished in the Champions League places.

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Werner would be a wonderful addition to the team given his potential and age. However, he would have to move to a new country, and acclimatizing isn’t always easy in new surroundings.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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Liverpool face Barcelona hurdle, with La Liga giants interested in 22-year-old

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Barcelona enter race for Junior Firpo

Marca (h/t Metro) reports that Barcelona have entered the race for Junior Firpo.

The Metro claims that Liverpool have been linked with the 22-year-old Real Betis star, however, the Spanish outlet adds that Barcelona have made Firpo their No.1 left-back for the summer.

The report adds that Barcelona have tracked the 22-year-old Spaniard for a while and see him as the long-term replacement for Jordi Alba.

Junior Firpo
Junior Firpo

The 30-year-old Barca star doesn’t have a lot of competition or cover at the club, and the Catalans also sold Lucas Digne to Everton.

The report adds that Firpo has a £45m release clause, which is a huge amount for Liverpool to pay for a second-choice left-back.

The Reds have one of the best in Andy Robertson but need cover for the Scot after Alberto Moreno’s departure.

Barca willing to throw players into the deal

The La Liga champions want to reduce the price for Firpo, and the report claims that they are willing to send players the other way.

The Spanish report (h/t Metro) adds that Barca are willing to send Juan Miranda and Marc Cucurella, and Betis are looking at the right deal for the left-back.

The 22-year-old has the potential to develop further, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.

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Joining Barca or Liverpool would make him second-choice at both clubs, while staying at Betis would guarantee him regular starts.

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Liverpool bid £40m for midfield star in an attempt to beat Man United

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Reds bid £40m for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes

Correio de Manha (h/t Daily Star) reports that Liverpool have bid £40m for Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.

The report claims that Sporting Lisbon are hoping to raise £50m for the midfielder and Liverpool want to snap up the 24-year-old before Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Tottenham are also interested in the 24-year-old, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp wants to strengthen the Reds to challenge Manchester City.

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite amassing 97 points. The Reds did celebrate winning the Champions League a few weeks ago by defeating Tottenham 2-0.

Fernandes open to Premier League move

The Portuguese star has impressed in the last two seasons at Sporting, and was willing to move to the Premier League if the right deal was in place (h/t Daily Star):

“I never said that I wanted to leave, I am happy here. Even so, sometimes you can’t say no to certain offers.

“I would only leave if Sporting also agree to this. I dream of playing in England.”

Bruno Fernandes

There isn’t scope for a lot of improvement in the Liverpool team but one thing we missed in the side was goals from the midfield.

Fernandes bagged 20 goals and provided 13 assists in the Portuguese league last season, and was a part of the Portuguese national side that won the Nations League.

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The 24-year-old is capable of playing as a winger too and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move from Sporting in the summer.

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FIFA-alternatives to keep Liverpool fans entertained this summer

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It’s been a breathlessly exciting year for Liverpool supporters, and one that has kept everyone on the edges of their seats right up to that final magical moment in the European Cup final on 01 June, long after most teams had shut up shop for the summer.

Still, now the final curtain has fallen, it seems like an endless wait till the new season gets underway. Many fans will be turning to the virtual world and reliving the magic of 2019 – or maybe rewriting history – in FIFA or PES. But football is the most popular game on the planet and gaming is bigger than it has ever been. As such, it should really come as no surprise that there are plenty of alternatives to these two world famous, but premium priced, football games, some of which don’t have to cost you a penny. Let’s take a look at what’s out there.

Football Champions Cup

When it comes to slot-style games, NetEnt is the most famous developer in the business, and always seeks to add some variety to its games. Available on sites like , Champions Cup is more than just a slot machine with football symbols. It includes some neat bonus games such as the free spins tournament, scoring wilds and the penalty shootout, in which you can either try to hit the back of the net or take on the role of the goalkeeper. For those interested in the tech specifications, the game has five reels, 20 paylines and medium variance, meaning there is a good chance of financial rewards in addition to the football fun.

This is Football

As the new millennium brought in a new world of gaming on the PS2, This is Football was the serious player’s alternative to the already dominant FIFA. It felt like a walk on the wild side – two footed tackles were commonplace and you could even distract the referee to get away with all sorts of things. The power of FIFA and PES meant the game disappeared after 2005, and these days, you can pick it up for next to nothing. Give it a try and find out how virtual football was played back in the old days!

Red Card

Once you’ve given This is Football a try, you could graduate on to Red Card. The clue is in the name, and this is a game in which full-scale fights break out in the middle of the action. There is an option to disable the fighting, but if you’re going to do that, you might as well go back to playing FIFA. Red Card is a bit of fun escapism for those fans who like to occasionally throw the rule book out of the window.

Score! Hero

If mobile gaming is your thing, look no further than this offering from First Touch Games. Simple, intuitive controls, 520 levels, an engrossing career mode and the ability to play against friends. This game has it all and in an age when some are predicting that console gaming is on the way out, it’s the one that will have FIFA creator EA Sports looking over its shoulder.

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