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Liverpool considering move for Augsburg left-back

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:31

Liverpool are interested in signing Augsburg star Philipp Max, according to reports in Spain.

The German left-back is in hot demand this summer after turning out consistent performances for Augsburg in the last two years.

Max, 25, chipped in with four assists and four goals in the Bundesliga last season and Sport claim Liverpool and Barcelona are battling to sign him.

Augsburg are prepared to sell Max and have slapped a £18million asking price on their defender.

Max is under contract with Augsburg until 2022 and the German club will be hoping both Barcelona and Liverpool firm up their interest.

Liverpool are on the lookout for another left-back this summer after the departure of Alberto Moreno.

Andy Robertson is Liverpool’s current No.1 choice at left-back, but Jurgen Klopp is keen to provide competition for the Scotsman.

With Moreno’s exit, Liverpool do not have a senior left-back in their squad.

Klopp, though, is not prepared to spend big on a back-up full-back and Liverpool are not expected to do any serious business this summer.

Source: Metro

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Liverpool target Havertz uncertain if Bayern move is 'next and right step'

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:59

Reported Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz has admitted he is uncertain if playing for the Bundesliga champions is the “next and right step” for him, while conceding he is likely to move on from Bayer Leverkusen in the future.

The 20-year-old Havertz is considered one of Europe’s brightest young talents, having exploded onto the scene last season with Leverkusen.

The midfielder scored 17 times in the Bundesliga, which was good for fourth place in the Golden Boot race, while adding another three goals in the Europa League.

Bayern and Liverpool have been among the clubs linked with Havertz, though both player and club have ruled out a sale this summer.

And speaking to Bild, Havertz admitted uncertainty over whether Bayern are the right club for him when he does decide to depart, though he added it is not his primary focus at the moment.

“I really don’t know yet whether Bayern is the next and right step for me,” Havertz told Bild.

“I also don’t know whether foreign countries would not be more suitable for me. I really don’t think too much about it at the moment.

“I have that self-confidence, yes [I could play for Bayern]. But the same applies to other clubs as well.”

However, while he is not considering a move at the moment, Havertz conceded that a transfer is in his future at some point, even if his focus remains on his current club.

“I am honest, at some point the next step must come for me,” Havertz said. "But I’m not going to worry about when exactly that will happen.

“What counts now is Bayer Leverkusen. We still have a lot to do. Leverkusen very quickly signalled that they wanted to keep me.

“That’s why it wasn’t an issue for me. Now I’m starting my 10th year here, maybe we can make it a golden one for the club.

“What will happen afterwards has not yet been decided. There is no club where I have already signed.”

Source: Goal.com

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Liverpool keeping tabs on Fenerbahce goalkeeper

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:14

Manchester City, Liverpool and Basel are monitoring Fenerbahce goalkeeper Berke Ozer, a source close to the player revealed to Goal.

The three clubs have made enquiries to Ozer's representatives regarding his current situation and availability.

Ozer is viewed as an investment for the future and would be loaned out if he were to leave Fenerbahce to gain first-team experience.

The 19-year-old joined the Turkish club from the highly-acclaimed Altinordu academy as one of the top talents in Turkish football.

Ozer turned down interest from several European sides including City, Liverpool and Basel to join Fenerbahce under the impression he would be joining a club prepared to give him a role in the first team.

But the young 'keeper made just one appearance in the Turkish Cup in what was a disappointing season for the Super Lig giants last term.

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Liverpool move clear in race to sign French wonderkid

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:59

Liverpool have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign French wonderkid Bilel Hassaini, according to reports.

Hassaini, 18, is one of the most in-demand attacking midfielders in Europe and spent last season with Nancy in France.

His contract expired at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and he is yet to agree new terms with the Ligue 2 side, with a host of clubs queuing up to sign him on a free transfer.

Nancy would be due some compensation, having brought him through their ranks, and Arsenal were thought to be favourites to sign him.

However, French media outlet Foot Mercato claim Liverpool are now in pole position.

Saint-Etienne are also said to have held talks with him, while Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also credited with an interest in the player.

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool join race for £20million Russian rising star

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 08:17

But they have fellow Premier League big-hitters Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United for company, with the CSKA Moscow striker on the radar of many of Europe's top clubs.

The 21-year-old is being tipped as Russian football's star of the future with a goal record and lethal finishing ability that is attracting Germany's leading clubs Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, as well as French side Monaco and Sevilla of Spain.

