We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, as Saturday’s visit of Newcastle edges nearer.
Today’s Main Headlines
- Arsenal star’s incredible praise for Liverpool
The Reds must be a nightmare to play against.
- Napoli boss shocked by “incompetence” in stadium refit
Ancelotti not happy ahead of Liverpool’s visit to San Paolo.
- The view from Newcastle ahead of trip to Anfield
Why Magpies should “fear” Mane & Firmino.
- ‘Innovator’ Klopp’s key traits revealed
Big words from managerial legend Arrigo Sacchi.
- Hoever shows impressive maturity to Champions League omission
“I am not so concerned with it”.
- Lijnders names youth prospect who impressed during international week
Liverpool’s assistant manager also hints at rotation.
Liverpool Battle Heavyweight Trio for Ruiz Signing
The summer transfer window may be done and dusted, but that hasn’t stopped potential future arrivals making the headlines.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool are one of four top clubs interested in signing Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are the other trio in question, highlighting how highly the 23-year-old is rated.
Capable of being both a creative force in midfield and also effective out wide, Ruiz would bring great versatility and quality to the Reds’ squad.
Liverpool could come face-to-face with the Spain international next Tuesday, as Napoli host Jurgen Klopp‘s side in the Champions League.
Lallana Reveals Surprise at Squad Omission
Adam Lallana enjoys an interview, with some Liverpool supporters often left baffled by how much he talks to the press.
In one of his more revealing chats, however, with the Times‘ Paul Joyce, the 31-year-old has opened up on a number of issues.
Speaking about his omission from Liverpool’s squad for their Premier League opener against Norwich, Lallana admitted it was “a bit of an eye-opener” after regaining fitness, not having experienced that type of omission since his teenage playing days.
The midfielder also says he is “still waiting” for his chance to play in the No.6 role that he did well in during pre-season, adding that he finds the position “very stimulating because I get more of the ball”.
He also revealed that his first exposure to the position came as far back as before the Bayern Munich game in the Champions League, as he mirrored Thiago‘s role for the first team to get to grips with in training.
Perhaps most interestingly, Lallana reveals that his training schedule became the total opposite of his teammates’ during his injury absence, because he found it so hard seeing them when he was out.
The former Southampton man said that he felt as though he was “climbing a ladder that was never-ending” during his recovery, making it clear that it was a tough time in his career.
Barnes Tips Liverpool for Title Triumph
Liverpool’s perfect start to the season has done little to quieten those predicting them to win the Premier League title this season.
One of those who believes the Reds will go all the way, getting the better of an imperious Man City side in the process, is John Barnes.
In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Liverpool legend explained why he thinks they are better equipped than their title rivals:
“I think they’ll win the league this year. Winning the Champions League has given us that confidence, that determination.
“The thing about Liverpool now is that no matter who they play, whether that’s Man City away in the league or Swindon in the cup, they’ll play with the same determination and desire.
“They’ll do that and they’ll do that consistently, which is why I think they’ll win the title.”
City remain the bookies’ favourites to clinch a third league crown in succession, but there does seem to be a growing swell of opinion that this could be Liverpool’s year, at long last.
Randall Set for Bulgaria Move
Connor Randall was never good enough to make the grade at Liverpool, despite making eight first-team appearances for the Reds.
The 23-year-old was released earlier in the summer and he has been on the search for a new club ever since.
Bulgarian football writer Metodi Shumanov has now reported that the defender has completed a shock move to Bulgarian top-flight side Arda Kardzhali.
Who else didn’t see that coming?
Liverpool Helping Prison Inmates
Liverpool are one of 45 clubs to have teamed up on the ‘Twinning Project’, which helps give prison inmates training, in order to turn them into reformed characters.
A report from Sky Sports outlines the venture, with clubs delivering coaching and refereeing courses to local prisons.
The LFC Foundation, the club’s official charity, is set to deliver a second course at HMP Altcourse, with Ian Rush among those helping out.
The hope is that the project brings down re-offending rates and provides exciting opportunities for individuals looking to turn their lives around.