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Jurgen Klopp “eager to sell” Loris Karius among 9 more players who could leave Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:29

Liverpool are said to be looking to move on at least 10 more players before the end of the summer transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp “eager to sell” Loris Karius.

The Reds have already sold Dejan Lovren and Ovie Ejaria, while Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Andy Lonergan and Pedro Chirivella are among those to have left on the expiry of their contracts.

Youngsters Adam Lewis and Morgan Boyes have also headed out on loan, but there remain a number of players whose futures are as yet unresolved.

Karius is among those, but with the German joining the first team for their squad photo for 2020/21 this week, and continuing to train at Melwood, there was speculation he could stay and challenge Adrian for the role of No. 2.

Now, Goal‘s Neil Jones reports that Klopp is “eager to sell” the 27-year-old, who saw his two-year loan spell with Besiktas terminated by mutual consent in May.

Ligue 1 side Montpellier were revealed to be interested in a deal for Karius back in July, but with a £6 million price tag there has been no progress so far.

Jones adds that Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Nat Phillips should also be sold, with at least nine clubs interested in the centre-back, including Nottingham Forest and three sides in Europe.

Sheyi Ojo is also attracting Forest, though the winger is expected to leave on loan, rather than a permanent deal.

At 23, Ojo has struggled to hold down a regular role at any of the clubs he has spent time with over the past five years, but is still contracted to Liverpool until 2023.

 Wales' Ben Woodburn looks dejected after the final whistle in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Ben Woodburn (Ipswich, Portsmouth and clubs in the Netherlands and Germany), Taiwo Awoniyi (Stuttgart and Mainz) and Kamil Grabara (Hamburg) are also touted with moves away, though it is unclear whether they would be loaned or sold.

Yasser Larouci, meanwhile, should be sold but so far clubs interested in the Algerian have baulked at Liverpool’s asking price, despite this being reported to be as low as £2 million.

Realistically, all nine players named would be better off ending their association with the Reds in order to further their careers elsewhere, as there will be few opportunities under Klopp if they stay.

It could be argued that Karius, Phillips, Grujic and Wilson could offer something to the first-team squad, particularly in such a busy season, but there is also the fact Liverpool need to raise funds in order to spend.

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Important supporter information for LFC Women ahead of 2020-21 season

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:02

With the new season almost upon us, here is the latest information for supporters of Liverpool FC Women.

When do LFC Women start their season?

LFC Women play their first game in the Championship on Sunday September 6 when they face Durham Women at Prenton Park. Kick off is 2pm. Click here for the full fixture list.

Can supporters attend the game?

No, sadly due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, supporters are not allowed in to watch the match in person.

How long will this continue?

All matches will take place behind closed doors until at least October 1, 2020.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the overriding priority of both the club and the FA has been the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.

The safety of players, coaches, club staff and the local community is paramount. Strict protocols have been put in place to ensure that Prenton Park is as safe as possible for everybody present. These protocols will ensure that the 2020-21 season gets underway with the least risk possible, without adding any further strain on the NHS and other public services.

How can I watch the game?

The LFC Women v Durham match will be screened live online on The FA Player. Highlights will be shown on LFCTV in the days that follow. There will also be regular updates on all the club social media channels including:

Twitter: @LiverpoolFCW

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFCW/

Instagram: @LiverpoolFCW

LFC Official App: For Apple users click here, for Google Play click here.

Why are matches being played behind closed doors? 

The government is using a five-stage framework for the phased return of elite sport. Season 2020-21 will commence with games played behind closed doors under Stage 3. This allows for domestic matches to be played, providing access is restricted to ‘individuals with essential functional roles.’ Supporters are not permitted and will not return until medical advice and government legislation allows them to do so. 

Will supporters be able to attend matches in the 2020-21 season?

It is now certain that the opening fixtures of the 2020-21 season will take place behind closed doors until at least October 1, 2020. Guidance in relation to the safe return of supporters to Prenton Park is constantly under review. The club continues to work closely with the FA, The Sports Grounds Safety Authority and the local authorities on planning for the safe return of supporters when it is permitted and safe to do so.

What are you doing to keep the stadium safe?

