Liverpool are preparing for their weekend clash against Watford, while we’ve also got transfer and contract news for the summer.
All aboard the Timo train
Nothing official, nothing guaranteed…but Liverpool are almost certain to make an offer for RB Leipzig Timo Werner.
That’s the news out of the Athletic, with James Pearce saying he “expects” the Reds to make an offer in the coming weeks.
A release clause is a big incentive, compared to his usual market value, but there’s also Werner’s recent comments about the Reds and Jurgen Klopp.
The boss was asked the striker’s comments and certainly showed his appreciation of them.
Klopp stopped short of expressing his own thoughts on the striker, though acknowledged it was great to have the Reds spoken about in such terms.
Sign him up
Isn’t it nice when keeping the best players at the club is seemingly a routine operation?
This summer looks to be the turn of Virgil van Dijk to renew his deal with the Reds – and it could make him the world’s highest-paid defender.
A weekly salary of around £200,000 could be in the pipeline and, despite the massive amounts of money involved – it equates to around £10.5m per year – there are few who would say Big Virg isn’t worth it.
The Dutchman is a cornerstone of our success and his partnership with Joe Gomez looks to be one which we can rely on for years to come.
Locking him down, and Alisson, would be as important as any new signing this summer.
Looking at Watford…and beyond
With another game around the corner, Jurgen Klopp has tackled a range of questions in his pre-game interview.
- Klopp has discussed how coronavirus may impact on the Reds’ proposed pre-season tour to China
- A trio of midfield options are closer to full fitness, but won’t feature this weekend
- And you can see all of Klopp’s thoughts in his full press conference here
“Hendo has been one of the team’s best players this season, without a doubt.
“His performances have been really good and his presence on the pitch doesn’t just help us with the ball, but also with his attitude. He is the captain.
“Now I need to try to help the team out with this kind of leadership; of course, we have different personalities, but hopefully I can help a bit in this respect.”
Both players have operated in the deepest midfield role this term, though Fabinho‘s return to fitness initially saw Hendo step forward before his own recent injury.
Quickfire LFC news
- Tonight’s U23 game at Blackburn has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch (LFC)
- Damien Comolli has opened up on the Suarez/Evra incident, saying it was a mistake and the worst moment of his career (Mail)
- And good guy Sadio Mane is so focused on the team collective, he reveals he never even knew that title-winners get individual medals (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Aymeric Laporte could be out for another month with a hamstring issue. No doubt this will be the latest reason everything has been designed to favour the Reds this year (BBC Sport)
- Daniel Sturridge will turn down Aston Villa this summer to stay with Trabzonspor. There is, in fairness, quite a gap between Champions League and Championship… (Mail)
- Alex Lacazette says Bukayo Saka is the league’s best young player. Trent waves hello! (Evening Standard)
- And Man City are considering a £30m move for Everton‘s Mason Holgate, apparently. He’s decent, but not entirely sure it helps close the gap to Gomez and Van Dijk… (Mirror)
Stupid article of the day
Apparently, there’s “no guarantee Liverpool would be crowned champions” if the coronavirus stops the season early.
That’s according to the Telegraph, who have put together a nice little article based on absolutely nothing, no quotes, no investigation, no asking anybody in authority and no sense whatsoever.
Tweet of the day
? Defeat in the Premier League — 422 days ago
? Defeat at Anfield — 520 days ago
? Defeat in the Premier League at Anfield — 1,042 days ago
What a football team ? pic.twitter.com/YpTgxrihdG
— Liverpool.com (@Liverpoolcom_) February 28, 2020
What we’re reading
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