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Jürgen Klopp’s update on Liverpool's transfer window plans

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 14:16

Jürgen Klopp on Thursday offered the following update regarding whether Liverpool will sign a centre-back during the January transfer window.

“No, I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world,” the boss said.

“We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well. There might be, I don’t know, some clubs with absolutely no financial - and I don’t want to use the wrong word because then you make a big fuss of it - problems. But this club always was - and will always be with these owners, for sure - just very responsible with the things we do.

“So, if the world would be in a ‘normal’ place, let me say it like this, everything would be fine: we won the league, won the Champions League, the club is in the best possible situation and then you have three senior centre-halves plus Fabinho plus kids, and the three senior centre-halves are all injured - is that a situation where usually we would do something? Yes, definitely.

“But we are not in that situation so I don’t know if something will happen or not. What I said about it, you maybe could do something but it would be kind of a short-term solution - and we don’t have that short-term solution - but that’s not right because it doesn’t help really.

“Then we have to deal with the situation how we did it so far and have to get through this. It’s not the best moment for the whole planet, so why should it be for a football club?”

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Jürgen Klopp’s update on Liverpool's transfer window plans

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 14:16
Jürgen Klopp on Thursday offered the following update regarding whether Liverpool will sign a centre-back during the January transfer window.
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LFC injury update: Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 13:59

Jürgen Klopp today offered an update on Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota during his pre-Aston Villa press conference.

The trio are set to miss Friday evening’s FA Cup third-round tie at Villa Park as they continue their rehabilitation programmes from respective injuries.

Keita hasn’t figured since starting the 7-0 win at Crystal Palace on December 19 due to a fitness issue.

Asked whether the No.8 was close to a return, Klopp said: “Yes, soon, but not for the Villa game.”

Meanwhile, Matip will be assessed in the coming week to determine whether he will be fit to face Manchester United on January 17.

The centre-back sustained an adductor injury during the draw with West Bromwich Albion last month.

Klopp said: “Yes, we will try working on that obviously. Until the United game we still have nine days around about, so we try.

“He is in a good way but if it will be United or a few days later, I don’t know. After the United game we will obviously play every three days again, so I think that’s pretty sure, but for the United game, we will see.”

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Elsewhere, Klopp confirmed Jota is still ‘a few weeks away’ from resuming team training due to a knee injury picked up in Denmark against FC Midtjylland on December 9.

The boss explained: “It will still take time, he is still wearing a brace, so that means he is still a few weeks away from team training.

“There is nothing really to say, it takes time. There was no surgery needed, which was good, but it was a proper injury.

“It is not a little knock or something; no, no, and it will still take time. There is no real timeframe there.”

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LFC injury update: Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 13:59
Jürgen Klopp today offered an update on Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota during his pre-Aston Villa press conference.
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Reds to host Sutton United in FA Youth Cup third round

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 12:06

Liverpool will begin their 2020-21 FA Youth Cup campaign with a home tie against Sutton United on Friday January 15.

The Reds are set to host their National League counterparts at the Kirkby Academy, with the third-round clash kicking off at 7pm GMT.

The winners will progress to a meeting with either Salford City or Manchester United in the fourth round.

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Reds to host Sutton United in FA Youth Cup third round

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 12:06
Liverpool will begin their 2020-21 FA Youth Cup campaign with a home tie against Sutton United on Friday January 15.
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Arsenal fear Folarin Balogun could leave on a free this summer

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 11:39

Arsenal's hopes of retaining Folarin Balogun beyond this season are fading.

The Gunners have been trying to tie down highly-rated teenage striker Balogun on a new deal, reviving discussions towards the end of last year.

Manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep hold of the 19 year-old whose current contract expires this summer.

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Arsenal fear Folarin Balogun could leave on a free this summer

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 11:39

Arsenal's hopes of retaining Folarin Balogun beyond this season are fading.

The Gunners have been trying to tie down highly-rated teenage striker Balogun on a new deal, reviving discussions towards the end of last year.

Manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep hold of the 19 year-old whose current contract expires this summer.

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Arsenal fear Folarin Balogun could leave on a free this summer

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 11:39
Arsenal's hopes of retaining Folarin Balogun beyond this season are fading.
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Liverpool transfer stance on Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak revealed

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:35

Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, but are unlikely to pursue a deal and are minded to wait until the summer to reinforce their defence.

Liverpool, however, according to the Athletic, are unlikely to do business this month and cooled their interest in Kabak with Schalke valuing the player at €25m.

