Hello and welcome to the Liverpool ECHO’s live Reds blog for all your very latest Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip.
The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world.
Napoli are reportedly ready to sanction the sale of defender Kalidou Koulibaly with the asking price lowered to around £60m and Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Jordan Henderson will lift the Premier League trophy despite injury ruling out the Liverpool captain for the rest of the season.
We’ll also have all the latest build up ahead of Liverpool v Burnley at Anfield with a 3pm kick-off.
Sport Witness cite PericosOnline in stating that Jurgen Klopp’s ‘interest’ in the 29-year-old centre-back ‘comes from afar’.
The article reckons Cabrera and Raúl de Tomás can leave Espanyol after the 1-0 derby defeat to Barcelona confirmed their relegation and says:
Liverpool are likely to bring in a new centre-back this summer, with Dejan Lovren potentially leaving Anfield.
With Cabrera available on loan and affordable wages (€3m per season), he could be a cheaper option for Liverpool in the post pandemic market.
A comment piece from myself on the worrying trend of targeted damage to football ‘landmarks’ in the city of Liverpool.
For me this is of great importance to fans of Liverpool, Everton and indeed all citizens.
The damage to the Dixie Dean statue after it was lit by a flare sparked understandable outrage across Merseyside.
From football fans of all hues to those with no allegiance or interest in the game, the disgust is widespread.
But whether they were an Anfield season ticket holder, someone who watches the games on the telly (albeit unfortunately that’s most of us right now) or just an attention-seeking idiot, the act had deep symbolism.
Liverpool face a battle with Manchester City and Juventus in the race to sign Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara this summer claims a report.
The Daily Mail cite Tuttosport as reporting that the Serie A giants are considering a bid for the midfielder who is out of contract next summer while reckoning City boss Pep Guardiola, who worked with the Spain international at both Barcelona and Bayern is also ready to make a move.
The article states that Thiago, seen as one of the world’s best midfielders, is keen on a move to England, with the newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool said to be eyeing up a £32million deal for the midfielder this summer.
Bruno Fernandes has helped revitalise Manchester United in the second half of the season after his January arrival at Old Trafford.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still a whopping 34 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s title winners, former Liverpool player Jason McAteer admits he wishes the Portuguese playmaker was turning out for the Reds rather than their most bitter rivals.
« There seemed to be a lack of characters in the dressing room but the lockdown now looks to have provided them with a welcome break and they have benefited from some work on the training ground.
« I saw him play against Liverpool for Sporting Lisbon in the summer in America and he was brilliant. I was hoping Liverpool would sign him and he’s been a huge influence.
« He has made Paul Pogba look a better player and you can tell the younger members of the team have been given more confidence.
« They know that they have a player who is capable of finding them when they are in good positions.
« Their defence is still a concern and I think they are prone to sulking if they go a goal behind but they are lying in wait for Leicester to continue slipping up and they look ready to pounce.
Premier League champions Liverpool could face Arsenal in this year’s Community Shield – even if the Gunners lose their FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City – reports the Daily Mail.
The article says that Pep Guardiola’s side — and neighbours Manchester United, who face Chelsea in the other tie — could be unavailable to face Jurgen Klopp’s team next month due to European commitments.
The FA are determined to stage the Community Shield, the traditional season curtain-raiser between the champions and FA Cup winners, at the end of August to avoid having to pay a rebate to broadcasters and are looking at contingency plans should City or United win the Wembley final.
If City were to reach the Champions League final on August 23 or United make it to the Europa League final two days earlier they would be unavailable to contest the Shield on the proposed date of August 30.
The FA’s preferred option if the Cup winners are unavailable is to invite the most successful club in the Shield’s history, which is Arsenal, who have lifted the trophy 15 times.
The Gunners were the last club to decline to take part in the then Charity Shield in 1971, when they arranged lucrative friendlies after winning the Double, which led to FA Cup runners-up Liverpool meeting and beating Division Two champions Leicester.
Already tipped to be a potential perfect partner for Reds defender Virgil van Dijk, the Serie A side are also said to have lowered the asking price for their star man.
Previously having looked for a sum in the region of £90m, the Italians are now ready to accept a bid between £60-70m for the 29-year-old according Tutto Napoli as cited by thisisfutbol.
This could still prove to be too big an amount for the Premier League champions, with Jurgen Klopp already warning fans not to expect any record fees this summer.
Virgil van Dijk joined for a club record fee of £75m in January 2018, making him the world’s most expensive defender at the time before Manchester United paid £80m to Leicester for Harry Maguire.
Good morning and welcome to our Liverpool live blog on another Premier League matchday for the champions.
We will be bringing you all the latest news, transfer rumours and build-up ahead of the Reds clash with Burnley at Anfield later this afternoon.
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