The new Torres: Liverpool target Werner is a jewel in Red Bull empire

The new Torres? Timo Werner is the jewel in the Red Bull sporting empire and a major target for Liverpool this summer… as he prepares to take on Mainz on Sunday, Owen Hargreaves backs him to have the same impact on Anfield as the famous Spanish No 9

  • RB Leipzig star Timo Werner is one of Liverpool’s main summer targets
  • Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the German goal machine on Sunday 
  • Owen Hargreaves believes Werner could be as good as Fernando Torres for Reds
  • Werner said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is best manager in the world amid links

As the eyes of the world peer at the Bundesliga in hope for the future, the gaze of Liverpool fans might fix a little harder on one player who could help shape theirs.

Timo Werner will lead the line for RB Leipzig at Mainz and give the supporters on Merseyside a glimpse of who they want to light up Anfield whenever next season begins.

One of the brightest talents in Europe, Werner’s tally of 21 goals in 26 Bundesliga games this season is second only to Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Liverpool will have chance to watch main target Timo Werner when he leads line against Mainz

Werner may evoke memories for Liverpool fans of their former great striker Fernando Torres

Those Liverpool fans who tune in to see 24-year-old Werner may find their imaginations sparked by memories of a former Anfield hero.

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Werner’s total goals this season — only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (30) has scored more by a player aged under 25 in Europe’s big five leagues

‘Werner is the Fernando Torres type, where he is super explosive, he will run away from anyone,’ said Owen Hargreaves, former Bayern Munich and England midfielder.

‘He’s got to make sure that he gets the right fit. We saw this with Torres when he left Liverpool, the way they played, Stevie G [Gerrard] playing those balls through the middle — a match made in heaven.

‘Then he goes to Chelsea where they had a lot of slow possession and no space to run into. 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.

‘Werner would suit Liverpool. They counter and transition better than anyone. He will be doing homework on who will be a good fit for him.’

By the sounds of it, Werner has already finished that assignment. ‘Jurgen Klopp is the best coach in the world,’ he said recently. ‘There is a lot to suggest that my style of play would suit there.’

Werner is another coup for Red Bull, the energy drinks firm that 15 years ago took a punt on breaking into football’s elite, now dominate Austrian football and have taken RB Leipzig from the fifth tier to the Champions League.

However, their unconventional and rapid rise meant the club became an instant hate figure for many in Germany. In 2005 Austria Salzburg became Red Bull Salzburg, but company chief Dietrich Mateschitz always had ambitions to conquer Germany’s Bundesliga.

Werner said that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would ‘suit his style’ if he moved to the Reds

The Austrian wanted more than the one club in his home country and quickly identified Leipzig as prime for investment. However, success in Germany would be tougher than first expected. Sachsen Leipzig, now dissolved, were the first to be identified in 2006 but the DFB (German FA) blocked the deal.

Unsuccessful negotiations with 1860 Munich, Fortuna Dusseldorf and St Pauli followed before fifth-tier SSV Markranstadt agreed to sell to Red Bull. The club was rebranded and moved 15km east. 

DFB regulations prevent the use of company names in club titles, so RasenBallsport (Lawnsports) Leipzig was adopted. RB Leipzig carry the company’s logo and their name is the club’s shirt sponsor.

Germany’s football culture is built on fan ownership, the 50+1 model that states supporters must own 50 per cent of a club plus an additional share.

In a legal move, the club issued a small number of shares and purchased 49 per cent of them, making the remainder available at significant cost while handpicking who could buy them. It allowed RB Leipzig to conform to the rules, but with 17 members, a far cry from traditional clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, who boast 154,000.

Werner is an out and out goal scorer and has netted 27 times for RB Leipzig this season

Owen Hargreaves (left) believes Werner could have same impact at Anfield as Torres if he joins

Leipzig needed to adopt a sustainable plan, and an individual to take them there. Step forward, Ralf Rangnick. He became sporting director for both Salzburg and Leipzig in 2012. No superstars, no signings over the age of 25 and no extreme wage deals. It led to a revered recruitment strategy.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino all came via the Red Bull conveyor belt, while Erling Haaland is the latest star off the production line.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl also started at Leipzig, where a second-placed finish in the Bundesliga in his first season took them to the Champions League.

