Liverpool scouts were in attendance for Lyon's 3-0 win over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
OL claimed a convincing victory, via goals from Maxine Cornet (2) and Moussa Dembele.
That boosted their hopes of a third place finish in Ligue 1 this term, with Bruno Genesio’s men needing just a win from their final two matches to ensure finishing above Saint Etienne.
But Lyon face a fight over a number of their most talented players this summer, with some of Europe’s biggest sides actively monitoring their key men.
Front and centre in southern France on Sunday were Reds staff, and according to reports in France, a number of Lyon players were being watched as the Premier League runners-up seek to strengthen this summer.
The first of those, and reportedly the one they are most keen on, was Houssem Aouar, the young central midfielder.
Aouar, 20, has enjoyed a magnificent breakthrough campaign with OL, playing 45 times in all competitions and making a first-team spot his own.
The France Under-21 international - praised by Pep Guardiola after his displays against Manchester City in the Champions League, with the Spaniard labelling him “incredible” - has scored seven goals and offered 10 assists this term.
“He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality,” said Guardiola after the 2-2 draw at Parc OL in November.
Aouar’s midfield partner, Tanguy Ndombele, was also being watched, with the France international looking increasingly likely to move on this summer.
Jean-Michel Aulas has already admitted that the 22-year-old is likely to leave, with Juventus leading the race - and the OL president most keen for him to head to Turin.
“Honestly, I would like to see Ndombele at Juventus with [Miralem] Pjanic, a player that broke out at Lyon and a player I am still very attached to,” he said last month. “We will see what happens.”
It’s also claimed that former Manchester United flop Memphis Depay was also being eyed, the Dutchman having been rejuvenated in France.
Depay, 25, has made no secret of his desire to return to one of Europe’s major leagues after scoring 10 goals and registering 15 assists this term.
Liverpool were close to signing Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir last summer, before a move fell through at the last minute.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t add a replacement for the World Cup winner, although the same worries over his long-standing knee issue remain.
Chelsea scouts were also in attendance, supposedly keeping tabs on Marseille defender Boubacar Kamara.
The Blues are eyeing the 19-year-old centre-back, whose contract is up in 2020.
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Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
The 22-year-old, who was signed by Wolves in a £16 million deal from Porto two years ago, has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City.
The £50m-rated midfielder has impressed for Wolves this season and played a key role in the club’s seventh-placed finish in the Premier League.
And Collymore believes the Portugal international could be the signing to move Liverpool forward.
‘If you’re champions of Europe, that in itself is a huge catch,’ Collymore told Stadium Astro.
‘Players from around Europe will have seen the atmosphere this year and the type of football.
‘One who will be looking is Ruben Neves.
‘He’s been on the radar of several clubs, a playmaker.
‘He doesn’t score as many goals as he should but scores worldies.
‘Neves is the kind of guy you’d get on the ball in the final third and he has the vision of David Silva.’
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Watch every Premier League goal scored by Liverpool in 2018-19 in our free compilation video.
The Reds netted 89 times while amassing 97 points throughout a superb campaign that featured 30 victories and just one defeat.
Fittingly, strikes by Golden Boot winners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane bookended Liverpool's top-flight season.
Click play below to watch those goals and the 87 others that came in between back-to-back.
Joe Gomez believes the progress this Liverpool team have made in the past 12 months means they return to the Champions League final in a 'different place' mentally.
The Reds channelled the disappointment of last year's defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev to inspire another run in Europe's premier club competition and maintain a Premier League title charge at the same time.
And after amassing the third-highest points total in top-flight history, Jürgen Klopp's side take on Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1 in an attempt to secure the club its sixth European Cup.
"I definitely think we go into this final in a different place," Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com. "It's still a Champions League final and they're always separate occasions and you have to approach it with the same mentality.
"But I think this year speaks for itself and the growth in the team has been massive.
"[The manager] shows and emphasises the fact that we're a different team and we can't go into thinking that we're the same team.
"In that sense, we can take the confidence from that, but still have the desire to win one because we know what it means for this club and we want to get the sixth star."
On a personal level, the 2018-19 season has been one of mixed fortunes for Gomez after an extremely encouraging start was halted in December by a lower leg fracture.
But the defender returned to first-team duties in April - even starting at Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final - and considers his time on the sidelines to all be part of his ongoing development.