Arsenal are keen to snap Chalov up after he scored against them in a losing effort in the 2017-18 Europa League quarter-finals, and he boosted his fan club with a goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage last December.

Chalov, who has been at CSKA since he was eight, finished last season as the Russian Premier League's top scorer on 15 goals – two ahead of Zenit St Petersburg's Sardar Azmoun.

He also weighed in with seven assists to enhance his growing reputation as an attacker who can score and make goals with his eye for a pass, smart decoy runs and awareness of space.

Chalov signed an improved deal in January that runs until June 2022 – but the talented striker is already a hot-property with clubs circling.

Having parted company with Daniel Sturridge, Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is on the look out for another striker.

But Chalov, with 27 goals in 65 League games for CSKA is looking for game time – not a bit part role.

And that could be a problem for Liverpool with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino unmoveable in the Anfield forward line after leading the club to a sixth European Cup and a second-place Premier League finish, one point adrift of champions Manchester City, last season.

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Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe 'open to everything' this summer

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 12:10

Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain target Nicolas Pepe is 'open to everything' this summer, according to his agent.

Pepe enjoyed a breakout year in Ligue 1 with Lille and is expected to leave this summer if the French side's £60million valuation is met.

His agent, Samir Khiat, further fuelled talk of Pepe's exit in an interview on French TV show L'Equipe Mercato.

'Nicolas is open to everything,' Khiat said.

'The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility. Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions.

'He is wanted by a considerable number of clubs. For him the most important thing is to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.'

Pepe hit 23 goals in 45 games last season in a campaign that saw Lille finish runners-up domestically behind runaway leaders PSG.

And the French champions could make an approach for Pepe should they lose one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer.

For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to identify players that can bolster his squad and with the potential departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, Pepe would represent an attainable attacking target.

The player was away at the Africa Cup of Nations but Ivory Coast suffered heartache against Algeria in the quarter-finals, losing on penalties.

Pepe is now likely to return his focus to his club future as talks between clubs and his agent continue to gather pace.

Source: MailOnline

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Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho 'keen' on Anfield transfer

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 08:53

Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho are both reportedly keen on securing a return to Anfield for the Brazilian midfielder - but Barcelona have other ideas.

Coutinho swapped Merseyside for northern Spain in January last year in a whopping £142million to seal a dream move to the Nou Camp.

But despite a promising start to life with the Catalan giants, the midfielder endured a difficult campaign in 2018-19.

He scored just five La Liga goals in 33 outings - three fewer than he managed in 18 games in the second half of the previous season.

Sections of the Barca support let their feelings be known towards the end of the term and there have been rumours linking him with an exit.

Liverpool and Manchester United have both been touted as potential destinations - but Barca would rather use him as a makeweight to Paris Saint-Germain in a potential deal for Neymar, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Reds would only be interested in Coutinho for a significantly reduced price on the one they received from Barca 18 months ago.

Neymar is desperate to escape from the French capital and even refused to turn up for pre-season as he looks to force a move back to Barcelona.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool interested in Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 12:52

Liverpool are interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, reports say.

Liverpool offloaded Coutinho to Barcelona back in January 2018, with the Brazil international moving to the Nou Camp in a £142million transfer.

At the time, many expected the Samba star to be a huge hit given how well he performed in the Premier League.

But Coutinho has suffered since his Liverpool exit, struggling for form at Barcelona while his former club have gone on to win the Champions League trophy.

Given the playmaker’s struggles, talk of a move away from Catalonia this summer has been rife.

And Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that Liverpool are interested in re-signing the player.

Coutinho’s preference is said to be a return to England this summer despite PSG aiming to land him as part of any Neymar swap deal.

He has ruled out Manchester United because they are not competing in the Champions League.

And a move to Chelsea has also been discarded because of the Blues’ transfer ban.

The report says, though, that Liverpool will not break the bank to bring Coutinho back to Merseyside.

They are reluctant to fork out a similar amount than what they sold the player for nearly 18 months ago.

And how Coutinho’s future plays out remains to be seen.

Should Barcelona land Neymar and Antoine Griezmann there appears little chance of him getting game time.

Source: Daily Express

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Sources: Origi set to extend Liverpool contract

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:43

Liverpool are optimistic that Divock Origi will accept the club's offer of a contract extension following his return to preseason training, sources have told ESPN FC.

