Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expected to let three goalkeepers leave in transfer window

Liverpool could reportedly offload as many as three goalkeepers this summer. Jurgen Klopp will sit down and decide the fate of a number of his players in the coming months, including those returning from loan spells.

Given the current financial implications of the coronavirus crisis, transfer plans have dramatically changed.

The club are unlikely to spend big, but could still bring Timo Werner through the door.

He remains their top target and they will continue to work on bringing him to Anfield.

For that deal to happen, there will need to be movement out of the exit door.

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According to the Liverpool Echo, up to three goalkeepers could leave the club before next season starts.

Loris Karius has returned to the club following the termination of his loan deal with Besiktas.

He is not expected to train with the club though and will not have a hand in the rest of their Premier League campaign.

Hertha Berlin are keen on bringing him back to Germany, an option that appeals to Karius.

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Echo journalist Paul Gorst claims Liverpool will press to shift him on.

“I think Liverpool will look to move him on as best they can,” he said.

“Hard to think a club won’t fancy a cut-price punt on a goalkeeper who was in the Champions League final two years ago.

“I’ve seen Hertha Berlin are reportedly interested and was told Wolves were keen a few weeks back but not sure how concrete that is at the moment.”

Veteran Andy Lonergan could also follow Karius out of the club.

His deal is up at the end of the campaign, while youngster Caoimhin Kelleher could depart on loan.

Gorst added: “Suspect Lonergan will move on. The plan for Kelleher was to loan him in January if LFC could get assurances from the right club. Preston were keen.

“Kelleher, I was told recently, is keen to take the next step in his career and that means a loan move.

“Suspect some Championship clubs will be asking this summer.”

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Liverpool ‘dream’ of third Roma transfer that could help Chelsea complete separate deal

Liverpool are planning a move for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo in the upcoming transfer window and ‘dream’ of bringing him to Anfield. The five-capped Italy international is wanted by several clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan.

Jurgen Klopp and his champions-elect are looking to bolster his attacking options for the 2020/2021 campaign and have identified Zaniolo as a potential addition.

The 20-year-old, who turns 21 in July, is considered one of the brightest talents in Italian football and already carries a valuation of around £40million.

Zaniolo has scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 60 appearances for Paulo Fonseca’s side and bagged a brace for Italy’s senior side against Armenia in their final Euro 2020 qualification fixture.

And his exploits, according to Transfermarketweb, have captured the attention of Liverpool.

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The European champions have done excellent business with Roma in the past, signing both Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker for a combined £105million.

And they could ‘bring in another jewel’ from the Serie A heavyweights despite Zaniolo signing a five-year deal worth £42,000-a-week in August 2019.

However, Klopp and co. will need to fend off interest from Inter Milan and Juventus.

The latter are reportedly prepared to offer Federico Bernardeschi in exchange – a move that, if completed, would prevent Chelsea from completing a swap deal for Bernardeschi that would see Jorginho head to Turin.

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Zaniolo’s father, Igor Zaniolo, recently responded to speculation linking his son with a move elsewhere.

“Nicolo hasn’t requested anything: he’s got a contract until 2024,” Igor told Radio Centro Suono Sport. “He’s doing great in Rome and hopes to continue to do so.

“But if Roma want to give him a wage increase, we’ll certainly sit down to discuss it but there’s nothing concrete right now.

“I think Roma are thinking about it so that they can tie him down and make him feel like an integral part of a big project. Nicolo loves this (Roma) shirt, he loves this place in a very visceral way”.

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Liverpool icon notes how Jurgen Klopp has followed Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson lead

John Barnes has claimed that Jurgen Klopp followed in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola by delivering success through patience, time and money. The German guided Liverpool to the Champions League last summer and has since won the Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with the Reds.

Now Liverpool are just six points away from winning their first-ever Premier League title, an achievement that will see Klopp go down as one of the greatest ever managers in the club’s history.

There have been bumpy patches though, not least defeats in League Cup, Europa League and Champions League finals.

But Klopp has been keen to use those experiences positively to drive his players on to win silverware.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss recently hailed sporting director Michael Edwards, for playing his part in Liverpool’s recent success.

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A strong off-field structure has led to rewards on the pitch and Klopp has been given the backing to build a dynasty at Liverpool.

As Barnes points out, it’s a similar pathway to the one Mourinho, Ferguson and Guardiola have all followed in the Premier League.

This has always been the recipe for success. Sir Alex Ferguson was given time by Manchester United, he had the complete support and trust of the board, which is why he was able to build such a great side.

“Chelsea did the same with Jose Mourinho in his first spell and were richly rewarded with trophies,” Barnes told WION.

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“Clubs will be successful if they give their manager the right resources and a sufficient amount of time to build a team.

“The most important thing is that the players should know that the manager is the man in charge. Player power is now a big issue all over the world, where players are seen as more important than the managers.

