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Dejan Lovren: Liverpool's eighth World Cup finalist

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 13:28
Dejan Lovren became the eighth Liverpool player to reach a World Cup final following Croatia's 2-1 comeback win over England on Wednesday night.
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Liverpool stance on Roma stopper remains unchanged

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 13:15
Liverpool have no immediate plans to make a move for in-demand Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
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Liverpool cool interest in Alisson despite Italy reports

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 13:06
Liverpool have cooled their interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson.
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Reds make Alisson bid

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 12:43
Liverpool have tabled a £58m bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, reports in Italy claim.
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Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 12:07
Dejan Lovren made history with Croatia on Wednesday night but wants to rewrite it immediately by helping his country lift the World Cup.
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Liverpool face Lazio competition for Shaqiri

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 11:23
Liverpool face competition from Lazio for Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
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Reds open Xherdan Shaqiri talks

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 11:10
Liverpool are in talks with Stoke about a deal to bring Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield.
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Lyon to reopen Nabil Fekir negotiations with Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 10:57
Nabil Fekir has told Lyon's owner that he is still desperate to move to Liverpool.
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Liverpool FC launch new 2018-19 New Balance third kit

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 10:00
Liverpool FC and New Balance have today launched the team's third kit for the 2018-19 season with the help of a virtual squad in a world-first.
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July 12: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 09:55
Visit our dedicated Media Watch section for all of the latest LFC-related transfer speculation and newspaper stories.
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Nabil Fekir reaches agreement with Lyon to reopen Liverpool talks

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 00:59

Nabil Fekir has made clear to Lyon's owner he STILL wants a move to Liverpool.

And we understand the France star, who will appear in the World Cup final on Sunday, has reached an agreement that Jean Michel Aulas will at least reopen talks with the Reds to explore the prospect of resurrecting his 'dream' move.

Fekir has actually met twice with Lyon chief Aulas during this World Cup, the latest after Les Blues' dramatic semi final victory over Belgium when the French owner – who is influential within the FFF - went into the dressing room to join celebrating players.

He has held sit down talks with the talented midfielder and his advisor Jean-Pierre Bernes to discuss the collapsed move to Anfield.

As it stands Liverpool will NOT return to the table if any deal remains on the terms originally agreed. But we understand they would be prepared to listen if Aulas were to propose a restructuring of terms, and that wouldn't even necessarily mean a reduction in the fee.

Fekir's advisors are aware of Liverpool's position, and they have made very clear to the Lyon president the player still wants a move.

Aulas is a canny negotiator, and has a reputation for being one of the toughest people in football to deal with.

He made Chelsea wait for three months to sign Michael Essien, more than doubling the price, and did the same with Florent Malouda.

He got a record fee from Real Madrid for Karim Benzema and made the sale of Hugo Lloris drag out until minutes before the transfer deadline in 2012.

A similar scenario developed in talks with Arsenal over the sale of Alexandre Lacazette, where he squeezed more than £50m out of the Gunners.

But crucially, he has already shifted his position over Fekir, first saying he would sell the player to Real Madrid, then Manchester United, before suggesting this week the midfielder could stay at Lyon.

In reality, he is positioning to get as much as the originally agreed £53m from Liverpool as possible, but has conceded that he will talk once more, to allow Fekir what even the president admitted was the player's dream move.

And we can reveal that Lyon have been in talks with a possible replacement, with the French club linked strongly to Hakim Ziyech, with his club Ajax thought to currently be in talks over a potential £20m move.

Talks will NOT take place until after the World Cup final, but there is now a real prospect they will be resurrected, and if Aulas is prepared to compromise over the structure of the deal, then the transfer can still be done.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Nabil Fekir reaches agreement with Lyon to reopen Liverpool talks

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 00:59
Nabil Fekir has made clear to Lyon's owner he STILL wants a move to Liverpool.
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Nabil Fekir reaches agreement with Lyon to reopen Liverpool talks

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 00:59

Nabil Fekir has made clear to Lyon's owner he STILL wants a move to Liverpool.

And we understand the France star, who will appear in the World Cup final on Sunday, has reached an agreement that Jean Michel Aulas will at least reopen talks with the Reds to explore the prospect of resurrecting his 'dream' move.

