After Liverpool’s Premier League title tilt continued with a 2-0 win at Cardiff, we round up the latest news and transfer rumours on Easter Monday.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Football website forced to apologise for baseless report on LFC fans
Another example of the state of modern journalism.
- Grabara’s penalty save takes headlines as loanees suffer mixed injury fate
A big performance from the young Red in Denmark.
- Van Dijk & Gini explain decisive half-time discussion at Cardiff
This changed the game for Liverpool.
- Reds need “100 percent” finish – but Van Dijk still holds hope of “favour”
“Our next challenge is going to be on Friday, so we’ll see.”
More Tiresome Claims Over Salah & Klopp
Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stressed his belief in the core of his current Liverpool squad as being the foundation for the club’s long-term success, and therefore is unlikely to conduct major business this summer.
Reports from Spanish publication AS claimed last week that Salah had fallen out with Klopp, and was seeking a move away from Merseyside.
This was quickly quashed by Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas, who took to Twitter to quip: “Talking out of their AS again I see.”
But despite this, Telefoot journalist Frederic Calenge has now claimed, according to Get French Football News, that Salah “no longer really gets on” with Klopp, again linking him with Real.
Thankfully common sense should prevail here, particularly as this is a French journalist discussing the future of an Egyptian player and a possible switch from England to Spain…
Fabinho Thanks Fans for Injury Concern
Regardless, it was welcoming to see the midfielder take to Twitter to confirm that “everything’s good,” as he looks forward to getting back into action:
Obrigado por todas as mensagens e preocupação. Está tudo bem comigo e estou muito feliz pela nossa vitória. Vamos continuar nossa luta até o fim!
Thanks for all the messages and concern. Everything's good and I'm very happy with our win. We'll keep fighting until the end!
“Thanks for all the messages and concern,” he wrote. “Everything’s good and I’m very happy with our win. We’ll keep fighting until end!”
The hope will be that Fabinho is able to return for Friday night’s visit of Huddersfield, but given the nature of his injury no risks should be taken.
Camacho to Hold Talks with Benfica
Academy youngster Rafa Camacho is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, after seemingly growing frustrated with his role at the club.
This is despite being only 18, training regularly with the first team, making his debut in January and being considered a useful squad member by Klopp.
The Reds are reported to value Camacho at around £10 million, with Wolves, RB Leipzig and former club Sporting CP credited with an interest, along with Benfica.
And according to Portuguese publication Record, Camacho’s representatives “will meet” the Primeira Liga side to discuss a possible deal “in the coming days.”
Camacho was born in Lisbon, but is an avid supporter of Benfica’s rivals, Sporting.
Rafa “Can’t Win” Newcastle’s Clash with Liverpool
Liverpool have just three games left in the Premier League season: Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H).
The trip to St James’ Park comes next Saturday, but supporters hoping for a favour from Rafa Benitez will be disappointed, according to the man himself.
“That is a game that I can’t win,” he conceded:
“If we win, they will say: ‘Oh, [he should be helping us].’ And, if you lose: ‘Oh, he was not giving everything.’
“I will not talk too much about this game until it comes around. I was in Liverpool winning trophies. Why? Because I was professional and I was fighting against anyone.
“Some people will criticise me because I was fighting against Manchester United.
“It’s my job to do the best for my team, and I will try to do the best for my team [against Liverpool], that’s it.”
The clash with Newcastle has been moved following our progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League, and will now be a 7.45pm kickoff (BST).
Fowler Set for Brisbane Roar Job
Robbie Fowler has been open about his desire to move into management, and the Liverpool legend is now set to be given his first big opportunity.
The 44-year-old is believed to have flown to Australia on Monday and will be unveiled as manager of the A-League side on Tuesday.
He “impressed Brisbane Roar powerbrokers with his depth of knowledge about the team, the A-League and his plans moving forward,” which has seen him beat “a number of more experienced candidates” to the job.
Fowler was briefly player-coach for Thai outfit Muangthong United in 2012, and played for both North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory in the A-League in the twilight of his career.
Adekanye “80% Decided on Lazio
It should be considered a low-profile deal, but the future of Bobby Adekanye has become something of a saga for the Italian press.
This is likely largely due to the efforts of his agent, who has previously secured free transfers to Barcelona and Liverpool in the 20-year-old’s short career so far, no doubt earning a considerable fee for his services in doing so.
Lazio are believed to be Adekanye’s most likely destination, but he has been continually linked with a host of other clubs as he delays a decision.
But speaking to Corriere dello Sport, the Dutchman confirmed he is “interested in the proposal” made by the Serie A side after holding talks with director Igli Tare in Rome.
“How close I am to Lazio? Eighty percent,” Adekanye continued. “I still have to make the final decision with my agent and my family. Soon you will know.”
We await the uncapped youngster’s announcement with bated breath.