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Liverpool reject second Bayern bid for Mane

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 12:44

Liverpool have rejected a second bid worth a potential £30m from Bayern Munich for Senegal forward Sadio Mane.

The offer included £6.5m in add-ons, which Liverpool believe are unrealistic - and would require Bayern to win the Champions League three times, as well as Mane lifting three Ballon d'Or trophies.

The Reds value the 30-year-old, who is about to enter the final year of his contract at Anfield, at around £43m.

They have already rejected another offer from Bayern, for an initial £21m with another £4m in add-ons.

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Mark McAdam says that Liverpool and Bayern Munich are still some way off agreeing a valuation for striker Sadio Mane after the German club had a second bid rejected.

Last week, Mane said he would do "what the Senegalese people want" when asked about his future, and has more recently joked that he could sign for Ligue 1 side Marseille.

Mane and forward partner Mo Salah are both out of contract at Anfield next summer, and Bayern have been preparing a three-year deal for the African Cup of Nations winner.

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Sadio Mane he will do what the people want when responding to an online poll in Senegal which said 60-70% of people want him to leave Liverpool.

He told Sky Sports News before the Champions League final that he would decide his future after the defeat to Real Madrid, but teased fans ahead of last week's AFCON qualifier against Benin.

He said: "Like everyone else, I'm on social media and I see the comments. Isn't it between 60 to 70 per cent of Senegalese that want me to leave Liverpool?

"I will do what they want. We will see soon! Don't be in a hurry because we'll see this together."

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Liverpool consider bid for Benfica's Nunez | Man Utd also keen

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 10:28

Liverpool are considering making an offer for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, who is valued by the Portuguese club at €100m (£85.5m).

The Uruguay international scored 34 times for Benfica last season in all competitions, including goals in both legs of the club's Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool in April.

No offer has been made by Jurgen Klopp's side for Nunez, but Manchester United are also admirers of the 22-year-old.

Liverpool, however, are not prepared to enter a bidding war for the striker and will not pay over the odds for the player.

Nunez is also one of a number of forwards Liverpool are looking at this summer, with doubts over the futures of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

 Darwin Nunez Image: Nunez celebrates scoring for Benfica at Anfield

Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegal forward refused to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.

The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and joked the majority of people in Senegal want him to leave Anfield.

Salah also has one year left on his Liverpool contract but announced before last month's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that he will be staying in Merseyside for at least one more season.

The making of Darwin Nunez Benfica and Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez

Meet Darwin Nunez, the Uruguayan forward set for a big move from Benfica - and his former coaches are backing him to star in the Premier League.

Sky Sports feature writer Adam Bate speaks to those who have followed his journey from the start to find out more.

Which positions are Liverpool targeting this summer?

Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O'Connor:

Liverpool will look to strengthen their forward line this season. The fact they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how intent they are to add further quality up top.

It makes sense with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering the final year of their contracts while the potential departure of Sadio Mane, who has also got one year left on his deal, and Divock Origi having already decided to go, makes reinforcements in that area a priority. If Mane is to leave, Liverpool will only look to do business for a fee above the €30m that's been quoted and they would want a replacement sorted before allowing him to go.

With Fabio Carvalho due to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further overhaul in midfield could depend on the futures of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade Chamberlain made 29 appearances in a 63 game season and hasn't played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino made just 24 appearances and both could look for more regular first-team opportunities. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.

Strengthening the back-line doesn't appear to be a priority with Ibrahima Konate offering another option to Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk while Joe Gomez is able to cover right-back and centre-back.

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Liverpool ‘prepared to smash transfer record’ for Darwin Nunez – player ‘keen’

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 09:25

With a search for a forward now appearing a priority this summer, members of the Merseyside press have reported that Liverpool are “prepared to smash their transfer record” to land Darwin Nunez.

Benfica’s Nunez has emerged as a target this summer, with the Reds’ interest having been corroborated by a number of English and Portuguese outlets in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old was always to demand a hefty fee but Liverpool were not expected to be willing to do business at the top end of the spectrum, believed to be between €80million and €100 million.

