FSG may already be working on the perfect Mohamed Salah transfer plan for Liverpool next summer

Liverpool.com - Wed, 06/29/2022 - 01:00

Mohamed Salah — a name once worshipped at the Kop, despite still being a Liverpool player, his name has evoked apathy from a large section of the supporters base at Anfield of late.

Salah is a world-class talent who was undoubtedly one of Liverpool's best players last season, but with his long-term future in doubt, there is increasing trepidation he could depart the club on a free contract next summer and move to pastures new.

He will leave behind him an indelible legacy, and also a major void if he does decide not to extend his current deal. The gaping abyss left from his absence will be a mighty task for Julian Ward to fill. But it seems like the club's sporting director is already working on a plan to ensure Liverpool are prepared for the possibility.

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According to Sport, Liverpool are in discussion with Serge Gnabry, who also has an expiring contract with Bayern Munich next summer, and who the club could potentially see as an heir to Salah's throne at Anfield.

Predominantly playing on the right-wing, but also capable of playing on the left and in central roles, Gnabry's profile is similar to that of Salah as we have previously highlighted here. In key metrics, they match up well together but the key difference is that Gnabry is over three years younger than the Egyptian star and therefore Liverpool may be more open to giving him a long-term contract on the wages he would demand.

Not to mention, there will be a lure of replacing a player departing on a free with a player arriving on a free contract is one FSG will regard as the perfect solution to what would have been an otherwise hefty financial challenge considering there are few players of Salah's ilk on the market and most cost excessive figures.

Next summer, if he were to arrive on a free contract, Gnabry would be on the brink of turning 28 years old. He would be about to enter his prime years in his position and still have plenty of seasons left at the pinnacle of the game.

It's a sort of future proofing for Liverpool who will hope by the end of Gnabry's time at Anfield, his successor will already be primed through the likes of Kaide Gordon or Ben Doak, who have both been brought into the club's academy over the last years and a half with extremely high hopes and will be expected to make a gradual progression into the first team.

Gnabry has proven over the last few seasons his talent in the Champions League and the Bundesliga, and while he may not ever hit the heights of Mohamed Salah, he has the ability and potential to reach close to it.

Few players offer a guarantee of goals like Salah, but Gnabry, with 104 goal contributions in 171 appearances for Bayern Munich, would certainly come close.

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Real Madrid sound Jude Bellingham transfer 'warning' as Liverpool know 2023 plan's risks

Liverpool.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 22:00

Liverpool aren’t likely to make a move for a new midfielder this summer, despite a move seemingly making sense. The club still haven’t replaced Gini Wijnaldum, but it seems like they intend to hold off from making a big purchase in the middle of the park until next summer.

According to many, Liverpool intend to make a serious move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer of 2023. This makes sense in a lot of ways as the likes of Fabinho, Thiago Alcântara and Jordan Henderson will be a year older, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely leave the club upon the expiration of his contract.

Moreover, Bellingham gets another year of top-class football under his belt at Dortmund, and given that he’s only about to turn 19, has a very bright future ahead of him.

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However, Liverpool can’t sleep on Bellingham. According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are considering making a 2023 move of their own for the former Birmingham player.

News outlet AS report that Madrid have identified Bellingham as their big midfield signing for next summer, after signing Aurélien Tchouaméni this summer for around £86m.

While a lot could change in a year, the last thing Liverpool need is to enter into a competition with Madrid for Bellingham, with FSG resistant to get into such battles with other teams for targets, preferring instead to have a clear run in order to keep the price down.

As history has proven time and again, the allure of playing for Madrid tends to win the day in a lot of cases, despite Liverpool’s own standing in the game, and so there is no guarantee that just because Bellingham is English, he would prefer a move to Liverpool if it came down to a choice between the two sides.

It’s just another reminder that Liverpool can’t take Bellingham for granted and that they must have something in place with Dortmund this summer, some agreement or another, that ensures that Bellingham stays where he is for the next year, but that in 2023 he moves to Anfield.

Liverpool no doubt know the risks involved in waiting a year for Bellingham. The club did the same with Fábio Carvalho, after his January deal broke down at the last minute. Other clubs could have come in and swooped for Carvalho ahead of a summer move, but Liverpool knew a deal wasn’t far away, and so bided their time to sign him officially.

Moreover, despite prioritising Bellingham for the midfield next summer, the club will no doubt have contingency plans put in place in case things don’t go according to plan, with it being said that the likes of Nicolò Barella, Luka Sučić and Ibrahim Sangaré all supposedly appreciated by Jürgen Klopp and the club.

Either way, the summer of 2023 will likely be a big one for Liverpool’s midfield, and the hope will be that Bellingham will be the marquee signing, but Madrid have sent a warning that waiting is a risky game.

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How Harvey Elliott could play a key role in next Liverpool evolution

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 18:00
Harvey Elliott‘s ankle dislocation curtailed what had been a promising rise at Liverpool – now fully fit, he could star for the Reds this coming season.

Last summer, there was some anticipation surrounding the ever-growing reputation of Elliott, returning from an impressive loan spell at Blackburn.

Still, not many predicted him to not only start three of the opening four Premier League games, including against Chelsea, but start them in central midfield.

He shone with a brave display in the 2-0 win over Burnley, and was even better in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield, slotting in seamlessly.

Keeping Thiago on the bench, the Englishman provided guile and courage in midfield as part of the new-look triangle on the right-hand side with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah.

 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)

Sadly, Elliott’s progress was cut short by a horror left ankle fracture-dislocation at Leeds and it was almost five months before he returned, scoring his first-ever Reds goal with a swivelling half-volley against Cardiff.

From that game onwards, though, he started just three times – only once in the league – and he was ineffective when thrown into the lineup away to Inter Milan.

The magnitude of the games post-Christmas required experienced heads, so it was invariably any three from Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita used by Klopp.

Elliott himself accepted that his lack of intensity in training played a part in amassing just 336 minutes on the pitch following his injury return.

“It’s been tough, there have been a few downfalls and I don’t think I’ve played as much as wanted to since I’ve been back, but hopefully there are many years to come of me playing football,” Elliott admitted to This Is Anfield in May.