Fekir has actually met twice with Lyon chief Aulas during this World Cup, the latest after Les Blues' dramatic semi final victory over Belgium when the French owner – who is influential within the FFF - went into the dressing room to join celebrating players.

He has held sit down talks with the talented midfielder and his advisor Jean-Pierre Bernes to discuss the collapsed move to Anfield.

As it stands Liverpool will NOT return to the table if any deal remains on the terms originally agreed. But we understand they would be prepared to listen if Aulas were to propose a restructuring of terms, and that wouldn't even necessarily mean a reduction in the fee.

Fekir's advisors are aware of Liverpool's position, and they have made very clear to the Lyon president the player still wants a move.

Aulas is a canny negotiator, and has a reputation for being one of the toughest people in football to deal with.

He made Chelsea wait for three months to sign Michael Essien, more than doubling the price, and did the same with Florent Malouda.

He got a record fee from Real Madrid for Karim Benzema and made the sale of Hugo Lloris drag out until minutes before the transfer deadline in 2012.

A similar scenario developed in talks with Arsenal over the sale of Alexandre Lacazette, where he squeezed more than £50m out of the Gunners.

But crucially, he has already shifted his position over Fekir, first saying he would sell the player to Real Madrid, then Manchester United, before suggesting this week the midfielder could stay at Lyon.

In reality, he is positioning to get as much as the originally agreed £53m from Liverpool as possible, but has conceded that he will talk once more, to allow Fekir what even the president admitted was the player's dream move.

And we can reveal that Lyon have been in talks with a possible replacement, with the French club linked strongly to Hakim Ziyech, with his club Ajax thought to currently be in talks over a potential £20m move.

Talks will NOT take place until after the World Cup final, but there is now a real prospect they will be resurrected, and if Aulas is prepared to compromise over the structure of the deal, then the transfer can still be done.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Lovren's Croatia beat England to reach World Cup final

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 00:25
Dejan Lovren was celebrating after Croatia fought back from a goal down to beat England 2-1 in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.
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Lovren's Croatia beat England to reach World Cup final

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 00:25

Dejan Lovren was celebrating after Croatia fought back from a goal down to beat England 2-1 in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson started for the Three Lions and Trent Alexander-Arnold remained on the bench.

Gareth Southgate's side got off to a dream start when they took an early lead on five minutes courtesy of a brilliant free-kick from Kieran Trippier.

England had some great chances to increase their advantage but Croatia levelled on 68 minutes through Ivan Perisic.

Extra-time then followed when Henderson was withdrawn in favour of Eric Dier in the 97th minute.

Lovren lasted the full distance as Croatia grabbed the winner on 109 minutes when Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic pounced to make it 2-1.

Lovren's Croatia will now meet France in Sunday's World Cup final.

England face Belgium in Saturday's third and fourth place play-off.

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Tackles, interceptions, creativity – How Xherdan Shaqiri compares to Sadio Mane & Mo Salah

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:00

Xherdan Shaqiri is set to join Liverpool as backup for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but are concerns over his quality and work rate warranted?


The Reds are closing in on a deal for the 26-year-old Stoke City winger, and he is expected to join up with first-team squad for this month’s tour of the United States.

A release clause in his contract with the Potters made him available for around £13.5 million, ensuring a cut-price squad option for the new campaign.

But though his ability is unquestioned, there are reservations among supporters and pundits alike whether Shaqiri has the attitude required to operate within Klopp’s system.

Here, we compare his output from the 2017/18 season with that of Mane and Salah, who he will alternate with when required, with per-90 statistics from their defensive and offensive contributions:

(Statistics via Squawka‘s Comparison Matrix.)

Though their roles were markedly different last season, it is interesting to note how Shaqiri holds up to Klopp’s key wingers in terms of his off-ball work.

The Swiss averaged over double the amount of successful tackles per 90 as Salah, while he made more interceptions than both the Egyptian King and Mane.

Tasked with being Stoke’s primary outlet, Shaqiri also created more chances per 90 on average, and while this clearly impacted on the frequency of his shots, he was marginally more accurate than Salah when testing the goalkeeper.

It is also notable that the Potters’ No. 23 was more creative than both Salah and Mane despite being equally as involved in Stoke’s passing play as Liverpool’s top goalscorer.

