Reds Not Expected To Make Any Big Signings

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Liverpool are not expected to make any big money signings during the current transfer window, following a number of big-money summer signings.


That’s according to the Mirror’s David Maddock, who https://www.casinosnz.co.nz/online-pokies/ report as saying the recent signing of Sepp van den Berg sets the bar for the Reds’ transfer activity this summer.

Liverpool agreed a £1.3 million deal with PEC Zwolle for van den Berg – rising to £4.4 million with add-ons – numbers that are dwarfed by the figures paid for stars such as Alisson, Fabinho & Keita.

Whilst the 17-year-old is definitely a promising talent for the future, he is not the marquee signing many fans may have been hoping for. And it appears those hoping for a big-name arrival might end up disappointed.


“The Reds are adamant there will be no signings to come anywhere near” the prices paid for the top signings in recent windows, and there is likely to be just one more deal “in the region of £20 million” to come according to Maddock.

This signing is likely to be a versatile forward to fill the gap left by Daniel Sturridge’s departure.

The bookies seem to be in agreement, with the best online betting sites listing long odds on all the big names Liverpool have been linked with in the media.

Beyond the aforementioned £20 million signing, Maddock believes fans can only expect to see further signings in the mould of van den Berg – young players with potential to break into the first team over the coming years.

He did however leave a get-out clause that may give more optimistic fans a glimmer of hope. “That could change of course, if a huge name becomes available at the right price, but that seems beyond unlikely at this stage of the summer.”


Camacho Joins Sporting CP

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Rafa Camacho has completed a transfer to Sporting CP in a deal which could net the Reds £7 million.

Sporting will pay an initial £5 million with a further £2 million in add-ons, in what has to be considered yet another good piece of business by the Liverpool transfer committee.

Michael Edwards and his team have also secured a 20 percent sell-on clause and a buy-back option, a sensible move with the player potentially facing a bright future.

Camacho joined from Man City at the end of the 2015/16 season, and made his Liverpool debut at the start of this year. The player was very much on the periphery of the squad though, and his desire for first-team football is believed to be the main reason behind his departure.


The 19-year-old refused to sign a new contract this season, and a move has been on the cards for some time. USA online casinos at one point stopped taking bets on the player’s departure, and a transfer to Wolves was widely touted until recently.

Ultimately it was the Lisbon club that made a move for Camacho though, and both clubs confirmed his departure for Portugal on a five-year deal.

Given the youngster’s lack of experience at the highest level – combined with the fact he was in the last year of his contract – you have to say that the Reds’ transfer team have pulled a blinder once again. Pokies Online were predicting a move in the region of £3 million for the player, so to potentially receive more than double that figure is a great result.

Whilst Liverpool may have wanted to hang on to Camacho, not only have they ensured they will benefit financially should the player make the grade but also that they have a replacement in the squad – recent signing Sepp van den Berg can play at right back, where Camacho played in his two senior appearances.

How does the current Liverpool lineup compare to the greatest teams of all time?

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Under the expert guidance of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are experiencing a real renaissance of late. The last few seasons had seen steady progress but it is the season just finished that really caught everyone’s attention. The team Klopp has put together looked the real deal and this saw them not only clinch another Champion’s League trophy but also to push Manchester City to the wire in the Premier League.

It was only City’s own brilliance that stopped Liverpool taking the league trophy, too – in any other season a record of 30 wins, 1 loss and 97 points would have easily been enough. With this in mind, many fans may already be thinking of using sportsbooks at some online casinos to put a wager on for them to actually do it next time around.

But how does this Liverpool side stack up against the very best from the past?

Liverpool’s 1980’s team

Whilst this current side has a long way to go to match the Liverpool we saw in the 80’s, the quality levels are similar in the playing squads. It can be difficult to judge a modern three-man front line with a traditional strike partnership, but I would go as far as to say the trio of Mane, Firmino & Salah is stronger than any pairing the club had through the heady heights of yesteryear. One area in which the current squad lags behind though is the lack of a midfield general a la Souness, there are some good players in the centre of the park but none quite in the leader’s mould of the aforementioned Scotsman or more recently Steven Gerrard.