Rangnick sees Leipzig masterminded by coveted coach Julian Nagelsmann, 32, who in March knocked Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham out of the Champions League. ‘A very confident young man and a sensational manager,’ was Jurgen Klopp’s verdict.

On Sunday, Leipzig travel to Mainz, a reverse of the fixture that saw Nagelsmann’s men win 8-0 in November. Part of that was a hat-trick for Werner. Liverpool fans would surely love a repeat.




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Emile Heskey says Liverpool should sign Sancho over Haaland and Mbappe

‘Someone like that would terrorise defences’: Jurgen Klopp urged to sign Jadon Sancho over both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe this summer by former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey

  • Emile Heskey believes Liverpool should make signing Jadon Sancho their priority
  • Heskey said they should sign Sancho over Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe
  • Dortmund star Sancho has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has urged Jurgen Klopp to sign Jadon Sancho over both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland this summer.

The ex-England international, who joined the Reds in 2000 from Leicester City, was asked who he believes Klopp should target this summer.

Despite being given the option of Mbappe and Haaland, two of Europe’s brightest talents, he plucked for Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho, who he feels would be a better coup for Liverpool.

Liverpool should sign Jadon Sancho for his his ability to terrorise defences, says Emile Heskey

Ex-Liverpool striker believes Sancho is better option than Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe

Heskey revealed he chose Sancho for his entertainment factor as well as his ability to ‘terrorise defences.’ 

Speaking to GentingBet, Heskey said: ‘Mbappe is a phenomenal player who is another player who keeps on rising and is only going to get better and better.

‘He’s focused more to keep the consistency going at that age is just phenomenal. It’s difficult, because for Liverpool you’d choose a player who was more on the wing than central. But again, Haaland’s goals are a key factor.

‘I’m going to patriotic and say that Sancho would be great, being an England player and an entertaining player as well. I would say someone like that would be great to get on the wing and terrorise defences.’

World Cup winner and PSG star Mbappe is widely considered best prospect in world football

Heskey chose Sancho over his Dortmund team-mate Haaland 

Borussia Dortmund star Sancho is a man in demand with a host of Premier League giants chasing his signature after another stellar campaign in the Bundesliga.

Dortmund recently admitted that it was out of their hands whether Sancho leaves during the summer transfer window but did warn clubs they will not be able to sign him on the cheap.

The Bundesliga side are said to want at least £100million for the England international, who has scored 14 league goals and provided 16 assists this season.  

The winger’s contract at Dortmund runs until 2022 but with such vast European interest, Sancho could leave Signal Iduna Park sooner than expected. 

Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the host of clubs vying for his signature, while his former side Manchester City may also look to enter the transfer race to get him back at the Etihad.    

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Liverpool fans label Dejan Lovren ‘best defender in world’ after brutal Mohamed Salah barb

Liverpool fans decided to have some fun with Dejan Lovren after his sarcastic barb to Mohamed Salah. The Reds returned to training at Melwood on Wednesday for the first time since the Premier League got suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Salah drove back to the West Derby base after a lengthy break of practice with some large cracks on his car’s windscreen.

That, however, didn’t stop the star forward from expressing his pleasure to be back on the pitch after a frustrating stint in quarantine as he took to Twitter and posted: “…back.”

Lovren, who recently joined Twitter, decided to poke some fun on his team-mate as he mentioned the damage to his car which left everyone wondering how it occurred.

It is not yet known how Salah’s windscreen was broken, especially considering that all Liverpool players have been at home these past two months training on their own.

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Lovren posted this cheeky reply: “Yeah but with a broken window.”

Liverpool fans decided to get in on the fun with some tongue in cheek tweets of their own directed to the defender.

Many supporters were entertained by the Croatia international’s online banter and some decided to bring up a statement he made in 2018 that saw him claiming he is “one of the best defenders in the world”.

