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Klopp on Blackburn win, captain Sturridge and Keita

52 min 3 sec ago

Jürgen Klopp was impressed by Liverpool's increasing fluency during their 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night.

The Reds wrapped up their run of local friendlies with a victory courtesy of second-half strikes from Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge.

After the game, Klopp provided his take on the contest and in particular the impressive efforts of Sturridge and summer signing Naby Keita.

Read on for a summary of his chat with the media.

On his assessment of the game…

A good game. It was a real challenge and playing against a Championship team in pre-season is I think the biggest challenge you can face because they have the quality and the desire to show they are not much worse and that’s what Blackburn did tonight. We had a few problems in the first half pretty much only because we caused them ourselves. You always see in pre-season the players react differently individually, a few have fresher legs than others.

We had the chances in the first half, we missed a penalty and we had good moments in the box, and could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up already. We could have conceded one because Loris [Karius] had to make two or three good saves. The second half was more fluent. The boys changed positions and it wasn’t as hectic as the first half so it was a little bit calmer. That helped a lot, so a very deserved 2-0 win. A very good game for us, 45 minutes [for the players] again, very intense.

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On Sturridge’s performance…

He has looked really good for us and with the armband in the second half it’s completely normal, the guy who is the longest-serving for the club and most experienced, so that was clear. He missed a chance which I think we all know 99 per cent of those situations he will score. So he played a really good game and helped us a lot, and the link-up play especially with Naby was brilliant, so good game.

On Keita’s impressive passing range…

Good player, that’s true. In this moment he looks very natural in the position, which is good but we have of course still to work on it, that’s how it is, but it’s all good so far. Fabinho I think played his best game since he came here now. He needed time to settle and it looked much more natural with him in that position, so that was good. There were a few really good performances in both halves, Nat Phillips played really well so that’s good, and Curtis [Jones] and Rafa Camacho second half. That’s how football should look and enjoy it. They need organisation and second half we were better because we didn’t lose easy balls, and we had a few of them in the first half.

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In pictures: Alisson Becker's career so far

1 hour 12 min ago

Recap Alisson Becker's professional career thus far with our historical gallery.

The Brazilian's journey began at Internacional in his homeland, where he rose through the youth ranks to claim a place between the sticks in the first team.

From there, the talented shot-stopper headed to Italian outfit AS Roma, where he impressed in both Serie A and Champions League before securing his Anfield switch.

Read and watch: Alisson's first LFC interview in full>>>

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Read and watch: Alisson's first Liverpool interview in full

1 hour 28 min ago

Alisson Becker delivered a wide-ranging and insightful interview to after joining the Reds on a long-term contract from AS Roma.

The Brazil international became the club’s fourth new arrival of the summer late on Thursday having completed a medical and penned a deal at Melwood.

Shortly after sealing the necessary formalities, Alisson sat down for his first official interview and spoke on a variety of topics – including the factors in his decision to join, his style of play, working with Jürgen Klopp, and his ambitions for the future.

Watch the full chat on LFCTV GO now or read on for a transcript.

Alisson, firstly, welcome to Liverpool Football Club…

Thank you very much.

How pleased are you to have got this deal done to become a Liverpool player?

I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning. In terms of my life and my career it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.

Is it true that you cut short your holiday to fly to Liverpool and come and get this deal done?

Yes, I did cut them short a bit but I was immensely satisfied to do so, to make this dream come true and take the next step in my career. It’s a step forward and when you’re happy in what you’re doing, nothing is a sacrifice, so I left my family behind to get the issues resolved. I’m also representing them here, they’re here with me in my heart. I’m really happy with what I’ve seen here, it’s so organised. This is going to be our new home.

There has been a lot of speculation about you this summer, but why are Liverpool the right club for you?

