We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as focus switches to Friday’s visit of Huddersfield.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool name incredible price for Grujic amid interest from Atletico
Sell the in-form midfielder or give him a chance?
- Sturridge, Ox & Rafa among those to back anti-racism manifesto
Sterling calls for “a moral stand.”
- Milner has proved just how important Mignolet is to Liverpool
The goalkeeper has been a huge influence behind the scenes.
- Fowler takes “first big, big role” as legend’s managerial career begins
A proud moment for the man known as God.
- Wilson up to 16 as double boosts Derby playoff hopes
The Liverpool loanee has been on fire this season.
- Milner admits he will be supporting United for the first time
He’s not alone there!
Klopp Keen on Aouar
Jurgen Klopp is “pushing hard” to secure a deal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to Le 10 Sport.
Liverpool are believed to be attempting to negotiate a move, but the Ligue 1 side are reluctant to sell such a prized asset, with Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele both set to exit.
A big-money bid could alter that, however, as Klopp looks to add more creativity in the middle of the park.
Aouar has made 44 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals, and also has eight caps to his name for France U21s.
Liverpool tried to sign him back in 2016, but the player turned down a move in favour of agreeing his first professional contract at Lyon.
Sporting Priced out of Camacho Move
According to A Bola, Sporting CP will be priced out of a move for Rafa Camacho, who is expected to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
The young Portuguese has failed to agree a new deal at Anfield, with some recent social media posts leading to confusion surrounding his relationship with Klopp.
This latest report states that Sporting are only winning to pay £4.3 million for Camacho’s services, with Liverpool demanding at least £8 million.
Michael Edwards has gained a reputation for working on his terms, so unless the Portuguese giants change their stance, they won’t be signing the 18-year-old.
Fulham Demand Big Money for Sessegnon
With Fulham heading back to the Championship, Ryan Sessegnon looks likely to leave this summer.
The teenager may have struggled during his first season in the Premier League, but there is still no disputing his ability.
The Express claim that the Cottagers want £40 million for Sessegnon, with Liverpool touted with an interest in the past.
In terms of his profile—young, versatile and full of potential—the 18-year-old fits the bill and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see the Reds make a bid.
Tottenham and Juventus are also rumoured to be interested.
Van Dijk Voted Premier League’s Finest
Virgil van Dijk has been voted the Premier League‘s star man this season by FourFourTwo.
The Dutchman came out on top in a list of 50 players, and is also the strong favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night.
Sadio Mane (fifth) was the next-highest Liverpool player, while Mohamed Salah (seventh), Andy Robertson (10th) and Alisson (25th) were also chosen.
Van Dijk’s stiffest competition was provided by Man City duo Bernardo Silva (second) and Raheem Sterling (third), as well as Eden Hazard (fourth).
Reds Make Apology Over Cancelled Event
Liverpool have issued an apology after they cancelled a sold-out event at Anfield this Thursday night, report the Liverpool Echo.
Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold were due to take part in a Q&A discussing their careers, but Klopp has decided against it.
The Reds boss wants sole focus to be on winning the Premier League and Champions League double, with as few distractions as possible.
Klopp felt the event would clash with training plans ahead of the Huddersfield game, with it now rescheduled for early next season.
The statement read:
“Given our strong position in the Premier League and Champions League, the team is continuing its important preparations for the final key games of the season.
“Therefore the decision has been taken to postpone this event to a later date which will likely be at the start of the new season.
“Please accept our sincerest apologies for the change, whilst we know this is disappointing, your tickets will still be valid for the revised date once confirmed.”
Liverpool to Pay Compensation for Duncan
Bobby Duncan will come up against former club City in the FA Youth Cup final on Thursday, as the Reds look to win the competition for the first time since 2007.
The young striker joined the Reds last summer after his deal with City expired, and Goal have revealed that they will have to pay £200,000 in compensation as part of the move, as expected when he joined.
Liverpool fought off plenty of competition for Duncan, who has enjoyed a superb season alongside strike partner Paul Glatzel, scoring 31 goals.
No player has found the net more times across the Reds’ U18, U19, U23 and senior sides in 2018/19.
De Bruyne Injury Update
Kevin De Bruyne injured his hamstring in City’s 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday and the Times have revealed that he could miss their four remaining Premier League matches this season.
The Belgian had been in superb form prior to limping off at the weekend, finding top gear again after an injury-plagued campaign.
While news of any footballer getting injured should not be celebrated, it is an unquestionable boost for Liverpool, ahead of City’s trip to Old Trafford to face Man United on Wednesday.
De Bruyne could return for the FA Cup final meeting with Watford on May 18.