Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool have agreed to terms with AS Roma for the transfer of Mohamed Salah at a fee of £34.3m, signing a five-year deal.

Salah will officially link up with the Reds on July 1, but the deal is done. Salah is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent two seasons and change with Chelsea, though his first team chances were few and far between over that span. Since then, he has blossomed in Serie A, playing for both Fiorentina and Roma. He contributed 15 goals last season for a club that only Juventus could best on points. The Egyptian international is still only 25 years old, and could make a big impact in his second PL spell. His addition gives Jurgen Klopp four class options in his front three, along with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, though he could get all four on the pitch if Coutinho dropped back into the midfield. That potential scenario would take a hit to Coutinho's fantasy appeal, though not as much as one might think when you consider the Brazilian is tops in the league for goals scored from outside the area.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 23 - 5:21 AM

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hinted that his 10-year career at Anfield could be over.

The Brazilian was linked with a move to former club Gremio in the winter along with Inter Milan, but chose to remain on Merseyside. However, with his contract expiring this summer, Lucas Leiva revealed he is in talks with Gremio over a free transfer: "There was an offer from Gremio in January, but I wanted to complete 10 years at Liverpool. Now in the window we had a conversation, but nothing official. I do not hide my desire to return to Gremio, but there are several factors."
Source: The Mirror
Jun 12 - 4:52 PM

England's U-20 national team won their World Cup final over Venezuela and the talk of the tournament has been one of Liverpool's newest acquisitions, Dominic Solanke.

The 19-year-old Solanke, who will officially move from Chelsea to Liverpool on July 1, ended the tournament with four goals to his credit, earning him the competition's Golden Ball. Jurgen Klopp has himself another versatile attacker that can play out wide or as a central striker. If the Reds offload Daniel Sturridge this summer, it gives Solanke a clearer path to playing time with the first team, but we will have to watch him carefully during the preseason to see if Klopp has designs on throwing the youngster into the fray immediately, if he may loan Solanke out for a better shot at pitch time, or if an injury to a current regular creates an opportunity. Regardless, Solanke is a player to monitor.
Source: ESPNFC Asia
Jun 12 - 4:30 AM

Liverpool are said to be on the verge of signing former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The Merseyside club had an initial offer of around £28m rejected by AS Roma, but it is believed that the Serie A side would accept in the region of £35m with Salah ready to sign a £100k per week deal. Salah played in London for just over a year following his arrival from Swiss side Basel in January 2014, but he failed to convince the then manager, Jose Mourinho that he merited a regular first-team place and the 24-year-old was shipped out to Fiorentina after just six Premier League starts. The switch worked out well, and his performances convinced Roma to take Salah on-loan for a season before the move was made permanent last summer. However, following another excellent campaign [15-goals + 11-assists], it now looks like he could be off again, with Salah determined to prove his worth in the Premier League.
Jun 4 - 3:25 PM

Liverpool has announced its first bit of summer transfer business by signing Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke.

The 19-year-old has long been expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season on a free transfer after a lack of first-team opportunities and loan spells. His contract expires on July 1, when he will join Liverpool, who won the race to sign the England U21 international over RB Leipzig and Celtic among other clubs. Even though he arrives on a free transfer, Liverpool will still have to pay a tribunal fee that will be determined in the future since he is still a youth player.
May 30 - 3:46 PM

Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier looks set to make his international debut against Scotland or France after Nathaniel Clyne was ruled out because of injury.

Gareth Southgate confirmed on Tuesday that the Liverpool defender had been withdrawn from the Three Lions squad after sustaining a back injury in training. The England manager called up Tottenham teammates Trippier and Kyle Walker, but while the latter is considered first choice, the want away Spurs star is unlikely to start in both matches handing the 26-year-old his first cap at senior level. Despite only a handful of league starts [six], Trippier provided 5 assists [the most of any defender at the club], and was part of the side which beat both Manchester United and Arsenal. A win against Scotland in June would put England firmly in the driving seat of Group F, four-points clear with only 4 games remaining, on the road to the World Cup in Russia.
Source: Daily Mail
May 30 - 2:51 PM

Liverpool are headed back to the Champions League after securing a top-four finish by defeating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield.

All eyes were on Jurgen Klopp's side heading into the final day of the season, with the Reds in need of a win to lock up a place in Europe. However, despite a slow opening 45 minutes, the club would not be denied. Georginio Wijnaldum delivered the vital opener with a rocket from inside the area just before the break while Philippe Coutinho doubled their advantage just six minutes after the restart, as the Brazilian curled a free-kick over the wall and down into the bottom right corner. With the match seemingly in hand, Adam Lallana added the third when he cooly slide a left-footed strike past Boro goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The result sees Liverpool return to the Champions League for just the second in the last eight years.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:35 PM

Like much of its season, Sunderland's final match of the season ended in disaster with a 5-1 loss to Chelsea.

Sunderland had a golden opportunity to play party-poopers at Stamford Bridge on a day that ended with champagne being splashed across the pitch by the title-winners. Javier Manquillo scored his first goal of the season in just the third minute to temporarily silence the home faithful who just wanted to see off John Terry and celebrate a fifth league title. But the lead lasted all of five minutes and the Black Cats, who were missing 11 first-team players to injury, later conceded four goals from the 60th minute on to finish bottom of the table.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:23 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed hope that midfielder Roberto Firmino would be available for Sunday.

