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Watch live today: Liverpool v FSV Mainz 05

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:14
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Keita and Elliott link up and Kelleher returns – Picking 2 Liverpool XIs vs. Mainz

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 07:00

Liverpool take on Mainz in their third pre-season friendly of the summer on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp given the opportunity to tinker with his side due to host of options.

The Reds will be looking to build and improve on their 1-1 draws with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in midweek as they take on Klopp’s former side Mainz this evening.

A trip to Grodig and the 3,500-capacity Greisbergers Betten-Arena should see Liverpool take to the field with a stronger side than before, looking to seal victory over their Bundesliga opponents.

Klopp plans to make changes throughout the ties, and could be boosted by the return of a number of players, though doubts remain over at least two.

Here’s how Liverpool could line up in either half of their clash with Mainz.

Team News

There is little in terms of team news from Liverpool’s camp in Saalfelden beyond an update on Caoimhin Kelleher, who missed the first two friendlies with a knock.

Kelleher is now back fit and is set to be involved against Mainz, with it likely that Loris Karius drops out having been drafted in against Wacker Innsbruck and failing to impress.

Klopp has also revealed he “would be surprised” if Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are available to feature, while Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson should return too late to take part.

Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones, Marcelo Pitaluga, Ben Woodburn and Mateusz Musialowski all sat out the opening two friendlies but it is assumed they are able to be involved on Friday, along with Neco Williams and Harry Wilson.

Goalkeepers: Adrian, Kelleher, Karius, Pitaluga, H.Davies

Defenders: Konate, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, B.Davies, R.Williams, Phillips, Koumetio, N.Williams, Beck, Bradley

Midfielders: Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Woodburn, Cain, Clarkson, Morton

Forwards: Salah, Mane, Minamino, Origi, Elliott, Wilson, Gordon, Musialowski

* Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson are unlikely to be involved.

Liverpool XIs vs. Mainz

Klopp has already confirmed he plans to use two different XIs for the game, with 11 changes set at half-time, and it would make sense to name a stronger side to start.

That would mean the pre-season first-choice goalkeeper Kelleher takes his place between the sticks, while there can be hopes of seeing Ibrahima Konate partnering Joel Matip at centre-back.

Neco Williams could come in at right-back to allow Trent Alexander-Arnold to captain the second-half XI, with Kostas Tsimikas the most likely option at left-back.

James Milner can anchor the midfield alongside the exciting duo of Naby Keita and Harvey Elliott, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could lead the line again, flanked by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Kelleher; N.Williams, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Milner, Keita, Elliott; Salah, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain

If Klopp does make wholesale changes at the break, Adrian should take over from Kelleher as Liverpool’s No. 2 and No. 3 regain sharpness while Alisson enjoys his post-Copa America break.

With Alexander-Arnold poised to captain the side again, the returning Phillips could line up alongside Rhys Williams at centre-back, with young Owen Beck the next viable candidate at left-back.

Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain should keep their places in midfield but the energetic Tyler Morton could drop out despite impressing against Wacker Innsbruck, with Jones likely to step in.

Kaide Gordon would be a great option on the right after his sparkling display on Tuesday, with Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi likely starters next to him.

Musialowski would be an eye-catching addition, however, and could feasibly start over Gordon.

Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, R.Williams, Beck; Clarkson, Cain, Jones; Gordon, Minamino, Origi

With those two sides available, Liverpool can expect a strong display against Klopp’s former club, while the manager will have a number of interesting options on the bench.

Along with Morton and Musialowski, the surplus Reds would comprise of Karius, Woodburn, Pitaluga, Wilson, Billy Koumetio, Conor Bradley, Ben Davies and Harvey Davies.

There can be few conclusions drawn from an early pre-season friendly, but Liverpool are getting closer to full strength in terms of personnel and can hope for a comprehensive win in Grodig.

