We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp conducting his pre-Cardiff press conference.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Watch Klopp’s pre-Cardiff press conference
The boss was on good form at Melwood.
- Klopp hails squad readiness as Liverpool attack crucial season run-in
“We are not tired!”
- The view from Cardiff ahead of Sunday’s game
A “fighting chance” of survival, newly pragmatic Liverpool & title prediction.
- Liverpool FC Weekend Loan Watch
How Ejaria can help Wilson, and Kane’s sacrifice for Doncaster
- Premier League Weekend Preview
Liverpool hoping Spurs can land hammer blow to Man City.
- Doubters to believers: How Klopp kept his promise to Liverpool fans
Danny Gallagher on the brilliance of the German.
Ronaldo ‘Wants Salah at Juventus’
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus want Mohamed Salah this summer, partly at the request of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Serie A champions crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday night, as their search for a first triumph in the competition since 1996 continues.
Ronaldo was dejected after the final whistle and he reportedly wants Salah to partner him next season, with Paulo Dybala going the other way.
Liverpool will not be selling their Egyptian King at any price.
Milner Lauds Goalscoring Options
Liverpool have scored 22 goals in their last eight matches, winning every game since the goalless draw away to Everton on March 3.
It hasn’t only been the front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scoring, and although James Milner has still been full of praise for them, he has also told LiverpoolFC.com about the improved threat of others:
“The beauty with the front three is if one of them has a bad game, the other two are there.
“And the chances that are being created from the boys behind, they are coming from all over and it was a great ball in from Hendo [for Firmino’s header], Trent put a nice pass through for Mo and that’s important.
“When you’ve got these three up front who are clinical and score all types of goals, you need a good supply to them as well.
“We have Virgil popping up with the odd goal or two now as well and probably scoring as many as he should do, so that’s pleasing and something which obviously makes us an even stronger team because if you are playing against us you are going to analyse and try to stop us, so if it’s coming from different avenues it is very difficult to stop.”
It was always key not to be too dependent on Salah, Mane and Firmino and others are starting to contribute more as the season reaches its conclusion, both in terms of goals and assists.
Warnock Excited By Liverpool Test
Cardiff will be fighting for their lives on Sunday, as they look to pull off an unlikely relegation escape act.
Neil Warnock admits he cannot wait for the game, with the importance of the occasion for both sides plain to see.
“We realise the challenge but it’s an amazing game. Everyone’s talking about it. The atmosphere will be fabulous,” Warnock told reporters.
“When I arrived at the club and you’d told me we were selling tickets on the black market for £1,000, you’d probably be locked up in a straight jacket.
“So that’s where we are at the minute and we’re enjoying it. I think you’ve got to try and enjoy what you’re doing when the pressure’s on you.”
Just win please, Liverpool.
Leeds Interested in Wilson & Kent?
Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent could both be allowed to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with Klopp reportedly not seeing them as squad members moving forward.
The duo have excelled at Derby and Rangers this season, respectively, and will not be without suitors if their time at Anfield does come to an end.
According to Football Insider—admittedly not the most concrete of sources—Leeds “have set their sights” on Wilson and Kent, singling them out as players who could thrive if they gain promotion to the Premier League.
It sounds like an ideal move for both, allowing them likely regular football in the top flight.
Interest In Pepe Confirmed
Liverpool were linked with a move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe earlier in the week, although the reports weren’t entirely credible.
Now, however, the more reliable Le 10 Sport have confirmed the Reds’ interest in the 23-year-old, who has excelled in Ligue 1 this season.
Pepe has scored 19 goals in 33 just appearances, leading to a host of top European clubs being linked with his signature.
He would add much-needed depth out wide should a move come to fruition, affording the likes of Salah and Mane a little more rest.
Goalkeeper Kit Sold Out
Liverpool’s 2019/20 kit was unveiled earlier in the week, with supporters giving it positive reviews.
Alisson‘s goalkeeper strip was particularly popular and it has already sold out, despite only being on sale for 24 hours.
I dare say it's unprecedented for a goalkeeper kit in both s/s and l/s versions to sell out within 24 hours of going on sale. #lfc pic.twitter.com/yCf66UQO4P
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) April 19, 2019
The Brazilian will take the No.1 jersey from Loris Karius from next season onwards, with the German out on loan at Besiktas.