Suarez and Neymar fighting over Coutinho


Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is at the centre of a tug of war between two superstars.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who used to play with Coutinho at Anfield, is desperately trying to persuade his former colleague to make the move to Spain to join him at the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, Brazil international Neymar is reported to be trying to convince Coutinho to forget about a move to Spain and instead follow him in making the move to France to play for big-spending Paris Saint Germain.

This is according to a report in Spanish newspaper Don Balon, who are claiming that the two South American heavyweights are vying to encourage Coutinho to join them at their respective clubs.

Coutinho, meanwhile, was announced as one of the thirty players on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or in recognition of his progression into a world-class talent at Anfield.

Another Spanish newspaper, Sport, are claiming that Barcelona have cooled their interest in Coutinho and are looking to instead take Spurs midfielder Dele Alli to the Camp Nou.

Liverpool were adamant that Coutinho would not be leaving in the Summer and that position is unlikely to have changed, so Suarez and Neymar are wasting their energy.

Barcelona line up Alli as Coutinho alternative


Barcelona look to be ready to accept defeat in their bid to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting that the La Liga giants are turning their attention to a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli instead.

The England international has impressed since joining the Premier League club from MK Dons, after seeing a switch to Anfield fall apart, and has attracted plenty of admirers in the game.

Barcelona’s deadly rivals Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest in Alli, as well as his prolific team-mate Harry Kane, and could scupper any chance of a switch to the Camp Nou.

The Catalans are also closely monitoring another Spurs player in the form of Denmark international Christian Eriksen as they look to reinforce their squad going forward.

Spanish maestro Andres Iniesta is coming towards the twilight of his career and Barcelona are said to view Coutinho as his long-term successor – but they saw a series of offers turned down in the Summer.

A move for Alli or Eriksen would prove no easier to complete.

Alonso takes first managerial job


Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has taken on his first managerial position.

The ex-Spain international playmaker will become boss of Tango Squad FC – a team of grassroots footballers put together by German sports brand Adidas.

Tango Squad FC was created last year and will be the focus of a television documentary series over the coming months.

Alonso had some words for his new squad:

“Guys, congratulations, you have proven yourself in the trials. This is just the beginning.” he said.

“As your manager, I will be with you all the way. Let’s get to work – don’t play games.” he added.

Alonso retired at the end of last season after spending the last few years of his illustrious career playing for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in Germany.

United enter race to sign Can


Manchester United have entered the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

The German international has begun the final year of his contract at Anfield and talks over an extension appear to have reached an impasse.

Can is reported to be asking for a relatively low release clause to be put into any deal before he is prepared to put pen to paper.

But the club are not prepared to allow him to have the option to leave on the cheap – despite the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next Summer.

Italian champions Juventus have been chasing the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder since last season and are hopeful of doing a deal in January.

The Serie A club saw offers of around £30m rejected in the Summer to take him to Italy, but Liverpool immediately turned the offers down.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep his compatriot at Anfield, but he will not be held to ransom by the demands of Can and his representatives.

RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita will arrive next Summer, so Klopp already has a potential successor for Can in his team lined up.

But losing Can to rivals Manchester United would be a bitter pill to swallow for both the German boss and the supporters alike.

Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho is said to be keeping a close eye on the situation and is prepared to try and swipe Can from under Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri’s nose.

Klopp reignites interest in Promes


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to renew his interest in Holland international Quincy Promes.

The Spartak Moscow has come back into the German’s thinking, according to a report by TMW.

Promes was heavily linked with a switch to Anfield back in January this year as Klopp assessed what was available in the Winter transfer window.

The former Borussia Dortmund ultimately decided against making any signings during that month and ended up bringing AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah to Anfield in the Summer.

But links to Promes have resurfaced again recently and Klopp could finally make a move to bring the twenty-five year old to club.

Klopp was questioned over his interest in the Dutchman ahead of last month’s trip to Russia to face his club in the Champions League, a game Promes missed through injury, and he admitted he rated him.

“He’s a good player, a very good player but there’s nothing else to say. There are a lot of good players that we have already.” he said.

“We already have a Dutch player (Gini Wijnaldum) who knows him really well so obviously they are good friends but this is not the place to talk about this.

“He’s a good player but a Spartak player. He’s a very good player.