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Size matters in football, but it’s time for us to stop bigging up the Premier League’s Big Six

the Athletic - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 05:15
Rafa Benitez presumably doesn’t wish to be reminded about the time, as manager of Liverpool, he delivered his rather pithy verdict of the club he now manages.

Liverpool had just been held to a goalless draw by Everton at Anfield and Benitez was frustrated by the opposition’s stifling tactics. This is what can happen, he explained, when a small club visits a big one. The small clubs put everyone in defence, make the game narrow.

Note the key word: “small”. In football parlance, this can be a lacerating putdown when your club was once an established part of the elite.

“Benitez is in a minority of one in believing Everton are a small club,” Keith Wyness, then-Everton’s chief executive, shot back. “Somehow we expect more of a Liverpool manager.”

Maybe, on reflection, Wyness shouldn’t have been too surprised when it is all part of the wider story about the “us” and “them” of the Premier League, and the haughty disregard that exists between the biggest clubs and everybody else. Mind the gap? Mind the gulf, more like.

We saw it again earlier this year when the group of clubs known as the Big Six — Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur — were colluding about breaking away to form the failed Super League.

These are the clubs that like to dine at the top table and prefer to keep everybody else a long arm’s length away. They are traditionally the more successful clubs.

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Size matters in football, but it’s time for us to stop bigging up the Premier League’s Big Six

the Athletic - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 05:15
Rafa Benitez presumably doesn’t wish to be reminded about the time, as manager of Liverpool, he delivered his rather pithy verdict of the club he now manages.

Liverpool had just been held to a goalless draw by Everton at Anfield and Benitez was frustrated by the opposition’s stifling tactics. This is what can happen, he explained, when a small club visits a big one. The small clubs put everyone in defence, make the game narrow.

Note the key word: “small”. In football parlance, this can be a lacerating putdown when your club was once an established part of the elite.

“Benitez is in a minority of one in believing Everton are a small club,” Keith Wyness, then-Everton’s chief executive, shot back. “Somehow we expect more of a Liverpool manager.

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Tifo Video: Sensible Transfers – Should Liverpool find a replacement for Roberto Firmino at False 9?

the Athletic - Fri, 07/23/2021 - 05:00
Roberto Firmino has been essential to Liverpool’s style of play in recent years.

He has thrived in the False 9 position in recent years thanks to his creativity and commitment to leading the press from the front.

But when he is out of form, like he was last season, Liverpool don’t have the options to rotate. So who could they bring in?

Tifo has three suggestions for a Sensible Transfer.

Written by Alex Stewart. Illustrated by Craig Silcock. 

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LFC Women back Supporters Club chair in charity challenge

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 18:05
Liverpool FC Women have given a 'good luck' send-off to supporters club chair Jo Goodall as she embarks on a gruelling charity challenge.
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Jurgen Klopp’s latest reunion with Mainz sees Liverpool looking to avoid 4-0 repeat

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 18:00

Liverpool take on Mainz in their third friendly of pre-season on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp taking on the club he called home for 18 years in preparation for 2021/22.

After a pair of back-to-back draws with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday, Liverpool are back in friendly action on Friday as they take on Mainz.

Having begun pre-season with two 30-minute games, the Reds will be full throttle again as they play 90 minutes against Bundesliga opposition.

It will be a tough test for Klopp’s side, but one they will welcome as first-team players line up alongside the next generation of youngsters in Austria.

The manager is in line for an even more special reunion, too, as he comes up against a former player in the dugout.

So what do we know about Mainz, and how are they connected to Liverpool?

When is the friendly?

Liverpool will take on Mainz at the Greisbergers Betten-Arena in Grodig on Friday evening, with the third friendly of pre-season set to kick off at 5.15pm on LFCTV.

A crowd of 3,500 is permitted at the stadium in Austria, with tickets sold out.

Who is Mainz manager?

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Bo Svensson took over as Mainz manager in January, having previously managed Austrian side FC Liefering between 2019 and 2021.