1990’s Manchester Utd team


In many ways these two sides are very evenly matched. Defence was one area you may have questioned in the past but the addition of Van Dijk and Alisson has resolved this for Liverpool. Midfield is also evenly matched when you see Jordan Henderson providing the leadership that players like Keane were famous for in the 1990’s Manchester United side. Perhaps the one area where Liverpool shade it is up front with Salah, Firmino and Mane pipping Cole and Yorke.

Jose Mourinho Chelsea side 2005/06

This is again a very even contest but one that Liverpool just about shade. Certainly Salah and Firmino are both preferred to Robben or Cole in attack while the sheer pace and finishing of Mane puts him on Drogba’s level. It is perhaps the options Liverpool have in midfield that gets them the nod. With the leadership qualities of Henderson along with the creativity of Shaqiri and Wijnaldum, they are a little more mobile and able to open teams up.

AC Milan team of the 1980’s

The superb AC Milan team of the 1980’s under Arrigo Sacchi were a team of tough warriors who never gave an inch in any game they played. However, the current Liverpool team would no doubt be fitter and quicker as the game has moved on a lot over the years. It would be the wide areas were the Merseyside team could dominate with Roberson and Alexander-Arnold raiding down the flanks. Van Dijk could certainly compare to a great like Baresi in terms of talent while the midfield battle between old pro’s like Milner and Rijkaard would have been superb to watch. Tough to call but Liverpool still have enough fresh, pacey talent to edge it. They just need to keep Gullit and Van Basten quiet!

Current side deserves its place

When you compare the players Liverpool now have and how they have gelled as a team, they certainly do deserve to stand tall against the great sides from football’s past. The way they blew most teams away last year and their Champion’s League triumph is proof of this. Hopefully, manager Klopp can build on this and establish a dynasty that will keep Liverpool at the top of the game for many years to come.

Who Should Partner Virgil van Dijk Next Season?

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The 2018-19 season will forever go down as one of the most memorable seasons in the history of the football club. The Reds put up an excellent fight against a once-in-a-lifetime team in Manchester City, before adding a sixth European Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitan.

Football fans that get the William Hill promo codes would have undoubtedly had a double reason for celebrating as Mohamed Salah scored within a minute in the final and the Reds kept yet another clean sheet in the showpiece event of the European football calendar. However, as one season ends, the planning for the next must begin.

The big pressing issue that will be at the forefront of most fans’ minds will be who will make up the first-choice defensive partnership alongside possible Ballon d’Or contender Virgil van Dijk. There are few options still at the club, but could Jurgen Klopp also be tempted to dip into the market to find the perfect candidate?

Joel Matip

In a surprising turn of events, Matip turned out to be the partner for van Dijk for the majority of the season. Of course, that was largely down to an injury to Joe Gomez, but he certainly grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He very rarely gets the credit that he is due, but he was one of the stars of the final and effectively dealt with everything that Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Dele Ali threw at him.

It would be harsh not to consider the tall defender as a possible favoured option next season. Liverpool only conceded 12 goals with Matip on the pitch last season, and the sole league defeat came when the German wasn’t playing.

Joe Gomez

It seems that Klopp might instead revert to his favoured option of having Gomez alongside the Dutchman. The England international started the 2018-19 season in the best form of his career, and the partnership between himself and van Dijk was telepathic. However, injury meant that his season was effectively over before the halfway point of the season, which opened the door for challengers to seize their chance.

Gomez will likely be given another chance next season after proving his fitness towards the tail end of the season and making the bench for the final against Spurs. With a strong pre-season under his belt, the Englishman will likely be starting the first game of the season.

Dejan Lovren

Out of all the defenders that we have spoken about thus far, Lovren would be the most worried about his future. He was used less than both Gomez and Matip and was playing in the only defeat that Liverpool suffered in the Premier League last season. When he is in form he is a great defender, but he is also prone to defensive mistakes, and for any club that is targeting the Premier League title, that is something that you don’t need to worry about.

Should Klopp identify a new defender that he wants to bring in over the summer months then, unfortunately, it would seem that the Croatian would be departing the club.

