We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, as the Reds’ trip to Burnley edges closer.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Duncan agent’s launches Liverpool “bullying” claim
Striker cites mental health issues.
- Liverpool “disappointed” by agent’s “unfounded” comments
The club’s response to Duncan’s representative.
- Rafa on pursuing Barry and selling Keane
The ex-Liverpool boss also names his “most under-appreciated” player.
- Mayor vows to oppose Liverpool’s controversial plans
The club want to trademark the name of the city.
- Who can Liverpool expect in League Cup third round draw?
Can the Reds avoid a Premier League team for once?
- Plans in place for Anfield to host Women’s Super League fixture
An agreement is “on the radar.”
- Rafa on pursuing Barry and selling Keane
Werner ‘Open to Move Abroad’; Liverpool a Possibility
Timo Werner recently signed a new deal with RB Leipzig, having long been linked with a move to Liverpool.
It could still be a transfer that has legs, however, especially as the striker has a release clause of just €30 million (£27.5m) in his new contract.
According to Sport Bild, via Goal’s Ronan Murphy on Twitter, Werner “would only leave Germany for a club like Barcelona, Liverpool or Real Madrid.”
The player himself hasn’t ruled out a future switch abroad before his long-term deal expires, only heightening the chances of a premature exit.
“I don’t exclude anything,” Werner told Sport Buzzer.
Werner’s style of play is perfectly suited to Liverpool, with the Germany international boasting technical expertise and a strong work ethic.
It’s testament to the strides the Reds have made under Jurgen Klopp that they are in the mix to sign him, along with Barcelona and Real.
Roma to Make Fresh Lovren Offer
Dejan Lovren‘s future continues to be up in the air, even though some reports state that Liverpool want to keep hold of him.
The 30-year-old has been tipped to join Roma all summer and Corriere dello Sport claim a deal could still be agreed, with the Giallorossi preparing a new offer.
Serie A clubs have under September 2 to sign players and Roma are keen to acquire another centre-back following Kostas Manolas’ move to Napoli.
They are believed to prefer an option-to-buy clause in Lovren’s possible loan deal, but Liverpool want a permanent sale.
While the player wants to leave Anfield, Roma are said to be as yet reluctant to offer a long-term contract to an injury-prone 30-year-old on high wages.
Kent Has “Heart Set” on Rangers Return
Like Lovren, Ryan Kent is another player eyeing up a Liverpool exit, with a lack of first-team opportunities frustrating him.
The young winger shone at Rangers last season, winning PFA Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award, and a return to Ibrox on loan has been mooted.
According to Sky Sports, Kent has his “heart set” on a reunion with Steven Gerrard, but is “keeping his options open.”
Clubs from France and Belgium are also rumoured to be interested in the 22-year-old, with the window shutting on the same night as Italy, on September 2.
Liverpool are said to value Kent at “around £7 million.”
Inglethorpe Hails Trent’s Influence
Trent Alexander-Arnold may still only be 20, but he is already a hero to many other Liverpool youngsters.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Reds academy director Alex Inglethorpe lauded the right-back for the impact he has had on those at the Kirkby base:
“The thing I found interesting with Trent is that when he first broke into the team and when he came back to the academy, the young players were really excited to see him but you kind of feel they are hoping it’s Mo Salah.
“Trent is really good and he has helped us out with the signings of the new U8s the last few years.
“He walked into the room [the day after the 4-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield] and you could see and feel there was a real buzz among the players and they wouldn’t have wanted anyone else there.
“If they could have picked any player they would have picked Trent.
“I think that’s a mark of how far he has come in terms of the thinking of the supporters and the young players here.”
Alexander-Arnold’s rise has been quite remarkable in the last couple of years, with the West Derby-born star going from young hopeful to Champions League winner.
Just like Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler before him, he is the poster boy of this generation at Liverpool.
Liverpool Reveal Limited Edition Blackout Jersey
Liverpool FC have today revealed a limited edition blackout jersey for 2019/20 by New Balance.
The shirt is modelled on Liverpool’s home kit for the 2019/20 season and builds on the centenary celebrations of Bob Paisley’s birth.
A pinstripe design draws inspiration from the Reds’ 1982/83 strip, when Paisley was the club’s manager, and his signature is inscribed on the inside of the neck.
The jersey employs the same pioneering New Balance design and technology as Liverpool’s 2019/20 home shirt: NB DRY technology helps to keep fans fresh and dry, while a back-body map aids freedom of movement.
The blackout jersey is part of New Balance’s “Live It” campaign for the Reds, which champions the legendary spirit that unites supporters across the world.
* The Liverpool FC Blackout 2019/20 Jersey is available to order from the club’s official store here.