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Liverpool set to sign PEC Zwolle centre-back Sepp van den Berg

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:56
Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of PEC Zwolle centre-back Sepp van den Berg, according to reports.
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Liverpool line up bargain summer transfer deal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:44

Liverpool hope they can see off the competition to sign West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper, who is out of contract this summer.

Jurgen Klopp is considering making a move for Harper, reports the Mirror, after the youngster failed to agree an extension with the Baggies.

The 19-year-old made 16 appearances for West Brom last season, as they finished fourth in the Championship before being losing to rivals Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals.

Liverpool are likely to face competition for the midfielder with several clubs including Tottenham and Juventus also interested in signing the player.

Slaven Bilic was recently named as the new boss to replace Darren Moore at the Hawthorns and the Croatian wants to hold talks with the youngster to try and persuade him to stay on at the club.

The 50-year-old coach returns to English football after being sacked by West Ham in 2017 and is reportedly ready to offer the youngster a key role in his squad for next season.

However, if West Brom fail to convince Harper to stay on at the club they could only see a small compensation fee if he signs for another team.

Liverpool are not expected to be very active in the summer transfer window as they have focused on tying down players to new contracts but they are also reportedly interested in Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool line up bargain summer transfer deal

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:44
Liverpool hope they can see off the competition to sign West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper, who is out of contract this summer.
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Liverpool look to complete signing of Netherlands U19 defender

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:26

Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of teenage defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, but will face competition from a host of top European clubs for the Netherlands youth international.

The Reds are keen to bring the 17-year-old centre-back to Anfield this summer, but Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are all keen on the Dutch under-19 star, while Sampdoria are understood to have bid €2.5m (£2.25m) for him in January.

After a 2017-18 in which he made his first-team debut with seven matches in the Eredvisie, Van den Berg enjoyed a breakthrough year at Zwolle last season, playing 16 Eredivisie games under former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, helping them to a 13th-place finish in the Dutch top flight.

The defender would go into Liverpool’s Academy setup initially, playing for the under-18 and under-23 sides, with a view to progression to Melwood should he impress at that level.

Liverpool enjoyed success after recruiting another young Dutch defender, Ki-Jana Hoever, from Ajax last summer. Hoever shone at youth level and made a surprise senior debut in the FA Cup at Wolves in January. Reds chiefs hope the 6ft 3in van den Berg can follow in those footsteps.

Van den Berg's signing, although not yet confirmed, would be seen as a real coup for the Reds’ recruitment team, given the level of competition.

Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment, and chief scout Barry Hunter have in been particularly keen to pursue the deal, and believe significant progress has been made in the past few days.

Hunter was instrumental in the signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton in 2015.

Then, Liverpool recruited a young, promising defender with a view to developing him as a first-team player for the long-term. Gomez's impact on Merseyside was almost immediate, though injuries hampered his progress thereafter.

Liverpool's recruitment team are confident that van den Berg, who is about to enter the final year of his contract with Zwolle, is at a similar level to Gomez four years ago, and expect him to, like Hoever, push for a place in Jurgen Klopp's first-team squad before too long.

Like Hoever, he already speaks excellent English and the scouting reports and character references from the Netherlands have been overwhelmingly positive.

The defender, who does not turn 18 until December, has already represented the Netherlands at U19 level, playing for them three times and scoring once during the UEFA U19 championship qualifying rounds.

His younger brother, Rav, is also on Zwolle's books and has been previously linked with Liverpool, although sources have told Goal that Sepp is the only one the club are pursuing at present.

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Liverpool look to complete signing of Netherlands U19 defender

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:26
Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of teenage defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, but will face competition from a host of top European clubs for the Netherlands youth international.
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Liverpool hope to beat Bayern Munich to transfer of Dutch wonderkid

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:13

Liverpool will go up against the likes of Bayern Munich and Ajax to try to sign Sepp van den Berg, who is seen as a hugely promising prospect for the future.

Van den Berg currently plies his trade at Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle, and has also won three caps for Netherlands U19.

Much like Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt he is yet another talented Dutch centre back defender, and although he is unlikely to break into the Liverpool first-team straight away if he signs, he would certainly be an interesting young player to watch out for in the coming years.

But the Champions League winners will face stiff competition for the signature of van den Berg. Serie A side Sampdoria reportedly bid €2.5m for the player in January, while other elite clubs could well enter the race for the signing such is his potential.