"It's probably underestimated a bit how much it can affect us as footballers," the 21-year-old added.
"Like it might just seem that you're injured and now you just watch the boys, but it hurts - especially [in] a year like this that was pretty historic.
"To watch a large majority of those games, having had a taste of it at the beginning, was difficult to take. Obviously it was nice to overcome it and get a bit of involvement at the end.
"We've just got to move on now and we've got a big game. There's a lot of ups and downs, but it's all a learning curve."
Daniel Sturridge's stunning late strike at Stamford Bridge in September has been shortlisted for the Premier League Goal of the Season award.
The Liverpool striker came off the bench to rescue a point for his side against Chelsea with an outstanding, curled finish from long range that dipped over Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Sturridge’s effort won the Premier League Goal of the Month award for September and is therefore among the nominees for the overall best of the 2018-19 campaign.
And you can vote for the Reds man to win – click here to do so now.
Mike Kearney won the hearts of supporters and players in December – and he features in a special video to mark the end of the Premier League season.
A lifelong Liverpool fan and regular match-goer, Mike was born with a sight problem and has been registered blind since the age of seven.
But his cousin, Stephen Garcia, is by his side at Anfield to describe the action as it happens, with the pair the subject of a widely-shared clip on social media after the Reds’ win against Napoli in the Champions League last year.
Mike was later invited to Melwood to meet Mohamed Salah, the man whose goal settled that European clash, and chat with several members of the Liverpool squad.
And for the final league fixture of 2018-19, we stationed a camera near the cousins to capture just how a matchday feels for Mike and Stephen – take a look above.
Players and staff from Liverpool's U18s and U23s will climb Snowdon next week to raise money for the Stephen Darby Foundation.
Former Reds defender Darby retired from football in September 2018 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
The 30-year-old then set up a foundation to help those who live with the disease.
After coming through the ranks at the Kirkby Academy and winning two FA Youth Cups, Darby made six first-team appearances for Liverpool before departing in 2012 to spend the majority of his senior career at Bradford City.
Neil Critchley and Barry Lewtas will lead a climb up Wales' tallest mountain on May 24 as they hope to generate funds for Darby's cause.
U18s boss Lewtas said: "A lot of the images and some of the things that we showed the boys in the FA Youth Cup run dated back to when Stephen played.
"Seeing some of the pictures of them celebrating and our boys living that as well this year, I think it's very apt that we try and support the foundation in this way.
"How the club works, it's one big family really. So when someone moves on and their journey goes elsewhere, they're never forgotten. It's the same in the Academy.
"The amount of boys that we see go through the Academy, some of their journeys will take them to the first team here, some of their journeys will take them elsewhere. But obviously they've grown up here and been part of the club."
U23s captain George Johnston added: "It's massively important. He's an ex-Liverpool player, so doing something for an ex-Liverpool player is huge.
"I think it'll be a good experience for the lads for a good cause. It's something I doubt many of the lads have done before, so it'll be a good day."
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Harry Wilson watched Liverpool produce one of the greatest European comebacks of all time and thought: 'I want that.'
The Wales international, who has spent the 2018-19 season on loan with Derby County in the Championship, returned to Anfield last Tuesday to see the Reds produce an historic 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona and reach the Champions League final.
As the goals from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum did the damage and the home crowd roared, Wilson’s professional aspirations were piqued.
“It’s inspiring for me,” the 22-year-old told Goal. “Those occasions, those atmospheres, they’re what you dream of, you know?
“I want that, whether it’s at Liverpool, whether it’s somewhere else. I want it on Wednesday, when we go to Leeds. I want to experience those feelings and those emotions. I can’t wait.”
The Leeds trip Wilson mentions represents the second leg of Derby’s play-off semi-final tonight – potentially the penultimate hurdle to promotion to the Premier League.
Frank Lampard’s side trail 1-0 after the opening meeting but Wilson, scorer of 15 goals in the division this term, is ready to make his mark on a game with massive significance.
“It’s huge for any player,” he said. “These are the games you want to play in, where everything is at stake and everyone is watching. It’s what you play football for.
“It’s a different kind of pressure to anything I’ve experienced. Playing for Wales or making my debut for Liverpool, it was excitement, a feeling of freedom even.