One fan wrote: “I’d like to welcome the self-proclaimed best defender in the world to Twitter. Ladies and gentleman, Dejan Lovren is here.”

Another tweeted: “Imagine saying Maldini>lovren.”

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A third stated: “Luiz at his worst>better than you at your best.”

This supporter had this to say about Salah’s windscreen: “Probably one of your shots tbh Dejan.”

But most fans knew this was all just team banter between the two players, like this supporter who posted: “He’s actually bants”

Lovren made that statement two years ago when Croatia advanced to the final of the World Cup after eliminating England in the semi-finals.

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That was also the same year when the centre-back played with Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Lovren said: “It’s something special for me. From my point of view, people were saying I had a difficult season but I don’t agree with that.

“I showed that I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team we are in the final.

“I think people should recognise that I’m one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense I will say.”

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Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey opens up on Liverpool exit regret

Newcastle star Jonjo Shelvey admits he should have “probably” stayed at Liverpool in 2013. Shelvey joined the Reds in 2010 at the age of 17 following some impressive performances for Charlton and went on to make a name for himself.

Following a loan stint at Blackpool the midfielder decided to leave Anfield at the age of 21 because he didn’t feel like he was getting enough opportunities.

Former Kop boss Brendan Rodgers tried to change his mind but his heart was set on a move and so he joined Swansea and then Newcastle where he still plays.

The 28-year-old admits he should have probably stayed at Liverpool for another year or two but insists he doesn’t dwell on any past regrets.

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Shelvey told Sky Sports: “It could have been a lot better, to be honest with you. Don’t get me wrong, by the time I finish I will have had a fantastic career.

“But you do sit there sometimes and think, ‘could I have gone higher? Could I have been playing in the Champions League?’

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“Hopefully one day I still will, but time’s running out now. You go back in the past and you’ve probably made certain decisions that were wrong.

“I was only 21 when I left. I don’t think you would find many other players who go there at 17 and leave at 21 and I think that speaks a lot of what I’m like as a character.

“I wasn’t happy playing one or two games then coming out of the team. I wanted to carry on playing week in, week out.

“I’d been on loan at Blackpool, and at Charlton I’d been obviously playing at such an early age. I don’t think that helped because you get that knack for playing games and constantly being in the team.

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“When you’re playing once and then not playing for six games, I don’t care what any footballer says, you don’t feel involved. You don’t feel part of the team.

“I think that was the feeling I wanted but, in hindsight, should I have stayed? Probably, yeah.

“Even if it was only for another year or two, just to see how things changed. But it is what it is at the end of the day.

“Every decision I’ve made in my career was just to play, to try and get as much game-time as possible. I can’t say I’ve got too many regrets.”

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Why Timo Werner would be ideal for Liverpool explained by Red Bull chief Ralf Rangnick

Timo Werner would fit in perfectly at Liverpool due to their style of play which is similar to RB Leipzig’s, claims Ralf Rangnick. Werner has set the Bundesliga alight with some marvellous displays for Leipzig as he has scored a total of 27 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions this season.

The star striker has been linked with a move to the Reds these past few months and Rangnick is confident that he would make for an ideal addition to Jurgen Klopp’s team.

The ex- Leipzig boss, who now works as the head of sport and development at Red Bull, believes the Germany international has proven that he is suited for clubs that are not defined by ball possession thanks to his “quick switching movement and his powerful finish”.

The former Schalke manager would rather have the 24-year-old stay put at the Red Bull Arena but insists that it is up to the player to decide what he wants to do with his future.

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Rangnick told BILD: “The league is less important, but the club, from a purely hypothetical point of view, I would better see him in good hands with a club that is not necessarily defined by ball possession football.

“Since Timo has made progress under Julian Nagelsmann, his most important weapons, however, are the quick switching movement and his powerful finish.

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“Therefore, he would rather fit a club like Liverpool, which is similar to our style of play, but I would prefer him to stay here.

“In the end, it is up to Timo to decide what he wants to do. Here in Leipzig he knows what he has.

