We round up the latest Liverpool FC news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as the Reds prepare to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park tonight.
- Paulo Dybala move ruled out
- How Gerard Houllier’s global revolution began
- Emre Can: No issues with Jurgen Klopp
- Nathaniel Phillips: Who is the young centre-back?
- Tranmere Rovers vs. Liverpool Preview
Roma Will Listen To Alisson Offers
It’s all gone a bit quiet on the Alisson front, with the goalkeeper having a break after Brazil’s World Cup exit.
Roma sporting director Monchi has confirmed that the Serie A giants will consider offers for the 25-year-old..
“He has the same chance of staying as all the other players we have not received any offers for.
“If one arrives, we will study it and make a decision. We are working out when he will return to training after his post-World Cup holiday; ready to do even better than he did last season for us.’ Monchi told reporters.
Dybala Rumours Dismissed
Rumours appeared last week about the possibility of Liverpool signing Paulo Dybala from Juventus, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Turin edges closer.
Having seemed flaky at best, more reports emerged on Tuesday night, with Futbol Mercado claiming the Reds were willing to pay £85 million for the Argentine this summer.
Dybala is a world-class talent who would be a stunning signing – an even better option than Nabil Fekir in a No.10 role – but this still has to be taken with a huge pinch of salt.
The source is far from the most reliable and Juventus would surely not be willing to sell such a prized asset, regardless of Ronaldo’s arrival.
The Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce was quick to dismiss the rumours, saying Liverpool “have no intention of pursuing a deal” for the forward.
Wijnaldum Linked with Turkey Move
According to Turkish paper A Spor, Wijnaldum is considering his Liverpool future, with a move to Fenerbahce a possibility.
The Turkish giants’ manager, Phillip Cocu, gave Wijnaldum the PSV Eindhoven captaincy during their time together in their homeland, so a reunion could appeal.
This seems massively unlikely and the Turkish media seem to have linked every Liverpool squad player with a move to Fenerbahce this summer.
Finn Was Offered U18s Job
According to reports in TV2, Liverpool wanted Finnish coach Simo Valakari to take over from Steven Gerrard.
Valakari, who is currently in charge of Norwegian side Tromso and apparently visited the Reds’ academy in March, turned down the opportunity though as he wants to remain as a first-team coach.
Liverpool instead appointed from within with Barry Lewtas‘ promotion from the Under-16s being confirmed last month.
Interestingly, it’s also said that Tromso looked at opportunities for a collaboration with Liverpool, which could include loan players.
No Deals For Brendan
The Liverpool Echo claim that the Reds will allow no youngsters to join Celtic this summer, “after seeing how Brendan Rodgers’ side used loan signings last season”.
Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda both struggled for playing time after temporary moves from Man City and Chelsea respectively, and there is a fear that the same could happen to someone like Harry Wilson, for example.
A loan bid for the Welshman has already been rejected.
Head of Nutrition Gives Fascinating Insight
Klopp has built a great backroom staff at Melwood, with Head of Nutrition, Mona Nemmer, one of those to have added a great deal since moving to Merseyside from Bayern Munich two years ago.
In an interesting interview, Nemmer spoke about a number of subjects, including the different dietary demands of each individual player:
“We always try to have a look at the whole picture and then of course we react. So there are players who ask for nutritional support [over the summer], which can be anything – it can be a plan, or a special supplements package, or it can also be a chef who travels with them, which is a very special kind of support.
“We can help the player in any way to keep him stable and balanced, and also to make sure that nutrition is not something that bothers him. But there are also players who simply don’t need any big support; they know what is good for them, they know how to deal with an off-season, they know how to deal with their training sessions they plan themselves.
“So it’s quite individual. Whenever we come to the end of a season, we start from new in planning these things. We can’t use the sheet from last year and say ‘we’ll just do it this way again’, so we try to always be on top of that and be really careful in observing what the players’ individual needs are.”
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