“This is different. You’ve worked all season to get into this position, and you know that one mistake can cost everything, or one piece of magic can make you a hero. It’s excitement of a different kind because the stakes are so high.”
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Matthijs de Ligt has broken his silence on whether he will continue to play for Ajax next season.
The highly-rated 19-year-old, who partners Virgil van Dijk in defence for Holland, has been linked with a move to a number of clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.
It remains unclear whether the talented defender will link up at Barca with team-mate Frankie de Jong, or be tempted into making a move to the Premier League.
Speaking on Sunday after sealing the league title with Ajax, the skipper was naturally quizzed on his future.
According to Metro, when asked whether he played his last home game for the Eredivisie side, De Ligt admitted: "I don’t know yet.
"There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement."
The youngster captained his boyhood club to the Champions League semi-finals, and were in pole position to meet Liverpool in the Madrid final before being agonisingly dumped out by Tottenham in the dying seconds of the tie.
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Andy Robertson is confident Liverpool can utilise the time ahead of the Champions League final to ensure they head into their Madrid showdown with Tottenham Hotspur feeling fresh.
The Reds concluded a stellar Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and the squad have been handed some time off for rest and recuperation.
The players will return to Melwood later this week to begin preparations for their final encounter with Spurs on June 1 – and Robertson feels the short break will prove beneficial.
“It’s so important, being able to switch off and spend some time with your family, just trying to forget about football because it is an intense period of time,” the defender told Liverpoolfc.com.
“If you can even switch off for two or three days then it’s perfect. I am sure in the back of our minds all of us will have the final, you can’t help that, but we’ll try and switch off as best we can and then we’ll go full steam ahead into the next couple of weeks.”
On a personal level, Robertson will use the time to help a slight calf niggle continue to heal – a problem sustained during last week’s win over FC Barcelona at Anfield, but not serious enough to rule him out of the encounter with Wolves.
“It wasn’t the best on Sunday and I could feel it during the game, but I wanted to play and was desperate to get out there,” he explained.
“The adrenaline kept me going and the fact a lot of us have played through pain, not just me. Luckily now we’ve got a couple of weeks to recover and get our bodies right – and we’ll know we’ll be as fresh as we can be going into the final.”
Overall, Robertson has figured in 47 of Liverpool’s 52 fixtures so far this season, posting 13 assists and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year, further establishing himself as a key component of Jürgen Klopp's side in the process.
“I was happy with where I finished the season last year, I was getting better and better, so there was a wee bit more pressure on me this season,” the 25-year-old reflected. “It was about me finding that level and showing I can be consistently good – and I think I’ve managed to do that.
“This season was big for me, I’ve managed to kick on and I’ve got a few years left in me, so hopefully I can take it into next season. Hopefully there’s one good performance left in me this season, then I’ll rest and then be fully concentrated on trying to put in the same performances next season and get the same kind of results.”
After a remarkable showing, Liverpool narrowly missed out on clinching glory in the Premier League title race, ultimately finishing one point behind eventual winners Manchester City.
And while ultimately disappointed by the Reds not lifting the prize to cap an exceptional campaign, Robertson feels the squad can justifiably look back upon the term with pride.
He said: “We can’t look back on good memories quite just yet, but time is the best healer; the last couple of days have been tough, but when we look back in the summer I am sure we’ll be looking back on a fantastic season.
“We still have one more big game, but the Premier League season has come to an end and it was disappointing because we didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve, but with the points tally and the way we went about our business, I think we can be proud of that.”
Georginio Wijnaldum has turned his attention towards the Champions League final as it represents the opportunity for Liverpool to end the season with a 'deserved' piece of silverware.
The Reds ultimately missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City, despite amassing the third-highest points total in the history of the top flight.
The campaign is far from over, however, as Jürgen Klopp's side contest their second successive European Cup final when they travel to Madrid to play Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.
"If you look back when you're on vacation on this season, I think everyone will realise we had a really good season, a wonderful season," Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Ninety-seven points, we'd normally be champion with. But in this case, City had one point more and they turned champions. Overall, I think we had a good season and now is the challenge to finish with a title to make the season complete.
"It would be really sad if we finish the season without a title, especially because I think we were quite consistent this season and we did so good.
"I think this season deserves one."
Liverpool concluded their domestic commitments with a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday.