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“There were a couple of weeks where I wasn’t training at my best, I wasn’t performing to the best of my ability and I knew that in myself.”

Because of that, the short attention span of modern football means Elliott’s stock has fallen and he isn’t considered a regular starter next season by some.

Those early-season appearances are proof that he can be, though.

Liverpool’s Foden?

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are clear similarities between Elliott and Phil Foden, in terms of their playing style and pedigree.

Both short in stature but supreme in natural ability, they possess stereotypically wand-like left feet, thriving with a low centre of gravity.

They play for their respective boyhood teams and have both been earmarked as future superstars since secondary school age, so the comparisons are understandable.

In fact, Elliott should be looking at Foden as the perfect role model – someone who is three years his senior and who similarly had to bide his time before becoming a fixture in City’s team.

 Manchester City's Phil Foden during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When Foden was 19, he was about to embark on a season that still only rendered nine league starts, but also 38 appearances in all competitions.

He wasn’t the main man under Pep Guardiola, but in the two seasons since, he has won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards and become a leading player for club and country.

Elliott’s career may not mirror Foden’s by 22, but it is easy to envisage his 2022/23 campaign being similar to the latter’s 2019/20, in terms of impact and playing time.

Somewhere close to 40 appearances in all competitions would be considered a success, as long as his creative numbers are healthy.

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) and Chelsea's Marcos Alonso during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Elliott has the ability to open up defences and add a new dimension to the midfield, while his pass completion rate in the league last season (84.3%) was superior to Jordan Henderson (83.8%), James Milner (83.2%) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (78.9%).

Consistency will come with time, but Klopp has called him a “fearless boy” and will know he has a jewel up his sleeve – someone with that healthy dose of arrogance that is required in elite footballers.

One year older and even more comfortable in his surroundings, this could be Elliott’s moment to go up a gear.

New gear, competition & system tweaks

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates with a smoke bomb as his side win the Football League Cup Final match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool fans love a transfer soap opera and the current talking point is the Reds not signing another midfielder this summer.

While that is causing plenty of ire, especially with Milner, Thiago and Henderson now in their 30s – Fabinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain turn 29 this year, too – Elliott could feel like a new signing.

He will be well-rested after enjoying a summer holiday, while a full pre-season can only bode well.

Now expected to take the No. 19 shirt, this suggests that Elliott’s squad status is naturally enhanced and that he is considered a regular part of Klopp’s plans.

Away from his No. 8 role in a 4-3-3 system, there is also the potential for him to be used in a 4-2-3-1, should Klopp opt to switch his formation.

 Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp prepares to bring on substitutes new signing Luis Díaz and Harvey Elliott during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Elliott has the guile to thrive as a No. 10 in front of a double pivot, allowing him more freedom, providing chances for the front three.

His fruitful spell at Blackburn saw him score seven goals and register 11 assists in the Championship – a superb effort in a tough league, especially as a teenager.

Elliott’s versatility means he is also capable of doing a job in a right-sided attacking berth, as was predominantly the case at Ewood Park.

He lacks Salah’s electric pace and dynamism, which is a drawback, but that natural ability to drift inside and create space for Alexander-Arnold can make him a good option there.

 Fulham's Fábio Carvalho during the Football League Championship match between Sheffield United FC and Fulham FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The signing of Fabio Carvalho will immediately make midfield competition greater, with the 19-year-old starting 32 of his 33 appearances in the No. 10 position last season.

But their shared experience coming through the youth ranks at Fulham could see an exciting tandem form at Liverpool.

Greg Cruttwell, the founder of Carvalho’s youth club Balham FC, believes that he suits Klopp “down to the bone,” and Elliott himself told This Is Anfield that he is a “great kid as well as a great player.”

It is easy to forget about Curtis Jones, too, and he is another who should be expected to take another positive leap in the right direction.

Elliott is a raw player who is still learning, and while moments of magic are to be expected, so are learning curves along the way.

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold during a training session at the Stade de France ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final game between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Frustrating displays are to be expected, as was the case with a teenage Steven Gerrard, but Liverpool have a special young player who would already be a more cemented figure had injury not occurred.

Expectations and excitement surrounding him should be great, given his talent.

And while a new midfielder still wouldn’t go amiss, the Reds may already have a secret weapon ready to explode.

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French interior minister apologises to Liverpool fans for CL chaos

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 18:00

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has offered an apology to Liverpool fans for the distressing scenes at the Champions League final in Paris.

Liverpool fans were initially blamed by the French authorities for the chaos outside the ground ahead of the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, which saw thousands of supporters locked out and then tear-gassed by police.

France's sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera and Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin both said ticketless fans or supporters with forgeries trying to get in were the cause of the trouble.

However, there have been numerous eyewitness accounts of major congestion problems on the approach to the stadium and patient fans being locked out for almost an hour amid issues with scanning tickets.

Having testified before the senate that some supporters arrived late, some were intoxicated and around 40,000 tried to enter the stadium with no tickets or fake tickets in "massive fraud on an industrial scale," Darmanin has now climbed down.

Darmanin did not retract his claims, but the evidence presented by the Liverpool Disabled Supporters chair Ted Morris and Spirit of Shankly's Joe Blott last week has forced him to admit "poor management" of the showpiece.

"Could the Stade de France have been better managed? The answer is yes," he told RTL in France.

"Do I have some responsibility for that? The answer is yes. I apologise to those who who suffered from this poor management.

"It is certain we have changes to make to the organisation."

Darmanin shifted blame to the "delinquency in Saint-Denis".

In response, Spirit of Shankly said: "No one should underestimate the significance of this. One week after the truth was told by the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association and ourselves an apology has followed.

"While this is obviously welcome as a first and much-needed positive step, deflecting blame is not acceptable and greater sincerity is still required. Our basic demand remains unaltered - a fully independent investigation is essential."

Paris police chief apologises for tear-gassing Liverpool fans at CL final

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Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol explains how the Champions League final delay occurred, with thousands of Liverpool fans being held up outside the Stade de France

Paris police chief Didier Lallement admitted that the managing of the final was "obviously a failure, because people were being pushed around or assaulted while we owed them safety".

