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Fabinho squad number update

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 12:59

Fabinho will wear the No.3 shirt in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Chester FC on Saturday, although his official squad number for 2018-19 is yet to be decided.

The Brazil international, who officially joined the Reds from AS Monaco on July 1, is in line to make his debut for the club at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Fabinho has not yet been assigned a squad number for the campaign ahead, but will wear No.3 against Chester.

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Solanke hungry for more progress in 2018-19

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 11:00

After getting a taste of Premier League and Champions League football with Liverpool last term, Dominic Solanke is targeting another season of progress in 2018-19.

Solanke was one of 26 Reds to report to Melwood for pre-season training last Monday, and the striker is likely to feature in the first friendly of the summer against Chester FC on Saturday - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

The 20-year-old’s first campaign at Anfield included 27 first-team appearances, six of which were starts, as well as a senior international debut for England - and he wants to build on that promising foundation over the course of the next 10 months.

“The same again really and to try to better myself and improve again,” Solanke told Liverpoolfc.com, after being asked to outline his goals for the season ahead.

“[I want] just to improve on what I was doing last year and hopefully the team can have a good season.

“The manager showed great faith in me last season and I was very thankful for that. The Champions League was a crazy run throughout the whole of the season. To get to the final was an amazing achievement and to be part of it was amazing. I’m thankful for that.”

Solanke struck his first senior goal for Liverpool against Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign when he sent a powerful shot cannoning in off the crossbar in a 4-0 win that sealed the Reds’ top-four finish.

“It’s always difficult when you haven’t got your first goal,” he admitted.

“To get that was a relief. I’m happy I’ve got that now so I can build on that.”

Solanke and the other members of Jürgen Klopp’s squad who returned to Melwood earlier this week now have five days of training under their belts, but Solanke’s preparations for the new season began over the summer.

“It’s tough but it’s good being back with all the boys. We met the new boys as well and it’s nice to welcome them too. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks,” he said.

“The manager likes to know when we’re doing stuff in the off-season. It’s always important to keep in good shape. It’s nice to have a break and a rest but you’ve always got to think about the season ahead as well.”

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Ryan Kent: It's time to show what I learned last season

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:00

While Ryan Kent defines 2017-18 as ‘quite disappointing’ on a personal level, the Liverpool forward feels he emerged from the campaign with experiences to build on.

After impressing during pre-season and signing a new long-term contract with the Reds a year ago, Kent spent the first half of last term with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, before heading to Bristol City of the Championship between January and May.

The 21-year-old was restricted to 17 senior appearances throughout the campaign, though, and is now back at Melwood after reporting for pre-season training on Monday.

Kent has returned with a determination to prove himself to Jürgen Klopp and hopes to get a chance to feature in Liverpool’s first friendly match ahead of 2018-19, which comes against Chester FC on Saturday and can be watched live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

“I think in football terms last season wasn’t the best season for me, it was quite disappointing,” he told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood.

“In terms of game time I think I only started eight games last season, but I think it was a learning experience to be able to go to probably the second-best league in Europe in the Bundesliga, and making my debut against Bayern Munich. 

“Then to be involved in a play-offs chance with Bristol City was a good opportunity as well, so I took many things away from last season and hopefully I can build on that again.

“The early games in pre-season give everyone an opportunity to go and showcase yourself and hopefully I can do that. I’m looking forward to it.

“The first game of pre-season, everyone is raring to go. Get the ball at your feet and go and enjoy yourself.”

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His experience of being part of the first-team set up throughout pre-season 12 months ago means Kent was attuned with what Klopp would demand this time around - and the England U20 international is eager to make a positive impression on the boss.

“Last pre-season was good in terms of the experience I got. I knew it’d be tough, so I prepped myself over the summer to be able to compete in training now,” he said.

“Last season I think it [pre-season] put me on the platform, it put me out there to people who probably weren’t aware of me and it was a great experience to play against some of the top teams in Europe and hopefully I can replicate that this season.

“I think proving that I’m fit is the first thing, and then start showing him [Klopp] that I have took things away from last season, even with not as much game time as I would’ve liked. I still learned things and hopefully I can put that into place this season.”

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Joe Gomez's good luck message to England

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 08:00

Joe Gomez has been watching England's World Cup campaign with a bittersweet mix of emotions – but is cheering them on from afar as they prepare to face Sweden.

An ankle injury sustained in the final weeks of last season denied the Liverpool defender the chance to represent his country at the tournament in Russia.

