Liverpool could move for Raphinha this summer, with parallels being drawn between the Leeds United star and Diogo Jota, as reported by the Echo. The article in question drew attention to the Brazilian’s stats – from averages in shooting to the number of pressures conducted – which are comparable to the Reds’ summer signing.
Fabrizio Romano has issued an encouraging update with regard to Liverpool’s reportedly ongoing pursuit of RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate. The journalist tweeted that the Reds would want to tie the Frenchman down on a five-year contract, though that the success of this endeavour would rely on the club coughing up the full release clause.
Liverpool-linked Villarreal star Pau Torres should only go to either Real Madrid or Barcelona if he leaves the La Liga outfit in the summer, according to his manager, Unai Emery, as reported by Radio Marca (via the Echo).
Liverpool could secure the services of Joaquin Correa for half of his €80m release clause, as reported by Inside Futbol. The 26-year-old’s contract runs until the summer of 2024, however, it has been claimed that Lazio could be persuaded into selling the striker on the cheap given their own financial struggles.
Jose Enrique has explained that qualifying for the Champions League next season is absolutely paramount to keeping hold of Mo Salah. Speculation has mounted over the Egyptian’s future at Anfield following a range of interviews held, with the forward not ruling out moves abroad.
John Barnes has advised his former side to go for Yves Bissouma in the summer window as a potential Gini Wijnaldum replacement. The Brighton star has been previously linked with a switch to Liverpool, with comparisons made between the Malian’s style of play and the Reds’ No.5’s.
We’re not sure we entirely believe this to be true, you know… The way Liverpool conduct transfers is that players are sounded out first, so the club knows if they’re keen on a potential switch – and what kind of wages they’d need – before then entering transfer fee negotiations with the club.
Jurgen Klopp’s decision to hand Gini Wijnaldum the captaincy during the 0-0 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League has attracted controversy, particularly given that the Dutchman is still yet to commit his future to Liverpool.
Netherlands manager Frank de Boer has claimed Virgil van Dijk will be training with other players soon, but reiterated that this doesn’t mean he’s likely to play for Liverpool again this season or even his country at the Euros.
James Milner’s energy and fitness levels are literally extraordinary. We don’t think there’s another 35-year-old footballer on the planet who can play with the intensity he did for his hour against Real Madrid.
Yesterday, Jose Enrique wrote a brilliant column for EOTK in which he explained his current thoughts on Thiago. “The best option for Thiago going forward is if Liverpool play with two holding midfielders – a double pivot – next to Fabinho,” he said.
Thiago Alcantara was perceived as something of a luxury signing for a Liverpool squad already blessed with world class talent, though his impact at the club has been questioned since making a return from injury.