Lallement apologised for tear-gassing supporters, who were waiting to enter the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

Speaking at the French Senate, he said was sorry for authorising the use of tear gas but felt he had no other option under the circumstances.

Lallement said: "It is obviously a failure. It was a failure because people were pushed around and attacked. It was a failure because the image of the country was undermined."

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Sky Sports News' chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol says the events outside the Stade de France do not tally with what French interior minister Gerald Darmanin considered fraud

Lallement also admitted his early estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 fans without tickets or with fake tickets was probably inaccurate.

"Perhaps I was wrong," he said. "Whether there were 40,000, 30,000 or 20,000, it didn't change the fact that there were tens of thousands of people who could not fit in."

Lallement also admitted his decision to remove a filtration barrier to avoid congestion had seemingly allowed "undesirables" without tickets to get to the stadium gates.

"There were 300 or 400 people who did not seem to be fans. I don't know if they were people from the housing estates around the stadium," he added.

"Is this a type of delinquent population that we meet in Seine-Saint-Denis? Yes, it happens, but we also meet them in the north of Paris."

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Liverpool chief executive says he's 'horrified' by fans' accounts of their experiences at the Champions League final in Paris Liverpool to meet chair of UEFA's CL final review

Police chief Lallement's apology came after it was revealed Liverpool officials would meet the chair of UEFA's review into problems at the Champions League final in an attempt to help satisfy themselves the process will be fully independent.

European football's governing body appointed the Portuguese politician Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to carry out an inquiry into the circumstances which saw huge congestion issues which led to thousands of fans being locked out of the Stade de France and some being tear-gassed by police prior to Real Madrid's 1-0 win.

However, there have been suggestions Rodrigues has links to UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin and Liverpool are understood to be keen to ascertain the independence and scope of his review.

Officials also want full explanations to 13 questions they submitted to UEFA, only some of which have been partially answered, and details of which experts will be involved on the panel before they can make a decision on whether Rodrigues is the right person to lead the review.

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Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan says he wants to see an independent investigation into the issues experienced by supporters at the Champions League final

It is understood UEFA, which has pledged unconditional access to its files and staff, has outlined its rationale for appointing Rodrigues but has not provided specific responses to the questions posed by the club.

Liverpool hope a meeting with the chair of the review panel, who will also meet Real Madrid officials separately, will provide more extensive answers.

Sources say they are keen to establish the process will be a thorough, independent and transparent investigation as they are unconvinced by the "independent review" terminology.

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Klopp’s ‘super’ message for Minamino & Neco ‘next to leave’ – Latest LFC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 17:06

Takumi Minamino‘s departure from Liverpool has been confirmed and that has seen fans and Jurgen Klopp heap praise on his contributions, while Neco Williams‘ exit is expected to be next.

Klopp lauds a ‘manager’s dream’

With Minamino’s move to Monaco now confirmed, in a deal worth £15.4 million, Klopp took the time to celebrate a forward who made a lasting contribution to the club.

The 27-year-old was the top goalscorer in both the League Cup (4) and FA Cup (3) last season and set the Reds on course to do a domestic cup double, a feat that is not lost on any Red.

And while his game time was limited, the manager knows Minamino “made us better” and had plenty to say as he wish his No. 18 well on the next chapter of his career.

“It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“An amazing professional; super, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.

“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this are wrong. I don’t accept that.

“His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches. He made us better each and every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but every single session in training. Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality.

“His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.”

Well said, boss.

3 things today: NFTs, ‘apologies’ and loan interest

  • French interior minister Gerald Darmanin who has uttered one lie after another following the Champions League final has now apologised…all a little too late! He still needs to be held accountable.
  • Liverpool NFTs were released earlier in the year and have now seen fans lose money on their purchases, up to £48, not entirely a shock but troublesome nevertheless
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  • Liverpool fans showed plenty of love and appreciation for his “vital role” at the club, which was key in the two domestic cups last season!
  • It’s a “very exciting project” for Minamino and he says it’s “a great joy” to join Monaco. We wish you all the best, Taki!
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 Aston Villa's Carney Chukwuemeka during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Aston Villa FC at Goodison Park. Aston Villa won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Carney Chukwuemeka is ‘highly thought of‘ at Liverpool as midfield targets are considered, an affordable option that is contrast to the £100m-plus Jude Bellingham will demand
  • Polish side Slask Wroclaw have reportedly approached Liverpool to land 18-year-old Mateusz Musialowski on loan next season, and with an option to buy – not sure the club will be keen on the latter!
  • And Brazilian presenter Milton Neves has suggested prolific 19-year-old forward Marcos Leonardo is on his way to Liverpool, he’s tipped as the ‘new Romario’ but it seems these links are tedious at best – even if he would be a good fit
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  • Tottenham have offered Steven Bergwijn as a makeweight in their bid to sign Everton‘s Richarlison, you feel we have a duty to warn him, right?
  • Chelsea are preparing their first formal bid for Raheem Sterling, with Thomas Tuchel keen to add the former Red to his side, wonder if many would’ve been opposed to Liverpool being interested?
  • And it looks like Man United are to secure their first summer signing, with Frenkie de Jong to arrive for £56m – United still have plenty of catching up to do!
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What an impact he had, thanks for the memories!

Takumi Minamino was Liverpool's outright top scorer in both the League Cup and FA Cup last season – he joins quite the list of players to do that for #LFC in the same season. pic.twitter.com/aNKrRFQLfZ

— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) June 28, 2022

There is U19 European Championship action you can follow tonight, with France meeting Israel for a place in the final at 7pm (BST), which directly follows England’s bid to make it to the end.

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Klopp: Taki is a reason we had to change the Champions Wall so often

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:15

Jürgen Klopp views Takumi Minamino's quality and attitude as a big reason for Liverpool's success in recent years.

The Japan forward today completed a permanent switch to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after two-and-a-half seasons and 55 appearances as a Red.