“The clubs in which the players have been calling the shots have been inconsistent.

“A manager’s role is undermined when the players are made to seem more important.

“It comes as no surprise to me that Liverpool and Manchester city have been the two most successful clubs in England over the last two years, because the manager in both those clubs is truly the man in charge, the power doesn’t lie with the owners or the players.”

Klopp famously claimed when Manchester United signed Paul Pogba in 2016, the even if he had money to spend, he wanted to do things different.

It soon became apparent that winning trophies would not be possible without improving the side, just like their fellow top-six rivals.

Mourinho was quick to remind Klopp if his comments, shortly after Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75million in January 2018.

I don’t want to speak about it in a specific way, I think that has to be Jurgen,” Mourinho said.

“If I was you, I would ask him about his comments one year ago but not speaking specifically about this case because in Liverpool they do what they want to do.”

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Manchester United make £140m loan withdrawal to bolster summer transfer kitty

Manchester United have taken a £150million loan from a syndicated revolving credit facility, which could bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer transfer budget.

The Red Devils announced last week that their net debt had increased by £127.4m to £429.1m in the last 12 months, while registering a pre-tax loss of £28.55m in the third-quarter from 1 January to 31 March.

The suspension of the Premier League has hit United just as much as other clubs and though the club’s commercial strength means they’re best placed to find their way through, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward warned supporters last month not to expect big money transfers this summer.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer wants to add to his squad and Reuters report that United have taken a £140m loan from its £150m syndicate in order to boost the club’s cash reserves.

With broadcast revenue and matchday income plummeting in the last three months, United’s cash reserves have taken a drip – though they attributed this to payments on Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire.

However, United told Reuters that the loan would help to ease their cash position, give the Red Devils greater ‘financial flexibility’ and help to maintain liquidity throughout the pandemic.

United had been confident of signing Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho but the Bundesliga giants are seeking £120m for the England winger.

The Red Devils remain keen but hope to talk Dortmund down from their valuation.

The same stands for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, though United believe he could be signed for a cut-price fee if Villa are relegated.

Solskjaer has a number of transfer targets and had hoped to sign three players this summer but in each case he has at least two back-up options, where players are deemed more affordable and more attainable.

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Timo Werner tipped to join Liverpool over Chelsea for one reason

Timo Werner has been tipped to sign for Liverpool over Chelsea this summer and play in the same way as Fernando Torres did for the Reds. Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United player Owen Hargreaves believes the RB Leipzig striker will be a fit wherever he goes, but would fit in better at Liverpool than anywhere else.

Werner’s future continues to be a talking point ahead of the summer transfer window.

The German youngster has been on fire this season and has earned him attention from around Europe.

He has bagged 21 goals in 27 games, and has found himself linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan have all been touted as potential destinations for the 24-year-old.

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However, Hargreaves believes Liverpool would be his best bet if he moves on from Leipzig this summer.

Speaking to the Mirror, the former midfielder used Torres as an example of how Werner could flourish at Anfield.

Spanish icon Torres played some of his best football with the Reds, scoring 81 goals in 142 games.

And Hargreaves thinks Werner can follow suit if Liverpool end up forking out for his services.

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“I think Timo Werner is going to score goals wherever he goes. But it comes down to personnel. He will be doing this, doing homework on who will be a good fit for his game,” he told The Mirror.

“We saw this with Fernando Torres when he left Liverpool.

“The way Liverpool played they were an incredible defensive team, with Steven Gerrard playing those balls through the middle and it was a match made in heaven.

“Then he goes to Chelsea where they had a lot of slow possession and there was no space for Fernando to run into.

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“In the end, that’s not a great fit. He was a super player, Chelsea were a super team but you’ve got to play to a player’s strengths.

“I think Timo Werner is that type, the Fernando Torres type, where he is super explosive, he will run away from anyone.

“Having that ability to run in behind and into that space, it would suit his game. When you think about a team like Liverpool they do that. They counter and transition better than anyone. He would suit them.”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tipped to sign ‘unbelievable’ Roberto Firmino successor

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Erling Braut Haaland has what it takes to oust Roberto Firmino as Jurgen Klopp’s centre-forward. The Norwegian sensation has taken the world by storm this season, having scored 41 goals in 34 matches for RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland completed a January switch to the Bundesliga and has continued his rich vein of goalscoring form at Signal Iduna Park.

Despite only just arriving in Dortmund, his performances are reportedly capturing the interest of Real Madrid who have been linked with a summer move.

According to Barnes, Haaland would be the perfect fit for Liverpool and he is a player who they should be considering to eventually replace Firmino when the time is right.

“He’s unbelievable and for such a young lad who is taking everything by storm, he’s taking everything in his stride,” Barnes told Genting Bet.

