Leipzig rule out early Keita deal


Liverpool were reportedly closing in on a deal to bring RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield this month.

But the German club have moved to dismiss the idea that they could allow the Guinea international to bring forward his transfer.

“The situation is the same as it was all season – there’s no reason for us to let Naby Keita go early.” Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl told BBC Sport.

“Nothing has changed and our position hasn’t changed from before regarding this transfer.” he added.

Liverpool supporters were hopeful that the African would be allowed to head to Merseyside earlier than the planned date of 1st July to help balance the midfield following the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

But the Bundesliga club say they are not willing to allow Liverpool to take Keita sooner than planned after much speculation over the move on Thursday.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was eager to bring Keita to Anfield last Summer but had to make do with the club agreeing to pay a premium to activate his release clause early in order to secure a move for next season.

Liverpool have always been keen to explore the idea of bringing forward the move, but Leipzig have continued to dig their heels in as they look to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

It could always just be a ploy to drive up the fee Liverpool would have to pay to bring him to Anfield this month, however.

Ronaldo wants Klopp at Real Madrid


Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has called for Real Madrid to snatch Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

That’s the claim being made by Don Balon, who are reporting that the Portugal international is tired of current Real boss Zinedine Zidane and wants the German to take over the job.

The former Manchester United man is said to want a more attacking coach in charge of Los Blancos and is reportedly impressed with how expressive Klopp allows his team to be.

World Cup winner Zidane is coming under increasing pressure over his position after seeing his side fall a long way behind rivals Barcelona in the La Liga title race so far this season.

And the France legend has spoken about the precarious nature of his role.

“I just go game to game, year to year.” he said.

“I cannot think two or three years down the line, as I know how it is here, even having a contract, which means nothing.

“It is not easy for the players who play less. We played a good game. We maybe lacked a bit of gas at the end.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Klopp resists any attempt to lure him to Spain.

Liverpool and United enter Sanchez race


Liverpool and Manchester United have entered the race to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

That’s according to Chilean journalist Maks Cárdenas, who took to Twitter today to reveal that both the clubs have been in touch regarding his future.

Manchester City have been pursuing a deal to sign the former Barcelona man since they came close to landing him for £60m on deadline day earlier this season.

And it appears that the twenty-nine year old remains keen on making the move to The Etihad, according to the tweet, but that hasn’t stopped the two north-west clubs from checking out whether his mind could be changed.

It has been widely reported that Sanchez has agreed to join City on a free transfer at the end of the season once his contract at The Emirates expires.

But he could bring that forward the transfer if City and Arsenal can agree a fee this month – and there is nothing stopping Liverpool and United from lodging bids to land Sanchez during the winter window.

He would not have to agree to a move if the Gunners accepted an offer, but it would at least give him something to think about while he waits to play for Pep Guardiola again.

Murphy not convinced by Keita


Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy doesn’t appear too convinced by the signing of RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.

The Guinea international will move to Anfield on 1st July after the two clubs agreed a deal last Summer and former England international Murphy doesn’t seem to think all that much of the African.

“I’m not sure, from what I’ve seen.” he told Sky Sports.

“Subconsciously you can look like you’ve downed tools when you’re protecting yourself a little bit, I wouldn’t judge him on that.

“I don’t know him well enough to say that. What I would say is he’s obviously very athletic, got a lot of qualities – a bit like Jordan Henderson has. Professional, good athlete, does his job really, really well.

“But he isn’t creative enough if you want to challenge for the title and the Champions League. Someone like Gerrard, Souness, Alonso, Mascherano – these type of players.” he added.

It doesn’t sound like a glowing endorsement of a player Jurgen Klopp spent most of last Summer pursuing and it has seen a lot of fans take to social media to question Murphy’s opinion.

McManaman excited by Van Dijk signing


Former Liverpool star Steve McManaman has expressed his excitement at seeing Holland international Virgil Van Dijk signed by the club.

The ex-Real Madrid man was speaking to Goal and spoke very positively about the Dutchman nodding a late winner against rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round tie on Friday night at Anfield.

“He looked really composed — it was a hard game to play in because he has only just arrived.” he said.

“It was a hard game to get involved with and the fact he scored the winner was great.

“He looks dangerous from set pieces, he had a chance earlier than that.

“There’s no better way to be loved by the fans than score the winner in a derby match. He has won half the battle already. Sometimes it can take a while to get into games.

“We know he’s a winner but the fact he scored the winner in a derby match straight away is great. Liverpool didn’t make a lot of chances in the game, which is unusual for them, so it was needed.

“He is the big main centre-half and Matip is only a quiet lad so he has to be vocal. He has come for the price tag that he has come in for, so he has to show he’s the star man and that he is the boss. I think he has done that, he looks like a good addition for Liverpool.

“I think people don’t even focus on the price tag now. It is getting ridiculous. The money is telephone numbers, everyone is worth that much now and next week it could be broken again.

