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Premier League rules could force sale of player who can solve Liverpool problem for Arne Slot

icLiverpool.co.uk - 14 hours 6 min ago
Liverpool are almost certain to bring in a new centre-back this summer and problems at Nottingham Forest could work in their favour
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Arne Slot facing immediate Liverpool transfer problem Jurgen Klopp never experienced

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 15 hours 6 min ago
New sporting director Richard Hughes will have an early problem that Michael Edwards never had to worry about when it came to transfer targets
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Arne Slot facing immediate Liverpool transfer problem Jurgen Klopp never experienced

icLiverpool.co.uk - 15 hours 6 min ago
New sporting director Richard Hughes will have an early problem that Michael Edwards never had to worry about when it came to transfer targets
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Liverpool and Arsenal 'to battle for $27m transfer' as coach applies for role with Arne Slot

Liverpool.com - 18 hours 6 min ago

Liverpool is technically in the in-between period between Jürgen Klopp departing and Arne Slot arriving at Anfield but the former is already on holiday and the latter will be making plans. This summer, the incoming Dutchman wants to hit the ground running.

With transfers, contracts and backroom appointments to think about, there is plenty for Slot to be getting on with. While his official start date is June 1, the chances are, he has already had plenty of meetings about what happens next.

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Among those discussions will no doubt have been transfer planning, even though that will be driven by sporting director Richard Hughes. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool and Arsenal battle for Justin Bijlow transfer

Ahead of the summer transfer window opening, Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing to do battle for Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. The Reds would only need a signing in that department if Caoimhín Kelleher pushes for an exit while the Gunners are expected to need to sign a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale.

In England, The Telegraph reports that Arsenal has the 26-year-old on its radar, while in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf says he could follow Arse Slot to Anfield. Manchester United took a loot at Bijlow last summer before ending up with André Onana. The Old Trafford side was quoted $27m (£21m/€25m) for his services.

Portuguese coach applies for Arne Slot role

After Liverpool put an advert on LinkedIn requesting applications for a new role as set-piece coach, Portuguese coach Rúben Pinheiro has revealed that he has put his hat in the ring. Arne Slot has replaced Jurgen Klopp but Liverpool is also losing Pep Lijnders, Peter Krawietz, Vitor Matos, John Achterberg, Jack Robinson, Andreas, Schlumberger and Andreas Kornmayer.

"The impact of set pieces, in my opinion, is not new," Pinheiro told Record. "Now it is becoming very relevant, also given the evolution of the game, the fact that more and more teams are being worked on in detail.

"What seems clearly different to me is that, over these years, the way in which the moment is approached, the attention given to the moment in training, the innovation that increasingly exists. The process of creating set pieces can be divided into four phases. The first is the process of analyzing what we are going to find. Therefore, a rigorous analysis process on how the opposing team behaves, for example, defends itself in the zone.

"And the same thing offensively. The English call it design. In this design, in a way, I always put the identification of a signal, so that all players can know which dead ball will be decided by the kicker. Therefore, the hitter does not only have to be a good performer, but also a good interpreter and observer."

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Chelsea ace 'moves closer to exit' after Liverpool links while Arne Slot can sign another Sadio Mané

Liverpool.com - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 22:00

Liverpool might have played its final match under Jürgen Klopp and the players might have headed off on holiday, but there is still plenty happening behind the scenes at Anfield. Plans for the summer have long been being pulled together.

Even though Liverpool is heading for a new era without Klopp, it is still a lot more stable than many of the sides around the top flight. Chelsea is set to change manager again, while Manchester United, The Guardian reports, will fire Erik ten Hag regardless of the result in tomorrow's FA Cup final.

READ MORE: Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer but he isn't Arsenal target Alexander Isak
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The Reds will only be focusing on themselves, though. Here are the two Liverpool.com stories from today that you shouldn't miss.

Chelsea ace 'moves closer to exit' after Liverpool links

It could be another summer of chaos for Chelsea. After parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino, it remains to be seen which way the Blues will turn next — and they have some big transfer decisions looming once again.

Intriguingly, the Evening Standard reports that while Pochettino was a big advocate of Conor Gallagher, the Argentine's departure could mean the midfielder moves on this summer. Because he is homegrown, he would count as pure profit on the accounts which makes him a more appealing player to move on.