“Here he can play Champions League again next year.

And Timo is someone who also needs trust. He only gets that if the respective trainer knows him and relies on him.”

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Liverpool were dominating the Premier League before the campaign was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Merseysiders are top of the table with a whopping 25 points separating them from second-placed Manchester City.

he ongoing Premier League suspension has come as a major blow for Klopp’s men as they were set to lift the club’s first title in 30 years.

Liverpool’s dominance is mainly down to their stunning attacking trio consisting of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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Liverpool ready to make major Sadio Mane transfer decision as Real Madrid eye star

Liverpool are planning to offer Sadio Mane a fresh blockbuster contract that would see him completing his career at Anfield. Mane has been subject to intense interest by Real Madrid for months now and an offer could be made in the summer after the season comes to an end.

According to Football Insiderhowever, the Reds are set to present the winger with a bumper new deal that could deliver a crushing blow to Real’s hopes of signing him.

The Senegal international’s current contract with the Merseysiders runs out in June 2023, by which time he will be 31 years old.

Therefore, if the ex-Southampton star puts pen to paper on a better and extended deal then that could effectively see him spending the rest of his career at Liverpool.

Mane has been prolific for Jurgen Klopp’s club ever since his arrival from St Mary’s in 2016 and has been integral in the club’s recent string of dominant displays both in European and domestic competitions.

The 28-year-old has formed a powerful trio in Klopp’s attack with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah that played a key role in the team’s Champions League triumph last season.

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has recently warned the club to quickly make a decision on Mane’s future as this is a critical period for his career.

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Warnock urged the board to either offer him a new contract or cash in on him, just like they did with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

He said: “It is important that they try and tie him down because you want to keep your best assets at the club to help bring other big players in. Those players want to play with the best not second best.

“From Mane’s point of view he’s got a manager there that adores him, fans that adore him and he knows the system that he’s playing in.

“Don’t forget the way Liverpool have grown over the last four to five years under Jurgen Klopp. In the last two years they’ve elevated themselves into an elite team now and Mane is arguably Liverpool’s crown jewel in all of that.

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“I’m sure if he was to knock on the door and ask for a new contract he’d be rewarded for it as well.

“Look at the Luis Suarez situation and Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool handled both of those situations very well, signing them to new contracts and bumping the value of the player up if you like.

“If Liverpool were to cash in on Mane, then now is probably the time to do it because, with his age, his value is probably at its peak or in and around it.

“But, for Liverpool, they’ll just want to extend the contract, because to go out and replace Sadio Mane would cost an astronomical amount of money in an uncertain financial climate and would that player then come in and fit in straight away?”

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Liverpool flop Loris Karius terminates his contract with Besiktas

‘I tried everything to solve this situation without any problems’: Liverpool flop Loris Karius CANCELS his contract with Besiktas and hits out at club for rejecting his offer to take a pay cut

  • Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his contract with Besiktas 
  • He had been on loan with the Turkish side since 2018 but will return to Anfield
  • The German hit out at the club for supposedly rejecting his offer of a pay cut
  • His contract with the Reds runs until 2022 but is likely to be fourth-choice 

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has confirmed he has terminated his contract with Besiktas.

The goalkeeper had been on loan with the Turkish side since 2018 with the club having the obligation to buy him for £10million if he completed two seasons.

But after complaining to FIFA over unpaid wages last month, the German took to Instagram to reveal he had cancelled his contract and hit out at the club’s board for their handling of the situation.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has confirmed he has terminated his contract with Besiktas

The German also hit out at the club for rejecting his offer to take a pay cut to help his side

He attached a video of his time at the club alongside a long caption explaining his decision

He attached a video of his time at the club alongside a long caption which read: ‘Hi everyone, today I terminated my contract with BEŞİKTAŞ.

‘It’s a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems.

‘I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again. Same things happened already last year.

He has not played  a senior game Liverpool since his errors in the 2018 Champions League final

‘Unfortunately they haven’t tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut.