But the Daily Mail‘s Dominic King has stated that the Reds are “are prepared to smash their transfer record to get him,” and importantly, “Nunez is keen to move to Merseyside.”

The figure Liverpool would need to reach is £85 million, a fee that the Times‘ Paul Joyce corroborates as the magic number for Benfica to be willing to do business.

It would represent a sizeable increase on the club’s existing transfer record of £75 million, a fee now considered a bargain for the transformational Virgil van Dijk.

 Benfica's Darwin Nunez reacts as his goal is disallowed for off-side during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg game between Liverpool FC and SL Benfica at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Liverpool want to sign Uruguayan forward
  • Club ‘not prepared to enter bidding war’
  • Man United and Atletico Madrid also interested
  • Benfica want 100m euros (£85m)

Man United and Atletico Madrid are also interested in Nunez, who scored 34 times in 41 appearances this season, and Liverpool will not be keen to get dragged into a bidding war.

New sporting director, Julian Ward, has “been in discussions with Benfica” but Joyce states that the club “have not made a bid at this stage” and that they “will continue to look at other targets” – a well-versed phrase in transfer dealings.

Liverpool’s interest comes in the face of Sadio Mane‘s desire for a new adventure and while Bayern Munich are pursuing the No. 10, they will need to come to the table with an offer that is worthy of the club’s attention.

These reports from members of the Merseyside press come after Portuguese outlet Record claimed that Liverpool has already tabled an £85 million bid for Nunez, who is on board with an Anfield switch.

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While it does contradict Joyce’s statement that no bid has yet been officially made, it leaves no question marks over Liverpool’s intentions for a player Jurgen Klopp has previously praised.

“Physically strong, quick, plus calm around his finish…Good, really, really good. How we say in these situations, if he stays healthy it’s a big career ahead of him.”

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Liverpool can get £15m boost via latest transfer masterclass as Jürgen Klopp has summer decision

Liverpool.com - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 08:30

Liverpool have plenty of examples of talented youngsters that have not quite made the grade at Anfield but have made the Reds a significant amount of money, and there could be another one added to that list this summer.

The ECHO report that Liverpool are seeking a fee of £15m for Neco Williams in this window. Having spent the second half of last season excelling for Fulham in the Championship, Liverpool expect suitors to come to the table.

But is £15m a fair valuation and will the Reds be able to find someone to match that number? What should happen if no one is prepared to pay that figure?

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Two of our Liverpool.com writers have their say on the debate (and don't forget: you can also have your say in the comments at the bottom of the page!).

"Let him leave" - Matt Addison

Wales are heading to the World Cup in Qatar and Williams will want to play ahead of that.

"It's a shame he's not playing in the Premier League," his international boss, Rob Page, said earlier in the season. "He's at a top, top club with top, top players and he can't get in the team. But when he plays like that, we've got to get him playing."

Neco Williams needs — and deserves — regular football and he is not getting that in the first half of next season.

For me, while £15m is a fair starting point, if Liverpool get close to that figure from Fulham or elsewhere, they should be letting the player move on.

If nothing else, you need the pathway there to say that if a reasonable price is put forwards, the club will let a fringe player take the next step — that's how you attract the next Neco Williams to Liverpool.

Calvin Ramsay can replace him for around a third of the price received for Williams (a masterstroke in itself), and Liverpool will still have a good-quality Trent Alexander-Arnold back-up option. It works for both parties if Neco is allowed to move on.

"£15m or he stays" - Ben Bocsak

With the World Cup in Qatar, Wales are in a group where they have a genuine chance of advancing to the next round of the tournament. Williams is an integral part of the Welsh team and he will be a regular at the tournament.

A few good performances in November could only elevate his price tag for FSG in order to ensure maximum profit on the player.

The temptations to sell this summer are clear. It's true he will want to play regular football and Fulham could be a good destination for him to get that having proven himself there last season. But Liverpool have to stick to their principles.

In the current market, someone of his age and quality as well as pedigree, having caught the eye in the Championship, on the international stage and even enjoyed impressive outings in the Champions League, should only be sold by the club at the right price.

£15m is more than a reasonable offer and if Liverpool cannot get a suitor to pay that January on the back of a World Cup showing could be a more opportune time to sell. Having him at the club for another six months would not be detrimental to either party, anyway.

