We bring you the latest Liverpool FC news and rumours on Thursday, with two players linked with the Reds and differing fortunes for two youngsters.
The Reds were back at Melwood on Thursday, preparing for Saturday’s game.
Here’s the round-up of today’s Reds-related news.
Wednesday saw Mo Salah spotted all over Liverpool – and the Wirral – with the King of the Kop filming something for Egyptian TV.
— Steven (@stemc18) February 21, 2018
Salah was spotted in a chippy on Breck Road, going to a boxing gym, outside the Liverpool Philharmonic, and at The Dips in New Brighton.
Ceballos keen on Liverpool move
Dani Ceballos has gained a reputation as one of Spain’s most exciting young midfielders, and it earned him a move to Real Madrid last summer.
Such is the competition for places at Santiago Bernabeu, though, the 21-year-old has featured just seven times in La Liga this season, failing to complete 90 minutes in any of those matches.
He is already keen on a move elsewhere according to Spanish journalist Cristobal Soria, who reportedly has a close relationship with Ceballos.
You take most transfer rumours with a pinch of salt at this time of year, but the Spaniard would arguably add creativity and intelligence to a Philippe Coutinho-less midfield.
Wilson injury blow
A goal against Nottingham Forest on his second appearance suggested bright things were on the horizon, but he was dealt a blow last Friday when he left the field in the FA Cup fifth round defeat at Chelsea.
The extent of the injury has now been revealed, with Wilson set to be sidelined for up to a month after suffering shoulder ligament damage.
It is a setback for the 20-year-old, but one that he will hopefully overcome as soon as possible, as he attempts to keep Hull in the Championship.
New kits leaked
We may still be in the thick of 2017/18, but next season’s Liverpool kits appear to have been leaked on social media.
The three separate jerseys are an eclectic mix of colours, and while the home kit looks relatively similar to the current version, the two alternative strips have led to varying opinions from Reds supporters.
One is purple, while the other has been described at “grey-violet”, with pink used for the logo and the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” emblem on the stomach under the Standard Chartered sponsor.
You’ll either love it or hate it – we’re siding with the former.
Woodburn on beating United
Steven Gerrard’s U19s side picked up a thrilling victory on Wednesday, beating bitter rivals Man United 2-0 and progressing to the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals.
Ben Woodburn, captain on the day, scored his side’s opening goal with a first-half header, in what was an excellent individual performance.
He couldn’t hide his delight after the game, on another afternoon that displayed the Welshman’s enormous quality.
“I think we all played well – the young players, the players who came off the bench, the old players. I think everyone played their part and it was a good win for us.”
The quarter-final fixtures will take place on March 13 and 14.
Gelson linked again
The summer transfer window may still be months away, but that doesn’t stop the endless speculation regarding incomings and outgoings at Anfield.
According to a report today, Liverpool still have highly-rated Sporting Lisbon youngster Gelson Martins on their radar.
They aren’t alone in admiring him, however, with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich now said to have entered the race for his signature.
Gelson’s possible suitors want a deal done “before his £53million release clause expires this summer”, such is his vast potential – it will end as soon as the World Cup in Russia starts.
The 22-year-old wide man has five goals in 21 league appearances this season, and would add more depth to the Reds’ exciting attack.