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Who are Liverpool FC’s 4 pre-season opponents? Ex-Reds and former targets to feature

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There will be plenty to keep an eye on as Liverpool’s pre-season schedule takes them to two different continents, but who are the four putting Arne Slot‘s side to the test?

The Reds’ pre-season can be broken up into three different sections. The first is the initial training phase at the AXA – which includes behind-closed-door friendlies – then the US tour and, finally, the return to Merseyside.

In each phase, Slot will welcome back his host of international players, a staggered return that does little to aid his transition ahead of the trip to Ipswich on August 17.

As always, results are not the determining factor over whether the pre-season was a success or not, something to keep in mind as we look forward to seeing the Reds back in action.

So, who are the four clubs Liverpool will face over the coming weeks?

Real Betis

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SV Darmstadt 98 at Deepdale. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SV Darmstadt 98 at Deepdale. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: July 26 (7.30pm local time, Jul 27 – 12.30am BST)
Where: Pittsburgh

Real Betis are the first of two La Liga opponents this summer and will be the first opposition Slot faces in front of a crowd as Liverpool boss.

The Spanish side signed Adrian in the summer after he rejected new terms at Anfield, and it is also the home of Nabil Fakir, who famously saw his move to the Reds collapse at the death in 2018 – how has it been six years already?

Now 31, the attacking midfielder wears the captain’s armband for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side. The Chilean has coached the team since 2020 and guided them to a seventh-placed finish in 2023/24.

This will be the Spanish side’s second friendly of pre-season and a welcome opening test for Liverpool, who will be without 11 senior players.

Arsenal

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: July 31 (7.30pm local time, Aug 1 – 12.30am BST)
Where: Philadelphia

A familiar foe then awaits, one who will be expected to have the majority of their squad available, aside from their England and Spanish internationals.

At the time of writing, the Gunners have yet to add any new signings, though Mikel Arteta will be able to field captain Martin Odegaard, who will be fresh from a summer off.

The likes of Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Jorginho will also likely feature in Philadelphia, offering a strong early challenge to Slot and Co.

Alisson and Diogo Jota will be expected to have linked back up with the Reds squad at this stage, but you sense it will be too early for them to take part.

Man United

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag during the Bangkok Century Cup pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Manchester United's manager Erik ten Hag during the Bangkok Century Cup pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: August 3 (7.45pm local time, Aug 4 – 12.45am BST)
Where: Columbia, South Carolina

Can you believe they stuck with Erik ten Hag despite finishing eighth on 60 points last season – their worst-ever Premier League finish – with a minus-one goal difference?

Good luck to them!

INEOS have taken more control this summer, and they have already added forward Joshua Zirkzee and centre-back Leny Yoro to their squad for £36.5 million and £58.9 million, respectively.

Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial were two notable names released in the summer.

They will have played four friendlies before this one, and their performances against Arsenal and Real Betis will be intriguing as we await to see if they can actually show any signs of improvement.

Sevilla

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

When: August 11 (12.30pm BST)
Where: Anfield

After two back-to-back Premier League opponents, it is on to the second Spanish side of the summer when Sevilla make the trip to Merseyside.

Garcia Pimienta is their current manager, replacing Quique Sanchez Flores, who had only been appointed last December and guided the team to a 14th-placed finish.

Notable names in their squad include ex-Red Suso – who made 21 Liverpool appearances – Jesus Navas, and former United youth player Adnan Januzaj, who is now 29.

It will be Slot’s first time in front of an Anfield crowd, and we can expect to see the last international contingent to return to training feature for the first time.

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Liverpool FC’s centre-back dilemma facing Arne Slot this summer

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 18:00

Liverpool have not dipped into the transfer market yet this summer, and after a rival pounced on a centre-back the club admired, debate has hotted up over the defensive ranks.

The scars from the Reds’ centre-back crisis of yesteryear remain prominent in the minds of supporters – safe to say, you can never have too many options.

This summer, Liverpool bid farewell to experienced veteran Joel Matip to leave Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez as the senior contingent.

And one could even argue that Gomez’s time at full-back leaves Arne Slot with just three specialists.

Beyond the quartet, though, there is the returning Sepp van den Berg – whose future is under serious question amid growing transfer interest – and the potential lure of the transfer window.