It is essential that the season operates in the safest way possible prioritising public health in order to ensure that the 2020-21 season kicks-off in the safest way possible.

We have worked with local authorities and other key stakeholders to develop venue operation plans and COVID-19 stadium risk assessments, minimising both the risk to public health and reliance on local health and other emergency services.

We are also working closely with our city partners and supporters’ clubs to encourage fans to be safe by tuning in to watch games and supporting us safely whilst following public health and government guidelines.

What will Prenton Park look and sound like without fans in attendance?

There is nothing like hearing supporting the team but we will still be upholding tradition by playing You’ll Never Walk Alone before the game kicks off.

Crowd noise will not be played inside the stadium during games.

Supporters will be kept informed as soon as there is the possibility of attending a match.

Until then, please support us safely.

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Important supporter information for LFC Women ahead of 2020-21 season

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:02
With the new season almost upon us, here is the latest information for supporters of Liverpool FC Women.
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LFC Women's 2020-21 Championship fixture list confirmed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:59

Liverpool FC Women's full FA Women's Championship fixture list for 2020-21 has now been confirmed.

Vicky Jepson’s Reds kick off the campaign with a home game against Durham on Sunday before travelling to London Bees on September 13.

The remainder of the Championship calendar was announced today, with Liverpool’s schedule listed below.

Fixtures remain subject to change.

September
6 – Durham (H)
13 – London Bees (A)
26/27 – Charlton Athletic (H)

October
3/4 – Coventry United (A)
10/11 – Leicester City (A)

October/November

31/1 – Lewes FC (A)

November
7/8 – Sheffield United (H)
14/15 – Blackburn Rovers (A)

December
5/6 – Crystal Palace (H)
12/13 – London City Lionesses (A)
19/20 – Durham (A)

January
9/10 – London Bees (H)
16/17 – Leicester City (H)

February
6/7 – Charlton Athletic (A)
13/14 – Coventry United (H)

March
6/7 – Crystal Palace (A)
27/28 – Blackburn Rovers (H)

April
3/4 – Lewes FC (H)
24/25 – Sheffield United (A)

May
1/2 – London City Lionesses (H)

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LFC Women's 2020-21 Championship fixture list confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:59
Liverpool FC Women's full FA Women's Championship fixture list for 2020-21 has now been confirmed.
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Liverpool “pretty relaxed” over replacing Dejan Lovren as in-house solutions emerge

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:44

Liverpool sold their fourth-choice centre-back, Dejan Lovren, earlier in the summer, and now may not enter the transfer market to sign a replacement for the Croatian.

Lovren joined Zenit St Petersburg in a £10.9 million deal back in July, and has already made seven appearances for his new club, winning the Russian Super Cup.

Meanwhile, the Reds used the funds generated to sign a new left-back in Kostas Tsimikas, but are yet to establish a new fourth choice in the heart of defence.

Recent injury to Joel Matip has highlighted the need for reinforcement, and with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on international duty, it remains to be seen who will start in Saturday’s friendly against Blackpool.

The most likely candidate, surprisingly, is 17-year-old Billy Koumetio, who has caught Jurgen Klopp‘s eye during pre-season.

Koumetio may even have impressed to the point of convincing Klopp and Michael Edwards that a replacement for Lovren does not need to be signed in the transfer window, according to The Athletic’s James Pearce.

Pearce has described the club as “pretty relaxed” over the situation, writing that Koumetio has “done that well that he could possibly be the fourth choice.”

Earlier in the summer, the Reds were linked with a host of centre-backs, most notably Real Betis’ Aissa Mandi, Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Brighton’s Ben White.

It was even claimed that Liverpool were close to agreeing a fee for Mandi, but a month later there has been no movement in that regard.

White, meanwhile, has signed a new long-term contract with Brighton, with the Seagulls having rejected a number of bids from Leeds, where he spent last season on loan.

 Liverpool's Billy Koumetio during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

During this period, Koumetio has been training daily with the Liverpool first team, and featured in the pre-season friendlies against Stuttgart and Salzburg, as well as being named on the bench for the Community Shield.

