We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, with the international break tantalisingly close to being over.
- Benitez targeting Liverpool duo for January transfer window
- Alexander-Arnold’s thoughts on his future at right-back
- Contrasting loan fortunes on show this weekend: Loan preview
- The view from Huddersfield ahead of Liverpool visit
- “Liverpool fan” Wilson on free-kicks, Klopp & scoring at Old Trafford
Sturridge On His Favourite Liverpool Goal
Daniel Sturridge‘s recent stunner away to Chelsea was one of his most memorable goals in a Liverpool shirt, taking his tally to 67 for the Reds and 50 in league play.
The striker believes his Stamford Bridge beauty and the superb chip against West Brom in 2013/14 are his two best strikes for the club, although he also spoke about the joy of netting against rivals:
“It’s a toss-up between those two I’d say. I liked the goal against Everton at home a few years ago as well, but I feel like all goals, they all feel great,” Sturridge told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s tough because I feel like goals against certain teams feel different. When you play against Man United, when you play against Everton, those goals feel different to other games.
“Obviously it’s my old club [Chelsea] which I’ve got a lot of respect for, I’ve got some friends that still play there, so you know, that was a nice feeling.
“But I think the goals against Everton if you score and the goals against Man United always feel more special than any other goal I think.”
The striker will be hoping to get the nod to start against Huddersfield this weekend.
Origi Won’t Be Sold On The Cheap
Divock Origi has all but been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, with the Belgian not featuring in a single matchday squad this season.
He will not be allowed to leave on the cheap, however, with the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce confirming that “Liverpool will demand a fee in excess of £20 million” for the striker.
The reports also states that the Reds are expecting an approach from Wolves in the January transfer window, as they look to bolster their attacking options.
It hasn’t worked out for Origi at Liverpool, barring some impressive form at the back-end of 2015/16, and if they can receive a decent fee for him it will be business well done.
Origi turned down Wolves in the summer, while Everton, Newcastle and Besiktas have all been linked with him recently.
Barella Finds Liverpool Interest “Pleasing”
Nicolo Barella has loosely been linked with a move to Liverpool throughout this year, even though nothing concrete has been on show.
The Cagliari favourite admits it is nice to know he is being watched by a host of top clubs, perhaps hinting that a move away suits him.
“I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers,” Barella told Calcio Mercato.
“It’s the agents, presidents and clubs who do that. I only think about Cagliari and to stay up in the league. We’ll see about the rest.
“The interest from big clubs is pleasing, and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”
It is one of those rumours that is refusing to go away, but it still seems unlikely.
Demirbay Links Return
This one feels flimsy at best!
According to Turkish Football—never a source to get too carried away with—Liverpool have “maintained their interest” in Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay.
The 25-year-old Germany international has been tipped to move to Anfield in the past, but like Barella, it has never felt too nailed-on.
Demirbay is represented by the Arena11 sports group, as are Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, but that is unlikely to have too much relevance.
Banned Red Star Fans Heading To Anfield
According to the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe, Red Star Belgrade “are expected to attract a large contingent of away fans when they play at Anfield next week, despite a Uefa ban on travelling support.”
The news has alerted Merseyside Police, who are keen oversee a successful security operation in Liverpool city centre and Anfield on October 24.
Speaking about the situation, Paul White, the match commander superintendent, said:
“We are aware of the UEFA ban on Red Star Belgrade selling tickets for this fixture to their fans.
“We will have a comprehensive policing operation in place, working alongside both clubs and Serbian police, in preparation for this fixture to ensure spectators are kept safe and to smoothly facilitate the movements of those travelling to and from the game.
“There will be additional officers on duty at the ground and we will have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day, to further ensure that spectators and visitors to the city are kept safe.”
Meet Liverpool’s Newest Supporters Clubs
?? From North America to Asia…
Meet our 18 newest Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs. ??#ThisMeansMore pic.twitter.com/GEGAZ73tcm
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2018
Liverpool are one of the most well-followed football teams on the planet, with fans across the globe idolising the Reds.
A video on the club’s official Twitter account has introduced us to some new Supporters Clubs, whether it be Montenegro, Miami, Tanzania or Nigeria.
Speaking from Canada, one Liverpool fanatic says, “no matter where you’re from, we can fill a room full of complete strangers and we can cheer on our team together for a common goal.”
This means more.