However, on a basic level Shaqiri’s impact in the final third will be measured in terms of goals and assists:

(Statistics via WhoScored.)

He scored eight goals and laid on a further seven assists in the league last season, topping the Stoke charts for both, but he was outperformed by both Mane and Salah.

However, as Potters supporter David Cowlishaw told This is Anfield back in June, their reliance on the diminutive winger put considerable pressure on him to perform.

“With Marko Arnautovic and Bojan out of the picture, Shaqiri was our sole creative force,” Cowlishaw explained, “but alas, his abilities weren’t enough to keep us in the Premier League.”

Only Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino outscored Shaqiri in the Liverpool squad in the league, and the Reds’ No. 11 was the only player to lay on more goals.

Shaqiri registered the same number of assists as Mane, Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Klopp has clearly acknowledged the need to lighten the workload of his first-choice front three.

 Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The key criticism aim at Shaqiri, however, comes in his work rate and perceptions of his poor attitude.

Gary Neville, speaking to ITV as part of their coverage of Switzerland’s 1-1 draw with Brazil at the World Cup, labelled the ex-Bayern Munich winger as “unprofessional” for his approach in 2017/18.

“He could score the goal of the tournament and he could have the most amazing game,” he conceded.

“But he could also be there for three matches, do nothing and just amble and wobble around.”

Shaqiri’s defensive statistics bely that view, though Cowlishaw added “he is not a man for tracking back and running around.”

This may, as Neville touched upon, be due to the lack of quality around him on a sinking ship at Stoke last season, with the player himself expressing his frustration in March:

“The feeling that even a Ronaldinho could do little in this team is sobering.

“I had to realise that it’s a bit different when you have players like Ribery and Thiago at Bayern or Icardi and Kovacic at Inter.

“Here at Stoke I cannot exert too much influence, simply because there is a lack of quality around me.

“I cannot just down tools but it would take something extreme for Stoke in the transfer market this summer to revive my enthusiasm.

 Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri looks dejected after missing a chance against West Ham United during the FA Premier League match at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have been largely flawless in terms of signings since Klopp took over in 2015, and this is partly due to the manager’s insistence that he judges their character before sanctioning a deal.

Klopp makes a point of meeting every potential signing, and if there were any fears of Shaqiri having ‘downed tools’ at Stoke this will have been allayed in his conversations with the German.

Like Oxlade-Chamberlain before him, Shaqiri will arrive under scrutiny from supporters due to his previous performances in the English top flight.

But his productivity during a decidedly poor campaign for Stoke under first Mark Hughes and then Paul Lambert should be evidence enough that this is a £13.5 million deal worth pursuing.

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Shaqiri to join for US tour, Grujic returning to Cardiff – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 18:00

We round up the latest Liverpool FC news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, ahead of England and Croatia’s huge World Cup semi-final.


Main HeadlinesShaqiri To Join Tour of US?

 Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On Tuesday night, reports emerged that Liverpool had opened talks with Stoke City for Xherdan Shaqiri.

The potential transfer has been mooted for a while now, with Jurgen Klopp keen to add depth in wide attacking areas for next season.

The Daily Mail‘s Dominic King believes Liverpool will try to wrap up a £12 million deal before they depart for their pre-season tour of America on July 21.

Shaqiri is set to return to Stoke training on Monday after his World Cup excursions, and a deal can therefore be expected to be announced in the near future.

Grujic To Return To Cardiff

Cardiff City's Marko Grujic ( Steve Paston/EMPICS Sport)

Marko Grujic spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City, helping Neil Warnock’s side seal promotion to the Premier League.

With first-team opportunities at Liverpool set to be hard to come by in 2018/19, it looks as though the 22-year-old is returning to Wales.

Football Insider reports that the Reds and Cardiff “have agreed a deal in principle” for the Serb, who made a total of 14 appearances for the Bluebirds last season, scoring once.

You have to wonder whether Grujic has a long-term future at Anfield but a year in the Premier League will certainly be good to see.

Reds Interested In Rebic?

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Ante Rebic has shone for Croatia at the World Cup, helping them reach Wednesday’s semi-final against England.

It was his expert volley that set the Croatians on their way to a famous 3-0 win over Argentina in the group stage.

According to Sport Bild, the 24-year-old has caught the eye of a host of top clubs, with Liverpool one of those in the mix for his signature.

