Premier League side Liverpool have decided to begin talks with Sporting Lisbon over the possibility of getting winger Gelson Martins this summer.
The club is seeking an alternative after a few setbacks in their transfer market pursuit this term.
The Merseyside club have reportedly agreed personal terms with target Mohammed Salah but AS Roma are yet to agree to the club’s transfer fee range. Roma want £35 million for the player which does not corresponds with Liverpool’s valuation.
The 22-year old Martins is highly rated in Portugal. Liverpool scouted him all season and they deem him fit for the role. He scored six goals in 32 games but he was more crucial for the team. His release clause if a little less than £50 million even though reports say Sporting could listen to offers in the range of £40 million.
With the player in his prime and possibly many more years to come, Liverpool seem to prefer that option to Salah. The former Chelsea man is 24 years and he played under Jose Mourinho. He was sent on a loan deal to Fiorentina where his nine goals in 26 games attracted Roma’s attention. The Egyptian played a year at Roma before he eventually agreed to join them on a permanent basis for £15 million. Read more
The 32 year old shot-stopper Steve Mandanda has picked up a knee injury which has left him out of the pitch for a significantly long period of time and his future as a player of Crystal Palace appears to be reaching it’s end as the French performer has not played a competitive match for the English Premier League club since November of 2016.
It’s rumored that Liverpool’s JurgenKlopp has not been impressed by his main goal-keepers Simon Mignolet or by Loris Karius and it’s because of this reason that JurgenKlopp is being linked with Steve Mandanda as a possible player that could be signed during the summer transfer window.
Aston Villa is another club that has shown interest in signing Steve Mandanda and could become potential competitors for Liverpool when the summer transfer window re-opens on July 1st. Read more
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he is disappointed with the draw against Manchester United as he feels that his players have done enough in order to win the game.
He said that they have given everything they can on the pitch and felt that they deserve more than just a point in the game.
The German manager said that Manchester United had played an intelligent game and soak up all the pressure before launching long balls in the final stage of the game. He admitted that his players were tired by then and that it was difficult for them to defend against a physical side.
However, he believes that his players have done everything they can to win the game and that it was unfortunate that they could not score another goal. He said that his team has played the better football during the whole match and that Manchester United has had to resort to long balls in order to equalize. Read more
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he lacks depth in his squad at the moment and that it would be tough going in the holiday season fixtures.
He said that he would have liked to rotate his team a bit during the Christmas season but because of injuries he would not be able to do so.
Jurgen Klopp said that he is keen to add new players to the team during the January transfer window but one of his main targets Christian Pulisic is not available for sale. Borussia Dortmund has told their former coach that this player forms part of the future for the team and that they do not have the intention of selling him.
Jurgen Klopp feels that he lacks some depth at the moment and that it will be tough to continue like this. It is believed that he has already informed the Liverpool hierarchy that he would need some additional players during the January transfer window in order to mount a serious push for the title.
The German manager said that it is a tough situation at the moment and that he does not have many options at the moment. He has promoted some of the best U23 players in the team, but he feels that they are not ready enough to play in tough games. He said that he would have to wait for his injured players to get back into the team before getting options.
He said that Liverpool needs to improve their defending collectively and not allow their goalkeepers to be exposed to shots from a distance. He feels that there is a lack of urgency in the team sometimes and this is why the opposition players are allowed so much freedom to shoot and to pick a player with a long pass.
It’s believed that Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is currently monitoring the youth team of Barcelona as the German manager has already identified a players that have the potential to succeed in the Premier League and Klopp is rumored to be interested in signing a few of those players in the near future.
Jurgen Klopp wants to add more youth to his squad and it appears like there are a few players in the Barcelona B squad that have caught his attention and rumors have recently been stating that Klopp has already ordered some of his staff members to keep a close eye on the training grounds and development of Barcelona’s youth academy, whether or not this is actually true is something that remains to be confirmed. Read more
Steve Bruce says if he remained only a club Footballer in his life and did not make it to the international level, Alex Ferguson is responsible for that.
