We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as the Reds prepare for Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Watch Klopp’s pre-Everton press conference in full
Previewing Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
- Klopp doesn’t “see any problems in midfield” despite recent criticism
The boss took a stubborn approach at Melwood.
- Liverpool expect “proper fight” in toughest derby yet
Klopp believes this is Everton‘s “best squad” since he joined.
- QUIZ: How well do you know the Merseyside derby?
Can you get at least 10 out of 12?
- Matip hints at possible exit in future – but remains committed to Liverpool
A lack of regular football could become an issue.
- Kane aiming for FA Cup success in big weekend for Liverpool’s loanees
Can the youngster continue his superb form?
- All you need to know ahead of the Premier League weekend
A trio of derbies to shake up the top-four fight.
Loan Limit Set to Be Reduced
According to the Times, Premier League clubs will be required to drastically reduced the number of players sent out on loan from the 2020/21 season.
And while FIFA are “yet to decide on the precise level of the loan cap,” they are “understood to have agreed that the number should be between six and eight, with only two players allowed to go to any one club.”
Liverpool currently have 16 squad members out on loan, including Harry Wilson, who is enjoying a superb spell at Derby.
That is nothing compared to Chelsea, though, who have a frankly ridiculous 39 players plying their trade elsewhere.
City to Rival Reds for Youngster
Man City are tracking the progress of reported Liverpool target Houssem Aouar, according to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness.
Pep Guardiola was impressed with the Lyon youngster’s showing in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with the Premier League champions, describing him as “an incredible player.”
Liverpool are thought to remain right in the hunt for Aouar, though, along with Arsenal and Chelsea.
The 20-year-old’s contract at Lyon runs until the summer of 2023, but they appear to be resigned to losing him far earlier than that.
Ancelotti Dismisses Anfield Factor
Carlo Ancelotti is the latest to tempt fate and seemingly play down the impact of Anfield on a European night, joining an illustrious list of names in the process.
Speaking about his Napoli side’s crucial Champions League clash with Liverpool on December 11, the legendary Italian manager appeared to brush aside the threat the Reds pose.
“We must go to Anfield with courage and play our game,” he said.
“Now let’s think about the Serie A game at Atalanta on Monday, which will be more difficult than Liverpool.”
Let’s hope Ancelotti’s words come back to haunt him, as they did the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Leroy Sane last season.
No Issue Between Gerrard & Ejaria
There were reports suggesting Ovie Ejaria was dropped for Rangers’ 0-0 draw with Villarreal on Thursday because he was late for training earlier in the week.
Manager Steven Gerrard has laughed off claims, however, saying the issue has long been resolved and it played no part in Ejaria’s omission at Ibrox.
“Someone made me aware before the game that he was apparently dropped because he was late a couple of days ago,” Gerrard told the Daily Record.
“He was late a couple of days ago but he came to me and apologised and now the matter is closed
“I wouldn’t drop a player for being late, players are human beings, sometimes they make mistakes, miss a bus or miss a train.
“I’m not going to drop someone for a European fixture or such a big game just because they were late, no chance.”
Latest on Loan Star Kane’s Future
Herbie Kane has been in fantastic form for Doncaster this season, scoring five goals in his last five games.
Manager Grant McCann told the Doncaster Free Press that his future is clouded at the moment, however, with much depending on whether or not the youngster signs a new deal at Liverpool:
“It’ll be addressed one way or the other over the next two or three weeks. I think they’re quite close [to agreeing a new deal]. I think Liverpool want Herbie to agree to a new deal.
“The deal at the minute is not suitable for Herbie and his agent.The reality of it is if he doesn’t sign that deal he’ll go back to Liverpool U23s.
“If he does the sign the deal then he stays here until the end of the season. So we’re in the middle of it a little bit and we’re hoping it’ll get sorted.
“Financially for Doncaster Rovers it’s not a problem. Liverpool are not asking a lot more from us to keep Herbie here. That’s not the problem.”
It would be a massive blow for Doncaster to lose such a key man—Kane has been influential in them sitting seventh in League One—and hopefully the Reds tie the midfielder down to a new contract—for their own benefit too.