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“He’s one of those players who doesn’t worry or think too much and he just does what needs to be done.

“If he played alongside [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane playing on the wing with Firmino as another option, he would be outstanding.

“He will only grow bigger, confidence-wise, he’ll only get wiser with the way that he plays and he’ll only get cuter with the way that he finishes.

“The sky is the limit, so it’s up to him to keep that momentum going, because it’s not easy to keep it going.”

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Liverpool are already poised to raid the Bundesliga for another forward in Timo Werner.

The RB Leipzig frontman is the club’s top target heading into the summer window.

But the coronavirus crisis has threatened to scupper the deal as Liverpool wait to assess their current finances.

Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol is optimistic that his old side can land Haaland, even if it takes several years to fall into place.

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“In five years time we don’t know who is going to be top of the tree,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“Whoever it is, that’s the move for him because what he has shown us up until now is he looks like the real deal.

“He is like the heir to the throne of the best forward in the world and that means you play for the best team.

“Hopefully it is Liverpool in four or five years, I don’t know if they can sustain what they are doing now. He will go to the very top team.”

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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp makes Nathaniel Clyne decision as two clubs eye right-back

Crystal Palace and West Ham are set for a summer tug of war over Liverpool misfit Nathaniel Clyne.

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Clyne, who moved to Liverpool from Southampton for a £12 million fee in 2015, has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield with Trent Alexander-Arnold filling the right-back slot.

The former England international’s £90,000-a-week contract expires at the end of this season, and several clubs are interested.

Hammers manager David Moyes is one, but Palace, where Clyne began his career, are also keen.

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The emergence of Alexander-Arnold, plus a cruciate ligament injury last summer, meant he has not made a single appearance this season, after only five appearances the previous year, when he had a loan spell at Bournemouth.

Clyne was a first-team regular for Palace in the Championship before stepping up a level by joining Southampton in 2012.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has been on the hunt for a right back since selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United last summer. Joel Ward has filled the void but a challenger is wanted at Selhurst Park.

Clyne made 137 appearances in all competitions for Palace after making his debut in 2008.

Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Clyne will have used the break in play during the coronavirus crisis to line up his next club.

“You would have to question his future,” Robinson told Football Insider

“Having not played all season, I suspect that he will be looking for another club this summer if he has not already.

“I would not be surprised if he ends up elsewhere given that clubs have had a lot of time during this break to take care of paperwork and players contracts. Clubs have had plenty of time to thrash out deals.”

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was subject of discreet Man City transfer talks

Manchester City discreetly discussed the prospect of signing Virgil van Dijk before he moved to Liverpool. During his Celtic days, the Dutchman was attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, before he eventually joined Southampton in 2015.

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila has now revealed that he tried to convince City to sign his player Van Dijk, who was the biggest talent in Scotland at the time.

He told The Sun: “Did I get in touch with City? Yes. I said you have to take him. They said, ‘okay, tell me the best European game he has played and we will watch it.”

“I couldn’t tell them what game that was because he hadn’t any real good European games. He was really dominant in Scotland but he got sent off against Inter away”

“That was a big test. I think if he had played fantastically in that game, he would have been bought. I think the big clubs think Scottish football is too low level and they don’t want to take a chance on a player for that kind of money.”

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“In Europe, then you can show how good you are. I think Van Dijk was good, but he didn’t have that one really really good game in Europe.”

City would explore the prospect of signing Van Dijk again under Pep Guardiola, before he sealed a £75million switch to Liverpool.

The club did not want to pay that kind of money to Southampton and were eventually priced out of a deal.

They instead opted to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Club and to their credit, it has paid dividends.

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Liverpool had money to spend following the sale of Philippe Coutinho, in a deal worth up to £142m.

Chelsea were also said to be interested in Van Dijk, and the 28-year-old has since revealed the reasons behind his decision to choose Anfield.

“Before I made the decision to choose Liverpool, I looked at all the aspects of the clubs; the way of playing, the team-mates, the future as well,” said Van Dijk.

“The city, the fans everything has got to be big part of joining a club.

“I think Liverpool at that time when I made the decision was the right decision and obviously to reach the Champions League final in my first six months was obviously a big bonus.”

It’s been an unforgettable start to life on Merseyside for Van Dijk, in what has been a memorable two years at Liverpool.

In his first four months at the club, Liverpool reached the Champions League final where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.

A year later the Reds would go one better though, winning their sixth European Cup in Madrid.

He was also named PFA Player of the Year as Liverpool missed out on the title to Manchester City by a single point.

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What Jurgen Klopp told Timo Werner during private Liverpool transfer phone calls

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly spoken with Timo Werner on several occasions to discuss a move to Liverpool and he looks to close a deal for his compatriot. The striker is set to make a decision on his future at the end of the current campaign, with RB Leipzig hoping to keep hold of their star man.