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15 of the best photos of Liverpool’s season – from Anfield South to 500,000 Reds

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 07:00

Liverpool’s season was one to remember, a relentless and joyous experience as Jurgen Klopp‘s men lifted two trophies and kept a shot at history alive until the final day.

The 2021/22 season was exhausting for completely different reasons to that of 2020/21, with a 63-game campaign taking us all on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.

Klopp’s men delivered moments and memories to cherish and while it did not end with another piece of silverware alongside the League Cup and FA Cup, nothing can be taken away from this group of players.

Here, we take a look at our favourite photos from the remarkable season gone by – from goal celebrations, trophy lifts and 500,000 Reds at the parade.

Salah and the Kop

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah is not shy in whipping off his shirt for a goal celebration, and we didn’t have to wait long in 2021/22 to see it – the Kop got a good show!

Although against Crystal Palace it was premature as Salah had thought he’d broken Didier Drogba’s Premier League record as the highest African goalscorer, a slight miscalculation on his part.

But the former Chelsea man’s record of 104 was soon broken at Old Trafford…

Thiago’s wonder strike

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara celebrates after scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 5 game between Liverpool FC and FC Porto at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Voted as the Champions League Goal of the Tournament, there was no way Thiago‘s celebration against Porto could be passed up after that stunning goal.

The Spaniard called it “a special goal” but the list of superlatives is endless for the strike, it hit the back of the net like a rocket and have we decided if it skimmed the grass?

Red mist over Goodison

 Wednesday December 1, 2021.

From the first minute to the last, the derby at Goodison delivered it all as Liverpool ran out convincing 4-1 victors and conjured up one of the best photos of the season after Salah’s second goal.

A piece of art.

Origi’s 90+4′ at Wolves

 Liverpool's Divock Origi (C) celebrates with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) after scoring an injury time winning goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man, cometh the Divock Origi.

Liverpool needed a late winner and Klopp looked no further than the No. 27, who duly delivered to add yet another moment to his legend.

He’s going to be dearly missed.

Gordon’s record-breaking first

 Liverpool's Kaide Gordon celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While the photo documents Kaide Gordon‘s first Liverpool goal, against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, it also signifies the importance of the young players to what unfolded throughout the season.

Seven academy players debuted for Klopp’s team this season and made an impression, the future is bright.

The Old Trafford rout

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the fifth goal, completing his hat-trick, during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Not one, not two, three or four, but five-nil – it was a day to remember back in October as Liverpool served up a thumping for Man United.

Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and a hat-trick for Salah sealed the emphatic win, while Ibrahima Konate made his presence felt in more ways than one – one of the greatest away days under Klopp.

Klopp’s passion

Jurgen Klopp celebration, fist pump, shouting, The Kop, Anfield (PA Media / Alamy)

We definitely weren’t deprived of Klopp’s fist pumps this season, whether that be in Europe, on the road in England or at Anfield.

Always burning with emotion and sometimes with some trickery making us think they weren’t going to happen before dipping his shoulder and running back, we just couldn’t get enough.

This particular image came after the narrow 1-0 win over West Ham, Klopp’s reaction spoke volumes.

‘Oh, he wears the No. 20’

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Talk about up close and personal!

It was that man again, Diogo Jota, causing all sorts of pain for Arsenal and what a joy to behold as the travelling Kop sang his chant throughout the night.

‘Oh, his name is Diogo’

A goalscoring return for Elliott!

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After five months on the sidelines with a nasty ankle injury, Harvey Elliott returned in style by scoring his first goal for the club at the Kop end against Cardiff in the FA Cup.

All the hard work to get back on the pitch was rewarded, what a moment it was for the boyhood Red.

Kelleher’s League Cup moment

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (L) and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher celebrate with the trophy after winning the Football League Cup Final match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are so many incredible moments captured in time from this League Cup final triumph, but this one speaks volumes of the role Caoimhin Kelleher played in the triumph.

A moment between the captain and his goalkeeper, one to be treasured.

