Firmino reveals Alisson interest in Reds move


Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has revealed that compatriot Alisson Becker has asked him about the club.

The Roma and Brazil goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield this Summer after some superb performances between the posts for the Serie A club.

But the Italians are desperate to avoid losing another star player to the Reds for a knockdown fee after seeing Egypt international Mohamed Salah leave for just £35m last year before going on to become a world-class performer at Anfield.

But, despite this, Firmino is hopeful that his international colleague will make the move to Merseyside this Summer.

“Yes, he asked me about Liverpool and I hope he can come here, but I know he has other proposals.” he said.

“From time to time I will give him a pinch to come to Liverpool and help us, but it’s with his agents.

“It wouldn’t be bad if he came to Liverpool.” he finished.

Alisson has a reported price tag of around £80m and is also of interest to Champions League winners Real Madrid and Premier League outfit Chelsea, with both linked to bids for his services.

So Liverpool could have a fight on to try and beat off the competition to get a deal done.

Klopp closes in on Shaqiri deal


Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

The twenty-six year old is available for the knockdown price of around £12m following his club’s relegation from the Premier League down to the Championship last month.

Shaqiri has made it clear to Stoke that he has no intention of sticking around to play in the second tier next season and is very keen on finally joining the Reds after much speculation in the past.

The Switzerland international has been linked with a move to Anfield on several occasions previously, but he always ended up joining other clubs instead.

During his spell at home playing for Basel, he was touted as a potential signing before joining German giants Bayern Munich as a teenager back in 2012.

When it came to leaving the Bundesliga side, he was again heavily linked with a switch to Liverpool before signing for Italian club Inter Milan in the January of 2015.

He only lasted a matter of months at the San Siro before he was again on the move, and also being linked with a transfer to Anfield, to Stoke – where he spent three years as a member of the squad.

It looks like he will finally become a Liverpool player after years of speculation, with new Stoke boss Gary Rowett is keen to move on any players who don’t want to play for the club.

“It’s very simple for me,” he is quoted by the Echo.

“First and foremost no player under contract will leave this club unless the club feel it is the right deal. That’s the most important thing.

“On the flip side, if players say that want to leave, ultimately I want to work with players who want to be at the club.

“I want to work with players who want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league and understand the games and the frequency of the games and the types of games.

“I want players that are committed to Stoke City. If players want to leave I will try to find a solution quickly.” he finished.

Aulas says Fekir progress has not been made


Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that no progress has been made in talks over a move for Nabil Fekir.

Liverpool are keen to sign the France international this Summer, potentially ahead of the World Cup, with Melissa Reddy of reporting that a £60m bid is being lined up.

But Aulas seemed to have poured cold water on those hopes.

“The deal is at a standstill. Nothing has happened.” he told the Lyon’s official website.

“The whole thing will certainly not be completed during the World Cup, and I don’t think anything will change before it.

“We haven’t set a starting price because we haven’t discussed that yet.” he finished.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appears to have identified the playmaker as the man to replace Philippe Coutinho, who left to join Barcelona in January, as he looks to link midfield and attack.

The versatility of the French World Cup squad member is also said to be a deciding factor in Klopp looking to make him a Summer addition, with Fekir able to operate further up the field.

That will mean that he could conceivably act as cover for Brazil international Roberto Firmino in the crucial central attacking position.

Liverpool were hoping to get a deal agreed ahead of the World Cup, being held in Russia later this month, to ensure that the price tag does not increase if Fekir performs well.

It would also prevent any other clubs making late bids, which would only further complicate the deal, and would also mean that Fekir would be ready and available to join preseason training after a holiday.

Fabinho wants Fekir to join him at Anfield


New Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has urged Nabil Fekir to follow him from France to Anfield.

The Brazil international will officially become a Red on 1st July after a £39m deal was agreed with Monaco to secure his signature – and he has quickly set about encouraging Fekir to join the club.

Lyon are bracing themselves for a £60m offer for their star player and Fabinho has been quick to advise the France international that he would be wise to make the move.

“Yes.” he told RMC Sport when asked if he would like the deal to happen.

“He is a very good player, of international level.

“In Ligue 1, it is not only this season that he has demonstrated things. It’s been a few years since he demonstrates his quality.

“If he comes, it will be good too.” he finished.

Fekir was asked to respond to the Brazilian’s comments and said that he was in no hurry to decide his future and could wait until after the World Cup to reach a conclusion.

“If Fabinho is to be my future team-mate? I will discuss my future after the World Cup not before.” he said.

“If I will sign somewhere before the World Cup? Honestly, I don’t know.” he added.

Arsenal failed with late Fabinho bid


Arsenal made a late bid to try and snatch Fabinho from Liverpool.

That’s according to a report by Sky Sports, who are claiming that the Premier League club put in a last ditch offer to try and change his mind – but he had already set his heart on heading to Anfield.

Liverpool have agreed a deal worth around £39m to bring the Brazil international to England on 1st July despite the late interest from Arsenal and their new manager Unai Emery.

The north London club only have Europa League football to offer next season after a distant and disappointing sixth place finish in Arsene Wenger’s final season with them.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp can offer Champions League games next season and has also just shown that he is capable of taking his team all the way to the final after coming close to winning the competition on Saturday.

Emery had previously attempted to lure Fabinho away from Monaco to rivals Paris Saint Germain during his time in charge of the Ligue 1 champions, but he was left disappointed on that occasion as well.

Fabinho will arrive at the club on the same day as fellow midfielder Naby Keita, who will finally complete his protracted switch from German club RB Leipzig.