Reds teammates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are there, though, and have helped Gareth Southgate’s side reach today’s quarter-final.

While Gomez rues the fact misfortune prevented him from being part of the run, he could not be happier to see England in contention.

“100 per cent,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “The whole nation is behind them.

“It is bittersweet for me personally, I think it’s a natural emotion to wish I was there, just with the circumstances it was under and the chance I could have had.

“But everything happens for a reason and I wish the boys nothing but the best. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going and go all the way.”

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Watch now - Shevchenko Park: A Boss Session

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 23:25

LFCTV relives the role played by Liverpool supporters en route to the 2018 Champions League final in a new show.

Shevchenko Park: A Boss Session is a half-hour tribute to those who roared the Reds to club football’s greatest stage in May.

Despair ultimately lay in wait at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium; however, the run to Kiev will live long in the memory.

And ahead of Liverpool’s return to pre-season football against Chester FC, we explore the coming together of a fanbase.

From Boss Sessions in the Baltic Triangle to the terraces of AS Roma’s Stadio Olimpico, the piece is an ode to the most important people at the club.

We meet the duo who wrote our version of ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’ and hear from musician Jamie Webster, who took the tune to a whole new level.

We speak to the organisers who turned Shevchenko Park into a ‘mini-Glastonbury’ and the young fans who became the lifeblood of a whirlwind campaign.

The show aired for the first time on LFCTV on Friday and is available to watch on demand via LFCTV GO above.

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Firmino's Brazil knocked out by Mignolet's Belgium

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 22:56

Roberto Firmino's World Cup dream came to an end as Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Simon Mignolet's Belgium in their quarter-final clash in Kazan.

The Liverpool forward was introduced at the beginning of the second half with his country trailing by two – an own goal by Fernandinho and a clinical drive from Kevin De Bruyne.

Tite’s side halved their arrears through Renato Augusto late on to set up a grandstand finale but the Belgians held firm and go through to a last-four meeting with France on Tuesday night.

Mignolet was an unused substitute for Belgium.

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Ward: I've been itching to get back to Melwood

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 20:00

Danny Ward has revealed he has been itching to get back to Melwood since just two days into his summer break.

And, following this week's return to training for Liverpool's first-team squad, the Welshman has his sights set on getting important game time during the run of friendlies that gets under way at Chester FC on Saturday.

The players who did not participate in the World Cup this summer were given just over five weeks off before reporting back for pre-season on Monday.

Asked whether he was pleased to be back on the training field, Ward told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a strange one, because when the season finishes you have a couple of days of calm and then you're ready to go again.

"Obviously, you enjoy your holidays but it gets quite tedious and you get a bit agitated because you want to just get out and kick a football. 

"I'm really excited to play games again."

Ward and co have been steadily stepping up the intensity of training since getting back to business five days ago.

Of the summer workload, he said: "[I'm] tired, a bit stiff, but it's good to be back. Some new faces, some lads who you've not seen in a while who have been out on loan. 

"We're all pulling in the right direction and pushing each other on in pre-season, which is obviously tough for a reason and will stand us in good stead.

"Double sessions, especially with this weather - it's never been known, weather like this at Melwood - has made it slightly harder. 

"But it'll all be worth it when it comes to the start of the season.

"[My aim is to] just work hard, get as fit as I can, be as sharp as I can, hopefully get some games in pre-season and stay fit, and hopefully catch the eye. 

"But that's what pre-season's all about for all of the boys."

However, the 25-year-old insists there is no substitute for playing proper matches when it comes to getting sharp for the new season.

He added: "It's about getting your bearings. You see the [four-sided] game [in training], it's alright doing that for orientation but when it comes to a game you're getting your measurements again on the pitch. 

"For goalkeepers, it'll be your starting position, how you take your line off the defence, knowing what's around, making sure you're communicating. 

"It's good to get that practice in and that's what pre-season is for, honing your skills and making sure you're ready to go."

Ward also opened up on the subtle differences between being a goalkeeper or an outfield player during the pre-season period.

"To be a goalkeeper in this modern era, you have to be fit, you have to be able to keep up with the boys in the running," he said.

"But it's more sometimes explosive; you've got to dive and get across the goal rather than run the length of the pitch to score. 

"It modifies in certain areas, obviously we do a lot work with sports science and we also have our sessions with John [Achterberg]. 

"It's hectic but, as I say, it'll be worth it."