The 41-year-old Dane spent seven years with Mainz as a player, including a season under Klopp in 2007/08 that saw him play 10 times for the future Liverpool manager.

Svensson retired in 2014 before taking up roles as assistant coach, youth coach and under-19s coach with Mainz, with his return to the club as manager leading to an upturn in fortunes.

In 20 games under Svensson’s management so far, Mainz have only lost five games, and a nine-game unbeaten run between March and May helping them to a 12th-placed finish in 2020/21, having sat second from bottom when he took over.

Who could be their key players?

 Adam Szalai of Hungary controls the ball during the Hungary Training Session ahead of the Euro 2020 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at Puskas Arena on June 14, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Alex Livesey - UEFA)

Mainz can call upon two talented centre-backs in Jeremiah St. Juste and Moussa Niakhate, but may struggle in the goal department having seen their two leading scorers from last season depart the club.

Jean-Philippe Mateta, who scored 10, is currently on loan with Crystal Palace, while seven-goal Robin Quaison has joined Saudi club Al-Ettifaq on a free transfer.

Karim Onisiwo and the veteran Adam Szalai, who netted one and assisted the other in Hungary’s 2-2 draw with Germany at Euro 2020, could be relied upon to provide more goals in their absence.

Dutch forward Jean-Paul Boetius was Mainz’s key creator last season, ending the campaign with six assists to go with his three goals in 33 appearances.

How are Mainz connected to Liverpool?

Mainz's goalkeeper Loris Karius gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The obvious connection is Klopp, who spent 11 years as a player with Mainz before retiring in 2001 and immediately taking the role as manager, staying for another seven years.

Klopp avoided relegation in his first half-season in charge, and after two fourth-placed finishes he led his club to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history in 2004.

Liverpool have only ever signed one player from Mainz – that being Loris Karius, who arrived in a £4.7 million deal in 2016 – but Taiwo Awoniyi spent the 2019/20 season on loan with the German club, too.

The Reds have played Mainz twice before, both in friendlies, with Klopp reunited with his former club in 2016 as Liverpool suffered a 4-0 pre-season defeat.

 Liverpool's Divock Origi in action against FSV Mainz 05 during a pre-season friendly match at the Opel Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That loss came a day after a 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona at Wembley, with only six of the players to feature still on the books.

Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Ben Woodburn and Divock Origi all started, with Roberto Firmino coming off the bench on a surreal day for Klopp.

What has Klopp said about the game?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the FSV Mainz 05 supporters after the pre-season friendly match at the Opel Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp admitted that he still “cares a lot” about Mainz:

“Actually there are not that many people anymore that I still know – but now the manager again and the sporting director or head of football.

“So, yes, this club is more, for me, than meeting old friends or players or whatever.

“I was 18 years there so I’m just interested that they are doing well because a lot of people I know care a lot about this club. It’s important to them, so it’s important to me.”

He added: “Obviously the next proper coach arrived at Mainz, really pleased for them.”

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RIP Tommy Leishman

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 17:33
Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the passing of former player Tommy Leishman, aged 83.
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Shock Milan midfielder links & Bundesliga beckons for Phillips – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 16:59

Liverpool are preparing for their second pre-season friendly…well, day of friendlies anyway, and perhaps their second signing of the summer too, if rumours can be believed.

Phillips back to Bundesliga?

Nat Phillips is available for a summer transfer if the money is right, we’re told.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that there are links with a move back to Germany – where he enjoyed a fairly productive loan stint two years ago, albeit in the second tier then.

Bayer Leverkusen are the club reported to be in contact with Phillips’ representatives and fuel is added to rumour fires by the fact he didn’t play in the Reds’ opening pre-season games.

Brighton are also still keen though, so it remains to be seen if he’s playing at home or abroad once more this term.

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Latest Liverpool FC pre-season updates

Hit the link above for all the latest around Liverpool’s pre-season campaign, as we prepare for a fixture against Mainz on Friday.

