Another Rabiot twist & why Mane deserves better – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

19 December 2018

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, as the Reds’ clash with Wolves edges nearer.


Today’s Main Headlines

Rabiot to Leave in January?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reports earlier this week suggested Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot had agreed to join Barcelona next summer.

According to L’Equipe, however, the Ligue 1 leaders are actually looking to sell the Frenchman in January, in order to receive a fee for him.

Rabiot is able to leave on a free at the end of the season, which would be a financial blow, considering how highly he is rated.

Liverpool have been linked with the 23-year-old numerous times in recent months—will Jurgen Klopp consider a January bid?


Alisson’s the Best, Says Fabinho

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 2, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Alisson may have spilled the ball for Jesse Lingard’s goal on Sunday, but one mistake doesn’t ignore the fact that he is a world-class goalkeeper.

The 26-year-old’s team-mate and compatriot Fabinho has echoed that sentiment, labelling the Liverpool stopper the best in the country.

“When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” Fabinho told Globo Esporte.

“[Alisson] came to comment, but I said ‘no, bro, let it go’. These things will always happen.

“And what are we going to say about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.

“Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. There is a lot of confidence.”

Alisson has the chance to bounce back at Wolves on Friday night, proving that his United error was a rare blip in an otherwise excellent season.


Why Sadio Deserves Better

BELGRADE, SERBIA - Monday, November 5, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) and Liverpool FC at Stadion Rajko Miti?. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane has arguably been Liverpool’s most consistent attacking player this season, playing a key role in the Reds topping the Premier League.

An eye-opening statistic has emerged courtesy of analyst Andrew Beasley, who took to Twitter to highlight how much of Mane’s good work is going to waste:

The Senegalese has only got one assist to his name in 2018/19, yet he has created a whopping 30 chances for team-mates.

It simply shows how poor Liverpool’s finishing has been when Mane has gift-wrapped an opportunity—his stats could easily look so much better.


Duncan Delighted with “Unbelievable” Winner

BELGRADE, SERBIA - Tuesday, November 6, 2018: Liverpool's Bobby Duncan during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda Under-19's and Liverpool FC Under-19's at ?ukari?ki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bobby Duncan enjoyed a memorable moment for Liverpool on Tuesday night, scoring a last-gasp winner in the U18s’ FA Youth Cup third round win over Portsmouth.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the 3-2 victory, the chart-topping striker couldn’t hide his happiness, saying Liverpool can win the competition this season:

“It was unbelievable.

“Paul [Glatzel] had a great turn in the box and picked me out—I stuck my right foot on it and it went in. It was a hard finish but I got it in the back of the net.

“We’ve got character and desire. The games where we’ve scored last-minute winners [show] we’ve got great desire. I think we’re fitter and stronger than other teams.

“I think we can go all the way, to be honest. We’ve got a great team and we’ve got great players who can come off the bench and change the game for us.”

In 23 games for the U19s and U18s this season, Duncan has now scored 19 and assisted 11.

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