Leaked image shows Fekir in Liverpool shirt


A leaked image, which appears to be genuine, shows Nabil Fekir in a Liverpool shirt.

It is widely believed that the Lyon midfielder will complete a move to Anfield this weekend after many outlets reported that talks were reaching a successful conclusion.

And the photograph, which hit social media this afternoon, appears to show Fekir in the famous red shirt with a link to a video of his first interview with the club.

Supporters all over the world will hope that the photograph is legitimate.

Klopp set for Summer clear out


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to let a host of players leave Anfield this Summer.

Top of the list is likely to be Daniel Sturridge, with the injury-prone striker expected to be told he has no future at the club after failing to prove his fitness during the German’s spell in charge.

The England international saw his World Cup hopes end in tatters after a disastrous loan spell at relegated West Bromwich Albion saw him fail to score a single goal as the injuries continued to hamper his career.

Klopp is eager to get Sturridge’s hefty wages off the bill and will consider letting him go for a knockdown price in order to facilitate that.

Another senior player anticipated to walk out of the exit door this Summer is Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who is likely to decide his future after the World Cup has ended.

Italian clubs Napoli and AS Roma are expected to lead the race to sign the former Sunderland man, who lost his place in the side to Loris Karius last season.

It is hoped that Serbian international Lazar Markovic will finally make a permanent exit from Anfield following a series of loan moves since Klopp took the reigns back in 2015 from Brendan Rodgers.

Newly appointed Everton manager Marco Silva could make a surprise move to be reunited with the winger after a successful spell together at Hull City back in 2016/17.

Marko Grujic is likely to be allowed to make at least a temporary move away from the club following a promising loan spell in the Championship with promoted side Cardiff City – who are likely to make a bid for his services, along with fellow Premier League newboys Fulham.

There are questions marks over the future of former Southampton man Adam Lallana following the arrival of Naby Keita and bids for Nabil Fekir and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Despite being a favourite of Klopp during the 2016/17 season, the thirty year old has seen his status in the squad drop somewhat after an injury hit campaign.

He would not be short of suitors should he be deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, with the likes of Leicester City, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolves all likely to be interested in signing him.

Forward duo Danny Ings and Divock Origi are also likely to see their futures at the club put under the spotlight following disappointing seasons for the pair of them.

Ings managed to score just once as he fell behind youngster Dominic Solanke in the pecking order and Origi failed to make the Belgium squad for the World Cup as he struggled for form during a loan spell with Wolfsburg in Germany. They could both be allowed to move on.

Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will both be leaving the club at the end of the month.

‘Fans will forgive Karius’ says Barnes


Liverpool legend John Barnes has backed fans to forgive Loris Karius for his Champions League meltdown.

The goalkeeper made two costly errors to allow Real Madrid to score twice in their 3-1 win over the Reds in Kiev last month and the German has been widely criticised for it.

Doctors later claimed that Karius had suffered concussion in a clash with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos prior to the goals going in and Barnes believes that supporters will back whichever decision Jurgen Klopp makes on his compatriot’s future.

“What Liverpool fans do is they trust Jurgen Klopp in whatever he says and if this manager decides to pick Karius next season, he will be supported because we believe this manager and will back him.” he is quoted by Yahoo.

“The feeling all Liverpool fans have towards Klopp.

“If this manager wanted to pick Mickey Mouse to play in his team, the supporters would get behind him because that is how much support and respect he has at the club. We all love Jurgen Klopp that much.

“The concern for me will be Karius’ mental state and whether he can bounce back from what happened in the final.

“His strength of character would be a worry for me and I don’t know if he can deal with what happened in such a big game.

“I played in a Liverpool team with Bruce Grobbelaar in goal and he made mistakes all the time and it didn’t seem to affect him.

“Will Karius be as strong after what has happened, especially if he makes one or to mistakes this season.

“That is why I think he needs to go out and get himself a No.1 keeper and if it means spending £60m or £70m to get the right man, it could be the most important signing of the summer for Liverpool.

“I think he will make that signing, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he does what he has done in the past and show loyalty to Karius.” he finished.

Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of potential goalkeeping signings.

Emre Can will leave Anfield at end of contract


Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will leave Anfield at the end of the month.

It has been confirmed by the club that the Germany international will make an exit from Anfield once his contract expires and it is widely believed that he will put pen to paper on a move to Juventus.

“Liverpool FC can confirm that Emre Can and Jon Flanagan will both leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts this summer.” a statement reads.

The Italian club have been pursuing a deal to take the former Bayer Leverkusen man to Serie A for over a year and it now looks like they have finally got their man.

Can made his final appearance for the club as a late substitute in the Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid after suffering a back injury back in March.

Joining Can on the exit list is the name of defender Jon Flanagan, who will not be offered a new deal by the club after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend and a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers.

The other names on the list of those being released are: Toni Gomes, Paulo Alves, Mich’el Parker, Jordan Williams, Anthony Glennon, Jordan Hunter and Harvey Whyte.

Yan Dhanda has already signed for Swansea City and will join the Championship side for preseason training.

Liverpool set to seal Fekir deal


Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

The France international will move to Anfield for a fee of around £48m with an additional £5m set to be added in potential performance-related payments.

He will put pen to paper on a five year contract worth around £150,000 a week once all the formalities have been completed ahead of the finalisation of the protracted transfer.

A leaked image was released on social media earlier today, which appears to show a video from LFCtv of the France international’s first interview as a Red.