Chelsea writer Simon Phillips has previously reported (in his Substack) that Liverpool has been interested in Gallagher, while the ECHO also reported that he was an option under consideration last summer. Emmet Gates has the full story if you click here.

Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer

Reds legend Robbie Fowler has suggested that Liverpool should sign Alexander Isak this summer, but there might be another Newcastle United forward who fits in better.

Anthony Gordon, according to the Daily Star, is another player that is on the radar of Liverpool this summer and Matt Addison believes that he would be the best fit out of the two. Gordon could even become the new version of Sadio Mané.

Liverpool needs to become a bit more ruthless in the final third next season to reach the next level under Arne Slot. You can click here to read the full story.

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Liverpool has clear Champions League aim as 10-game spell offers exciting future glimpse

Liverpool.com - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 21:00

After eight months, 132 games and 437 goals, the Women's Super League (WSL) season is officially over. And what a season it has been for Liverpool.

In just their second season back in the top flight, the Reds have managed to secure a top-four finish. And, while there is no tangible reward four finishing fourth — only the top three teams in the WSL qualify for Europe — it remains a huge statement of intent from Matt Beard's side, who finished seventh last term.

It was a campaign that started with a flourish; Liverpool beating title-hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates on the opening day. It was the first of many memorable away days for the Reds and a reminder of the heady heights that could be reached if they continued on their encouraging trajectory.

READ MORE: Liverpool could sign another Sadio Mané this summer but he isn't Arsenal target Alexander Isak
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After that, though, it wasn't all plain sailing. Liverpool won just two of their next six games, losing to Everton in the Merseyside derby and suffering a chastening 5-1 reverse against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"We can’t let today define us," Beard said after the latter. "We need to learn from it. We need to obviously go through the goals, look at the clips, show the players the options they have when we debrief. But we’re not going to let today define all the hard work that we’ve done."

It was a sentiment shared by his players, who responded to the setback in emphatic fashion with a 4-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion before beating United 2-1 at Leigh Sports Village a few weeks later. It was against Marc Skinner's side 11 months prior that Liverpool had suffered one of their most painful defeats since their WSL return and so it was fitting the Reds should end the calendar year at the same venue, this time securing their first-ever win over their bitter rivals.

And Liverpool has gone from strength to strength since the turn of the year, doing the double over United and securing a memorable win against Chelsea at Prenton Park. They have lost just one of their last 10 WSL games, winning seven of them. In that period, the Reds have amassed 23 points, with only Manchester City (27) and champions Chelsea (24) having picked up more.

It is an encouraging statistic ahead of a season when Liverpool's objective must surely be to challenge for a Champions League place. "It's a big turnaround if you look at last year," Beard, who was this week named WSL Manager of the Season, told club media after Saturday's win at the King Power.

"Last year we knew that we were good enough to stay in the division (and) this year was about kicking on. I just think from our end we signed a young squad, every time we had a wobble we regrouped and just got on with it. I think (it's) the beauty of the group's mentality."

Certainly, Liverpool's mentality has been second to none this term and it is exciting to think how far this team can go. There is, of course, plenty of hard work still left to do but, as the sun sets on this season, the Reds' future looks very bright indeed. The next challenge? To make the Champions League.

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Darwin Nunez Liverpool future uncertain as transfer target names surprise Reds hero

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 20:56
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez faces an uncertain future at Anfield after a difficult few weeks for the forward at the end of Jurgen Klopp's tenure
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Darwin Nunez Liverpool future uncertain as transfer target names surprise Reds hero

icLiverpool.co.uk - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 20:56
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez faces an uncertain future at Anfield after a difficult few weeks for the forward at the end of Jurgen Klopp's tenure
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Liverpool wait for key decision after Premier League VAR truth emerges

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 18:30
The latest Liverpool news as the Premier League clubs will vote on if to scrap VAR or not this summer with Wolves pushing for the league to walk away from the technology after some key mistakes.
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Liverpool wait for key decision after Premier League VAR truth emerges

icLiverpool.co.uk - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 18:30
The latest Liverpool news as the Premier League clubs will vote on if to scrap VAR or not this summer with Wolves pushing for the league to walk away from the technology after some key mistakes.
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Ranked! Liverpool FC’s top 10 Anfield atmospheres under Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 18:00

It has been an honour and a privilege to follow Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp every other week at Anfield, here are my 10 favourite games and atmospheres of the great man’s reign…

Privileged would be one word to describe the journey Klopp took us on, a rollercoaster of a lifetime that will see stories echo on through the generations.

