Player News - Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp is about to execute his first summer signing as Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius has come to England for a medical ahead of a move to Liverpool.

The 22-year-old Karius is coming off a very successful season with Mainz and was voted in a poll as the second best keeper in the Bundesliga behind German international fixture Manuel Neuer. He once was a product of Manchester City's youth academy before returning to play in his homeland. Karius looks to be the eventual starter for Klopp's future plans and will provide serious competition for Simon Mignolet when the club reconvenes for preseason. His transfer fee is thought to be around £4.7m.
Source: NBC Sports
May 23 - 6:17 PM

Jerome Sinclair has ended his four-year stint at Liverpool in order to join Watford on a free transfer in the club's first move of the summer.

The news comes on the same day that Watford hired Walter Mazzarri to replace Quique Sanchez Flores as the club's new manager on a four-year contract. Sinclair made the announcement via his management team as the 19-year-old penned a contract to keep him at Vicarage Road until summer of 2020. Although his contract is up this summer, since he is a product of Liverpool's youth academy, the Reds will be due some compensation from Watford. Sinclair completed the move in the hopes of more playing time after making just five appearances in all competitions last season at Liverpool.
Source: Sky Sports
May 21 - 1:37 PM

Liverpool and ACF Fiorentina have agreed to a deal in principle that will send Mario Balotelli to the Serie A side while the Reds would get Josip Ilicic in return.

Terms are still being negotiated as Fiorentina want Liverpool to subsidize Balotelli's hefty wages as part of the deal. The Reds were never going to approach breaking even financially with the sale of Balotelli after a disastrous Anfield career in which he spent the past season loaned out to AC Milan. Jurgen Klopp would have another talented attacking midfielder at his disposal in Ilicic, a Slovenian international who finished with fifteen goals and six assists this season for Fiorentina. According to Balotelli, he does "not want to return to Liverpool". The feeling is mutual, Mario.
Source: Express
May 20 - 1:07 PM

Christian Benteke has stated that he wants to talk to Jurgen Klopp and see what the manager's plans are and how he might fit into them before deciding on his preferred course of action this summer.

It has been widely speculated that Liverpool are likely to sell Christian Benteke and that Benteke likely wants to go. The Belgium international has said that the rumor mill has that wrong as he wants to see out his five year contract at Anfield if the manager has plans for him to be a productive member of the squad. It still seems likely that the best course of action for both sides is a move elsewhere (West Ham? Everton?) but Benteke isn't ready to concede the point yet.
Source: The Guardian
May 20 - 10:16 AM

Liverpool took a 1-0 lead into halftime, courtesy of a sublime Daniel Sturridge goal, but Sevilla would turn things around drastically and defeat the Reds, 3-1, in the Europa League final.

It was a tight affair for much of the first half with both sides feeling each other out, but Liverpool found an opener in the 35th minute. Philippe Coutinho's short pass found Sturridge and the England striker curled a beauty into the far corner. The Reds applied more pressure and nearly scored again before the break while Sevilla could have been penalized for handball on at least one occasion but were left off the hook. The second half was a completely different story as Sevilla dominated the entire time. Kevin Gameiro would equalize just 17 seconds after play resumed then Sevilla right back Koke would score twice, having never scored in the competition before. His first was a right footed blast near the top of the box, the second was a gift as an attempted clearance was deflected into his path and he beat the keeper in a 1 v 1. Sevilla win their third consecutive European trophy, the first club to achieve that feat since Bayer Munich in the mid-1970s.
Source: Guardian
May 18 - 4:45 PM

The final day marked the end of seven long months out for Danny Ings after the striker made his first competitive appearance since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Jürgen Klopp hinted during the build up to Sunday’s game that the 23-year-old was close to a return having trained with the under-21s: ‘We have to see how he reacts to all our training sessions. But he’s really in a good way’. Ings ended his injury nightmare on 64 minutes by replacing Jordon Ibe and for the striker, who is described as ‘a really nice lad’ by Klopp, it was ‘brilliant’ to get back on the pitch. ‘It’s hard to put into words how much this afternoon meant to me. I want to thank my teammates for everything they’ve done for me, the Liverpool medical team and my family and friends’. However, Ings will be cheering from the stands on Wednesday, after he was omitted from the Europa League squad in February.
May 17 - 5:44 PM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed hope that forward Divock Origi will be fit to face Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

The forward has missed the last month with an ankle injured after he sustained a nasty challenge in the Merseyside derby from Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori that incurred a three-match ban. While most reports ruled Origi out for the season, the Belgian has returned to training and Klopp said he has a chance for the final after scoring two goals in the quarterfinals against Borussia Dortmund: "We will see. We had another session and he did well in the last two sessions. The training after the press conference, you can watch it - unfortunately, so that means we can do nothing - and we will see how it feels and make a decision about this."
May 17 - 4:18 PM

After returning for Liverpool's final league game as a substitute, Jordan Henderson is hoping to make Jurgen Klopp's XI tomorrow night in the Europa League final against Sevilla.

The Reds have had to contend with some injuries to key players down the stretch of the season while navigating their way to a European final, but Jurgen Klopp will be able to name a very strong side tomorrow night with the return of Henderson. The England international looks sent to play in a midfield three with Emre Can and James Milner, while the attacking trident will likely consist of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Adam Lallana can provide extra attacking punch if the Reds are behind, while Lucas or Joe Allen can come in to protect a lead. Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno will start at fullback while Kolo Toure looks to be a better bet than Martin Skrtel to partner Dejan Lovren in central defense, as Skrtel made the start in Week 38.
Source: Metro
May 17 - 8:57 AM

Divock Origi is hoping to follow hot on the heels of Danny Ings and Jordan Henderson with a return to first team action after almost a month out due to an ankle ligament injury.