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Klopp discusses kick-off clash with England quarter-final

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 19:59

Jürgen Klopp admits he would have enjoyed an opportunity to watch England's World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday, but logistics meant there was no chance of bringing forward Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Chester FC.

The Reds will contest their first fixture of the summer at 3pm BST at the Swansway Chester Stadium – the same time Gareth Southgate’s team are getting under way in Russia.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “What can I say? When we planned it, it was obviously not really clear [England would play at the same time] – and I didn’t think about it, to be honest.

“Now we have tried for a few days to change the time, but it’s not possible. Chester tried as well, but said it is not possible – all of the things they have organised around the game, we cannot change it.

“We would have been ready for pretty much everything; playing at 12, playing at seven, whatever. It’s now like it is. We will record the game and hope they will go through when we watch it back. I am really, really happy about the role England are playing – Hendo is playing and Trent had his first World Cup game as well, so it’s really nice. It would have been nice to watch it.

“We now play on Tuesday [against Tranmere] and could potentially miss a game in the first semi-final – I can’t believe it! But it is our pre-season and we have to play our own games.

“I am pretty sure the people in Chester will be in the stadium and will watch the game because it is our first pre-season friendly, so it’s a nice one. It’s good for Chester. I think they’ve sold out and that’s a nice thing.”

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Watch live: Liverpool v Chester FC - 2pm BST on Saturday

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 19:06

Watch Liverpool's first pre-season friendly of 2018-19 live and exclusively on LFCTV and LFCTV GO as the Reds face Chester FC on Saturday.

Having returned to training at the beginning of the week, Jürgen Klopp’s men take to the pitch at Swansway Stadium with kick-off at 3pm BST and our build-up beginning an hour earlier.

And you can watch the entire game live as we await a first glimpse of summer arrivals Fabinho and Naby Keita and the chance to see the team in action again.

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

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Matip and Lallana set to miss Liverpool v Chester friendly

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 18:58

Joel Matip and Adam Lallana are unlikely to feature in Liverpool’s first pre-season friendly against Chester FC.

Both reported to Melwood for day one of pre-season training on Monday, but Jürgen Klopp does not expect to have either available for Saturday’s match at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Matip, who has not played since sustaining a thigh injury in March, is set to return to full training next week, while Lallana is struggling with illness.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will also miss this weekend’s game, with the Dutch duo scheduled to start pre-season training at Melwood on Sunday after being afforded extra time off due to international commitments at the end of 2017-18.

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Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think it’s a bit too early for Joel. He is in training, not doing all but in a few parts he’s doing more than the others. He’s not involved in football at the moment but from next week on he will be fully involved. 

“That’s it, pretty much. On Sunday, Gini and Virgil are coming back and then they’ll start their pre-season. 

“Adam Lallana will not be involved possibly, not sure. He’s a little bit ill, we have to see. I think Saturday will not be possible for him.”

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Ousmane Dembele decision made amid Liverpool link

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 12:41

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele will not be leaving for Arsenal or Liverpool this summer, according to reports.

Barcelona star Dembele has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool after struggling for the Catalan giants last season.

The France international, who is currently in Russia as his side aim to win a first World Cup trophy since 1998, signed as a replacement for Neymar last year in a huge £134million transfer.

However, Dembele toiled at Barcelona and ended the season firmly below the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the pecking order.

Liverpool have already expressed an interest in the wing wizard, with Jurgen Klopp saying: "Is he available? Then I'm interested."

Arsenal have also been linked with Unai Emery keen to reunite him with former Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Yet the Manchester Evening News suggest Barcelona have decided not to sell the forward.

The club appeared poised to land Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer.

But the Atletico Madrid striker sensationally rejected a move to Barcelona in favour of staying put.

The MEN say Barcelona deem Dembele a player for the future despite his struggles during his maiden campaign.

And Arsenal and Liverpool must now look elsewhere if they wish to bolster their already formidable attacks.

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Henderson: I'd step up to take another penalty

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 11:49

An unfortunate miss against Colombia will not prevent Jordan Henderson from taking another penalty for England at the World Cup if chosen.

The Liverpool captain was denied from 12 yards by David Ospina as the Three Lions and the South Americans contested a shootout after a 1-1 draw in their last-16 tie.

Henderson’s disappointment was short-lived, though, as Gareth Southgate’s side went on to prevail 4-3 on spot-kicks to set up a quarter-final showdown with Sweden.

And should penalties be required for England again at the tournament in Russia, the Reds midfielder will raise his hand without any qualms.

