Coleman wants to sign two Reds

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New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has targeted loan deals for Liverpool duo Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn.


That’s according to an article in the Sunderland Echo by Phil Smith, who claims that Coleman is setting out his January targets.

The former Wales boss has identified his compatriots as two of the key signings he needs to make in order to save his new club from relegation.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close eye on the development of Woodburn since arriving at Anfield two years ago.

It seems unlikely that he would sanction a loan exit for the teenager despite not giving him much playing time so far this season.

Ward may find himself allowed to make a temporary move, however, after seeing his chances of first-team action limited to the 2-0 League Cup loss at Leicester City.

Klopp may want to see the pair join clubs with better prospects than a Championship relegation battle though.


Coutinho overtakes Fowler and Owen

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has overtaken former Reds Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen in terms of Premier League assists for the club.

BBC Sport have tallied up the statistics and found out that the ex-Inter Milan player has moved into the top three.

The Brazilian’s pass for Mohamed Salah to double the team’s lead in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Southampton saw him surpass the ex-England internationals.


Thanks to the Egyptian tucking the opportunity away, it saw Coutinho move onto thirty-one league assists for the club – one more than either Fowler or Owen provided.

He has a long way to go to surpass the top two, however, with Steven Gerrard way out in front with 92 assists and Steve McManaman laying on 58 assists.

It looks highly unlikely that he will catch former Real Madrid man McManaman to move into second place due to continuing links with the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.

Coutinho has been involved in fourteen goals in his past fifteen appearances for the club and will be a big loss to manager Jurgen Klopp when he eventually moves on.

Kuyt hoping to see Van Dijk sign

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Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has backed Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk to be a success if he moves to Anfield.

The Holland international has been linked with a January move to Liverpool after he tried to engineer a transfer back in the Summer.

And former Kop favourite Kuyt has given his compatriot the seal of approval.

“I know Virgil. I didn’t play with him in the national team but he’s a great player.” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ll see how things will go in the winter break or at the end of the season.


“I don’t think it’s strange for me to say he is a player who will suit Liverpool very well.

“He has the right mentality and he is a great defender.

“He could do a great job at Liverpool but it’s not for me to say if he would be an improvement or not.

“That’s up to the club.” he finished.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is still keen to bring Van Dijk to the club, but lingering interest from Manchester City will complicate any deal.

Thiago Silva hoping PSG sign Coutinho

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Paris Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva has admitted that he would like to see Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho join him in France.

The Brazil international has spoken candidly to Telefoot about his hopes to link up at club level with his compatriot next year and is keen to see a deal done in January.

“I talk a lot with Coutinho.” he said.

“I hope that at the end of the season or even before, it could be a nice surprise for us,” Silva is quoted as saying by Telefoot.

“I hope he will think well and that next year he will work with us.” he continued.

Brazil superstar Neymar has already joined the South American contingent at the Parc des Princes this year after leaving Barcelona in a world record deal back in the Summer.

And Silva is hopeful that Coutinho also listen to his advice about what to do with his future as speculation continues to link him with a move away from Anfield.

“As with Neymar, I give him a lot of advice.” he said.

“But I think the most important thing for him is to make the best decision.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will hope that Coutinho opts to remain where he is and decides against listening to the flurry of advice coming from Brazil internationals both past and present.

City lining up move for Van Dijk

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Manchester City will rival Liverpool for the signature of Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.

That’s according to a report by The Mirror, in which they claim that City boss Pep Guardiola remains interested in luring the Holland international to The Etihad when the transfer window opens.

The Spaniard has indicated that he is likely to be in the market for a new centre-back in the new year after seeing England international John Stones sidelined.

“We’re going to discuss when January is coming.” he told reporters.

“We are going to think about it, but not because John is in that position.

“To play in all the competitions, you need a bigger squad because the players don’t have time for regeneration before the next game.” he finished.

Van Dijk put in a transfer request in August in a bid to try and force through a switch to Anfield to become part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for this season.

But the Saints refused to sanction a departure and have forced the ex-Celtic man into remaining at St Mary’s – but manager Mauricio Pellegrino recently indicated that a deal could be done when asked about the defender’s future.

“I don’t know, I can’t control the market.” he told reporters last week.

“You never know because the market when we talk about money everybody has got a price.

“The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players. I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.

“Everybody is focussed on their area to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.

“We have got a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them.

“The majority of the teams in Europe want to try to improve their squad and the market is huge now around the world, and information is enormous right now.

“We can’t control this and we have to be focused.

“Right now Virgil is thinking about us but a lot of players are thinking about other clubs, we are thinking about maybe other players to try and bring here next year.

“Virgil is training well, thinking about our club.” he finished.

