We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, as the Reds continue their preparations for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
- Fitness worries the biggest barricade to a reliable centre-back partnership
- Why defending corners will become a threat, not weakness, for the Reds
- Why “unique” Lijnders is “far ahead of his time”
- Reds continue season preparations with 11 vs. 11 training game
- Impact from youngsters gives Klopp “something to think about”
- Watch Salah showcase the art of finishing in new must-see video
Leeds In The Hunt For Grujic
The future of Marko Grujic feels like a daily talking point at the moment and the Reds midfielder has now been linked to another club.
Muhamed Besic appears to be their main transfer target, but Grujic is seen as a strong second option, should a deal for the Everton man not happen.
The loan window remains open until the end of August, so there is still time for a move to come to fruition.
Klopp Discusses His Fearlessness
Jurgen Klopp is known for possessing an aura and bags of charisma, and plenty of that is down to carrying a fearless edge to his character.
Speaking to France Football, Klopp responded to a question asking him if he ever gets scared, to which he brilliantly replied:
“No, never. Fear is never a good thing, even when you have to tell a player that you are not renewing his contract.
“I think I have a natural authority. I have a voice that carries and I am 6ft 3.6ins tall.
I certainly wouldn’t mess with him!
LFC Women’s Club Captain Confirmed
— Liverpool FC Women (@LiverpoolFCW) August 16, 2018
As LFC Women prepare for a new season, Leandra Little has been confirmed as their new club captain for 2018/19.
The 33-year-old joined the Reds from Doncaster Rovers Belles in the summer, where she led them to the FA WSL2 title last season.
Meanwhile, Vicky Jepson has moved from Current Development Squad manager to first-team coach.
Hina Chauhan is the new physiotherapist and Zoe Johnson is joining as Technical Director from Sheffield FC Ladies.
Former Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has joined as the goalkeeping coach.
Praise For Debutant Woodburn
The Welsh teenager scored his spot-kick and Blades manager Chris Wilder praised his all-round performance at Bramall Lane.
“I think Ben grew into the game. It’s his first loan and he played a part in our victory at QPR, and he was good against Hull,” Wilder told The Star.
“Just like you could see Oli Norwood’s experience and quality, you could see glimpses of Ben that he is going to do well for us.”
Striker Billy Sharp also spoke fondly of his young teammate, saying:
“He’s got a lot of talent. He’s come on in two difficult away games [at Boro and QPR] and it was nice to get him a full game against Hull to try and get him up to speed. ”
“He’s a very talented lad and will prove a good signing for us as the season goes on.”
Critchley “Delighted” Brewster Stayed At Liverpool
There were question marks surrounding Rhian Brewster‘s future this summer, with a move to Borussia Monchengladbach strongly rumoured at one point.
The prodigious striker, currently out injured, eventually signed a new deal at Liverpool, with U23s manager Neil Critchley overjoyed at his decision.
“I was delighted,” Critchley told ESPN.
“I always thought he would sign. I never thought there would be any danger of him leaving.
“I know how much he loves being at Liverpool. I know what the people and the club mean to him. I’m absolutely delighted that he’s decided to stay and sees his future at the football club.”
It will be some time before we see Brewster back in action, but he is a striker of enormous promise. He is a future first-teamer.