Meanwhile, Conor Bradley is hoping to keep impressing enough to be Trent’s back-up at right-back this season – if Neco Williams makes a move elsewhere in search of more regular action.

Latest transfer chat elsewhere

 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rúben Neves walks off after being substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 22, 2021

Stay up all night and take in some MLS as Orlando face Philadelphia Union just past midnight and Austin play the Sounders a couple of hours later.

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Revealed: Why Yaya Toure was at LFC's training session on Thursday

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 15:24
Sadio Mane has revealed why Yaya Toure was present at Liverpool's training session in Salzburg on Thursday morning.
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Liverpool joined by ex-Man City midfielder at pre-season training camp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 15:22

Liverpool continued pre-season training in Austria on Thursday, with former Man City midfielder Yaya Toure in attendance as he took notes from Jurgen Klopp‘s session.

The Reds are finalising their preparations for their next pre-season friendly against Mainz, with the intensity increasing as the days go by in Saalfelden.

With Klopp and his squad due to travel to Grodig on Friday, they took in one of their final sessions of the week at their training camp under the Alps, with Virgil van Dijk among those involved.

Guest for the morning was Toure, who is now working as a coach for Russian Premier League side FC Akhmat Grozny, with the 38-year-old observing training and holding talks with Klopp.

The ex-City midfielder, whose brother Kolo spent three years with the Reds and made 24 appearances for the current manager, posed for a series of photographs with the Liverpool squad, including Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

“Great to meet coach Klopp and watch the Liverpool squad training!” Toure wrote on Instagram.

“Top manager and what a humble man, really enjoyed my time with you coach Klopp and the lads here today.”

Akhmat described it as an “exchange of experience,” with Toure no doubt taking pointers from Klopp’s work with the Liverpool squad and the session in the Austrian sunshine.

The Russian club are at the end of their pre-season tour of Germany and Austria, and begin the new league campaign away to Krylya Sovetov on Sunday.

Toure took up his role on the coaching staff at Akhmat at the start of the month, having left a position as assistant manager with Ukrainian side Olimpik Donetsk in May.

As a player, he took on Liverpool 13 times, with five wins, three draws and five defeats, failing to record a win over Klopp’s side in three meetings in the Premier League.

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LFC Foundation and Fowler Academy Partnership enjoys first-year success

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 14:00
In July 2020, LFC Foundation announced it would be joining forces with Robbie Fowler's Education and Football Academy (FEFA) to create the LFC Foundation and Fowler Academy Partnership.
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Caoimhin Kelleher fit for Mainz friendly after knock

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 12:30
Caoimhin Kelleher is fit and available to make his first appearance of pre-season against FSV Mainz 05.
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Pep Lijnders' training camp diary: Day 11, Kelleher's saves, Trent's shooting and a day at the lake

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 11:44
In Pepijn Lijnders' latest update in his diary from Liverpool's Austrian training camp, the assistant manager reflects on the draws with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart, details the latest training work and provides details on a trip to a local lake on an afternoon off for the squad.
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Transfer tracker: Newcastle and Watford interested in Southampton’s Mario Lemina

the Athletic - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 10:27
Between now and the transfer window closing on August 31, The Athletic team will keep you informed of all the significant developments we hear. Whether that’s the latest from the Premier League or the EFL, the biggest moves around Europe or any significant business around the world, we’ll have coverage of every interesting deal that takes place.

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We won’t bring you gossip or rumours, just what is really happening and why.

July 22

Southampton are holding out for a fee in the region of £8 million to sanction Mario Lemina’s move away from the club, report Dan Sheldon and Chris Waugh.

The St Mary’s side are ready to strike a deal with potential buyers if the overall figure, inclusive of add-ons, hits around the £8 million mark.

Lemina has less than a year remaining on his contract and spent last season on loan at Fulham.

And the 27-year-old isn’t short of suitors, with both Newcastle and Watford showing an interest in the central midfielder.

