Klopp talks about Sanchez deal


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had his say on Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and his move to Manchester United.

The former Barcelona man, who could have been a Red back in the Summer of 2014, looks set to swap The Emirates for Old Trafford in a big money transfer.

And Klopp has spoken about the manner of the deal and that he doesn’t believe money is the main factor.

“Now I could really create headlines here, but I won’t.” he said.

“It’s not my business, not my cup of tea; we had our big transfers and everyone could say whatever they wanted.

“I’ve nothing to say about the numbers, but I can’t imagine City leave the race because of money.

“Maybe it’s because there are two opportunities in Manchester and maybe he thinks to go to one or the other, and then one maybe thinks, ‘I don’t want him anymore’. It’s not about money.

“Alexis makes sense for pretty much each team in the world because he’s a great player. It makes sense, so bring him in whenever.

“He’s a really good player, we are not in for him and that’s all I’m interested in.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters may be disappointed that the German didn’t make a move for Chile international, but the money being offered is not something that the club would sanction – especially for a player entering the latter stages of his career.

Salah agent holds Real Madrid talks


Real Madrid have held talks with the agent of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

That’s according to Spanish journalist Edu Aguirre, who has confirmed talks between Ramy Abbas Issa and the Spanish giants took place earlier this week.

“Real Madrid have received a visit from the representative of Liverpool player Mohamed Salah.” he said.

“I’m not saying that they’re going to sign him.

“I’m just saying that his agent – Ramy Abbas Issa – has been at the Bernabeu.” he added.

Liverpool supporters will be hoping that it has nothing to do with Salah – who has taken Anfield by storm so far this season since his move from Italian club AS Roma.

Real Madrid are likely to be making significant changes to their squad at the end of the season and rumours have been going around that they could be set to make a move to sign the Egypt international.

It would be no surprise if the fine goalscoring form of the former Chelsea man had been noticed by the La Liga champions, but the Reds will have no intention of letting him go any time soon.

Inter make move for Sturridge


Inter Milan have made a move to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

The Italian club have made a “serious” proposal to sign the England international on loan for the remainder of the season, according to Goal journalist Melissa Reddy.

Sturridge is keen to revive his flagging international career in the second half of the campaign and is reported to have asked the club to allow him to move on.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward is eager to secure a seat on the plane to Russia as part of England manager Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup.

The twenty-eight year old has struggled for fitness and game time so far this season and appears to believe that a fresh start elsewhere could be just what he needs to get his career back on track.

And he could be handed the opportunity by Serie A contenders Inter, who have offered to pay a “substantial” loan fee on top of his wages – and are prepared to add a permanent deal clause into the mix.

Sturridge is said to have made a loan switch to Spanish club Sevilla his preference, but the professionalism and determination is said to have made him question his plans.

Bayern win Goretzka race


Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.

The Germany international has decided to sign for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract expires with his current side.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was hopeful of persuading his compatriot to join him at Anfield at the end of the season, but the Bavarians have beaten him to the deal.

And the twenty-two year old has taken to social media to explain his decision to Schalke supporters.

“I know that in doing this I am disappointing all of you and you will have little understanding of it.” he wrote on Facebook.

“Any statement I make now would not be well received by you.

“I do not want to say goodbye now because there is still the second half of the season to play.

“And anyone who knows me even a little knows that as always I will give my all.

“I want to take Schalke back into the Champions League and I want to win the DFB-Pokal on May 19 in Berlin.” he finished.

Hodgson talks up Zaha


Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has said that he isn’t surprised Wilfried Zaha is being linked with a move.

Former Eagles boss Frank de Boer stated his belief that the Ivory Coast international would be well suited to playing for Liverpool earlier this week and his successor has agreed with that sentiment.

“It would surprise me if anybody was asked about Wilf Zaha if they don’t say about him what I would say about him: I think he’s an excellent player.” Hodgson said.

“What he’s done for Crystal Palace during my short time has been nothing but exceptional and I also know that he did an awful lot in the years before I came to the club so it would surprise me enormously if people did not say Wilf Zaha is a player with a very bright future who can go far.

“I think it’s up to us at Crystal Palace to try and keep improving our team and try to keep persuading him that he doesn’t need to move further afield to get the quality of football he needs and to play at the level he wants to play at.

“I certainly have nothing against anybody making those sort of positive comments.” he finished.

Hodgson, who is a former Reds boss, was responding to the comments made by the Dutchman earlier this week about the former Manchester United winger.

“A January move? Not really right now, because he has to play every game, every week, I think that’s important for him right now.” de Boer told FourFourTwo.

“Liverpool would be a great club for him but I’m going to see what he does in the future, I’m very interested in him because I think he has a great potential.

“He can play for a much bigger club than Crystal Palace, that’s for sure, I’m 100% convinced.” he finished

Plenty of Liverpool supporters are hoping that manager Jurgen Klopp will look to bring Zaha to Anfield at the end of the season – if not sooner.

Klopp says Karius is number one


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius is now his number one goalkeeper.

The German has started the last few games since Simon Mignolet was chosen for the 2-1 victory over Burnley and will keep the gloves – as long as he performs.

Klopp told reporters that the former Mainz stopper would retain the status as first-choice as long as he performs well enough to keep the position.

“Do you really think that I change my mind that quick?” Klopp said.

“First of all, it’s the first time I heard anything positive about Simon Mignolet. I’m happy about that. I was always positive about him, so maybe you should tell him personally.

