Are Reds set to mount Malcom bid?


Bordeaux boss has indicated that Liverpool could be interested in a deal for reported Arsenal target Malcom.

The French club’s manager was speaking about the Brazilian’s future and mentioned the Reds as he said that the twenty year old could be set to swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League.

“I can’t deny that he’s being followed by a lot of people. With Malcom, I go from day-to-day.” he said.

“He’s committed. He’s a bit, like he was in the summer. I wouldn’t say he has been disturbed by it, that’s a bit strong, he’s not disturbed, but he is asking questions.

“He’s asking himself what’s the best thing for him, for his future. That’s logical.

“If he’s asking questions and he still manages to make assists or score goals, it’ll be fine.

“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you’d go.

“I’m a coach, I’d like to be able to count on Malcom, Malcom has to help us.

“There is one person who decides in this, that’s the majority shareholder.

“He talked about this at the weekend, but football remains football.” he finished.

Malcom’s agent, Fernando Garcia, held discussions in London over a £45million transfer to the Gunners and he has fueled speculation of an imminent move to north London by liking posts welcoming him to The Emirates on social media.

Mignolet considering his Anfield future


Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is considering his future at the club.

The Belgian international has lost his place as first-choice to fellow stopper Loris Karius and that has seen him decide to assess his options at a time he sees as a crossroad in his career.

“Ten days ago, after the game against Burnley, I had a conversation with Klopp.” he told Sporza.

“In the Christmas period we had rotated again and I felt that that was not a healthy situation for a keeper.

“Klopp then told me what on Sunday was confirmed before and after the match but of course I’m not happy with that – but no heavy words have come afterwards.

“Of course I am not satisfied with that, but I always have to respect the manager’s decision.

“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer.

“I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.

“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best.

“I’m thirty years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.” he finished.

Mignolet could be handed the opportunity to get a fresh start, with Italian club Napoli said to be monitoring his situation according to Het Nieuwsblad.

The report claims that the Serie A side are lining up an offer worth around €20m for the former Sunderland man.

Gundogan rejected Liverpool move


Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he rejected a move to Liverpool.

City signed the Germany international from Borussia Dortmund, where Gundogan played under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp before making his way to England in the Summer of 2016.

And he has said that the chance to play for Spanish manager Pep Guardiola at The Etihad was too good a chance to turn down – even if it meant rejecting a reunion with Klopp.

“I spoke with Jurgen about different things.” he told the Daily Mail.

“He always liked me as player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try.

“But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.

“When I was a little bit down because of my injury, he was quite sure he was still going to try to buy me.

“That showed me it could never be the wrong decision to join this club.

“They are both great managers, great characters and very ambitious. I’ve been lucky.” he finished.

Liverpool fans will be disappointed to hear that Gundogan could have been a part of Klopp’s Anfield squad – but will be hoping that he goes away empty handed on Sunday afternoon as the two sides meet.

Butland is a Summer target


Liverpool will make a Summer move to sign Jack Butland from Stoke City.

That is the claim being made by Bleacher Report, who are reporting that the England international has been identified as the man to end the debate over the number one spot.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to have become increasingly aware that neither Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius can be trusted as long-term options in the position and has decided to sign a new keeper.

Stoke are not prepared to even consider letting the twenty-four year old move on this month as they find themselves without a manager and in the relegation zone.

Letting go of the goalkeeper, who many consider to be their best player, would be something they would be foolish to allow and any negotiations will be put off until the end of the season.

Leaving things until the Summer could work in Liverpool’s favour, because relegation to the Championship for Stoke would likely see Butland ask to be allowed to move on from the club and also potentially lower his asking price.

It remains to be seen whether Butland truly is the goalkeeper Klopp has set his sights on, with speculation still rife that AS Roma’s Brazil international Alisson is in the picture.

Reds have “no chance” of Griezmann deal


Liverpool have “no chance” of agreeing a deal to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

That’s the view of Spanish pundit Guillem Balague, who was responding to claims that the Reds were closing in on a surprise deal to bring the Frenchman to Anfield.