The striker, who has a year remaining on his current deal, reported to Melwood on Monday and signalled his desire to play a further part in helping the Reds win silverware.

Origi scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final as Liverpool secured their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp and their sixth European Cup.

He was also pivotal in the historic comeback against Barcelona at Anfield, scoring two goals in the 4-0 semifinal second-leg win.

Sources have told ESPN FC that talks over a new deal have been progressing well with the Belgium international, who recognises there will be greater opportunities to feature for Liverpool given the packed schedule for 2019-20 plus the involvement of Roberto Firmino at the Copa America as well as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Origi backs himself to seize his chances and prove decisive again. As revealed by ESPN FC last month, Liverpool will not sanction the sale of the 24-year-old this summer even if he does not sign an extension.

That the club do not want to cash in on him is also a positive factor for Origi, who has a close relationship with Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon and Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.

The latter has repeatedly resisted the chance to sell the forward on the cheap, believing he could make valuable contributions.

The determination to tie Origi down is another mark of Liverpool prioritising a policy of retaining players rather than overhauling the squad. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Joel Matip are also expected to extend their Anfield stays, while ESPN FC revealed Virgil van Dijk has informed the club he wants to sign a new contract just 18 months after joining them from Southampton.

Source: ESPN

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Liverpool scout Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:31

Liverpool have been scouting Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun and the Iranian’s excellent form has impressed the onlookers, according to reports in Russia.

The 24-year-old moved to Zenit from Rubin Kazan on 1 February this year and has been finding the back of the net on a regular basis ever since.

Azmoun has scored 14 goals in 17 matches across all competitions since his arrival, including two in the Russian Super Cup on Saturday, which Liverpool scouts were in attendance for, according to SovSport.

Zenit went on to lose 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow, but the brace from the Iranian appeared to confirm to the visitors from Merseyside that he is the bright talent they thought he was.

Liverpool were first linked with Azmoun back in the January transfer window of 2017, but he was not interested in the switch due to a likely lack of game time.

"There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window," Azmoun said in 2017.

"However, I did not feel the time to move was right.

"I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.

"I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision.

"I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future."

Source: Metro

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Liverpool scout surprise striker

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:19

Liverpool had scouts to watch Sardar Azmoun in the Russian Super Cup at the weekend, according to reports.

Russian outlet Soviet Sport claims that members of the Reds’ scouting department were in attendance as Azmoun’s Zenit St Petersburg faced Lokomotiv Moscow at the VTB Arena in Moscow.

Reigning champions Zenit were defeated 3-2 but Azmoun scored two goals either side of half-time.

The 24-year-old only joined the Gazprom-owned outfit back in February for a fee of around £10.5million, having neared a loan move to Wolves in January which fell through on deadline day.

Iran international Azmoun, formerly nicknamed ‘The Iranian Messi’, has long been tipped for a move to Europe with Liverpool credited with interest in the player since 2016.

And Soviet Sport say that Liverpool scouts left Russia with positive reports of Azmoun’s display against Lokomotiv.

The ex-Rubin Kazan front-man has enjoyed a positive spell in his new country so far, with 14 goals and three assists in just 17 appearances across all competitions.

Azmoun insists he rejected the chance to join up with Jurgen Klopp in January 2017.

In an interview with the website for the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, he said: “There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window.

"However, I did not feel the time to move was right. I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.

"I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision. I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future.”

But whether Liverpool will look to act on their apparent interest in Azmoun is uncertain, given their low-key summer so far.

Source: Daily Express

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Liverpool 'to make £45m bid' for Dani Ceballos

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 15:18

Liverpool are ready to make a £45million bid for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, according to reports from Spain.

The Los Blancos star is a Reds target but the Anfield club were against making a bid for him due to Real Madrid's negotiation demands.

Spanish publication Marca reported that Real Madrid are insistent that a buyback clause is inserted in the deal to take Ceballos to Liverpool.

The La Liga giants reportedly believe that the Spain Under-21 international has the potential to one day lead their midfield, but currently his first team opportunities are limited.

A buyback clause enables Real Madrid to part company with the midfielder for a hefty fee - in the region of £45m - before re-signing him for a good price, should Ceballos develop.

Liverpool were against this idea as it offers them very little protection in terms of keeping hold of the player and earning good money for him in the future.

But Marca, via SportWitness, is now reporting that Liverpool have had a change of heart.

Jurgen Klopp is said to be such a fan of the Spaniard that he is willing to overlook the buyback clause and is ready to make a bid to sign Ceballos.

