We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, as more returning players link up with their team-mates at Melwood.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool to sign Premier League’s youngest-ever player
A potentially exciting signing by the Reds.
- Clyne could stay at Liverpool this season
Would keeping the right-back make sense?
- Origi suggests he will stay to “win more” with Liverpool
After an important chat with King Kenny.
- The 9 academy players who have joined pre-season training
An exciting chance to showcase their talent.
- Copa America glory for Alisson and Firmino
Liverpool pair key as Brazil end 12-year wait.
- How EFL Trophy decision will benefit the club’s future stars
A great opportunity for youngsters to shine.
- A complete guide to Liverpool FC’s 8 pre-season stadiums
From Prenton Park to Wembley.
Lovren to Return on Tuesday
Dejan Lovren is due to report back for pre-season training on Tuesday.
The club confirmed the centre-back’s return date on Monday evening, following an extended break after international duty with Croatia.
There remain question marks over Lovren’s future, with AC Milan interested in signing the 30-year-old.
Gomez’s Subtle Hint
Joe Gomez was a contender for Liverpool’s Player of the Year before breaking his leg last December, following an immaculate run of form.
It was in his preferred centre-back role that the 22-year-old was thriving, although Klopp has also used him at right-back.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Gomez hinted that he wants to “nail” that central position, even though he is willing to play anywhere for the team:
“I’ve played a number of positions over the years I’ve been here.
“I like to excel in one and nail that spot but I’m happy to play wherever for the team and the manager.
“It’s just about development in whatever way I can and doing all the extra bits I can to develop off the pitch as well as on it.
“Hopefully things fall into place.”
A strong pre-season is required, proving that he has overcome his latest injury setback.
“No Contact” Between Gerrard and Newcastle
Steven Gerrard is flourishing at Rangers, guiding them to a second-placed Scottish Premiership finish last season, helped by the performances of Ryan Kent.
The Liverpool legend has been the subject of reported interest from Newcastle, however, with Magpies owner Mike Ashley eyeing him as a successor to former Reds boss Rafa Benitez.
The Times‘ Paul Joyce has confirmed that “no contact” has been made yet, however, although he reports that Gerrard is on Newcastle’s radar.
The 39-year-old is viewed by some as Klopp’s long-term replacement at Liverpool—very long-term, hopefully!—but it is arguably too early for him to be moving to the Premier League.
Plus, who in their right mind would want to go to Newcastle, considering their current off-field mess?
Elliott Tipped to be “Superstar”
Danny Murphy may not always be the most fascinating of pundits, but his comments about Liverpool’s rumoured new signing Harvey Elliott are exciting.
The 16-year-old is set to join the Reds from Fulham, beating off competition from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
And former Liverpool and Cottagers midfielder Murphy believes Elliott has the talent to become a “superstar”, pinpointing his role moving forward:
“He’s a great dribbler, he’s very sharp and he’s got good feet.
“He could play in one of those front three roles, that’s probably where we’d see him get his go.
“We’ll probably see him in a cup competition this season.
“I think this kid could be a superstar and if he has got the talent to do it, he’s at the right place.”
Murphy’s comments are only going to enhance Elliott’s reputation, although it is also heaping more pressure on his young shoulders.
Should the deal go through, the teenager will hopefully show that he can thrive under some expectation, much like Trent Alexander-Arnold has.
Ojo Opens Rangers Account
The winger will be looking to kick on after a forgettable spell with Stade de Reims and early evidence suggests he could excel in Scotland.
Ojo scored a well-taken effort in Rangers’ 5-0 friendly win over Oxford United on Sunday, burying an effort with his left foot:
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 7 July 2019
His all-round impact so far has received positive reviews and he has the natural talent to be a key performer under Gerrard.
Incredible, Rangers will play their first competitive game of 2019/20 on Tuesday, when they play St Joseph’s in a Europa League qualifier.
Referees’ Chief Provides VAR Update
VAR continues to be prominent in the modern game, with supporters’ opinions split when it comes to the technology.
To some, it is essential in getting correct decisions, while to others it is taking away a human aspect of football, slowing down matches at the same time.
“Where VAR has been implemented successfully in other competitions it’s been a very high bar.
“We don’t want VAR to come in and try to re-referee the game.
“We actually want it to protect the referees from making serious errors, the ones everybody’s goes: ‘Well, actually, that’s wrong.’
“If we keep to that really high bar there is more chance of keeping the flow of the game, the intensity of the game and people enjoying the spectacle of it rather than constantly referring to the video screen for changing decisions.”
Only time will tell how effective VAR becomes, although the Women’s World Cup was proof that there are still creases to be ironed out.