“I just went through the process that I normally do, that I’ve been working on,” he said of his effort on Tuesday night, which was saved to the goalkeeper’s left.

“Maybe it was a good height for the ‘keeper – if anything, it needed to be higher or lower – but in penalties you can miss or there can be a good save. Thankfully the lads dug me out.

“It wouldn’t put me off taking another but it might put Gareth off. I’d take another one but obviously it’s down to the manager. I would understand if he chose someone else.”

Jordan Pickford proved the hero for England by superbly punching away Carlos Bacca’s fifth penalty for Colombia, teeing up Eric Dier to clinch victory.

“You obviously fear the worst when you miss a penalty but Pickers did brilliantly with the save and they’ve hit the bar, so I’m just relieved we got over the line,” said Henderson.

“We’re a really close group. It’s difficult when you miss and nothing can be said that’s going to make it all right, but it’s not about me. We won in the end, that’s the main thing: a massive win, especially on penalties.

“I just thanked [Pickford]. I can’t thank him enough. I’m forever in his debt. He said the Mackems have to stick together.

“He deserves all the praise. He got a bit of criticism last week, undeservedly, so I am so happy for him to achieve that. He made some fantastic saves in the game.”

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Xherdan Shaqiri confirms Premier League stay

Thu, 05/07/2018 - 11:40

Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that he wants to stay in the Premier League - as he revealed that his next move will be confirmed soon.

The Swiss winger was relegated with Stoke City last season but has come under consideration from Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool manager seeks to add more depth to his attack this season.

With Switzerland eliminated from the World Cup at the hands of Sweden, Shaqiri says his future could be sorted very soon.

He said: "At the moment, I can't say anything. You are going to hear soon on my future.

"I was not thinking about this because I was just focused on my national team and wanted to make a good tournament for my team and my nation. It's pretty normal to be aware of clubs being interested.

"I don't know, it's not dependant on me sometimes. Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that.

"I hope I can stay in the Premier League. I hope so, you never know with football. I don't rule out anything."

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Tranmere v Liverpool: Fixture brought forward 24 hours

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 22:29

Liverpool Football Club can confirm the pre-season game with Tranmere Rovers has been brought forward by 24 hours and will now be played on Tuesday July 10.

The fixture, to be held at Prenton Park, was originally scheduled to be contested on Wednesday evening.

However, it’ll now take place a day earlier, with kick off remaining at 7.30pm BST.

The Reds and Tranmere have taken the decision to bring forward the game to avoid any potential clash with a World Cup semi-final for England should they progress beyond Sweden in Saturday’s last-eight tie.

Liverpool's first friendly of the summer - against Chester FC at the Swansway Chester Stadium - will remain unchanged from its originally scheduled 3pm kick off on Saturday.

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Picture quiz: Can you identify all of LFC's Spanish stars?

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 17:12

Spanish duo Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres signed for Liverpool on this day in 2005 and 2007 respectively as they followed an increasingly well-trodden path from the Iberian nation to Anfield.

The Spanish influx began during the 'Rafalution' of Reds boss Benitez in 2004 and has continued to this day, with 21 Spaniards featuring for the Reds first team down the years.

While cup-winning goalkeeper Reina ranks third in the club's all-time list of clean sheets, and striker Torres became the fastest Red to score 50 league goals, not all the imports became such household names.

Can you name the 19 other Spaniards whose identity we’ve masked in the pictures below?

1.

Clue: Benitez's first Spanish buy for Liverpool in 2004.

2.

Clue: Arrived as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Real Madrid.

3.

Clue: Liked to score from his own half.

4.

Clue: Scourge of Chelsea.

5.

Clue: An aerial threat who scored 72 goals for Real Madrid.

6.

Clue: Signed from Sevilla, made one appearance for LFC, against CSKA Sofia in 2005, and joined Deportivo La Coruna (pictured).

7.

Clue: Made his full debut for LFC at Camp Nou and stifled Lionel Messi.

8.

Clue: Signed from Barcelona’s youth ranks in 2007, the attacking midfielder left Anfield after making 17 appearances.

9.

Clue: Centre-back made five appearances for LFC after signing from Sevilla in 2007. Now at Middlesbrough.

10.

Clue: Winger spent two years at Anfield and made his debut against Manchester United.

11.

Clue: Made his debut under Brendan Rodgers before joining AC Milan in 2015.

12.

Clue: The defender had to play in goal for LFC against his former club.

13.