Newcastle’s head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, watched Lemina last season as the club regularly scouted the Gabon international. It is understood that Steve Bruce is keen to sign a defensive midfielder this summer and Lemina features high on his list of targets.

Lemina also has suitors in France’s Ligue 1, where it’s understood Nice are viewed as a potential destination.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been impressed by the midfielder’s work ethic since reporting for pre-season at the start of July.

But he wasn’t handed a squad number and the plan has always been for him to depart the club.

Had Fulham avoided relegation, they would have been obliged to buy the former Juventus midfielder as part of initial loan deal.

Lemina joined Southampton in 2017 for just over £15 million and has gone on to play 52 times for the Premier League side.

Since Hasenhuttl took charge in December 2018, the midfielder has struggled to force his way into the Austrian’s plans.

He spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Galatasaray before departing Southampton for the capital last summer.

July 21

9.15pm

Southampton are set to sign Chelsea defender Dynel Simeu on a three-year contract, reports Dan Sheldon.

The highly-regarded 19-year-old rejected the chance to remain at Stamford Bridge in a bid to boost his chances of playing first-team football.

Simeu will arrive at St Mary’s on a free transfer but Southampton will pay up to £1.5 million if certain clauses are met. A sell-on fee has also been inserted into the contract.

The Athletic is led to believe the south coast side will only start paying for Simeu once he starts playing for the first team.

10.30am

West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen is on Liverpool’s radar as they consider adding more firepower to their squad, reports James Pearce.

The Athletic understands that the 24-year-old forward’s name features on a shortlist drawn up of potential attacking targets.

Whether Liverpool reinforce their squad in that area in the current window depends to a large extent on whether Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri leave Anfield. The club are open to offers for both players with Shaqiri attracting interest from Lazio.

Bowen fits the profile for Liverpool in terms of his age, playing style and versatility. He’s viewed as someone with massive potential who would initially provide high calibre back-up and increase competition for places.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rates him highly and the club will continue to monitor his development even if they don’t ultimately pursue a deal this summer.

Bowen, who started his career at Hereford United, joined West Ham from Hull City for £18 million potentially rising to £25 million with add-ons in January 2020.

He scored eight goals and contributed five assists in 38 league appearances last season. His contract at the London Stadium runs until 2025.

9am

Birmingham City have agreed to take goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on loan for the 2021-22 season after a successful trial period, reports Gregg Evans.

The 23-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper has impressed since arriving last week and will now challenge for a starting place in the team.

Boss Lee Bowyer had made it clear that he needed a new goalkeeper before the start of the season following Neil Etheridge’s absence with COVID-19.

A return date has not been set for Etheridge, who is out of hospital and back with his family, but will not be rushed back.

Etheridge could be out for a matter of weeks, if not months, and that’s why Sarkic has made the switch from Wolves.

The Montenegro international spent his early years at Aston Villa but couldn’t find a way into the team as he was behind a number of senior goalkeepers.

He joined Wolves last summer and was sent out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Although he has been on the bench a number of times for Villa in the Championship, this will be his first real chance of playing in the second-tier now an agreement is in place to join Birmingham.

The move is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

July 20

2pm

Liverpool have told Fulham they want £15 million for winger Harry Wilson, reports James Pearce.

The London club, who are looking to bounce back following relegation from the Premier League last season, are keen to sign the Wales international.

Discussions are ongoing with no official bid on the table but Liverpool insist £15 million is a fair price. They point to the fact that Fulham have previously paid that amount for fellow widemen Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert. They view Wilson as comparable in terms of his profile.

Liverpool turned down a bid of around £12 million for Wilson from Burnley last season and believe he’s progressed since then following a successful loan spell at Cardiff City where he scored seven goals and contributed 12 assists.

The 24-year-old accepts the time is right to secure a permanent move away from Anfield as he wants regular game time. As well as Cardiff, he has previously been loaned out to Crewe, Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth.