Liverpool “Well Placed” To Sign Pepe

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Rumours of a move for Nicolas Pepe have been fueled by the claim that Liverpool are “well placed” to sign the Lille winger.

Pepe has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield this summer, following an impressive season that saw him contribute 23 goals and 12 assists for his club.

French publication L’Equipe claimed on Thursday that Liverpool had made a bid of €80 million (£71.2m) plus bonuses. And now RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi says the Reds are “well placed” to sign the Ivory Coast international.

“Liverpool and Bayern Munich negotiate with Lille and the player,” Bouhafsi wrote on Twitter.

“It is not advanced at the moment because the player wants to think a little more.

“A very important third club will position itself quickly.”

Bouhafsi is best known to Liverpool fans as the journalist who first reported Fabinho’s switch to the Reds last summer, so it might be worth paying attention to what he has to say.

Pepe has caught the interest of Europe’s top clubs with a string of fine performances, and should there be any truth to the rumours of Liverpool’s interest it appears that Bayern Munich will be their main rivals for the 24-year-old’s signature.

Whether there is any serious interest from Klopp is debatable. There is no doubting Pepe’s talent but with an established front three it was thought that Liverpool would only be in the market for a backup forward this summer. At £70m+ this transfer doesn’t really fit the bill.

That hasn’t stopped some keen fans backing the move though. One top online casino reported a $10k bet placed on the transfer happening, and the rumours don’t seem to stop flying in.

Should these rumours come to anything and the player ultimately signs, there is no doubting he would add some serious quality to a front line already up there as one of the best in the world. With the speculation mostly fueled by unreliable media sources and online sports betting sites though, our opinion that this is one transfer we won’t see happening this summer.

Wolves Reportedly Make Camacho Offer

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Wolves have made an offer for Liverpool’s highly-rated youngster Rafa Camacho.

That’s according to Football Insider, who report that Nuno Espirito Santo is poised to make a move for the £10 million rated player.

Camacho has one year left on his contract with the Reds, and has previously made it clear he wishes to move on from the club. It appears very likely the player will be sold rather than losing him for next to nothing in 12 months time.

The youngster is regarded as one for the future by Jürgen Klopp, but appears intent on getting first team football now – something that won’t happen just yet at Liverpool. There’s a wealth of talent ahead of him in the pecking order, and it seems the odds would be better at winning the online slots than seeing regular first team action any time soon.

Sporting Lisbon and RB Leipzig are also reported to be interested in the versatile 19-year-old, who can play as a winger or full-back, but it appears Wolves the first to make a concrete move.

As a Portuguese youth international, Molyneux would seem a sensible destination for Camacho – with Wolves featuring fellow countrymen Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in their lineup, as well as manager Santo.

Online sports betting in New Zealand has reportedly stopped taking odds on the move after a flurry of activity, and in the UK all major bookies have slashed odds on the player joining Wolves, indicating the transfer is likely to occur in the near future.

Camacho made two first team appearances for Liverpool in the 2018/19 season.

This title challenge was different to the others

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So here we are again. Runners-up in a Premier League title race. It’s happened every five years for us in recent times. We lost out in 2008/09 and 2013/14 to create the pattern and have perpetuated it in 2018/19. But it feels different this time.

Few would believe you if you’d said that we would amass 97 points, lose just once and end up finishing second. But we live in the Manchester City and Pep Guardiola era. They won the title last season with 100 points, a record, and were just two shy of matching it. The standards they have set in the past two campaigns have not been seen before and it means that you cannot afford to make (m)any errors in trying to pip them to the crown. They won their final fourteen Premier League games in order to beat us by that single point. Rival fans have labelled us as bottlers, but that just doesn’t ring true on any level. Yes, we drew seven games this past season – but City were beaten four times. Does that make them bottlers? You wouldn’t have thought so. The dropped points against Leicester City and West Ham stung us, there’s no denying it, but it didn’t derail us. And if that’s the worst blip you’re going to have in a season, then you can probably expect to be champions. In most seasons, anyway.

