Malen linked again but move unlikely
Donyell Malen has five goals for Borussia Dortmund this season, playing mostly from the right, and is “open to a new challenge,” according to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg.
He reported that his club could be willing to allow him to leave for a fee of about £25 million to £30m.
The Dutch winger’s agent is currently said to be “sounding out the market” for a transfer. Plettenberg reported the player “has a market” in England.
? News Donyell #Malen: The 24 y/o is open for a new challenge in winter or summer as he’s not totally happy in Dortmund. His new agency SEG is sounding out the market.
?? #BVB, open to let him go
?? Price expectation: €30-35m.
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) December 4, 2023
This comes after Bild reported, last week, that Klopp is ‘keeping an eye’ on the player.
Given Liverpool’s wealth of attackers at the club and the rumour’s weak source, a move for Malen is unlikely. However, the price tag is one that Liverpool could could deem reasonable for a 24-year-old with potential.
Klopp’s injury updates
Here’s what the boss said:
- Joel Matip‘s “scan is not done yet” and his knee injury “doesn’t look good”
- Better news on Diogo Jota who ‘was running outside’ on Monday
Latest Liverpool FC news
- Liverpool are planning to host their biggest crowd since 1977, against Man United – tickets for the Anfield Road End test event sold out quickly
- Klopp has revealed how Alisson defended Caoimhin Kelleher ‘mistakes’ vs. Fulham – Liverpool have “fronted-footed goalkeepers”
- The Reds can ‘probably bin their analysis’ ahead of the Sheff. United match, with a new manager just in the door, Klopp explained
Latest chat from elsewhere
Liverpool's record when facing a side whose manager was in their first Premier League game of a spell in charge (excl. MD1 games):
P15 W8 D2 L5
— Michael Reid (@michael_reid11) December 5, 2023
- After reports emerged on Monday night, we all expected this: Sheffield United have sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom and replaced him with former boss Chris Wilder
- Klopp actually has a bit of history with Wilder, including a few sarky comments during his last stint in charge – remind yourself here
- Man United banned reporters from ESPN, Sky, the Manchester Evening News and the Mirror from Erik ten Hag’s press conference – not sure that’s really a good response to criticism
Video of the day and match of the night
If you would prefer to watch what Klopp had to say rather than read it, here is the manager’s full pre-match press conference:
There are plenty of games in the Premier League but our match of the night is Bradford City vs. Liverpool U21s.
It is the Reds’ first ever knockout game in the EFL Trophy and it kicks off at 7.30pm (GMT), live on Bradford’s EFL iFollow service.