Benfica, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion have also shown interest in Wilson this summer.

Wrexham-born Wilson has been on Liverpool’s books since under-nines level. His only senior appearances were against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup during the 2016-17 campaign and against Arsenal in the League Cup last season.

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1pm

Leeds United hope to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate before the end of the week after agreeing a fee with the west London club, reports Simon Johnson.

The Athletic has been told that personal terms are being discussed in view of Bate conducting a medical at Leeds on Wednesday. Chelsea have negotiated a sell-on clause as part of the switch, but have not inserted a buy back clause.

There is still the danger of one of the other interested clubs trying to hijack the move at the 11th hour. The Athletic reported on Monday that Leeds were the favourites to secure the 18-year-old’s signature, but faced competition from West Ham, Liverpool, Leicester City and Brighton. 

Time is running out for the others to make a bid though and the player has already given a major indication his mind is made up by following a number of Leeds players on Instagram. 

Chelsea have been left with no choice to negotiate with clubs over selling the youngster after Bate made it clear he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension.

The west London club opened talks with Bate before the end of last season and made a good offer, but the England Under-19 international rejected it because he is worried about the lack of a pathway to appearances in the first team.

That meant Chelsea had to discuss a sale because he has only one year left on his current deal and they’d only be entitled to a nominal amount in compensation if he left in 2022.

Bate is a very highly rated teenager, who has been compared with another Chelsea prodigy Billy Gilmour. He came close to making a senior debut under former manager Frank Lampard last year when he was named on the bench against Sheffield United and Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, another academy graduate Ike Ugbo is hoping to complete a permanent transfer to Belgian club Genk FC in the next few days. Ugbo, who scored an impressive 16 goals in 32 appearances while on loan at Cercle Bruges last season, has already agreed a wage package.

The hold-up is being caused by the size of the fee. Chelsea want £5 million for the 22-year-old, but Genk aren’t willing to pay such a high sum for the forward because he has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

There is still optimism that a compromise will be reached so it can be finalised by the weekend.

July 15

2.20pm

Celtic have agreed to sell Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford for a fee believed to be around £12 million up-front with add-ons, reports Kieran Devlin.

Celtic rejected £10 million bids from Norwich City and Bayer Leverkusen in June for the Norwegian international’s services. Celtic informed interested parties that £15 million would be the fee required to separate them for their player. Last week Celtic rebuffed Brentford’s opening bid, which is believed to have been also £12 million up-front but totalling to £15 million with add-ons valued at roughly £3 million, a lower value than the finally agreed fee.

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Live on Friday: Watch Liverpool v FSV Mainz 05

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 10:00
Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly against FSV Mainz 05 live and exclusive on LFCTV GO on Friday afternoon.
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Watch | Incredible goals and saves in pre-season training

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:27
Enjoy the best bits of a pre-season session focused primarily on shooting and finishing in a new edition of Inside Training.
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Video: Liverpool’s contract dilemmas – how can Klopp evolve an ageing side?

the Athletic - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:26
Liverpool’s success in recent years has hinged on a select group of players all hitting their peak at the same time.

Now, a sizeable chunk of those players are approaching or reaching their 30s and, with many of them out of contract in 2023, the club have some big decisions to make.

Owners Fenway Sports Group are reportedly “desperate” to tie down Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk, but captain Jordan Henderson’s future is not so certain.

On the latest episode of David Ornstein’s YouTube show, David is joined by James Pearce and Raphael Honigstein to discuss how Jurgen Klopp and his side plan to evolve…

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Diogo Jota starts pre-season work at Austria training camp

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:10
Diogo Jota's pre-season preparations are now under way after the forward joined his Liverpool teammates in Austria.
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Andy Robertson to begin pre-season training in Austria on Friday

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 07/22/2021 - 09:00
Andy Robertson will begin pre-season training on Friday with Liverpool in Salzburg.
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