Manchester United and Everton fans will gloat in claiming that the two 0-0 draws at Old Trafford and Goodison Park were the deciding factors in us finishing behind City in second place. But they would be wrong. If the season can be narrowed down to a key moment, then look no further than City’s 2-1 victory over us at The Etihad in January. It was our sole loss in the league this season and it was the game that made the difference overall. Leroy Sane’s winner was probably the single most important goal of City’s season – and that includes Vincent Kompany’s stunning winner against Leicester last week. Had we drawn, or even won that game, we could very well be sat here now with the Premier League trophy in the cabinet. We had just had a superb December – while they stuttered and fell seven points behind us. They absolutely had to win that game to keep us in their sights and close the gap to four points. Looking back over the season, it was that game that made the difference in the end.

We can certainly feel a little hard done by with regards to that loss though. Kompany should have been shown a straight red card in the first-half for what was a wild lunge at Mohamed Salah. Yes, it was barely in their half, but the Egyptian had a clear run at goal and the nature of the challenge was reckless. That moment favoured City and so did John Stones’ last ditch clearance off the line in the same match did. 11mm was all that was stopped us from opening the scoring thanks to some calamitous defending from Stones and goalkeeper Ederson. But the England international redeemed himself, somehow, and City went on to win.

The failure of Anthony Taylor to dismiss the City captain is probably the main bone of contention we can have this season in terms of injustice. There were other moments such as David Silva getting away with a second booking against Leicester, Bernardo Silva’s dubious penalty against West Ham and Kelechi Iheanacho quite possibly purposely skewing a chance wide against his old club last week. We also should have had a penalty when Naby Keita was taken over at 1-1 in the clash with Leicester at Anfield. We earlier had a goal incorrectly chalked off against Arsenal in another drawn match. City fans will come back with accusations of soft penalties for Salah against Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff and the generous free-kick for our winner at St James’ Park recently. They could also mention our offside goals against West Ham both home and away this season, so it’s pretty much swings and roundabouts when it comes to arguing over incorrect decisions by officials.

Some will feel that this season was a missed opportunity, and they may well have a point given how close we came, and that we should have been more adventurous in the games we drew. Few could deny that we should have had more of a go against United at Old Trafford when an already depleted side suffered yet more injuries during the first half. But who would have thought that a draw there would not end up being good enough? Many went into that game saying that a point would do on the basis that City were surely likely to drop points elsewhere themselves. They didn’t – but we weren’t to know that at the time. The next away game after that saw us travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side whose season was already long over. All they had left was the chance to put a dent in our title challenge. And the 0-0 draw that day turned out to be the last time we dropped points this season – something which they will claim was the decisive blow in the race. It wasn’t. While we could, and should, have beaten them that day, a point from the Merseyside derby across Stanley Park isn’t a terrible result – especially when you factor in that it’s their most important game of each season. Salah had a fantastic opportunity to win it for us, but his tame shot was saved by Jordan Pickford. Most onlookers felt that City were likely to at least draw a game elsewhere – and they came agonisingly close to doing just that when they scored a winner against Burnley by a narrow margin before Kompany shocked Leicester with his strike. This is more evidence of just how fine the margins were in the highest quality title race this country has seen.

Others will counter the claims that we blew this chance by saying that Jurgen Klopp and his players could not have done a great deal more than they did in challenging City for the title. But this one shouldn’t feel like a chance that won’t come along again for another five seasons – we have got a squad that will be back again next year. And it is likely to be an even stronger set of players. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was missed this season, will be back to fitness and desperate to help make a difference. Keita will have the benefit of a full season at Anfield under his belt after a tough baptism since his long-protracted arrival last Summer. Joe Gomez will be back and challenging Joel Matip for the spot alongside Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of our defence. There will also be a few new faces in the squad, who will add more depth and quality to what we already have. What the squad has proven this season is that it is capable of kind of consistency that is required to become champions. It wasn’t quite enough this time, but City now know that they have some genuine competition after storming off into the distance in 2017/18. United were their main competition that season and you couldn’t even call what they did a title challenge. It’s hard to see any of the other top six clubs closing the gap on the top two next season. Chelsea look likely to be hamstrung by their transfer ban and the impending exit of star man Eden Hazard, Spurs appear to be too frugal in the transfer market to bring in the quality and depth they need to catch up and Arsenal and United are light years behind with years of rebuilding to undertake. It looks very much like it’s down to us to give City some competition again.

