We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as time without a Reds game begins to drag.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Jurgen Klopp’s latest on Trent injury contradicts previous update – and bad news on Joe Gomez
Not the most positive update from the boss.
- Daniel Sturridge proves he’s a top pro when questioned on his Liverpool future
“You’ve got to live in the present, you can never live in the future”.
- “Busted!” – Gini Wijnaldum’s hilarious encounter with a fan after being spotted on flight
The midfielder reveals his encounter with a fan on social media.
- Sadio Mane sets record straight with real thoughts on Premier League title race
No fake quotes this time around!
- The amazing figures which show how well Jurgen Klopp is doing at Liverpool
The German has been an remarkable appointment by the Reds.
- Top journalist explains how Liverpool invested up to £200m in change of long-term strategy
The Moneyball approach paying dividends at Anfield.
- A big day for Kamil Grabara, Marko Grujic’s brilliant loan quirk and Herbie Kane creating history
As many as 11 Liverpool loanees could be in action this weekend.
- QUIZ: Can you name Liverpool’s top 20 goalscorers in the Premier League at Anfield?
Does the clinical Jamie Carragher make the list?
- Liverpool U23s beat Swansea as Premier League International Cup hopes hang in the balance
Forgotten man Lazar Markovic finds the net for Reds youngsters.
Key duo miss training
Liverpool returned from Dubai earlier in the week and after a day off for the players, they were back in training at Melwood on Friday – ahead of next Wednesday’s home match against Leicester City.
Friday saw bad news on both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez‘s injuries – with neither looking likely to feature in the next three league games – and there was also bad news with Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho missing training.
Thankfully, the duo were missing due to illness and their time out will only be brief.
Premier League interest in Wilson?
The 21-year-old is having a season to remember on loan at Derby County, scoring 12 goals – most of them from distance – and spearheading the Rams’ promotion push.
It is still unknown whether or not he will become a squad player with the Reds next season, with Jurgen Klopp set to make a big decision in the summer.
Wilson won’t be without suitors, with his future surely lying at a Premier League club of some kind.
Milner’s best European night
Speaking on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter, the 33-year-old said the 4-3 victory over Klopp’s former side in 2015/16 tops the pile:
“One of the best nights at Anfield – everyone will say City and things like that – was the Dortmund game.
“It was just one of those. We looked down and out. There was no way of coming back.
“They were a very, very good team. Then you get one goal and then you get a bit of belief in the ground and then the next.
“Obviously, the way we scored the last goal – at the Kop end – and the whole roof comes off.”
Salah social media ‘mystery’ solved
There was mystery surrounding Mohamed Salah deleting both his Twitter and Instagram accounts earlier in the week, with a cryptic message saying, “2019 Resolution: Time to get in touch, for real”.
The Egyptian posted a photo on Friday, however, announcing his return to the social media game:
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) January 25, 2019
It turns out it was all to do with an advertising campaign for courier company DHL. The campaign will see supporters from Africa and the Middle East compete to send Salah gifts, with the 26-year-old receiving the 50 best personally.
Reds get Bonucci’s backing
Liverpool face Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 next month and someone who expects the Reds to progress is Juventus legend Leonardo Bonucci.
The centre-back has tipped Klopp’s men as one of his quartet of favourites to win the competition, including his formidable Juve side.
“I think there are four favourites: Barcelona, City, Juventus and Liverpool. Teams with an identity,” Bonucci told Sky Sport.
“The Champions League can be very surprising. Look at Liverpool, they were underdogs last season and they reached the final.”
The whole of Europe fears the Reds these days – quite a contrast to when Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 victory at Anfield back in 2014/15.
Rangers’ Liverpool connection continues
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Firth is the latest player with Reds ties to join the Steven Gerrard revolution at Rangers.
The 22-year-old has moved to the Scottish giants on an 18-month deal from England National League side Barrow, subject to international clearance.
Firth was part of Liverpool’s Academy, working under Gerrard before exiting the club in July 2018.
Carragher a busy man
Lifelong Liverpool fan Bernard Sheridan celebrates his 104th birthday today, following his heartwarming trip to Anfield last weekend.
Jamie Carragher visited Bernard on his big day, sharing a touching photograph on his Instagram account.
The Reds legend is an in-demand man, with his foundation, 23 Foundation, teaming up with BOSS Night for a special event in aid of Sean Cox.
Carragher will be interviewed by renowned Liverpool journalist Brian Reade at Hinterlands in the Baltic Triangle on Saturday, February 9.
Those present will also be able to take part in a Q&A with the ex-centre-back and there will be music provided by Jamie Webster and Mel Bowen.