We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as Jurgen Klopp conducts his pre-Wolves press conference.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Firmino the latest to give Liverpool injury boost
The Brazilian should be fit for the Champions League final.
- Klopp provides positive injury update ahead of final league game
Liverpool are not far off a clean bill of health.
- Watch Klopp’s pre-Wolves press conference
The Liverpool manager was on good form, as always.
- Predicting Liverpool’s lineup vs. Wolves
Salah returns, Wijnaldum to start?
- Brighton aiming to “disturb” Man City’s “party”
Are we in for a dramatic final day?
- Liverpool set for training camp ahead of Champions League final
The Reds are off to Spain.
- Klopp’s criticises UEFA’s choice of places for European finals
The locations are “irresponsible”, according to the boss.
- Liverpool’s best and worst Premier League final days of the season
A mix of both happy and painful memories down the years.
Alexander-Arnold Ready For “Two Finals”
Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a week to remember, reaching his second Champions League final at the age of just 20.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, the right-back admitted the current run of matches is relentless, but says focus is firmly on two “two finals” against Wolves and Tottenham:
“It’s tough to take in but we’ve got a job to do on Sunday so hopefully we’ll see what happens.
“We’ve done everything we can this season to try to bring success. We have two finals left now and it’s important for us to give our all in these two games.”
It is easy to forget how young Alexander-Arnold still is, but he is a footballer of vast potential.
Lineker’s Bold Trent Prediction
Speaking of Alexander-Arnold, he has been earning huge plaudits for his quick thinking against Barcelona, taking the early corner that led to Divock Origi‘s tie-clinching strike.
Somebody who clearly thinks highly of the 20-year-old is England legend Gary Lineker – he’s not just a presenter, kids! – who took to Twitter to predict club and international captaincy for him in the future:
Will captain @LFC and his country. ?? https://t.co/dkbqcmHlHX
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 10, 2019
Alexander-Arnold’s rise has been meteoric over the past two seasons and it is hard not to see him making Lineker’s prediction come true one day.
He is a once-in-a-generation talent.
Man City Injury News
Man City know that victory over Brighton on Sunday will secure back-to-back Premier League titles, depriving Liverpool of glory in the process.
Pep Guardiola has provided an update on the fitness of key men ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium, with Kevin De Bruyne potentially returning from a hamstring injury.
Fernandinho is still missing, however, which has to be seen as a boost to the Reds, given the Brazilian’s influence at the base of the midfield.
Come on you Seagulls!
Kent Still Keen on Rangers Move
Ryan Kent looks set to leave Liverpool this summer, with first team opportunities highly unlikely next season and beyond.
The 22-year-old has excelled on loan at Rangers in 2018/19, winning the Scottish Young Player of the Year award.
Kent has previously hinted at wanting to head to Ibrox permanently, and he has reiterated this in an interview with the Daily Record:
“I came up here to win trophies and that’s a department we’ve failed in this season. So it would be nice to come back and win silverware.
“The size of the club brings out the best in me. The club is back on the right track, especially with the manager they have. He has been excellent for me.
I want to finish the campaign strongly. I’ll have plenty of time to think about the other stuff and discuss it with my representatives in the summer.”
Kent is likely to receive interest from a number of clubs, but it looks likely that could Rangers could be his next full-time destination.
Rose Respects “Great” Liverpool Ahead of Final
Danny Rose was one of many Tottenham heroes on Wednesday night, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side stunned Ajax to seal a place in the Champions League final.
The left-back is already looking ahead of a huge occasion at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium against Liverpool, admitting Klopp’s men will provide a big test.
“It’s 50/50, a one-off game,” said Rose.
“They’re a great team, they’ve had a great season and they might be Premier League champions.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game and if we defend how we did against Ajax we’re not going to win so we have to cut out the sloppy mistakes.”
The anticipation is already unbearable!
Southgate Hails Klopp’s Efforts
Gareth Southgate was fortunate enough to be present at Anfield on Tuesday, as Liverpool stunned Barcelona to reach Madrid.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the England manager admits it was an incredible experience and praised the job Klopp is doing:
“I was at Anfield on Tuesday and left there thinking I’d seen one of the most incredible nights I can remember having spent 30 years in football.
“For it then to be backed up by Tottenham on Wednesday was phenomenal. Huge credit to both managers. In different circumstances they have achieved incredible seasons.
“From an England perspective it is brilliant they are having these experiences in big matches where they are having to play under pressure – and they have come out successfully.”