I was one of the lucky ones, and here my 10 top Anfield atmospheres over Klopp’s nine-season tenure.

10. Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea, January 2024

 Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It wasn’t the end to the story we were all hoping for, but as always, there have been plenty of high points along the way.

The manager delivered a couple of his famous bollockings to the Main Stand earlier in the campaign and went as far as criticising his own supporters following the 5-1 victory over West Ham in the League Cup back in December.

Thankfully, Anfield responded in the right manner and the 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea just days after Klopp confirmed his imminent departure was one of a number of displays of defiance on the Kop that followed.

9. Liverpool 3-3 Leicester (5-4 pens), December 2021

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out after the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What started out as a seemingly innocuous domestic cup tie reached derby levels of fever pitch during the glorious 2021/22 League Cup run.

Leicester‘s travelling support brought with them a depressingly predictable lack of taste, but their decision to poke fun at poverty was ultimately their own downfall as Anfield and Diogo Jota rose to the occasion.

8. Liverpool 1-0 Everton, January 2020

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We played the kids on a Sunday night and they hardly touched the ball!

Just when you thought we were running out of amusing ways to beat our blue neighbours, Klopp struck fear into all of our hearts by putting out a team of teenagers for the Merseyside Derby in the FA Cup third round back in January 2020.

It was Everton‘s big chance to finally break their Anfield duck in the 21st century (the covid win still doesn’t count), and they kicked off as the bookies’ favourites following the team announcements.

Curtis Jones had other ideas though, and Anfield rejoiced at emerging victorious over Everton in the unusual role as underdogs.

7. Liverpool 5-2 Roma, April 2018

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

We weren’t supposed to be in the last four of the Champions League at such an early stage in the journey of Klopp’s Liverpool, let alone finding ourselves 5-0 up on such an occasion.

It was a real throwback to the good old days under Rafa Benitez in Europe, but with a team that were 10 times more fun to watch and a real sense that this was only the beginning.

European Cup semi-finals went on to become customary in the years that followed, but the bus welcome will live long in the memory, as will that frankly ludicrous opening 70 minutes.

6. Liverpool 2-0 Man United, January 2019

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The night we finally won the league.

We were cruelly robbed of the opportunity to celebrate our elusive 19th league title in the manner we all pictured it.

That is what makes me all the more grateful that we allowed ourselves to get so carried away when Mohamed Salah sealed the points against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s inferior bunch.

It had been five-and-a-half years since Anfield had dared to sing the words: “We’re gonna win the league.”

An unwritten, self-imposed ban inflicted by falling heartbreakingly short in 2013/14 prevented that in the interim.

We’ll always have that moment at the Kop end, a moment that went on to mean even more to us than it felt at the time.

5. Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, April 2019

 Andrew Yates/Sportimage via PA Images

 Andrew Yates/Sportimage via PA Images

There are certain things that can help Anfield catch fire over the course of 90 minutes.

Crunching tackles, refereeing decisions and opposition managers (naming no names) have all contributed at various points, but you’d struggle to beat two quickfire goals in the middle of a title run as a tonic.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea shortly after the break, but it is Salah’s scorcher that this game is rightly remembered for.

The goal elicited, to this day, the loudest version of ‘Allez Allez Allez’ I’ve ever heard in a league match, and it might even have shaken the ground enough to rival what we’ve conjured up under the lights on Champions League nights.

4. Liverpool 2-0 Man United, March 2016

 Red smoke billows across the pitch from the main stand as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Red smoke billows across the pitch from the main stand as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of Klopp’s greatest achievements as Liverpool manager is reaching three Champions League finals in the space of just five years, but the side’s run in Europe’s second-tier competition during his first season was arguably the catalyst for all of that.

The Reds’ only-ever European encounter with Man United promised to be an unbearable watch, but the first leg certainly wasn’t for the faint-hearted if you were sporting the white away kit.

It was the night the visitors were caught glancing over at the Kop during the pre-match formalities, the moment the realisation of what they were about to get themselves into set in.

I personally hope I never have to endure the prospect of that fixture in Europe again any time soon, but I’m simultaneously overjoyed that we got the chance to see the Reds do a number on our old rivals on a proper Anfield night.

