Trio up for UEFA awards, Salah for Ballon d’Or & latest rumours – Liverpool FC News Roundup

12 April 2018

As the dust settles on Liverpool’s Champions League heroics, thoughts turn to the future both on and off the pitch. Here’s the news regarding the Reds from Thursday.


 

Fowler tips Salah as world’s best

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the winning second goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)

The landscape of the Ballon d’Or might have been dominated by two men over the last decade, but Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes a certain Mohamed Salah could change that.

Not since 2007, and Kaka, has someone other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi won the game’s biggest individual prize.

But Fowler believes Salah’s contributions both to the Reds and to Egypt will have him in the conversation next time.

Should he happen to help the Reds to Champions League success, his profile and reputation would be raised further still—and Salah has a World Cup ahead in the summer.

The last Red to reach the podium was Fernando Torres, who took third in 2008.

 

UEFA awards in sight for trio

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane‘s terrific performance for Liverpool at the Etihad has seen him shortlisted for player of the week.

The UEFA award recognises the top performances in the quarter-final second legs, with Mane picked from the Reds’ 2-1 success over Man City.

He’s up against Edin Dzeko of Roma, Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and Mario Mandzukic of Juventus.

Fans can vote for the winner here.

Meanwhile, Salah’s Etihad equaliser and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s Anfield stunner have been nominated for the Champions League goal of the week award

That vote takes place here.

 

Reds in chase for Maddison

The Reds’ recruitment drive for next season is doubtless already kicking into gear, and Naby Keita is sure not to be the only new arrival.

Current rumours put Klopp’s team near the forefront of the battle for Norwich City’s free-scoring midfielder James Maddison, though there will be plenty hoping to sign him in summer.

Leicester are one said to be in pole position, report Mail Online, while Tottenham are also chasing the £25 million-rated man, who has scored 15 goals this season.

The Reds have also been linked with Ben Wilmot and Valon Berisha.

 

Klopp unconcerned by Mo transfer talk

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 2-1 (5-1 aggregate) victory over Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of the more irritating aspects of being a manager is having to fend off constant transfer speculation, even when there’s no genuine substance to it.

Salah’s performances and goals might have attracted admiring glances, but there’s no real suggestion teams will move for him in summer and Liverpool certainly aren’t offering encouragement.

Even so, the Reds’ boss had to answer a German reporter on potential Real Madrid interest—but Salah is happy at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp told Sport Bild.

“I know that Mo feels very comfortable here and he knows that our style of play suits him very well. So I am not worried about a transfer.”

Neither are we, then.

 

Reds to play in ICC

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)

And finally, in case you missed the earlier confirmation, the Reds will be playing fellow European heavyweights in the International Champions Cup this summer.

Dates are yet to be confirmed, but This Is Anfield understands that the Reds will face Manchester United, Man City and Borussia Dortmund on the tour in July.

Full details of pre-season will, of course, be published on the site as soon as they are penned in.

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