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Liverpool join race for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:08

Liverpool have reportedly joined Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the race for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.

Ruiz emerged as one of Napoli's key men last season after making 40 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals.

According to calciomercato.com, the 23-year-old's displays have alerted him to four of Europe's biggest clubs and drawn comparisons with Spain legend Xavi.

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Liverpool open contract talks with James Milner

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 11:10

Liverpool have opened preliminary talks with James Milner’s representatives over a new deal at Anfield.

The 33-year-old joined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer in 2015 and has made 181 appearances for the Reds in four years at Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp considers Milner a valuable senior member of his squad and his ability to play in a number of positions is deemed crucial.

Milner, for his part, feels he has plenty left to offer on Merseyside and the Athletic report the midfielder has opened talks with the club over a new deal.

While an agreement has not yet been reached, more talks are set to follow and there’s an expectation on all sides that a resolution will be found.

Source: Metro

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Liverpool trigger extension clause in Joel Matip contract

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:57

Liverpool defender Joel Matip has reportedly had his one-year contract extension clause triggered by the Champions League holders.

Jürgen Klopp's side are believed to have moved to secure the future of the Cameroonian after a series of impressive showings alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The Athletic report that Matip will now remain at Anfield until at least the summer of 2021. 

The 28-year-old centre-half had joined Liverpool on a free transfer from German side Schalke in 2016 and was originally handed a four-year contract.

However, Matip's terms were set to expire at the end of the current campaign - forcing Liverpool into action to ensure the defender's future remains in Merseyside.

Source: MailOnline

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Virgil van Dijk agrees new Liverpool contract

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 10:14

Virgil van Dijk has agreed his massive new contract with Liverpool.

European Footballer of the Year Van Dijk has committed the best years of his career to the Anfield club after the final details on the near-six-year deal were finally sealed last week.

Negotiations over improved terms had been ongoing during the summer, but sources in Holland have confirmed that the centre-half will be staying on Merseyside after the two sides successfully concluded talks.

Van Dijk’s current deal was not due to expire until 2023 after his switch from Southampton for £75m just 20 months ago.

But the fresh terms will give him a considerable uplift on the £125,000-a-week basic he secured when moving from the south coast club, pushing him nearer to £200,000-a-week and tie him to the six-time European Cup winners until 2025.

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Liverpool scouting Samuel Chukwueze

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:53

Liverpool are scouting Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze, a player who came close to joining Arsenal back in 2017.

The 20-year-old sensation has become a regular in the Villarreal side over the last year, also making his Nigeria debut in that time and becoming one of the most sought-after young talents in world football.

Chukwueze joined the Spanish side from Nigerian team Diamond Football Academy in 2017 and was already well known to scouts across Europe.

Goal.com report that Arsenal almost beat Villarreal to his signing at the time, while the likes of Porto, Sporting, PSG and Salzburg were all also interested in his services.

Now the winger has become a first team regular in Spain he is alerting even more interest and Liverpool have been scouting his progress at Estadio de la Cerámica.

However, Chukwueze is in no rush to make a move to one of Europe’s bigger clubs, saying that he is just enjoying playing regular football in La Liga.

‘I know I am going in the right direction,’ the Nigerian told Goal. ‘I am happy just to be playing football and to see where that takes me.

‘I always try to see the bigger picture, and to stay patient. I am not one who wants everything immediately. I am happy to take smaller steps on the way to the bigger goals.

‘I just love to play. I love training. From the moment I wake up, I want to be kicking a ball. It is a joy for me.’

The 20-year-old has been likened to former Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger Arjen Robben, a man who is an inspiration to the youngster.

‘He’s the king, to me,’ continued Chukwueze. ‘He’s the perfect player. I watch so many YouTube clips of him, and there are so many things I can learn from watching him.

‘On the way to games, even now, I will still stick on clips of Robben and watch his goals, his dribbling. He’s my inspiration, one of the greatest.’