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and chief scout Barry Hunter are constantly on the lookout for young talent, and have pinpointed van den Berg as just the type of player who could develop into a first-team player at Anfield, much in the same way Joe Gomez has.

Gomez joined the club from Charlton Athletic in 2015 aged just 18 and has gone on to become a key player for Liverpool as well as winning seven caps for England.

The Reds have yet to make any signings this summer despite being linked with a number of high-profile players.

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Liverpool hope to beat Bayern Munich to transfer of Dutch wonderkid

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 09:13
Liverpool will go up against the likes of Bayern Munich and Ajax to try to sign Sepp van den Berg, who is seen as a hugely promising prospect for the future.
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The latest indication Ki-Jana Hoever has clear “pathway” to Liverpool first team

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 08:00

Ki-Jana Hoever became Liverpool’s third-youngest debutant back in January, and though he is yet to add to that outing, the indication is he can in the near future.


The Dutch defender was 11 days shy of his 17th birthday when he replaced Dejan Lovren six minutes into the 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup third round.

It capped an incredible rise for the teenager following his switch from Ajax last summer, moving swiftly up from the under-18s to the under-23s to the first team.

Hoever made 20 appearances for the club’s academy sides in 2018/19, along with training regularly with the senior squad in the second half of the season and taking part in the Champions League celebrations in Madrid.

Many young hopefuls have experienced a flash-in-the-pan breakthrough at Liverpool in recent years, but Hoever has the potential to buck this trend.

With Jurgen Klopp eager to give opportunities to the club’s best young players, he is already planning to utilise Rhian Brewster heavily next season following the departure of Daniel Sturridge.

 Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever applauds the supporters after the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And according to ESPN‘s Melissa Reddy, there remain plans to avoid crowding the likes of Hoever out of the running in the future.

Assessing the likelihood of a quiet summer transfer window for Liverpool, Reddy writes that “the manager is convinced there is automatic room for improvement within the existing group.”

Along with the continued form of Fabinho and Naby Keita, the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the possibility of Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren staying, and continued reliance on Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi, she name-checks Brewster and Hoever.

On the subject of the defender, Reddy explains that “there will be no blockage to the pathway” for “exciting prospects” of his calibre.

Liverpool are widely reported to be on the search for a replacement for Alberto Moreno, who leaves on a free transfer this summer, but little has been mentioned regarding a backup for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Joe Gomez pulled double duty at times last season, at right-back as well as centre-back, and James Milner filled in when required, but their best performances aren’t in that role.

Netherlands captain Kenneth Taylor lifts the cup with his team-mates after victory in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship final at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images)

It can also be argued that Hoever’s long-term position is at centre-back, but as with Gomez—and countless others in the past, Jamie Carragher included—perhaps the perfect apprenticeship could come as a full-back.

Whether that will be next season is unclear, with the teenager himself explaining last month that he needs to “hit the gym for a few years” in order to establish himself.

But there is seemingly an opening for Hoever at Anfield.

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Naby Keita on Mohamed Salah: 'He looks after me like I'm his little brother'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 08:00

Naby Keita has revealed how he was taken under Mohamed Salah's wing throughout his first season as a Liverpool player.

The No.8's adaptation from the Bundesliga to life in Jürgen Klopp's side was aided by the advisory role Salah served in 2018-19 in addition to his goalscoring duties.   

With his debut campaign on Merseyside now complete, Keita is temporarily residing in Salah's homeland for Guinea's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt.

Asked about the influence of the two-time African Footballer of the Year, Keita told CAF: "Very well, he always gives me some advice on the pitch in Liverpool.

"He's a nice guy who works hard. When he works at the gym, he always asks me to join him.

"He looks after me like I'm his little brother."

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Naby Keita on Mohamed Salah: 'He looks after me like I'm his little brother'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 08:00
Naby Keita has revealed how he was taken under Mohamed Salah's wing throughout his first season as a Liverpool player.
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Liverpool tipped to beat Bayern to 17-year-old defender with 22 Eredivisie apps

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 23:03

Liverpool are among a host of clubs pursuing teenage Dutch centre-back Sepp van den Berg, with the likes of Bayern Munich and Ajax also interested.


The Reds have so far made no inroads with regards to additions to their first-team squad, but are busy fleshing out their academy ranks depleted by at least seven departures.

Defenders Corey Whelan, Conor Masterson and Juanma were among those to leave on the expiry of their contracts, while George Johnston could go despite being offered a new deal and there are question marks over Nat Phillips’ future.

