We round up the latest Liverpool FC transfer news and rumours, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side head into a crucial second half of the January window.
Reds supporters are still bouncing off the walls after Sunday’s incredible 4-3 win over Man City, taking their unbeaten run to 18 games in the process.
The Anfield thriller was a welcome distraction from the transfer window, for a few hours at least, but we are in for a busy next couple of weeks.
Philippe Coutinho‘s exit means plenty of funds are available, should Klopp feel the need to buy new players this month, and certain individuals may also be leaving the club.
Here’s the latest from the rumour mill.Did Malcom’s Manager Reveal Liverpool Interest?
Bordeaux’s highly rated Brazilian forward Malcom has been hotly tipped to join Arsenal this month, as the Gunners look to fill an Alexis Sanchez-shaped void.
However his manager, Jocelyn Gourvennec, has tossed Liverpool’s name into the ring, despite no real interest in the player reported.
“I can’t deny that he’s being followed by a lot of people,” Gourvennec said.
“He’s asking himself what’s the best thing for him, for his future. That’s logical. If he’s asking questions and he still manages to make assists or score goals, it’ll be fine.
“If Liverpool want you to work for them tomorrow, you’d go.”
It is a fairly tenuous rumour, but could the club be tempted to act on Gourvennec’s words and attempt to sign Malcom?
He would certainly be an exciting purchase, with many desperate to see Coutinho replaced, but it feels very unlikely.Can to Extend His Reds Stay?
Emre Can‘s Liverpool future has looked cloudy for a while, with his contract ticking down and Juventus showing genuine interest in him.
Although many have been resigned to losing the marauding midfielder this summer, the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter, among others, has suggested a new deal at Anfield could still happen.
Can himself insists a decision about his next move has not been made yet.
“My agent is looking after everything but I am here until the summer,” the midfielder revealed.
“I haven’t signed anything with anyone. I am talking with everyone. Of course I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club.
“What can I say? My agent does the rest. I just concentrate on the scene, on my performance and the football. I will give everything for this team.”
Can was outstanding in Sunday’s win over City, again showing how criminal it would be to lose him on a free transfer this summer.Mignolet Hints at Anfield Exit – Napoli Move Likely?
Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have been sharing goalkeeping duties for Liverpool this season, but it now looks as though Klopp has chosen the latter as his first-choice ‘keeper for the rest of the season.
Mignolet appears to be stung by this decision, and although he denies any kind of feud with Klopp, he admits he is now considering his future.
“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand, and the situation has become clearer,” Mignolet said.
“I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best.”
On Tuesday, Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad linked Mignolet with a €20 million switch to Serie A leaders Napoli.
Ironically, should a move to Naples materialise, it means he would once again replace the man he usurped on Merseyside in 2013: Pepe Reina.Allison & Oblak on Liverpool’s Radar
It is very clear that Klopp needs to bring in a superior goalkeeper to Mignolet and Karius next season—this month would be even better—and he appears to be actively searching for one.
According to Paul Joyce of the Times, Allison and Jan Oblak, of Roma and Atletico Madrid respectively, are two legitimate targets moving forward.
The report does state that “negotiations on a fee could prove difficult” with Allison, who is Brazil’s No. 1 ahead of City’s Ederson, but Liverpool’s interest is genuine.
Oblak, described by Joyce as “another potential candidate,” is one of the world’s best ‘keepers, and would be an outstanding acquisition.
A top-class man between the sticks would improve this Liverpool side immeasurably.Grujic to Head to the Championship on Loan
It is very difficult to see Marko Grujic getting any first-team action this season, unless the Reds pick up a desperately unlucky number of injuries.
The 21-year-old has struggled since arriving from Red Star Belgrade in 2016, and a loan move to the Championship in January is on the cards, according to the Liverpool Echo.
There has been interest from Premier League pair Huddersfield Town and West Ham, as well as Turkish giants Galatasaray, but Pearce states that “Liverpool have been seeking guarantees that Grujic would start matches rather than simply be a squad player.”