Klopp has been working closely with the Frenchman, though it has been suggested he will return to Barry Lewtas’ under-23s squad at some stage.

Lovren played 15 games last season, and while that was the fewest times he featured since joining the club in 2014, he was still an important squad player as he filled in for the likes of Van Dijk and Gomez.

Whether the manager will trust Koumetio to play as much as Lovren did last season remains to be seen, but with Fabinho also an option, along with youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, the club’s “relaxed” stance could be telling.

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Watch every goal: Three years of Firmino, Mane and Salah

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:00

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have collectively scored 217 goals since becoming Liverpool teammates in 2017 – and you can watch every single strike in our extended compilation.

The attacking trio joined the Reds in consecutive seasons from 2015 and became a combined force at the outset of 2017-18 after Salah arrived from AS Roma.

They have since helped the club lift four major trophies, including the Champions League and Premier League, and scooped a range of individual honours.

Before they embark on a fourth campaign together, enjoy all 217 goals they have netted over the previous three seasons in the YouTube video below.

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Watch every goal: Three years of Firmino, Mane and Salah

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:00
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have collectively scored 217 goals since becoming Liverpool teammates in 2017 – and you can watch every single strike in our extended compilation.
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Thiago Alcantara makes major Bayern Munich admission

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:18

Liverpool linked Thiago Alcantara has spoken out about his future in a possible twist which could see him remain at Bayern Munich this summer.

The Spain midfield also refused to comment on Liverpool and Manchester United transfer rumours.

Thiago featured in the Champions League final less than two weeks ago, lifting the trophy and taking the Reds' European crown alongside former Liverpool star Phillippe Coutinho following a narrow 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Thiago Alcantara makes major Bayern Munich admission

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:18

Liverpool linked Thiago Alcantara has spoken out about his future in a possible twist which could see him remain at Bayern Munich this summer.

The Spain midfield also refused to comment on Liverpool and Manchester United transfer rumours.

Thiago featured in the Champions League final less than two weeks ago, lifting the trophy and taking the Reds' European crown alongside former Liverpool star Phillippe Coutinho following a narrow 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Thiago Alcantara makes major Bayern Munich admission

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:18
Liverpool linked Thiago Alcantara has spoken out about his future in a possible twist which could see him remain at Bayern Munich this summer.
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Saturday - 2.30pm BST: Watch Liverpool v Blackpool live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 08:50

Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Blackpool live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO on Saturday.

The Reds play their final warm-up match before the Premier League campaign gets under way against the League One club, with kick-off 3pm BST.

You can see the full 90 minutes live with us, including exclusive interviews and previews as our build-up begins half an hour earlier.

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Saturday - 2.30pm BST: Watch Liverpool v Blackpool live

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 08:50
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Neco Williams makes senior debut for Wales as Harry Wilson “gets rid of the cobwebs”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 08:45

Neco Williams made his senior Wales debut in a 1-0 win over Finland on Thursday night, as Harry Wilson “got rid of the cobwebs” with his first game since July 26.

Williams’ rise to prominence at Liverpool has earned him a place in Ryan Giggs’ national team, skipping the under-21s entirely to become a fixture for his country.

It is the latest in a long line of achievements for the 19-year-old over the past year, and Thursday night brought his international bow, as Wales visited Finland in the UEFA Nations League.

Wilson and Ben Woodburn joined Williams on the substitutes’ bench in Helsinki, and the two sides played out a back-and-forth clash, with the possession shared.

A rusty Gareth Bale, who played just 20 times for Real Madrid last season, made way for Wilson at the break, and a quarter of an hour later, Williams replaced his namesake Jonny Williams on the hour.

It was a momentous occasion for the right-back, who had told FAW TV earlier in the week about why he turned down advances from England, having been eligible due to his grandparents.

“I spoke to the gaffer and I said my intentions are obviously with Wales, because I’m Welsh, my family’s Welsh, my friends are all Welsh,” he explained.

“So my first choice was always going to be Wales. England were trying to snap at me, but I wasn’t having none of it.”