Minamino arrived at Anfield from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and made 14 appearances during his first campaign as he claimed a Premier League winner’s medal.

He was the club’s top scorer in the Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup during 2021-22 to help Klopp’s side deliver a domestic double.

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Reacting to the news of Minamino’s switch to Monaco, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves.

“An amazing professional; super, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.

“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this are wrong. I don’t accept that.

“His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches. He made us better each and every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but every single session in training. Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality.

“His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.

“I know he will be a big success at Monaco. I’m sure we will look on with a mix of celebration and envy as he progresses and flourishes there.

“He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you, Taki.”

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Klopp: Taki is a reason we had to change the Champions Wall so often

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:15
Jürgen Klopp views Takumi Minamino's quality and attitude as a big reason for Liverpool's success in recent years.
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Liverpool fans show gratitude for Takumi Minamino’s “vital role” after Monaco move

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:14

After two-and-a-half years with Liverpool, Takumi Minamino‘s time at Anfield has come to an end with a move to Monaco now confirmed, leaving fans to show appreciation for his contributions.

The Ligue 1 side have secured his signature on a four-year contract in a deal worth £15.4 million, with a new chapter now ahead for the Japan international.

The 27-year-old joined the Reds at the most ideal and simultaneously unfortunate time, with a Premier League title on the cusp of being secured and a pandemic grinding the world to a halt.

It left little time to settle with his new teammates after joining from Salzburg in January 2020, and he never quite broke into Jurgen Klopp‘s first team.

But that does not mean he was without vital contributions, his efforts in the League Cup and FA Cup last season were key to Jordan Henderson giving us a trophy shuffle in each.

And fans were quick to show their appreciation to Minamino after his move was confirmed on Tuesday.

??? #LFC have confirmed the departure of Takumi Minamino to AS Monaco. Feels like a good move for a player who deserves regular football, but his 10 goals last season will be missed. pic.twitter.com/HM0FeX0Dke

— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) June 28, 2022

?? Never likely to unseat any of the more established forward options, but Taki Minamino still played a vital role over two-and-a-half years with #LFC.

Could see his presence grow after a tough start, especially post-Southampton loan.

Shame he's not opted to stay in the PL. pic.twitter.com/OHcYcfhdxP

— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) June 28, 2022

Loved this lad. Don't even know why, just desperately wanted him to do well. And you know what, he did do well. Top scorer in the two competitions we won last season. And let's be honest, was never given enough minutes in the PL or CL. Good luck, Taki! https://t.co/wCyFvTkUwT

— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) June 28, 2022

Takumi Minamino for Liverpool last season:

? 24 Appearances
???? 9 Starts
?? 10 Goals
? FA Cup Top Goalscorer
? League Cup Top Goalscorer

Vital ? pic.twitter.com/YgQTEfxNeo

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) June 28, 2022

Didn't get much time on the pitch but played a major part in the team winning both the FA and League Cups last season. Good luck Taki ? https://t.co/4lCQyKfLFx

— Chris Smith1??9???????? (@_SmithChris) June 28, 2022

What. A. Finish. ?

You’re getting some player, @AS_Monaco_EN


— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) June 28, 2022

So long, Taki. Great squad player and definitely played his part.

Type of player you’d love to keep in the squad but can understand he wants to play.

Scored some great goals.

That equaliser in the League Cup against Leicester saw limbs everywhere.

Good luck @takumina0116 https://t.co/AL6o8fXQ58

— Daniel Gore ???? (@KoptimusPrime) June 28, 2022

Thank you for your services Minamino-san! It sad to see you go but deserves to play weekly. All the best at Ligue 1. #YNWA https://t.co/cU7fXVWYva

— Gomez? (@Harith_Ashraf) June 28, 2022

All the best Minamino. Boss player on his day. https://t.co/NMdomxOhZ5

— Tim Eales (@Timmeh93) June 28, 2022

Thank you Taki!

Will never forget the late equalizer against Leicester and the 2 cups you have won us.

Good luck! https://t.co/T5DuwHIb82

— Habeeb Abdul Rahman Rafai (@Habeebrafai24) June 28, 2022

Played a massive part in success last season. Developed a really good eye for goal towards end of his time at the club. £15.5m might be a bit on the cheap side but definitely deserves more regular football. https://t.co/u4D3iYZ9jT

— Jack Sear (@JackSear) June 28, 2022

Minamino makes the move to Monaco after 55 appearances for Liverpool and 14 goals, and will now seek the regular game time that eluded him at Anfield.

Wishing you all the best, Taki!

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CONFIRMED – Takumi Minamino joins Monaco on permanent deal

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:00

Takumi Minamino has left Liverpool after two-and-a-half years, with the versatile forward joining Monaco in a deal worth over two times the fee he arrived for.

The club has now confirmed the transfer, with the Japanese swapping Liverpool for Monaco for £12.9 million rising to £15.5 million.

That represents an £8 million profit on the fee paid to sign him from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.

It was often a thankless task for Minamino at Anfield, filling in when required but never cementing himself as a regular starter.

His arrival on Merseyside came in lockdown, bringing a unique challenge for a player who barely spoke English, and understandably he spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan with Southampton.

But the 27-year-old returned to play a key role in the remarkable campaign just gone, scoring 10 and assisting one in only 22 appearances.

Only Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino netted more than Minamino, who averaged a goal or assist every 81.3 minutes in all competitions.

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He was vital on the road to the FA Cup and League Cup finals but featured in neither of the victories over Chelsea at Wembley, which was clearly a blow for the No. 18.

In a recent interview, Minamino claimed that most of the games he played in “weren’t of interest to anyone,” and it is no surprise, then, that he sought a permanent exit this summer.

The forward departs having made 55 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 14 goals, and will be remembered fondly for his contribution at Anfield.

All the best, Taki!

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Takumi Minamino completes permanent move to Monaco

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:00

Liverpool FC can confirm Takumi Minamino has today completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco.

Minamino leaves Anfield for Ligue 1 after making 55 appearances in total during his two-and-a-half-year stint as a Red, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists.

He quickly became an important and popular member of Jürgen Klopp’s squad following his arrival in January 2020 from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.