This would leave Liverpool’s under-23s decidedly short of centre-backs, with Rhys Williams likely to be promoted to join Ki-Jana Hoever.

As the shift towards quality over quantity continues, the club have been tipped to win the race to sign 17-year-old Van den Berg.

Dutch publication De Stentor claim Van den Berg will “probably opt for Liverpool instead of PSV,” in a deal worth between €1.5 million and €2 million.

Along with PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Bayern have been credited with an interest in 6’2″ defender, who debuted for PEC Zwolle at the beginning of 2018.

Van den Berg has now made 22 appearances in the Eredivisie, the Dutch top flight, with the majority of those coming at centre-back, along with two at right-back.

 Liverpool's first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s pursuit of Van den Berg follows a familiar trend from the club, who seem to have identified the Netherlands as a source of top young talent—likely influenced by Pepijn Lijnders.

Perr Schuurs spent time on trial with the club in 2017, having himself already debuted for Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch second tier, but he opted to join Ajax.

Hoever made the switch from Ajax to Liverpool last summer, and made his first-team bow in the FA Cup in January.

Going the other way, Finnish centre-back Patrik Raitanen signed a four-deal contract with Fortuna last week after leaving the Reds on a free transfer.

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UEFA’s behind-the-scenes Champions League final video is a work of art

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 18:19

Think you’ve seen everything from Liverpool’s incredible sixth European Cup win in Madrid? Think again, as UEFA’s Champions League final doc is a must-watch.


The benefits of social media in the aftermath of the Reds’ victory over Spurs have been clear; 14 years on from Istanbul, there is so much more to soak in this time around.

From the scenes in the city before the game, the views from the stands, a brilliant six-minute insight into Jurgen Klopp‘s immediate reaction, countless interviews and videos from the dressing room, the coverage has been immense.

Over three weeks on from that night in Spain, UEFA have released their official video of the final, and it is a genuinely brilliant piece of film.

It takes the viewer through the buildup, including both Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-match words—showcasing the admirable hope of the two clubs’ managers—and even conversations between travelling supporters.

We see Fabinho and Lucas Moura, Brazilian compatriots, embrace in the tunnel, the roar of the travelling Kop permeate the Champions League theme and Hugo Lloris and Jordan Henderson‘s show of respect at the coin toss.

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The level of access around the penalty call is ridiculous, with Christian Eriksen’s protest amplified by referee Damir Skomina’s microphone.

“What can he do? What can he do? Arm his here, ball’s going that way,” the Dane argued.

But the response from Skomina, following a VAR check, confirmed it was a “clear penalty, 100 percent.”

UEFA follow the referee particularly closely, including his instructions to players during the game—urging the Spurs defenders not to enter the box during Mo Salah‘s spot-kick—and half-time respite.

More importantly, though, we get another fantastic view of the action, and the sight of Virgil van Dijk collapsing to the floor following Divock Origi‘s late clincher is class.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson with family after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A lingering embrace between Jordan Henderson and his dad, Adam Lallana and Mohamed Salah‘s phone calls, and Van Dijk and Andy Robertson‘s celebrations tell it all; this was a monumental night.

The documentary ends with Alisson sat on the turf at the Wanda Metropolitano, on FaceTime with his pregnant wife Natalia, gripping his medal in triumph.

Our new season doesn’t start for another month-and-a-half—let’s keep celebrating No. 6.

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Short film: The story of the Champions League final

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:30

UEFA have released unseen footage from the Champions League final in a brilliant new short film that fans can watch online for free now.

Liverpool secured the trophy for a sixth time by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Estadio Metropolitano on June 1, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.

Now a newly-released UEFA clip tells the story of the day with some never-before-seen shots before, during and after the fixture in the Spanish capital, as well as on-pitch audio snippets.

You can watch and savour it below now for free via our official YouTube channel.

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Short film: The story of the Champions League final

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:30
UEFA have released unseen footage from the Champions League final in a brilliant new short film that fans can watch online for free now.
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Lovren, Fernandes, Rafa and more – Monday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 16:37

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, as Rafa Benitez leaves Newcastle to make the Magpies favourites for the drop next season.


Today’s Main Headlines Lovren ‘Not Milan’s First Choice’

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren after the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. Liverpool won 3-0. Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lovren’s Liverpool future was thrown into doubt recently when it emerged the club would be willing to accept an offer of £25 million for his services.