As I said previously, Liverpool are a team with a habit of winning, that have fanatical fans that are behind the team in every game. Playing against them last year in the Champions League, I was able to experience that atmosphere and that game had an influence on me. Once I heard they were interested in me, I started thinking about the possibility of playing for Liverpool. I’m coming from a club where I was very happy and I’m sure I’ll be very happy here. I’ll give my all to give something back to the fans and join this team because it’s a developing group achieving great things. They got to the Champions League final and that’s something that motivates me, to be part of a group that competes at a high level. I believe this is going to add a great deal to my career in terms of professional growth, so I can add something to the team for the team to grow even further because it’s a massive club.

Have you had an opportunity to speak to Roberto Firmino about Liverpool and if so, what has he told you?

I’ve spoken to him. I had spoken to him before things really started to happen. When the negotiations became official I spoke to him and I only heard good things about the club and the city. He is a player who feels really at home here. He is loved by the fans and really popular with his teammates. He is a great person and only had positive things to say. He said if I were to come here, I’d be really happy as well. Putting our friendship to one side and the time we spent together with the national team, I’m really happy to be at the same club as him and have the same daily routine as him. Hopefully we can develop a great deal together.

You played against Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season… how pleased are you that they will be on your side this season and you don’t have to face them?

Really happy! It’s tough being up against them – and not just them. It’s not just the three of them up front but the whole team. That’s based on the games I played against them. They had a great year, I felt the strength of the group – there aren’t just three players, there are 11 players as well as the players coming off the bench. They showed a lot of desire to win so it’s exciting for me to have the three of them up front to win games. It’s important and I’m really happy to have them by my side.

One of those games was of course at Anfield - the Champions League semi-final, first leg. What did you make of the experience and the atmosphere?

I think it was one of the tensest games of my career and one of the most exciting. I think the Anfield factor contributed a lot to that. Putting the result aside, which was an unfortunate moment in my career – but it wasn’t my first defeat and won’t be my last, we have to deal with these things as professionals – it was an amazing game. I remember for 35 minutes we went toe-to-toe, it was a balanced game, but from the moment the fans started believing in the team it brought an energy into the stadium and the players grew. It was the moment they started growing into the game. Salah scored the first goal, sending the stadium into delirium – it was incredible. Players hope for that type of support from the fans. For me, that’s great for this coming season. Hopefully I can benefit from it and my performances will become even better on the pitch.

How influential was that night in your decision to want to join Liverpool?

Yes, in part it did influence the decision. When you make an important decision like this it’s not just a decision to change clubs, it practically changes your entire life, my family’s life, my wife, my daughter. That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games. I’ve seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing. That has made me really excited to be part of this group. Apart from the fact that the club is massive, the players that have come through here and the titles won, hopefully I can play a part in the history being created here, win titles and be a part of the project that has been developed here in the past few years so we can see Liverpool rise once again.

You know Mo from Roma. Have you had any contact with him?

We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma, we met again in the game when we were up against each other. Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’ I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again. As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing. To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me.

Your fellow goalkeeper from the national team is also in the Premier League - Ederson at Man City. Have you spoken to him about what to expect from this league?

Yes, we spoke. I actually spoke to all the national team players who play in the Premier League, asking about what the league is like and the style of play. It’s one thing watching it on the TV but being involved in it every day is another thing. I only heard good things. If not the biggest, the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world, it’s very competitive and I find that exciting. I like challenges. I came here because it will be a great challenge for me, at a very high level of football and be among these great players in a great team like Liverpool.

What kind of qualities are you hoping to bring to Liverpool? How would you describe yourself and your style?

I like to show my ability on the field. I’m not one to show off with words. I’m really looking forward to the chance. I’m a calm goalkeeper and above all I’ve got a real desire to win. When I get on the pitch I give everything for the team, everything for the shirt. Fans and players can expect a lot of dedication from me on the pitch and in day-to-day training. I look to work on all aspects of my game, always aiming for perfection and looking to improve every day. I’m quick to come off my line. I’m an agile ‘keeper; despite being tall, I’ve got very good agility and strength in my legs. With the ball at my feet, I like to get involved in the play. I think my style of play will fit in very well with Klopp’s style. I look forward to knowing what he expects of me, to define my style here at Liverpool.

