Milner charity match, Zaha interest & Lovren acclaim – Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

13 July 2018

The next pre-season match is close and transfer stories continue to surround Liverpool in Friday’s news and rumour roundup.


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Milner to host charity match at Celtic

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 28, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool midfielder James Milner will be taking a team to Celtic Park in early September, raising money for the James Milner Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation.

The duo were team-mates at Aston Villa, while Petrov also played for Celtic for a number of seasons.

Milner told the Celtic website that Reds team-mate Andy Robertson—a former Celtic youth player—had also been an influence on the choice of location for the match after constantly singing the SPL side’s praises.

The match will take place on September 8, when many of the Reds’ squad will be off on international duty.

Milner, retired from England action, will of course not be involved on the international scene at that time.

 

Lovren impresses himself and new Bayern coach

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Croatia's Dejan Lovren celebrates after the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Semi-Final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium. Croatia won 2-1 after extra-time. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren is a World Cup finalist after his Croatia side beat England in the semi-finals, and he hasn’t wasted much time in bigging up his claims as one of the world’s finest as a result.

While Lovren claiming he’s one of the best defenders in the world might have raised eyebrows, others have also been impressed.

New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac — a former Croatia international himself — has suggested Lovren’s displays have been on par with a star from the last tournament.

“For me, Lovren is playing at a level similar to Jerome Boateng at the 2014 World Cup,” Kovac reportedly praised.

 

Obligatory keeper talk

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)

Reported goalkeeper target Jasper Cillessen will be allowed to leave Barcelona for €30 million, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

The Dutch goalkeeper has been heavily linked with the Reds, though estimations in the transfer fee have ranged wildly.

Now it has been reported that Barca have accepted he wants to leave and are looking at replacements – but that Cillessen has not yet chosen where to ply his trade next term.

Cillessen played second-choice to Marc-Andre ter Stegen again last season, but impressed in the Copa del Rey.

The Reds have given no real indication that they’re in the market for a goalkeeper this summer, leaving Danny Ward and Loris Karius to fight it out in pre-season.

 

Reds may go head-to-head with Everton on Zaha?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goal’s Neil Jones reports that Everton may make a £50 million move for Crystal Palace winger Wilf Zaha as part of a summer overhaul – but Liverpool may follow suit.

Zaha earned plenty of admirers last season as he played a key role for the Eagles, and he won’t come cheap this summer.

Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be interested if there is any possibility of Zaha leaving Selhurst Park, but the Merseyside rivals going head-to-head is another.

 

Reds to profit from World Cup success

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Wednesday, July 11, 2018: England's Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Semi-Final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool will receive around £2 million from FIFA after the sucessful World Cup participation for several players in Russia.

With Dejan Lovren reaching the final with Croatia, plus Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all making the semi finals, Liverpool will profit.

FIFA pays £6,460 per day to clubs for each player released for the tournament in Russia, starting from when players are officially released for the tournament on May 31.

Overall, Liverpool will receive just over £2 million – which is the 12th most for any club, but less than the likes of Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham.

 

Shaqiri announcement imminent

(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 expected to be confirmed as a Liverpool player on either Friday evening or Saturday before the Reds’ play at Bury.

The Swiss winger underwent his medical and media duties at Melwood on Friday and is expected to take up the No.23 shirt recently vacated by Emre Can.


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