It represented the 30th win of the Premier League season, leaving Wijnaldum relieved at the fact the Reds can determine the destination of the trophy themselves when they play Spurs.
The midfielder added: "We put everything in, everything we could.
"If you look at the games where we still managed to win - Everton at home, Fulham away, Newcastle away and I probably forget five or six more difficult games that we still managed to win. We give it our all but in the end it wasn't enough.
"The last couple of games were basically games where we could only win and look at what City were doing. They won also, so fair enough that they are champions.
"But now we have a game that we can control, so we have to bring that to a good end.
"It would be really special, especially because this season deserves an end like that. We're going to do everything to bring it to that end, but it's going to be tough."
This season's final edition of Inside Anfield takes you behind the scenes of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Fittingly, the Reds wrapped up their domestic commitments with another victory on Sunday.
And, as usual, our cameras were granted exclusive access to areas of the stadium including the players' tunnel to capture footage you can't see anywhere else.
As is tradition, Jürgen Klopp and his squad completed a lap of the pitch after full-time in appreciation of their fans' efforts throughout a campaign that will conclude with the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.
Watch the last Inside Anfield of 2018-19 above.
Liverpool's remarkable Premier League season came to a close on Sunday as Wolverhampton Wanderers were defeated at Anfield - and afterwards, supporters gathered in the city to show their pride at an exceptional campaign at the latest BOSS Night event.
While the Reds may have ultimately finished just one point behind Manchester City in the race to be crowned title winners, the performance of the team throughout the term and the forthcoming Champions League final meant there was plenty to feel joyful about as fans congregated at the session.
And as a result, everyone present at the Liverpool Olympia was in fine voice, including performers Jamie Webster, Louis Berry, Kieran Molyneux and Ben Burke, as well as some very special guests...
Our cameras were on hand to capture the best of the event - and you can watch our footage in the video below now.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was the surprise guest as Anfield played host to a special day in the Liverpool FC calendar.
The Academy’s U9s’ signing day saw 26 young players pen their first deal with the club having come through a preliminary programme with head of pre-Academy recruitment and player retention Ian Barrigan and deputy Steve Gorst.
The players - plus family and friends - were welcomed to The Beautiful Game lounge by host Peter McDowall before a special message from Academy director Alex Inglethorpe as he spoke about what lay ahead for the boys and highlighted some of those players who had gone before them.
While food was served it was time to welcome Alexander-Arnold, who just 48 hours earlier had played a crucial role at Anfield in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
The 20-year-old Academy graduate spoke about the day he had signed for the club and urged the young players to enjoy their football and get everything they could out of their time at the Academy.
His mum Diane also spoke to parents about the journey ahead for them and how they could support the young players in the years ahead.
The players then signed their deals alongside Alexander-Arnold while pictures were taken with their families. LFC commentator Steve Hunter highlighted the qualities of each player as they came to the stage.
A set from Liverpool musician Jamie Webster, a visit from club mascot Mighty Red and a disco brought an end to a very memorable day.
Head of Pre-Academy recruitment Ian Barrigan said: “It was a wonderful day and a great way to start the players’ journey with Liverpool FC.
“I’d like to thank Trent and his mum for sharing the day with us – he’s a wonderful example of just where days like today can lead.”
July this year will see the seventh memorial golf day and fundraiser in memory of Anne Williams, who passed away from cancer in 2013.
Anne lost her 15-year-old son Kevin at Hillsborough and she fought tirelessly right up until her last days to seek the truth about his death at the disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.
The Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day will take place at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club on Friday July 5 and is another successful sell-out event. There are 68 golfers taking part this year, with more registered on the waiting list.
Since this annual event began, various charities have benefited from the funds raised. This year’s beneficiaries will be Kinship Carers Liverpool, based at Ellegreen Community Centre in Norris Green.
Kinship Carers Liverpool is a registered charity that supports all members of kinship families in the community; with carers providing safe homes for family members' or friends' children in their own home on a full-time basis, who may otherwise be in local authority care.
The Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day is looking for items to be donated that can be raffled or auctioned to raise funds. If you would like to help, please email email@example.com.
There is also a fundraising page where you can donate: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sean-doyle.
Red Bull Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff admits Liverpool are still in the race to sign Timo Werner as the striker may want to ‘play under Jürgen Klopp’.
