We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, as transfer talk really starts to kick into gear.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool move would “change everything” in race to sign Fernandes
Reds are favourites to sign the Portuguese.
- Van Dijk not bothered by England boo boys
A typically laid-back approach from the centre-back.
- Ticket prices of up to $423 criticised for Liverpool’s pre-season
“Taking the p***”, says one supporter.
- Rose left “drained” after week with Liverpool’s Champions League winners
“You are reminded every day that you lost the final.”
- Firmino scores chip as Liverpool’s internationals enjoy productive week
Plenty of positives for Reds representing their countries.
- Returning Keita desperate to take part in AFCON
The Guinean reveals his predicted comeback date.
- Most likely destinations for Liverpool’s young loanees
Where will the youngsters be off to this summer?
Wilson’s Pre-Season Opportunity
The Liverpool Echo claim that Harry Wilson will be given a chance to prove his worth at Liverpool in pre-season.
The Welshman shone on loan at Derby County last season, scoring 15 goals to help them to the Championship playoff final, which they subsequently lost 2-1 to Aston Villa.
Despite plenty of talk suggesting the Reds will accept offers of around £25 million for Wilson this summer, Klopp understandably wants to take another look at him.
The 22-year-old will have “ample time” to show he is worthy of being retained, with Liverpool playing eight friendlies, as well taking part in the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup, against City and Chelsea respectively.
This is especially true as the Reds’ attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will not return to pre-season until after the US tour games.
Grujic Linked With Frankfurt Move
According to Goal‘s reliable LFC reporter Neil Jones, Marko Grujic is a summer target for Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Serb was superb at Hertha Berlin in 2018/19, earning rave reviews for his dominant performances in the middle of the park.
A permanent exit from Liverpool is possible and Frankfurt are reportedly willing to spend £25 million on the 23-year-old.
The Bundesliga side recently sold striker Luka Jovic to Real Madrid for €70 million, affording them a fruitful summer in the transfer market.
Reds ‘Rule Out’ Kruse Signing
Liverpool will not be signing Max Kruse this summer, claim the Echo.
The veteran Werder Bremen striker has been linked with a surprise switch to Anfield, acting as a backup to Roberto Firmino and a replacement for Daniel Sturridge.
Cold water has been poured on the story, however, with the club “not wanting to block the pathway for Rhian Brewster while also having been impressed by the recent form of Divock Origi.”
It is an understandable stance to take, considering how highly thought of Rhian Brewster is at Liverpool and Origi’s heroics in 2018/19.
A fourth striker may still be required, though, as Sturridge moves on to pastures new.
Kent to Join Leeds?
According to the Daily Record, Rangers face competition for the signing of Ryan Kent, with Leeds United interested.
The young winger enjoyed a breakout season at Ibrox in 2018/19, winning PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award.
His loan move is something Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants to make permanent, but they won’t have a clear path in acquiring his signature.
Leeds are keen on bringing in the 22-year-old, while newly-promoted Aston Villa are also believed to be in the mix.
Unlike Wilson, it doesn’t appear as though Kent will be given the opportunity to prove himself at Liverpool this summer.
Firmino to Lead the Line
Firmino scored in Brazil’s 7-0 hammering of Honduras on Sunday night, as they warmed up for the Copa America.
Globo report that Liverpool’s No.9 will lead the line for the Selecao at the tournament, having been preferred to Man City‘s Gabriel Jesus by manager Tite.
The boss has given a “very strong indication” that Firmino will be his go-to striker at the Brazil-based competition, which gets underway on Friday when the hosts take on Bolivia.
Perhaps if Tite had done the same thing at last summer’s World Cup, Brazil may have gone further than the quarter-finals.
The Copa America begins on Friday with Brazil in action against Bolivia, it’s live on Premier Sports in the UK.
Donations to Séan Cox Appeal Encouraged
Liverpool have announced that supporters will be able to donate to the Séan Cox appeal when they visit Anfield this week.
There will be collection buckets in the Kop Bar from Monday to Sunday, with the newly-won European Cup on show there every day between 10am and 8pm (BST).
Fans will not be charged for their Anfield visit, where they can have a photograph taken with Ol’ Big Ears.
LFC Women Make First Summer Signing
Liverpool FC Women’s newest summer recruit will be Becky Jane, who has agreed terms with the Reds.
The 27-year-old will join from Reading FC Women after eight years at the club, having previously played for Chelsea Women.
Speaking about the move, Jane admitted she cannot wait to begin life at her new surroundings:
“I can’t wait to get started. It’s going to be a big change but one which I’m really excited about. I think it’s time for a fresh start, I had a great time at Reading but it’s time to move on.
“From playing against Liverpool for the past couple of seasons, they’ve got a good work ethic and a good team togetherness.
“Having spoken to Vicky, she’s what I need in a manager at the moment, she’s very player-focused and gives confidence to the players.”
Liverpool Women’s midfielder Christie Murray was in action for Scotland as they lost 2-1 to England in the Women’s World Cup on Sunday.