We round all the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, following the euphoric 1-0 victory over Napoli in the Champions League.
Today’s Main Headlines
- How Champions League progress aids Liverpool’s title hunt
No Thursday night football!
- Grujic suffers latest setback in bittersweet loan spell at Hertha
Another blow for the in-form midfielder.
- Van Dijk eyeing success after Champions League win
“It’s a great time to be at Liverpool.”
- How the Liverpool squad reacted to reaching the last 16
Including real professionalism from Mignolet.
- Klopp hails Liverpool’s ‘lifesaver’ Alisson
An incredible save from the goalkeeper on Tuesday.
Liverpool Trio Undergo Fitness Tests Ahead of Sunday
Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp provided a vague update on their fitness, with the manager unclear as to the extent of their issues.
Matip headed straight to hospital after the game for a scan on his shoulder, however, while Alexander-Arnold underwent one on his foot on Wednesday.
During his press conference, Klopp explained that Milner had cramp, which suggests the vice-captain will be fit to feature, having been replaced by Fabinho after 85 minutes.
Irish Reds Make Incredible Donation to Sean Cox
Liverpool supporter Sean Cox remains in rehabilitation for life-changing injuries suffered in an attack from Roma ultras ahead of April’s Champions League tie at Anfield.
The father of three has returned to his native Ireland, but requires long-term treatment that has a major impact on his family as well as himself, prompting friend Gus Lynch to set up a fundraising page on GoFundMe.
Klopp, Peter Moore and Michael Edwards are among those to make sizeable donations, while the club made a big contribution throughout the 4-1 win over Cardiff in October.
On Wednesday, Lynch announced that the Irish Liverpool Reds, led by Emmet Kavanagh, raised a phenomenal €83,509 for the cause.
This is the second-largest single donation to the Sean Cox Fund so far, with Roma providing €100,000, while president James Pallotta made a personal donation of €50,000. The fund stands at over €500,000 at time of writing.
To make a donation to support Sean or to share the GoFundMe page, click here.
Klopp Extends Brilliant European Record
This ensures the Reds’ top-tier European campaign will continue into the second half of the season, and it also extended a brilliant record for Klopp.
Klopp has certainly restored Fortress Anfield, having already surpassed Barcelona with the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five leagues back in November.
Van Dijk Defends ‘Red Card’ Tackle on Mertens
But the Dutchman was involved in a contentious call from referee Damir Skomina when he won the ball from an onrushing Dries Mertens in the centre circle on 13 minutes, with his challenge then connecting with the Belgian’s ankle.
But the centre-back refuted this claim when speaking to ESPN, saying “I don’t think it was a bad challenge at all.”
“Unfortunately I touched him, but I would never go in to hurt him or anything like that,” he explained.
“I had the ball and obviously [with] the wet pitch you slide through and I touched him, but that’s football.”
Obviously, this conflicts with Klopp’s argument after Joe Gomez suffered a fractured leg following a clean sliding tackle from Ben Mee at Burnley earlier this month, but either way, Van Dijk will now miss the first leg of the last 16.
“I was a bit disappointed about that,” he added, “but we have plenty of quality players to fill my gap.”