The 20-year-old Turkey international is now said to be likely to join Serie A giants AC Mian, while Liverpool have no interest in Lille centre-half Sven Botman who has been heavily linked with a move to the club this week.

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Liverpool transfer stance on Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak revealed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:35

Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, but are unlikely to pursue a deal and are minded to wait until the summer to reinforce their defence.

Liverpool, however, according to the Athletic, are unlikely to do business this month and cooled their interest in Kabak with Schalke valuing the player at €25m.

The 20-year-old Turkey international is now said to be likely to join Serie A giants AC Mian, while Liverpool have no interest in Lille centre-half Sven Botman who has been heavily linked with a move to the club this week.

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Liverpool transfer stance on Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak revealed

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:35
Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, but are unlikely to pursue a deal and are minded to wait until the summer to reinforce their defence.
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Liverpool to gamble in January transfer window – with no centre-back signing likely

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:30

Liverpool are unlikely to make a centre-back signing in the January transfer window, David Lynch writes for This Is Anfield, as they gamble based on previous mistakes.

The latest transfer window is no different to many others in recent memory in that it is far easier to say who Liverpool won’t sign rather than who they will.

Take, for example, the links with Sven Botman that arose less than a week ago off the back of a rather mischievous social media post from the Dutchman.

As the club who managed to sell Nicolas Pepe for £72 million amid similar ‘interest’ 18 months ago, Lille were never going to pour cold water on these latest reports.

But the message from the Reds’ perspective was consistent and clear: they do not hold an interest in signing the 20-year-old in January.

It is much the same for Felix Uduokhai, the Augsburg defender whose ‘young, talented but slightly obscure’ credentials made him stand out as an equally believable target when rumours recently surfaced.

This Is Anfield understands that the 23-year-old, who only made his loan move to Bavaria permanent over the summer, also won’t be arriving on Merseyside this month.

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And so, as the shortlist of potential signings continues to shrink, the insistence that Liverpool might in fact make no January signings becomes all the more believable.

It is no doubt a stance that would dismay supporters, but would it be at all surprising when recent history is considered?

Ever since Fenway Sports Group’s arrival, it has not been uncommon for fans to end transfer windows asking whether more might have been done.

A refusal to sign players unless they are considered the perfect fit under this ownership is nothing new, and the belief in that approach has only been strengthened by recent successes.

Still, it is not hard to see why this window in particular would feel like a missed opportunity were no action to be taken.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson looks dejected during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium. Southampton won 1-0. (Pic by Propaganda)

Jordan Henderson‘s appearance at centre-back against Southampton said plenty about Jurgen Klopp‘s trust – or lack thereof – in his younger options in that position.

And it does not bode particularly well for the Reds’ title chances if the plan for the remainder of the season is to simultaneously weaken both the back four and midfield to compensate for the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Of course, Liverpool would argue that signing the wrong centre-back would not only harm this year’s chances of glory but plenty of others down the line.

This is an ownership group that still bears the scars of locking itself into disastrous contracts with the likes of Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli and so simply signing any defender is not considered a viable option.

Ironically, though, this risk-averse approach comes bundled up with plenty of risk; not least the possibility that Manchester City – or, most painfully, Manchester United – could go on to dethrone the Reds with little resistance.

 Liverpool's Joel Matip during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Liverpool do indeed go down the route of inaction, then they must at least hope they are able to get the injury-prone Joel Matip on the pitch more frequently than they have up to this point.

Yet while it was suggested this week that the defender could be back to face United on January 17, that prognosis is considered ambitious by those close to the club – an assessment that certainly tallies with his patchy fitness record.

And so the only guarantee ahead of that table-topping showdown is that, no matter which way the result goes, Liverpool’s transfer plans won’t be affected.

Whether that is for better or worse remains to be seen.

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:30

Liverpool begin their 2020-21 FA Cup campaign with a trip to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on Friday night.

The 7.45pm GMT kick-off at Villa Park will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.

Highlights and a full match replay will be available to view on LFCTV GO from 12pm GMT on Saturday.

Don't miss a kick this season and throughout 2021 with our current offer of 30 per cent off an annual subscription to LFCTV GO.

Visit video.liverpoolfc.com and enter the code GOJAN21 to take advantage of the deal before 11.59pm GMT on January 31. Terms and conditions apply.

You can also follow live and interactive build-up, minute-by-minute updates and audio commentary, and reaction via our Match Centre on Liverpoolfc.com and the official LFC app from Friday morning.