Liverpool supporters have been frantically checking Twitter and have created the hashtag #FekirFriday as the anticipation grows that the playmaking midfielder will soon become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

The German was keen to get the deal done ahead of the World Cup in order to ensure that the twenty-four year old would be ready to link up with his new team-mates at the first opportunity following the tournament in Russia.

Fekir underwent a medical in Paris today, according to a report by the Echo, and could become the second most expensive signing in the history of the club.

Sporting director Michael Edwards has been leading negotiations on behalf of the club and is said to be confident that he has secured a deal to bring Fekir to Merseyside before he heads off to rejoin his international team-mates.

Liverpool interested in Leno deal


Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

That is the claim being made in a report by German newspaper Bild, in which they are stating that the twenty-six year old has emerged as a Summer transfer target for the club.

AS Roma stopper Alisson Becker and Atletico Madrid number one Jan Oblak are widely believed to be Jurgen Klopp’s first choices as he seeks to sign a new goalkeeper during the transfer market being open.

But those clubs are currently pricing the duo out of moves to Anfield with each of them seeking around £80m to let their man make the switch to Merseyside before the new season begins.

And now it is being reported that Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in the race to snap up Leno from the Bundesliga outfit ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Leverkusen completed a deal to sign Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, which many believes means that Leno will be allowed to make an exit soon.

Leno was the unlucky fourth goalkeeper in the pecking order to make the German squad for the upcoming World Cup after being left out by manager Joachim Low for the tournament in Russia.

It is believed that his club want a fee of around £25m for the man under contract under the Summer of 2020 and their sporting director, Rudi Voller, has admitted that they will allow him to move on – if the deal is right for the club.

“Leno can leave but only on our terms.” he said.

“We are still in constant and open exchange with Bernd and his agent.

“Leno already had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have an equivalent backup at the time.

“He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface.

“And so with the arrival of Lukas Hradecky we have a high quality successor.” he finished.

Reds closing in on Fekir deal


Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon.

That’s according to a report by the Echo, in which they claim that both parties are looking to get the transfer completed.

French newspaper L’Equipe are also reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for the transfer to happen.

Fekir has made it clear to the French club that he sees his future at Anfield and is determined to make the switch.

The club reportedly have medical staff on standby to undertake an examination of the France international on Friday, such is the growing confidence that a deal could be completed before the end of the week.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had poured cold water on a deal being done, but he is believed to be looking to get the situation resolved as he understands Fekir might not increase his value at the World Cup.

The Ligue 1 side would like to receive further bids to open an auction for the playmaker, but Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are yet to make an offer.

It now looks like Liverpool are in the final stages of completing a deal.

Ejaria joins Gerrard at Ibrox


Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has followed Steven Gerrard to Rangers.

The former Anfield skipper has taken over as manager at Ibrox and has now completed a deal to take the twenty year old north of the border on a season long loan.

Ejaria, who spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated Championship club Sunderland, has also signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool before making the switch.

It is hoped that the England under-21 spending time in a winning side will develop his talent further after a disappointing spell with the Mackems as they dipped down into League One for next season.

“It’s a really great feeling. I’ve been at Liverpool for four years now and I’m just really happy to extend my stay here,” Ejaria told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s a massive club, the club’s doing really well at the moment, so it wasn’t a hard decision at all.

“I’m just going to keep working hard and see where that takes me.

“I really want to be a regular at Liverpool Football Club, a massive club, so that’s my aim.” he finished.

Cardiff and Fulham planning Grujic bids


Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic could be set for an exit from the club this Summer.

The Serbian spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side Cardiff City as they were promoted to the Premier League and the Welsh club are eager to keep hold of him.

But they face competition from Fulham, who were also promoted following a play-off victory against Aston Villa at Wembley last month, who are also planning for next season.

Grujic moved to Anfield in the Summer of 2016 from Red Star Belgrade after being recommended to Jurgen Klopp by Zeljko Buvac – who now appears to have ended his working relationship with the German.

That could well signal the end of life at Anfield for twenty-two year Grujic, who is likely to find himself a long way down the midfield pecking order next season.

Goal writer Neil Jones has reported that Fulham have joined Cardiff in the race to secure his signature – potentially for a season long loan deal or perhaps more long term.

A fresh start elsewhere may well suit the young midfielder, as he has struggled to make much of an impact during his two year spell as a Liverpool player.

Reds struggling to bring in top class goalkeeper


Liverpool are struggling in attempts to sign Jurgen Klopp’s top two goalkeeping targets.

Atletico Madrid are refusing to lower their asking price for Slovenia international Jan Oblak and AS Roma are also refusing to budge in their valuation of Brazilian Alisson Becker.

Both stoppers are believed to be interested in the prospect of becoming part of Klopp’s squad at Anfield, but their clubs are looking for fees that would smash the current world record for a goalkeeper.

David Maddock has written in The Mirror that the Spanish side will demand the full release fee in Oblak’s contract before allowing him to make an exit this Summer, while Roma are asking for a similar price for Alisson.

Both clubs know that Liverpool’s need for a new number one has increased after Loris Karius’ performance in the Champions League final last month, despite doctor’s confirming that the German suffered concussion, and are so asking for hefty fees for their players.

Liverpool are refusing to pay the kind of money being talked about and are beginning to consider other options away from Oblak and Alisson, with less reputable names being touted as potential targets.

Southampton number one Alex McCarthy has emerged as another option following some excellent performances as the Saints secured their top flight status late on last season.

Another name on the list is that of Stoke City’s England international Jack Butland, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield in recent months – with speculation increasing following their relegation to the Championship.

Those are not names that are likely to inspire much excitement from supporters, but Klopp is said to believe that they would at least provide stiff competition for Karius next season.