Origi’s next move & a possible Reds replacement – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

30 October 2018

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, with Jurgen Klopp linked with an interesting January addition in Iker Muniain.


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Origi Wanted By Wolves

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Liverpool's Divock Origi during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Divock Origi appears to have no long-term future at Liverpool, with Juventus even touted with an interest on Monday, in what would be a shock deal.

According to the Birmingham Express & Star, the striker “is on Wolves’ shortlist as they eye up a striker in January.”

Liverpool want a minimum of £20 million for the out-of-favour Belgian, who is yet to make a first-team appearance this season.

It is worth noting that Wolves had a bid accepted for Origi in the summer transfer window, only for him to reportedly turn down the move.

Klopp recently hailed his application in training, and he has been included in the past two matchday squads, so he could still have a future on Merseyside.


Keita Discusses “Special” Klopp

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp prepares to bring on substitute Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Naby Keita is nearing his return from a hamstring injury, as he aims for top form after a solid but unspectacular start.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, the Guinean has touched upon his respect for Jurgen Klopp and how “special” it is to play under him:

“It is really special to have him as a coach.

“He is open, you can talk to him and he’s not there for just one player, he’s there for all of us.

“He is not focusing on one or another player; he is focusing on all of us. He cares and he looks after all of us.

“It’s a real pleasure to play for him.”

Keita will hope to be in contention for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal, although it is likely that a substitutes’ role is the best he can hope for, should he be fit.


Reds Linked With Spanish Attacker

02.10.2011, Stadion Anoeta, San Sebastian Donostia, ESP, Primera Division, Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao, im Bild Athletic de Bilbao's Iker Muniain // during Primera Division football match between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian Donostia, Spain on 2/10/2011. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Alterphoto/ Acero +++++ ATTENTION - OUT OF SPAIN/(ESP) +++++

Iker Muniain has been tipped for greatness from a young age, but he is yet to quite hit the heights expected of him.

The 25-year-old Athletic Bilbao favourite remains a top attacking player, however, and Liverpool are believed to be interested in him.

That’s according to Marca, via Sport Witness, with the Reds and Napoli two clubs who have supposedly “already made offers” for Muniain, whose contract expires next summer.

Capable of thriving out wide or more centrally, the Spaniard could be an alternative to Nabil Fekir, and a possible replacement for Origi.

However, there would be an element of risk with any potential move, considering he has flattered to deceive over the years.


Salah Hailed as an “Icon” by UFC Champ

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 27, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah has millions of admirers around the world, with the Egyptian establishing himself as a household name over the last 12 months.

One of those offering praise to Salah is UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has lauded his personality over anything.

“I never met him before but I follow him, he is a great player and we need more people like him to reflect our ethics and presents properly to the rest of the world,” Nurmagomedov told the Al Ittihad newspaper.

“He made a name of himself because he is disciplined. I feel that Allah is by his side.

“The new generations need those who are like Mohamed Salah to learn more about how you can be modest, no matter how famous and innovative you are.

“He’s an icon that we should take care of and help reach more success. I admire him and admire the ethics he is spreading every day in Europe.”

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