His words have given Liverpool supporters hope that a deal for Van Dijk could finally be completed, but City’s lingering interest coupled with their impressive form and spending power could see the Dutchman change his mind.

Pogba is not as good as Gerrard says Rafa

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Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was asked to compare former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Following his side’s 4-1 loss against United at Old Trafford on Saturday, in which Pogba scored, the Spaniard was questioned over whether he thought the France international was as good as his former captain.

And Benitez was clear in his response as he dismissed the notion that the former Juventus man was already as good as the ex-England international skipper.

“No, they’re different.” he responded.

“Stevie was a top-class player for so many years.

“He was very consistent and could make the difference in every game, with or without the ball.

“He was a top-class player. Pogba is a great player, but he still has to be consistent for years like Stevie was for ten or fifteen years.

“Pogba is not my player, so I don’t need to talk too much about him. He’s a great player, like the majority of the Manchester United players.” he finished.

Sturridge ready to call it quits

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will ask to be allowed to leave the club in January.

That’s according to a report by The Mirror in which it is claimed that the England international is concerned about his chances of making it into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

The twenty-eight year old was left out of the recent squad to face Germany and Brazil by his national manager and feels he needs to be playing more to cement a place on the plane to Russia next Summer.

Despite scoring goals against Maribor and Huddersfield Town recently, Sturridge has seen himself left on the bench for the victories over West Ham United and Southampton.

And, in an ironic twist, those are likely to be two of the Premier League teams that rekindle old interest in signing him when the Winter transfer window opens in the new year.

Newcastle United could also be tempted into making an offer to sign the former Manchester City and Chelsea man should Jurgen Klopp decide to let him move on halfway through the campaign.

Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has seen his promoted side struggle for goals so far this season and could decide to put in an offer – and that could be a loan bid.

Klopp could decide to let Sturridge go out on loan for the remainder of the season if he is sympathetic to his plea for more first-team football ahead of the World Cup.

Paris Saint Germain made a call last season about taking Sturridge on loan, but Klopp refused to let him make the move and decided to keep him in the squad for this season.

He may change his mind given what appears a lack of faith in the striker.

City and Chelsea enter Goretzka race

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Manchester City and Chelsea have entered the race to sign Schalke’s Leon Goretzka.

That’s according to an article by The Mirror, in which it is claimed that the big-spending Premier League duo have identified the German as a possible signing.

Schalke are reported to be considering selling the Germany international in January rather than risk losing him for free next Summer.

The twenty-two year old is out of contract at the end of the campaign and it looks increasingly unlikely that he will opt to stay with the Bundesliga club.

Bavarian giants Bayern Munich are keen to keep him in his homeland and are likely to offer him a contract next year.

Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus are both being regularly linked with bids to take him away from his country.

But reports last week claimed that Liverpool had struck a deal to bring him to Anfield in January and fans are hoping that the report is accurate.

Reds to battle Spurs for Brooks

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will fight it out to sign Sheffield United winger David Brooks.

That’s according to a report by The Mirror, in which it is claimed that the Wales international could cost as much as £20m.

Brooks has been scouted by several Premier League clubs after making a fine start to the season for the Championship club.

Representatives of both the Reds and Spurs have been keeping a close eye on the twenty year old this season and feeding back positive reports.

Brooks made his full debut for his country last week and put in a man of the match performance against surprise World Cup qualifiers Panama.

He was part of the youth setup at Premier League leaders Manchester City earlier in his fledgling career and it looks like they made a mistake in letting him go.

That error could be Liverpool’s gain if manager Jurgen Klopp decides to make an offer for the youngster.

Klopp explains Gomez being dropped

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why he dropped defender Joe Gomez for the victory against Southampton.

The German saw his side run out comfortable 3-0 winners to make it three consecutive Premier League victories on the bounce.

But he was criticised for taking Gomez out of the side after the youngster made such a promising England debut against Brazil this week.

And Klopp has defended the decision and explained why he felt the former Charlton Athletic player needed to be taken out of the starting eleven.

“This will happen over the next few weeks, we will have to make decisions.” he said.

“Usually I don’t think too much about the next game, but in this case I have to think about the next thirteen games.

“I haven’t already planned them, but we need to try to. We cannot play one lineup until they are all injured, we need to mix it up—even if we win games like today.

“Joe had two games in the last week and it’s not a problem, he could have played today.

“But then for Tuesday I don’t think it would have been a big chance or a good idea to bring him again.” he finished.

Many Liverpool supporters will feel that the game was an ideal opportunity to give Gomez the chance to ease himself into a centre-back position.

But Klopp had other ideas and he’s the man responsible for picking the team.