The odds on the twenty six year old making the switch to Merseyside have been cut to 7/2, while Manchester United and Barcelona are 14/1 to complete deals to sign him.

But Balague has poured cold water on the speculation that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be about to spend the money from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona on the forward.

“I thought at this stage, people who follow transfers would be bright enough to understand when they are being led astray.” he told Sky Sports.

“When there are serious matters at play, it is nonsense.

“Griezmann to Liverpool is absolute nonsense.” he finished.

It will come as no surprise to most Liverpool supporters, but the news will be a big disappoint to others who were getting their hopes up over the speculation.

Keita set to complete Liverpool move


Liverpool look set to complete the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

The Guinea international was expected to head to Anfield on 1st July after a deal was agreed last Summer for the African to become a Liverpool player this year.

But manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to bring forward the signing after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £145m deal earlier this month.

Keita is also hoping to move forward his switch to Merseyside and has given another indication that the move will happen soon by registering a new company called ‘NK8 LIMITED’.

The company has been registered on the Companies House website and the two people listed as officers are Naby Deco Keita himself and Bjorn Alexander Bezemer.

Bundesliga journalist Chris Williams has also added weight to the speculation by tweeting that the deal could happen as soon as Sunday, which would allow Keita to spend most of the second half of the season at Anfield.

Liverpool supporters will be hopeful that the information is accurate and that Keita will soon be unveiled as a member of Klopp’s squad.

Can Oxlade-Chamberlain Use Reds Move to Make a Push for England’s World Cup Starting XI?

Source: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain via Facebook 

With the World Cup right around the corner, players are desperately trying to make a case for their inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has long been in the mix for the national side, but with prolific attacking talent available in his usual positions on the flanks, his starting berth in the summer tournament is in doubt. Now that the former Arsenal man has been shifted to a midfield role at Liverpool, however, his hopes appear a little brighter.

During his time at the Emirates, the Ox was mainly utilised by Arsene Wenger down the wings. And although the 24-year-old has shown significant potential ever since his career began at Southampton, Liverpool’s summer signing has yet to set the world alight. To be willing to fork out £35 million on the youngster in the summer, Jürgen Klopp obviously thinks that he can tap into Oxlade-Chamberlain’s talent and turn him into a world-beater. Since moving to Anfield, the Portsmouth-born player has taken up more of a central role in Klopp’s system, and this could be where he excels.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is beginning to find his feet under his new manager, and now knows what is expected of him. If he keeps improving over the course of the season in his new position in the middle of the park, Southgate will be forced to take note. England are light on strong players in central midfield, and Oxlade-Chamberlain has perhaps targeted this weakness as an area in which he can shine. In the summer, he stated that he didn’t see himself as an orthodox winger, and was looking forward to the positional change.  

As it stands, in the World Cup betting odds, England can be backed at around 16/1 to win the tournament in Russia, with a number of operators offering new customers the chance to minimise their outlay with a number of free bets via Oddschecker. Although the Three Lions have some excellent in-form forward players at their disposal in Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Dele Alli, it’s in the middle and at the back where they are lacking. The emergence of a strong central midfielder would be a highly useful addition for Southgate.

Arsenal offered Oxlade-Chamberlain £180,000-a-week to stay in North London, but the player chose to move to Merseyside for £120,000 per week. The fact that he essentially took a pay-cut to have the chance to work under Klopp shows that he is eager to improve his game. If he continues to progress for Liverpool for the remainder of the season, as he has in the first half, he may find that his starting berth in England’s midfield is nailed down.

Will Rafael Benitez ever return to Anfield?


It seems that talk will never disappear surrounding Rafael Benitez’s possible return to Anfield in the future. But, now aged 57, is it still realistic for the Spaniard to become Liverpool boss once more before he retires?

Supposing he stays in the game for another 10 years, that is still plenty of time in the football world, with even managers that have won the Premier League not safe from the sack the following season these days.