Alisson mocks Pickford

This one may not be in high definition, but it’s an image that cannot be overlooked when discussing the best of the season.

Alisson taking the mick out of Jordan Pickford was delightful, using his own time-wasting tactic against the Everton ‘keeper at the most perfect of times at Anfield, iconic.

The FA Cup gets the Henderson treatment

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson and his team-mates celebrate with the trophy after the FA Cup Final between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw, Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One to bring an instant smile to your face, the 16-year wait for an FA Cup triumph came to an end with another nerve-shredding penalty shootout.

Kostas Tsimikas was the hero that day as Wembley again turned red as Klopp and co. completed the set!

Anfield South

 Liverpool supporters celebrate after the FA Cup Final between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw, Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is not much more that needs to be said of this FA Cup final image, it’s truly magnificent.

A night under the Anfield lights

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg game between Liverpool FC and SL Benfica at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Anfield sent Liverpool to Villarreal with a 2-0 advantage in the Champions League semi-finals and while they would make a hard go of it in Spain, the home leg was one to savour.

Jordan Henderson triggered the opener before Sadio Mane added a welcome buffer, and it’s clear to see the importance was not lost on the players at the time.

A photo you can hear.

500,000 Reds welcome Liverpool home

 Sunday May 29, 2022.

The players and manager were worried what the reception was to be like after the disappointment of Paris, but they needn’t have ever been concerned as Liverpool showed up, and then some.

An estimated 500,000 Reds lined the streets of the parade route in scenes that lifted the entire club, setting the foundations for what is still to come.

Liverpool Football Club is so very special.

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Liverpool transfer headache must be avoided at all costs and Jürgen Klopp comments prove it

Liverpool.com - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 07:00

Liverpool have a lengthy list of things to sort out this summer, and so sporting director Julian Ward could definitely do without adding another box that will need ticking before the start of the season (or, ideally, pre-season).

But with second choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher having admitted that he doesn't know where his future lies while on international duty, there could be something extra to think about.

"I’m not sure what’s happening yet," Kelleher said ahead of Ireland's UEFA Nations League game against Ukraine. "I’m still finishing this season and then we will have conversations after that to see what happens. I’m not sure yet. Obviously, I need to play these few [international] games and see what happens with them and maybe decide after that.

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"To win a cup with such a big club like Liverpool was obviously a great moment. When you do it once, you kind of want to do it again and again and get that feeling again. It’s given me great motivation to try to do it again and get those experiences again."

"We want to keep him as long as somehow possible, knowing that, from our point of view, the best goalkeeper in the world is our number one," Jürgen Klopp said ahead of the Carabao Cup final at the start of the year.

"Caoimhin is an exceptional goalkeeper and we want to keep him here. And for that, he needs games. These games are his competition, and there’s no chance of him not playing."

In the FA Cup, though, Kelleher did not play, with Alisson Becker in goal for the semi-final and final there. Alisson, Klopp reasoned, was the 'FA Cup goalkeeper', even though Kelleher had played against Shrewsbury Town and Cardiff City in the first two rounds of the competition that Liverpool played (Alisson had played Norwich).

Kelleher played six other matches in total across the season. Four of those matches were in the Carabao Cup, and two came in the Premier League (when Alisson had Covid) — against Watford (5-0) and Chelsea (2-2).

In both of those league fixtures, Kelleher impressed, with the appeal of the Irishman simple to see: he is a very good shot stopper, but as important in a Liverpool team, he is exceptional at playing out from the back and fits seamlessly into the Klopp style.

But the question for Kelleher is what comes next. He could feasibly be the number one choice for a number of Premier League clubs and many more across Europe. While he has enjoyed his time as Alisson's understudy, that will almost certainly change at some point.

Turning 24 later this year, there might be a decision to make — after all, Alisson is only 30 in October so could have nearly a decade left at the top level.

But for Liverpool, if he can stay at the club next season, there is no better number two out there. If Liverpool are to go anywhere close to the quadruple again next season, they need him to stay.

Finding another 'exceptional' back-up goalkeeper is an almost impossible ask.

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Liverpool FC City Parade 2022

LFC on YouTube - Sun, 05/29/2022 - 19:57
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