Reds linked with big-money midfielder & buildup to Wolves – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News

Liverpool are building up to the Thursday night game against Wolves, with Jurgen Klopp holding his press conference today. Oh and new transfer rumours, too.


Reds join chase for Lille man Soumare

A host of Premier League teams have been rumoured to be in for Boubakary Soumare this winter—but a move away from Lille appears remote now before the end of the month.

Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been keen, but now Liverpool have also been mentioned in conjunction with a potential summer move.

French outlet Le10 Sport say the Reds are ready to challenge their domestic rivals for the energetic midfielder’s signature.

Soumare has been rated at between £30m and £60m, depending on the publication you choose to believe, and it’s well-known that Lille must sell one big-money player per summer in line with their investor plans.

Team-mate of Soumare, Victor Osimhen, is another who has been linked with the Reds – he’s a forward.


Klopp ready for Reds’ next test

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 19, 2020: Liverpool's xxxx during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The boss has been preparing the boys for our next league fixture, the away trip to Wolves.

It’s a tough place to go and a tough team to face, but the Reds have shown extraordinary consistency this term and this should be but the next challenge to face the same way.

The best news of the presser was that Fabinho is looking in great shape and is getting closer to starting a game – though we’ll see whether that comes midweek or in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury at the weekend.

There’s praise, too, for Alisson as Klopp explains his personal traits which make him such a perfect No. 1, as well as his thoughts on the goalkeeper’s outrageous knee-slide celebration against Man United!

As usual, we have the entire press conference available for you to see.


Nothing but positive

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2019: Liverpool's Joe Gomez celebrates after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everything surrounding the Reds appears to be good news this week!


Talented youngsters, but not for us

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Liverpool's Rafael Camacho before the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rafa Camacho is still in touch with Jurgen Klopp, say Portuguese outlet A Bola, having left the Reds in the summer for Sporting CP.

Seemingly, the pair have a great relationship and “speak regularly” by phone.

Don’t read too much into it in terms of a transfer back to Anfield, but it’s another indication of the manager’s approach, going well beyond being just a coach in the dressing room and taking a full interest in his players’ lives.

Meanwhile, one which won’t be happening is the Reds signing Brazilian talent Reinier, who has now joined Real Madrid.

It might have been different though, with the Reds cited as one of several clubs who tried to agree a move with his agent before the Spanish side closed the deal.

There’s no suggestion a move was ever close, and it’s no surprise to see the Reds keeping tab on talented youngsters.


Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds are linked with 16-year-old striker Jude Bellingham, currently of Birmingham City (
  • Mario Balotelli had a £1m “good conduct” clause in his Liverpool contract, awarded if he didn’t get three red cards in a season. Maybe he thought it was for if he didn’t get three goals in a season? (The Athletic)
  • 17-year-old winger Pedro Brazao is a January target for the Reds; he’s a winger with Nice in France (RMC Sport)
  • And Dortmund have made a list of replacements for Jadon Sancho ahead of an expected summer departure, with Liverpool and Chelsea still at the front of that supposed queue (Mail)


Around the Prem

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 26, 2016: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale looks dejected after missing a chance against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Wolves are faced with being without Jota (dead leg), Ruben Vinagre (hamstring) and Wily Boly (fracture) for the game against the Reds, though Jota could return (FourFourTwo)
  • Spurs want Gareth Bale on loan but his agent says the idea is “ridiculous,” though didn’t specify whether he was talking about going on loan or going back to Spurs (BBC Sport)
  • Man United have made their 748th breakthrough in talks with Sporting over a move for Bruno Fernandes. Is he the new Nicolas Gaitan yet? (Mirror)


Misplaced comment of the day

“He is the best left-sided central defender in the world.”—Pep Guardiola on the returning Aymeric Laporte.

Liverpool’s No. 4 waves hello from his lofty perch, 13 points above Laporte and Co.


Tweet of the day

Ex-Newcastle full-back Olivier Bernard, complete with really weird Twitter handle, pays special homage to Divock’s favourite goalkeeper after yet another howler.


What we’re reading

Have you seen Rayan Cherki play yet? If not, you’re in for a treat when Lyon next cross your screens. The 16-year-old is a huge talent, though this piece from Goal’s Robin Bairner cautions him from following the path of a player he has been likened to: Hatem Ben Arfa.

And for the Athletic, Adam Hurrey presents an A-Z of the transfer window, including “W” for “warchest” and “wantaway striker,” because that’s what January is all about.


Worth watching tonight

Nobody wants to be bored to tears by United vs. Burnley, let’s face it. The best game of the night isn’t on TV, Spurs vs. Norwich. So grab a stream or fly overseas for the evening for a 7:30pm kick-off. Juve vs. Roma is your Coppa Italia offering at 7:45pm on BT Sport 3.

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