Clue: Signed from Sevilla in 2013 after starring on loan at Barcelona B. The attacking midfielder is now at Lazio.

14.

Clue: Striker who is now playing for Spain in the 2018 World Cup.

15.

Clue: Full-back spent a year on loan at Anfield from Atletico Madrid.

16.

Clue: Scored a stunning solo goal against Spurs in his second game for LFC.

17.

Clue: Released by Barcelona's academy, he played one game for LFC before joining Norwich City.

18.

Clue: Valencia-born midfielder spent last season on loan at Go Ahead Eagles.

19. Miki Roque

A special mention must go to Miki Roque, who spent four years at Anfield during the Benitez era before returning to Spain, where his young life was tragically cut short by cancer in 2012.

Pepe Reina paid a touching tribute to the centre-back when he lifted the Euro 2012 trophy with Spain by wearing Miki Roque's Real Betis shirt.

Answers: 1. Josemi Rey, 2. Antonio Nunez, 3. Xabi Alonso, 4. Luis Garcia, 5. Fernando Morientes, 6. Antonio Barragan, 7. Alvaro Arbeloa, 8. Dani Pacheco, 9. Daniel Ayala, 10. Albert Riera, 11. Suso, 12. Jose Enrique, 13. Luis Alberto, 14. Iago Aspas, 15. Javier Manquillo, 16. Alberto Moreno, 17. Sergi Canos, 18. Pedro Chirivella, 19. Miki Roque.

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Divock Origi: I'm feeling positive about Melwood return

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 16:58

Divock Origi is aiming to put the experience he gained during his loan deal with Wolfsburg to good use this pre-season and seize his opportunities during Liverpool’s summer friendly schedule.

The striker spent last term with the Bundesliga club, making 36 appearances and scoring seven goals after sealing a temporary switch from the Reds in August.

Origi returned to Melwood on Monday to begin pre-season training – and has explained why he’s out to stake a claim in the forthcoming summer fixtures.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I am happy to be back. It feels a bit like I am familiar with everything and I never left, so it was easier for me to integrate back into the group. I’m very happy.

“It was a learning season for me [with Wolfsburg]. As a team, we had a difficult season with a lot of changes, but we fought until the end and managed to stay in the league. It was a bit of a change of scenario; I learned a lot mentally and grew a lot. I think I’ve come back more mature.

“On and off the pitch last season, I think grew a lot. I tried to keep fit during the off-season and now I am very excited for the new season.

“I just have to keep my focus on enjoying myself on the pitch and giving everything. The next few weeks will show. The feet do the talking on the pitch, so we will see how it goes. I am positive.”

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Origi returns to Liverpool after another season of progression for Jürgen Klopp’s side, in which they sealed a successive top-four finish and reached the Champions League final.

“Every year since I have been here, we have progressed so much,” he continued. “Even now, I have come back and can see we’ve progressed even more. It was a great season with a difficult end, but it will make us stronger.

“We’ve always come back from setbacks, so I am very excited to see what is going to happen in this new season.”

It’s not just with Liverpool that Origi wants to impress. The 23-year-old is also eager to force his way back into the reckoning with Belgium having not been included in their squad for the World Cup finals.

“I felt especially in the end of last season, I was back in form but maybe it was a little bit too late [to get a call-up],” he said.

“I will be supporting them from afar. We have a very good squad with Belgium, but I’ll do everything to come back as soon as possible.

“My focus is just on playing on my game. When you get into your flow, the goals will follow. It’s about getting fit, getting back into my rhythm as soon as I can and then hopefully scoring as many goals as possible.

“I want to help the team as much as I can. That’s the objective for the whole group and we’ll see how that goes.”

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Barcelona may sell Liverpool target

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 15:44

Barcelona are reportedly closing in on signing Arthur Melo, which could see Liverpool transfer target Yerry Mina exit the club.

The Colombia star was one of his country’s stand-out players at the World Cup as he scored three goals in three appearances.

Mina headed in a dramatic equaliser to force extra-time between Colombia and England in the last-16, but then suffered shoot-out heartbreak.

The centre-back is under contract at Barcelona until 2023, but has only made six appearances in total for the Catalan giants since arriving in January.

Liverpool has been linked with a move for Mina in recent months as Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth to a backline that relies heavily on Virgil van Dijk’s leadership.

Marca claim the arrival of Melo from Gremio will mean Barcelona will have one too many non-EU players in their team.

