We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, where the Champions League final and potential loan moves dominate the back pages.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Clyne attracts surprise Serie A interest ahead of £15m exit
After four years as a Red a permanent move appears imminent.
- Liverpool to question UEFA on Champions League final ticket allocation
Something has to change.
- Sturridge is all about the team ahead of his final game
The entire squad has to be ready to be called upon in Madrid.
- Alisson relishing “biggest game of his life” in Champions League final
Time to cap off an incredible debut season with silverware.
- Klopp explains hands-off approach with Liverpool’s new signings
A fascinating insight into Klopp’s managerial methods.
- Real Madrid confirm Liverpool’s training plans on June 1
And hit out at Spurs for claims over their preparations in the capital.
Lyon Open to Depay Depature
Lyon are open to parting ways with Memphis Depay this summer should the right offer be made, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the former Man United winger after his impressive campaign with the French side which returned 12 goals and 15 assists.
The Dutchman’s contract with Lyon expires in 2021, and although United have a buy-back clause they currently have no interest in utilising it.
There’s no doubt Depay would add much-needed depth to Liverpool’s attack, but what do you think the right price for his services would be?
Ramos on the Radar…?
It’s that time of the year folks, strap yourself in for this one.
Spanish publication AS claim Sergio Ramos is considering leaving Real Madrid this summer after falling out with club president Florentino Perez, and they’ve named Liverpool as potential suitors.
They claim the Reds have already established contact with the defender’s agent as Jurgen Klopp looks to field him alongside Virgil van Dijk to create “the best central defence pairing in the world.”
And on the plus side it would only set the Reds back €800 million to trigger his buyout clause.
To perfectly sum up this transfer story we’ll refer you to the brilliant comment made by Mohamed Salah‘s agent, Ramy Abbas, who has previous with the outlet.
“Talking out of their AS again I see.”
Hull on the Hunt for Woodburn
According to Goal’s Neil Jones, Hull City are interested in securing Ben Woodburn for the 2019/20 campaign on a season-long loan deal.
The teenager endured a turbulent campaign with Sheffield United last term having made just eight appearances for a lowly total of a combined 244 minutes of action.
It ultimately forced Liverpool to cut his loan deal short in January, and despite the experience not reaping the benefits many had hoped for the club remain intent on exposing Woodburn to senior football.
It is said that “Reds chiefs are aware he needs first-team experience” and believe that a second spell in the Championship will prove to be more of a success.
The Wales international is held in high regard for both club and country, and a full season in a first-team environment at a club like Hull—who will be intent on making a return to the Premier League—could do wonders for his development.
Spurs “Optimistic” Over Kane
While Liverpool contend with injury clouds hanging over Roberto Firmino and Naby Kieta ahead of the Champions League final, their counterparts have fitness issues of their own.
Mainly in the shape of their top goalscorer, Harry Kane.
The Tottenham striker has spent over six weeks on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury during the first leg of their quarter-final with Man City.
It means Spurs’ star man faces a race against time, but Mauricio Pochettino has said he is “optimistic” over Kane’s chances to be ready for Madrid…for a host of roles that is.
The Spurs manager, as per Goal, refused to be drawn into finalities, instead saying Kane could either start the game, be on the bench or act as “moral support”:
“Kane is training, he’s in a good phase of recovery.
“We hope he’s there to help, whether that’s from the start, off the bench or as moral support in the dressing room.
“We’re optimistic that he can be there to help on the pitch.”
Reds Linked to Leipzig’s Konate
The Reds are reportedly interested in making a move for RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, joining Arsenal and Man United in the race for the centre-back.
The claims comes from Euro United, a spin-off of outlet Paris United, who suggest the 19-year-old has caught the eye of the Premier League trio after a consistent season at the heart of Leipzig’s defence.
The France U21 international made 43 appearances across all competitions last season and would seemingly fit the mould of a player Liverpool would search for in the transfer market.
He would offer much-needed strength in depth for Klopp, but with Konate’s contract set to expire in 2023 he could prove to be hard to pry away from the Bundesliga side this summer.
Arroyo Receives Interest From Europe
Reds youngster Anderson Arroyo has attracted interest from both Strasbourg and Nurnberg after scouts watched on as he made an impressive start to his U20 World Cup campaign, as Colombia recorded a 2-0 win over Poland.
Since signing for Liverpool in 2018, the 19-year-old full-back has spent the entirety of his time on loan due to work permit issues.
But after a failed spell at KAA Gent last season, the Reds are intent on finding a club which will positively aid in his development, according to Goal‘s Jones.
Liverpool will be following his progress throughout the tournament in Poland and are set to speak to Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz regarding his pathway to a senior debut.
A cap is only likely to arrive after consolidating his place at club level.
Summer Changes for Liverpool FC Women
Liverpool FC Women have confirmed both Laura Coombs and Leandra Little will depart the club this summer.
Coombs made the move from Chelsea to Merseyside in 2016 and went on to make 74 appearances for the club as an integral member of the team’s midfield.
Little, meanwhile, joined the club last summer from Doncaster Rovers Belles and went on to make 15 appearances as club captain—where she also made an invaluable contribution to the club’s academy.
However, fellow 2018 arrival and team captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland has agreed to new terms with the club after quickly becoming a mainstay in defence.