More than another four years of Jurgen Klopp? Yes please. The Reds boss has left a future extension open, amid today’s rumour mill.Leeds wanted Wilson…but pulled out of deal
According to the report that’s due to Marcelo Bielsa, who “decided he wasn’t the right player for him”.
But Leeds have opted against, in the end, and so far there have been no other offers that have come to light – and certainly not for the amounts the Reds are hoping for.
It has been oft-reported that Liverpool want around £20m for Wilson.Klopp says he could stay on beyond 2024
We all know Jurgen loves to stay a long time, but if he does see out his deal to 2024 – and there’s no reason to think he won’t right now – it’ll mark almost nine years at the helm, basically an eternity in football terms.
Klopp rightly doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but when asked about a potential extension to stay even longer at Anfield, he certainly wasn’t shutting down the possibility.
“I know that I won’t, after four more years at Liverpool, stop and then start somewhere else the next day,” he said.
“That will definitely not happen regardless.”
Klopp said he would “think about” extending his deal, with circumstances at the time likely to decide his eventual choice.Full-back news and Europe
Both sides of defence get the headlines today, though not the usual duo you’d expect to hear about.Quickfire LFC news
Not Premier League-related, but hopefully something to have a knock-on effect at our level down the line.
Nine games from the Football League have been selected to have 1,000 fans present this weekend, a trial run across the Championship, League One and League Two.
Fingers crossed all goes well and the numbers can be bumped up in future – at 1,000 capacity attendances, Premier League clubs won’t get involved as they’ll run at a loss for those games.Tweet of the day
Ole trying to get Regulion, Sancho, Belingham, Bale, Haaland, Thiago, Gabriel and Jack Grealish pic.twitter.com/APnigBMwK8
— Sandro (@Sandro_GLC18) September 15, 2020What we’re reading
And in the Guardian, an explanation of how football as a whole has lost an estimated £11 billion to coronavirus.Worth watching tonight
PSG vs Metz at 8pm. Champions League final three weeks ago, two league defeats since the restart. Oh and seven players positive for the ‘rona, three sent-off in midweek, Neymar in trouble for apparent homophobic comments, Di Maria spitting at people…it’s going well.
Liverpool are yet to decide on their next move with Rhian Brewster, but if talks with Sheffield United result in a loan, they could have landed the ideal club for their No. 24.
After an impressive half-season with Swansea which continued into pre-season with the Reds, Brewster looked primed for a first-team role at Anfield in 2020/21.
But Jurgen Klopp has explained that it is a complicated situation with the 20-year-old, whose prodigious talent may require more minutes than are available in a backup role at Liverpool in order to be nurtured properly.
“We want to use Rhian, but we want to help Rhian as well, so that’s why we have to make these decisions. But not now, obviously,” he said at the end of August.
“He looks really promising, I know goals are the most important thing in the football world, so if he can score goals that’s good.
“And all the rest, we will see. He’s still a young boy, and especially on this No. 9 position, experience helps a lot.
“We have see how we can give him the experience. Is it here? Is it somewhere else? It’s not decided yet, why should we?”
Brewster was not included in the matchday squad for the Premier League opener against Leeds, but was involved a day later as Liverpool’s fringe players were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Huddersfield B.
Meanwhile, talks were ongoing with Sheffield United over a possible season-long loan, with Chris Wilder said to have presented a “detailed development plan” to convince Klopp the right place for Brewster would be Bramall Lane.
There is still a chance the striker departs on a permanent deal, with a £25 million fee mooted provided a buy-back clause is also agreed, but ideally, if he is to leave, it would only be temporarily.
United are not the only side interested in Brewster, of course, with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Norwich, Bournemouth, Watford and Swansea all having contacted Liverpool at some stage this summer.
Many of those could now have pulled out, namely Villa and Newcastle, who have since sanctioned big-money moves for other strikers, but the competition is clearly fierce.
This makes any decision more difficult for Liverpool, but Wilder is correct: Sheffield is the perfect next step for Brewster.Wilder’s style & Brewster the solution
The most obvious plus-point is, in fact, Wilder himself, who has proved one of the most progressive managers in English football in leading United to the Premier League and, last season, a ninth-placed finish.
Operating with a squad of low-profile talents, the 52-year-old has instilled a high-intensity, diverse approach involving overlapping centre-backs and a variety of systems in attack.
It is a style that has earned the admiration of Klopp, who said in February that “you can’t have anything but respect” for the way he has coaxed such a humble squad of players to the level they are now operating.