‘It’s important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing for this club a lot. BEŞİKTAŞ can be proud having such passionate fans behind them always giving amazing support.

‘You always supported me in good and bad times and I will always remember you in the best way!

‘Also I want to say thank you to all my teammates, coaching staff including all people working for the club. You welcomed me with arms wide open from day one.Thank you so much! Champion Beşiktaş.’

The 26-year-old’s contract runs until 2022 but he has been linked with a move to Wolves

Sportsmail reported in April that Karius and Besiktas have been on the brink of cancelling his contract for a number of weeks with the Super Liga side set to have to pay him £400,000 in outstanding salary.

He will now return to Liverpool where he has endured a miserable time, following two calamitous errors in the 2018 Champions League final.

But the ‘keeper could find himself as fourth-choice behind Alisson, Adrian and youngster Caoimhin Kelleher.

The 26-year-old’s contract with the Reds runs until 2022 but reports in Turkey suggested Wolves are tempted to sign him on a short-term basis. A deal would see him become No 2 behind Rui Patricio.  




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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren opens up on lockdown struggles

‘Players will need to recover mentally from the pandemic’: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren opens up on lockdown struggles and reveals he has lost weight from individual training

  • Dejan Lovren says it’s been a mental battle to remain focused during lockdown 
  • The Liverpool defender has been training on his own to maintain fitness levels 
  • The Croatian said he has lost weight on his legs because of the change in regime 
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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has opened up on the mental battles players face during the coronavirus lockdown.

The centre-back is trying to remain focused on the Premier League title race while maintain his physical fitness in time for the resumption of the football calendar.   

‘It hasn’t been easy as we have been locked up in our homes for 46 days now,’ the Croatia international told Saturday’s online edition of Sportske Novisti, the Balkan nation’s leading sports daily. 

Dejan Lovren says staying focused on the Premier League title race has been a mental battle

‘The psychological aspect is the most difficult to overcome. I work out on my own as much as I can, I kick the ball around a bit with my son on our lawn, but training with the team is totally different.’ 

The league, which has been suspended since March 9, remains in limbo and unable to take any steps until any government decision next week on possible changes to lockdown restrictions.

All 20 clubs held a conference call on Friday in which they looked at plans for a resumption of training later in May followed by a possible return to competitive action in June.

The defender said training on his own was completely different to being with his team-mates

During the meeting, the clubs were informed that an eventual resumption of matches would only see them play only at neutral venues approved from a health and safety point of view.

Liverpool, who are on the verge of sealing their first league title since 1990, are top of the table on 82 points from 29 games, 25 ahead of second-placed champions Manchester City who have a game in hand.

Lovren acknowledged it was difficult to get excited by the daily routine under the circumstances.

‘I try to stay motivated any way I can. I get up in the morning and tell myself ‘I am going to get knackered in training today’ and at least I’ve managed to lose some weight,’ he said.

‘But I’ve also lost some mass on my legs because there is no substitute for a 90-minute team training session. You can’t do an indoor exercise on your legs for 90 minutes.’

The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League before football was suspended

The 30-year old Bosnian-born centre back also expressed hope the season would resume in a timely manner so as to not disrupt the calendar more than the coronavirus pandemic already has.

‘I hope (UEFA President) Aleksander Ceferin and all the other people from UEFA and FIFA will come up with a solution so that we don’t get into a situation of having to play 15 games in 30 days,’ he said.

‘We need time off. This hasn’t really been time off because the players will need to recover mentally from the pandemic and the resultant quarantine.’




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Hamann claims Liverpool should NOT sign Timo Werner this summer

‘There are players out there who would help better’: Dietmar Hamann claims Liverpool should NOT sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer, insisting ‘I just don’t know where he could or should play’

  • Dietmar Hamann has warned former club Liverpool about buying Timo Werner
  • The RB Leipzig striker has been heavily linked with a summer move to Anfield
  • Jurgen Klopp needs more options with the Africa Cup of Nations next season
  • But Hamann has claimed Werner would not fit into the tactical system at Anfield 

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has claimed the Reds should not try and sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer because he wouldn’t fit into their style of play.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been heavily linked with a move for the German striker, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions this campaign, this summer as he looks to add his striking options.