This team deserves some silverware for their efforts this season and the Champions League final is the ideal chance to provide it. It’s our second in succession, only this time we are the favourites to bring it home. Real Madrid are quite clearly not the same force they were a year ago, but they were too strong for our team in Kiev. This time we are faced with the hurdle of a Spurs side who have lost 13 league games this season after ending up 26 points behind us in the table. They also lost another six cup games and look like a much more beatable prospect than the Spanish giants. That’s not to say that they should be taken lightly in Madrid next month, far from it, but their form, especially in 2019, should give us plenty of hope that we can win the competition for the first time since Istanbul in 2005. The chance to return to that same city for the Super Cup early next season should also not be missed either. This side doesn’t lack belief, heart and courage and so we can expect them to go out and give everything they’ve got in three weeks’ time. Having this final to look forward to meant that our season didn’t end in disappointment on Sunday when news of City’s ultimately comfortable win over Brighton filtered through. Few realistically expected Chris Hughton’s side to do us any favours, given that their season had stalled some time before, but when Glenn Murray put them ahead there was a brief glimmer of hope. Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte soon put paid to that, of course, but there was a brief time where we were top ‘as it stands’ on the final day of the campaign. It’s been a while since that last happened. It wasn’t to be the only high point at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, however, as the squad got the send off they deserved at full-time. They could be under no misapprehension that the fans in the stands were anything less than proud of their efforts in trying to lift a first domestic championship since 1989/90. It just wasn’t to be. This time.

Blip better now than later in the season

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Emotions are running high in the fanbase after a disappointing week. But some perspective is required for many Liverpool supporters.

Not a single one of us will be anything but frustrated that the chance to go seven points clear was passed up by drawing with Leicester City at Anfield last week. The 1-1 draw with a side who came in poor form was not what we wanted and it looked like we would be heading into a lead that would take Manchester City three games to catch up with. But Sadio Mane’s early strike was cancelled out by Harry Maguire’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time. We can justifiably have all kinds of complaints about it as well. The England international could have been sent off for hauling down Mane earlier on when the forward was about to run clear on goal and the referee should have blown the whistle when the ball was cleared from the free-kick. Andrew Robertson’s needless foul was also something we can be frustrated by. But the goal stood and we came away with a five point lead rather than the seven we wanted.

There was clearly tension both on and off the pitch that night and the conditions did not help that. It’s hard to get into full flow, both as a player or a fan, when the temperature is close to freezing and there’s snow and ice around. But the weather wasn’t the only factor in the cool atmosphere around the club that evening. We all know what’s at stake and how costly dropped points could be this season, given how many the top three are collecting. There is little room for error and that is much of the reason as to why opportunities like that are not to be passed up. But we didn’t win and City were let off the hook after their surprise loss against Rafa’s Newcastle side. It also allowed Spurs to get two points closer after their late winner against Watford.

Roll forward to Monday evening and we needed to beat West Ham to maintain the five point advantage, which was the consolation prize after the draw with Leicester. And once again we took the lead, despite a slow and cagey start, through a goal from Mane. But we were pegged back again and could not find the way through to reclaim the advantage. Unlike the Leicester game, we were fortunate to come away with a point – even if the offside Divock Origi had the chance to win it at the death. West Ham had a lot of chances to go ahead, but showed why they are in the bottom half of the table with some average finishing. It was ultimately a point gained rather than two dropped when you look at the performance.

2019 has so far seen our performance levels drop – and gradually get worse. We were slightly unfortunate to lose against a City side desperate for the points in early January. Vincent Kompany should have been sent off and the game was decided on fine margins as they shaded it 2-1. It meant that our seven point lead was neither maintained or extended to ten as Pep Guardiola’s men closed in to just four points behind. And they stayed that many back as we shaded a tight game against Brighton 1-0 thanks to a penalty and then rode our luck in the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. But that luck ran out against Leicester and West Ham, with injuries and nerves taking their toll. James Milner and Jordan Henderson each filled in at right-back as Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold remain sidelined. They are two players who will never give anything less than their all, but neither is a full-back. That also meant that they weren’t able to play in midfield in these games, which further limited our options. As did Gini Wijnaldum being ruled out of the trip to London on Monday.

