Reds quartet won’t leave & Adrian on Klopp’s “animals” – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

21 August 2019

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, as preparations continue for Saturday’s visit of Arsenal.


Today’s Main Headlines

Reds Won’t Allow Lovren & Kent to Leave

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren before a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s been a quiet summer at Liverpool overall, but two players regularly tipped to leave have been Dejan Lovren and Ryan Kent.

Lovren has slipped to fourth-choice centre-back behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, with a move to Bayer Leverkusen mooted on Wednesday.

According to the Press Association, however, there has been “no approach” from the Bundesliga side for the 30-year-old and Liverpool “would not sanction a loan.”

Meanwhile, Kent was rumoured to be forcing through a move to Rangers, with claims he could “down tools.”

The same report states that his “behaviour has been exemplary,” though, and Liverpool also have no plans to loan him out again.

Having both Lovren and Kent available certainly can’t do any harm in terms of squad depth, but from a personal point of view, the pair may have benefited from moves away.


Adrian Enjoying Playing with Defensive “Animals”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Wednesday, August 14, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo bites his winners' medal as he celebrates after saving the decisive fifth penalty from Chelsea in the shoot-out to win the Super Cup during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s been quite a ride for Adrian at Liverpool, with UEFA Super Cup glory and a dreadful mistake at Southampton already thrown in, less than three weeks after arriving.

The Spaniard is clearly a great character, and in an interview with LiverpoolFC.com, he explained what a joy it is to play behind such a formidable defence:

“It’s really easy to play with them in front of you because, as you say, they were the best defenders in the Premier League [in 2018/19] and we have one of the best defenders in the world.

“I think, for me as a goalkeeper, they make easy decisions. Honestly, they defend everything like animals! They help me a lot.

“I played against them [the forwards] many times, so now I play with them and I’m enjoying how they play from behind.

“I’m really happy for them because they are doing really well, they have a great connection between them.

“They are good players individually, but they are good friends in the dressing room also and you can see that feeling on the pitch.”

Adrian will face his biggest game yet for Liverpool on Saturday evening, as a dangerous Arsenal side make the trip to Anfield.

Alisson responded magnificently from his mistake at Leicester last season—let’s hope his current deputy can do the same this weekend.


Duncan to Stay at Liverpool

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Sunday, July 21, 2019: Liverpool's Bobby Duncan during the pre-match warm-up before a friendly against Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bobby Duncan has been linked with a loan move away from Liverpool this summer, with Danish team FC Nordsjaelland keen on signing him.

According to the Evening Standard, thoug, the striker will now be staying put at Anfield, continuing to mature with the under-23s.

Duncan was instrumental in Liverpool’s under-18s winning the FA Youth Cup last season and the club have high hopes for him.

The former Man City youngster will have to make do without his strike partner Paul Glatzel for a large part of the season, though, after the teenager suffered an ACL injury in pre-season.


Kane to Feature in League Cup?

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 18, 2017: Liverpool's Herbie Kane during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Everton at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Herbie Kane excelled on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, helping them to a sixth-placed finish on his way to being named in League One’s Team of the Year.

The midfielder has been tipped to join Portsmouth before the transfer window ends, but their hopes are “fading”, according to the Portsmouth News.

The report adds that “it is understood Kane has this week been instructed to remain at Anfield to feature in their Carabao Cup campaign.”

Retaining a youngster on the fringes of the senior squad in order to potentially make just one appearance seems strange, but this could indicate Kane will at least stay with the U23s.

On top of that, Doncaster manager Darren Moore has played down reports linking the 20-year-old with a return to the club, telling the Doncaster Free Press “it’s probably just speculation that has got out of hand.”

Kane started for the U23s in their 3-0 defeat at Chelsea earlier this week and will hope to inspire a change in fortunes when they visit Southampton next Monday.


Reds Internationals’ Latest Call-Ups

Virgil van Dijk of Holland during the UEFA Nations League A group 1 qualifying match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruijff Arena on October 13, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Tom Bode/VI Images/PA Images)

The dreaded international break is hovering ominously on the horizon, with two more rounds of Premier League fixtures taking place before it occurs.

Liverpool will be well represented in September, at least giving us something to look forward to.

Van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum have both been named in the Netherlands’ preliminary squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Germany and Estonia, on September 6 and September 9 respectively.

Meanwhile, Liverpool youngsters Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn are in Wales’ squad to face Azerbaijan (September 6) and Belarus (September 9), both of which are also qualifying matches.

A host of other squads were recently named, with the likes of Lovren, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino called up for their respective nations.

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