Player News - Liverpool

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Liverpool has officially unveiled Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as the club's latest signing in a £25 million move.

The Dutch international arrives at Anfield as the club's seventh signing of the summer after scoring 11 goals while playing in every Premier League game last season. Wijnaldum leaves Tyneside after arriving last summer in a £14.5 million move from PSV Eindhoven. Said manager Jurgen Klopp: "[He seems] a great man - from the outside - because I don’t know how he works yet and I have to work with him. [But] I always love to watch him, his passion as a trainer, I like how he enjoys the game. He gives something back to the group [with his passion] so I look forward to working with him."
Jul 22 - 5:23 PM

Liverpool maintained their strong pre-season form with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, but the win was marred slightly by an injury to midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Leiva pulled up with an apparent hamstring issue on the hour mark at the John Smith’s Stadium and Jürgen Klopp is waiting to discover the full extent of the problem. Having made all of their outfield substitutions, Liverpool were forced into bringing on Under-18s goalkeeper Shamal George to partner Danny Ings in attack. When asked for an injury update after the game, the Liverpool boss replied: "Of course it’s muscle so we have to wait. But things like this happen - that’s how it is. It’s always unlucky and never in the right moment, but we have to wait for the exact assessment." The Reds are yet to concede in their four friendly games to date scoring ten times away from Anfield.
Jul 21 - 11:02 AM

Full-back Jon Flanagan has the option, should he decide to exercise it, of joining Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.

Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of loaning Flanagan to the Clarets where he feels the full-back will get regular playing time. Flanagan is comfortable at left or right back but with Nathaniel Clyne firmly embedded on the right, Flanagan would need to battle it out with Alberto Moreno. One would argue that Flanagan is clearly a better defender than Moreno but Klopp's willingness to loan the Englishman out would indicate that he is either comfortable with Moreno or may yet again be dipping into the transfer market for another option before the summer window closes.
Jul 21 - 9:37 AM

Liverpool have completed a deal that sees center back Ragnar Klavan arrive from Augsburg for a fee of £4.2m.

The Reds brought in Joel Matip earlier in the summer but they felt the need for another center back option after Kolo Toure had been released, Martin Skrtel had been sold and injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez put the duo's availability at the start of the season in question. In fact, Matip picked up a minor ankle injury in a preseason friendly so the need was high. In Klavan, they get a 30-year-old with Champions League experience and the veteran is also the captain of his national team Estonia. He was fifth in the Bundesliga last league in clearances, ranked just behind new teammate Matip, and offers another solid choice to start for Jurgen Klopp while adding depth to a position that needed it.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 21 - 9:18 AM

Liverpool have agreed to match Newcastle United's asking price of £25m for Georginio Wijnaldum and the midfielder is soon to have a medical before the deal is made final.

Earlier in the month, Everton and Tottenham were also in the hunt to land the Dutchman but it is Liverpool who are willing to pay the price. Rafa Benitez was looking to get some players back in exchange for Wijnaldum, namely holding midfielder Lucas, but it now looks as though that plan will have to be part of a separate deal. Wijnaldum certainly can be lethal on a good day, his four goal explosion against Norwich last season being a prime example. However, he also showed to go missing for stretches of time and was much more effective at home than on the road. Whether that trend continues remains to be seen, but what is more intriguing is who will emerge as fantasy darlings from what is becoming a rather crowded attack that also features newly-signed Sadio Mane.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 21 - 9:09 AM

Liverpool is expected to sign Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum this summer after Spurs dropped out of the race.

Reports across England claim that Wijnaldum is expected on Merseyside this week to finalize a summer transfer and take a medical with Liverpool. While, Newcastle is reportedly looking for £27 million for the midfielder it bought for £14.5 million last summer from PSV Eindhoven but Liverpool is holding out for closer to £20 million. The 25-year-old put together an impressive debut season in the Premier League last year, recording 11 goals and five assists for the Magpies. Meanwhile, Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan is taking a medical at Liverpool ahead of a £4.2 million move.
Jul 19 - 12:20 PM

Several former Liverpool starters are not expected to last the summer with Jurgen Klopp eyeing a leaner squad ahead of the season.

While Liverpool is looking to add a couple more players, most notably FC Augbsurg defender Ragnar Klavan in a £4 million move expected this week, reports claim that Christian Benteke, Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic are all set for the exit door at Anfield or risk not even making the squad, Klopp said. "It makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don't have a real opportunity to play. When there's no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense. We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I'm pretty sure that will happen. And one or two more players will join us from other clubs.
Source: Mirror
Jul 18 - 7:41 PM

Liverpool reportedly have a £4.2m deal in place to acquire veteran center back Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.

This looks to be a wise move for Jurgen Klopp the way things are looking right now in defense. Martin Skrtel has been sold away. Kolo Toure has been released. Joe Gomez is still a ways away from being trustworthy after a lengthy layoff with a majot injury. Mamadou Sakho may not be ready to start the season and Joel Matip limped off early in yesterday's preseason match. Klavan, captain of the Estonia national team, would appear to be in line to play the Kolo Toure role last year. That is to say, he doesn't project to be a starter if everyone else is fit, but he can be an adequate fill-in during the ongoing injury carousel at Anfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 18 - 9:27 AM

Jürgen Klopp expects Joel Matip to train as normal this week despite limping off during the closing stages of Sundays’ 2-0 friendly win at Wigan Athletic.