What's more, the buyback clause would be considerably higher than the £45million the Reds would pay to sign the 22-year-old in the first place.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Jürgen Klopp wants transfer for 'next Xabi Alonso'

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:47

Jurgen Klopp is ready to make a move for the 'next Xabi Alonso at Liverpool', according to reports from Spain.

The Reds boss has signed just one player so far this summer - Sepp van den Berg for £1.3million - but has hinted he could open the chequebook before the window slams shut.

One man who has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer is Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

The 22-year-old isn't guaranteed first team football at the Bernabeu this season, and a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham are also taking a look at the Spaniard.

Klopp is believed to be interested in signing the Real Betis graduate.

But according to Marca, via SportWitness, who have claimed the Spaniard can become the 'next Xabi Alonso' at Anfield, there is a problem that could derail the deal.

The paper reports that Klopp is only interested in the transfer if the Reds can buy the midfielder outright.

The German doesn't want a buy-back clause included in the deal. Real Madrid however do as they feel Ceballos could one day lead their midfield.

What's more, Ceballos reportedly shares this view and would only agree to a Liverpool transfer if such a clause was put in place.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham chasing Dani Ceballos

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 09:24

Real Madrid are ready to let Dani Ceballos leave the club with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all reportedly interested in the talented youngster.

Ceballos is coming off the back of a victorious tournament with Spain at the European Under-21 Championship but the midfielder is reportedly not in Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid next season.

The 22-year-old’s situation at the Bernabeu is being monitored by several big clubs across Europe, but according to Spanish publication Marca, it is the Premier League clubs of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool who are top of list in competing for his signature.

The report suggests Tottenham are in pole position to sign the player.

Ceballos could even become part of a deal for Christian Eriksen, who only has one year left on his contract and is showing no interest in renewing his contract with Spurs.

Tottenham are looking to sell the Dane this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing next year, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly reducing the club’s asking price for Eriksen from £134m to £62m.

When asked about his plans for next season Ceballos, who scored three goals for Real in 13 La Liga starts in their last campaign, insisted he is prioritising playing time and being at a team where he is wanted.

“The most important thing in this life is to be happy and it is something that can only be achieved by playing 40 games a year,” he told Marca.

“My personal goal for next season is to play 40 games, to get comfortable with myself at all times.

“Wherever it is, but in a place where I can feel valued.”

Ceballos is also wanted by Arsenal, who are reportedly trying the hardest of all the current clubs involved to sign the midfielder.

However, as Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at strengthening several areas of his squad on a limited transfer budget of £45m, the report suggests the club favour a loan deal with an option to buy Ceballos at a later date.

It is not known whether this option would be acceptable to Real as Zidane is still looking to raise money to fund more transfers as he puts the finishing touches on his new-look side for next season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is also interested Ceballos but given the competition for places in the Champions League winners' squad the German might struggle to offer the Spaniard the minutes he is demanding.

One issue to any possible transfer could be Real’s preference to include a buy-back option in any deal, but the interested teams will no doubt be boosted by Ceballos' recent comments.

Upon returning from winning the under-21 Euros he insisted he had “no specific” league in mind for his next move but isn’t worried about leaving Spain.

“What I know is that I want to enjoy next year and I am open to try new experiences, I am not afraid,” he said.

“I know that next year I have a very nice challenge ahead.

“I would like to try new things and, above all, enjoy a lot.”

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Liverpool enter race for Real Madrid midfielder

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:32

Liverpool have reportedly entered the race to sign Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.

Ceballos has caught the eye at the U21s European Championships this summer but he has no future under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal and Tottenham are both believed to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, with AC Milan also in the mix and Real not ruling out a loan move.

But reports in Spain suggest Liverpool are also keen on Ceballos.

Marca claims Liverpool have been keeping an eye on the midfielder with their interest growing in recent weeks.

While Jürgen Klopp was not expected to do much business this summer, it is suggested he believes Ceballos would add an extra dimension to the Liverpool midfield.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool keen on £93m Ousmane Dembele transfer

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 07:21

Liverpool have reportedly approached Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele over a summer transfer move.

Dembele, 22, has struggled to live up to his £93million price tag following a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017, managing just 18 goals in 65 appearances for the Catalan giants.

Last season, Dembele’s poor attitude angered Barca officials as he turned up late for training on numerous occasions, but Jürgen Klopp is convinced he can get the best out of the Frenchman on Merseyside.