The feeling is mutual, with Wilder admitting after United’s 2-0 loss at Anfield in January that he “loves everything about” Liverpool.
“The way they go about [the game], tactical and technical players, but the top bit, the physical and mental part of it, is amazing,” he told BT Sport.
“And if that’s good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for anyone else.”
This “physical and mental” aspect is an area which Klopp is looking to improve in Brewster, explaining in pre-season that “we want more in the game when he is on the pitch.”
While Brewster certainly puts himself about, as evidenced by the seven yellow cards to go along with his 11 goals in 22 games for Swansea, the Liverpool manager clearly believes he must offer a lot more if he is to fill in for Roberto Firmino.
No striker averaged more than David McGoldrick (1.9), while only three averaged more than Oli McBurnie (1.4); when it came to interceptions, McBurnie topped the league with 0.5 per 90.
To hone this area of his game in Sheffield, while also continuing to provide the cutting edge that has made him such a coveted young striker, could give him the platform to break into the Reds squad in the future.
And there is an opening in Wilder’s squad up front, as he conceded this month that he is “definitely looking to improve and get one at the top of the pitch to give us that quality.”
United currently call upon McBurnie, McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and Billy Sharp as their primary options, with McBurnie and Sharp starting in their 2-0 loss to Wolves at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Mousset is sidelined with an injury and McGoldrick is short of fitness, and with McBurnie and Sharp failing to fire in the season opener, a clear flaw in Wilder’s setup was highlighted.
Last season, the quartet shared out the minutes, with no striker playing more than 2,200 in the league; McBurnie (2,118) was most frequently used, but McGoldrick (1,824), Mousset (1,232) and Sharp (1,047) were not too far behind.
By way of comparison, Firmino clocked 3,004 minutes, or the equivalent of nearly 10 full games more than any of Wilder’s options up front.
As a result, no United player netted more than six goals in all competitions last season, with McBurnie and Mousset joint-top scorers, while their next-highest contributors were midfielders John Lundstram and John Fleck, with five.
While a rotational system in attack has its benefits, it is clear that there is a lack of goals in Wilder’s side—they finished last season with a goal difference of zero, with only Norwich (26), Crystal Palace (31), Watford (36) and Newcastle (38) scoring fewer than their 39.
With goals at a premium and Brewster having proven himself as a prolific striker, there is no surprise United are desperate to bring him in for the campaign.Woodburn’s precautionary tale
A possible red flag in negotiations with Liverpool could be the neglect of Ben Woodburn during the Welshman’s loan spell at Bramall Lane in 2018.
Woodburn arrived in Sheffield as an alternative to Kieran Dowell and it showed, with Wilder affording him just eight appearances across the Championship and League Cup, amounting to a paltry 244 minutes before his deal was terminated mid-season.
But Wilder has shown he is not averse to appointing loanees to high-profile roles in his side if they deserve them, as displayed with Dean Henderson’s place as No. 1 on loan from Man United over the past two seasons.
Given the precarious situation of the market this summer, short-term deals are likely to be favoured by a number of sides, though Liverpool will no doubt negotiate a substantial loan fee if Brewster is to head to Sheffield.
There, he should be guaranteed a leading role, battling with McBurnie as the primary option at centre-forward, for a club with aspirations of another top-half finish or, perhaps, even breaking into Europe.
He may not find that elsewhere, with Palace, who are still said to be in talks with the Reds, having already signed Michy Batshuayi on loan, while Newcastle and Villa have brought in Callum Wilson and Ollie Watkins for big-money fees.
Brighton is another sensible option, as their inability to convert chances on the way to a 3-1 loss to Chelsea at the start of their campaign proved, but United remains the most desirable location.The ideal breeding ground
This is, as it should be, primarily due to the opportunity to develop Brewster’s game as an all-round, pressing centre-forward, rather than the poacher he was relied upon as at Swansea.
It is in attaining this quality, and mindset, that holds the secret to a long-term future at Liverpool, as though many fans are already sold on the ability of the Reds’ No. 24, Klopp is clearly yet to be fully convinced.
A season under Wilder at United would certainly not hurt his value either way, and the hope would be that he would return from Bramall Lane a more fully formed striker, finally able to adequately cover for one of world football’s most unique forwards in Firmino.
Lincoln booked their place in the third round of the competition by dismantling Bradford to the tune of 5-0 on Tuesday night, setting up a meeting with the Premier League champions next week.
It will be the first time Appleton has managed a team against Liverpool and, of course, stood in the opposing dugout to Klopp.
The Imps will play hosts for the tie at Sincil Bank and if selected for TV will receive a much-needed financial boost, as the League One side continue to be hit by matches played behind-closed-doors.
