We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, on the eve of the Reds’ Champions League clash with Barcelona.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool confirm 23-man squad to travel to Barcelona
A huge Champions League semi-final is almost upon us.
- Massive boost for Liverpool as Firmino joins squad in training
Great news ahead of the Reds’ trip to Barcelona.
- The best photos as Liverpool train ahead Barcelona semi-final
The players are put through their paces at Melwood.
- Liverpool’s gesture to allow Oxlade-Chamberlain to make up for lost time
The returning midfielder is set for a contract extension.
- Watch Liverpool duo Salah & Lovren in brilliant new Bezzies video
The ‘Bromance’ is strong with these two!
- Van Dijk looking to erase tough memories of Barcelona
The centre-back is also out to avoid “holiday” attitude.
- 18/19 Champions League earnings are already up on last season
The Reds continue to thrive financially.
Pepe To Make Announcement On Future
Nicolas Pepe is one of Europe’s most exciting young wide players, having shone at Lille this season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions.
The Ivorian has been linked with a summer move to Liverpool, with a host of clubs rumoured to be interested him signing him.
According to Sport, Pepe will hold a press conference to announce his next club at some point this week, with Sunday rumoured for it to take place.
Whether or not Anfield is Pepe’s next destination remains to be seen, although that will be clearer come the end of the week—if the report is to be believed.
Reds Battle City For Winger
The Premier League title challengers have both reportedly “identified the talented 19-year-old as a potential summer signing”, having tracked him for the past year.
Chukwueze has shone in La Liga this season, scoring five times, as well as recently winning Nigeria Football Federation’s 2018 Young Player of the Year award.
Likened in style to Arjen Robben, the 19-year-old’s preference is to be used in a right-sided role, cutting inside onto his left foot.
Like Pepe, he would only make Liverpool’s squad more formidable.
Camacho Used As Makeweight?
The 18-year-old is set to leave Liverpool when the season reaches its conclusion, having failed to agree a new deal at the club.
The report also claims that the Reds could use Camacho as a makeweight in a possible deal to sign highly-rated Benfica centre-back Ferro, who has been linked with a move in the past.
Liverpool have also been linked with Benfica forward Joao Felix.
Should the unlikely occur and Camacho extends his stay at Liverpool, he will demand a loan move immediately, in order to earn more playing time.
Coutinho Benched At Camp Nou?
Philippe Coutinho will come up against his former club on Wednesday, having endured a season that hasn’t panned out the way the Brazilian would have hoped.
Spanish publication Sport believe 10 of Barca’s 11 players pick themselves ahead of the visit of Liverpool, but Coutinho could miss out.
They believe it is a toss-up between the attacking midfielder and winger Ousmane Dembele as to who starts, with the latter favourite to get the nod.
It would be the latest setback for Coutinho, who has not hit the heights many expected of him when he moved to Spain for a vast fee of £142million.
Sport‘s predicted Barcelona XI vs. Liverpool: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquests, Rakitic, Arthur, Messi, Suarez, Dembele.
Belgian Side Priced Out of Mignolet Move
The Belgian side have reportedly been interested in bringing the Liverpool goalkeeper to the club this summer, but the Reds’ financial demands mean they cannot justify a move.
Mignolet is rated at €5million and earns €100,000 a week, although he is thought to be open to taking a pay cut.
Standard Liege are also interested and reportedly remain in the running.
The 31-year-old is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, as he aims to be first choice ‘keeper elsewhere, rather than Alisson‘s deputy.