A number of Championship clubs are keen on acquiring the services of the towering midfielder, and Liverpool are now considering the offers on the table.
It will be good for Grujic to get some regular football under his belt, perhaps returning a more rounded player in the summer.
Liverpool ended Manchester City's unbeaten record in the Premier League this season in fine style as they recorded a thrilling 4-3 victory over the table toppers at Anfield on Sunday - but what went on behind the scenes at one of the games of 2017-18? Find out in the latest edition of Inside Anfield.
The Reds extended their own unbeaten run to 18 matches as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah struck to stun Pep Guardiola's men.
City did threaten to stage a comeback as they pulled the scoreline back to 4-3, but Jürgen Klopp's side held out to pick up three crucial points.
You saw what happened on the pitch during the 90 minutes but now there is a chance to glimpse the goings-on in the tunnel and around the ground before and after the football.
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Firmino has shone since being installed as Jurgen Klopp‘s first-choice striker last season, and so far this term has scored 17 and assisted nine in 31 games.
And speaking after that Anfield victory, Carragher lauded Firmino’s all-round game, highlighting why he is so underrated compared to the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero.
“He’s highly rated by Jurgen Klopp but outside Liverpool he’s not mentioned when talked about top strikers.
“He’s got 17 goals this season—he’s the first name on the teamsheet.
“Yes, you’ve got Salah and Mane, but Firmino’s holdup play and work off the ball makes him one of the best attacking players in the Premier League. He’s a top player.”
Firmino’s output in front of goal has steadily improved since joining from Hoffenheim in 2015, but as statistics from Oulala prove, his defensive efforts have been consistently top-level:
Beyond being the Premier League‘s joint-sixth highest scorer with 10 goals, and joint-13th in terms of assists, with five, Firmino is a standout talent off the ball.
No forward has won more tackles than the 26-year-old (125) since the start of the 2015/16 campaign, with second-best Jordan Ayew (88) producing considerably fewer throughout his spells with Aston Villa and Swansea City.
Widely coveted for his blend of industry and attacking quality, Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez has won 46 fewer tackles than Firmino, with 79.
Impressively, no forward in the English top flight has made more successful tackles and interceptions combined than Firmino (180) since August 2015.
Ayew is his closest rival, with 138, highlighting the chasm between Liverpool’s No. 9 and any other striker as a front-footed option.
In short, the Brazil international is the ideal centre-forward for Klopp, and with the Reds hoping to tie him down to a new long-term contract, he is certainly not underrated at Anfield.
Liverpool are interested in both Roma’s Alisson and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as they prepare to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer window.
Karius has started in both of the last two games, with Klopp confirming after Sunday’s 4-3 win at home to Man City that his young compatriot is now No. 1.
This has led to Mignolet considering his options, with the 29-year-old explaining that “this situation can not last too long” as he eyes a place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
Given the instability of the January market it had been unlikely Liverpool would make a move for a new goalkeeper this month, despite links with both Alisson and Jack Butland.
But according to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, Klopp has set his sights on signing another stopper ahead of 2018/19.
Alisson is one of the targets named, but “negotiations on a fee could prove difficult” after Liverpool secured a bargain with the £36.9 million signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma in June.
The Brazilian is valued at £44 million which, given the landscape of the current market, could still be a worthwhile outlay.
Meanwhile Oblak, who has established himself as one of Europe’s leading goalkeepers during his three-and-a-half seasons with Atleti, is “another potential candidate” with an £89 million release clause.
Despite reservations over Roma’s demands, Alisson is the more realistic target for Liverpool at this stage, though Oblak is the most interesting.
Having joined from Benfica in 2014, the Slovenian has risen to prominence in La Liga, and in the past two seasons has won Marca‘s Zamora Trophy for the lowest goals-to-games ratio.