Naby Keita started both games and has been a big talking point for supporters. The Guinea international should have had a penalty against Leicester and showed his quality with some excellent forward passes against West Ham. But he also suffered with some defensive lapses, the most notable of which helped to allow West Ham to grab a point. He is still adapting to life as a Liverpool player and is going to need a lot more time than most expected to get acquainted. It’s frustrating for most as the expectations placed on the African were very high when he finally arrived in the Summer. He’s still relatively young and doesn’t speak English, so patience will continue to need to be provided. Minor injuries have also played their part in his start to life at Anfield. It would be a real bonus if he can get in the swing of things and chip in with some goals before the season ends.

Adam Lallana will have felt that he finally made a contribution to our season when his neat footwork played Milner in to provide the assist for Mane to open the scoring against West Ham. He had a few tidy moments elsewhere in the game, but his overall impact was again underwhelming. The England international has really struggled with injuries since his best run of form in a Liverpool shirt a couple of seasons back and will be keen to make his mark. But few will be hoping to see him back in the side in the coming games with Bournemouth and Manchester United.

The manager may well have little choice when it comes to team selection for Saturday’s match with Eddie Howe’s players. Injuries and the loan of Nathaniel Clyne to the visitors have restricted his options of late and there have been a lot fewer choices to make when picking the starting eleven. Wijnaldum and Henderson could well be missing again, but Alexander-Arnold might make a timely return to fitness. His predecessor at right-back won’t be able to play a part for the visitors due to Premier League rules. Clyne’s departure made little sense to most fans and the decision has been questioned a lot since Gomez and Alexander-Arnold were both ruled out. The former Southampton man put in a solid performance against United at Anfield before Christmas – but he was only called upon as a last resort thanks to Milner being ruled out late on. It seems that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to his situation at the club and Klopp had no problem with letting him go. More attention needs to be given to that.

A lot has been made of the lack of signings made in January – with the decision not to bring in additional cover at centre-back the main talking point. We knew that Gomez, Lovren and Matip are all injury prone in the Summer and it became clear that Fabinho would be next in line should we get down to fifth choice. Few would have expected that to happen, but it did and the Brazilian put in some fine performances against Brighton and Wolves. Being required to do so against Bayern and United would be another matter altogether, however. Teenage prospect Jan Hoever didn’t let anyone down with his outing against Wolves in the FA Cup last month, but few will have an appetite to see him come into the side in the coming months – especially if the unthinkable happens and Van Dijk is ruled out for any period of time. He’s probably the last player we need to get injured or suspended. He will miss the first leg against Bayern as it is, so we will see how we cope without him at the Allianz Arena. Let’s hope we don’t see the same domestically. Much of our hopes rest on him.

The two draws over the past week have been seen as a blip by many and as evidence that the team are ‘bottling’ the title race. Time will tell if either is true, but if we get back to winning ways on Saturday then we will all be happy for two draws to represent our blip. City lost to Chelsea to end their unbeaten start before getting beaten by Crystal Palace, Leicester and Newcastle. Few were questioning their bottle after those surprise defeats, so we can ask why our fortitude is being put under the microscope when we have lost just once so far. Hopefully City and Spurs will both continue to lose at the rate they have so far this season while our disappointments come in the shape of draws. That would go a long way to helping to get us over the line.

A win on Saturday will be the best way to get things back on track. We cannot go to Old Trafford desperately needing three points from a game against a resurgent United. They will be absolutely desperate to win for their top four hopes and to put a big dent in our title aspirations. A draw from that game would be a good result for us, but we will all be hoping for a morale boosting victory. But getting the points from our next game is the current priority and the players will need all of our support for that – and every time they step out on the pitch.

So let’s make some noise on Saturday and get the good vibrations going again.

