Reds linked with unlikely Benzema move


Liverpool have been linked with a move to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.

Spanish website Diario Gol are claiming that the club have approached the Spanish giants over a Summer move for the thirty year old French striker, who is apparently valued at around £45m.

Benzema has been a regular goalscorer for the La Liga club since signing for them all the way back in 2009 from Ligue 1 side Lyon in a deal with around £35m.

Los Blancos are keen to sign Polish international striker Robert Lewandowski from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season and that could see Benzema become surplus to requirements.

But Jurgen Klopp being interested in signing the Frenchman seems highly unlikely, given his age and likely wage demands – not to mention his work rate being some way off the standard the German likes from his players.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss is likely to have plenty of money to spend this Summer, but a move to bring the Real Madrid forward to Anfield seems a non-starter.

Klopp may well be relatively short on options up top, but he will have Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Rhian Brewster in his squad come the end of the season.

Benzema will not be joining them.

Klopp plays down Salah comparisons with Messi


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Lionel Messi.

The Egyptian was compared to the Barcelona megastar following his four goal demolition of Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening, but Klopp was keen not to put too much pressure on his player.

“I think Mo is on the way.” he said.

“I don’t think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi. He is the one who has been doing what he’s been doing for what feels like twenty years or so.

“The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona.

“But Mo is in a fantastic way, that’s for sure. As it always is in life, if you have to have the skills you have to show that constantly and consistently, and he is very good. He helps us a lot.

“The boys love playing together with him, he loves playing with them so it’s good. He gave us a good four goals. I think that’s quite exceptional and another good performance.

“We had to cope and deal with difficult conditions tonight. It was slippery. Everybody suffered but not Mo in that situation.

“That is really special.” he finished.

Salah has now scored twenty-eight goals in the Premier League this season.

Real Madrid will send scouts to watch Salah


Real Madrid will send scouts to watch Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in action.

That’s according to a report by Diario Gol, who are claiming that the Spanish giants will send representatives to both legs of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City.

The La Liga champions have been regularly linked with a Summer move to sign the Egypt international following his impressive return to the Premier League this season.

Manager Zinedine Zidane, if he manages to keep his job at the Bernabeu, is likely to see plenty of changes made to his squad ahead of next season, with Brazil international Neymar also a key target.

But a deal to take the former Barcelona star back to Spain from French big-spenders Paris Saint Germain could prove too expensive even for Los Blancos to pull off.

A move for Salah is viewed as potentially cheaper by the money men at Real Madrid and they could instead decide to push hard to try and persuade Liverpool to let him make an exit at the end of the season.

It is highly unlikely that Jurgen Klopp would allow his top scorer to move on so quickly and the former Chelsea man is also very happy with life on Merseyside and is not going to make a transfer request.

Juventus in the dark over Emre Can deal


Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that they are in the dark over whether they will be signing Emre Can this Summer.

The Liverpool midfielder is still on course to leave the club thanks to his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, with no deal agreed to decide where he will be playing next season.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remains keen on keeping his compatriot at the club, but talks over a new deal for him to stay where he is reached an impasse a while ago and no resolution has been found.

But it looks like talk that a move to join the Serie A champions being sealed was premature, going by the latest news from Italy.

“We are periodically pointed to as a club that buys players. We have a squad suited to three tournaments and it meets our needs.” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

“We’re ready to take any opportunities, I won’t deny we are concentrated on Emre Can and awaiting his response. That is our primary objective.

“If there is a negative response, we’ll move our attention on to other players.” he finished.

Many Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Klopp can persuade his fellow German to stick with the club.

Klopp linked with fresh Draxler move


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains keen on bringing Germany international Julian Draxler to Anfield.

That’s according to a report by TransfermarketWeb, in which they claim that a Summer bid for the Paris Saint Germain winger could well be in the pipeline.

The double signing of Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco last Summer saw Draxler drop down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes and he could decide to cut his losses and make an exit this Summer.

If he does opt to seek a move away from the Ligue 1 leaders, he will no doubt be given plenty of offers as he considers his next move – likely to be after the World Cup.

Klopp attempted to bring his compatriot to Anfield back in January 2017 when he left Wolfsburg to join the French giants, but the twenty-four year old decided to head to Paris instead.

It would put current left-winger Sadio Mane’s position under serious pressure if Draxler were to be added to Klopp’s squad ahead of the 2018/19 season and he would not come cheap either.

Klopp has already got a deal lined up to bring Naby Keita to the club this Summer and the addition of Draxler would only see anticipation ahead of next season increase.

But whether he is genuinely still interested in signing him remains to be seen.

Real Madrid favourites in Alisson race


Liverpool face the prospect of missing out on AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

That’s because Spanish champions Real Madrid have made signing the Brazil international a priority this Summer and are prepared to smash the record fee paid for a goalkeeper, according to Steve Bates article in The Mirror.

The twenty-five year old has spoken of his pleasure at seeing speculation linking him with a switch to the Bernabeu at the end of the current campaign.

“Real Madrid’s interest in me makes me happy, I won’t deny that.” he is quoted in the article.

“I’m very happy when a club speaks well of me, it means I’m doing well and that they’re following me.

“Imagine when a club like Real Madrid does that, but for now I’m focused on Roma.” he finished.

It would also add an extra piece of bad news for the club if the La Liga giants do beat Jurgen Klopp to his signature, as it would end their pursuit of David de Gea from Manchester United.

Klopp also faces the prospect of seeing “back-up choice” Bernd Leno move elsewhere, with Napoli keen to take the Bayer Leverkusen stopper to Serie A in a deal worth around £23m.

