We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as the Reds begin their pre-Champions League final training camp in Marbella.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Firmino trains as Liverpool begin work in Marbella
The Brazilian should be fit for the Champions League final.
- Liverpool ‘in talks’ with Werder Bremen striker Kruse
Is it a deal that makes complete sense?
- Tottenham issue bans to Champions League final ticket touts
As Liverpool open their own investigation.
- Gotze’s brilliant story of ‘outstanding coach’ Klopp
Also a cheeky mention of his hair transplant!
- Klopp explains why Trent & Mbappe are role models for youth
The boss gives his advice for young players breaking through.
Origi a Barcelona Target?
Divock Origi has enjoyed an unlikely change in fortunes at Liverpool, scoring big goals this season and reportedly being on the verge of earning a new deal.
A report in Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, claims that the Belgian is on Barcelona’s radar this summer, having knocked them out of the Champions League with his double in the semi-final second leg.
The Liga champions are looking for backups in attack to aid former Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez.
Origi and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente are seen an options to bring in and it remains to be seen if the Reds striker’s head will be turned.
Trent Set to Make History Again
Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s rise from young hopeful to one of the best attacking right-backs in Europe has been astonishing over the past two years.
The 20-year-old has just secured the record number of assists (12) by a defender in a Premier League season, as he continues to go from strength to strength.
Should he start in Madrid, the boyhood Reds supporter will become the first player ever to start two finals in the competition before the age of 21.
It is further proof of what a special talent Alexander-Arnold is, and it would be a big surprise if he wasn’t named in Jurgen Klopp‘s starting XI at the Wanda Metropolitano.
How Hendo Almost Missed Origi’s Winner
Origi’s memorable winner against Barcelona earlier the month is one of the most dramatic Anfield goals in history, sending Liverpool into the Champions League final.
Someone who almost missed the goal because of Alexander-Arnold’s quick thinking from a corner was Jordan Henderson.
Speaking to UEFA, the skipper admitted it was a moment that caught him off guard, like so many in the ground:
“I think I was sort of talking to someone and organising something, just protection for the corner.
“I’d turned around, I’d seen the ball flying into the back of the net. I didn’t really know what had happened.
“It was an amazing goal to score in a game of that magnitude.
“It was fantastic for a young player to have the awareness to be able to do that and put in the ball and obviously for Divock to react to that.
“It was a great finish in the end. So yes, it was an amazing goal in the end and that summed up the night really.
“It was an amazing night. It was a special night that people will be talking about for a long time.”
Reds to Sign Teenage Goalkeeper
Liverpool are on the verge of signing Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski, according to Legia.net.
The report claims the 16-year-old is “one step away” from joining the Reds, having been scouted by a number of big clubs including Man United.
It is assumed that Ojrzynski would go straight into Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby if he signs, hopefully rising through the age groups in the coming years.
He would follow another Polish stopper to Merseyside, with Kamil Grabara having joined from Ruch Chorzow in 2016.
Trio Receive International Callup
Simon Mignolet and Origi have been named in Belgium’s squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Kazakhstan (June 8) and Scotland (June 11) next month.
The latter fixture will likely see the pair pitted against Liverpool team-mate Andy Robertson, who is expected to captain Scotland once again.
Mignolet is expected to be backup to Thibaut Courtois, as he has grown accustomed to in recent years.
Origi hope will feature after his good form of late, though, especially with Romelu Lukaku struggling for top form at Man United.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt’s 25-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.