Rabiot rejects Spurs in favour of summer Anfield switch

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Paris Saint Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has rejected a January switch to Tottenham Hotspur, as he hopes to join Premier League rivals Liverpool ins the summer instead.

Tha player is out of contract in the summer, and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had been expected to swoop with a cut-price offer, but according to L’Equipe the 23-year-old is willing to run down his contract and ensure he has his pick of clubs in the summer – with Anfield his preferred destination.

The decision has not gone down well with PSG manager Thomas Tuchel, and Rabiot has been forced to train with the club’s under-23 squad for the past month. The French club appear to be determined not to lose the player for free and have reportedly been trying to secure a deal during this transfer window.

Pochettino is been eager to strengthen his Tottenham squad following recent injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and were reported to have offered a lucrative contract to tempt the Frenchman into signing, but it seems the Klopp revolution is proving a bigger pull for a player already at one of the world’s top clubs & no doubt keen to remain at that level.

Barcelona has also been linked with a move, but speculation on that front has dried up since the Catalan club signed another midfielder in Frenkie De Jong this week. This left Liverpool and Tottenham as the two clubs seriously linked with the player.

It was reported that Pochettino was ready to guarantee the midfielder a starting role and that former team-mates Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura had also tried to convince him to make the switch, but his camp have now officially declined a move to north London with the club’s trophy-winning credentials believed to be the sticking point.

Whilst this has left the media speculating that a summer switch to Anfield is on the cards, it is yet to be seen if the club actually need or want the player. Central midfield certainly isn’t the weakest area of the Liverpool squad, with Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Fabinho & James Milner all competing for a place – with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to return to the side as well.

The rumours continue to roll though, with the footy predictions for today again backing the player to be plying his trade for the Reds next season, so maybe there is something in the speculation that refuses to die.

Rabiot has spent seven seasons at the Parc des Princes, scoring 24 times in 227 appearances.

Top four players Liverpool could land this transfer window

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It’s the beginning of a new year and a new transfer window. With Liverpool at the top of the table, they won’t want to take anything for granted while shifting players, but despite this there is still room for improvement for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp has had fans guessing if he’s making room for new players within the squad following the shift of fringe players such as Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke, but the guesses as to who it might be are still flooding in. Betting sites like Infogol will be making their predictions on who will be arriving at Anfield before the transfer window is over – these are four of the players that are currently expected to join the team.

Pascal Gross

Brighton’s Pascal Gross has been linked with a move to Anfield, following an 18 month stay on the South Coast. With Xherdan Shaqiri signed over the summer, fans have realised that there’s value in looking at the bottom half of the Premier League. While Brighton and Hove Albion aren’t enjoying the view from the top of the table, in Gross they definitely have a player that could make a big impact for the Reds. Klopp has been known to maximise the type of potential that Gross has so this could be a beneficial choice for Liverpool.

Weston McKennie

Bookies are favouriting the move of American-born Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie for a transfer to the Reds. At only 20 years of age, McKennie has just eight league starts under his belt but he’s an interesting prospect that rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs are all showing an interest in as well, with odds of 8/1 to complete a deal. McKennie has real talent and would be a great fit under Klopp at Liverpool, but with plenty of talent in the midfield department already, there’s a strong likelihood that he’d have to be patient with his hopes of regular first-team action.

Ousmane Dembele

Signed from Borussia Dortmund just 18 months ago, it’s been made clear that Ousmane Dembele hasn’t exactly proven his £135.5m worth, with his Barcelona career remaining somewhat underwhelming. But while he’s not scored a huge amount of goals for Barca, several have been important strikes in the league. He’s been linked on numerous occasions with a move elsewhere and the 21 year old’s become a surprising contender for a switch to Liverpool this month.

Timo Werner

With arguably one of the most threatening attacks in the world of football, Liverpool have managed to cope without a pure striker as their main source of focus. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah have caused enough mayhem for defenders for the team to be able to survive without up until now, but it could be time for Klopp to take a new tactic and develop a different strategy before the team’s rivals have a chance to catch on. Timo Werner could be that tactic, currently 6/1 joint favourites at the bookies alongside Bayern Munich to land the skilled striker.