Timo Werner transfer bid ‘expected’ & Virgil’s new deal – Friday’s Liverpool FC News

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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 30, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal, his second of the game, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory after the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. (Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is refusing to believe his side have one hand on the Premier League title. (Tim Goode/PA))

With another game around the corner, Jurgen Klopp has tackled a range of questions in his pre-game interview.


Central influence

NAPLES, ITALY - Tuesday, September 17, 2019: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and captain Jordan Henderson applaud the supporters after the UEFA Champions League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at the Studio San Paolo. Napoli won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho says Jordan Henderson has been one of the squad’s top stars this season and that his influence is being missed on the pitch – but he’s ready to step up and help out.

“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

NORWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 15, 2020: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the only goal of the game during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • 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)
  • Harry Wilson has revealed the big impact Frank Lampard has played on his career so far (AFCB)
  • 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

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City FC at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • 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)
  • 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


What we’re reading

Remember Jerome Sinclair? He left the Reds for Watford a few years ago as he wanted regular action. He’s on loan with VVV Venlo now. Ben Nagle looks at what went wrong, for the Mail.

And Inter Miami are finally ready to get started in MLS after years of delays. This investigation from Chris Smith in the Guardian looks at whether there is the interest and intent around the city to make it all worthwhile.


Worth watching tonight

A rearranged Europa League game between Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt is an early kick-off at 5pm, while Norwich vs. Leicester in the Premier League kicks off at 8pm.

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