You’re a goalkeeper who is renowned for distribution skills. How much do you think that can help your new teammates given the style Liverpool play?

I believe so. It is a team with a lot of quality, from the defence to the attack and through the midfield. When the play starts from the back and the ball arrives in a good way for the attackers to shoot, it’s always better. I hope my style can contribute to the team and I’m going to dedicate myself day to day, respecting everyone. I’ll give everything to help Liverpool grow.

You’ll have a new manager in Jürgen Klopp. How much are you looking forward to working with him?

I have great expectations. I’ve followed him since Dortmund, I’ve always admired his style, even more now having played against him. He’s a very intelligent manager and he has a very clear strategy on the pitch. This team is very difficult to stop, with huge attacking power and defensive consistency. I’ll join this project straight away, I hope to adapt as soon as possible. I don’t anticipate any problems with the language or playing style. The difference in the Premier League is that it’s very competitive physically so I’ll try to improve in that aspect as well and adapt as soon as possible to the style of play.

Have you had an opportunity to talk with him yet and, if so, what has he said to you?

We had a short telephone conversation, he told me about the team and his style and a bit about what I can expect here in Liverpool – the city as well as the club. And the organisation of the club and the sporting project here. The club needs no introduction: the badge, the trophies, the achievements. They speak for themselves. He spoke about his coaching style. It was a short conversation but a positive one and I’m looking forward to meeting him in person. I’m mainly looking forward to getting on the pitch and working alongside him and my teammates, doing what I love most – playing football.

Can you sum up the emotions of the last couple of days as this deal came to completion?

There were a great deal of emotions and long periods of conversation. They weren’t easy but I’ve a lot of faith in God, I put my faith in him. I prayed and I left this moment to God’s will. I made the decision to come here together with my advisors and most importantly my family. As I’m on holiday, I put a lot of thought into this. During the World Cup I put everything to one side so I’d have no distractions. While I was on holiday I became excited about this, I became a bit anxious to come to a decision about where I’m going in my life. I’d already made my decision to come here. When it all worked out and we received the green light from Roma and from Liverpool, it was a really happy moment for me, my family and my advisors.

Finally, we always ask our new signings to give a message to fans watching, so what is yours to them?

My message to everyone is that I’m really happy to be part of this team and this family. I’m the type of guy that always wants to succeed in life. I came from nothing and I’ve arrived at this moment in my career. Thank God, together with my family and the people who work with me. Rest assured, I’ll give everything on the pitch. I’ll bring them a lot of joy. I hope for their support and I hope to meet their expectations of me.

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Klopp's update on Oxlade-Chamberlain's expected lay-off

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 19:56

Jürgen Klopp has revealed the expected length of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury lay-off and detailed the agreed approach taken to his rehabilitation by the club, player and manager.

The Liverpool midfielder is likely to miss the vast majority of the 2018-19 season and competitive game time before the end of the campaign would be a bonus.

Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained multiple ligament damage when attempting a tackle during the first half of the Champions League tie with AS Roma at Anfield in April.

The 24-year-old underwent surgery eight days after suffering the injury – his only operation – which was a complete success.

The estimated length of his lay-off was not revealed at the time at the request of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who did not want the news to distract from the Reds’ ongoing Champions League run and the excitement surrounding it.

His rehabilitation remains in line with the timeframe outlined following his surgery.

“It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” Klopp told

“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.

“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.

“His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.

“But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”

The decision to provide further detail on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery at this time was made with a view to alleviating any unrealistic pressure on a return date for the No.21.

Klopp, the club and the player himself are in total agreement on ensuring his rehabilitation is right rather than rushed, with the future firmly in mind.

“It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed. Ox is completely on board with this approach,” added the manager.

“He is such an outstandingly good person and someone who even when not playing is integral to the heartbeat of Melwood.

“I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.”

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Liverpool complete deal for Alisson

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 18:36

Liverpool have completed the signing of Alisson Becker for a world-record fee of 75m Euros (£67m) subject to the Roma goalkeeper passing a medical, according to Sky in Italy.

The 25-year-old is scheduled to depart Rome within the hour and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days.