 Wales' Kieffer Moore celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game during the UEFA Nations League Group Stage League B Group 4 match between Finland and Wales at the Helsingin Olympiastadion. Wales won 1-0. (Pic by Jussi Eskola/Propaganda)

Though it was a quiet evening for Williams on the pitch—on a night that saw Cardiff striker Kieffer Moore earn victory with the 80th minute—it will be a memorable one for obvious reasons.

Speaking after the game, Giggs said the youngster’s “energy and quality shone through,” and insisted he and fellow debutants Dylan Levitt and Ben Cabango will be “big players for Wales in the future.”

Another who will be an important figure for Wales in the coming years is Wilson, and reflecting on his 45-minute display on Instagram, the winger admitted it was nice to “get rid of the cobwebs” with his return to the pitch.

It remains to be seen whether Wilson will be part of the Liverpool squad for 2020/21, with the likes of Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton expressing an interest.

But he could be a useful player for Jurgen Klopp, as Williams has proven after rising to the role of Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s backup at right-back.

 Liverpool's substitute Marko Grujic during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Elsewhere on Thursday night, Caoimhin Kelleher and Marko Grujic were both unused substitutes for Ireland and Serbia respectively, while Kostas Tsimikas was absent from the matchday squad for Greece.

Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson could all be in UEFA Nations League action on Friday, while Rhian Brewster and Kamil Grabara are set for Under-21 Euro qualifiers with England and Poland.

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Redknapp: Thiago adds finesse to Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 09/04/2020 - 06:05
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1:07 Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to Liverpool's midfield if he was to join from Bayern Munich Jamie Redknapp believes Thiago Alacantara would add a different dimension to Liverpool's midfield if he was to join from Bayern Munich

Jamie Redknapp believes the signing of Thiago Alcantara could have a two-fold benefit for Liverpool and prove crucial to their Premier League title defence.

Liverpool ended their 30-year wait to be crowned champions in emphatic fashion last season, but Jurgen Klopp has been hesitant in strengthening his title-winning squad, with defender Kostas Tsimikas the only arrival so far ahead of next season's defence.

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield, with reports claiming the 29-year-old has made his mind up over an exit from the Allianz Arena.

Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp labelled Thiago "one of the best midfielders in the world" who can deliver a different dimension to the Reds.

"We've often spoken about how good Liverpool's midfield are, how hard-working they are, but sometimes they maybe lack that bit of finesse and that little bit of quality," the Sky Sports pundit said.

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"Thiago would give them something completely different, he's one of the best midfield players in the world. He dictates the play, plays at his own pace.

"Sometimes, especially when you go to tough places in the Premier League, you cannot beat teams by going 100 mph all the time, you need a little bit of finesse and for someone to do things differently.

Thiago Alcantara was influential as Bayern Munich were crowned Champions League winners in 2020 Thiago Alcantara was influential as Bayern Munich were crowned Champions League winners in 2020 Thiago Alcantara was influential as Bayern Munich were crowned Champions League winners in 2020

"Many years ago Liverpool had midfield players like Ronnie Whelan and Jan Molby who could just slow the game down and play at a tempo that suited them, Thiago could do that.

"We saw him in the Champions League final where he completely bossed the game, had so many touches of the ball and made the game look easy."

Redknapp emphasised the importance of champions staying ahead of their rivals, citing Liverpool's eras of dominance in previous decades.

He added: "Graeme Souness always talks about Liverpool's dominance in the '80s. The first thing they would do after winning the league would be to sign one or two players just to freshen things up and keep everyone on their toes. Sir Alex Ferguson certainly did that as well.

"I wouldn't necessarily say Liverpool have to go all in for Thiago, you've got to be careful in the transfer market.

"But Thiago would be a really good signing for Liverpool, and one who could give everybody a bit of a lift and make sure everybody knows there will be no resting on their laurels ahead of next season."

Analysis: Klopp planning midfield shake-up?

Sky Sports' Nick Wright:

'Thiago Alcantara is a playmaker of the highest order, a penetrative passer and someone who would add a new dimension to Liverpool's midfield. He would allow them to attack in a different way, perhaps even play in a different way...'

Read more from Nick Wright on Jurgen Klopp's possible plan for Liverpool's midfield.

