We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, with the first-team squad making their way back to Melwood after the international break.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Klopp calls 10 Liverpool youngsters into first-team training
The first part of the squad is back.
- Fekir claims that knee injury was an “excuse” for his failed move
Strong words from the Frenchman.
- Liverpool quietly suspend ties with 1xBet under government pressure
The controversial firm’s licence is suspended.
- Mane insists there are “no doubts” over Naby Keita’s importance
“Once he gets over his injuries.”
- Van Dijk and Klavan swap shirts after Gini’s header seals Dutch win
A Liverpool reunion in Tallinn!
Liverpool Triggered Matip Contract Extension
However, there had been some confusion over the length of the No. 32’s current deal, having reportedly signed for a four-year spell on his switch from Schalke 04 in 2016.
Matip himself revealed he had two years remaining with Liverpool in a recent interview, and it transpires this is due to the club triggering an automatic extension on his existing terms.
The Athletic‘s James Pearce has relayed the news, insisting that ensures that Matip and Wijnaldum “aren’t currently a priority.”
Reds Have Held ‘Preliminary Talks’ with Milner
One player Pearce stresses should be a priority, however, is Milner, whose contract is set to expire next summer.
The vice-captain turns 34 in January, and though his game time is diminishing, he is considered a positive influence for the Reds both on and off the pitch.
Pearce reports that, after the club turned down an approach from Milner’s representative towards the end of last season, they have now held “preliminary talks” over an extended stay at Anfield.
He adds that “more dialogue is set to follow,” though there is no indication at this stage that a new deal is guaranteed.
Mane ‘Indescribably Happy’ at Anfield
One Liverpool player who does not require a new contract is Sadio Mane, who signed a new five-year deal in November worth around £150,000 a week.
The No. 10 has been tentatively linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months, but there is no chance Mane will be leaving Merseyside, as he told Complex:
“To be honest, I’m really happy to be a part of the club, the family here.
“We have the best fans in the world here, so I’m always so thankful for the support.
“It’s not just great for me too—it gives the whole squad more motivation to perform.
“It keeps us hungry to get better and better together…I really struggle to describe how happy I am to be here!”
That’s certainly encouraging!
Liverpool’s Full FIFA 20 Ratings
Now, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, ratings for the entire first-team squad have been released:
Mohamed Salah – 90
Virgil van Dijk – 90
Alisson – 89
Sadio Mane – 88
Roberto Firmino – 86
Fabinho – 85
Andrew Robertson – 85
Gini Wijnaldum – 84
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 83
Jordan Henderson – 83
Xherdan Shaqiri – 82
Naby Keita – 82
Joel Matip – 82
James Milner – 81
Joe Gomez – 80
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 80
Dejan Lovren – 80
Adam Lallana – 79
Divock Origi – 78
Nathaniel Clyne – 78
Adrian – 76
Andy Lonergan – 65
Rhian Brewster – 64
The demo for FIFA 20 was released on Tuesday afternoon, with Liverpool among the playable sides; the full game is available from September 27.
How Salah Avoided Egypt Duty This Month
Jurgen Klopp has enjoyed the luxury of many of his key players missing international duty this month, chiefly Salah and Mane.
Neither Egypt or Senegal organised friendlies for September, which allowed the pair to spend a week off before reporting back to Melwood on Monday along with a host of youngsters.
However, it has been claimed that Salah could have been required to play after all, but an issue with paperwork saw Egypt pull out of a proposed clash with Ukraine in Dnipro.
Ukrainian journalist Igor Burbas took to Twitter to report that a contract between Egypt and Ukraine required Salah’s participation, but “there were not enough signatures on the paper.”
Nigeria took Egypt’s place, and Klopp will no doubt be thankful.