Links to Porto defender & new claims Gini is ‘likely’ to renew – Liverpool FC Roundup

Liverpool’s transfer rumours on Friday centre around those coming in or those potentially staying. We all happy if we are keeping Gini then?


Porto’s Mbemba on Reds’ list

Another week, another centre-back. The only surprise is that it’s not Pepe who we’re linked with, after he hit the headlines for a big performance as Porto knocked out Juventus in the Champions League.

Instead, it’s his partner in crime at the back: former Newcastle United man Chancel Mbemba.

Reports suggest he’s available for only €15m this summer as he has just one year left on his deal.

Liverpool and Napoli are keen, with the Reds having “asked for information”, if you believe such nondescript terms of irrelevance.


Gini Barca move ‘ruled out’

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 6, 2020: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gini Wijnaldum is less and less likely to move to Barcelona with every passing week.

His status as a free transfer this summer makes him enticing – as does his ability, reliability and massive collection of medals – but Ilaix Moriba’s progress means the club want him to fill the Gini-shaped void, meaning no move for our No. 5

That’s according to reports out of Spain, who say that with the prospect of a move to Catalunya disappearing, “his priority is to renew for Liverpool,” and that’s now “the most likely scenario.”

Gini has been asked a few times about his future recently and largely palms things away with the ‘lots to sort out, wait and see’ type of line, but it would unquestionably be in Liverpool’s favour if Barcelona ruled themselves out of a move.

Others will be keen on him, but perhaps this saga will play out differently to that of Emre Can‘s.


Senior stars

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 7, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Fulham FC at Anfield. Fulham won 1-0 extending Liverpool's run to six consecutive home defeats. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

You know what? It’s very nice to have some headlines and news which are based largely on positivity going forward.


Quickfire LFC news

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 28, 2021: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds will honour Joe Fagan as part of the Anfield Road End redevelopment (TIA)
  • Bobby Firmino has a “chance” of returning to the squad on Monday night (Sky)
  • The latest kit leak shows our supposed 21/22 home shirt and it’s…well, you decide (TIA)
  • Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic says he’d love a move to the Reds and says “last time I went to a Liverpool game with my brother, I really kitted myself out: I bought myself a scarf, jersey, cap and a mug.” He’s not linked with us or anything, he just loves the Reds! Same Sasa lad, same (SW)


Around the Prem

BRIGHTON & HOVE, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 28, 2020: VAR review disallows Liverpool's opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • Bad news for Brighton as their excellent wing-back Tariq Lamptey is ou for the season, needing a hamstring op (BBC)
  • Chelsea want to replace Pulisic with Kingsley Coman, which is a bit of a tough sell considering Coman is a Bayern starter, while the American largely sits on the bench (Mail)
  • Gigi Donnarumma’s agent has started chatting with United and Chelsea, just to make sure Milan stick an extra zero on their next contract offer (TWP)
  • And the PL is writing to clubs to get feedback from captains, managers and sporting directors over VAR issues. That could be a long, long email chain (Mail)


Unsurprising news of the day

It’s not confirmed by the club at the time of writing, but Chris Wilder will be leaving Sheffield United today or soon.

Who could have thought that a season of 14 points from 84, and recent criticisms of his playing staff not being good enough, wasn’t a sustainable method of operation.


Tweet of the day

Big Crouchy blames midfielders for xG! Typically hilarious from the great man.


What we’re reading

It’s Friday night so we’re doing a quiz in honour of those long-ago evenings when we could go to pubs in teams and pretend we could almost remember what the capital of Lesotho was.

This one is on Klopp’s Champions League scorers – we have 100 goals under the boss!


Worth watching tonight

Blackburn vs Brentford at 7:45pm if you fancy a watch of Harvey Elliott against one of the best teams in the Championship.

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