Firmino ‘happy’ at Al Ahli
Sources close to Firmino say ‘he isn’t pushing for a January move’, despite contradictory reports stating the opposite. The Brazilian moved to Saudi Arabia in the summer and is believed to be earning £326,000 per week, tax-free.
However, with the 32-year-old becoming less favoured by manager Matthias Jaissle, significant interest is expected in January – Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq are among the clubs linked.
A permanent move back to Liverpool FC isn’t happening, but Firmino will be on Merseyside next week. While in town, he will be holding a book signing that has sold out.
3 things today
- Anthony Taylor has been named referee for Liverpool vs. Newcastle, while Stuart Attwell will be the VAR
- Ahead of the match, Kieran Trippier admitted “standards have dropped” – if only Trent Alexander-Arnold received as much support from the national press as Trippier does
- Calum Scanlon told Liverpoolfc.com: ” I don’t mind where I play, as long as I’m on the pitch” – he has played at left-back and left wing this season
Latest Liverpool FC news
- This Is Anfield understands that Kostas Tsimikas is optimistic about his prospects of playing again this season – he will be out for at least another six weeks with a broken collarbone
- Internazionale outlet, L’Interista, report Liverpool have “shown a great interest in Nicolo” Barella – we’ve probably got enough central midfielders, thanks
- A British Asian man is suing LFC over discrimination in job recruitment, report the Guardian
Latest chat from elsewhere
- Liverpool still have a buyback clause on Dominic Solanke, according to a Liverpool Echo report – read the convoluted details here
- Pep Guardiola told Amazon Prime that John Stones’ injury he picked up vs. Everton “does not look good”
- Wimbledon FC moved and officially became MK Dons in 2004, but in the late 1990s, Prime Minister Tony Blair “was keen on an idea to relocate” them to Belfast (BBC Sport) – simply stupid
Video of the day and match of the night
After the dodgy refereeing seen against Burnley, we looked back at a timeline of Paul Tierney’s history with Klopp.