3 deals confirmed, Matip to stay & Konate ‘wants’ signings – Latest LFC News

With transfer stories and other news breaking, it has been another busy day in the world of Liverpool FC.


Matip ‘expected’ to stay

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 7, 2023: Liverpool's Joël Matip during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Liverpool linked to several defenders in the transfer market, some have speculated that Joel Matip could be on his way out at the age of 31.

A recent reliable report, though, suggests otherwise.

The Athletic‘s James Pearce wrote that Matip is ‘expected to see out the final year of his contract, rather than move on’.

The centre-back finds himself in a similar position to Thiago, whose contract also runs out next summer.

Liverpool could see their resolve tested on either player, but sizeable offers may not be in the offing and the Reds would likely rather keep them for another season, with no alternative yet signed.

After all, allowing Matip, in particular, to leave on a free may not be seen as a loss for Liverpool, given he joined for nothing himself, seven years ago.


3 things today

  • Ben Doak has pulled out of the Scotland under-21s squad to focus on pre-season – he could have plenty of game time in the Europa League this year
  • Mo Salah has revealed how Roberto Firmino gave up the No. 11 shirt for him when the Egyptian arrived at Liverpool – in case you needed another reason to love Bobby


The transfer window

2NGHBM9 Paris, France - February 14: Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munchen thanks supporters for standing during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 leg one match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Bayern Munchen at Parc des Princes on February 14, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images) (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Just Pictures/Sipa USA)

  • Liverpool won’t sign two more midfielders just “to fill gaps,” report the Athletic – as long as we don’t end up with a summer like the last one

  • Ibrahima Konate has told RMC Sport that Liverpool ‘know they need new players’ – good to see the players recognise it too

  • Reported Reds target Ryan Gravenberch has offered an update, telling De Telegraaf: “I just want to play more. Preferably at Bayern, otherwise at a club where I’ll 100 percent play” – feels like this transfer isn’t going to happen

  • James Milner‘s free transfer to Brighton has been confirmed – best of luck to him, just not against Liverpool!

  • 18-year-old Charlie Hayes-Green has confirmed his move from Liverpool to Bolton – it comes after 13 years with the Reds

  • Liverpool goalkeeper Harvey Davies will join Crewe on loan for the 2023/24 season – he should gain plenty of competitive experience there


Latest chat from elsewhere

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, March 7, 2023: Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg game between Chelsea FC and Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won 2-0, 2-1 on aggregate. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Real Madrid have completed the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund – at least the saga’s been put to bed now

  • The Premier League has agreed “a series of new measures” to help prevent and punish tragedy-related chanting

  • New criteria, approved by the UK government, mean it will be easier for Liverpool to sign youngsters from overseas – you can read the document in full here


Video of the day

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Match of the night is Netherlands vs. Croatia in the Nations League semi-finals.

It is a chance to catch Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo in action for the Netherlands, as they face Croatia for a place in the Nations League final.

It kicks off at 7.45pm (BST) and is on Viaplay Sports 1 in the UK.

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