Reds ‘want Varane’ & Egypt want Salah in Olympics squad – Liverpool FC Roundup

Liverpool reaction and news on Monday has been about the rare occurrence of a Premier League win! All very good – and the build-up to Chelsea starts now.


Varane the new name in the frame

We’ve had a whole list of centre-backs linked with the Reds already over the past few months, and more are sure to follow.

Whether any will come with the trophy haul and price tag of today’s name, Raphael Varane, is debatable – but don’t get your hopes up yet.

Mundo Deportivo say the Reds are keen on him if he doesn’t sign a new contract at Real Madrid, while fellow Spanish outlet Sport say Los Blancos want around €100 million for the 27-year-old if he departs.

Apparently, with his ball-playing ability, pace and consistency, he’s seen as the “perfect match” for Virgil van Dijk for next season and beyond.

That may be true, but few fans will be taken in by talk of a move for that amount of money.

It rather smacks of agent talk trying to shoehorn a better new deal for his client.


Salah heading for Tokyo?

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Egypt's Mohamed Salah during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group A match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mo Salah has had a bit of an up-and-down relationship with the Egypt national team – or rather, those in power running it rather than playing for the national side itself.

That could be the case again if they don’t get in touch with the Reds, with the news that the Egypt Under-23 coach Shawky Gharib told a national TV channel that Salah is one of the over-age players included in the “preliminary squad” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – which has been delayed until this coming summer.

If he goes, he’ll miss all or most of pre-season and likely the start of 2021/22, with the report claiming there’s no discussions with the Reds over the matter yet.

They will take place after the March international break and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Klopp won’t be delighted at the prospect.


Fallout to win over Blades

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 28, 2021: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s a pretty good feeling, taking the three points. We’d almost forgotten! Time to do it again on Thursday.


Quickfire LFC news

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2020: Liverpool's substitute Mateusz Musialowski during the Under-18 Premier League match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Manchester City FC Under-18's at the Liverpool Academy. Manchester City won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • The Reds want to sign Aissa Mandi on a free transfer this summer (La Razon)
  • Liverpool won the U18 mini derby 2-1 with goals after 28 seconds and deep into stoppage time (LFC)
  • And finally, with a busy couple of weeks coming up here are all the key dates to note in March (TIA)


Around the Prem

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 22, 2019: Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • AC Milan have basically taken one big game and good performance to decide they want to sign Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea, making the decision to loan him out even more strange (Sky)
  • Real Madrid and Juve are fighting Man City to sign Manuel Locatelli. Hate to say it but he’d dominate under Pep in a big, big way – good job the rumour source is dreadful (Calciomercato)
  • Burnley and Newcastle are fighting it out for Benfica’s Nuno Tavares and he must be thrilled at the prospect of leaving European competition action to play for either one of them (O Jogo)
  • And Blackburn want £25m for striker Adam Armstrong. Judging by him having one year left on his contract and Harvey Elliott creating loads of his goals this season, we estimate that means our kid is worth about £100m now (Mail)


Stupid rumour of the day

Real Madrid want Mohamed Salah! But can’t afford him.

This, then, is neither a rumour nor even a news item of relevance. We’d like to build a 700,000-seater stadium, but don’t have the room, the finance or the planning permission, among other obstacles. See how that works?


Tweet of the day


What we’re reading

Tactical breakdown of our changed attack, courtesy of James Nalton.


Worth watching tonight

Real Madrid and the Toni Kroos show while all their attackers are out. They’re playing Real Sociedad at 8.

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