Alisson’s squad number, Ojo’s fee & Mignolet’s quandary – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

2 August 2018

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, with the Reds preparing for Saturday’s pre-season clash with Napoli in Dublin.


 

No Interest Yet In Mignolet

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 9, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks dejected as his side lose 5-0 during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Simon Mignolet will not be a Liverpool player come the end of the summer, but then again, time is ticking on that front.

The Belgian has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jurgen Klopp, but as of yet a potential suitor has not been willing to meet the Reds’ demands for the goalkeeper.

That’s according to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, who took to his Twitter account to say:

“So far no takers for Mignolet at £12m. LFC may have to lower asking price or sanction a loan.”

It would be a genuine surprise if Mignolet remained at Anfield this season, but on current evidence a loan move appears more likely.

That’s not ideal, but it may make sense for the time being.

 

Alisson Likely To Wear No.13

Klopp doesn’t just sign excellent footballers, he signs human beings with great values.

Liverpool’s record-breaking signing Alisson looks to be ticking both of those boxes, with the Brazilian set to take the No.13 shirt instead of the No.1 jersey from Loris Karius.

According to Esporte, the 25-year-old “opted not to” choose No.1 despite seemingly being given the choice, reading the situation and understanding the impact it may have on Karius.

It’s a classy gesture from the Brazilian, who is set to make his unofficial Liverpool debut against Napoli on Saturday evening.

 

Liverpool Open To Selling Ojo Permanently

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo celebrates scoring the second goal during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Unlike Mignolet, Sheyi Ojo has been expected to leave Liverpool on loan this summer, rather than departing the club for good.

Goal‘s Neil Jones claims that a permanent exit is now looking possible, however, “despite Jurgen Klopp‘s assertion the club only wanted to send him on loan.”

The £15million-rated winger is wanted by West Brom, who are about to embark on a promotion push in the Championship, having finished bottom of the Premier League last season.

Also interested are Stoke City, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.

 

Lallana’s Warning To Man City

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 19, 2018: Liverpool's Adam Lallana during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adam Lallana loves an interview and his latest chinwag with the press has seen him bullish about Liverpool’s title chances.

The 30-year-old told the Liverpool Echo about his hopes of hunting down Man City in 2018/19, admitting the Reds have what it takes to go to the next level:

“Of course we are going to be in the pack who want to chase down City.

“Hopefully Liverpool and three or four of the other top teams can squeeze a few more points out of City this year and that would make it more interesting.

“It’s a really exciting time, I’m delighted to be at a top club like Liverpool that are going to be challenging for trophies again and I’m looking forward to playing for England again.

“For my club, I just want to take the next step now. We have been in a few finals that we haven’t been victorious in and that needs to change.

“We’ve got all the ingredients there – the experience we have gained and the squad we have put together. The signs are really good for us to go the next step.”

That’s the spirit!

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