Whether or not Leno is actually being monitored by the club is open to debate, but Alisson clearly is a target.

Klopp praises Alexander-Arnold response


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has credited Trent Alexander-Arnold for the way he has responded this week following a difficult game against Manchester United last weekend.

The teenage full-back endured a tough afternoon at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford got the better of him twice to score his side’s goals in the 2-1 loss.

But Klopp has backed the youngster following some criticism in the aftermath of the game at his press conference ahead of this weekend’s return to action.

“The reason he is playing is not because he is Trent or a Scouser, it’s only because of his quality. That’s why he played.” he said.

“His quality is obvious and his areas for improvement are obvious as well.

“That his strength is a little bit more in the offensive part of the position is obvious.

“The first goal, he was involved 100%; that was of course not our best defending but not from him alone.

“He is the youngest of all the players who made a mistake around that situation.

“It can always happen, that’s not a big thing. At his age, he will make mistakes, there is no chance to avoid them constantly.

“Then it’s all about the reaction, and I think he reacted in the game pretty well.

“He was not too impressed. He is on a very good way.” he continued.

Alexander-Arnold has been in and out of the side for much of the season as Klopp has rotated him along with fellow young defender Joe Gomez at right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne.

There has been much debate over which of the pair is the better option, but Klopp has enjoyed having the two developing players at his disposal.

“We have Joe [Gomez] as well, who had a little injury only but that can sometimes mean you are out for two or three games because the other one is playing pretty well.

“That is what happened. Now we will see who will start at the weekend.” he finished.

Liverpool face Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening in the Premier League.

Klopp pleased to see duo recalled by Southgate


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to the news that Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both been recalled to the England squad.

National manager Gareth Southgate has included the duo in his team for the upcoming friendlies against Holland and Italy ahead of the World Cup.

And Klopp is hopeful that they will be well managed in terms of their fitness as he prepares for the final stretch of the campaign.

“In an ideal world we work together with the national team and that’s what we do in this case, 100%.” he said.

“Adam had probably the most difficult season so far of his career but he is still top three or four players of England, 100%.

“We’ve struggled because it was a really big injury, a ruptured tendon, unlucky but big as well and it needed time.

“We try to use him and I spoke to Gareth this week. For us it’s a big challenge to have him around and not to bring him to be honest because maybe in the moment he needs a little bit longer.

“It’s not because of age or whatever, from all other points of view he’s in fantastic shape, but he needs a little bit more recovery time, stuff like that, and we needed all to learn and deal with that.

“I told Gareth that I don’t know what we’ll do for the weekend but he will be fit next week 100%t, so if he wants to invite him, you’re welcome, if you want to play him, you’re welcome.
“So he is ready to play football, obviously, but our job is to use him as often as possible and if we can do it, prepare him for the World Cup as well, so he will be fit in the summer.

“That’s only too late for the season, but from his point of view I’m pretty sure everything will be good again. If he could play minutes, of course that would help us and him.” he continued.

Klopp stated his pleasure at seeing Oxlade-Chamberlain recalled to the squad after being left out of the last one selected by Southgate.

“I would’ve invited him if I would be the English manager but it’s not my job.” he said.

“I think Alex played and developed a lot here and so it makes absolute sense, he’s a top, top player without a doubt.

“Hopefully it stays like that, he’s fit and he can help England a lot like he can help us a lot.” he finished.

England will play Holland on Friday 23rd March before taking on Italy four days later on Tuesday 27th. Neither of those nations qualified for the competition being held in Russia this Summer.

Klopp wants players to bounce back against Watford


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to see his side bounce back to form against Watford this weekend.

The German saw his team lose 2-1 to rivals Manchester United last weekend following a disappointing performance at Old Trafford.

And he is hoping that they can challenge the frustration with that result to get back on track against the Hornets on Saturday evening at Anfield.

“First of all, [the record is] good news but it doesn’t mean anything, it only means we have to do it again.” he said.

“We expect from ourselves that we win football games, especially if we lost a game like the last one.

“In an ideal world you play three hours later and change your own mood, so we keep that kind of revenge feeling or whatever during the week because we have to and we want to go back immediately to the other side, the winning side.

“We were not happy about the result, we were not happy about the performance, but the performance was not as bad as the result.

“Only in a few minutes – seven or eight very decisive minutes – we deserved the result.

“We can play better than we played even in the good moments of that game and that’s what we have to try.

“A lot of things you can learn from this game, a lot of things you have to learn from this game.

“It’s already a few days ago but without striking back in an overly aggressive way, because we never did that, we use it as motivation for sure.

“In professional sports you need to be a little bit angry to bring your best on the pitch.

“So, we respect the rules but we are angry and after a game like this it’s a little bit more.

“Hopefully we can bring that in the game as well.” he finished.

Liverpool will welcome Javi Gracia’s Watford side to Anfield on Saturday evening with kick off at 17:3

Klopp responds to Champions League draw


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to the quarter final draw for the Champions League.

The German boss saw his side drawn against domestic rivals Manchester City for the last eight stage of the competition.

And has been quite pragmatic about what is a tough prospect, giving a philosophical response to questions asked at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with Watford.

“I really don’t mind. I knew it would be difficult and that is difficult.” he said.

“The good news is for Manchester City it will be difficult as well.”

“We are for sure not the favourites in this round.

“But in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites, maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona.” he finished.

Most Liverpool supporters were looking for the team to be drawn to face either Sevilla or Roma – with few looking to see an all-Premier League tie.