Spanish press previously reported Barcelona were keen to offload Mina and a switch to the Premier League was an option.

Any side would jump at the chance to give Mina a chance after his heroics at the World Cup. As well as the England equaliser, Mina scored a 90th minute winner against Senegal.

Mina put Colombia 1-0 up against Poland in the previous game and has become an expert in scoring crucial goals just when his side needs one.

Clubs have already been in contact with Barcelona about Mina’s availability and the La Liga giants have reportedly set a £11million asking price.

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Fabinho: It will be an honour to wear the famous red shirt

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 13:04

Fabinho has revealed his excitement over getting his Liverpool career under way this week, describing the prospect of representing the club as a 'huge honour'.

The 24-year-old became the Reds' first signing of the summer transfer window just two days after the Champions League final, agreeing a switch from AS Monaco that was ultimately finalised last Sunday.

After a fee had been agreed with the Ligue 1 club, Jürgen Klopp detailed how Fabinho would fit into his plans - though it appears he needed little convincing that Anfield was the perfect destination.

The midfielder was already thrilled by the idea of playing for Liverpool and, with his first game for the club now a step closer, he is looking forward to achieving big things on Merseyside.

"I've been following the club closely in the last few years and they've improved greatly under Jürgen Klopp," he told FourFourTwo.

"He's said I might play in a few different positions but the plan is to use me in midfield and I'm available to play wherever he needs me. He left the best possible impression.

"He told me the calendar is demanding in England and that he needs players like me. It was a huge honour to hear such a compliment and that's what I wanted for my career - a move to a big club that knew they could count on me.

"[The day I signed] was party day! [My wife and I] were both smiling at everything. I was really anxious during all of the negotiations, so when it was time for me to sign the contract I couldn't have been happier - a dream come true. 

"When I was doing the medical exams, I couldn't stop asking people, 'When does it finally become official?' You don't sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world every day you know!

"A club with Liverpool's history wants you? Come on, you just pack your bags and go! It will be an honour to wear the famous red shirt. For a club like Liverpool, a good season means trophies. 

"Perhaps we can win the Champions League; we were so close to winning it last season. I'm optimistic about the future and I'm looking forward to winning a lot of titles with Liverpool."

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The Brazilian also explained how conversations with compatriot Roberto Firmino further stoked his excitement over an impending switch.

He added: When we were close to finalising the deal, Roberto started giving me some tips about life in the city. He told me Liverpool was a fantastic place, just a little cold every now and again!"

Fabinho is certain line up alongside Mohamed Salah next season after the prolific Egyptian penned a new long-term deal with the club earlier this week.

On playing with the Reds' No.11, he said: "It was a pleasure watching him and he's improving year on year. He's entitled to dream of winning the next Ballon D'Or based on his numbers and achievements next season.

"It's great to see how quickly he adapted to Liverpool which is obviously encouraging for me."

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Nabil Fekir given chance to quit Lyon

Wed, 04/07/2018 - 12:00

Nabil Fekir has been given the chance to quit Lyon after telling the club he wants to leave.

The Ligue 1 club's manager Bruno Gensio has revealed that president and transfer power broker Jean-Michel Aulas has offered Fekir the opportunity to walk away from the club.

And he admitted that Fekir has his sights set on leaving.

Fekir's £53million transfer to Liverpool broke down earlier this summer despite completing a medical.

But the move is believed to still be alive with talks set to continue when the winger returns from World Cup duty with France.

He has come off the bench in all four of France's games so far in the tournament, helping them to a quarter-final showdown with Uruguay.

However Fekir's club situation remains the hot topic - and he has told Lyon that he wants to leave.

"He has expressed his desire to play at another level," Lyon boss Genesio told reporters in France.

"We will need to set a date.

"If there is a possibility like with Liverpool, Nabil will certainly seize the opportunity, once both parties agree."

He added: "I am working under the assumption that he will stay with us.

"He wants to take the next step. The president has offered him the chance to leave. We will see after the World Cup. If Nabil is here, it makes my job easier.

"I would be happy to keep him. I think he is looking at two possibilities: To stay to play the Champions League with us or to leave to join a bigger club."

On top of Liverpool's interest, there have been reports that Manchester United are also in the race for his signature.

Aulas has recently revealed that he has had a conversation with United boss Jose Mourinho - and claimed that he is no longer in negotiations with Liverpool.

"I was with Jose Mourinho the other day. We had long discussions," he said.

"Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool. At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup."

Source: Daily Mirror

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