Lallana contract latest & Shaqiri heads back to Switzerland – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

22 October 2019

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, as the Reds train ahead of their Champions League clash with Genk.


Today’s Main Headlines

Reds Will Offer Lallana Short-Term Contract

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Liverpool's goal-scorer Adam Lallana applauds the travelling supporters after the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adam Lallana enjoyed one of his biggest contributions in a Liverpool shirt on Sunday, scoring the all-important late equaliser against Man United.

The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract at Anfield and many expect him to move on to pastures new next summer.

The Athletic‘s James Pearce claims the Reds will offer Lallana a short-term extension, however, in a bid to extend his five-year stay on Merseyside.

It was originally reported when Lallana signed his current contract back in 2017 that the club included a one-year extension clause, which they could activate as they did with Joel Matip earlier this year.

Pearce adds that Liverpool are expecting “plenty of interest” in the midfielder across Europe, most notably from Serie A.

Lallana deserves great credit for his impact at United, but next summer still feels like a logical time for him to find a fresh challenge.

Jurgen Klopp is clearly still a fan, though, telling LiverpoolFC.com that Lallana’s Old Trafford strike was a “wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.”


Shaqiri Receiving Treatment in Switzerland

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 14, 2019: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Xherdan Shaqiri hasn’t featured for Liverpool since a late substitutes’ appearance away to Napoli last month.

The 28-year-old is suffering from a calf injury picked up in training and he has confirmed that he is receiving treatment on the problem back home.

“I’m from Basel as well, so I always visit my family here,” Shaqiri told Blick.

“I can do a part of my therapy here in Basel.”

It is a frustrating time for Shaqiri, who was such a key player for Liverpool this time last year, but has since fallen completely out of favour.


Evra Calls Milner His Toughest Opponent

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates after scoring the winning second goal, an injury time penalty, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner finally seems to be earning the plaudits he has always deserved, as his career slowly begins to wind down.

Someone who thinks particularly highly of Milner is former United left-back Patrice Evra, who singled him out as his toughest opponent ever on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football:

To select Milner ahead of Lionel Messi is fairly remarkable—while there is no doubting who the better player is, Evra’s comments highlight how good the Liverpool man has been.

He is one of the most consistent English players of his generation.


Liverpool Have “Great Interest” in Sancho

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Liverpool at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jadon Sancho is one of the hottest properties in world football, starring for Borussia Dortmund since leaving Man City.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past and Didi Hamann has now added some fuel to the fire.

Speaking to Sky90, the ex-Reds midfielder claimed that there is genuine interest in Sancho from the European champions:

“What I hear is that Liverpool has great interest.

“I would imagine that next summer they could become one of the biggest interested parties.”

Hamann does state that a deal won’t happen if Dortmund want an “astronomical” fee for the forward, however.

Take it with a pinch of salt, but allow yourself a smidgen of excitement.


United Supporter Banned for Life

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 19, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold sees his cross blocked by Manchester United's Daniel James during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold was the subject of vile racist abuse from a United supporter on Sunday—thankfully, it didn’t go unnoticed.

The fan was immediately ejected from Old Trafford and the Mail have now confirmed that he has been banned from the ground for life.

United launched an investigation and subsequently found the unnamed supporter on CCTV.

The incident is believed to have taken place near the players’ executive boxes during the first half of the 1-1 draw, and was “met with a furious reaction” from those nearby.


Critchley’s Praise for Young Pair

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 28, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones (R) celebrates scoring with team-mate Rhian Brewster during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by Kunjan Malde/Propaganda)

If you ask most Liverpool fans which youngsters they are most looking forward to seeing develop in the coming years, Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster will invariably get a mention.

The pair are both starring for the Reds’ under-23s this season and could also feature prominently in Wednesday’s UEFA Youth League clash away to Genk (1pm BST).

Speaking to the club’s official website, U23s boss Neil Critchley lauded captain Jones, describing him as a “big influence in the dressing room,” as well as a “positive one.”

Meanwhile, Brewster also received a glowing assessment, with Critchley hailing his “really good personality” and saying it’s a “win-win” situation with him, in terms of representing either the first team or the under-19s on Wednesday.


Anfield to Introduce Reusable Cups

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 9, 2019: An exterior view of Liverpool's Spion Kop stand with supporters reflected in a puddle ahead the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have confirmed that reusable cups will now be provided at Anfield, as part of the Reds Going Green initiative.

It all starts when Tottenham visit on Sunday afternoon, with supporters asked to hand their cups back to their nearest kiosk or LFC Reds Going Green volunteers when they are finished with it.

The report states that “the initiative will see the club typically reduce its plastic waste by approximately 170,000 cups per season.”

It’s all for a good cause, so if you’re going to the game, be sure to do your bit.

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