In the knowledge that a season can hinge on the centre-back ranks, it leaves Slot with a bit of a conundrum on his hands, and those of the club’s transfer chiefs.

The established youth

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A lot of talk has centred around Leny Yoro of late, an 18-year-old whose transfer fee and wage demands saw Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid baulk at any deal.

Man United, unsurprisingly, were willing to make the £52 million stretch for the player, who sets a dangerous precedent with his wages reportedly starting at £113,000 per week.

Those finances for an 18-year-old with 60 senior club appearances are not justifiable for Liverpool, who have their own rising star that they have never had to pay a lump sum for.

We are, of course, talking about Quansah.

A new, shiny transfer can be exciting, but in the 21-year-old the Reds have a talent who England named in their provisional Euros squad and had Newcastle including him as part of a deal to send Anthony Gordon the other way.

He may have less senior experience than Yoro, but in 2023/24 his aerial duel success rate was 67.2% compared to the Frenchman’s 63.8%, and the percentage of dribblers tackled was 70% to 54.8% in favour of the Liverpool man.

What the Reds’ No. 78 accomplished at the top level of English football last season was admirable, so why would the club pay over the odds for a player who would not necessarily be above Quansah in the pecking order?

You do not even have to split hairs over their talent, it would be a gamble to pay £50 million for a signing who blocked the pathway of an existing youth player who has shown they have what it takes.

Time may prove Liverpool wrong and that Yoro was worth the initial outlay, but Quansah is confident that Slot’s style will play to his strengths.

“I think a lot of my strengths can be shown in the system he likes to play,” he said.

“Obviously, I like playing with the ball as well, so I think what the gaffer likes to do is a lot that I like. But there’s still a lot to improve on.”

He’s not the only young centre-back under the watchful eye of the new head coach, though he is the only one Liverpool have put a ‘You Shall Not Buy’ tag on. The same cannot be said of Sepp van den Berg.

The ‘wantaway’

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives on a bicycle before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg arrives on a bicycle before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van den Berg has been a prominent figure in the early weeks of pre-season, impressing with his fitness after a standout season on loan at Mainz.

The 22-year-old previously expressed a desire to leave and Liverpool placed a £20 million price tag on his head, a figure that interested suitors have been keen to negotiate.

He is set to get his chance in the upcoming summer friendlies, but the likes of PSV, Mainz, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart have been circling, as too clubs in the Premier League.

The versatile Dutchman has been on loan for three consecutive seasons and last played for the Reds in 2020.

With a valuation set and whispers of the club being in the market for a new centre-back signing, it hints that there is no unanimous belief in his qualities, which he’d have to prove wrong this pre-season.

You send players away on temporary deals in the hope they return as more complete packages, but sticking with Van den Berg as the fifth-choice option could be considered a risk.

In Konate they have an injury-prone option, which Gomez has often been categorised as too; Van Dijk is an ever-present but is now 33, and Quansah ticks the box for a young, up-and-comer.

You do not want to expect the worst, but Liverpool and Slot will have to consider if they’d feel comfortable relying on Van den Berg in the big games as Jurgen Klopp did with Quansah last season.

If the answer is yes, then you convince him to stick around despite being unable to guarantee regular minutes. If it’s no, then the club need to invest.

The transfer route

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slott (L) and Sporting Director Richard Hughes are presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slott (L) and Sporting Director Richard Hughes are presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Van den Berg is to depart, he will be expected to join Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as defensive outgoings this summer, which would leave the Reds no choice but to add to their ranks.

The latter two are no longer in contention to stick around, and while this does not feel like the summer Liverpool are to break the bank, nor is it the time to neglect a key position.

Slot’s demands for his central defenders are not too dissimilar to Klopp’s, with a high line a common sight and confidence on the ball key – his teams often look to push the opposition into wide areas.

This is where Quansah has proven his worth, whereas Van den Berg’s recent loan experience has tasked him with more defensive duties than forays further up the pitch.

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The mould is clear for any centre-back to join the senior quartet from last season, but Slot has to consider if he will get more from Van den Berg or the transfer market.

There is no shortage of options, with Marc Guehi, Riccardo Calafiori, Jean-Clair Todibo, Willian Pacho and Piero Hincapie, among others, all players to consider – so it’s not that there’s a dearth of talent out there.

