We bring you the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, with various European transfer windows closing later this week.
- Liverpool suffer setback as latest plans for Anfield are rejected
- Salah explains situation with Egypt as “non-negotiable” demands are rejected
- Busy week ahead for Liverpool with Champions League draw and plenty more
- Ojo nearing season loan move to France
- Firmino set for leading role with Brazil after frustrating World Cup
Was Oblak Klopp’s First Choice?
Liverpool snapped up Alisson from Roma this summer, with the Brazilian already making a positive impact between the sticks.
“During this summer, Liverpool were the club that was more interested in the situation of the Slovenian goalkeeper of Atletico,” the report reads.
“Those at Anfield, like Jurgen Klopp himself, dropped in some declarations that they saw Oblak as first choice, but they had to remain in the €80 million [limit] with which they could pay for Alisson.”
While Oblak would also have been a superb signing, it looks as though Alisson is the perfect goalkeeper for Liverpool moving forward.
Three successive clean sheets isn’t a bad start!
Reds Benefiting From Throw-In Coach
Klopp has acquired the part-time services of throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark—the world-record holder for the longest throw-in.
In an interview with ESPN, FC Midtjylland boss Glen Riddersholm, who worked with Gronnemark in 2014, discussed the influence he could have at Liverpool:
“I think it’s modern and fresh. I like the approach.
“In football everybody knows almost everything. The small teams with all the wisdom and knowledge that is out there, it’s very difficult not to organise a team, have a good solid plan.
“You need [something] extra. Every aspect is important. From that point of view, I think [the appointment] is smart and understandable.”
It is an intriguing move by Klopp and it will be fascinating to see the impact Gronnemark manages to have.
Milner Defends Scottish Football
It’s fair to say Scottish football isn’t highly thought of when it comes to quality, even though the likes of Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk have proved their worth at Liverpool after stints at Celtic.
“I don’t have experience of Scottish football myself, but I have seen the players who have come down from Scotland over the years and know players who are playing in Scotland now. I think you can see how many good players there are.
“Speaking to any of the young lads who have come up here to get the experience they all say it is fantastic to come up here and have the opportunity play in games of that size with that pressure and that expectation and learn from it. It is brilliant for them.”
Milner was talking ahead of this Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers at Parkhead, which sees Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard go head-to-head as managers.
Wijnaldum Absent From Training?
Liverpool’s players took part in a double training session at Melwood on Tuesday, as they prepare for their trip to Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher, Grabara
Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Phillips, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Clyne, Moreno, Camacho
Midfielders: Keita, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Lallana, Jones
Forwards: Salah, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi, Solanke
It may simply be that the Dutchman didn’t catch the photographers’ attention, however, with no news emerging about him carrying a knock yet.