Youngster “edging closer” to exit, Robertson’s gesture lauded – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as a weekend of international football and a Legends tie approaches.

Today’s Main Headlines

Adekanye Close to Lazio Move

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Friday, August 24, 2018: Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bobby Adekanye is “edging closer” to a move to Lazio, according to Goal’s Neil Jones on Twitter.

The young winger will leave on a free transfer in July, with Corrieire dello Sport claiming a four-year deal could be agreed with a salary of around £8,000 a week, even though the player wants three years and Lazio want five.

Although Adekanye has another unnamed club also expressing an interest, his heart appears to be set on a move to Italy.

The 20-year-old looks set to team up with Alberto Moreno at Lazio, with the Spaniard also expected to complete a summer transfer to the Serie A side to follow Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva.

Rice Hails “Leader” Henderson

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 19, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Declan Rice has emerged as a threat to Jordan Henderson‘s international place, having switched his allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England.

The highly rated West Ham midfielder knows he has his work cut out, however, praising the Liverpool captain’s quality and leadership ability.

“Training against Henderson, he’s a proper leader, working really hard and talking, so everyone has got to put in a shift,” he told the Hammers’ official website.

Henderson could start for the Three Lions on Friday night, when Gareth Southgate’s side host the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

Robertson’s Brilliant Gesture Lauded

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 8, 2018: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A lovely story emerged after Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, with Andy Robertson giving his shirt to young fan Ben Forbes.

In an interview with LiverpoolFC.com, his dad Michael spoke about the gesture, and what it meant to his eight-year-old son:

“It was his first ever away game. That’s a special occasion in itself.

“We were around row 10 and when it got to injury time, we wandered down to the front; the full-time whistle went and I stuck him on my shoulders and was waving my arms to get their attention.

“Milner came over first and gave his shirt to a kid a few feet down from us—fair enough.

“Then Robbo came over and good on him, he gave his shirt straight to Ben. It was just one of the best moments of his life, one he’ll never forget.”

It is a moment that the youngster will forever cherish and it continues to show what a likeable character Robertson is—perhaps the most popular current Liverpool player.

Reds Interested in Middlesbrough Youngster?

According to TEAMtalk, Liverpool are keen on bringing in exciting Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi.

The Championship club appear to be resigned to losing the winger this summer, with the Reds and Newcastle both touted with acquiring his signature.

It is Ligue 1 side Rennes who are the current front-runners, however, after Boro failed to agree a new deal with the 18-year-old.

It is one to keep an eye on.

Rooney Dreading Liverpool Title Win

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 18, 2017: Everton's Wayne Rooney during the FA Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are many who are dreading the thought of Liverpool being crowned Premier League champions in May—none more so than Wayne Rooney.

The former Everton and Man United striker has admitted he “couldn’t bear” to see the Reds sealing glory in May, such would be the reaction that comes with it:

“It’s a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head to head for the title.

“I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn’t bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian.

“I remember in 2005 they won the Champions League and they’re still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that!”

That should only make us even more desperate for the 29-year wait for a title come to an end!

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