“He has speed, he’s good on one v one situations and all that stuff, so of course that’s a weakness.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters would no doubt welcome more attacking talent at Anfield, but a defender would be the priority for most fans.

Rabiot admits to being a Liverpool fan


Paris Saint Germain star Adrien Rabiot has indicated that he could be interested in a move to Anfield.

The twenty-two year old was speaking about his future and admitted that a switch to England to play in the Premier League would be very appealing to him at some point in his career.

“I would love to play in the Premier League.” he said.

“There’s not necessarily any club in particular, even though when I was young I was a big Liverpool fan.” he added.

Rabiot has started every game so far this season for the Ligue 1 giants, playing alongside the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

It would be a big surprise if he decided to call it quits at the Parc des Princes anytime soon, but it will be encouraging for Liverpool supporters that such a talented and sought after player mentioned the club in his potential plans.

Liverpool are well stocked with attacking talent at present, but a player of his undoubted quality would always be a welcome addition.

Reds scout German youngster


Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Bayer Leverkusen teenager Kai Havertz in action for the German under-19 side.

The eighteen year old was in action for his country in the match against Belarus in a UEFA qualifier for the U19 Euro Championship on Wednesday.

And he did not disappoint as he notched four goals, and an assist, in a 5-1 victory for his nation. Two of his goals were from the penalty spot.

The teen talent made his debut for Leverkusen a year ago to become club’s youngest Bundesliga player at the age of just seventeen years and 126 days old.

Havertz has gone on to make twenty-four appearances for Leverkusen in die Bundesliga, which have indluded four goals and six assists and also appeared in the Champions League last season.

So far this season, he has appeared four times in the league and once in the German Cup.

The youngster put pen to paper on a new contract during the Summer that ties him to Leverkusen until the Summer of 2022, but that is unlikely to put off potential suitors.

And it would appear that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is one of them as he considers a bid for his compatriot.

Van Dijk still looking for move


Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk is still looking to make an exit from the Premier League club.

The Holland international handed in a transfer request in the Summer in order to try and force through a switch to Anfield to join Liverpool.

But the south coast outfit were determined not to let him leave and refused to do business and insisted that he remain part of their squad for the start of the season.

The Dutchman has got his head down since the transfer window closed and has rejoined his team-mates as part of new manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad.

He is still looking to make a move away from St Mary’s and has identified January as another opportunity to see if he can engineer his way to a higher level.

“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.” he said.

“I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go.

“You’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.” he finished.

Liverpool supporters will be hopeful that the former Celtic man is still keen on moving to Anfield and hasn’t reassessed the situation, with Manchester City and Chelsea still keen to sign him.

Van Der Sar came close to joining Liverpool


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar has revealed that he came close to joining Liverpool.

The ex-Holland international stopper came very near to becoming part of Gerard Houllier’s squad back in the Summer of 1999 before decided to join Italian club Juventus.

Van Der Sar, who was speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, explained that he was given a tour around Anfield and also met with some of the squad.

But it all came to nothing when the Serie A giants made an offer for the custodian to leave Dutch heavyweights Ajax for Italy rather than England.

“When I left Ajax in 1999, I travelled to Liverpool and spoke to Houllier.” he said.

“I was shown around Anfield and also met with the chairman and a couple of the players.

“I thought about it, but when Juventus came to the table I came to the conclusion that it would be a bigger challenge to play in Italy.” he finished.

Liverpool went on to sign another Dutchman in the shape of Sander Westerveld, who was part of the 2000/01 cup treble winning squad.

Juventus plan January move for Can


Juventus are plotting a move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in January.

The Italian giants are aiming to bring forward their plans to secure the German international next Summer on a free transfer.

Can’s contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season and the Serie A champions have been keen to take him to Italy for some time now.

After seeing an offer of around £30m rejected for the former Bayern Munich midfielder in the Summer, they are set to return with a lower bid to test Liverpool’s resolve.

Can has reached a seeming impasse in contract negotiations with the club after asking for a release clause to be included in any extension.

Some sources have claimed that Can’s agent is looking for a relatively low release fee to be inserted in the deal so that his client can keep his options open.

But the club are not keen on having any release fee in the extension – especially one that would potentially see him leave for less than his market value.

And so Juventus are aiming to see if they can secure his signature earlier than planned by making a lower bid to Liverpool for him.