The latest Liverpool news and rumours on Monday, as a new week of transfer stories gets underway.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool journalist on the transfer predicament facing Klopp
“At least two signings” expected, says David Maddock.
- Liverpool claimed to be first club to bid for Fernandes
The offer may not be enough, though.
- Brewster joins 7-a-side tournament in support of charity
Liverpool’s young striker doing his bit for mental health.
- 90 minutes, the European Cup & why this summer should be bliss
Chris McLoughlin on ‘unbearable’ Liverpool fans.
Ojo Undergoes Rangers Medical
Liverpool’s first bit of business this summer, other than the confirmation of exits for Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, is imminent.
The Daily Record have confirmed that Sheyi Ojo is undertaking a medical at Rangers ahead of his loan move to Ibrox.
The 21-year-old will team up with Steven Gerrard for what will be Ojo’s fifth loan spell in five years.
Ojo joins Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria in opting to play under Gerrard, where he will be aiming to enjoy a similarly productive spell as the former, who won PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award in 2018/19.
Liverpool Targeting Targett?
According to TEAMtalk, Liverpool are looking at Matt Targett as a potential deputy to Andy Robertson.
With Moreno’s summer departure confirmed, Jurgen Klopp will need a new backup left-back.
Targett is reportedly a player looked at, with both the Reds and Arsenal enquiring about his availability.
The 23-year-old spent his youth career at Southampton before representing the first team, where he has currently made 63 appearances.
A former England U21 international, Targett would be a logical signing, not costing too much but also proving to be a solid second choice behind Robertson.
Whether there is much truth to the story is up for debate, though!
Sporting Want Camacho Back
A Bola report that Sporting CP are keen on bringing Rafa Camacho back to the club this summer, as he looks to begin the next chapter in his career.
The 19-year-old is expected to leave Liverpool in the coming weeks, having failed to agree a new deal at the club.
Sporting are unwilling to pay the €10 million required for their former player, although they are confident of signing him for somewhere closer to €5 million.
There is the potential for Liverpool to refuse such an offer and keep the youngster until next summer, but that may end up benefiting nobody.
Camacho’s Liverpool contract expires next summer.
Mane Focused on Improving Further
Sadio Mane was arguably Liverpool’s best player in 2019, having finished the season with a career-high tally of 26 goals.
The Senegalese has spoken about his desire to keep improving as a player, and also the Reds’ quest for greatness in the coming years:
“To be honest, I think I improved a lot in my finishing.
“It was positive because I can say I improved every season, which is important in my development. I will try to work harder and harder to get better and better.
“We have a great, great team. The future can be exciting, for sure. We’ll try to do everything to create something special.”
It is easy forget the mixed response that met Mane’s arrival at Liverpool in 2016, at a time when Mario Gotze was the more fashionable alternative.
Three years later and he is possibly a modern day Reds great.
Besiktas Midfielder Linked
According to TRT Spor journalist Serkan Akkoyun on Twitter, Liverpool are mulling over the potential signing of Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz.
Reds scouts have watched almost every one of his matches in the last three months, picking him out as someone who could add depth in the middle of the park.
Tokoz is expected to leave Besiktas this summer, opting for one of Europe’s major league in the process, where his ability to break up play in his deep-lying role could be effective.
The 23-year-old has won five caps for Turkey, scoring once, and still has two years remaining on his current contract.
Liverpool are so well-stocked in midfield that Tokoz’s arrival would be a surprise, although he would represent a long-term addition.
UEFA Super Cup Ticket Info
Liverpool face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on August 14, after the Premier League pair won the Champions League and Europa League, respectively.
The match takes place in Istanbul – a city famed for one of the Reds’ greatest nights back in 2005 – and ticket news has been released by UEFA.
Applications for tickets begin on Tuesday (1pm BST), with prices ranging from €50 for category 3 to €150 for category 1.
Supporters will be given 78 per cent of the tickets, which certainly wasn’t the case for either of the corporate-heavy European finals last season.
The match will be played at Besiktas’ 38,000-capacity Vodafone Arena, which opened in 2016.