Ox’s recovery update & Cillessen’s bargain price tag – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as the World Cup takes a one-day break before the last 16 kicks off.

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Ox Positive on Recovery Despite ‘Boring’ Rehab

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 24, 2018: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is carried off injured during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As Jurgen Klopp prepares to welcome the majority of his squad back for pre-season training on Monday morning, one absentee will be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The midfielder is not expected back until at least November having picked up a knee injury in April’s 5-2 thrashing of AS Roma in the Champions League, and a comeback in the new year could be more likely.

He was on hand to welcome Naby Keita to Melwood on the Guinean’s move this week, but speaking to FATV on Thursday he struggled to mask his frustration despite vowing to retain a positive outlook.

“I saw the surgeon just now, he’s happy with everything, so we’re moving in the right direction,” he explained.

“It’s just obviously going to be a long process and a boring one, but that’s life. I’m all good.

“I’ve got to stay positive, it’s not going to get me anywhere if I’m not positive around the lads and just in general. It’s life, I’m still living so I’m happy.”


Salah’s Impressive Gesture in Wake of Egypt Exit

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - Sunday, June 17, 2018: Egypt's Mohamed Salah during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group A match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player knocked out of the World Cup when he failed to fire Egypt to the last 16, with his shoulder injury still clearly taking its toll.

The forward has since returned to his homeland for an extended break before rejoining Klopp’s squad, and has failed to avoid the limelight.

Despite the shameless leaking of his address on Facebook, Salah made a brilliant gesture to the hundreds of supporters who camped outside of his home on Thursday, as the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil revealed on Twitter:

Salah welcomed fans on the streets, taking photos and signing autographs, proving that despite the heartbreak he has suffered on the pitch in recent weeks he has retained his vibrant character.


Barcelona Name Bargain Cillessen Price?

CARDIFF, WALES - Friday, November 13, 2015: The Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in action against Wales during the International Friendly match at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dutch stopper Jasper Cillessen has been touted as a possible replacement for Loris Karius as Liverpool’s No. 1, though there are yet to be concrete claims in England.

The 29-year-old has played second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen since joining Barcelona, and has resolved to leave in search of regular first-team football this summer.

That is according to Spanish publication Sport, who also claim Cillessen could be available for a bargain fee.

They suggest that Barcelona would be willing to part ways with their backup goalkeeper for around £26.5 million, which is significantly lower than asking prices touted for Alisson and Jan Oblak.

Cillessen would arguably provide a major upgrade on Karius, and if these reports are to be believed Klopp would be wise to make a move.


Warnock Confirms Grujic Loan Talks

Cardiff City's Marko Grujic celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium (Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

Marko Grujic played a pivotal role in Cardiff City’s promotion to the Premier League after joining the Bluebirds on loan in January, making 14 appearances on their way to a second-placed finish.

The midfielder earned a place in the Serbia squad for the World Cup, and though he failed to feature at just 22 he is clearly making strides in his development.

But with both Naby Keita and Fabinho already signed this summer, and with Klopp eyeing another first-choice midfielder, Grujic’s hopes of a first-team role at Anfield this season are slim.

It was reported on Thursday that Cardiff were in talks with Liverpool over another loan spell in Wales, and now manager Neil Warnock has confirmed this.

“We’d like a couple of loan players in. We’ve spoken to Marko and then I’d want to get a striker as well—that’s the missing piece,” he told reporters.

Spending another campaign under Warnock, who is a big admirer of Grujic’s talents, could be exactly what he requires to take the next step.

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