No bid made for Alisson yet


Roma are yet to receive any offers for goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

The Brazil international has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the past few months and the speculation has risen once again after the Champions League final.

Current number one Loris Karius had a night to forget after gifting Real Madrid two goals in their 3-1 win over the Reds and his future at the club looks to be in jeopardy.

Manager Jurgen Klopp could decide to bring in a new goalkeeper to take over as first-choice from his compatriot and many believe that Alisson will be the main target.

The bookies certainly seem to think Liverpool are in the market for a new stopper this summer, with Footy Accumulators’ free tips reporting that odds on both Alisson and alternative potential target Jan Oblak joining the club have dropped sharply.

But Roma chief Monchi has dismissed the talk over the twenty-five year old’s future and said that no offers have been received by the Italian club.

“In order for a player to leave, there have to be three elements in place – an offer, a yes from the club and from the player.” he is quoted by The Mirror.

“As of today, we have nothing of the sort.

“We are happy to keep him, transfer rumours are normal at this stage.” he finished.

It is likely to take a massive bid to prise him away after Roma allowed Liverpool to sign Mohamed Salah on the cheap a year ago.

Reds press ahead with Fekir move


Liverpool are set to press ahead with a bid to bring Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir to Anfield.

The France international will be the subject of an offer worth around £60m, according to Goal, with his name at the top of Jurgen Klopp’s list of targets for the Summer.

There is competition for his signature in the shape of Premier League rivals Chelsea, but Klopp is said to be confident that he can fight them off to win the race to sign the twenty-four year old.

The Stamford Bridge club only have Europa League football on offer for next season after missing out on Champions League qualification after finishing in fifth place.

Liverpool, on the other hand, can offer the lure of playing in the competition and have also just shown how far they can go by reaching the final this past season.

Fekir has said that he is “not close” to making a move to Anfield, but the report claims that he is open to the idea of leaving his boyhood club to sign for the Reds.

“I’m not close to a move to the Reds.” he told TF1.

“There are discussions with several clubs, but I will take time to think.

“Will I sign anywhere before the World Cup? Honestly, I don’t know.” he added.

Klopp is eager to wrap up his transfer business ahead of preseason training and will be looking to complete a deal as soon as possible.

Karius backed to move abroad


Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has been backed to move abroad to help get over his Champions League final errors.

Former England stopper Rob Green, who make a similar mistake at the 2010 World Cup against the USA, has said that his

“If he went back to Germany it would not be forgotten but there would be less of a spotlight.” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club.

“Moving out of the spotlight is no bad thing, just on a domestic level, going outside of the country where people would have been most interested in the game.

“I remember after the 2010 World Cup and my first away game in the Premier League, every time I got the ball there were 30,000 people whistling.

“Unfortunately for Karius half the games are away from home and when he goes to play in front of the away end at Liverpool he would be getting it twice as bad as away from home. It is a long summer for him for sure.

“Mistakes happen all the time, they get highlighted more when you are a goalkeeper inevitably, but the fact of the matter is it cost them the game.

“It will stick with him for a while but it is how he bounces back from that and hopefully as a person and a goalkeeper he comes back stronger.” he finished.

Karius moved to Anfield from Mainz back in the Summer of 2016 and has had a struggle with Simon Mignolet for the number one spot.

Liverpool complete Fabinho deal


Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Fabinho from AS Monaco.

The Brazil international will move to Anfield on 1st July in a transfer worth an initial £39m with a potential £4m extra in performance-related additions.

And the twenty-four year old has spoken of his excitement at making the move to become a part of the squad which reached the Champions League final this past season.

“This is something that I always wanted – this is a giant of a team.” he said.

“I am really excited.

“A football club of this size coming after my services, I didn’t have to think that much about coming over.

“I will try to create my own history at this football club.

“Hopefully, on a personal level, I’m able to win titles with this club.” he finished.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his pleasure at getting the deal wrapped up so early in the Summer transfer market as he seeks to build on last season.

“He has ability and mentality to play at the highest level in a number of positions.” he said.

“He can play ‘six’, ‘eight’ and ‘two’. This is cool.

“We have signed a fantastic player, but someone who is an equally fantastic person I think.

“His reputation as a character in the dressing room and his attitude in training has come through from everyone we speak to.

“He has a lovely family also – adding a person like this to our dressing room only makes us even stronger.

“What we have – in terms of our environment at Melwood and in the team – means anyone coming in must be of that build.

“They must be the highest quality person and player.” he finished.

Fabinho is likely to replace Germany international Emre Can, who looks set to leave the club when his contract expires next month.

Redknapp backs Reds attacking trio


Liverpool could blow away Real Madrid in the Champions League final this weekend.

That’s the opinion of former Reds skipper Jamie Redknapp, who has said that “it wouldn’t surprise” him to see Jurgen Klopp’s attacking trio prove to be the difference in Kiev.

“If Liverpool blew Real Madrid away, it wouldn’t surprise me, it really wouldn’t.” he told Omnisport.

“Because of the strikeforce they’ve got and sometimes the way that Real Madrid defend, they’re an attacking defensive side.

“They don’t really look at the defensive side of the game.

“It’s not just Mo Salah. I think it would be disrespectful to not talk about Mo Salah, who’s had an unbelievable season.

“If you look after Salah, Firmino will hurt you and it’s the same with Mane.

“There’s so many different options and I think for Liverpool to not miss Coutinho after selling him for so much money just shows how well the manager has done.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will hope that the former Anfield captain is right and the trio do the business in the final.