Bruce was going to be picked by the Irish association if he had said yes when they had come knocking in the early nineties. The former defender was 34 years of age back then and had no scope of an England career at all.
As per Bruce, if he was on himself, it would have been an easy ‘yes’ from his side, but, for the interests of Manchester United, Ferguson asked him to sacrifice that opportunity and he did that. Read more
Liverpool’s journey in the International Champions Cup has seen them losing against Chelsea with a final scoreboard of 1-0 in favor of Antonio Conte’s team.
Liverpool just couldn’t find a way past the defensive scheme that was set up by Antonio Conte as the Italian manager was directing one of his first competitive matches as the coach of Chelsea.
The team of Jurgen Klopp did manage to bounce back from their defeat against Chelsea as they overcame Ac.Milan in their latest International Champions Cup match which was played at the Levi’s Stadium in California on July 31st.
Divock Origi and Roberto Firmini scored all the goals in this game and both of them found the back of the net in the 2nd half. Liverpool had 60% of possession as the English outfit was the dominant team of the match and simply performed better than Ac.Milan.
Jurgen Klopp was extremely proud about how his team performed in this game as he talked to the media following the conclusion of the match and the German manager said: Read more
It is believed that Liverpool will make a bid of £30 million next week to sign Sadio Mane from Southampton.
If the deal goes through he will be joining the likes of Adam Lallana, DejanLovren, and Nathaniel Clyne, who has made the move from Southampton to Liverpool.
Ever since taking charge of the club, Jurgen Klopp has displayed his intentions of signing another offensive midfielder, and he will feel that Mane will be a great player to boost his attack. Indeed Mane is a player that will fit Klopp’s philosophy as he is full of running and carry a potential threat from midfield.
It is reported that Klopp wanted to sign Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich, but the player did not feel to be keen to join Liverpool. The German manager has chosen instead to step up his pursuit of Sadio Mane as he wants to get all his players in place before the pre-season begins. Indeed this will be Jurgen Klopp’s first full season in change, and he will have no excuse this time if Liverpool do not show any sign of improvement. Read more
Former Liverpool legend John Aldridge has suggested that Liverpool needs a new left-back if they are going to challenge for trophies.
For him, Alberto Moreno is not up to the standard and has to be replaced in the transfer winder. Indeed, many fans were not satisfied with Moreno’s performance in the defeat against Sevilla and had called for the player to be replaced.
John Aldridge said that he does not want to put the blame on any individual for the defeat against Sevilla but believes that Moreno got it wrong on the first goal conceded by Liverpool. He said that it is okay to make a mistake once but in the case of Moreno he keeps making the same mistakes time and again. He is often guilty of ball watching and most of the time he gets his positioning wrong.
For Aldridge, this is inadmissible at this level and given that Moreno has plenty of experience he should not have been making such mistakes. He believes that the player has some abilities but that he is struggling to play with Liverpool current formation. If Liverpool want to win something in the future, Aldridge believes that they will need to get a top left-back. Read more
Jurgen Klopp won the first Merseyside derby with a convincing win at Anfield. His Liverpool side thrashed Everton 4-0 to put even more pressure on Roberto Martinez.
Martinez has been under pressure during recent weeks with his Everton side on a poor run of form, but this defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals can be difficult to take for the fans. Liverpool was impressive over the course of the match and did not give their opponents any chance during the game.
There was a big contrast between both managers as Klopp seems to be enjoying every minute of the game while Martinez was quite frustrated and concerned with his team.
The next game against Manchester United can be important for Martinez, and if Everton get beaten again, then it would be difficult to imagine that Martinez will be the manager next season.
Liverpool, on the other hand, started the match well and put Everton under pressure. The first Liverpool goal came in the 43rd minute when DivockOrigi will connect with a James Milner cross. Four minutes later, the host will double their lead again thanks to a Milner’s cross. This time, it would be Mamadou Sakho who would score with an impressive header. Read more