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Liverpool transfer target Kai Havertz on his future

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:22

Kai Havertz has hinted he could leave Bayer Leverkusen in the summer amid Liverpool's transfer interest in him.

Reports in Germany linked the Reds with a move for the 20-year-old this summer but Liverpool opted against making a marquee signing.

Jurgen Klopp, who splashed some serious cash in the summer of 2018, instead signed two youth prospects in Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott.

The January transfer window is a few months off and Liverpool have started this season very much on the front foot, suggesting the Reds will have a quiet winter too.

But should Klopp decide he needs to strengthen his midfield next summer then it appears compatriot Havertz would be up for the switch.

Speaking to Sportbuzzer, Havertz said: "I am happy to stay at Leverkusen for one more year. What happens next summer will be experienced in the future."

As aforementioned, Liverpool had a quiet transfer window, but Klopp was open as to why he wasn't looking to splash the cash this time round.

He told Sky Sports: "You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers. That makes no sense, it's not about that.

"And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players? People will say, yes, we need a substitute for Sadio Mane, for Mohamed Salah, whatever.

"But those players are here. So, do you get a one-for-one replacement? A big signing?

"People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven't played here, or whatever else.

"It's just that what is new is seen as more exciting. It's like with a new car. Your old car is completely reliable, but you want a new one and two weeks later it breaks down. It looks better, but obviously it's not that good."

Source: Daily Mirror

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Kai Havertz drops transfer hint

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 09:26

Kai Havertz has opened up on transfer rumours linking him to a host of top clubs this summer, including Liverpool.

The highly-talented midfielder is considered one of the brightest young players in European football.

The 20-year-old was linked with a number of outfits over the course of the transfer window and recent reports in Germany suggested Premier League clubs such as Liverpool , Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal were among eight teams interested in securing his services.

Havertz also emerged as a target for Bayern Munich towards the end of the summer, as did long-time Reds linked striker Timo Werner.

He did not secure a move but has now spoken out about the rumours linking him to a host of Europe's elite clubs and said "we will see what happens next summer".

"They haven't scared me off," Havertz told Sky in Germany via  Bulinews.com.

"I don't know exactly what it was like with Timo [Werner], but it just didn't happen for me this year. I think there were a number of reasons why.

"But I'm happy to be here and stay in Leverkusen for another year. We'll see what will happens next summer."

Havertz can play on either wing, as well as behind the striker and has already earned three senior caps for the German national side.

After scoring 20 goals and providing seven assists last season, he has started this campaign in similar vein, notching twice in four games.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool scouting Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 09:13

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir after scouts were impressed by him during their draw with Fenerbahce at the weekend.

The Premier League side sent scouts to check in on Cakir.

According to Turkish broadcaster Star TV, Liverpool have contacted officials at the club to inform them they will be monitoring him closely over the coming months.

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Liverpool chasing Championship starlet

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:54

Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly among the Premier League giants keeping tabs on Wigan Athletic's teenage sensation Joe Gelhardt.

Gelhardt, 17, is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Championship and made his senior league bow for Wigan back in April.

He has continued his progression under Paul Cook's stewardship this term, coming off the bench in last weekend's goalless draw with Barnsley.

According to Goal , English top-flight clubs have been monitoring the boyhood Liverpool fan's progress for some time, with both Reds and Chelsea scouts watching him in youth games last season.

Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton are also keen on potentially signing him, while Leicester and Wolves are known to be admirers of the talented young striker.

Scouts are expected to watch Gelhardt play for England Under-18s against Australia this Friday, before the Young Lions turn their attention to matches against Brazil and South Korea.

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Liverpool and Everton among clubs chasing Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 14:36

Liverpool and Everton are among a host of Premier League clubs tracking Wigan Athletic’s teenage striker Joe Gelhardt.

The 17-year-old is viewed as one of the Championship’s hottest prospects, and will this week represent England at U18 level for the first time.