If recent months are anything to go by though, Werner looks destined to move to Liverpool should the Reds be willing to spend in the current financial climate.

He has continuously said on record that the prospect of a move to Anfield excites him, as does working under Klopp.

Before COVID-19 called a halt to Europe’s top five leagues, Klopp was devising plans to meet with Werner.

It’s a gesture that has helped him land several top targets before, including Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane.

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Klopp was forced to shelve those plans, but it appears he has instead spoken to Werner on the phone.

According to Le10 Sport, the German pair have engaged in several conversations.

During those calls, Klopp has told Werner his plans for the club, his project and outlined individual plans for Werner.

That could include information on where he fits in to the current set up.

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There has been some suggestion that Werner would have to bide his time to work his way into the starting team.

Werner has already indirectly addressed those concerns, to put Liverpool at ease.

He said during an interview in February: “Yes I know that Liverpool is the best team in the moment in the world and when you’re linked with the team, it makes me very proud.

“In case of that, it’s a pleasure, but I know that in Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

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Despite the club’s reported determination to land Werner, Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor claims there will be zero incomings at Anfield following COVID-19.

“From what we have been hearing, even going back to the January transfer window, this one is very unlikely,” he said in a Liverpool Q&A on Sky Sports.

“During the last window I was told Liverpool had no plans to sign him then and no plans to sign him in the summer and recently that message was repeated with regards to when the next window opens.

“There has always been the caveat that Liverpool would be silly not to keep tabs on one of European football’s hottest properties.

“Judging by the talk from Werner himself, it’s a move he clearly fancies.

“The noises coming out of Anfield are that this one is not going to happen.”

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Michael Essien almost joined Liverpool before he moved to Chelsea

REVEALED: Michael Essien almost joined Liverpool before he moved to Chelsea… and Blues legend admits he even went to Melwood for talks with Gerard Houllier before deal collapsed

  • Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien joined the club from Lyon in 2005
  • But the Ghanaian revealed a host of other European giants tried to sign him 
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  • Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille were interested, according to the 37-year-old

Michael Essien has lifted the lid on Liverpool’s audacious failed swoop for him during his spell with former Ligue 1 outfit Bastia.

The 37-year-old midfielder, and long-standing Chelsea servant, attracted interest from a host of European clubs after emerging into the limelight in France during the early years of his career.

According to Essien, he had even visited Melwood, Liverpool’s training complex, to hold talks with Gerard Houllier – but turned down the move and later joined Chelsea in 2005.

Michal Essien has revealed Liverpool attempted to sign him from former Ligue 1 club Bastia

Essien spent nine successful years at Stamford Bridge, winning the Champions League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a League Cup before leaving in 2014.

But when Liverpool came calling, Essien instead opted to remain at Bastia despite jetting to England to hold talks with the Anfield club. 

‘I had lot of offers [when I was at Bastia]. I was close to signing for Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was their coach,’ Essien revealed in an interview on Instagram Live.

Essien said he visited Melwood to hold talks with Gerard Houllier before rejecting the switch

‘I even went to Melwood to meet the coach. We had a talk and I returned to France but the offers were still coming. PSG, Olympique Marseille et al, but I told Bastia I didn’t want to move and they also didn’t want to sell me at that time because they wanted me to stay for another year which was fine with me because I also didn’t want to leave the club.

‘So I stayed for another season, that’s my third year with the club.

‘Lyon joined the three aforementioned clubs to enquire about me but I thought it was too early to move to England. That was why I joined Lyon and later moved to Chelsea under Mourinho [in 2005].

The 37-year-old later moved to Chelsea in 2005 – and spent nine successful years with the club

‘Lyon were my favourite team when I went to France because they were winning everything. I told my agent that if Lyon have come into the picture I’d like to join them.’

After three years with Bastia, Essien joined Lyon in 2003 – and won the Ligue 1 title with them in 2004 and 2005.  

However, the ex-Real Madrid and AC Milan star admitted that he was presented with a transfer dilemma before moving to Lyon – with PSG having also made their interest official. 

Essien also played for Real Madrid, during a one-year loan spell, and AC Milan during his career

Essien added: ‘PSG were then serious about signing me to the extent that they made an offer. I was back home at that time and the call came that PSG had made a bid for me. It was even on national television that I had signed for PSG, which I had not because I was still in Ghana.

‘There were a lot of controversies going on between the board and my agent so when I went back to Bastia, we met with the board members and the president, and I told them I’d prefer to join Lyon although I liked Paris.

‘I was really caught between PSG and Lyon but my preference was always Lyon. I had then spoken to the president and their coach. I gave them my word that when I return from my holidays in Ghana, I’ll do everything to sign for them but It was not easy.’

Essien joined Azerbaijani side Sabail in March 2019, in a deal which also sees him coach their U19 team. 




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