We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as focus switches to Friday’s trip to Southampton.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool receive two injury boosts for Southampton trip
A massive lift from Melwood.
- Matip on Van Dijk’s fitness and what “makes life easier” for defence
The Reds centre-backs have built up a strong relationship of late.
- Liverpool goalkeeper suffers nightmare in first test of young career
A night to forget for the 20-year-old.
- Mane believes Liverpool need to win all their remaining games
“Let’s do it,” says the Reds’ in-form No. 10.
- Fabinho should be a non-negotiable starter for Liverpool
The Brazilian’s Tottenham omission was a shock.
- Midweek Premier League Preview
Will Warnock’s fury turn the title race at Man City?
Bertrand Targeting Salah ‘Weaknesses’
Mohamed Salah will be looking to end his eight-game goal drought at Southampton, in what is another huge game for Liverpool.
Ryan Bertrand will be tasked with stopping the Egyptian, and in an interview with Sky Sports, the left-back said he is looking forward to coming up against him:
“It’s always good to play against the best players. That is why you play and it’s the ultimate aim.
“I won’t change my preparations. I’m just looking forward to seeing his strengths and seeing his weaknesses and trying to nullify some and exploiting the others.”
There is a feeling that Salah just needs one goal to hit a purple patch again—Friday night would be the perfect time for him to find his scoring boots again.
Warnock’s Promise to Liverpool
An angry Neil Warnock threatened to play his youngsters when Cardiff visit Man City on Wednesday night, following poor refereeing decisions in Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea, but he has now gone back on those comments.
As reported by Wales Online, the managerial veteran has promised his relegation-threatened side will give it their all at the Etihad:
“I won’t field a weakened side against them don’t worry and I’ll make sure my lads are right up for this one.
“The U23s? We haven’t got enough unfortunately and none of the lads want to travel and play in that, so I’m going to have to stick to the first team!
“I think most of the lads want to play. West Ham was our best performance of the season and I thought that was topped against Chelsea.
“Now we have to lift it even more and try and give a respectable performance at Man City.”
Come on you Bluebirds!
Pep’s Brilliant Reaction to Own Goal
City fans must’ve been tearing their hair out when Toby Alderweireld scored a last-minute own goal at Anfield on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola was seemingly no different after admitting his reaction to the goal, also praising the level of competition the Reds are providing.
Pep's reaction to that Alderweireld own goal…? pic.twitter.com/39WBDOiGrc
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 2, 2019
“When you see them you think ‘ah shit’, but no one said it would be easy,” Guardiola told reporters.
“We knew it, I knew it. It is a better challenge. It is an incredible team to fight against.”
Klopp’s Salary Ranked
Jurgen Klopp is the joint-ninth highest-earning manager in world football over the past 12 months, as revealed by France Football.
The figures take into account salary, bonuses and commercial revenue, with the German earning €13 million a year at Liverpool, level with former China manager Marcello Lippi and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim.
Perhaps surprisingly, it is Diego Simeone who leads the way on a huge €41 million per year, with Jose Mourinho (€31m) and Thierry Henry (€25.5m) second and third, despite unsuccessful stints at Man United and Monaco respectively.
Pep Guardiola (€24m) earned the most out of the current Premier League managers.
Reds to Face City in Youth Cup Final
Liverpool will face Man City in the FA Youth Cup final, as the rivalry between the two clubs also spreads to youth team level.
The Reds booked their place in the final last month, having seen off Watford 2-1 at Anfield, while City beat West Brom 4-2 on Monday night.
It promises to be a great spectacle, as Liverpool look to win the trophy for the first time since 2007, when they beat Man United over two legs.
This final will be a one-off affair, however, with the date and venue set to be announced in the near future.
Fekir Allowed to Leave Lyon
Nabil Fekir came perilously close to joining Liverpool last summer, only for a knee problem to be detected at the 11th hour.
Chances are the Frenchman will not be on the Reds’ wish-list this summer, but Lyon have said he can leave, according to L’Equipe.
The 25-year-old reportedly has a “gentleman’s agreement” with his club, with a host of sides set to show interest in him.
Highly rated midfielder Tanguy N’Dombele will also be allowed to depart for pastures new.