In his second year in Madrid he conceded just 18 goals in the entirety of the domestic campaign, equalling Deportivo de La Coruna goalkeeper Francisco Liano’s record from 1993/94.
And so far this season he has kept 12 clean sheets in just 19 league games, conceding eight goals in 1,710 minutes of football, or one every 213.8 minutes.
Oblak is an elite-level goalkeeper who only just turned 25, with considerable scope to develop further if he made the move to the Premier League.
Activating his release clause would require breaking Liverpool’s transfer record once again, but it would arguably be a wise move to shore up Klopp’s back line for the rest of his tenure.
“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand, and the situation has become clearer,” he said.
“I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best.
“I’m [nearly] 30 years old and the World Cup is coming. This situation cannot last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.”
Now, on one hand, it’s natural and entirely understandable where Mignolet is coming from.
Aside from wanting to be first choice, he also wants to ensure he travels to Russia 2018, quite possibly the last World Cup he’ll be around the Belgium setup for.
On the other hand, the self-preservation at this precise point is too much to take.
“Always try to stay calm”? No, no he doesn’t. There were interviews and soundbites last time he came out the team too.
And the very fact that there was even a possibility of Karius being reinstalled is hardly concrete evidence of Mignolet’s own form being undeniably tremendous this season.
The fact is, whether fans, the manager or the goalkeepers themselves think Mignolet is better than Karius, merely not being as bad cannot be grounds for keeping a place in the team.
If one hasn’t made the case, the other should get the chance.
Aside from anything else, the manager has already decided it’s time for his compatriot, so forget questions of preference.
This isn’t even about Mignolet. It’s about Liverpool.
The moment the Reds are in, the possibilities they have before them after that stunning weekend win and rise to third.
It cannot be allowed to be destabilised by anything, especially after coming through the Philippe Coutinho saga as well as they apparently have.
“This situation cannot last too long, that’s clear.”
He’s spot on. Liverpool cannot linger over this. So take him out entirely.
For the next two weeks, allow Mignolet and his management team to locate a new club to play for for the remainder of the campaign, and place Ward back on the bench.
Not having the ever-present threat of Mignolet hovering there, anxious to regain his No. 1 spot, could boost Karius.
It could leave him calmer, more assured of his place and able to focus on simply doing the job.
At this point there isn’t competition for places in goal as much as toxicity and fear over who has the shirt and gloves. Clarity is needed, and bolstering Karius’ mentality by whatever means necessary should be a priority.
As for cover, and the needs-to-be-acknowledged possibility that Karius doesn’t seize his chance, that’s where Ward comes in.
The Welshman has been incredibly patient this term, playing just one game after a career-making season achieving promotion with Huddersfield.
But Ward is a safe second choice, arguably a deserving starter. Importantly, he’s absolutely, certainly, inarguably, a Premier League-standard goalkeeper.
We’ve seen it in his fleeting appearances for the Reds, he showcased it in Scotland at Aberdeen and it was highlighted with consistency in the Championship.
He could cope. He wouldn’t let the side down. He’s indeed got a reasonable case to be the most well-rounded and complete of the three senior goalkeepers at Klopp’s disposal, even if the others have attributes which might at this point be better-honed.
For many, Mignolet might be the best goalkeeping option still. It doesn’t matter.
If he isn’t consistent enough to make an iron-clad case to not be dropped, and will create a scene as soon as he’s left out accordingly, then good luck to him—elsewhere.
Mignolet has been superb for the Reds at times, a match-winner on occasions.
But it’s always followed by another drop-off, another spell out the team, another round of rumours of a replacement.
So it’s time to end it for this campaign, to not allow the goalkeeping situation to derail what could turn out to be a spectacular season for Liverpool.
Give Karius the time and the backing. If he takes it, great—hold off any further decisions until summer. If he doesn’t…great for Ward, who absolutely deserves an opportunity too.