The Japan international earned a Premier League winner’s medal in his first half-season on Merseyside, appearing 14 times in the historic and COVID-19-impacted 2019-20 campaign.

He opened his goalscoring account for the club at the beginning of 2020-21 in the Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley. He then put a brace past Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup before notching a first Premier League strike at Crystal Palace in an emphatic 7-0 victory.

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The attacker spent the second half of that season on loan at Southampton, before he then returned to Anfield last summer to play a vital role in the year ahead.

Minamino helped the Reds to glory in both domestic cup competitions as they returned two trophies to L4 after playing every game available to them.

Leading the way for the team, the 27-year-old scored four goals in five Carabao Cup outings and then followed up with three in four in the Emirates FA Cup.

Due to his quality and first-class attitude, Klopp once described Minamino as a ‘coach’s dream’, with the boss acknowledging the No.18 was deserving of many more starting berths.

However, Minamino made the most of every second of his opportunities – whether that was on the pitch in matches or during training. “Without question, he is a person who helps set our standards,” Klopp said.

And so, Minamino departs Liverpool having left a lasting impression on teammates, coaches and the club’s honours list.

Everyone at LFC would like to thank Taki for his contributions and wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.

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Takumi Minamino completes permanent move to Monaco

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:00
Liverpool FC can confirm Takumi Minamino has today completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco.
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Liverpool can sign ideal Jürgen Klopp midfielder if FSG continue Michael Edwards transfer trend

Liverpool.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 15:00

While a portion of Liverpool's fanbase may prefer to see Liverpool add to their midfield ranks this summer, the likelihood at the moment is that Julian Ward will only fulfil that priority next year.

Jude Bellingham seems like the preferred target for the club at the moment with the English international someone who fits FSG's strategy of recruitment in terms of his age and profile.

However, there could be one major obstacle in the deal with Borussia Dortmund likely expected to demand an extortionate fee for the youngster's services roughly in the £100m mark, and that could deter FSG from making a move.

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Of course, the Reds will have alternative solutions lined up and there is undoubtedly a long list of names that the club's scouts will be monitoring come next season, and who are already on their radar.

One such player, according to GOAL, is Croatian international Luka Sučić. The 19-year-old plies his trade at Red Bull Salzburg and he could be an ideal alternative solution to the club considering FSG's strong relationship with the Red Bull group. They have conducted plenty of business with them in the past, under the guidance of Michael Edwards as sporting director.

But those close ties have been maintained by Julian Ward who worked closely with Edwards as his deputy. This summer, Liverpool will visit Red Bull Salzburg for a pre-season friendly further fortifying their close relationship. The game will also offer an opportunity for Jürgen Klopp, who will be able to take a closer look at Sučić and gauge his ability.

Last season the midfielder already caught the eye in the Champions League and he is a player who is regarded as one of the best midfield prospects in world football at the moment which should make the transition to the Premier League easier for Sučić. He is also someone who we previously profiled as an ideal alternative solution to Bellingham due to his playing style.

A true box-to-box player who is capable of putting in a defensive shift while also contributing in attack, Sučić fits Liverpool's ideal midfield candidate in terms of age and the style of play he would be able to bring to the club.

His shooting from long-distance could also bring a new element to the Liverpool midfield with the Croatian averaging 2.54 shots per 90 last season, higher than any of Liverpool's midfield options, and scoring three goals from outside the box for Red Bull Salzburg as well as a spectacular strike against Barcelona in pre-season.

Given Liverpool's close ties with Red Bull, the Reds would likely be able to land him for a fee much lower than that of Bellingham's extortionate valuation and that might just be the best argument for FSG next summer in order to opt for Sučić instead rather than the Borussia Dortmund star.

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Aston Villa midfielder “highly thought of” at Liverpool – contract expires in 2023

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:35

As Liverpool consider midfield targets for next summer, Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka has emerged as an alternative to Jude Bellingham.

Despite calls for another signing in the middle of the park during the current transfer window, the Reds are expected to wait until 2023 to do so.

According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, the plan, as ever, is “finding the right midfielder at the right price rather than settling for second-best or a stop-gap.”

Pearce adds: “They are prepared to wait until 2023 unless an attractive proposition emerges in the coming weeks.”

The lead candidate in this respect is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham, who is tipped to leave the Westfalenstadion next summer.

 England's substitute Jude Bellingham after during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifying Group I match between England and Albania at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Dortmund having already sold Erling Haaland to Man City, it is unlikely they will part ways with Bellingham in the same summer, but if they do change their mind late in the window he would certainly fit into the “attractive proposition” category.

Liverpool will never put all of their eggs in the same basket, of course, despite their respectable stance in not “settling for a stop-gap.”

GOAL‘s Neil Jones has detailed other names that are considered on the club’s radar as, according to sources within Liverpool, a “‘Bellingham-type’.”

West Ham‘s Declan Rice is admired but “seen as expensive,” while Jurgen Klopp “rates [Inter Milan’s Nicolo] Barella in particular” and Red Bull Salzburg’s Luka Sucic is “viewed as a potentially-elite prospect.”

Perhaps most intriguing, however, are links with Chukwuemeka.

 England's Carney Chukwuemeka celebrates after scoring the second goal during an Under-18 international friendly match between Wales and England at Leckwith Stadium. England won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chukwuemeka, who is only 18, was born in Austria to Nigerian parents but represents England at youth level having been raised in Northampton, where he moved as a young boy.

So far at this summer’s U19 Euros, the six-foot teenager has scored twice in three games, deployed in a two-man midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation and wearing the captain’s armband in the 1-0 win over Israel.

For his club, Chukwuemeka has already played 16 times at senior level, including 11 outings under current Villa manager Steven Gerrard, who rates him highly.

Gerrard said in May: “I think again me and my staff have shown huge trust putting an 18-year-old in, but we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t think he was ready or had the ability to cope.”

But despite the legendary midfielder’s praise, there is no indication yet that Chukwuemeka will extend his stay at Villa Park beyond the end of his contract in 2023.