“It’s a very difficult job to be a goalkeeper or a centre-half at Liverpool because no one forgives you one mistake. Obviously, since I’m here​,​ it feels like ‘wow’ if our goalkeeper makes a mistake and it’s a disaster.

“If any other goalkeeper makes a mistake then he’s still a fantastic goalkeeper and we should still buy him. I’m really fine with our goalkeeper situation.

“Loris Karius could have made a save around the first goal, even though I think it was a world-class finish in this moment. It always makes sense to say the truth.

“He’s a really good goalkeeper and we brought him in because we wanted him to play. There were a few difficulties, but he’s settled as well. A lot of really good things in his game, they are natural, I like them, and now he can show them.

“That’s all. We changed a lot of positions during the year, but only with the goalkeeper it looks like we have to stick to our opinion for 20 years if we made a decision one time. I changed not my opinion, but the situation. That’s all.

“But of course, Loris has to deliver. He knows that. Now he is the number one and that means he can play again and he can concede a goal like he conceded against Manchester.

“It’s not like we want that, but it’s still possible. All the good things, I like to see again. I saw a lot of good things in the games he played in the last few weeks. That’s why he’s in.” he finished.

Reds set to miss out on Goretzka


Liverpool look set to miss out on the signing of Germany international Leon Goretzka.

The Schalke man has reportedly chosen Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as his next club as he enters the final six months of his contract with his current club.

Bayern president Uli Hoeness has revealed that a deal is close for the Bavarian giants to lure one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment.

“There is no agreement yet, Goretzka to Bayern Munich is not a done deal but yet but we can complete his transfer as soon as our medical staff gives us green light.” he said.

Liverpool had sent representatives over to Germany to try and persuade the twenty-two year old that his future would be best served working under compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

But Echo journalist James Pearce revealed that the midfielder’s agent did not give the Reds any encouragement that a deal could be agreed and it now seems that the interest from Bayern was why.

Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United were all said to be in the hunt to land Goretzka, but it appears that he has chosen to remain in his homeland next season.

Oblak could be a Liverpool player


Liverpool could have Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the squad – but a minor injury prevented a deal from being done.

The stopper was invited to the club back in 2009 when he was just sixteen years of age as the considered a move away from Slovenian club Olimpija, according to Dnevnik.

The article was posted on 17th December 2009 and has been dug up by supporters this week as speculation that manager Jurgen Klopp will make a move for the keeper continues.

Several clubs were courting the then-teenager and Simon Seslar, Sporting Director at Olimpija, confirmed that there was plenty of interest in Oblak – who has gone on to become one of the best keepers in Europe.

“For the time being, there is nothing concrete yet. For the past half of the year, we have an interest in Jana, we are talking with clubs who have specifically contacted the club, but we have certain requirements.” he said.

He was asked specifically about Liverpool, but refused to be drawn on names as he made an attempt to calm the transfer rumours around the youngster.

“I would not speak about names. I do not know where information comes from, we definitely do not belong to our club.” he added.

But when later pushed on rumours that Oblak had visited Anfield, Seslar confirmed that they had made a trip over to England to catch a Premier League game between the Reds and Arsenal.

“We really looked at the match between Liverpool and Arsenal, but that’s all. We were at home the next day.” he said.

“There is nothing serious with injury. Before the match with Maribor, he had pain in the muscle.” Seslar concluded.

Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Oblak won’t be another one who got away – but the Slovenian international has a release fee worth £89m and the Spanish club are unlikely to accept anything less.

Van Dijk shows his class


Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has proved that he is a class act off the pitch as well as on it.

The Holland international has had a young fan tracked down so that a signed shirt can be sent to him this week after he rushed past supporters as he arrived to watch the 2-1 win over Leicester City at Christmas.

Season ticket holder Rocco Daly has been sent the gift by the club on behalf of the centre-back and his father Jason has revealed how pleased they are with the generosity of the new Kop favourite.

“He was absolutely gobsmacked when he got home from school and opened the package – he couldn’t believe it. I still don’t think he can.” he said.

“He was bouncing around the house all night, showing his brother and phoning his nan, his uncle and other family and friends to tell them.

“He couldn’t get to sleep that night because he was so excited, and he was still buzzing when we took him to school the next morning.

“I really think it’s an amazing gesture by Virgil. He didn’t have to do it, he didn’t have to go out of his way, but the fact he has means everything to Rocco and to me because it’s made my little lad so happy. We really can’t thank him enough.

“It was the best day ever and I can’t say thank you enough to Virgil. I am going to frame it and keep it forever.” he finished.

Grujic joins Cardiff City on loan


Liverpool have loaned midfielder Marko Grujic to Cardiff City.

The Serbian youngster will spend the remainder of the campaign with the Championship club as he looks to get more playing time with the Welsh club.

And the former Red Star Belgrade player has spoken of his excitement at the idea of helping Neil Warnock’s side to regain a place in the Premier League.

“This is a good opportunity for me, to play in a club that will be fighting until the end to get in to the Premier League.” he told CardiffCityfc.co.uk

“To work with a manager like Neil Warnock is something I’m looking forward to.

“I’ve heard good things about him and when he spoke to me he said some good things about me and that I had a chance to play as part of his squad.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday and the rest of the season.

“I want to make the Cardiff City fans happy and look forward to playing in front of them. I’ve seen the team play a couple of times so I know what to expect.

“But I can play across midfield and like to help in defence and attack. This is a strong team but I’m going to try my best to add something.

“I can’t wait to start this adventure. It’s really exciting.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will be hoping that he makes plenty of progress during the spell away from Anfield.