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Liverpool Set To Name Gerrard’s Replacement
Steven Gerrard departed Liverpool U18s for Rangers last month, with the Reds legend taking on his first senior management role.
The club have taken a while to replace Gerrard, but the search for his successor looks to have reached its conclusion.
According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, U16s manager Barry Lewtas is set to take over.
It is an in-house promotion, with Liverpool likely to be making few new signings to their coaching staff at the academy this summer, as they look to streamline their operation.
On Monday, it was confirmed that U23s assistant manager Mike Garrity had left his role, in a continued shake-up at Kirkby.
Lewtas joined Liverpool in 2013, following spells with Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.
Ings Off To Palace?
You can only admire the work ethic shown by Danny Ings, having recovered from back-to-back cruciate ligament injuries, but the 25-year-old is not good enough to be a member in this Liverpool squad and a new challenge looks set to await him.
A mid to lower-table Premier League club is where Ings belongs, despite his best efforts to prove his worth with the Reds.
Mane Praises “Special” Firmino
The Senegalese is well aware of how influential his Brazilian teammate is at Liverpool and he also brilliantly touched upon his admirable attempts to mimic Firmino’s famous celebrations:
“He’s a hard worker and an incredible player,” said Mane, on Liverpool’s official 2017-18 end-of-season DVD.
“He can see in his eye and what he’s doing all the time on the pitch, working for the team like a defender and he’s a striker!
“This is special for him and it makes him a very, very, very important player for us.
“I try my best but I’m not as good as him! He was talking to me, saying ‘why don’t you dance like we said all the time?!’ and I said: ‘Hey Bobby, I’m shy, I can’t dance like you!'”
This just highlights the team spirit that exists at Liverpool these days, with no egos to be seen and everyone pulling in the same direction.
Mane’s Senegal take on Poland in the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon, while Firmino will hope to start for Brazil on Friday when they face Costa Rica.
Can’s Move To Juventus Nears Completion, Again
Emre Can‘s Liverpool exit has been inevitable for months, but his proposed move to Juventus has taken an eternity to be completed – is he walking to Turin?
Journalist Fabrizio Romano says the 24-year-old will undergo his medical this week, as the transfer finally reaching its conclusion.
There is no doubt that failing to keep hold of Can is a blow, given his quality, but he is also far from indispensable.
Call it biased, but choosing to leave Liverpool at such an exciting time feels like a questionable decision, even though he is joining Italy’s most successful team.
The acquisition of Fabinho has already filled the void that Can will leave, which is far better planning than we have seen under so many past managers, following the exit of key men.
Liverpool Linked With Pope
Another day, another transfer story tipping Liverpool to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.
The Mirror think so – not the relatively reliable David Maddock, though – with the report saying Liverpool “have been building up their information on Pope with a series of background checks on the 26-year old.”
Although Pope had an excellent season at Turf Moor, there are huge question marks about him being an upgrade on Loris Karius, much like past targets such as Jack Butland and Alex McCarthy.
This isn’t a rumour that should be believed for the time being, at least.
They claim the European champions have been “priced out of a move” for the 25-year-old Brazilian – which could be good news for Liverpool.