We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, with less than 24 hours until the Reds face Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Watch Jurgen Klopp’s pre-Bournemouth press conference in full
The Liverpool manager on good form at Melwood.
- Good and bad news as Jurgen Klopp updates on Liverpool injuries
Clyne and Lovren out vs. Bournemouth, Mane a major doubt.
- “I have a plan” – Jurgen Klopp on options at right-back while Joe Gomez is out
Camacho, Milner and Fabinho right-back options?
- Joe Gomez’s message to fans after injury – “Be back stronger soon”
Nice to see the youngster in good spirits.
- The view from Bournemouth
“Xherdan Shaqiri is one of those who always seems to score against us”.
- Premier League Weekend Preview
Can Chelsea halt Man City and aid Liverpool’s title bid?
Wilson “Unlikely” To Return Early
Harry Wilson is “unlikely” to be recalled from his loan spell with Derby County in January, despite Liverpool having the option to do so.
The Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce claims the 21-year-old will remain with Frank Lampard’s side until May – something that will benefit all concerned.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be “delighted” with how Wilson is progressing at Derby, with the forward winning the club’s last three Goal of the Month awards.
On current evidence, the Wales international will return to Liverpool and become a key squad member from next season onwards.
Grujic Could Extend Hertha Stay
Marko Grujic says he would like to stay at Hertha Berlin for another year, as long as they reach the Europa League.
“In the long term I would like to prevail at Liverpool,” Grujic told SportBild.
“But if we qualify for the Europa League with Hertha, I see a good chance that I will stay one more year.”
Grujic signed a new contract at Liverpool shortly before he left on loan during the summer, and is seen as an important player in the long-term at Anfield.
It will be interesting to see how Klopp deals with the situation, should seventh-place Hertha make it into Europe at the end of the season.
Strike Pairing Linked With Milan
Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi may have both started against Burnley in midweek, but they are being tipped for a move away from Liverpool.
According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan are showing an interest in the Reds duo.
The Serie A giants have been linked with re-signing former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Sturridge and Origi are also under consideration.
Don’t read too much into it, with Sturridge an important squad member and Origi more likely to move elsewhere in January, if at all.
Matip Urges Reds To “Keep Going”
Joel Matip has told Liverpoolfc.com that the Reds must not rest on their laurels during this excellent run of form, continuing their current level of focus:
“I think the team did it very well directly from the beginning [of the season] and we stay together until the last second.
“We fight for every point and we are on a good way. It’s something that you can be proud of, but it’s nothing we can rest on.
“It’s a good base and we have to keep going.”
Matip is set to be an important player during the festive period, with Joe Gomez ruled out for six weeks with a broken leg.
There are doubts surrounding the Cameroonian’s worth, but this is the perfect time for him to prove his critics wrong.
Canos Discusses Liverpool Struggles
Sergi Canos never managed to make the grade at Liverpool, despite his obvious talent.
Speaking to inews.co.uk, the Spaniard has opened up about his struggles when he first joined the Reds, notably local players’ attitudes towards him:
“I wouldn’t change anything in my life, anything, but I did regret the first six months at Liverpool. ‘Why? Why did I come here?!’
“But now, I am so glad. Liverpool made me into a man and showed me what football was.
“I came to Liverpool and I could feel, ‘this guy from Spain has come to take my position’ from those who have played for Liverpool for a long time.
“First of all, I didn’t want to take anyone’s position, I just wanted to enjoy it and to be happy, but I could feel that they were not as comfortable with me. When I knew more English and could communicate better, I was more integrated into the group.”
Canos is now plying his trade in the Championship with Brentford, where he has become a key figure since arriving from Norwich City in 2017.
Klopp Up For Manager Of The Month
Klopp continues to go from strength to strength in the Liverpool hot-seat and he is in the running for November’s Premier League Manager of the Month award.
The only points the Reds dropped in the league were away to Arsenal, with victories against Fulham and Watford secured.
Only one goal was conceded in those three matches, as Liverpool keep in touch with a relentless Man City outfit at the top of the table.
Klopp is up against former Reds boss Rafa Benitez and great friend David Wagner for the award, as well as Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Marco Silva.
You can vote for Klopp here.