Rafael Benitez 2009 Asia Tour.jpg by k1ngk0ng (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Benitez is perhaps the best head coach the Reds have had in the Premier League era, after famously leading them to an unlikely Champions League triumph in 2005, as well as FA Cup, Super Cup, and Community Shield success.

He is also statistically Liverpool’s fourth best ever boss, in terms of win percentage in all competitions, after only Bob Paisley, Kenny Dalglish (first spell), and the club’s first managing duo William Edward Barclay and John McKenna.

That means that Benitez’s spell from June 2004 until June 2010 saw more victories per game than the likes of Joe Fagan, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, and even Bill Shankly – something that current coach Jurgen Klopp cannot claim.
But, with a certain highly-rated Klopp in the Anfield dugout at present, and on an unbeaten run of 14 in all competitions going into 2018, it looks as though the German won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Liverpool have one of the most exciting attacks in the league, if not the world, with summer signing Mohamed Salah shining brightest this term so far. Many football betting tips would suggest taking his 11/2 odds to end the season as top scorer.

But, as is the norm at Anfield in recent years, if a player shines, the big clubs will come calling, which usually unsettles the team – much like it did with Philippe Coutinho.

Should Salah or Coutinho be tempted away in January or the summer, a bad run of form or lack of trophies once again at the end of the season could pile the pressure on the popular German boss.

With Klopp being such a perfectionist too, he may well even decide to fall on his sword if he hasn’t lived up to his high standards by bringing much-needed silverware to one of the country’s most successful clubs (he is still yet to win any trophy now in his third season).

Despite that lack of success, Klopp has still endeared himself to much of the Kop faithful, thanks to his charming charisma and hugely entertaining style of football.

Yet, banners of Benitez can still be seen across Anfield, and some fans wish for his return.
Now at Newcastle United – a club which many former Liverpool players have also turned out for or managed – Benitez is not enjoying the best of seasons, though he did get the club back into the top flight to prove that he still has the hunger and desire.

The Madrid-born manager also refused to rule out a return to his former club earlier this season, which only further raised the possibility. 

Of course, as we know, anything is possible in football, and Liverpool’s hierarchy could certainly do a lot worse than re-hiring a man who knows the club and fans inside out if Klopp leaves Anfield in the coming years.

Liverpool set to offer Firmino new deal


Liverpool are set to offer Roberto Firmino a new contract.

That’s the claim being made in a report by The Telegraph, as the club seek to avoid losing the Brazil international as they did with his compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

The twenty-five year old left Anfield to join Barcelona in a deal worth around £145m and Liverpool do not want to see former Hoffenheim man Firmino decide his time is up here. Firmino set a heartfelt public message to his friend.

“I wish you infinite success, that you enjoy life and realise all your dreams brother. God is always protecting you and your whole family. It was an honour to play with a magician like you.” he said.

The forward and Coutinho are close friends, as well as international and club team-mates, and manager Jurgen Klopp views Firmino as the “engine” in his side and does not want to see him go.

It is being reported that Liverpool will offer Firmino a long-term contract, potentially keeping him at the club for the rest of his career, in order to hold of interest in his services.

Some are speculating that Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will seek to lure Firmino away from Anfield in the coming year.

Brannagan makes Oxford move


Liverpool have allowed midfielder Cameron Brannagan to leave the club.

The youngster has put pen to paper on three and a half year deal with League One club Oxford United as he brings his Anfield career to a close.

And the twenty-one year old is keen to get started with his new side after making the move south in search of regular first-team football having seen his opportunities limited at Anfield.

“As soon as I spoke with the manager about the move here, I was keen to get up here, get started and get playing.” he told BBC Radio Oxford.

“Hopefully I can kick-on from here after the loan at Fleetwood.” he added.

Big things were expected of Brannagan when he made the breakthrough into the Liverpool side in a Europa League game against French club Bordeaux back in 2015.

He was even linked with a surprise move to Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid during the Summer of 2016 as Liverpool rejected a £1m offer from Wigan Athletic for his services.

But after sixteen years as part of the youth setup at Liverpool, Brannagan has made his exit.