Origi is targeting the Europa League final on Wednesday and believes he is still in with 'a chance' of recovering in time to face Sevilla. Jürgen Klopp confirmed the Belgian is back on the training pitches at Melwood and is being assessed ‘day to day’ by the club’s medical team. Origi wasn’t pictured with the main group during Friday’s open session and he didn’t make yesterday’s match day squad, but fears of a setback were quickly allayed when Klopp confirmed Origi had trained as normal on Sunday.
May 16 - 10:30 AM

Liverpool found an equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion, finishing their season eighth in the Premier League table.

In a side with eleven changes from the one that saw the Reds draw with Chelsea in midweek, Jurgen Klopp was able to give plenty of fringe players another chance to impress while the core unit was rested ahead of this coming week's Europa League final. After conceding an early goal, Liverpool did not take long to level the score. In a brilliant individual effort, Jordon Ibe took a Jon Flanagan pass on the right and cut his way into the area, striking into the bottom corner to score his first league goal for the Reds. Liverpool dominated possession and chances from that point on but neither side would find a winning goal. On a very positive note, Danny Ings made an appearance from the bench with half an hour to go, marking his comeback after spending nearly the entire season recovering from a major knee injury.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 12:33 PM

Jurgen Klopp indicated that three of his players "might come back" for Liverpool's final league game against West Bromwich Albion - Danny Ings, Jordan Hederson and Divock Origi.

It is highly unlikely that any of the trio will start against the Baggies on Sunday, but all could be named to the bench and perhaps make substitute appearances in the latter stages of the match. Henderson and Origi look set then to take part for their respective countries in this summer's European Championship. With that tournament in mind, neither would seem worth risking as a starter for this final league game. Christian Benteke is pretty much guaranteed to start at striker, but a run out for Ings toward the end of the match would reward the player for the many months of rehab work he has endured and doing what he can to see competitive action on the final day of the season. Expect a side very similar to the one Klopp chose to play Watford last weekend as he rests the players he expects to start in the Europa League final this coming midweek.
Source: The Guardian
May 13 - 2:45 PM

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Liverpool and others to the signing of Rennes forward Ousmane Dembele.

Liverpool may have beaten Jurgen Klopp's former club in the Europa Club but the tables were turned in the transfer market as the German outfit have signed reported Reds target Ousmane Dembele from Rennes. With Christian Benteke likely leaving and Daniel Sturridge perpetually injured, Liverpool are likely to be on the hunt for another forward this summer and Dembele has often been linked with the Merseyside club. Apparently, the German clubs are just quicker off the mark than their Premier League rivals this summer with Bayern having beaten Manchester United to Renato Sanches and Dortmund having done the same with Dembele.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:53 AM

Liverpool were able to salvage a point in their final home game of the season when Christian Benteke scored an equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp named a strong side this evening that would appear to be a preview of what is to come in Liverpool's Europa League final and the Reds offered plenty of threat in the opening half hour. Unfortunately, for them, they could not convert any of their chances into goals and Chelsea would take the lead 32 minutes in. Chelsea looked the much stronger side from that point on, looking firmly in control as the game wore on in the second half. A couple of substitutes would come up big for Klopp though. Sheyi Ojo came on in the 90th minute and, two minutes into stoppage time, delivered a cross that Asmir Begovic could only palm into the path of fellow substitute Christian Benteke, who scored on an easy header. With the Europa League final a week from today, we will likely see another slew of changes by Klopp for the Reds final league game of the season against West Brom.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:05 PM

Jürgen Klopp has provided England manager Roy Hodgson with a welcome boost by confirming Jordan Henderson is expected to regain full fitness ahead of this summer’s European Championships in France.

"Hendo [is] in a good way for England, [I’m] not sure for Liverpool, [He’s] not on pitch yet," the German coach revealed ahead of last Thursdays’ Europa League semi-final. "(But) there is no doubt he will be fit [for Euro 2016]." Fresh scans have revealed the Liverpool captain is now clear to step up his recovery from a severe knee ligament injury and Henderson has already started to run outside. "I could see in his eyes that he thinks he has a chance [of making the Europa final on May 18]," Klopp said following his sides’ second-leg win over Villarreal.
Source: Daily Mail
May 10 - 4:27 AM

Jurgen Klopp rang in the changes once again and his side did not let him down as Liverpool played to a comfortable 2-0 win over Watford.

Unlike last week, where the Reds were beaten handily by Swansea City, Klopp was able to rest many key players this time around and still get the desired result. They went ahead in the 35th minute when Philippe Coutinho delivered a ball to Christian Benteke in the area. The Belgian headed it into the path of a surging Joe Allen and Allen supplied the finish, scoring his second league goal of the season. Roberto Firmino would replace Coutinho in the second half and score from off the bench, scoring off a Watford turnover with a shot that Heurelho Gomes should have stopped. The Reds climb to within a point of West Ham United and, with a game in hand over Southampton, still have a shot at finishing top six. Klopp will likely name a very strong side in the coming midweek clash with Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
May 8 - 1:04 PM


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