For TV rights around the world, please check with your local broadcasters.

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:30
Liverpool begin their 2020-21 FA Cup campaign with a trip to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on Friday night.
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LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 09:00

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Villa press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 08:30

Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference live with us at 1.30pm GMT today.

The boss will preview Liverpool's FA Cup third-round trip to Aston Villa by answering journalists' questions from the AXA Training Centre.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in via our live YouTube stream.

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11 players Liverpool will be linked with this January

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 07:00

The January transfer window is open and that inevitably means a host of names will be linked to Liverpool, but who is expected to headline this month’s activity?

With a size the club of Liverpool you are bound to have links stretching from tenuous to questionable and anywhere in between, meaning few ever hit the bullseye.

After an injury-ravaged start to the 2020/21 season, primarily at centre-back, the Reds’ activity in the winter window has been a source of intrigue.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will make signings “if we can” and if it is the “right” fit this January, but there remains trepidation as to whether a target will be safely secured.

In the meantime, countless players will be linked with making a move to Anfield and here are just a handful who will find their name associated with the champions this month.

Centre-back galore

After long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and Joel Matip struggling to string a number of games together without breaking down, it comes as no surprise that a centre-back dominates the agenda.

So much so that countless players from across the continent have been tied to Liverpool.

While Fabinho has more than held his own and the likes of Jordan Henderson, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have filled in amicably, the Reds’ system has been destabilised and a specialist with more experience is certainly required.

Most recently, Braga’s David Carmo and Lille’s Sven Botman have been tied to a switch alongside Salzburg’s Maximilian Wober and their names will no doubt continue to surface this month.

They all represent young options with room to grow and to able to be moulded into the defender Liverpool desire as all are aged 22 and under, with Botman the youngest at 20 – who you can see certainly fits the grade here.

The trend continues with Torino’s Gleison Bremer, Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Dayot Upamecano from Leipzig, with the former the oldest of the bunch at 23.

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Aissa Mandi has been the outlier at 29 years of age but links have cooled since the summer with it becoming increasingly clear that the agenda is a squad player who is capable of slotting in immediately before taking to the bench and continuing his development.

And at this point, it would not prove surprising to see Ben White‘s name resurface despite signing an extension with Brighton in the summer, with his versatility a valuable asset.

There seems to be a consensus that one will be signed, sealed and delivered in 2021, the question is if Liverpool can find the right fit and move their timeline up to January.

The title bid could very well rest on such a decision.

Yves Bissouma

 Brighton & Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 24-year-old represents a potential future without Gini Wijnaldum, with the midfielder having show similarities between himself and the Dutchman at Brighton.

Bissouma is widely regarded as a combative and technically gifted player, blossoming in the Premier League after some early wobbles to become an ever-present in Graham Potter’s side.

His agent claimed late last year that Liverpool are one of six sides to hold “significant interest” in him – which includes two from La Liga.

He is valued in the region of £30 million which is certainly an achievable figure for a player who shows plenty of promise in acting as the link between the defence and attack.

Entertaining and assured, Bissouma is one to watch and with Wijnaldum’s future still up in the air at a time he is able to speak to clubs overseas, the Brighton man’s name popping up would come right on time.

Jack Grealish

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Liverpool are known to sign players who have consigned them to defeat and scored against them in recent years so Grealish would not be too big of a stretch.

His future has come under increasing scrutiny throughout what has been an eye-catching campaign to date for the Aston Villa captain, scoring six goals and setting up nine in 16 appearances.

The 25-year-old was one of the masterminds behind the Reds’ 7-2 defeat earlier in the season and has found the strongest links tying him to Man United.

Liverpool’s name has been thrown around despite not being the ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp, but when has that ever stopped anyone?

David Alaba

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A two-time Champions League and nine-time Bundesliga winner, Alaba is one of the biggest names in the shop window in 2021 having failed to extend terms with Bayern Munich.

Predictably, he is not short of suitors as he becomes a free agent in the summer – ensuring he is a lucrative prospect at a time of financial uncertainty.

The Reds have been repeatedly spoken as one of a number of clubs keeping an eye on the star Austrian, but it is widely expected he will join Real Madrid.

His wage demands would be a factor for Liverpool but one cannot argue with the world-class quality he oozes and the versatility to match, as he is able to slot in at centre-back and left-back in addition to his regular midfield duties.

It is one the club should consider but it appears his name may only be a link rather than an actionable potential signing.

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