Shaqiri ‘on way’, new U18s coach confirmed – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumours Roundup

We round up the latest Liverpool FC news and transfer rumours on Thursday, with Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all in World Cup action today.

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Shaqiri To Sign After World Cup?

(180622) -- KALININGRAD, June 22, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates victory after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E match between Switzerland and Serbia in Kaliningrad, Russia, June 22, 2018. Switzerland won 2-1. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Xherdan Shaqiri is enjoying a productive World Cup with Switzerland and his future has been the topic of much conversation back in England.

The 26-year-old will be at a new club next season having confirmed he will leave relegated Stoke City and Liverpool is likely to be his next destination.

The Independent believe Anfield beckons for Shaqiri, with his move “likely to be confirmed after the World Cup”.

The Swiss star is available for around £12 million and for that fee he’d represent a bargain.

He would add quality and depth to wide areas – something that was severely lacking last season – and still arguably has his best years ahead of him.


Chelsea Enter Alisson Race?

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Wednesday, June 27, 2018: Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group E match between Serbia and Brazil at the Spartak Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson has been continually linked with Liverpool and Real Madrid in recent months, with the latter thought to be his preferred destination.

Roma sporting director Monchi recently claimed no bids had been made for the goalkeeper, however, despite some reports suggesting otherwise.

All of a sudden, Chelsea have come from nowhere to emerge as claimed “favourites” for his signature, according to Spanish publication Marca at least.

They claim that the Blues have gone ahead of Liverpool and Real Madrid in the battle to sign the highly-rated 25-year-old, currently on World Cup duty with Brazil.

The Reds’ interest in Alisson definitely seems to have cooled of late and some iffy performances in Russia have suggested he may not as special as some claim. That being said, it would be a blow if Chelsea signed him instead.

Signing Alisson would mean Thibaut Courtois is available though…


Fee Agreed For Solanke

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 13, 2018: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dominic Solanke may have been a Liverpool player for 12 months, but it has taken that long for the Reds to agree a fee with Chelsea for the striker.

The Liverpool Echo report that “Liverpool are remaining tight-lipped over the price they have agreed to play for the 20-year-old”.

The fee is said to be somewhere in between the two clubs’ respective valuations of Solanke – £3 million and £10 million – meaning there is no need for a tribunal.

A Liverpool spokesman has confirmed the news, saying: “The issue has been resolved between the clubs. We will have no further comment on the matter.”

It all sounds a bit cagey, but it’s good to have the issue resolved.


New U18s Manager Confirmed

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2009: Liverpool players warm-up before the FA Premier Academy League match against Manchester City at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It has been almost two months since Steven Gerrard left his role as Liverpool’s U18s manager, with the Reds’ legend taking the Rangers job.

Liverpool have finally confirmed the appointment of his successor, with the club’s official website announcing the appointment of Barry Lewtas on Thursday.

Lewtas has been promoted from the U16s as the Reds continue to make in-house appointments this summer, and Academy director Alex Inglethorpe gave his thoughts on the news:

“We’re delighted Barry has decided to take up this position.

“He already has a strong relationship with those players who will make the step up to our U18s in 2018-19 thanks to his previous role with the U16s.”

U14s coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson has replaced Lewtas as U16s boss in another promotion from within at Kirkby.


Chester FC To Receive All Gate Receipts

CHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, April 3, 2017: Liverpool and Norwich City players stand for a minute's applause to remember former Liverpool player and coach Ronnie Moran before the Under-23 Premier League Cup Quarter-Final match at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s just over a week until Liverpool face Chester FC in their first pre-season game of the summer, with Jurgen Klopp and his players returning to Melwood next Monday.

According to the Chester Chronicle, Chester will receive every penny of gate receipts from the match, “after the Reds decided to aid the Blues’ cause.”

A sell-out crowd of approximately 4,500 is expected at the Swansway Chester Stadium on July 7, with Liverpool supporters allocated the South Stand and Swettenham Chemists Stand.

Chester chairman David Harrington-Wright was touched by the Reds’ kind deed:

“It is a great gesture from Liverpool and we will receive 100% of the gate receipts.

“We have hosted their under-23s and women’s team here and we have a great relationship with them and they have been absolutely first class with us, they really have.

“Liverpool also know that they will be playing on a superb surface and that has been a major plus in them wanting to use us time and again and we are grateful for the support we have received from them over this and the gesture of allowing us to keep the profits from the game.

“It will be a hugely exciting day. Liverpool have told us they will be bringing a strong squad of first teamers, those who haven’t been at the World Cup.”

Nice to see things like this.


Hong Kong Coaching Academy Announced

HONG KONG, CHINA - Friday, July 21, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during a training session at the Mong Kok Stadium during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2017. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have launched a new International Academy in Hong Kong.

A qualified Liverpool coach will oversee the development of the coaching programme, with local coaches also given the chance to be involved.

Reds legend Ian Rush, currently an LFC International Academy Ambassador, admitted he was proud of the new venture:

“Our International Academies are a fantastic opportunity to bring authentic LFC coaching to children and young people around the world.

“This project will provide many opportunities for young players to improve a broad range of skills such as teamwork and communication.

“Alongside the player development element of this programme, coach education is an equally important aspect of the project, which is why we introduce local coaches to the same philosophies and techniques delivered at our very own Academy in Liverpool.

“Both players and coaches will get the opportunity to develop their abilities on and off the pitch and do so through ‘The Liverpool Way’.”

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