We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, on the eve of the Reds’ first pre-season friendly of the summer at Tranmere.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Sturridge is reunited with his dog after pet was stolen
Some news that will really brighten up your day.
- Klopp provides update on his pre-season plans
Squad for Tranmere, the US tour and chances for youth.
- Liverpool fan receives three-year banning order
After incidents that occurred at Barcelona & Anfield.
- Academy forwards to head on US tour
Klopp sees opportunity for trio.
- Liverpool hint at changes to U23s squad for 2019/20
New-look side beginning to shape up in pre-season.
- Liverpool fans debate Clyne’s future
“A decent backup” or “not good enough”?
- Full Liverpool fixtures for 2019/20 Women’s Super League
When are the Reds playing Man United & Everton?
Trent’s Ball-Boy Shines for U18s
? Oakley Cannonier scored the first goal as the #LFCU18s beat Burton Albion 4-0 in their opening pre-season friendly today.
He was the ball-boy who gave the ball to Trent for THAT corner against Barca. ? pic.twitter.com/AIm8f4DsBY
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) 10 July 2019
Jurgen Klopp‘s first team aren’t the only Liverpool side beginning pre-season, with the under-18s and under-23s both in action on Wednesday.
Barry Lewtas’ U18s picked up a comprehensive 4-0 win over Burton Albion, thanks to Oakley Cannonier’s opener, Jake Cain’s superb free-kick double and a further effort from Niall Brookwell.
The U23s were also playing at the academy in Kirkby, but they couldn’t secure a win over Crewe Alexandra.
Gerrard Lays Down Gauntlet to Ojo
The Liverpool winger is looking to fill the void left by Kent at Ibrox, for the time being at least, hopefully blossoming under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard.
Speaking after the game, Gerrard urged Ojo to prove himself, saying failure to shine on loan would be down to his own application:
“Sheyi has got all the attributes and if this doesn’t work it will be because of Sheyi.
“He has got everything in the locker—he is quick, he is strong, he is powerful, he takes on information.
“From a manager’s point of view, you know he is going to take on the tactical information, you see him chasing back and making fouls and getting yellow cards.
“He knows that he needs to make this work. He is delighted to be here.
“He has settled in well and the fans are having him. Now he has got to build on that.”
The early signs suggest Ojo is going to enjoy a productive time of things in Scotland, but he must find more consistency and influence than he showed at Stade de Reims last season.
Fabinho’s High Praise for Firmino
Virgil van Dijk has built up a reputation as the world’s best centre-back, following an all-conquering season with Liverpool.
“I’m usually on his team, thank God,” he joked. “The only guy I’ve ever seen winning a ball from him in training was Firmino. Only once.”
It’s no great surprise that Firmino matched Van Dijk, if only once, given his tenacious work rate and ability to win back possession in key areas.
Still, the Dutchman won’t be too upset by his overall ‘duels won’ ratio!
Rangers ‘Given First Option’ on Kent
Ryan Kent was arguably Liverpool’s best-performing loanee last season, catching the eye at Rangers.
The winger’s displays earned him the Scottish Young Player of the Year award, as he took a big step forward in his career.
Kent’s future is up in the air this summer with the 22-year-old back at Liverpool for pre-season, but STV Sport claim that Rangers have ‘first option’ to sign him on loan again.
That’s if Liverpool decide to let him leave on a temporary basis, though it seems more likely a permanent deal is agreed elsewhere.
Reds Chase Another Young Talent
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Liverpool are eyeing up a move for teenage sensation Charlie Allen.
The 15-year-old has reportedly become “the most wanted player in Northern Ireland,” with numerous top clubs interested in him.
Allen has been named in Linfield’s squad for their Champions League first qualifying round first-leg clash with Rosenborg on Wednesday.
If he features, the teenager would become the youngest UK player in history to play in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
There is no suggestion that the Reds are leading the way, however, but the appeal for a young player to move to Anfield is undeniable.
Allen’s compatriot, 16-year-old Conor Bradley, has already joined.