We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, as the start of the Premier League season edges closer.
- Alisson included in 29-man squad for France training camp
- Klopp on trophy hunt and transfer recruitment success
- Reds’ Ladies team renamed ahead of new WSL campaign
- Van Dijk hails personality of new Liverpool signings
Nabil Fekir deal “definitely not happening”
The Nabil Fekir saga has rumbled on and on during this transfer window, with a deal so close to going through prior to concerns about the Frenchman’s knee.
Although some Liverpool supporters are holding out hope that a deal can still be struck before the deadline on August 9, respected journalist Raphael Honigstein believes it is dead in the water.
“Fekir is definitely not happening,” Honigstein told ESPN.
“It has been the latest since June and it won’t change.”
It looks as though the Reds’ transfer business is done ahead of the new campaign, despite some reports linking Borussia Dortmund prodigy Christian Pulisic with a big-money move to Merseyside.
Simon Mignolet on the brink of exit
Simon Mignolet‘s Liverpool exit has felt inevitable for a while now, with the Belgian looking for pastures new this summer.
Besiktas appears to be his next destination, following five up-and-down years at Anfield that have seen him never quite convince between the sticks.
According to Fotomac, via Turkish Football, Mignolet’s switch to Turkey could be completed in the next few days, but it is likely to be a loan move.
Liverpool have been holding out for around £10 million for the goalkeeper, so it may be a cause for frustration if Mignolet only leaves on a temporary basis for the time being.
Middlesbrough keen on Sheyi Ojo
The winger has impressed sporadically during pre-season, but there still appears to be little-to-no chance of him featuring for the Reds this season.
Boro will be expected to fight for promotion to the top tier this season and Ojo, along with others heading out on loan, will hope to follow the example set last term by Harry Wilson.
Jamie Carragher hails Reds’ squad depth
“It does look like a really top-end squad at the moment, possibly as good as anything I was involved in and I was at Liverpool for 17 years.
The squad that they have now and the strength they’re looking to gain is as good as anything I played in.
(Dejan) Lovren gets a lot of criticism from Liverpool fans and over his Liverpool career he has made mistakes in big games.
But you’re talking about a centre-back who has played in a Champions League final and a World Cup final over the last few months.
They’ve got (Virgil) Van Dijk, who was a huge amount of money, but I always say it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a player – if he performs, he’ll look worth it.
In two or three years time, other centre-backs will go for big money and he’ll look like a bargain.”
It is hard to think of a better Liverpool squad in the Premier League era, with Gerard Houllier’s class of 2000/01 the only one coming close.
Origi will only be sold, not loaned
Divock Origi‘s Liverpool future looks increasingly uncertain, with the Belgian striker not impressing during pre-season.
The Reds loaned him out to Wolfsburg last season—but the scenario is unlikely to repeated this year.