 Aston Villa's Carney Chukwuemeka during the FA Youth Cup Final match between Aston Villa FC Under-18's and Liverpool FC Under-18's at Villa Park. Aston Villa won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That could be where Liverpool come in, whose interest dates back to 2020, with a cut-price compensation deal following a trend seen with the likes of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.

In November, the Guardian reported that Chukwuemeka had no intention of signing a new deal, though his plans may have changed since then.

While Jones suggests that the youngster “might join Dortmund,” SPORT1 journalist Patrick Berger claims “there is no agreement” and he “will not join” the Bundesliga club.

With Bellingham expected to be valued at over £100 million next summer, perhaps Liverpool could instead cut out the middle man and go straight for Chukwuemeka.

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Forward 'like Luis Suárez' is 'on his way to Anfield' as Liverpool could make 'explosive' transfer

Liverpool.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 13:00

Football clubs are always changing and evolving. It is only a natural process of the sporting world and life in general. To survive, one must continue to adapt and evolve. Metamorphosis on some level is always happening around us.

Nowhere is that more evident than around Anfield this summer. From top to bottom, Liverpool are embarking on a new adventure. It has seen the club's sporting director, Michael Edwards, depart as well as Jürgen Klopp's first Reds talisman in Sadio Mané.

Liverpool's new sporting director, Julian Ward, is now building for the future. He has been tasked with finding the next wave of Liverpool attackers, and this summer he has already brought in a handful of exciting talent all under the age of 23.

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But considering Liverpool will lose three key players in attack over the course of the window, with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino both joining Mané in the departures lounge at Anfield and Liverpool saying farewell to a trio who made 49 goal contributions last season, Ward's work may not be done.

The Reds could do with another attacker to fill the gap and provide competition and a deputy role to Liverpool's first-choice options.

To do that Ward may be taking a lesson from Manchester City's book and setting his sights on the South American market. Earlier this year, City brought the hugely exciting Argentinian forward, Julián Álvarez, to the club. He is set to join the Etihad side for pre-season.

With the new Brexit point system introduced to securing work permits in English football, South American players, particularly from Brazil and Argentina, are easier to attain and bring to the Premier League.

Liverpool scout the region extensively, and they were aware of the likes of Darwin Núñez and Luis Díaz, even from their time in Uruguay and Colombia respectively as teenagers.

In the future, the club could look to save money by going directly to South America to make purchases rather than waiting for their targets to arrive to Europe before making a move. And Ward could start with that new approach this summer by making a move for 19-year-old Santos forward, Marcos Leonardo.

According to TV presenter Milton Neves (via Sport Witness), the forward is already 'on his way' to Anfield. Speaking after Santos' draw with Corinthians over the weekend, the presenter who is known for his witty and facetious remarks, name-dropped Liverpool as Leonardo's next destination.

“Corinthians yesterday escaped being defeated by the Santos kids. Marcos Leonardo, who’s going to Liverpool, this guy is the new Romário!”

The comment should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it would not be a surprise if Liverpool did keep an eye on the hugely exciting teenager who is regarded as one of the best young forwards on the continent alongside, Manchester City's Julián Álvarez.

Hailing from the legendary club that produced the likes of Neymar and Pelé, Leonardo is unsurprisingly a player full of flair and eye-catching flamboyance. But in terms of like-for-like comparisons, he is more of an industrious player in the ilk of Roberto Firmino, while possessing the finishing quality and the explosiveness of Luis Suárez in his prime.

Standing at 1.75 metres tall, Leonardo does not have the biggest aerial threat, but he is more than adept at handling physical challenges due to his strong upper body and powerfully built legs that make it difficult for the opposition to jostle him off the ball when in possession and which would make him an ideal player in the Premier League. Given his physical assets, it is not a surprise that the forward has already set his sights on England being his dream destination in the future, as per The Mirror.

Capable of tracking back and winning the ball high up the field, Santos' system is not necessarily focused on pressing from the front, and his defensive numbers are as a result short of what you would expect from a typical Liverpool attacker — but this is an area that could be honed under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp.

For now, Leonardo has been a forward who has truly come alive when in possession in the final third. He thrives at running at defenders and taking them on in one vs one situations. His average of 3.08 dribbles per 90 is a relatively high volume for a number nine and his 57.6 per cent success rate is a very welcome return.

His output this season has been hugely impressive with Leonardo averaging 0.65 goal contributions per 90 — that's a commendable figure alone, but it's even better when taking into account how Santos only average 1.28 goals per 90 in the league. At youth level, he also has seven goals and two assists in five games for Brazil's U20 national team.

Creatively, he is someone who will not drop deep often and when he does he will hold the ball up rather than instigate attacks, but he will still look to play his teammates in when in possession high up the field if they are in a better position. Leonardo has the understanding and the vision inside the box that makes him quite a productive creator and he will often pick out passes for his teammates to put them into definite scoring positions. It is therefore unsurprising that he has averaged 0.12 expected assists in all competitions this season, and for U23 forwards in the league he ranks first for both smart passes (0.37) and key passes (0.28) among his positional peers.

Stepping up to Liverpool will require increasing his defensive output, but offensively he definitely seems like a quintessential Klopp player in his explosiveness, physical strength and ruthlessness in the final third.

Santos are known for playing hardball for their key assets in the past, and that will likely be the only obstacle in FSG's way and in Leonardo's way of completing a dream move to Anfield. But if Liverpool and Julian Ward can somehow overcome that barrier, they could bring an absolute gem to English football.

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Roberto Firmino could play new role for Liverpool next season after intriguing Jürgen Klopp hint

Liverpool.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 11:30

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City in the FA Cup was not a game that most people would remember in too much detail from last season, but it was one in which Jürgen Klopp performed an interesting experiment.

For a short spell, Roberto Firmino — often injured in the previous campaign and playing a reduced role even when fit — was deployed in a different position, though not one that was completely alien to him.

Firmino was always a number 10 for his previous club, Hoffenheim, so when Klopp asked him to drop a little deeper again and perform the left-sided number eight position in midfield, it would not have been that difficult for a player as intelligent as the 30-year-old to adapt.

