Reds keen on out-of-contract duo & no Thiago midweek – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool are again gearing up for the next quick challenge, with a trip to Newcastle coming on Wednesday as the Reds look to bounce back from a home draw.

 

Reds linked with move for two talents

Opposite ends of the pitch, opposite ends of their careers.

Liverpool are now being more heavily linked with a pair who are out of contract in the summer, starting with Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.

The versatile Austrian has been a regular at centre-back over the last year, but has often played left-back for the Bundesliga side and in midfield for his national team. He’s not going to renew and so can talk to teams from the start of 2021, though Liverpool are far from the only side in the running.

In addition, we’re keen to land Folarin Balogun, a talented young striker at Arsenal who has started to get his first games at senior level this term in the Europa League.

He was widely linked with the Reds and Sheffield United last summer when he made it clear he wouldn’t renew his contract with the Gunners and that still appears to be the case.

Two to keep watch on.

 

No Thiago…yet

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2020: Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara, makes his debut as a substitute, during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by Propaganda)

He’s back in training and Jurgen Klopp says Thiago Alcantara took part in a “reduced” full team session, but he won’t feature at Newcastle.

The midfielder isn’t quite ready for an on-pitch return, says the boss, who rightly points out that a return from injury isn’t simply a case of getting back into training, having one session then being back on the team-sheet.

“He has done parts of training so far. On Friday he trained a full session, but the session was a reduced session,” Klopp said.

“It looks quite promising at the moment, but I cannot say more about it, I don’t know. We will see.”

At least in midfield we do still have a fair few options, with James Milner also back recently – and this will be quite the [re]addition to the squad in January when our No. 6 is back to full fitness.

 

Prepping for the Magpies

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen’s not angry. That’s what he says. We all know what he’ll have been like after the draw – so let’s get back to winning ways!

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Liverpool's Divock Origi during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Origi continues to be linked with Inter, but he’s “not a priority” for Wolves at present (Athletic)
  • Klopp has appointed a former colleague as a member of the backroom staff in a newly created role (TIA)
  • Trent says the mentality must be 100 per cent right going into this game against Newcastle (LFC)
  • And the media say no interest in signing a new defender…but is this repeat misdirection? (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, April 5, 2019: Southampton's manager Ralph Hasenhüttl during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Steve Bruce says he’s “shooting in the dark” with options to face the Reds (TIA)
  • The Premier League players and staff recorded a record high in Covid-19 tests this week (TIA)
  • Ralph Hassenhuttl will manage from home againt West Ham as a family member tested positive (BBC)
  • And Jose Mourinho wants Sergio Ramos at Spurs. That should solve any defensive issues… (ES/Mail)

 

Stupid rumour of the day

It would simply be the most Arsenal move ever to ostracise, ignore and eventually bomb out of the club Mesut Ozil…and then to replace him with Isco.

 

Tweet of the day

Get that Trent-to-Mo combo firing again quickly!

 

Worth watching tonight

United vs Wolves should be pretty decent. 8pm, Amazon Prime. Or Norwich vs QPR in the Championship if you can’t stomach the Prem game!

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