And while the Reds are set to field a much-changed side from the one to feature against Chelsea on Sunday, claims of facing a ‘weakened’ lineup have been dismissed by the Lincoln manager after witnessing Liverpool’s fringe and youth players in cup action last season.
“The reality is they’re Premier League champions. If you look at the teams they put out in the FA Cup last season – and got a bit of stick for – they were still decent sides,” Appleton said, via Lincolnshire Live.
“It’s going to be a great occasion for everybody at the club. They’re full of talent. Even their second team is a side you wouldn’t mind looking after every week. We’ll give it our best shot.”
It is a far cry from the reaction served up by Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, who labelled Klopp and the club “disrespectful” for holding back their first-team players during the replay earlier this year.
It will be the second successive season the Reds have faced League One opposition in the third round following on from their 2-0 win over MK Dons last season, and there’s no doubt they will be put through their paces against a side out to topple the best team in the country.
Appleton, a boyhood Man United fan once on their books, has respect in abundance for his opposing manager and is relishing the chance to test his side against the very best.
“I’m saying this as Manchester United fan, the work he’s done at that football club is outstanding,” the Lincoln boss added.
“People talk about Pep and Klopp and Mourinho. In my eyes, we’ll be coming up against the best manager in the world.
“It’s going to be a test, but one I’m looking forward to. It’s an opportunity for the players to test themselves against the best in the country.”
Preparations for the upcoming trip to Chelsea continued at Melwood on Wednesday - and our photographer was on hand to capture Liverpool's latest training session.
The champions began their Premier League title defence with a thrilling 4-3 win over Leeds United last weekend and have now turned their attention to Sunday's visit to Stamford Bridge.
Check out 63 photos of the Reds' Wednesday workout below.
Photos by Andrew Powell
Kostas Tsimikas was back in Liverpool training on Wednesday morning, having been sidelined for the past week-and-a-half following reports of a positive test for COVID-19.
Tsimikas was forced to miss both of Greece’s UEFA Nations League clashes in the September international break, with the Greek FA confirming two players had returned positive COVID-19 tests.
The left-back subsequently flew back to Merseyside and was not seen in the buildup to the Reds’ Premier League opener against Leeds, with neither Jurgen Klopp nor the club commenting on rumours of his illness.
Now, though, Tsimikas is back working with the first team at Melwood, taking part in a spirited session on Wednesday morning as Liverpool prepare for their visit to Chelsea.
Klopp’s side visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with this week providing the very rare luxury of a full six days of training prior to the clash.
It is unlikely Tsimikas will feature against the Blues, but his return is encouraging ahead of the League Cup third-round tie at Lincoln City next week, which could see the 24-year-old make his competitive debut.
Neco Williams was also involved in training, having missed a session after reporting back from Wales duty, while Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster were both pictured amid speculation over their futures.
The clash with Lincoln is likely to see Klopp make wholesale changes, with Shaqiri, Koumetio, Elliott, Tsimikas, Williams, Brewster, Adrian, Divock Origi, Curtis Jones, James Milner, Joel Matip and Takumi Minamino all in contention.
Before then, though, is the small matter of a trip to west London, which could see Liverpool make an early statement against a side boosted by heavy spending this summer.
The Premier League confirmed on Monday evening that of 2,131 tested in the latest round of COVID-19 tests, four have returned positive and will enter a 10-day period of self-isolation.
Liverpool have learned the five biggest sides they can draw in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, as the four pots for the upcoming draw become clearer.
They are joined by fellow title-winners Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St Petersburg and Porto, along with the winners of last season’s Europa League, Sevilla.
Liverpool can, therefore, not be drawn against any of those sides in the group stage, with one from each of Pots 2, 3 and 4 to be their opponents for the rest of the year.
Tuesday night saw Benfica lose their third qualifying round clash with PAOK, which relinquished the final spot in Pot 2 to Ajax.
With the Reds unable to meet fellow English sides in the group stage, that leaves just five sides from Pot 2 that they can be drawn against.
These five present a mix of interesting clashes for Liverpool, including the side who knocked them out of last season’s tournament, Atletico, and the one they famously humiliated in the semi-finals in 2019, Barca.
Dortmund would be a romantic draw for Jurgen Klopp, while Ajax would be a rare opponent for the Reds, with the two sides having only met twice before in competitive games, both being in 1966.
Shakhtar would be the most difficult in terms of travel, but would also ensure a first-time meeting.
RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Lazio and Atalanta are already confirmed for Pot 3, and are most likely to be joined by Dynamo Kyiv, Salzburg, Olympiakos and Krasnodar.
Pot 4 includes Borussia Monchengladbach, Rennes and Istanbul Basaksehir, with the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille and Club Brugge qualified and potentially included too.
The draw for the Champions League group stage will be held at 5pm (BST) on Thursday, October 1, with the final pots to be determined by September 30, when the playoffs are concluded.Champions League Group Stage Pots (So Far)
Pot 1: Bayern, Sevilla, Real Madrid, LIVERPOOL, Juventus, PSG, Zenit, Porto
Pot 3: RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Lazio, Atalanta
Pot 4: Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Rennes
Pot 3 or 4: Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge
Yet to qualify:
Slavia Prague or Midtjylland/Young Boys
Maccabi Tel Aviv/Dynamo Brest or Salzburg
Olympiakos or Omonia/Red Star
Qarabag/Molde or Ferencvaros/Dinamo Zagreb
Krasnodar or PAOK
Gent or Dynamo Kyiv
Neco Williams has been included in the final 40-man shortlist for the European Golden Boy award for 2020, following his unexpected rise to the Liverpool first team.
The 19-year-old has made 12 appearances for the club so far, and earlier this month marked his first outings for the Wales national team with a stoppage-time winner against Bulgaria.
Interestingly, he was not included in the initial list of 100 nominees for the European Golden Boy, which is organised by Italian publication Tuttosport, with Curtis Jones, Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever all named.
But he is now the only Liverpool player to feature in the final 40-man shortlist, with Jones surprisingly cut.
The Reds’ No. 76 is one of seven representatives from the Premier League, along with Fabio Silva (Wolves), Phil Foden (Man City), Mason Greenwood (Man United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) and Ferran Torres (Man City).
He comes up against a number of high-profile youngsters including Borussia Dortmund duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga.
Ex-Liverpool youngster Rafa Camacho is also included, along with the likes of Ozan Kabak (Schalke) and Dominik Szoboszlai (Salzburg), who have both been linked with moves to Anfield of late.
The competition for the award, which is voted for by 40 journalists across Europe, makes it unlikely Williams is given the top prize, but his inclusion is recognition enough.
The Welshman is considered one of the most exciting young talents on the continent, and if he did win would become only the second Liverpool player to do so, following Raheem Sterling in 2014.
Joao Felix was given last year’s award, while at time of writing Davies and Szoboszlai are leading the Tuttosport readers’ poll on who should be honoured this time around.European Golden Boy Nominees, 2020
Marley Ake (Marseille), Adil Aouchiche (St Etienne), Benoit Badiashile (Monaco), Mitchel Bakker (PSG), Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar), Dennis Borkowski (RB Leipzig), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Marco Carnesecchi (Atalanta), Rayan Cherki (Lyon), Jonathan David (Lille), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Sergino Dest (Ajax), Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan), Fabio Silva (Wolves), Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Phil Foden (Man City), Amine Gouiri (Nice), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Mason Greenwood (Man United), Erling Braut Haaland (Dortmund), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Mohamed Ihattaren (PSV), Ozan Kabak (Schalke), Michal Karbownik (Legia Warsaw), Tanguy Nianzou (Bayern Munich), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Marcos Antonio (Shakhtar), Rafa Camacho (Sporting CP), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Dortmund), Vladyslav Supriaha (Dynamo Kyiv), Dominik Szoboszlai (Salzburg), Tomas Esteves (Porto), Tomas Tavares (Benfica), Sandro Tonali (AC Milan), Ferran Torres (Man City), Christos Tzolis (PAOK), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Neco Williams (Liverpool)
Neco Williams has been included on the 40-player shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.
The full-back enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Liverpool first team during 2019-20, making 11 appearances in all competitions and earning a Premier League winner's medal.
The 19-year-old also had a dream start to his international career with Wales earlier this month when he scored a late winner against Bulgaria in just his second appearance.
The prestigious accolade honours Europe's best footballer under the age of 21 and the list of contenders will be cut by 20 players in October.
The award was established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 and its winner is determined by votes from 40 journalists across the continent.
Last Updated: 16/09/20 7:25amIs Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara on his way to Anfield?
The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Liverpool - and those who could leave the club.Confirmed Liverpool signings
Kostas Tsimikas - Liverpool have completed signing of Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas for an £11.75m fee (August 10).The latest players linked with a move to Liverpool...