Sky in Italy understands the Brazil international has already agreed personal terms and will sign a five-year deal at Anfield.

Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, with Liverpool surpassing the £34.7m fee Manchester City paid for Ederson in 2017.

Alisson will become Jurgen Klopp's fourth signing of the summer, joining fellow new arrivals Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield.

The Brazil international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer, made 49 appearances for Roma last season.

He was part of the side that suffered a 7-6 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Source: Sky Sports

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Harry Wilson: How Derby loan move happened

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 18:31

Harry Wilson is certain a loan spell with Derby County this season is the ideal next step in his career.

Having impressed with Hull City during the second half of last term, scoring seven goals in the Championship to help the Tigers ease any relegation fears, the Welshman attracted significant interest this summer.

Liverpool tied Wilson down to a new contract earlier this month before discussing another temporary departure to help the 21-year-old gather more experience.

A season-long loan move to Frank Lampard’s Derby was then confirmed on Tuesday.

“I was delighted to sign the new deal. To sign a new deal with a club as big as Liverpool was brilliant for me,” Wilson explained to RamsTV.

“I sat down with the right people and discussed what they felt would be best for me this season; we decided that a loan move would be.

“Liverpool always want the best for their players so between me, Liverpool and my agent, we decided to narrow it down to a few teams.

“Derby were one of them and come the end of it we decided this would definitely be the right place for me.”

Former England midfielder Lampard took charge of the Rams in May and will look to lead the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2018-19.

Wilson revealed his presence in the dugout was a contributing factor to the decision to join Derby. “That is a big attraction,” said the attacker.

“Seeing the career he had as a player, the things he has done in the game have been brilliant. I’m really looking forward to getting into training and learning a lot of things from him.”

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Adam Lallana's guide to pre-season: Part one

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 14:52

With his and Liverpool's third pre-season under Jürgen Klopp now well under way, Adam Lallana is perfectly placed to provide an insight into exactly what this time of year entails for the Reds' players.

So, we asked the midfielder to do just that in a two-part video special that offers supporters a glimpse behind the scenes of Klopp's pre-season regime.

In part one, Lallana explains what goes on at Melwood in the early stages of Liverpool's preparations for the year ahead, including lactate tests, double training sessions and crucial tactical work that enables players to forge an understanding with new teammates - in this case, Naby Keita and Fabinho.

LFCTV GO subscribers can watch the first part of the feature below. Need to sign up? Click here to do so.

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Liverpool close in on Alisson after agreeing mega deal

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 14:25

Liverpool have clinched an agreement worth around £66 million inclusive of add-ons with Roma for Alisson, which is a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Talks had progressed well on Tuesday, with a resolution speedily reached after the Reds upped their initial offer allowing the 25-year-old to press ahead with the move.

Barring any late counter bids and twists, the Brazil international should sign a five-year contract with the Anfield side after undertaking his medical and agreeing personal terms, with those formalities potentially finalised by the end of the week.

Alisson, not short of interest in his services this summer, has been a long-term target for Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool made checks on him in January, but had already laid down the foundation for a deal last year.

The club’s endeavour to recruit him as well as the manager’s ambitious vision meant the Merseysiders stole a march on Chelsea, who are navigating Real Madrid’s pursuit of Thibaut Courtois.

The Blues are yet to submit an offer and it is understood that is a result of Alisson making clear his preference is Liverpool.

Roma would welcome an auction, but there are currently no indications that one will materialise.

The blockbuster fee almost doubles the British-record outlay for a goalkeeper, with Ederson having cost Manchester City £34.7m last summer.

It also eclipses the €52m Juventus parted with to sign Gianluigi Buffon from Parma in 2001 by €18m.


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Liverpool agree deal worth £67m for Alisson

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 14:11

Liverpool have agreed a deal worth £67 million with Roma for goalkeeper Allison as the Brazilian edges closer to Anfield.

It is now up to the 25-year-old to join Jurgen Klopp or wait to see if Chelsea match the Kop bid.

