We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as the Reds prepare to visit Burnley on Saturday.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool reject approach for Bobby Duncan
Reds intend to keep young striker.
- Liverpool finally aiming to agree new contract with Matip
The in-form centre-back deserves an extended deal.
- Win the 2019/20 Liverpool FC away shirt
Get your hands on the Reds’ new strip.
- The goalscoring trio aiming to make their mark on the League Cup
A potential chance for youngsters to shine.
Duncan Pulled Out of U23s Clash
According to reports on Tuesday, Bobby Duncan will not be allowed to leave Liverpool this summer, with the club keen to see him develop at the club’s academy.
Duncan is thought to be “frustrated at Liverpool’s unwillingness to entertain offers”, as they remain stubborn about the situation.
The 18-year-old hasn’t handled this situation particularly well, in truth, acting more like a seasoned professional than an emerging youngster.
He has only just been promoted to the U23 setup after winning the FA Youth Cup with the under-18s last season – focusing on impressing for Neil Critchley‘s side should be the order of the day.
Duncan should be applauded for wanting senior first-team football, in some ways, but he has not gone about it in the right way if the latest reports are to be believed.
Burnley to Ring the Changes
Liverpool head to Burnley this weekend, which always has the potential to be an awkward 90 minutes.
“There will definitely be changes for Wednesday’s cup game. We want everyone active and alive and I believe in the players.
“I am pretty sure we will put out a team that can attempt to win the game and I believe in the group. Everyone has a part to play.
“It is just about making sure everyone is getting some minutes around the group and staying connected to what the group has to offer over a season because it is a season’s work.”
Aurelio Lauds Liverpool’s Growth
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Aurelio discussed how much Liverpool has improved as an entire club in recent years, both on and off the pitch:
“It’s amazing. It’s a completely new experience now after the changes [to the stadium].
“I was here in 2014 for a holiday but it was July so there were no games, no football. It was a big pity because I would have liked to come back to Anfield.
“But now I had the opportunity for a massive game. I can see around how different it is and how big Liverpool has become. It was already big but now you can see how they grow, with the trophies and the [way the] team are playing.
“It is amazing to be back and feel that very good atmosphere here.”
It’s not a bad time to be a Red, is it?
Grobbelaar Hails African Trio
Bruce Grobbelaar was the first African player to make a name for himself at Liverpool, but several figures are taking centre stage these days.
“There are a lot of good African players and we’ve got three of the best at Liverpool,” Grobbelaar told BBC Sport.
“Sadio Mane came in and he is doing a stunning job. He was unlucky to lose the Africa Nations Cup final [against Algeria].
“Mohamed Salah, well if you go to Egypt he is a god there.
“Joel Matip, I knew his brother also, with whom Zimbabwe have had many battles and we played against Cameroon thrice in World Cup competitions. We were beaten and The Indomitable Lions went into the finals.”
While the praise for Salah and Mane is not exactly surprising, it’s nice to see Matip receiving some column inches.
The centre-back has been in superb form since the second half of last season, leapfrogging Joe Gomez in the pecking order.
Critchley Lauds Youngsters’ Improvements
Liverpool’s U23s picked up an impressive 4-2 win away to Southampton on Monday – their first win of the season after a shaky start.
“It was lovely for Rhian to get his first goal, he’s off the mark, Curtis got a goal too, a little bit of fortune but he made a lovely run in behind.
“I thought Harvey [and] his general play all night was excellent. He was a real thorn in their side and he showed really intelligence with his movement running in behind them.
“I thought his work-rate off the ball as well and his attitude to work for the team was fantastic. I was really impressed with him.”
That’s the kind of talk which could get a youngster noticed by senior management—keep it up!