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Klopp might not be in charge for Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash against Aston Villa

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Neil Critchley could be in charge of Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa

Liverpool face a tough task of playing two games in two days in December. The Reds face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on 17th December and play their Club World Cup semi-final the next day.

Another problem for the Reds is that the Club World Cup takes place in Qatar and that includes a lot of travel for the players.

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Liverpool players celebrate after beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool Echo claims that several academy players could feature in the Carabao Cup clash. The report also adds that our U23 manager Neil Critchley could manage the side against the Villans.

Jurgen Klopp is yet to decide whether he will travel to Qatar for the first game or watch the match against Villa. Should the German leave for Qatar, Critchley is expected to take over unless assistant manager Pep Ljinders remains in England with the side.

Critchley has been the U23 manager since the 2017-18 season and arrived at Liverpool in 2013.

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Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk after the 1-1 draw against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

Interesting choices lie ahead for Liverpool

Liverpool have never won the Club World Cup and that is a trophy we should target.

However, the game against Villa could put a spanner in the works. It will be interesting to see what kind of team we put out in the Carabao Cup.

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The youngsters did well to beat Arsenal on penalties in the previous round, and they could put up a great performance against the Villans too.

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Liverpool target Nigerian star with £52m release clause ‘promised’ to PL club

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Liverpool are keen on signing Villarreal midfielder Samuel Chukwueze

Liverpool are keen on signing Villarreal’s Nigerian midfielder Samuel Chukwueze. (h/t Express)

The 20-year-old has become one of the brightest prospects in La Liga and is attracting interest from a host of top European clubs, who have taken a liking to his pace and dribbling.

The news of Liverpool’s interest has emerged amidst reports that the midfielder has been promised to a Premier League club. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

Premier League rivals Chelsea are also said to be monitoring the player.

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French giants Lyon are also linked with a move for the player.

With Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide out injured and Moussa Dembele linked with a move to the Premier League, Lyon are looking to bolster their attack by signing the skilful Nigerian star.

Chukwueze has been on Liverpool’s radar for a while. He has a release clause of £52 million in his contract.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season so far and has scored 5 goals in 18 appearances for the Yellow Submarines. (h/t Whoscored)

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Chukwueze was part of the Nigerian squad that won the Under-15 World Cup in 2015 where he won the Bronze boot.

The player has gone on to make 13 appearances for the Nigerian senior team and has so far scored 2 goals. His performances have lead to him winning the Nigerian young player of the year for 2017-18.

He has also been named by UEFA in the 50 young players to watch in 2019-20.

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Liverpool pocket £2.7m profit from sale of midfielder who made zero appearances

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Liverpool sell Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Atletico Mineiro for £3.2 million

Liverpool have sold Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Brasileiro Serie A club Atletico Mineiro for £3.2million. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

This represents a profit of £2.7million on a player who has made no appearances for the Reds. The 22-year-old joined the club from Brazilian club Internacional in 2015 for £500,000. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The player’s inability to obtain a work permit has lead to the player spending the duration of his time at Liverpool out on loan. Allan has been out on loan 6 times in his 5 years at Liverpool.

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Allan spent 2019 on loan at Fluminense for whom he made 28 appearances. The Brazilian club looked set to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis, but backed out permitting Mineiro to make their move.

The Brazilian had six months remaining on his present Anfield contract. The club had the option to extend his deal by 12 months.

With the player unable to secure his work permit, Liverpool have chosen not to exercise the option and instead sell the player.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to have been impressed by the player upon his arrival at Merseyside and had made up his mind to bring the player into the Reds lineup. (h/t Daily Mail)

Unfortunately, it was not to be and the midfielder will now try his luck in the Brazilian first division.

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Allan has won 7 caps for the Brazilian Under-20 and Under-23 sides. He was part of the SJK squad that won the Finnish 1st division during his time on loan in the country.

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Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member

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Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll

Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)

Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.

Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.

O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.

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Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.

He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)

Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.

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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.

In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.

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