The Eintracht Frankfurt man is believed to favour a move to Bayern Munich, though. Other reported suitors are Man United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Probably nothing in this link at all.

Henderson Heaps Praise On Lovren

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren applaud the supporters after the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

England and Croatia face-off in the second World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with Henderson and Lovren both to start.

The Liverpool skipper has been full of praise for his club teammate, lauding his all-around quality as a centre-back despite flack often coming his way.

“He had his fair share of criticism but he’s done so well over the last six months, especially after the start of the season, he bounced back so well,” Henderson told reporters.

“He’s got everything: he’s aggressive, good in the air, good on the ball, a real leader as well, always talking. I’m so pleased for him, he’s a great person, great character but hopefully this journey ends for him.”

Who will come out on top in Moscow and move on to the final against France on Sunday?

Markovic Not Finding Many Suitors

 Liverpool's Lazar Markovic during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is no shame in forgetting that Lazar Markovic is still a Liverpool player, having not represented the Reds competitively since May 2015.

The Serb will never play for the Reds again, but Turkish Football claim he is struggling to find a new permanent club, despite being offered to Galatasaray.

Goal‘s Neil Jones does believe Fenerbahce and Anderlecht are interested in signing him, however, having played for both on loan in the past.

What a wasted talent.

Ojo Keen To Keep Impressing

 Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo celebrates scoring the second goal during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Much of Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday centred around Loris Karius‘ latest mistake, but Sheyi Ojo was a bright spark.

The young wide man scored the Reds’ second goal with a lovely finish and was a constant threat with his pace and power.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Ojo says he hopes he did enough to impress Klopp, as he looks to remain at Anfield this summer:

“I was on the right wing and the manager always talks about being aggressive, being direct.

“It was a good one-v-one opportunity and I was trying to get some space and managed to get the shot off and score the goal.

“Every time I’m on the pitch I just want to play free and attack as much as I can and hopefully score and assist.

“I managed to do that today and it was really good but I think the most important thing is to just keep improving and that’s what I’ll look to do in the next couple of games.”

Elsewhere:
  • Man City have signed Riyad Mahrez for £60 million
  • Andriy Yarmolenko has joined West Ham from Borussia Dortmund
  • Arsenal signed Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira

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Nabil Fekir saga “not over” – French press claim negotiations ongoing

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:27

Liverpool are claimed to be still working on a deal to sign Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, with progress expected after the World Cup.


Fekir is part of the France squad who booked their place in Sunday’s final through a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday night.

Didier Deschamps’ side will take on either England or Croatia in Moscow, though Fekir’s bit-part role so far suggests he will be fortunate to feature at Luzhniki Stadium.

Regardless, his involvement in Russia has stalled any developments with a possible move to Merseyside, with Liverpool’s initial deal with Lyon breaking down at the beginning of June.

However, speaking to Get French Football News on Wednesday, RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi has maintained that the Reds’ “will come back” for the 24-year-old once the tournament ends.

Tanzi claims “everything had been sorted but the minor details,” with Fekir’s desire to play for Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp‘s insistence he was his primary target, ensuring “the saga isn’t over.”

He speculated on the collapse of the previous agreement with the Ligue 1 side, with it being Tanzi’s opinion that “if it had been medical, Liverpool would have stopped the transfer right there and then.”

“At the moment negotiations seem to be going on,” he elaborated, contrary to suggestions in English media.

“There’s a possibility that they’re using his knee as a means of paying less, but in the end, they have the money and they know he wants to come.”

NABIL FEKIR during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 game between Lyon and Villareal - First Round (Photo Stephane GUIOCHON/Maxppp/PA Images)

This raises the prospect that Liverpool, Lyon or Fekir’s representatives attempted to renegotiate at last minute, and the proximity to the World Cup saw this fail.

If this is the case, and Tanzi is to be believed, Liverpool could well revive their interest after Sunday.

The lack of concrete alternatives touted so far could be another indicator that the Reds have not given up on Fekir, while the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter has also added fuel to the fire.

Concluding his report on the Reds’ move for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri he claimed the deal “may yet be resurrected.”

Fekir’s move to Anfield was so close that he underwent media duties with LFCTV before joining up with the France squad, though this was not out of the ordinary due to his imminent flight to Russia.

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