AC Milan have been linked with coming close to matching that sum – they are considering a €20 million (£17.9m) bid – but Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, claim that the Croatian is only their second choice centre-back target.

Stuttgart’s Ozan Kabak is the man they want most to fill the defensive void, but there could still be a twist.

Bayern Munich are reportedly eyeing up the highly-rated 19-year-old, too, following Mats Hummels’ return to Borussia Dortmund.

Should Kabak move to the Bundesliga champions, Lovren would seemingly become Milan’s favoured option again.

Lovren is now surely Liverpool’s fourth choice centre-back option behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, should he stay beyond the summer.

Foreign Media Continue To Talk Up Fernandes Move

Bruno Fernandes (POR), JUN 5, 2019 - Football / Soccer : UEFA Nations League Semi-finals match between Portugal 3-1 Switzerland at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Mutsu Kawamori/AFLO)

It wouldn’t feel like a normal day without Bruno Fernandes getting a mention.

The Sporting CP midfielder has arguably been the player most tipped to join Liverpool in this transfer window, along with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

Journalist Pietro Balzano Prota has taken to Twitter (@PBPcalcio) to give an update on the situation, claiming that the Reds and rivals Man United now the only clubs battling for Fernandes’ signature.

“Two teams are now contesting for Bruno Fernandes,” he writes.

“Utd were really close to sealing the deal but now Liverpool have interfered the negotiations.

“The player has been dreaming about the PL since childhood. Who will be the winner?”

Last week, despite claims of a bid for the midfielder from Portuguese press, all English-based reporters said Liverpool have no interest in the 24-year-old.

‘No Interest’ in Firpo

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

Speaking of no interest; it seems all the Echo do this summer is tell us who Liverpool aren’t interested in.

The latest one they’ve denied interest in is Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo.

He has been tipped to be Andy Robertson‘s new deputy, but the Echo claim that there is no interest in him, despite reports over the weekend saying his €50 million (£44.7m) buyout clause could be triggered.

In truth, this was a story that we already knew, with the rumours based mainly on a Bleacher Report story last week, rather than concrete information.

Rafa Quits Newcastle

 Newcastle United's manager Rafael Benitez before the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

You’ve got to feel for Newcastle supporters… it doesn’t seem long since they were reportedly on the verge of a takeover and interested in signing Kylian Mbappe!

Now, they’ve lost their best manager of the last 20 years (or more) and are rudderless under Mike Ashley.

Rafa Benitez has officially left the north-east club, making the Magpies one of the favourites for the drop next season.

Favourite to take over at the moment is former Swansea boss Garry Monk, who recently left Birmingham City.

Salah ‘Urged’ to Join Barcelona (roll eyes emoji)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates by biting his medal after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Peter Makadi/Propaganda)

Fancy a daily dose of ‘Former Footballer Talking Nonsense’? It’s been provided today by Samuel Eto’o.

The ex-Barcelona and Everton striker says Salah should move to the Camp Nou this summer, rather than continue thriving for the champions of Europe.

The Cameroonian thinks Barca’s style of play “would be better for him”, despite Liverpool outplaying them over two legs in the Champions League semi-finals, and playing a more eye-catching brand of football.

Eto’o finishes by declaring that “Mo has everything to be one of the best players in the world”, almost as though he hasn’t watched football for the last two years.

Keep trying, Samuel – he’s not going anywhere.

Mane’s AFCON Dream

 Senegal's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H match against Japan at Yekaterinburg Arena. Sergei Bobylev/TASS

Sadio Mane is one of the biggest names taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations, which got underway on Friday.

Mane’s Senegal side, who opened with a 2-0 win over Tanzania on Saturday, are second-favourites to take home the trophy on July 19, behind Salah’s Egypt.

Liverpool’s No.10 has made a big claim about what winning the tournament would mean to him, seemingly saying he would trade his Champions League winners’ medal for it.

“It’s up to us to achieve something grand. Of course we are among the favorites, we will not hide it,” Mane told France Football.

“But this status is not enough to go to the end.

“I am even ready to trade a Champions League for an Africa Cup of Nations win. The return to Dakar would be extraordinary.

“It would be my craziest dream.”

Take this quote with a pinch of salt – there’s always a chance it has been lost in translation.

Former Reds Youngster Considering Quitting

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Toni Silva is a name Liverpool fans may have forgotten by now, but he was once a huge prospect rated as highly at Raheem Sterling.

