City regret not signing Van Dijk

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Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said that Manchester City regret not signing Virgil Van Dijk.


The Premier League winners were interested in signing the Holland international when he opted to move to Liverpool instead and Delia has said that they should have got him when he left the Scottish champions.

“Virgil was special but when I came in I don’t think he was fit.” he told the Daily Record.

“He had things to work on and in training he was lazy.


“I told him those things and that he had to work on getting 100% in every session and to take care of his body.

“When he said he was going I told him not to go to Southampton or Sunderland but straight to Manchester City or United.

“I said to him he was that good.

“I told City and they regret it now.” he finished.

Van Dijk has been a big factor in Liverpool’s defensive improvement and the world record fee paid to Southampton to bring him to Anfield is being mentioned less often as he continues to justify the £75m spent on his services.


Salah has not forgiven Ramos

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has said that he has not forgiven Sergio Ramos for injuring him.

The Real Madrid defender dragged the Egypt international to the turf and caused damage to his shoulder, forcing him to be substituted during the first half of the Champions League final last month.

Salah saw his side lose 3-1 after two errors by goalkeeper Loris Karius and a wonderstrike from Gareth Bale and has said that he has not said “it was OK” to the Spain international.

“It was (the worst moment of my career).” he told Marca.


“When I fell to the ground, I had a mixture of physical pain and a lot of worry.

“Also anger and sadness for not being able to continue playing the Champions League final.

“Moments later, I also thought about the possibility of not playing in the World Cup and that was a devastating thought.

“He sent me a message, but I never told him it was OK.” he finished.

Most Liverpool supporters have said that they feel much the same about the incident and do not believe that Ramos was unaware of what he was doing when hauling Salah to the ground.

Shaqiri responds to move speculation

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Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri was coy when asked about a potential switch to Liverpool.

The Switzerland international, who is preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Russia with his national side, was asked about the speculation linking him with a move to Anfield.

And the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man laughed before responding to the reporter pushing him for some information on whether the Reds were going to trigger his release clause following Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League.

“The Anfield stadium is great certainly.” he responded.


“Why are you talking about Liverpool?

“I can’t tell you anything right now.

“I think my agents take care of my future.

“I’m focusing on the national team right now.” he finished.

Liverpool are being heavily linked with a bid worth around £12m to add Shaqiri as a handy squad option ahead of an attempt to challenge Manchester City for the title next season.

Fekir ‘staying at Lyon’ say French club

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Lyon have announced that the deal for Nabil Fekir to join Liverpool is off.

The French club have said that their captain will be remaining where he is after they called off the talks between the two clubs over a deal worth around £50m.

Fekir had gone through all the formalities of the move, including a first interview and photoshoot with LFCtv, but the deal did not get over the line.

“Although Liverpool has been the priority of a possible transfer of Nabil. Olympique Lyonnais is delighted to be able to count on the presence of their captain in 2018-2019.” a statement by the Ligue 1 club reads.

Fekir appeared as a second half substitute in France’s 1-1 draw with the US, which was played at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium, and was greeted with loud cheers from the home fans.

The playmaker has now headed off to Russia with his international team-mates ahead of the upcoming World Cup and national coach Didier Deschamps has said no transfer talks are allowed during the tournament.

Liverpool are not expected to make another bid to sign the twenty-four year old this Summer.

Gotze keen on Klopp reunion

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has revealed that he is keen to reunite with former boss Jurgen Klopp.

The pair worked together successfully at the Bundesliga club before Gotze decided to move on to join rivals Bayern Munich – a move which did not work out as hoped for him.

He returned to Dortmund following Klopp’s departure, turning down the chance to head to Anfield to work with his former manager once again – but is now open to the idea.

“I decided to leave Bayern and Jurgen Klopp was interested in getting me to Liverpool.” he revealed in DAZN documentary Being Mario Gotze.

“And I was also interested in working with him again.

“It’s still existing.

“He is a world-class coach and that’s why it’s always an option.

“I decided to join Borussia Dortmund, but it was not a decision against Liverpool or Jurgen Klopp.

“But on the contrary.” he finished.

Liverpool are unlikely to be making a move for Gotze any time soon, given his form over the past couple of seasons, but the World Cup winner seems hopeful that he could link up with Klopp once again down the line.

Fekir deal in jeopardy over knee issue

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Liverpool’s move to sign Lyon captain Nabil Fekir is being held up by concerns over his knee.

This is according to a report by respected journalist Melissa Reddy, of Joe.co.uk, who is a trusted source for news on the club.

All other aspects of the transfer have been agreed and completed, including an interview with LFCtv, but the medical examination of the Frenchman raised concerns over his right knee.