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Neco Williams wins first Wales cap in Finland victory

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 21:52

Neco Williams won his first senior cap for Wales after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory over Finland in Helsinki on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old replaced Jonny Williams after an hour of the opening UEFA Nations League encounter to record a maiden appearance for his country.

Anfield teammate Harry Wilson also entered the action from the bench as he took the place of Gareth Bale at half-time. Ben Woodburn, meanwhile, was an unused substitute.

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Neco Williams wins first Wales cap in Finland victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 21:52
Neco Williams won his first senior cap for Wales after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory over Finland in Helsinki on Thursday night.
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Liverpool’s succession planning hit by pandemic – what it means for Jurgen Klopp’s squad

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 19:00

Liverpool’s modern-day golden generation were born just after the Reds won their 18th league title, and eventually powered them to a 19th in record time three decades later.

The next generation may be their successors in waiting, with the Community Shield appearances of Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster and the presence on the bench of Billy Koumetio and Harvey Elliott being signs that each could be more involved this season.

But in between, there may be Liverpool’s ‘lost’ generation; lost, in part, through little fault of Liverpool.

The four-year cycle

Some would say that a four-year period is too small to qualify as a generation, though Sir Alex Ferguson, something of an expert in regenerating sides and repeating success, felt teams had a four-year cycle.

They were not to know it at the time, as their era of supremacy on the pitch ended, but Liverpool had a particularly productive four years, followed by a rather more barren spell. There is a period within 46 months in the early 1990s bookended by the births of Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson.

In between, Alisson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Gini Wijnaldum (plus his putative successor Thiago Alcantara) all entered this world. Most notably, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were born within nine months of each other in the 1991/92 season.

With the exception of the precocious Trent Alexander-Arnold, it is an entire team, plus a couple of substitutes.

Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are twinned in much but separated by four years and seven months in age. That period, from March 1994 to October 1998, has only produced one member of Liverpool’s current strongest side: Joe Gomez.

Naby Keita could graduate to that status but his other peers, in Kostas Tsimikas, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi, will begin the campaign very much as backups.

Others, in Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, might already have been sold in a stronger transfer market.

Pandemic prices

Pandemic prices are not profitable for sellers and pandemic economics have stymied Liverpool’s plans to bring in players a few years younger than their current core, and who might potentially take over from them.

In particular, there is Timo Werner, about four years younger than each of the current front three, a forward who could be peaking when Salah, Mane or Firmino entered a downward slope.

 Germany's Timo Werner during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group F match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But for coronavirus, Liverpool probably would have signed Werner. A £50 million transfer fee and substantial wages would have been more affordable in a world with matchday revenue and without rebates to broadcasters. But for COVID-19, there is a good chance they would have shown their succession planning in another department of the team, too.

The departure of the 31-year-old Dejan Lovren was surely supposed to have been followed by the arrival of an emerging centre-back: perhaps the 22-year-old Ben White, who Brighton have priced out of a move to Leeds (and presumably Liverpool, in the current climate).

Given the strength of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice team, Liverpool’s future thinking might be most apparent in the understudies. There could be a relatively seamless shift from one generation to another when there is an internal option: Jones instead of Adam Lallana, Williams in place of Nathaniel Clyne.

Deprived of funds, both by diminishing revenue and a smaller injection of cash from sales, it has been harder to replicate that in other positions.

Given Liverpool’s last two seasons, their 196 points and Champions League and Premier League wins, there is no need to break up the current team; not when such an expertly compiled group play with such chemistry and offer the prospect of further honours.

 Liverpool's Director of Football Michael Edwards during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Yet if Liverpool’s recruitment made them the envy of rivals, with transformative signings and an unusually high strike rate, it is a constant task.

A year or two ago, they had an almost perfect age profile, with the only anomaly being the gap between Robertson and Alexander-Arnold, but now they are approaching a tipping point. The thirty-somethings only number three now: the freakishly fit James Milner, the backup goalkeeper Adrian, and captain Henderson.

But seven others will join that group in the next two years.

