Brewster’s return & Moreno linked with European giant – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as the Reds prepare for the 233rd Merseyside derby.

Today’s Main Headlines

Brewster Returning to Full Training

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Liverpool's Rhian Brewster during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rhian Brewster is expected to return to full training next week, with the Liverpool Echo claiming he will make a “significant step forward in his rehabilitation.”

The young striker has suffered cruel luck with injuries, not featuring since January of last year and requiring knee and ankle surgeries.

Having taken part in light training in recent weeks, Brewster will now train with his team-mates properly for the first time in over a year.

Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of the 18-year-old and sees him as someone who can become a fixture in his first-team squad over time.

He won’t be rushed back, however, with the club handling his progress carefully.

Barcelona Interested in Moreno

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to Spanish publication Sport, via Sport Witness, Alberto Moreno remains a summer target for Barcelona.

The Liga leaders are looking to add depth at left-back and Liverpool’s eccentric Spaniard appears to fit the bill.

Moreno is almost certain to leave Anfield at the end of the season and a return home is likely to appeal, especially to such a prestigious club.

It is far from set in stone, however, with Arsenal‘s Nacho Monreal and Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis also seen as options.

Liverpool Pair up for Awards

Virgil Van Dijk celebrates vs Watford ( James Wilson/Sportimage/PA Images)

Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane have been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.

Van Dijk has continued his colossal form at the back for Liverpool and even scored twice against Watford in midweek.

The Dutchman is now the odds-on favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award—something Andy Robertson championed on Thursday—and he is also in the running for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month.

Mane has hit form at a key time, scoring the Reds’ last four opening goals and netting an outrageous backheeled strike on Wednesday.

Also up for the award are Sergio Aguero, Ashley Barnes, Sean Longstaff, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Wilfried Zaha.

You can vote for the Liverpool pair here.

Statistic Outlines Liverpool’s Brilliance

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield (Richard Sellers/PA Wire/PA Images)

Liverpool are still a point clear of Man City at the top of the Premier League with 10 matches remaining, ahead of a nail-biting run-in.

Klopp’s side have now led the way in the league for 102 days this season—the first time they have broken the 100-day mark since 1990/91 (163 days), according to Opta.

It is proof of what a spectacular campaign this has been by the Reds, regardless of what happens between now and the middle of May.

To have been top for such a sizeable chunk of the season, against a potentially all-time great Man City side, is testament to their consistent brilliance.

Mind Games From Zabaleta & Sterling?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 1, 2015: Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The mind games appear to be well underway in the Premier League title race, if Pablo Zabaleta’s recent comments are anything to go by.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Man City right-back says Liverpool’s “tense” supporters could end up having a negative effect on the team:

“When the team is not playing well, it seems the fans are a little bit tense.

“That can make it difficult for the players to concentrate and play well.

“Some of the Liverpool fans have been waiting for that Premier League medal.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 15, 2018: Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Everton FC at the Etihad Stadium, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, ex-Reds forward Raheem Sterling has said similar, hinting to Sky Sports that the supporters didn’t always help matters back in 2013/14:

“When I was there I did feel a lot more pressure than when I’m here, with matchdays and the fans.

“I think that they get to us a little bit. We were in control and we had the opportunity to see it through but we didn’t do that.”

They certainly put off the players on Wednesday night, didn’t they lads?

Dalglish to Manage Reds Again

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 31, 2015: Liverpool's non-executive director Kenny Dalglish before the Premier League match against West Ham United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sir Kenny Dalglish will return to the Anfield dugout later this month, taking charge of the LFC Legends in their clash with AC Milan Glorie.

The much-anticipated charity match takes place at Anfield on March 23 (3pm GMT) and Dalglish is looking forward to the occasion:

“I certainly didn’t expect to be taking on a manager role again, but it’s all for such a great cause.

“Like myself, the boys are happy to turn up and support the LFC Foundation, which helps thousands of less fortunate children and young people every year.

“LFC Legends games are always popular, with sell-out crowds who come to see their heroes play.

“It’s also the perfect opportunity for young fans, the future generation of the club, to enjoy the famous atmosphere of Anfield, which many won’t have had the pleasure of before.”

It promises to be a star-studded spectacle, with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher among those playing for Liverpool and the likes of Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka representing Milan.

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