Mascherano wants River Plate move


Barcelona man Javier Mascherano has dealt a blow to anyone hoping that he would be making a return to Liverpool next year.

The Argentina international has been linked with a free transfer back to Anfield as he enters the final months of his contract at the Camp Nou.

But it now seems that he will instead be making a return to another of his former clubs, with River Plate his preferred destination.

The thirty-three year old has revealed that he would like to head back to the Argentine club, but is not sure when it will happen.

“I believe I need to give a chapter of my career to River Plate.” he said.

“My problem is this is not guaranteed and I could be a prisoner of my own words, if the move does not happen I may be accused of lying.

“But the truth is that this is what I have thought about, but I have a good relationship with the club’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and we speak regularly.

“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation.

“What will I be doing in January or summer? I have no idea.” he finished.

Mascherano left Anfield back in the Summer of 2010, shortly after Roy Hodgson replaced Rafa Benitez as manager.

Reds interested in Suso return


Liverpool are set to make a move to bring Suso back to the club.

That is what is being claimed by Soccerisma, who are reporting that the Spaniard has a £35m release clause in his contract with AC Milan.

Suso has been in impressive form for the Italian club and has already scored five goals this season – which makes him the top scorer for the Serie A side.

Milan have struggled to make an impact following a Summer spending spree, but Suso’s personal fortunes have been rather different.

The twenty-three year old has been called up to the full Spain squad and is becoming a leading light for his club.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers allowed the youngster to leave Anfield in 2015 after he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side.

But scouts from the club have reportedly been watching him in action recently and are said to have sent back glowing reports on his performances.

Suso is said to have been identified as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who is still interesting Spanish giants Barcelona.

Can set to opt for City switch


Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has decided to join Manchester City at the end of the season.

That’s the claim being made by the Daily Star, with the report claiming that the German international will reject other offers to complete the transfer.

Can has only a matter of months left on his contract at Anfield and has reportedly been asking for a substantial payrise and release clause in any extension terms.

Liverpool are not said to be keen to give Can a release clause as it could set a dangerous precedent at the club.

Manager Jurgen Klopp remains hopeful of persuading Can that he is best served to remain at the club beyond the end of the current campaign.

Italian club Juventus have been chasing the former Bayer Leverkusen man for some time and were confident of getting their man next year.

The Serie A club have been considering making a low offer in January to try and tempt the Reds into cashing in then rather than lose him on a free when the season is over.

But it now looks like Can could be set to jump ship to the Etihad to become a part of Pep Guardiola’s impressive outfit.

Coutinho not keen on PSG move


Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho prefers the idea of joining Barcelona to signing for Paris Saint Germain – and has asked the club not to accept any offers from the French club.

That’s the claim being made by Spanish outlet Sport – who have been reporting a lot
about the Brazilian’s future.

Barcelona had a series of offers rejected for the twenty-five year old in the Summer, but they have not given up hope of completing a move.

Coutinho is said to have his heart set on getting the transfer completed in 2018 after seeing a transfer request turned down in August.

Barcelona could make a fourth bid in January, but it is likely that they will have to wait until the Summer to get their man.

Liverpool are likely to need the former Inter Milan playmaker with Champions League knockout football on the horizon and the race for a top four spot hotting up.

There is also no obvious replacement for Coutinho, so manager Jurgen Klopp will inform him that he will not be able to leave halfway through the season.

Goretzka on his way to Premier League


Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is on his way to England.

That is according to German national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff – who appears to have accidentally let slip that the youngster is heading to the Premier League.

“We feel that England, because of the amount of money you have with TV rights, young talented players like Leroy Sané and Leon Goretzka are moving to England and this is not good for our league but also for the quality of our game.” he said.

“We have to pay attention and invest again and again in the education of our coaches.” he added.

Liverpool and Arsenal have both been strongly linked with offers for the twenty-two year old, as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and German powerhouse Bayern Munich.

But it appears that an English club have persuaded Goretzka that his future is best served by rejecting interest from the continent and that he should make his way to England in the Summer.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a move for the Germany international in recent weeks, but not to the same level as the speculation that has seen him touted as a potential addition to either Jurgen Klopp or Arsene Wenger’s squads.

Liverpool fans will be hoping to see him follow another Bundesliga midfielder in the shape of Naby Keita to Anfield next year.

Messi backs Mascherano for Anfield return


Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi expects his team-mate Javier Mascherano to make a return to Liverpool.

The Argentine international is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of the season and is likely to be swamped with offers of transfers over the coming months.