3. Liverpool 3-0 Man City, April 2018

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was the night I knew we’d arrived, meant business and were ready to go toe-to-toe with the fellas everybody else told us were out of reach.

Nothing stirs the soul quite like facing a fellow English side on a European stage. Being underdogs and having to play the second leg away from home amplified the feelings of anxiety.

Luckily, though, the Reds played their Anfield trump card to perfect effect and blew Pep Guardiola’s team of superstars away within half an hour on the night he realised that the Reds were his biggest threat to an era of uncomplicated domination.

The Spaniard has been preoccupied with us ever since. It was a night that reminded me of being on the Kop against Chelsea when we simply weren’t prepared to allow a Premier League rival to show us up in the competition we know best as far as British clubs are concerned.

2. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund, April 2016

 Second Leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

 Second Leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

A night that saw both clubs pick up a FIFA award for their unified rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, and possibly the one that set the tone for the miracles that followed in subsequent years.

Twice the Reds looked to be dead and buried after two early away goals were consolidated by a curled finish from Marco Reus just before the hour mark.

Yet, the air of inevitability that Klopp’s Liverpool have become famous for reared its head for the first time when Philippe Coutinho kicked off the fightback less than 10 minutes later.

The Kop has often been credited with sucking the ball into the net in times of desperation, but there is no greater example than that preposterous night eight years ago. There were some in the crowd with tears in their eyes.

1. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, May 2019

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 Terry Donnelly/News Images

If we’re honest, every other Anfield day or night in this list has been playing for second.

Klopp’s time at Liverpool has been littered with tales of his side making the impossible possible, but this one was absurd even by his lofty standards.

There would be no sixth European Cup had it not been for perhaps the greatest night Anfield has ever witnessed. No one gave us a sniff, but the manager told his players before the game: “Because it’s you, I think we have a chance.”

You sense he meant that as much about the supporters as he did his players, a side that didn’t include Salah or Roberto Firmino.

Rival fans will take great delight in telling you all about the myth of a Liverpool home crowd, but let’s have it right, there’s only one place on the planet where that turnaround would have been remotely possible.

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Salah’s new look, Slot arrives and Saudi transfer interest – Latest LFC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 17:11

Friday’s Liverpool FC news saw Arne Slot explore after landing on Merseyside, while Mo Salah revealed a bold new look after taking the clippers to his curls.

Arne Slot arrives on Merseyside

After being confirmed as Liverpool’s next head coach earlier in the week, Slot has arrived on Merseyside as he looks to settle into his new surroundings.

That included a trip to the Moor Hall Restaurant in Aughton, while the Dutchman is also said to have been spotted leaving Anfield by some supporters.

It would suggest that the club could officially unveil Slot as Jurgen Klopp‘s successor in the near future, with the 45-year-old likely to conduct an in-house interview as his first since taking over.

Slot is not due to formally begin work at Liverpool until June 1, and therefore his unveiling may wait until next week at the earliest.

But he is clearly eager to get started in his new position, which should be a big positive.

3 things today: Salah’s new look and Lijnders claim

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 Liverpool's assistant manager Peter Krawietz embraces manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's assistant manager Peter Krawietz embraces manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
  • Saudi clubs are expected to push for both Salah and Kevin De Bruyne on free transfers when their contracts expire in 2025, which seems plausible (Telegraph)
  • Peter Krawietz has described Liverpool as “the only one club for me in England,” which surely rules out strange links with the Sunderland job! (LFC)
  • Portuguese coach Ruben Pinheiro, whose most recent experience is as assistant coach of CD Mafra’s U23s, has applied for Liverpool’s set-piece coach job – yeah, us neither! (Record)
Latest from the managerial circus – aren’t we glad we’re not part of it?!

  • Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Man United whether they win the FA Cup final or not – Kieran McKenna and Gareth Southgate are among six candidates to replace him (Guardian)
  • A flurry of bets has seen Jose Mourinho’s odds of becoming Chelsea manager for the third time drop dramatically – it really would be fitting of that club! (Evening Standard)
  • Barcelona have now sacked Xavi, a month after persuading him to stay, and he will be succeeded by Hansi Flick (BBC Sport)
Klopp update of the day and what you should read

Our departing manager has given a first update of life after Liverpool on his Instagram, with Klopp taking padel lessons…

And your Friday night reading comes courtesy of Danny Gallagher, who looks back on Klopp’s time in charge as he became everything Pep Guardiola ever wanted.

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