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Duo fit for Spurs & summer centre-back target ‘decided’ – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool have a massive game against Spurs tomorrow; ahead of that we’ve got build-up, transfer rumours and all the news regarding the Reds.

 

Reds want Konate to join in summer

No centre-back this window, but because the deal simply isn’t workable at this moment – due to who Jurgen Klopp and Co want.

That’s the reasoning for no upgrade in defence according to NY Times’ Rory Smith, who was speaking on the Football Weekly podcast and says the Reds want Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig.

With the Reds facing Leipzig in the Champions League, there’s no possibility of doing a deal to bring him in mid-season, and Liverpool have a habit of preferring to wait for the right man rather than look for alternative quick fixes.

It’s what they did with Virgil – so if it works to that extent here, it could be a long-term win for the Reds. Still, an actual defender for the next half-season would be nice…

 

Pair in training and ready for Spurs

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 17, 2021: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Assuming no bad reaction to a couple of sessions, Liverpool should be able to call upon Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip against Spurs on Thursday.

Klopp confirmed that both took part in a full team training session during the week, with another to come on Wednesday.

Neither were involved in the FA Cup defeat to Man United, but this would be a huge game to have them in place for.

It would likely allow Hendo to move back into midfield, with Fabinho partnering Matip in central defence – a much stronger proposition that some recent line-ups we’ve needed to field.

The boss also said no new injuries have been sustained, though we’re not expecting to see the likes of Jota, Keita and of course the long-term defensive absentees.

 

Spurs build-up

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Peter Powell/PA Wire/PA Images)

This would be a great time for another winning goal, Bobby. Last-minute if it needs to be, but we’d appreciate it a little earlier if possible!

 

Quickfire LFC news

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Liverpool's Marko Grujic during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • Liverpool will face Marseille in the UEFA Youth League, which is now a one-game knock-out competition. Gregory Vignal is part of the youth development programme at the French club! (LFC)
  • Jurgen Klopp is “pushing” to seal the signing of David Alaba on a free at the end of the season (AS/SW)
  • Liam Millar scored his first goal on loan and Grujic got another start for Porto (TIA)
  • And Nike have released a ‘Collection’ kit with an…interesting design. Make your own minds up on if the new gear is nice! (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

PARIS, FRANCE - Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Paris Saint-Germain's head coach Thomas Tuchel during a press conference at Parc des Princes ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Tommy Tuchel has been warned by Klopp that Chelsea are not the most “patient” side around, which is a bit like saying Man City are not the most “frugal” club around (TIA)
  • Spurs have approached Angel Di Maria to sign him on a free in the summer, because Mourinho’s counter-attack-from-60-yards style is just what every 32-year-old midfielder wants (L’Equipe)
  • Leicester want James Tarkowski in the summer. Does this sound like a good deal, or a bit like the time Brendan wanted Ashley Williams at the Reds? (Mirror)
  • And Everton and Parma are fighting it out for Bayern’s backup young striker Joshua Zirkzee (SW)

 

Stupid statement of the day

“We should remember where the fans of the future are going. It is our strong view that more European matches are welcome.”

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has unilaterally decided that current fans already in place and the footballing traditions which have been around for hundreds of years no longer matter.

 

Tweet of the day

What were you doing when you found out that God was coming back?

 

Worth watching tonight

A great night in store! Chelsea vs Wolves at 6 as Tuchel gets started, BrightonWolves at 7.30 in a key battle at the bottom, then Everton v Leicester at 8.15 in a big top-four clash.

Get some food and drink and pick a comfy spot on the sofa. Then don’t move.

 

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