Reds coronavirus case reported & new club keen on Grujic – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool are in Austria on their pre-season camp but an unwelcome addition may have joined the group, according to reports from the local area.

 

Reds hit by Corona positive

It’s still unconfirmed at the time of writing, but local reports where the Reds are training in Austria have stated that one member of the travelling party has tested positive for coronavirus.

Premier League protocols will obviously be being followed if that proves to be the case, with isolation the first step, contact tracing plans checked to ensure no spread and ongoing further tests required to return a negative before a return to training.

That’s if it’s a player, of course, while training itself could go on unimpeded without the individual in question and especially so if it’s not a player.

The squad was training on Tuesday morning and there’s nothing yet confirmed or denied by the club, so it’s business as usual in preparing for 2020/21 – which could include a pre-season friendly with Salzburg.

 

Turkish giants want Grujic

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It’s not looking as though Liverpool will have any shortage of admiring clubs keen on the services of Marko Grujic this summer – but whether any will meet the reported £20m asking price remains to be seen.

Mostly it has been Bundesliga clubs linked with the Serbian, but SportWitness today carry details of Turkish SuperLig outfit Galatasaray as wanting to land him.

Turkish newspaper Takvim say Gala want Grujic as part of the rebuild which gets them an entirely new midfield—but, as usual, there’s a catch.

This time it’s that the finances don’t allow them to sign him outright this summer, so they’ll instead seek yet another loan deal.

Local reports have suggested the Reds are entirely against that happening, with Grujic, Harry Wilson or some of their other players, so if Galatasaray really want Grujic they’ll likely have to offload someone or miss their chance to sign him.

 

Project Youth

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Liverpool's Rhian Brewster, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

We don’t just have the best team in the land, but also some of the finest youngsters in the country. What next for them?

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 21, 2019: Liverpool’s Sadio Mané walks off the pitch at half-time during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 236th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Ovie Ejaria is back in pre-season training with Reading, but the Reds face a complicated situation to complete the transfer he was now supposed to make (TIA)
  • Here’s a brilliant look at the selflessness and humble greatness of Sadio Mane, off the pitch (FourFourTwo)
  • John Hartson hopes Neco commits his future to Wales amid England interest and says he’ll win a huge volume of caps (TIA)
  • Adam Lewis has completed an overseas loan, moving to Ligue 2 club Amiens for the coming campaign (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Monday, May 1, 2017: Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • United have now decided Grealish is too expensive, Sancho is too hard to get and so Douglas Costa is their winger target (Sky)
  • Leeds want Michy Batshuayi, but Chelsea want £25m. Suspect they’ll be waiting a while for that amount considering they didn’t feel he was good enough to play more than 300 minutes last season (Star)
  • Man City could buy Douglas Luiz back for £25m from Villa, because spending more to rectify transfer errors is better than no spending at all (MEN)
  • And after failing to lure both Allan and Hojbjerg, Everton are onto their third midfield target Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford. Chances he prefers to stay in the Championship? (Mail)

 

Stupid rumour of the day

Barcelona have just been humiliated in Europe on account of a crap defence and an unstable midfield. They have a new manager incoming to sort out the mess of a dressing room, a €200m shortfall to make up before the start of next season, a €600m annual salary bill and barely any room to move in the transfer market.

So what’s the Mail’s take on all this? They’re going to sign Neymar, of course!

 

Tweet of the day

Looking forward to more of this, Bobby!

 

What we’re reading

It’s pre-season, after all, so here are the youngsters hoping to prove their worth and make the grade to look out for now and this coming season.

And in the first of the last-four clashes in Europe, the “Leipzig swarm” takes on the “PSG stars” and here’s how that meeting of different ideologies could pan out, in the Independent.

 

Worth watching tonight

Champions League semi-final time! Leipzig and PSG, could be a thriller. 8pm (BST) on BT, as usual.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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