Werner is said to be desperate to work with Klopp and Liverpool are in pole position to sign him if they pay his £52million release clause before it expires on June 15.

Dietmar Hamann has claimed Liverpool should not sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner

The former Liverpool midfielder thinks Werner’s skillset would not translate to Anfield

But Hamann, who played for the Reds between 1999 and 2006 and won the Champions League in Istanbul, claimed on Thursday that Werner does not have the skillset to slot into Klopp’s tactical set-up.

Speaking on The Football Show on Sky Sports, Hamann said: ‘The thing with Liverpool is you’ve probably got the best front three in world football. If you play out wide at Liverpool, even though the full-backs like to get on the overlap, Salah and Mane are both very tricky players, they’ve got huge trickery, they are very skilful.  

‘Timo Werner is not that type of player. His biggest asset by far is his pace. And if I watch games now, even at Anfield, with Liverpool being so superior to most teams, all the teams sit back.

‘If you deny Werner space I think he’s a lot less effective. If you look at his goalscoring at Leipzig, obviously his goal record this season is outstanding, but they like to play on the counter attack, they are not really a possession team. 

‘I don’t think he’s got the trickery to play out wide as Mane and Salah have. Then if you look at [Roberto] Firmino’s position, I think the way they are set up you need almost a Teddy Sheringham-type player like Firmino is because he links things up, he’s not really one who goes in behind the back four. He likes to come short and bring Salah and Mane into play.

Hamann believes Werner would not suit any of the roles occupied by Liverpool’s front three

Jurgen Klopp needs reinforcements with the Africa Cup of Nations planned for next season

‘So I just wouldn’t know where to play him. I don’t think he’s a wide player, I think he’s a player who’s best through the middle, and I just wouldn’t know where he could or where he should play.

‘On the other hand, it’s the Africa Cup of Nations, if it goes ahead, early next year, so Mane and Salah might be away for weeks, that’s probably one thing Liverpool have got in the back of their minds.

‘But I’m sure there are players out there who will help Liverpool more next season than Timo Werner.’ 

Werner has previously hinted that he would be keen on a move to Merseyside, saying: ‘They have Jurgen Klopp, the best coach in the world, who is German. There are a lot of things that would suggest that my playing style might be a good fit.’ 

The Germany forward was close to joining Bayern Munich last summer in a £26m (€30m) deal but has gone to a new level under Julian Nagelsmann this campaign.




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Liverpool fans in awe as Firmino shows off his goalkeeping skills

‘Better than Adrian!’: Liverpool fans in awe as Roberto Firmino shows off his quick reflexes as he practises his goalkeeping skills during lockdown

  • Roberto Firmino shared a video of himself trying his hand as a goalkeeper
  • The forward does not let a single shot past him in the three-minute long clip
  • Fans were impressed, joking that he is better than Liverpool’s current keepers

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is known for putting the ball in the net but on Wednesday he proved he is no slouch when it comes to keeping it out.

The Brazilian took to Instagram to share a video of himself in goal while a member of his family fired shots at him on the small football pitch in his garden. 

In the clip, which lasts two-and-a-half minutes, Firmino does not let a single shot past him, the shooter having to perform push-ups as a forfeit.

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Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino showed off his goalkeeping skills in an Instagram video

The Brazilian produced a number of good stops as he enjoyed himself during lockdown 

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He even produces one stunning one-handed diving save, a save which gets the slow motion treatment in the post. 

Liverpool fans were impressed, taking to the comment section to joke that he could even do a job in-between the sticks at Anfield.

A number of them used it as opportunity to poke fun at back up stopper Adrian and former keeper Loris Karius, saying Firmino was better than both of them. Others even joked that Alisson’s place in the team was now in danger.

Firmino and his teammates have been training in isolation with the UK in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.

Premier League clubs are starting to allow individuals to return to their respective bases to use pitches to train with a return to action a possibility in June.


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