Liverpool have permission to meet the 25-year-old to discuss personal terms.

No medical is scheduled yet. Liverpool are awaiting the response of the Brazil international before pressing ahead with the world record deal for a goalkeeper.

They are aware of interest from other clubs, but only Liverpool have met Roma’s valuation at this stage.

Liverpool hope their long-term interest in the keeper – they first tried to sign him in January – will give them the upper hand should Chelsea decide to match the valuation.

Alisson has been Klopp’s number one target all summer.

Now it looks like he has his man, although Liverpool will want the formalities complete before declaring victory in pursuit of one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world.

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Watch live: Blackburn v Liverpool

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 11:30

Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Blackburn Rovers live and exclusively on LFCTV and LFCTV GO on Thursday.

The Reds' fourth local fixture before departing for a tour of the United States at the weekend involves a trip to Ewood Park.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST and our extensive build-up begins an hour earlier.

Fans in the UK and Republic of Ireland can watch the whole match live on LFCTV or LFCTV GO, while supporters across the rest of the world can watch live on LFCTV GO.

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Daniel Sturridge on his LFC future

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 11:24

Daniel Sturridge is determined to reclaim a place in the Liverpool team.

The No.15 made 14 appearances and scored three goals during the first half of last season before joining West Bromwich Albion on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

He returned to Reds duty at the beginning of July for pre-season and has featured in each of the three friendlies so far, scoring twice at Chester FC.

A short trip to Blackburn Rovers follows on Thursday night before Jürgen Klopp’s squad embark on a tour of America and compete in the International Champions Cup.

Sturridge is pleased to be back at Liverpool again and is already eagerly anticipating the coming season, with his focus on contributing to the Reds’ cause.

“I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out,” the Englishman, who has netted 63 times for the club, said.

“Pre-season is going well, so for me it’s keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back.

“I am feeling great and can’t wait to get the season under way. We have the tour to come where we face some great teams like Manchester United, Manchester City and [Borussia] Dortmund.”

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Agent drops major hint Alisson chooses Liverpool over Chelsea

Wed, 18/07/2018 - 11:13

The agent of Roma goalkeeper Alisson has got fans very excited by ‘liking’ an Instagram post suggesting the Brazilian will choose to join Liverpool over Chelsea.

According to latest reports, Liverpool have tabled an offer worth £62million for Alisson.

And now eagle-eyed fans have spotted that Alisson’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, liked an Instagram post claiming he would meet with Roma’s board to discuss a move to Liverpool.

Ze Maria Neis’ own Instagram page is littered of pictures of himself with Alisson, while he is followed by the Brazilian’s verified account.

Crucially, the post was from a Liverpool fan account and had a half-and-half picture of Alisson wearing the Merseyside club’s goalkeeper jersey – not Chelsea’s.

Alisson is currently on holiday in Sardinia after his exploits at the World Cup, where he started five games for Brazil, and some fans have even started tracking private jets in the hope one might be Anfield bound.

Although Chelsea are expected to make a rival offer to Roma for Alisson, The Times report that the 25-year-old has already indicated that his preference is to join Liverpool.

The Reds are keen to sign a new No.1, even if they have to smash the record fee for a goalkeeper.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are bracing themselves for the prospect of losing Thibaut Courtois, who looks set to join Real Madrid as soon as the west Londoners have signed a replacement.

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Liverpool deny making bid for Alisson

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 18:10

Liverpool have denied making a 70m euro bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker after reports in Italy suggested the two clubs were in talks.

However, Sky in Italy claim that a fee of 70m euros has been offered by Liverpool, although Roma want closer to 75m euros (£66.6m) to complete the deal, and that talks between the two sides are ongoing.

Sources close to Liverpool have told Sky Sports News that there has been no bid and no approach for Alisson.

Sky sources have previously told us that Liverpool have no plans to bid for Alisson this summer.

The 25-year-old made 49 appearances for Roma last season as he helped the Serie A side reach the semi-finals of the Champions League where they lost 7-6 to Liverpool over two legs.