While Sterling has gone on to become one of Europe’s best wide men at Man City, Silva’s career has stalled and he is now playing for Al Ittihad in Egypt.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the 25-year-old has portioned some of the blame at Liverpool when it comes to his potential not being reached, admitting he sometimes thinks about hanging up his boots:

“I feel I let myself down somehow but I honestly don’t know what more I could have done.

“I get frustrated because I thought I deserved a chance and if I had got that opportunity, who knows where I could be now?

“I loved playing for Liverpool but now when I watch Suarez play at Barca, Sterling at City and even Conor Coady at Wolves, I sometimes feel like I just want to give it all up.

“When people are texting me saying ‘that could have been you’, it makes me want to leave football. It makes me feel so down, so sad. I always have this in my mind.”

Silva’s career has been a nomadic one since exiting Liverpool in 2012, with spells at various clubs, including Northampton Town, Dagenham & Redbridge and CSKA Sofia.

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Liverpool FC Women announce pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 15:00

Liverpool FC Women will play a pre-season friendly against Coventry United Ladies as they begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.

Vicky Jepson's side will travel to the Midlands on Sunday July 28 with a 2pm kick-off at the Cryfield Sports pavilion.

Coventry United Ladies will play in the women’s Championship this season after earning promotion by winning the southern league title. They were also awarded club of the year at the FA awards evening.

New Liverpool FC Women signings Becky Jane and Melissa Lawley will be among the Reds squad which will travel south for the game.

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Liverpool FC Women announce pre-season friendly

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Liverpool FC Women will play a pre-season friendly against Coventry United Ladies as they begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.
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Liverpool make surprise U-turn in decision over Simon Mignolet’s future

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:51

Liverpool were expected to be in pursuit of a replacement for Simon Mignolet ahead of his exit this summer, but now that appears to have changed.


The Reds have been widely reported as weighing up options in goal, at left-back and in attack, with Mignolet linked with a move away to follow Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

Having served admirably as Alisson‘s backup in 2018/19, making just two appearances but proving the ultimate professional behind the scenes, the Belgian could be forgiven for seeking a departure.

Southampton‘s Alex McCarthy, Cardiff’s Neil Etheridge and Adrian, formerly of West Ham, have all been touted as possible replacements.

But it seems Jurgen Klopp has changed tack, with the Times‘ Paul Joyce reporting that the club “expect Mignolet to remain at the club next season.”

This comes with “Klopp valuing his attitude and approach to being backup goalkeeper” and for “how he has dealt with a period in his career in which he has been demoted.”

Backhanded compliments aside, Joyce cites how Mignolet “signed a long-term contract in 2016,” believed to run for a further two seasons, puts Liverpool in a strong position.

And he adds that “for the situation to change, there would need to be the offer of a permanent move from a club that excited Mignolet and also guaranteed Liverpool a fair fee.”

“There is no suggestion that an attractive move and fee is about to force a rethink,” Joyce claims, unlike with Lucas Leiva‘s £5 million move to Lazio in 2017.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is, of course, all well and good, but it remains difficult to believe that Mignolet would be content to spend another season on the bench.

In fact, last summer the 31-year-old criticised the club’s “bizarre” decision to allow Loris Karius to leave on loan while not being prepared to sanction his permanent exit.

“A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last season may leave on a loan basis. Strange,” he said.

“[Karius leaving] does not change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play. No. 2 or No. 3 makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important.”

Klopp later warned Mignolet that “discussing your individual problems in public doesn’t make too much sense,” and instead last month, a similar message came via his brother.

He confirmed Liverpool would “have to find a replacement,” as Mignolet “wants to play and will need to change club to do that.”

How this stance would have changed in just over three weeks is unclear—and, seemingly, unlikely.

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'47 launch Pride collection in collaboration with LFC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:45

'47 have launched a collection supporting Pride in collaboration with Liverpool FC.

A range of t-shirts and caps are available to purchase in official club stores and online now, with the apparel modelled by members of Liverpool FC LGBT+ fan group ‘Kop Outs’.

This is the seventh year LFC have officially supported Pride and the club will also be participating in Liverpool’s annual Pride march.

This year's theme is 'Come as you are’ – a simple message which invites all like-minded people to walk together and show their support for inclusion and diversity, whoever they are.

Dave Merchant, a member of Kop Outs, said: “Seeing LFC flying the rainbow flag makes me even prouder to be a fan of this incredible club.” 

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