Bayern Munich are believed to be keen on the Germany international and view him as a long-term replacement for Robert Lewandowski.
The 23-year-old scored 16 times in 30 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this term and produced 10 assists in another eye-catching campaign. Leipzig are guaranteed a place in next year’s Champions League but that’s unlikely to be enough to keep Werner at the club.
But, while a move to Bayern appeared to be close, Mintzlaff has placed doubt on a transfer to the Allianz and says the striker may end up at Anfield.
"We haven’t spoken to Timo Werner about Bayern Munich, but what the player wanted to do was important for us as he wanted to see how the season would go," Mintzlaff told Sky Sports.
"Last year we certainly didn’t play football like we did in the season before. We have submitted an offer and we know that Timo would rather not extend – but that can still change.
"Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he wants to go to [Thomas] Tuchel in Paris or, I have no idea, maybe to Jürgen Klopp [at Liverpool] or Lucien Favre [at Borussia Dortmund]."
James Milner has 'redemption' on his mind as Liverpool look ahead to the Champions League final.
Following the end of a colossal bid for the Premier League title, the Reds’ sights can now be trained on the task of overcoming Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
Estadio Metropolitano will host the showpiece match of Europe’s premier club competition on Saturday June 1 - and Milner believes the efforts of both players and supporters throughout the season merit a successful end to the campaign.
“When you think of 30 wins out of 38, at the start of the season you’d like to think that’s good enough. But obviously that shows how good Man City are as well. It’s disappointing,” the vice-captain told Liverpoolfc.com after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.
“We have to be proud of what we’ve achieved. Unfortunately it’s just short, but obviously what we did earlier in the week [versus Barcelona] gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware. I think the team especially, these boys, how they grind out results.
“What we’ve been through in the last two weeks from Barcelona away, putting on a pretty good performance and losing like we did, to go to Newcastle with a quick turnaround and grind out a result and then obviously do what we did in midweek and then bounce back again today, knowing it was out of our hands [but] to get that result - I haven’t got enough good words to say about the character within the squad, the ability and the mentality.
“The fans have been unbelievable all year, they’ve lifted us when we’ve needed them, they’ve stuck with us when it’s been tough in games and like I say, the boys deserve a bit of silverware, but the fans do too.”
Jürgen Klopp has explained how Liverpool will use a fortnight's 'pre-season' to get ready for the Champions League final in Madrid.
In the aftermath of Sunday’s Premier League finale, which saw the Reds finish second on 97 points following a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the squad will conduct pre-final media duties before enjoying a short break.
They will then regroup to begin two weeks’ worth of training ahead of the showpiece meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Metropolitano on Saturday June 1.
“We have to do a couple of things in preparation for the Champions League [final], media stuff,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com of the current plans.
“We have to do that, then the boys will have a couple of days off and then we have two proper weeks as a pre-season for the Champions League final.
“We will do that, we will play that, [hopefully] win it, come home and then the people [would] get what they deserve.”
It was a day of mixed emotions at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool registered an historic points total with their 30th Premier League win of the season, yet still finished behind Manchester City.
In his post-match press conference, Klopp outlined at length his confidence that the squad will be ready to ‘go again’ in their pursuit of that trophy next season – especially with improvement to come from within.
“Div showed up in a brilliant way, obviously, I’m very happy for him. Ox is coming back, Naby will then finally be there, Rhian Brewster will come, all the young boys if they want to go for it,” said the boss.
“And the established boys can make next steps as well – imagine Trent and Robbo last year [compared to] this year. They were already good last year but it’s another level. Millie is still making steps.
“So it’s really cool to work with this group. And we will go again, I’m pretty sure.”
Liverpool FC has released the following breakdown of the ticket allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on Saturday June 1.
The ticket allocation is set by UEFA and the governing body has confirmed that Liverpool have received 16,613 tickets for the game, which will be played at Estadio Metropolitano.
Full selling details for the final and dates of sale can be viewed here.
The breakdown of the club’s ticket allocation is as follows.
The club will be utilising the higher priced tickets for the contractual allocations, meaning the majority of the lower priced tickets, including all those priced at £60, will be available for the general supporter allocation.
To ensure the safety and security of supporters, the club urges fans who do not have a ticket not to travel to Madrid.