Liverpool headlines today focus on transfer rumours, the reaction to the draw with Burnley and more off-field planning.
Lovren to both extend and end his Anfield stay
Liverpool have reportedly taken up their option to extend Dejan Lovren‘s contract.
The Croatian defender had a year left to run and was being chased by teams including Zenit, who were hoping to get a cut-price deal as a result.
But now Goal’s Neil Jones has reported that the Reds have triggered the extension in order to secure a fee for their player, with a full intention to recoup money on a player they paid £20m for.
Lovren will still be allowed to leave, however, having grown frustrated at being fourth-choice for the past two seasons.
Roma were previously linked with him, as were AC Milan, but the most concrete rumours have recently centred around a move to Russia and Zenit.
Shaqiri on the move
Xherdan Shaqiri could be following Lovren out the exit door, after two injury-hit seasons on Merseyside.
The winger has been good when given the chance, a regular source of goals and assists, but those times he has been fit have been few and far between this season in particular.
Turkish outlet TivibuSpor now say the winger has been offered to Fenerbahce, with Shaq asking for around €60,000 a week to move to the Super Lig.
Having signed for only £13.5m, there’s a good chance that the Reds could make a profit on the 28-year-old, even in the probable repressed market this summer.
Everything today is about looking ahead and planning to continue our success, in many different ways.
- Plans suggest the Reds could have just over 21,000 fans back in Anfield for the start of next season
- Changes in rulings after Brexit will mean new considerations on which players can be signed by the Reds
- And just weeks before the official launch, the clearest look yet at our new Nike kits…rumoured ones, of course!
Quickfire LFC news
- Carragher reckons Trent has made right-back “sexy” (Goal)
- Klopp has moved home for a bit and is shacking up with…LFC’s head of press (TIA)
- A chat with Oxford’s manager reveals the big opportunities still ahead for Ben Woodburn, back from injury and facing a Wembley play-off (Echo)
- And Klopp still intends to depart when his contract ends in 2024, but fear not. As he says, the world can look very different a few years down the line (Mail)
Around the Prem
- Man City have had their European ban overturned by CAS, as they definitely didn’t break the rules with overspending (TIA)
- And to prove how naughty and mean those allegations were, they will immediately make three senior signings to rebuild. They didn’t overspend in the first place, definitely not (Telegraph)
- Over 140 people have applied to be the England Women’s national team manager, an incredible number considering they’ll be labelled ‘the new Phil Neville’ (BBC)
- And Kante is a target for Inter Milan. He’s important and defensive-minded, so Chelsea will probably sell (Gazzetta)
Stupid members of society of the day
Not one, but two, Premier League players targeted by racist messages on social media over the weekend.
Humanity still has a way to go.
Tweet of the day
Great news for our 20-year-old Scouser, who will hope for senior experience on loan next season.
Adam Lewis has committed his future by signing a new long-term contract with the Reds ??
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions ?) (@LFC) July 13, 2020
What we’re reading
Liverpool’s title-winning nutrition programme – a bit different from pie and chips the last time we won the league. James Pearce details the food for the Athletic.
Worth watching tonight
Granada vs Real Madrid at 9pm! Another title fight continues on LaLiga TV.