Your move, Liverpool.

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Takefusa Kubo rumours & FSG dismiss Bordeaux claim – Latest Liverpool FC News

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 17:13

Differing claims have emerged regarding Liverpool’s interest in Takefusa Kubo and FSG have dismissed suggestions that they retain an interest in buying Bordeaux.

Contrasting Kubo claims emerge

 Japan's Takefusa Kubo (L) is challenged by Germany's Serge Gnabry during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Japan's Takefusa Kubo (L) is challenged by Germany's Serge Gnabry during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Germany and Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to a report from Japanese newspaper Sports Nippon, Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Real Sociedad winger Kubo this summer.

It is even claimed that “negotiations are already in the final stages” with the speedy Japan international, but sources closer to home have quashed the rumour.

Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo wrote that “such talk is somewhat premature and, as things stand, there’s no suggestion Kubo is on the brink of becoming a Red.”

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has also suggested that a move won’t be happening, saying he is “not aware of anything really concrete happening” regarding Kubo.

6 other things today: FSG dismiss Bordeaux claim & Bajcetic’s future

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry (R) and wife Linda Pizzuti during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry (R) and wife Linda Pizzuti during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
  • FSG have responded to claims they are back in talks to purchase Bordeaux, saying there is “no change since last week’s statement confirming a deal wouldn’t be progressing”
  • As expected, Stefan Bajcetic is expected to stay at Liverpool, despite “plenty of clubs” showing their interest
  • Liverpool are unlikely to unveil their first summer signings despite two deals being agreed – the arrival of teenage pair Alvin Ayman and Rio Ngumoha will be low-key
  • Liverpool’s talented youngster, Kieran Morrison could now return to Arne Slot’s pre-season squad after being knocked out of the under-19 European Championships with Northern Ireland
  • Former Liverpool attacker Lazar Markovic has just joined Baniyas Club in the UAE Pro League, his ninth club since joining the Reds in 2019 – we’ll always have had Sunderland scissor-kick!
Latest Liverpool FC News

 Leeds United's Crysencio Summerville during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Manchester United FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Leeds United's Crysencio Summerville during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Manchester United FC at Elland Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
  • West Ham are said to have submitted a bid to Leeds for rumoured Liverpool target Crysencio Summerville. Is he good enough for the Reds? (Fabrizio Romano)
  • TEAMtalk report that Plymouth manager Wayne Rooney wants to sign Liverpool teenager Jayden Danns on loan this summer – the source isn’t too reliable, though
  • Liverpool Women returned to pre-season training on Monday ahead of the 2024/25 season – they will host Leicester in their opening WSL game on the weekend of September 22
Other chat from elsewhere

 Everton's Abdoulaye Doucouré (R) celebrates with team-mate Amadou Onana after scoring the winning goal the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Sheffield United FC at Goodison Park. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Everton's Abdoulaye Doucouré (R) celebrates with team-mate Amadou Onana after scoring the winning goal the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Sheffield United FC at Goodison Park. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
  • Aston Villa have completed the signing of Everton midfielder Amadou Onana in a £50 million deal
  • Man City are reportedly considering making a move for Eberechi Eze, amid uncertainty over Kevin De Bruyne’s future (Guardian)
  • Como are believed to have made contact with Juventus over signing former Liverpool midfielder Arthur Melo this summer (Fabrizio Romano)
Video of the day

There isn’t much football happening at present, so take a trip back to the 1970s as Sam Millne recounts one of Liverpool’s greatest decades with the help of John Keith.

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FSG respond to claims they are BACK IN TALKS to purchase Bordeaux

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 16:39

After both parties confirmed talks for Fenway Sports Group to purchase French club Bordeaux had ended, reports in France claim negotiations have resumed.

With FSG exploring their options as they seek to add at least one more football club to their stable, Bordeaux emerged as a potential candidate.

But after entering talks to purchase the struggling French side, the Boston-based group later confirmed that they would no longer be pursuing a deal.

A statement on July 16 read: “Following extensive and constructive discussions with all stakeholders, FSG has made the decision not to pursue the acquisition of FC Girondins de Bordeaux.”

Concerns over ongoing financial commitments including with their stadium were cited by Bordeaux themselves, with the club facing risk of demotion to the third tier due to longstanding debts.