Matip had surgery during the close season to remove screws from an existing foot injury and the defender has been experiencing discomfort and pain due to the intensity of the pre-season training programme. "He said he’s had it one or two times already," revealed the Liverpool boss post-match. "Joel gets better and better and better, you can see it. It’s not too seriously, hopefully. I think tomorrow [Monday] he’ll rest, then he can go again." Klopp can ill-afford to have his summer signing from Schalke 04 side-lined with Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez [both Achilles] suffering setbacks and likely to miss the start of the new campaign. Matip has been tipped to partner Dejan Lovren in the heart of the Reds defence for the Premier League opener at the Emirates.
Jul 18 - 5:54 AM

Jürgen Klopp will consider his defensive options ahead of the season opener at the Emirates after another injury setback.

Joe Gomez is said to be suffering from tendinitis and the 19-year-old will need to ease back on his training, meaning he will miss the trip to Arsenal. This follows the news that Mamadou Sakho is also side-lined for a further 4 weeks due to an Achilles issue, ruling him out of game week one. Having released Kolo Toure and with Martin Skrtel completing a move to Fenerbahce, Klopp could now be forced into the transfer market, especially given that Tiago Ilori won’t return from Olympic duty until late August. However, on a brighter note – Joel Matip has revealed he will be fit for the first game following surgery this summer to remove a screw from an existing foot injury. The 6ft 5ins tall centre-back could partner Dejan Lovren in the heart of defence.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jul 15 - 4:21 AM

Liverpool have officially sold defender Martin Skrtel to Turkish side Fenerbache.

This move has been in place for several weeks but it took a while for the deal to get finalized. Skrtel ends his eight-and-a-half year stay at Anfield where he made 242 appearances, being a starter for the majority of his time with the club. He had some pleasant memories, scoring sixteen goals with the Reds and, at times, a solid option in the fantasy game. He also had some forgettable moments, including five own goals, four of them coming in a single season (2013/2014). Dejan Lovren looks a nailed on choice at center back when the season opens, while Joel Matip looks to have the edge in a partnership with Mamadou Sakho currently dealing with a heel injury and extended time away from competitive action.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 10:03 AM

Both Jurgen Klopp and Joe Allen are anxious to make a decision on the player's future with Liverpool as he begins the final year of his contract.

It looked certain at the start of the summer that the Reds were going to sell Allen but the Welsh midfielder put on an impressive display at Euro 2016, making the situation somewhat fuzzy. Swansea City approached Liverpool with a bid but the Reds appear to have seen Allen's value increased, countering the Swans with a valuation nearly double what the Welsh club were looking to bid. However, Allen is faced with the same situation as last season where playing time looks to be scarce, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Emre Can all ahead of him in the defensive midfield pecking order. The Reds also continue to shop for talent in the summer window and it could get very crowded in that area of the pitch. Allen looks best served to move to a new club before the summer ends but Liverpool might need to settle for less than the £15 million they are currently seeking.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 6:06 AM

New Liverpool goalkeeper has opted out of playing in the Summer Olympics as he wants to focus on being ready for club football at the start of the season.

Were Karius to play in Rio, he would not be available for the first two weeks of the Premier League season. Even though he was guaranteed to be the starting keeper on the Olympic squad for Germany, Karius seems confident he can supplant Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's #1 option. Jurgen Klopp was not thrilled about the idea of Karius playing in the Olympics and with player and manager seeing eye to eye about the club being top priority, Karius' chances of taking the starting job from Mignolet looks to be taking place sooner rather than later. He could be a fine fantasy asset this coming season and may be a very good value pick in drafts as other managers balk at the uncertainty of the situation.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 5:54 AM

Mamadou Sakho will miss the majority of the preseason and could perhaps be doubt for the opening weekend as the Liverpool center back has picked up a heel injury.

This has been a summer to forget for Sakho to say the least. He was slapped with a ban under the leagues anti-doping policy in late April, forcing him to miss the last month of the season and the Europa League final for the Reds. That then provided a catalyst to keep him from playing for France in Euro 2016. Now, not even a week after the tournament ends, he has a heel injury that will cause him to miss what Jurgen Klopp estimates to be three to four weeks. This could open the door wide for Joel Matip, signed from Schalke this summer, to take a starting role straight away and run with it. Even if Sakho is declared fit ahead of Week 1, the lack of preseason looks to give Matip the edge to partner Dejan Lovren at center back. Bump Matip up in your fantasy draft leagues.
Jul 13 - 5:19 AM

Liverpool officially confirmed youth goalkeeper Danny Ward has been loaned to Huddersfield Town for the upcoming season.

But before sending him to Jurgen Klopp's good friend in Huddersfield manager David Wagner, the club also announced Ward has signed a new five-year contract to keep him at Anfield through the summer of 2021. Following the summer arrival of Loris Karius, who is expected to put pressure on Simon Mignolet for the starting goalkeeper spot, Ward will now ply his trade in the Championship after making two Premier League appearances following his loan at Aberdeen, along with one start at the Euros with Wales.
Jul 12 - 7:31 AM


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