“Of course, it is a lot of money for a centre-half but I think it is becoming less of an issue now. Coutinho left for double that they’ve paid for him after they bought him for £8.5m. So it is becoming less and less relevant now the money.” he finished.

Liverpool fans will share the former England international’s excitement.

Reds could be set to make Aubameyang move


Liverpool could be set to make a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

That’s according to a report by French outlet Le 10 Sport – who are reporting that the Reds could be set to use some of the £142m received from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho to bring the forward to Anfield.

Chinese clubs Guenghzou Evergrande and Beijing Guoan are said to be keen to take the Gabon international striker to Asia this month as he seeks a fresh challenge.

But Aubameyang is yet to give the green light to his agent to negotiate a reported £65m switch to either of those sides and appears to be holding out for a move to a European giant.

The twenty-eight year old saw a return to AC Milan hit the skids last Summer – but that hasn’t seen his form drop for Dortmund as he has continued to find the net regularly this season.

He has so far notched an impressive thirteen goals in fifteen Bundesliga appearances this season and that will keep some of the biggest clubs in the game interested in signing him.

It remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp is keen on a reunion with his former Dortmund star, but he could do a lot worse than complete a move for the prolific striker if he decides to bring in another new face.

Reds plot Alisson deal


Roma could allow goalkeeper Alisson to make an exit in order to raise some funds for new signings.

That’s according to a report by The Express, in which they claim that Liverpool could make a move for the Brazil international as the Italian club prepare for a potential “fire sale”.

And it’s not only the goalkeeper who could be allowed to make an exit from the Serie A side soon, as Holland international Kevin Strootman, Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan and Brazilian full-back Emerson Palmieri could all be set to make moves.

Liverpool have been linked with all four of those players at one stage or another, but it is Alisson who is reported to be of most interest to manager Jurgen Klopp at present.

The German boss is said to be keen on bringing in a new goalkeeper after losing faith in both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius – and a deal to bring Alisson to Anfield could be in the pipeline.

But the agent of the twenty-five year old has indicated that his client is in no hurry to make a decision over his future as speculation over whether he will leave Roma or sign a new contract with them has been rife.

“Up to now I have not been contacted by anyone.” Ze Maria said when asked about an approach from Liverpool.

“He still has three and a half years left on his deal.

“We are not in a hurry and Alisson is happy in Rome.” he finished.

This does not look like a transfer situation that will reach a resolution during this month’s window – especially as big-spending French club Paris Saint Germain are also said to be keen on Alisson.

Purslow warns Reds over Klopp


Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has warned the club over the future of manager Jurgen Klopp.

Purslow, who was employed between 2009 and 2010, believes that the German could decide to leave Anfield if he isn’t given the financial backing to match his rivals.

“It is not a big six, it is a three and a three.” he told Sky Sports.

“It feels to me like City, United and Chelsea are breaking away from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham for pure economic reasons.

“United, you are talking Paul Pogba, the most desired footballer on the planet went there last summer.

“The most productive centre-forward in the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku, went there last summer. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, probably the most admired creative midfield player in Germany, went there.

“They are shopping at Harrods. Liverpool need to start shopping at Harrods rather than just selling the good ones.

“And I really believe Jurgen Klopp is absolutely A-list, he is the next manager for one of those bigger clubs if Liverpool do not fulfill his ambitions.” he finished.

If Klopp does decide to leave the club, for whatever reasons, asking Purslow about his replacement may not be the wisest idea – as he was one the driving forces behind the appointment of Roy Hodgson back in 2010.

Reds looking at Rakitic deal


Liverpool are keen on bringing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to the Premier League.

That’s according to a report by Diario Gol, who are reporting that the Croatia international is now considering his options following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho at the Spanish club.

According to the article, the twenty-nine year old is under the impression that the Brazilian has been signed to replace him and that has seen him decide that it would be best to leave the Camp Nou.

Should Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp decide to go ahead with a move for the former Sevilla man, which looks quite unlikely this month, he would face competition for Rakitic’s signature.

Italian champions Juventus are said to be monitoring his situation and Premier League side Arsenal are also said to be keen admirers of the midfield playmaker.

Barcelona are likely to need to move on some players in order to help balance the books after signing Coutinho in a deal worth a potential £142m and Rakitic could be one of the casualties.

But his arrival at Anfield seems unlikely given his age and likely salary demands, which do not seem to fit in with the profile of player FSG and Klopp like to sign.

Klopp planning Pulisic bid


Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is set to renew his efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.

The United States international has remained a target after the German failed in a move to sign him last year.

Having sold Brazil international Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a reported £145m this week, the Reds boss has cash to spend.

Many supporters are calling for Klopp to splash out this month in order to bring in a replacement for the twenty-five year old.

But Klopp is not going to be hasty as he seeks a new playmaker and will bide his time as he seeks to bring in the right player to replace the Brazilian.

Dortmund will be very aware of how much Klopp has to spend and will demand top dollar for the teenager.

And FSG are likely to back Klopp as he seeks to bring the nineteen year old to Anfield as they see his commercial value in America.