Talks back on?

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On Monday, French newspaper Sud Ouest claimed that FSG had reopened negotiations, with a deadline looming over Bordeaux’s future on Tuesday morning.

Sud Ouest reported that a meeting took place in the port city on Monday morning to discuss figures regarding stadium rent (€4.7m a year) and the club’s debts (€20m).

“FSG is obviously in a strong position since the current owner Gerard Lopez has his back to the wall,” the publication explained.

“Either he sells the club in the coming hours, or he is forced to file for bankruptcy with the near certainty of losing his investment (€60m).”

On the back of that report, however, FSG sources have insisted that they are not pursuing a deal to purchase Bordeaux.

FSG dismiss claims

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town AFC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town AFC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“FSG sources dismissing suggestions that they have resumed talks to acquire Bordeaux,” journalist David Lynch wrote on Twitter.

“They insist no change since last week’s statement confirming a deal wouldn’t be progressing.”

It remains to be seen whether this is a negotiation tactic, particularly given the suggestion that they hold the power over Bordeaux’s current owner.

But either way, there will not be a long wait to discover whether or not FSG will be purchasing the club, as Bordeaux will need to be bailed out by any prospective buyer by Tuesday morning.

That is when an appeal hearing over their demotion to Championnat National takes place, with evidence of funds required to avoid those sanctions.

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Liverpool FC Women’s 2024/25 WSL fixtures revealed – first game at new home

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 14:13

Liverpool Women are aiming to build on their fourth-placed finish in the Women’s Super League, and their new season will see them kick off against Leicester at home.

Matt Beard’s side exceeded all expectations last season to finish fourth, nearly doubling their points tally from the previous campaign.

In only their second season back in the top flight, only Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal finished above them – and now the Reds will be out to take it up another notch.

With the full fixture list for 2024/25 now released, we know Leicester awaits on the opening day of the season, on the weekend of September 22.

The clash with the Foxes is the first home game of the season, and looking ahead, the final game in May will be played against reigning champions Chelsea on the road.

There is plenty of anticipation and excitement for what this next year has in store for the team, who have a new home at St Helens Stadium after bidding farewell to Prenton Park.

Beard’s side have made one new signing to date, securing the signature of Canada international Olivia Smith for a club record fee, which is in the region of £210,000.

Here are Liverpool FC Women’s fixtures for 2024/25…

Liverpool Women’s 2024/25 WSL fixture list

 Liverpool's Leanne Kiernan celebrates with team-mate Ceri Holland after scoring her side's second goal during the final FA Women’s Super League game of the season between Leicester City FC Women and Liverpool FC Women at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Leanne Kiernan celebrates with team-mate Ceri Holland after scoring her side's second goal during the final FA Women’s Super League game of the season between Leicester City FC Women and Liverpool FC Women at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

September

Leicester – 22 (H)

West Ham – 29 (A)

October

Tottenham – 6 (A)

Man City – 13 (H)

Crystal Palace (H)

November

Aston Villa – 3 (A)

Chelsea – 10 (H)

Everton – 17 (A)

December

Man United – 8 (A)

Arsenal -15 (H)

January

Brighton – 19 (H)

Leicester – 26 (A)

February

West Ham – 2 (H)

Man City – 16 (A)

March

Crystal Palace – 2 (A)

Man United – 16 (H)

Arsenal – 23 (A)

Aston Villa – 30 (H)

April

Brighton – 20 (A)

Tottenham – 27 (H)

May

Everton – 4 (H)

Chelsea – 11 (A)

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Liverpool are unlikely to confirm their first summer signings despite two deals agreed

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 13:36

Liverpool have lined up deals to add two highly rated youngsters to their ranks this summer, but fans are unlikely to see either player officially unveiled.

With the Reds overseeing a quiet summer in the transfer market so far, fans are – for right or wrong – growing frustrated at a lack of updates.

Arne Slot will travel to the United States this week with a misshapen squad due to the absence of 11 key players following the summer’s internationals.

Many of those flying Stateside still facing uncertain futures, in terms of moves elsewhere or if they will stay with the first team or rejoin the academy.

But there has so far been little movement when it comes to new arrivals, with deals for teenagers Alvin Ayman and Rio Ngumoha the extent of Liverpool’s incoming business so far.