The twenty-five year old suffered a rupture in his cruciate ligament almost three years ago while on international duty, which required surgery a year later.

Fekir went on to suffer a contusion in the same knee last season and the issue has caused concern among Anfield medical staff that he may suffer further problems with the injury down the line.

The club sought a second opinion on the situation in order to further explore whether the deal should go ahead or be put on ice, according to the Echo.

Everything was in place for Fekir to be revealed as a Liverpool on Friday, but these concerns have prevented the move from being completed and he will head off to rejoin his international colleagues as they prepare for the World Cup in Russia.

French boss Didier Deschamps is eager to ensure that any transfers involving his squad members are sorted prior to the World Cup and will not allow any deals to be thrashed out during the tournament.

This should not be a major obstacle to any move for Fekir to Anfield as he has already completed all the other formalities and just needs to put pen to paper to finalise the switch.

But that may not be forthcoming as the club, who have refused to comment on the situation, have indicated that no announcement is impending.

Emre Can could join Premier League club

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Speculation is growing that Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could sign for a Premier League club.

The Germany international is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the month and the club have confirmed that he will be moving on once his deal has expired.

Italian champions Juventus are the favourites to land the former Bayer Leverkusen man on a free transfer on 1st July – but the Serie A giants have been able to agree a deal with Can since the start of the year.

Premier League clubs are unable to formally speak and agree terms with domestic players until their contracts have expired, which is leading many to suspect that Can could well join a Premier League rival.

Champions Manchester City are the most likely English club to make a move, according to the bookmakers, but they are locked in talks with Napoli to sign Italy international Jorginho at present.

That may not stop Pep Guardiola from swooping to land Can in a deal which would surprise many onlookers expecting the midfielder to head to Turin next month.

Manchester United are next in the running to pull off a shock deal to lure the former Bayern Munich man into making a move from Merseyside to Manchester once his contract ends.

But they too are also in negotiations to sign a midfielder in the shape of Shakhtar Donetsk man Fred, who is closing in on a move to Old Trafford.

Despite these impending deals, it is unlikely that either of the Manchester clubs would reject the opportunity to secure the signature of Can given the opportunity and lack of a price tag.

Reds favourites to sign Tarkowski

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Liverpool have been made favourites to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski this Summer.

The England international, who missed out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup, has been linked with a switch to Anfield since the end of last season.

And it looks like Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could well make a move to bolster his defensive options by signing the twenty-five year old this Summer as he looks to add depth to his ranks.

“Tarkowski didn’t make the England squad in the end but did have a superb season, winning his first cap and proving instrumental at the back as Burnley qualified for Europe.” Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead told Starsport.

“It’s no surprise to see him being linked with a move and it looks as though Liverpool is the likely destination.” he added.

Liverpool are 5/2 favourites to secure a deal to bring the centre-back to Anfield, with London trio Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham all next best priced at 8/1.

Tarkowski is believed to be one of two English central defenders of interest to Klopp, with Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles believed to be the other option on the list.

Burnley would not be keen on losing one of their best players, especially after manager Sean Dyche steered them into a Europa League qualification berth last season.

Rowett will let Shaqiri leave

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Newly appointed Stoke City boss Gary Rowett is prepared to let Xherdan Shaqiri join Liverpool.

The Swiss international is certain to make an exit from the relegated club this Summer as they prepare for life in the Championship as he heads to the World Cup in Russia.

And the former Derby County manager has revealed that he only wants players in his squad “who are committed to Stoke City” – which excludes the former Inter Milan attacker.

“No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them.” he said.

“That is the most important thing but on the flip side to that, if player’s say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club.

“I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.

“I want players who are committed to Stoke City.

“And if players want to leave I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.” he finished.

Liverpool are likely to activate the release clause in Shaqiri’s contract by making a bid of around £12m to bring him to Anfield in the coming days.

Dalglish receives knighthood from Queen

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Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The former Anfield player, player-manager and manager said that he was “humbled but gratified” to receive the knighthood, but said that “it won’t make any difference to me”.

The sixty-nine year old has been recognised for his impact on British football and his efforts in supporting the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and his charitable work through the Marina Dalglish Appeal.

And the former Scotland international, capped 102 times by his country, deployed his usual dry wit when reacting to the news.

“I thought it was a tax bill!” he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

“For the family, it’s a huge honour.

“It won’t make any difference to me, I’ll just maybe need to change my passport!

“But just because we’re a wee bit embarrassed about it doesn’t underestimate how pleased and proud we are to have received it.

“I hope everyone who came into our lives enjoys it as well.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will be even more proud of the club legend.