Diario Gol are claiming that Messi believes his compatriot, and friend, will make a return to Anfield to become part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the 2018/19 season.

Mascherano is remaining coy over where he will head, with many reports claiming that a switch to the US to play for a Major League Soccer club is the most likely outcome.

“The focus is to be happy and the decision I make will depend on how things are going.” he told TyC Sports.

“In Barcelona, it is obvious I am not playing at the frequency I played before.

“I’m still playing, I’m still competing, I’m in a team where every game I play is because I earn it in training, but it’s clear there are many times you want to play more.

“I’m not saying that I have to play more, because the starters are two players of the highest level and there is not much more to do there.” he finished.

Many Liverpool supporters believe that Klopp needs to add a defensive midfielder to his ranks and that is exactly the position the thirty-three year old played for the team until he left in the Summer of 2010.

Paris Saint Germain and Juventus are also said to be keen on snapping him up, but an emotional return to Liverpool could tip the balance.

Neymar tempting Coutinho with PSG move


Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar is attempting to convince Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho that his future lies with the French club.

Barcelona have been chasing the Brazil international this year and saw a series of offers immediately rejected by the Reds back in the Summer, but haven’t given up hope of securing a deal.

Le 10 Sport are reporting that Neymar is aiming to further anger his former employers by plotting a transfer for his compatriot to the Parc des Princes rather than the Camp Nou.

Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, was pictured recently pictured having a meal with PSG’s sporting director Antero Henrique, which added fuel to the speculation that he could instead opt for a move to France.

Liverpool are not keen on letting Coutinho go, and certainly aren’t interested in selling in January, but are said to accept that he will again push for an exit next Summer.

The twenty-five year old saw a transfer request turned down by the club back in August, but that is unlikely to deter him from making the same move at the end of the Summer if interest remains from Barcelona and PSG.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is also said to be pushing for Coutinho to reunite with him at the Catalan club next year and Real Madrid are reported to be keeping a close eye on developments.

Keita won’t be moving in January


Liverpool won’t be able to bring forward the signing of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.

That’s according to their sporting director Ralf Rangnick, who has said that “it would make no sense” to allow the African to leave early.

“Even if we don’t progress in the Champions League, it would make no sense to let Naby go to Liverpool earlier.” he told Sport Buzzer.

“We want to try and qualify for Europe again next season through the Bundesliga, of course.

“And we need Naby for that.” he finished.

Liverpool have already got a deal in place to bring the twenty-two year old to Anfield next Summer after paying a premium to activate his release clause early.

Keita has a stipulation in his contract which says he can leave the Bundesliga side at the end of the season if a £48m offer is made for his services.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was so keen to add the Guinea international to his ranks that he made a series of bids to sign him for this season.

Leipzig refused to do business, but did agree to strike a deal for next Summer – but the same thing won’t be happening in January.

Keita hasn’t been in the same kind of form that saw him become such a hot property in the Summer, scoring just once and assisting one goal so far this season.

Lallana closing in on return to action


Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is closing in on a return to action.

The England international has been on the sidelines all season so far after suffering a thigh injury in the Summer.

But he will take part in a specially arranged friendly, which will be played behind closed doors, in order to help him regain some sharpness.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to get the former Southampton man back into action as soon as possible, but he won’t be rushing Lallana.

The twenty-nine year old has become a key player under the German since he took over as manager from Brendan Rodgers a little over two years ago.

Klopp has seen his side struggle for goals and creativity outside of Philippe Coutinho in the midfield so far this season and is hoping to have Lallana back soon.

He could return to face former club Southampton if all goes to plan.

Newcastle plan Ings loan bid


Newcastle United will make a loan bid for Liverpool striker Danny Ings.

That’s according to a report by the Newcastle Chronicle, in which it is claimed that the twenty-five year old has been identified as a transfer window target.

Newcastle are managed by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and he has seen his team struggle for goals so far this season.

The Spaniard has used former Stoke City forward Joselu as his striker so far, but the goals haven’t been coming at a high enough rate.

Ex-Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has been dropped to the bench for most of the campaign so far after a good year in the Championship.

Benitez is said to see Ings as a good option to bring in and add some much-needed goal-threat to his squad for the second half of the campaign.

The former Burnley man has been limited to one substitute appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s first-team so far this season – and that came against Leicester City in the League Cup defeat.

He has been in fine form for the under-23 side, however, and that has seen interest in a loan deal rise from other clubs.

This could be a deal that suits all parties – especially if Ings has plans to gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s England squad for next Summer’s World Cup in Russia.