The club are believed to have agreed terms to sign the 16-year-olds from Wolves and Chelsea respectively, with sizeable fees expected for both.

Despite this, though, fans are unlikely to see official confirmation from the club for either signing – at least in the manner they have grown used to for first-team additions.

It would be a surprise if photographs of either midfielder Ayman or winger Ngumoha, holding their shirts aloft at the AXA Training Centre, are shared on the club’s official website or social media channels.

Instead, as was the case with last year’s signings of Trey Nyoni and Amara Nallo, they should be quietly integrated into the youth ranks.

Neither Ayman or Ngumoha are believed to have been involved in pre-season games for the U18s so far, with Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s squad currently in Germany, where they will face Bayern Munich on Thursday.

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That is due to the protracted mechanics involved in signings at youth level, with up to four weeks required before the Premier League will ratify a deal.

Furthermore, given both players will join Liverpool as scholars, compensation will need to be paid to their previous clubs – and though terms can be agreed with the players beforehand, that process can be more difficult.

If clubs are unable to settle on a suitable fee, the case could go to an independent tribunal at a later date to determine the scale of compensation.

Nevertheless, there appear to be no hiccups out of the ordinary when it comes to Liverpool signing Ayman and Ngumoha.

But while supporters are clamouring for new faces to arrive at Anfield, don’t expect the club to present these particular additions with any fanfare.

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Club who made world-record Mo Salah bid have now found a £50.6m alternative

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 11:45

A year ago, Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad were courting Mo Salah to the tune of a world-record bid, but now they have landed on his alternative.

As last summer’s transfer window rumbled on, Liverpool were forced to contend with serious interest from Saudi Arabia in their most valuable player.

Salah was subject of a £150 million bid, including £100 million up front, from Saudi officials with a view to joining Fabinho at Al-Ittihad, with the Reds rejecting that advance.

It was later claimed that a world-record offer was being prepared, but with Liverpool holding firm and Salah not pushing for an exit, that £215 million plan fell flat.

The Saudi Pro League have maintained their interest, and with the Egyptian entering the final year of his contract this summer, another approach had been speculated.

 Aston Villa's Boubacar Kamara (L) and Moussa Diaby celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Everton FC at Villa Park. Villa won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Aston Villa's Boubacar Kamara (L) and Moussa Diaby celebrate after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Everton FC at Villa Park. Villa won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

However, Al-Ittihad are now closing in on another right winger who will take one of eight foreign player slots in Laurent Blanc’s squad.

Per The Athletic, Aston Villa forward Moussa Diaby is set to join the Jeddah club in a deal worth €60 million (£50.6m).

Diaby, who only joined Villa last summer amid interest from Al-Nassr, is said to have agreed personal terms on a long-term contract with Al-Ittihad.

This would at least suggest there is little chance of Salah joining Al-Ittihad in the near future, with Diaby brought in as a natural right winger.

However, there remains a possibility that the 32-year-old will be courted as his contract nears expiry – unless, of course, he agrees an extension at Liverpool.

With the Saudi state’s Public Investment Fund controlling Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal, interest in players is not necessarily tied to one particular club.

Though Al-Ittihad may have now filled their vacancy on the right flank, there is a chance that the PIF will target Salah for another of their leading sides.

For example, he could be eyed as a free agent signing for Al-Nassr next summer with a view to reuniting him with Sadio Mane in attack with Cristiano Ronaldo.

More good news on Alisson

 Goalkeeper Alisson Becker of Liverpool after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

 Goalkeeper Alisson Becker of Liverpool after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

All signs point to Salah staying on Merseyside for at least another season, though, while further business from Al-Ittihad indicates that the same will be true for Alisson.

Al-Ittihad are also pursuing a deal for Man City goalkeeper Ederson, with the Mail among those to report that they had approached the Premier League champions over a package worth £50 million.

Though Alisson has been subject of interest from Saudi Arabia this summer, Al-Nassr have since signed compatriot Bento, Al-Ahli brought in Edouard Mendy last year and Al-Hilal already have Yassine Bounou.

Salah is part of the Liverpool squad due to fly to the United States on Tuesday, with Alisson set to rejoin his team-mates later in July – find out when he should return here.

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