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Against a lesser side — hence the experiment being against Cardiff, rather than, say Manchester City — it makes sense to have another creative player in the team anyway.

Firmino was able to float around and spray passes, progressing the ball into dangerous positions with Luis Díaz looking lively in front of him and Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones also impressing on the day.

Cardiff did not particularly test him defensively and Liverpool were not out of possession for long spells at a time, cruising to a win at Anfield and progression into the fifth round of the competition they would go on to win.

But there are reasons to believe that Firmino could cope in slightly more strenuous circumstances — against a lower-placed Premier League side, for instance. He is, after all, arguably the most intelligent presser the Reds have.

Additionally, with Firmino in midfield, it is not that different to switching to 4-2-3-1 and having the Brazilian as the number 10 — something that plenty of people are keen for Liverpool to try.

The subtle difference, though, is that you can have that benefit (of having Firmno deeper, and also getting more creativity and not using another midfielder in the role if they need a rest or are injured) without changing the formation at all and risking altering the team's balance.

It is not something that Liverpool will do most weeks. Against Cardiff, it was only 11 minutes before Klopp moved Firmino further forward again, replacing Takumi Minamino with James Milner and switching things around, but he had also played a similar deeper role in Premier League matches with Tottenham and Leicester.

While he might not do it often, Firmino could have a new role next season perhaps more frequently than he did last. Should he remain fit for longer, and with four players in attack ahead of him in the pecking order, it might just make sense.

Liverpool won't be signing a midfield stop-gap this summer, but they might actually already have one on their books for when they really need one.

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Liverpool transfer rumours: Liverpool reject Forest's Williams offer

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 07:50

Wrapping up the Liverpool transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.

Monaco complete Minamino signing for £15.5m

Monaco have completed the signing of Japan forward Takumi Minamino from Liverpool in a deal worth £15.5m (€18m).

The fee is an initial £12.9m (€15m) plus a further £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons.

Minamino, 27, signed from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020 and played 55 times for Liverpool, scoring 14 times.

Chelsea to approach ex-Liverpool sporting director

Chelsea are expected to engage Michael Edwards over their sporting director vacancy with owner Todd Boehly previously referencing Liverpool as a "great model" for success.

The man who helped reshape the recruitment of the Merseysiders and constructed Jurgen Klopp's world-class squad with smart, analytical-powered transfers, departed Anfield this summer after 11 years.

A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old's decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe's powerhouse teams - Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain specifically - as well as hedge funds and billionaires wanting to buy clubs and have him run them.

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Sky Sports' senior reporter Melissa Reddy reveals all on Michael Edwards - the man who was instrumental in Liverpool's recent transfer success and who could now be on his way to Chelsea Mane joins Bayern in £35m deal

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £35m.

Sky in Germany understands the 30-year-old has signed a contract with the German champions until 2025.

Bayern will pay an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances, and will pay another £2.5m based on individual and team achievements.

The deal eclipses what Liverpool paid for Mane - £31m plus £2.5m in add-ons - with Southampton not getting any additional money.

Liverpool sign Aberdeen's Ramsay

Liverpool have completed the signing of Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay for £6.5m.

The Reds are paying an initial £4m up front with a further £2.5m coming in the form of add-ons.

The 18-year-old recently travelled to Liverpool to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical. The defender has signed a five-year deal at Anfield and will link up with Jurgen Klopp's squad for pre-season. Liverpool have no plans to loan Ramsay out.

Liverpool complete Nunez deal

Liverpool have completed the transfer of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in a deal worth up to €100m (£85m).

The Portuguese club, who announced the deal in the early hours of Monday morning, say Liverpool will pay an initial €75m (£64m), with add-ons amounting to €25m included in the deal.

The transfer is subject to the 22-year-old Uruguay international agreeing personal terms with Liverpool and completing a medical.

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Liverpool transfer target Darwin Nunez is valued at 100 million euros after one hugely prolific season in Portugal in which he scored 23 times for Benfica Cherries approach Liverpool over Phillips loan Nat Phillips Image: Nat Phillips is wanted by Bournemouth

Bournemouth have made an approach to Liverpool about taking Nat Phillips on loan for the season.

Liverpool are currently weighing up the offer for Phillips, who also spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth

Who have Liverpool been linked with?

Jude Bellingham - Real Madrid have identified England youngster Jude Bellingham as their priority target for next summer (Daily Mail, June 28); Liverpool are confident they will be able to sign Bellingham next summer (The Sun, June 27); Jurgen Klopp will wait until next summer to move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham (The Sun, June 17).

Jude Bellingham put in a standout performance for England against Ivory Coast Image: Jude Bellingham is reportedly a Liverpool target

Christopher Nkunku - Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig - that includes a £51.6m release clause - despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (June 23).

Nicolo Barella - Liverpool could be set to offer Naby Keita in exchange for Inter Milan midfielder Barella (Daily Express, June 20).

Jude Bellingham - Liverpool are confident they will be able to sign Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer (The Sun, June 27); Jurgen Klopp will wait until next summer to move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (The Sun, June 17).

Fabio Vieira - Liverpool have passed up the opportunity to sign Porto's Fabio Vieira having previously reached an agreement over the midfielder, with Arsenal set to sign the Portuguese player (Daily Mirror, June 17).

Kalvin Phillips - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to rival Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola this summer in the battle to land Kalvin Phillips from Leeds (Daily Mirror, June 6).

Raphinha - Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer (Daily Mirror, June 7); Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Leeds forward Raphinha because of doubts over Sadio Mane's future, and are considering an offer which would include them sending Takumi Minamino to Elland Road (Sunday Mirror, June 5).

Arnaut Danjuma - Manchester United and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head for the signing of Villarreal forward Danjuma after Newcastle pulled out of the race (Daily Express, June 4).

Lancelot Pollard - Rangers have beaten off competition from Manchester United and Liverpool to land Aberdeen wonderkid Pollard.

Ibrahim Sangare - Liverpool will make a move for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Sangare after missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid. (Daily Express, May, 25). Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing Sangare this summer (Sky Sports, June 8).