Thiago Alcantara - The Spaniard has "obviously" agreed a contract with Liverpool - perhaps even both clubs, suspects former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness (Express, September 14); Hoeness believes Liverpool are 'blackmailing' the Champions League winners over the signing of Alcantara (Mail, September 14); Liverpool may have to hurry if they want to sign Alcantara with Bayern boss Hansi Flick insisting the midfielder remains in his plans for next season (Daily Star, September 10); The Bayern midfielder has denied telling the Champions League winners that he wants to leave (Sunday Mirror, September 6); Alcantara is "waiting for Liverpool's call" over a move to Anfield, although no bid has been made yet (The Athletic, August 28); Liverpool yet to approach Bayern over move for midfielder and will not pay pay 30m euros for a player shortly out of contract (Sky Sports News/Sky in Germany, August 26).
Marcelo Pitaluga - Liverpool are set to sign the 17-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper for £1.8m (Telegraph, September 14); Liverpool have reportedly agreed a £1.8m deal for the Brazilian goalkeeper from Fluminese as the Premier League champions make their second signing of the summer (Mail, September 13).
Ismaila Sarr - Liverpool are ready to bid for speedy winger Ismaila Sarr - and match Watford's stunning £40m asking price. (Daily Mirror, August 31); Liverpool are seriously considering making a formal move to sign Ismaila Sarr this summer, and are prioritising him over their other transfer target - Wolves winger Adama Traore (Sunday Express, August 30); Watford forward has called Liverpool a "great team" amid increasing speculation about his future (Express, August 13); Watford are willing to sell Sarr this summer but want more than £40m for the 22-year-old forward (Sky Sports, August 12).
Kylian Mbappe - the Frenchman will spark a £400m battle between the Manchester giants, Liverpool and Real Madrid (Sun, September 14).
Javi Cendon - Liverpool are weighing up a move for the Spanish goalkeeper after inviting the youngster to their training camp in Austria (Daily Mirror, August 25).
Giovanni Reyna - Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the player as manager Jurgen Klopp ponders a future swoop for the Borussia Dortmund prospect (Mirror, September 12).
Adama Traore - Wolves may sell the winger after Nuno Espirito Santo was told he needed to raise transfer funds which leaves Liverpool and Manchester City to battle it out (Sunday Mirror, August 23)
Diego Carlos - Liverpool have been told they must meet the defender's £68m release clause if they want to purchase him from Sevilla (Star, August 11); Liverpool will face competition from Manchester City as they look to sign the Sevilla centre back (Daily Mirror, August 1).
David Brooks - Liverpool are eyeing a shock £35m swoop for Bournemouth midfielder Brooks (The Sun, August 9).
Victor Osimhen - The Lille striker has joined Napoli for £74m after turning down Liverpool and Manchester United (Liverpool Echo, August 1).
Aissa Mandi - Liverpool are facing a transfer battle with West Ham for the signature of the Real Betis defender (Mirror, August 7).
Mateusz Musialowski - Liverpool have stolen a march in the transfer market and signed the 16-year-old Polish sensation from SMS Lodz (The Sun, August 1).
Ricardo van der Laan - Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly chasing the 17-year-old goalkeeper from Portuguese side Belenenses (The Sun, August 1).
Lloyd Kelly - Liverpool are ready to revive their interest in the Bournemouth defender after missing out on him last summer (Daily Express, July 31).Confirmed Liverpool departures
Adam Lallana - Brighton have signed the midfielder on a free transfer from Liverpool (Sky Sports July 28).
Dejan Lovren - The Croatia defender has completed his move from Liverpool to Zenit St Petersburg for a fee of around £11m (Sky Sports July 27).The latest on players linked with a Liverpool exit...
Mo Salah - Barcelona want Salah and the Liverpool winger is eager to make the move, according to Ronald Koeman's close friend and Ajax record appearance holder Sjaak Swart (Sun, September 14); Koeman has made the Liverpool forward his top transfer target (Express, September 13).
Rhian Brewster - Brewster could end up going back to Swansea on loan - if Liverpool don't secure a Premier League move for the striker. (Daily Star, September 10); Liverpool are considering allowing Rhian Brewster to leave on a permanent deal in this transfer window with the possible protection of a buy-back clause (Sky Sports, September 8); Aston Villa want to buy Brewster from Liverpool as their search for a striker goes into overdrive (The Sun, September 8); Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly blocked an approach from Newcastle to take Reds striker Brewster on loan next season (Daily Express, September 8); In-demand Brewster is ready to wait as Klopp weighs up Liverpool transfer offers (Daily Mirror, July 19); The young Liverpool star is wanted on loan by Sheffield United in a three-way fight (Sun, July 26).