According to L’Equipe, Liverpool have ‘initiated contact’ with Dembele as Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, with Daniel Sturridge set to leave the club.

The report claims that Bayern Munich have also opened discussions with the World Cup winner following a failed move for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

However, Dembele is determined to prove himself at Barcelona and the La Liga champions are not keen on selling the France international.

Dembele has not even been swayed by Antoine Griezmann’s imminent move to Camp Nou which would appear to put his place under further threat.

Barca have made it clear that only an offer of £93m – what they paid for Dembele – would be considered this summer.

Source: Metro

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Liverpool make approach for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 07:12

Liverpool have made an approach to Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in France.

The winger has failed to fulfil his potential since arriving at Camp Nou for £135million.

With Barcelona exploring the possibility of re-signing Neymar, it’s likely they will have to offload a number of stars to reach Financial Fair Play regulations.

One of those is Dembele and it has also been speculated that he could be used in a potential swap deal.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic have also been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a potential exchange.

According to L’Equipe, Liverpool and Bayern Munich have both made approaches for the Frenchman.

Jürgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the 22-year-old, who of course impressed so much at the German’s former club Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich see Dembele as their alternative solution to Leroy Sane after Manchester City made it clear they do not intend to sell.

Antoine Griezmann will complete his £107m switch from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona this month.

His arrival is said to have been pivotal in Dembele’s choice to contemplate his future in Spain.

He has not been enjoying his football of late after a series of injuries had seen him fall out of favour under Ernesto Valverde.

Source: Daily Express

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Spain U21 star refuses to rule out transfer to Liverpool

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:17

Junior Firpo has failed to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer.

The Real Betis wing-back enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last year, catching the eye of many top European clubs despite niggling injuries.

Both Liverpool and Barcelona have been considering moves for Firpo this summer, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

And Firpo, 22, has left the door open for a switch after being quizzed on his future.

He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro U21 Championship-winning Spain team.

“I want to enjoy this success and the holidays, right now all the clubs are starting their pre-season and we are finishing it – when the summer is over I will sit down and talk about my future,” he told Diario AS.

Firpo has a release clause of €60million (£53.5m) with Betis.

Given that he has a long-term contract until the summer of 2023, the Seville-based club will likely want the fee to be paid in full if they are to sanction his exit this summer.

However, Betis have a replacement on hand already, with young full-back Emerson on loan from Barcelona until 2021.

He has currently been playing back-up to Firpo.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool considering buying Philippe Coutinho back

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:35

Liverpool are open to re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona after struggling to find his form at the Nou Camp, according to reports.

The Brazilian midfielder joined the Spanish giants in a staggering £145million deal in January last year, the third-most expensive transfer in history.

However, Coutinho has endured a frustrating time in Spain and has come in for plenty of criticism from the Barcelona fans, scoring 21 times and creating 11 assists in 76 games.

And according to Spanish publication Sport, Liverpool could turn their attentions to Coutinho after finding it tough to negotiate a deal for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.

Coutinho quickly became a fans' favourite at Anfield during his five years at the club, featuring over 200 times.

The 27-year-old netted 54 times and produced 45 assists at Liverpool, and fans may relish the prospect of Coutinho linking back up with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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Liverpool confident Divock Origi will sign new long-term contract

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 12:10

Liverpool are reportedly confident that Divock Origi will sign a new long-term deal with the club after the forward held talks with Jürgen Klopp.

Origi is about to enter the final year of his Anfield contract, but has enjoyed one of the more unlikely renaissances in the club's recent history.

Origi netted a 96th-minute winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby, headed a late goal at Newcastle which ensured that the Premier League title race would go down to the last day, scored twice in the unforgettable Anfield comeback against Barcelona and climbed off the bench to wrap up victory in the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.

Even when he hasn't been in the team, Origi is said to have impressed Klopp and Anfield coaches with his attitude in training and his preparation for games.

And Football Insider report that Klopp has held talks with Origi while away on holiday, and the Reds boss is confident that the 24-year-old will agree to a new five-year deal.

Klopp is said to have told Origi that Liverpool will be relying on him in the opening weeks of the season, especially as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be eased back into action following their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America respectively.

With no major attacking transfer arrivals expected, Origi could start the season for the Reds, who begin the 2019-20 Premier League with a home fixture against newly-promoted Norwich on August 9.

Source: Daily Mirror

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