The club faces a massive final match on Sunday against Middlesbrough, needing a win to qualify for Champions League. A draw or a loss could see Arsenal jump the Reds for a Champions League spot, with Manchester City also looking to clinch. But Liverpool was handed a major boost with Klopp saying Firmino is expected to return after missing out last week due to a knock: "We could not decide until now, but he feels good and he feels comfortable. He did a lot of things, but was not part of team training. That’s not a problem after this long season. I think we will make a final test tomorrow. In this moment, I would rather say ‘yes’ than ‘perhaps’, but I am not sure."
May 20 - 7:24 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop has shot down rumors linking star midfielder Philippe Coutinho with a summer transfer.

Reports across Europe claim Barcelona is considering a summer move for Coutinho, with Neymar lobbying the club for his Brazilian teammate. But with Liverpool on the verge of Champions League, Klopp said he can control who stays and who goes: "There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis. We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this."
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 1:12 PM

When asked whether Roberto Firmino, who missed out today's match with a muscle issue, would be available for Liverpool's final match of the season against Middlesbrough, Jurgen Klopp said he wasn't sure in his post-match interview.

According to Klopp, Firmino still felt aggravation in the muscle during a light training session on Friday and knew after that session that the Brazilian would miss out against West Ham. As it turned out, Firmino was hardly missed as the Reds put four goals past the Hammers. Arsenal are expected to take all three points at home against Sunderland on Tuesday, which keeps the Gunners in reach of passing the Reds up for a Champions League spot on the final day of the season, so expect Firmino to do everything he can to be available for the Reds final match.
May 14 - 12:17 PM

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the "fantastic talent" of Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke after being linked with a move for 19-year-old.

Reports claim Solanke has refused a new contract offer at Stamford Bridge and that Rodgers is interested in bringing him to Parkhead in the summer. Under cross-border rules, the Scottish Premiership champions would only need to pay a fraction of the fee English clubs would have to for the England Under-21 international. While Rodgers did not say he had a definite interest in Solanke when asked about a potential move, the former Liverpool boss admitted the youngster is the type of player that would be of interest to Celtic, who signed Moussa Dembele from Fulham under similar circumstances last summer. "I took Dominic into Chelsea when he was eight years of age. I am delighted for him and the career he has had up until now as a young player, he is a fantastic talent," Rodgers said. "It is unfortunate that he is maybe not going to renew his contract at Chelsea because it is a great club, but he maybe deems that his future lies elsewhere."
Source: Sky Sports
May 10 - 5:04 PM

Jürgen Klopp provided an unexpected but welcome injury update by insisting Jordan Henderson could still play again this season.

The Liverpool skipper hasn’t featured since sustaining heavy bruising to his foot back in February, and despite threatening a return on several occasions, Henderson has remained firmly on the sidelines. The England international then suffered a setback on the clubs’ warm weather training camp in Tenerife, Klopp admitting that they must be "really careful" not to rush him back too quickly and risk exacerbating his heel condition. Henderson spent time in the Liverpool treatment room last season before travelling to America for a cortisone injection to help relieve the symptoms of his incurable foot condition - Plantar Fasciitis - before suffering a metatarsal fracture in training. But, while many thought Henderson’s campaign was over, Klopp says he might feature during the run-in given his "high fitness" levels as the medical department have "not made a final judgement" on a possible return.
Source: Independent
May 10 - 12:55 PM

Liverpool were in need of three points to help secure a Champions League place but their attack was lacking a spark and a James Milner penalty kick was saved to tell the story of a frustrating 0-0 draw with Southampton.

Liverpool sit third in the table when the final whistle blew in this one, but both Manchester clubs are breathing down the neck of the Reds with enough games in hand to control their destinies. Southampton's defending frustrated Liverpool all afternoon, containing the Reds outside the box and forcing them to take their chances from distance. It appeared all would turn out well, when a penalty was awarded after Lucas sent a ball into the box and a Saints defender made contact with his arm. Milner, who had been a perfect seven for seven, stepped up and directed a low shot on target near the post, but Fraser Forster made a quality save to preserve the clean sheet. Daniel Sturridge came on as a substitute in the latter stages of the match and gave the Reds a bit more threat, but it nothing materialized. The Reds travel to West Ham next weekend before wrapping up their season at Anfield against Middlesbrough.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 10:41 AM

The dead leg Philippe Coutinho sustained in Liverpool's Monday night win over Watford is not serious and signs are positive the Brazilian playmaker will be available for selection this Sunday when the Reds host Southampton.

It looks to be a bullet dodged for Jurgen Klopp and the club, as Coutinho returned to training as soon as Wednesday and all reports point toward the player responding well to the injury he suffered when colliding with the Hornets' Adrian Mariappa. Naturally with Sadio Mane done for the season along with Jordan Henderson as well as the unreliable health of Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool will be quite pleased that Adam Lallana made a successful return from injury on Monday and that Coutinho appears ready to jump back into action as they look to secure a Top 4 finish. If you have Coutinho in your draft league, plan to use him this weekend. Those in weekly salary leagues may want consider though that it could be a short shift for Coutinho, perhaps only an hour of pitch time.
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