Georginio Wijnaldum - The Dutchman has held positive talks with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over his future at Anfield (Sky Sports, September 10): Klopp will sit down for talks with Wijnaldum over his future at Liverpool on Wednesday. (Sky Sports, September 9); Liverpool have told Barcelona it will cost them £15m to land Wijnaldum (Sunday Mirror, September 6); The Netherlands international's agent is closing in on an agreement for his client to join Barcelona this summer (Daily Star, September 5); Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants Wijnaldum to play a pivotal role in his rebuilding project at the Nou Camp (Sky Sports, September 2).
Anderson Arroyo - The defender is joining Portuguese side Tondela on loan (Sky Sports, September 10).
Nat Phillips - Blackburn, Bristol City and Swansea City are all interested in Liverpool defender Phillips (Daily Express, September 5)
Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson - Wilson will only leave Liverpool on a permanent deal this summer - otherwise he will be part of Jurgen Klopp's squad (Sky Sports News, August 25); Liverpool are prepared to ignore further loan deals for both Grujic and Wilson this summer as the Reds seek to bring in around £40m for the in-demand duo (Daily Mirror, August 20); Aston Villa are ready to compete with Leeds United for Liverpool's £20m-rated winger Wilson (The Sun, August 20).
Loris Karius - Liverpool are hoping to raise £6m from the sale of Loris Karius, with French outfit Montpellier believed to be keen on the German goalkeeper (Daily Mirror, July 23).
Yasser Larouci - The 19-year-old Algerian defender is set to leave Liverpool this summer, with Leeds and Brentford among the clubs interested in signing the full-back (Goal, July 17).
Divock Origi - Aston Villa are interested in signing Liverpool's Belgium international (Sun, Aug 3).Follow the summer transfer window on Sky Sports
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Liverpool will face Lincoln City away from home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Lincoln set up a clash with the Reds after a 5-0 victory over Bradford City in a second-round meeting at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Jürgen Klopp's team will travel to the League One club for the tie next week, with fixture details to be announced on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.
Liverpool and Lincoln last met in February 1961, when both sides were playing in the Second Division.
Liverpool will play Lincoln City in the third round of the League Cup, after the League One side beat Bradford on Tuesday night.
The Reds will visit Sincil Bank next week, kicking off their League Cup campaign at the home of Lincoln on September 22/23.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side were drawn as the away side in the third round, with the Imps booking their clash against the champions of England with a victory over Bradford.
Played soon after a Premier League clash at Chelsea, this tie is likely to see Klopp ring the changes, with the likes of Adrian, James Milner, Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all expected to start.
This would give the Reds a strong chance of progressing to the fourth round, which is also set to played later this month, with the fixtures scheduled for September 29/30.
Liverpool have played Lincoln 23 times before in their history, with the last meeting coming in 1961, when Bill Shankly’s side earned a 2-0 win in the Second Division.
The two sides also met in a friendly in 2006, arranged as part of Jack Hobbs’ move to Liverpool, with reserve manager Gary Ablett taking charge as Mark Gonzalez and the late Besian Idrizaj scored in a 2-1 win.
After the clash with Chelsea, the Reds will also take on Arsenal in the Premier League before the end of September, meaning if they reach the fourth round of the League Cup, they will play five times in a month that also brought an international break.
This ensures rotation in the cups is essential, and facing Lincoln could be a big opportunity for Klopp’s fringe players to impress.
Xherdan Shaqiri is widely expected to be leaving Liverpool this summer, but eager to stay and replicate his 2018/19 form, Jason Hughes believes he could be a useful option.
Last week saw Xherdan Shaqiri return to first-team training at Melwood with a hairline so impressive it will feel like a new signing.
Having missed out on much of Liverpool’s truncated pre-season following an injury-ravaged year, the Swiss international has become a forgotten man at Anfield.
However, a fully fit Shaqiri could offer Jurgen Klopp an interesting rotation option with the Reds currently struggling to upgrade on their current fringe players.Surplus to requirements?
Persistent fitness problems hampered Shaqiri throughout the 2019/20 season, with Klopp admitting that Liverpool were yet to find the “solution” to the 28-year-old’s recurring muscle injuries.
These issues saw Shaqiri miss a number of cup games he would have otherwise expected to feature in, exacerbating his struggle for playing time as he was reduced to a virtual spectator, playing just 182 minutes of Liverpool’s league campaign.
Shaqiri’s failure to find fitness or the favour of his manager has led many to believe that he would depart the club this summer, with members of the Merseyside press reporting in January that the Swiss would be allowed to leave for around €30 million.