Born in Netherton, Gelhardt is a boyhood Liverpudlian but joined Wigan as a 10-year-old, and his progress since has been noted by the Reds.

Gelhardt, despite being on the losing side, impressed for the Latics against Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup back in February, a game attended by Alex Inglethorpe, the Reds' Academy director.

The left-footed frontman made his senior debut for Wigan as a 16-year-old, appearing in an EFL Cup defeat at Rotherham in August 2018.

In April, he made his league bow for Paul Cook’s side as a half-time substitute away at Birmingham and he called it 'a dream come true'.

He has featured this season, too, coming off the bench in last Saturday’s goalless draw against Barnsley at the DW Stadium.

Gelhardt is contracted to Wigan until 2021, but interest in him is growing.

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Timo Werner drops transfer hint

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 08:59

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner still isn't ruling out a switch abroad in the future, despite only just signing a new deal at the Bundesliga club.

The Germany international forward was long linked with a switch to Bayern Munich, but should he opt to leave Germany then Liverpool were said to be at the front of the queue to sign the 23-year-old.

Werner - who has scored 10 goals in 25 appearances for Germany - would have seen his deal at Leipzig run out in the summer, when he could have left for free, but he ended up signing a new contract just hours before scoring in Leipzig's 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

When asked about a possible move in the summer by Sport Buzzer , he replied: "I don't exclude anything. I am and remain a player of RB Leipzig.”

Werner added that the addition of Julian Nagelsmann as Leipzig coach this summer helped him made up his mind to stay.

“Of course, that also played a role in my thinking," he continued.

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Timo Werner new contract has low release clause

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:47

Timo Werner has signed a new deal this week with Red Bull Leipzig, however it has been revealed that his contract includes a surprisingly low release clause.

The German international had been linked with moves to reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Champions League winners Liverpool over the summer.

It looked as though either club could sign him on a free transfer next summer had he not agreed a new four-year deal in Leipzig.

The 23-year-old joined Leipzig back in 2016 from Stuttgart and has been a stand-out performer for the Die Bullen, forming a formidable partnership with Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen.

According to Kicker, his new contract includes a release clause of just €30 million.

The low release clause likely explains his change of heart when it came to penning the new deal as any top club would be able to afford it.

And the likes of Liverpool, who have had a long standing interest, will be more than willing to use their funds to pry him into the Premier League.

Signing the striker for that price would be a steal for whatever club decides to pay as Werner possesses great talent and that is represented in his stats.

Since joining Leipzig three years ago, Werner has made 117 appearances in all competitions and has scored an impressive 63 goals and has made 28 assists.

Werner also has a stellar international record so far, scoring 10 goals in 25 games for his country.

In the opening two games of the season he has hit the ground running, scoring twice in as many games and has helped Leipzig to a strong start.

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Liverpool to battle for Kai Havertz transfer

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:11

Liverpool will battle with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to sign Kai Havertz next summer, according to reports.

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Havertz is expected to be in demand after an excellent few seasons in the Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old contributed 20 goals and seven assists in 42 matches across all competitions last season, with 17 of those strikes coming in the league.

He has two goals in two games this season having scored in Leverkusen’s 3-2 opening weekend win over Paderborn.

German TV station Sport1 claim that Liverpool will be one of eight major European clubs in the hunt to land Havertz.

The Germany international is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

On the continent, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid are other interested parties.

Bayern Munich are another European giant keeping tabs on Havertz, with the Bundesliga champions known for hoovering up the best talents around the division.

Sport1 claim that which club Havertz joins is far from clear, though Bayern are particularly keen.

t is said though that the attacking midfielder is set to move on in the summer of 2020 and could have even left this summer.

Any exit was however vetoed by Leverkusen boss Rudi Voller, who has ensured the club and player have not had concrete discussions with any interested clubs.

Havertz is under contract until 2022 and Leverkusen expect to raise at least €100million (£91.4m) with his sale.

Source: Daily Express

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