Planning ahead

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

There was always the underlying question of who to phase out and when, and not merely because the intensity of Klopp’s brand of football invites questions if some of his most fervent runners will be burnt out soon into their thirties. A team that ages together offers a recipe for decline – just look at Barcelona – but Werner was supposed to be a sign Liverpool had an eye on the future.

Liverpool were never likely to neglect it: not with the far-sighted Michael Edwards at the helm, not with Klopp’s willingness to trust younger players and not when his contract, until 2024, meant he would oversee a bridge from one team to another.

Yet that bridge is easier to construct when the distance is shorter; instead of going from a footballer to one a decade his junior, it is easier to first integrate a third player halfway between them.

And Liverpool are now facing a pincer movement, with a reduction in income making it harder to target the high-calibre players on the way up who will be able to take over from the Champions League winners and at a point when the congested fixture list means younger alternatives would have been still more useful.

Instead, they may have to accelerate the development of rookies. Instead, when they survey their bench or look at the prospective team for 2022/23, they may see a missing generation, a gap that players born in Roy Evans’ four full seasons in charge were supposed to fill.

The space between Alexander-Arnold and Robertson is not merely about cross-field balls from one full-back to another as Liverpool look for heirs to heroes.

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Wijnaldum comments on Barca rumours & Hendo back in training – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/03/2020 - 17:15

Liverpool have a split squad this week, with some on internationals and some preparing for a friendly. All the build-up and latest rumours are in today’s news.

Jordan Henderson back in training

The captain is back!

Jordan Henderson was last seen in a Liverpool top lifting the Premier League trophy, having not featured previously or since due to a knee injury.

Now he’s back in full training with the rest of the squad and could play some part in the friendly against Blackpool at the weekend.

Divock Origi and Joel Matip are also back in full training, with none of the trio having featured thus far in pre-season.

Origi was originally in the Belgium squad, but doesn’t appear to have travelled for their Nations League matches.

There have also been rumours about his possible exit, but he’s set to feature this weekend too.

Wijnaldum asked about Barcelona rumours

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Gini Wijnaldum was asked multiple times about Barcelona rumours as he joined up with the Netherlands national team…and didn’t exactly offer an emphatic denial.

“That’s a rumour, I can’t say more about it,” was all he said.

Multiple sources suggest he was asked the same question at least three times, but beyond saying he couldn’t discuss it, the midfielder wasn’t giving much up.

It won’t do anything to dissuade the rumour-mongers that a Barca bid is imminent.

Academy focus

 Liverpool's Billy Koumetio during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Always good to keep one eye on the future and the development of the Reds of tomorrow.

Quickfire LFC news

 FC Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. (Credit: ©UEFA)

  • Jamie Redknapp says signing Thiago would add some “finesse” to Liverpol’s midfield (Sky)
  • The Reds’ stance on ‘no loans’ for Marko Grujic in particular could soften as the summer goes on (Echo)
  • And LFC Women manager Vicky Jepson has spoken about pre-season preparations and the aims for the season ahead (LFC)
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  • The PFA Award nominees will be announced Friday and the winners crowned on 8 September (PFA)
  • Chelsea are ready to sign Kai Havertz for £90m, so that’s a handy budget for a novice boss like Lampard to really get to grips with the market slowly (Sky)
  • Man United are in for Sergio Reguilon, so that’s just the three left-backs Solskjaer will have then, and only Aaron “better than Trent” Wan-Bissaka on the other side (AS)
  • And Ryan Fraser is set to join Newcastle on a free, so that was really worth not putting himself at risk for and missing Bournemouth‘s relegation run-in (TS)
Rule of the day

A final piece of news which could have affected the Reds: the “five subs” rule will NOT be in place in the Premier League next season.

A vote was held on Thursday but the top-flight clubs opted against. Klopp was in favour of keeping it.

Tweet of the day

Happy birthday, Gerard Houllier! ? pic.twitter.com/n9iioPWUad

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 3, 2020

What we’re reading

The last 10 players sold by Arsene Wenger and where are they now, on Planet Football.

And 10 tips to succeed if you play FPL, from the Athletic.

Worth watching tonight

Germany vs Spain sounds as tasty as the Nations League might get. 7:45pm on Sky Sports Premier League.

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