However, while the transfer window remains open, such a move has so far failed to materialise, with Shaqiri among a number of fringe figures the Reds have struggled to move on in their attempts to fund incoming transfers.
Buying clubs are seemingly unwilling to meet their valuations in a volatile financial landscape.A return to 2018/19 importance?
While Liverpool’s No. 23 may still be sold should a suitor meet his valuation, Shaqiri himself has spoken of his excitement at the opportunity to “play like the first season,” as he seeks to re-establish himself as an important member of Klopp’s squad.
With the club feeling the effects of COVID-19 on their finances, a fully fit Shaqiri could prove to once again have a telling impact on the season as Klopp seeks in-house solutions.
Despite his struggles last term, the 2018/19 season saw Shaqiri feature 24 times in the Reds’ 97-point league campaign, racking up 1,059 minutes on the pitch.
While not a key player, he offered a viable option for rotation and made a crucial impact in a number of important games.
That season saw the Swiss international notch six league goals, including a memorable double to sink Man United at Anfield.
Shaqiri’s tally was bettered only by the front three that season, and interestingly would’ve made him the Reds’ fourth-highest scorer in the league again last season, despite Klopp’s side romping to the title.
Shaqiri’s impressive ratio of a league goal every 176 minutes in 2018/19 demonstrates his ability to make a decisive impact during his limited playing time, an attribute that was arguably lacking among Liverpool’s squad players last season.
He also contributed five assists in all competitions, the most notable of which was the pinpoint cross for Wijnaldum to wipe out Barcelona’s lead in the Champions League semi-final, once again highlighting the diminutive winger’s knack of making telling contributions in the final third when it matters most.
Questions remain over his long-term future, as well as his ability to stay fit, however in 2018/19, Shaqiri provided vital contributions and proved himself to be an effective option for Klopp.
If he can replicate the fitness and form of that first season, he undoubtedly possesses the ability to make a tangible impact on the Reds’ season once again.Klopp’s ace in the 4-2-3-1?
Much has been made of Klopp’s flirtation with a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation during pre-season, with the system seemingly ideal for getting the best out of players like Takumi Minamino who prefer to drop deep in order to find pockets of space.
If this tactical switch is to become a regular feature for Liverpool this season then it may offer a route back into the side for Shaqiri, whose lack of pace makes him ill-suited to the wide positions in Klopp’s 4-3-3.
He is arguably more suited to the right-hand side of a 4-2-3-1 formation than many of the Reds’ other attacking options, with his technical ability and creativity allowing him to link the play from deep.
In fact, Shaqiri started on the right in seven of the 11 games in which Klopp deployed a 4-2-3-1 during the 2018/19 league campaign, with the Reds boasting an unbeaten record in those games.
The 28-year-old’s creativity from a slightly deeper wide position added another dimension to Klopp’s side, with the Swiss able to cut inside and exchange intricate passes with his fellow attackers.
Shaqiri’s progressive passing saw him play 1.7 key passes per 90 in the league that season (fourth of players with 500+ minutes), while his range of passing also allowed him to quickly switch the play when required, averaging three accurate long balls per 90 (more than any other attacker).
A change in formation could therefore benefit Shaqiri, with his technical proficiency making him a viable creative outlet for Klopp on the right of a 4-2-3-1.
If not for a global pandemic Xherdan Shaqiri would probably no longer be a Liverpool player, and Klopp will no doubt seek an upgrade long-term.
However, in a climate of financial uncertainty, the Reds’ need for in-house solutions to an intense fixture list may offer Shaqiri a chance to revive his Liverpool career.
Liverpool transfer rumours on Tuesday are not exactly the expected ones as one outlet suggests Gini Wijnaldum might now sign a ne deal.Sampdoria links can be dismissed for now
The new rumour of the day sees Liverpool linked with Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley.
While the suggestion is reasonably sound, the source is not.
Lots of UK online outlets have started to write up the ‘Reds in for Colley’ news pieces, but the actual source for the rumour seems to be a Sampdoria-only news site, with the rather original title of SampNews24.
As such, we’re not ready to place too much stock in the truth of this one just yet.
Who is he? A powerful and experienced international with The Gambia, who was at Genk before Sampdoria. He has been in Serie A for two years and has impressed with his aerial dominance and consistency in particular.
He’s 27 and has two years left on his deal, so an exit is expected. Celtic, Burnley, Leicester and others have been linked; he’d be a starter for them, a squad option for the Reds.Gini to sign extension after u-turn?!