Alisson played five times for Brazil at the World Cup in Russia where his side suffered a quarter-final defeat to Belgium.

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Liverpool in advanced talks with Roma over Alisson

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 17:49

Liverpool are in advanced discussions over a £66million deal, including bonuses, for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

The Brazil international has been Jurgen Klopp's number one target to strengthen his goalkeeping options but the fee had been considered prohibitive.

That hesitation had allowed Real Madrid and particularly Chelsea in recent weeks to post their intent to sign the 25-year-old.

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Liverpool make offer for Roma goalkeeper

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 17:41

Liverpool have made an offer to sign Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, for a reported £62m.

Roma are considering the bid, a world record for a keeper, but no deal has been agreed and the Italian side are said to want £66m.

Alisson has recently returned from the World Cup in Russia where he appeared for Brazil.

The 25-year-old has been at Roma for two years after starting his career at Brazilian side Internacional.

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Video: Behind the scenes as Shaqiri becomes a Red

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 13:21

Xherdan Shaqiri became Liverpool's third summer arrival on Friday night – and you can take an exclusive look behind the scenes as the forward sealed his transfer from Stoke City in our video.

The 26-year-old signed a long-term deal with the Reds, joining Naby Keita and Fabinho in bolstering Jürgen Klopp’s squad ahead of 2018-19.

We were with Shaqiri every step of the way as he underwent a medical before arriving at Melwood to put pen to paper and undertake his duties with the team.

Watch how the day unfolded now in our video below.

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Liverpool 'handed Nabil Fekir transfer deadline by Lyon'

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 13:15

Liverpool have reportedly been informed they have until the end of the month to reignite interest in France World Cup winner Nabil Fekir.

A report in French newspaper L'Equipe claimed on Tuesday that Lyon want the player's future sorted before August as they look to plan for the new season.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign an attacking midfielder this summer with Fekir having been scouted extensively last season.

Following the failed deal, Fekir linked up with the France squad for the World Cup and appeared as substitute in their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

Speaking earlier this week, Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas believes there's a chance Fekir will still end up at Liverpool this summer, but would be more than happy for the 24-year-old to stay at his hometown club.

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Alisson and his agent have Liverpool fans excited with latest update

Tue, 17/07/2018 - 12:03

Alisson Becker is expected to hold talks with Roma on Tuesday over his future – with speculation intensifying over an imminent bid from Liverpool.

Reports in Italy claim the Brazil international will have discussions with the Serie A side after returning from a break following World Cup duty.

His agent Ze Maria Neis, who looks after the goalkeeper as part of his Neis World Sports agency, is believed ready to speak to Roma and explain his client wants to leave.

While Roma have yet to receive a concrete offer for the player, it's suggested they are braced for an imminent offer with Liverpool and Chelsea most strongly touted.

And there have been signs pointing to an imminent departure for Alisson, who has removed Roma from his Instagram bio.

That follows a move where Ze Maria Neis liked a photoshopped imagea of Alisson wearing a Liverpool shirt on Instagram.

For their part, Liverpool had been monitoring the Brazilian but believe prising him away from the Serie A side would prove difficult given the player's believed price tag in excess of 70million euros – although there are indications that, should Alisson press for a move, Roma may have to lower such demands.

Roma are wary of having their fingers burned after last year selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for what now appears a cut-price £36.9m.

There has been no contact with Roma and as yet no change in the Reds' stance from earlier this year when they informed Alisson's representatives not to expect a bid this summer.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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U23s to face Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in PL International Cup

Mon, 16/07/2018 - 13:59

Liverpool U23s have been drawn to play Villarreal, Hertha BSC and Swansea City in the group stages of the 2018-19 Premier League International Cup.

No dates or venues have yet been confirmed for these fixtures.

The Premier League International Cup consists of 12 Premier League 2 teams and 12 U23 sides from elite academies across Europe, split into six groups of four.

The six group winners and two best runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals, while all group game matches and knockout ties will be one-off matches.

Last season, Neil Critchley's side got to the last eight, where they lost 2-1 to eventual winners FC Porto B.

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