Mason Mount - Liverpool and Manchester City have reportedly made "discreet" offers to Chelsea midfielder Mount amid interest from Manchester United (Daily Express, June 1).

The latest players linked with a Liverpool exit

Neco Williams - Liverpool have turned down Nottingham Forest's opening offer for Neco Williams as they are holding out for £15million (Daily Mail, June 29); Fulham are preparing a £10m bid for Liverpool defender Williams as they look to fend off Nottingham Forest and Southampton (Daily Mail, June 21); Liverpool's £15m rated full-back Williams is a target for Nottingham Forest but Fulham, Southampton and PSV have also made offers (Daily Mail, June 20); Liverpool are looking to boost their transfer coffers by £30m by selling defenders Nat Phillips and Williams this summer (Daily Mirror, May 30).

Ben Davies - Celtic have 'made contact' with Liverpool over a potential move for Davies this summer as Parkhead chiefs revive their interest in the centre-back (Daily Record, June 23).

Sadio Mane - Mane joins Bayern | Klopp: He leaves Liverpool a modern-day icon; Mane will head to Bayern Munich on Tuesday for a medical ahead of his imminent move from Liverpool (Daily Mirror, June 19); Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has played down attempts to sign Liverpool forward Mane, insisting they are 'working on several options' (Daily Mail, June 13); Liverpool's progress pursuing Darwin Nunez means Mane is edging towards his departure from Anfield for Bayern Munich (Sunday Telegraph, June 12).

Mohamed Salah - Liverpool have no concerns that Mohamed Salah will allow his standards to drop next season, but they are braced for the forward to leave on a free at the end of the next campaign (Sunday Mirror, June 19); Salah informed close friends that he was willing to commit his future to Liverpool but performed a drastic U-turn after Barcelona promised him a move next summer (Daily Mirror, June 7); Barcelona have told Liverpool forward Salah he can join their incoming galaxy of stars at the Nou Camp next summer (Sunday Mirror, June 5).

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a surprise stance on Oxlade-Chamberlain as he would reportedly prefer to lose the star for free when his contract expires next summer rather than cash in on him now (Sunday Express, June 19); Liverpool will listen to offers of just £10m for Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Manchester United and West Ham thought to be interested (The Sun, June 13). Aston Villa and West Ham have been put on red alert with Liverpool ready to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer (Daily Mirror, May 26).

Nathaniel Phillips - Liverpool are considering sanctioning defender Nat Phillips' return to Bournemouth on loan next season (Sunday Mirror, June 12).

Takumi Minamino - Liverpool's forgotten star Takumi Minamino could be set for a fresh start away from Anfield with a move that could hand a £17m boost to the Reds' transfer budget (Sunday Express, June 12). Forward will wait until after Liverpool's clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday before considering his future at the English Premier League club (Kyodo News, May 25).

Caoimhin Kelleher - Kelleher will hold discussions around his Liverpool future after the June block of internationals, with the goalkeeper admitting that he is "not sure" if he will be moving on from Anfield to play regularly next season. (Daily Mirror, June 7).

Confirmed Liverpool signings

Calvin Ramsay - Aberdeen, £6.5m

Darwin Nunez - Benfica, £85m

Fabio Carvalho - Fulham, undisclosed

Confirmed Liverpool departures

Divock Origi - released

Loris Karius - released

Sheyi Ojo - released

Ben Woodburn - released

Elijah Dixon-Bonner - released

Luis Longstaff - released

Sean Wilson - released

Conor Bradley - Bolton, loan

Sadio Mane - Bayern Munich, £35m

Adam Lewis - Newport, loan

Billy Koumetio - Austria Wien, loan

Takumi Minamino - Monaco, £15.5m

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How the crypto crash has impacted each Premier League club

the Athletic - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 05:15

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Almost every club in the Premier League played a role in promoting volatile unregulated financial assets to fans as prices crashed
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Bayern Munich transfer hypocrisy can only end one way as Liverpool made wise Sadio Mané call

Liverpool.com - Tue, 06/28/2022 - 03:00

In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, Robert Lewandowski remains a Bayern Munich player (for now) and Barcelona keep being linked with him.

Lewandowski has made it clear publicly that he wants to move to Barcelona, and Barcelona have made it clear that they want to sign him — and yet, a deal does not appear close.

So where do Liverpool come into the equation? Well, having agreed to sell Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for a fee that could reach £35m (but is initially less than £30m minus the add-ons), there is more than a little hypocrisy at play.

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Mané is almost four years younger than Lewandowski. Both forwards have (or had, in the case of Mané) a year left on their contracts, and both wanted to leave.

But while Liverpool fairly quickly found a replacement and granted Mané's wish to move on, things have played out very differently with the Bundesliga champions — even though in the Senegalese, they have a replacement of their own.

Barcelona, despite having very limited finances to work with to put it mildly, have an interest, but whether they can meet Bayern Munich's demands remains to be seen. The goalposts appear to change with every passing week.

Sky Sports now report that Bayern want to receive a transfer fee of €60m (£52m) for their Polish striker (other reports had suggested a figure of around two-thirds of that only a week or two ago), despite Lewandowski publicly making it clear he wants out.

It remains a possibility that Lewandowski could stay. Bayern Munich would point out that he is under contract for another season and therefore has no choice — though while he would be unlikely to kick up too much of a fuss and would probably settle for staying another 12 months rather than wasting a year of his career, it seems counterproductive in the long-term.

What if, in 2024, a year before his contract with Bayern runs out, Mané decides that he wants to move to Spain, for example, to experience another league, having won, say, two consecutive titles in Germany and the Champions League?

What if other Bayern Munich players are not allowed to leave when they want to, despite having offered years of service? Perhaps then it would become more difficult to convince players to sign there to begin with.

Bayern Munich, Liverpool and others do not want to become stepping stones for other destinations, but there is a fine line between taking a stance on transfers and letting that dictate the future.

As Lewandowski continues to push for a move, Bayern Munich should take a leaf out of Liverpool's book. In the long-term, letting a player go when they are so adamant that they want to depart is usually the best course of action.

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