After weeks of suggestions that our No. 5 is definitely heading to Barcelona as Ronald Koeman’s first-choice signing, the latest rumours suggest he’s going to extend his Anfield stay instead.
De Telegraaf says the midfielder is waiting for the Reds’ next offer, while another outlet AD says the two parties are still in talks.
Gini turns 30 later in the year so certainly has another couple of years at the top end ahead of him.
Barcelona should rid themselves of Arturo Vidal this week, and his hefty wages, so we’ll see if that allows them to move for another midfielder or they make do with the fifty-odd they have left.The young and the hopefuls
A secret Anfield game?! Without letting us illegally stream it?! How dare they!Quickfire LFC news
Barcelona are going to make Luis Suarez “sit in the stands” for a year rather than sort out a payment for the final year of his contract.
So everybody wins, yeah? Morons at the helm.Tweet of the day
Salah has scored 76 goals in 109 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.
In Ronaldo's final three seasons for United, when he was in the top two players in the world and unplayable in a front-three, he scored 66 in 101.
I take Mo for granted, as I think the vast majority do.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 15, 2020What we’re reading
In England, anything footy-related with “Conference” attached to it immediately sounds sh*t. So imagine how the new UEFA Europa Conference League has been received. Here’s a bit about the new, third, crappy-sounding European competition which the League Cup winners will go into.
And in the Telegraph, a question of whether Jose Mourinho can finally evolve his methods which appear more outdated and unhelpful by the game.
PAOK v Benfica or Dynamo Kyiv v AZ in the Champions League if you like to keep an eye on a few up-and-coming starlets. Montpellier v Lyon in Ligue 1 if you prefer to see what can follow up the last French match, which had five red cards, claims of spitting and racist abuse and the Champions League finalists losing a second straight game.
Liverpool FC is launching a selection of official books celebrating the team’s title-winning 2019-20 season which are available to order now.
Notes on a Season: Jordan Henderson
Notes on a Season: Jürgen Klopp
Before every game at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson write their columns. They set their own agendas, pick their own topics and it is always a must-read for fans pre-match. Each of these fantastic hardback books is a compilation of the columns the Liverpool manager and captain wrote for the official Liverpool FC matchday programme during the team’s run to the Premier League title in 2019-20.
£9.99 each and on sale now
Liverpool FC – Champions
This official commemorative book tells the sensational story of a side which just kept winning, and winning, and winning. UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup. And finally, gloriously, at long last, the Premier League.
This beautifully illustrated story of an historic season is packed with breathtaking images, exclusive interviews and revealing insight from Klopp and his Kop stars. Written by the editorial team behind the LFC matchday programme and monthly magazine, this is the ultimate souvenir for any Liverpool fan, telling the remarkable story as it unfolded day by day.
£20, on sale September 17
19: Official History Of Our Champions
Our fourth official new read is simply called 19, written by Carl Clemente with the help of the highly-respected LFChistory.net. It recounts in detail the full story of each top-flight title success, a journey which started 120 years ago, back in September 1900. This thoroughly researched 540-page offering is packed with insights, facts and statistics, as well as including the thoughts and opinions of the players, managers, protagonists and fans who were involved in delivering the championship to the Anfield trophy cabinet time and time again. Revel in the club’s rich history with this special publication.
£19, on sale October 1
To order these titles, in collaboration with Reach Sport, our official publishers, please visit: https://reachsportshop.com/books-liverpool/
Chris Wilder is hoping to sign a striker before Sheffield United’s next Premier League game against Aston Villa.
The Blades boss admitted his side lacked that telling quality in the final third on Monday night after they began their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves.
Wilder has made no secret of his desire to add to his strike force before the transfer window closes, with Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster his number one target.
The Blades have held talks with the Premier League champions regarding the England Under-21 international but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has yet to make a decision on the future of Brewster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea in the Sky Bet Championship.
“We are definitely looking to improve and get one at the top of the pitch to give us that quality,” said Wilder, whose side travel to Villa Park on September 21.
“We are trying. It is an important area of the pitch. Obviously we have the skipper [Billy Sharp] and David McGoldrick who were involved [on Monday].
“Didzy was injured on international duty and only trained for half an hour on Sunday to get on the bench. Oli Burke has not played any minutes of football at all, so he will start his season on Thursday night at Burnley in the cup.
“Oli McBurnie was out on his feet as well and Lys [Mousset] is injured. He has a foot ligament injury.
“We are definitely looking to improve. I am delighted with what we have brought in but if we can get one more at the top end of the pitch to really give us that quality then we will be in much better shape than when we first started in the Premier League against Bournemouth.”