And let Mignolet seek out a switch in January, an important move which could well benefit all three goalkeepers and the team overall as a consequence.
Last Updated: 16/01/18 12:09pmSimon Mignolet says he has to consider his future with Jurgen Klopp rotating his goalkeepers
Simon Mignolet admits he has to think about his future following his exclusion from Liverpool's starting line-up for Sunday's victory over Manchester City.
The Belgium international has started 19 of Liverpool's 26 Premier League games but has not featured since the New Year's Day victory at Burnley as Jurgen Klopp rotates his goalkeepers.
Loris Karius started in Sunday's 4-3 win over City, with the German also being selected for all six of the Reds' Champions League group games and the FA Cup win over Everton, and Mignolet is becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of consistent game time.Loris Karius has started Liverpool's last two games
"After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," Mignolet said.
"My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer."
Mignolet now believes that he has more understanding of his position under Klopp, but is not happy with his current situation as the World Cup approaches.Swansea vs Liverpool
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"After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said.
"I have to think about my future and the World Cup is coming. This situation should not last too long, that is clear. But I cannot say more about it either."
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Steven Gerrard expects Rhian Brewster to bounce back from the high ankle sprain he sustained during Liverpool U23s' game against Manchester City last Friday.
The 17-year-old forward suffered a heavy fall during the young Reds' 3-2 Premier League 2 defeat and left the field on a stretcher.
Following an initial diagnosis of ligament damage, Brewster will undergo further tests this week to determine the full extent of his injury.
Brewster has been a regular fixture for Neil Critchley’s U23s this season, as well as the club’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League - a side managed by Gerrard.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Gerrard said: "Rhian is a great kid and a fantastic footballer. He is a mentally strong kid as well and I’m sure he will bounce back.
"He’s got the right physios and doctors and Critch and Mick [Mike Garrity] will get around him and keep his spirits up, and he will bounce back.
"All players bounce back from injuries. It is a setback, it’s disappointing for everyone involved, and there may have been a chance he might have been available for the FA Youth Cup game with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday as well.
"Everyone knows I’m such a fan of Rhian. Of course the kid is down at the moment. We are still waiting for further tests and results to see the full extent of the injury, but he’s got everyone’s support here.
"Everybody is rallying around him and making sure he stays in the best place he can be in."
On this day in 1999, Gerard Houllier's Liverpool beat Southampton 7-1 at Anfield to register the club's biggest ever Premier League win.
Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick to take his tally of career league goals to 101 in 175 matches and Dominic Matteo headed into the top corner, notching his debut strike for the Reds.
Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and David Thompson completed the scoring for the home team on a day when it could have been an even greater margin of victory over David Jones' Saints.
A slight lapse in concentration at 5-0 up allowed Egil Ostenstad to net a consolation for Southampton.
The Reds have matched the six-goal margin of victory on six occassions down the years - but the seven scored remains a landmark.
Here are Liverpool's biggest wins in the top-flight since 1992...
* The Reds have also recorded 12 5-0 wins in the Premier League: Crystal Palace (1993), Swindon Town (1994), Leeds United (1996), West Ham United (1998), Ipswich Town (2002), West Brom (2005), Aston Villa (2009), Birmingham City (2011), Norwich City (2013), Swansea City (2013 and 2018) and Tottenham Hotspur (2014).
Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is set to join a Championship side on a six-month loan deal, despite heavy interest from sides in Turkey.
Grujic has featured sparingly for the Reds so far this season, making just six first-team appearances of which only one came as a starter.
The Serbian has been an unused substitute three times, typically missing out on Jurgen Klopp‘s matchday squad due to increased competition in Liverpool’s midfield ranks.
This has led to speculation over Grujic’s future, with the player’s representative revealing he is due a loan move this month when speaking in November.
Both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have been credited with an interest, along with Brighton & Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town, West Ham and Aston Villa.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the latter is the most likely destination of those six, with Grujic destined for a half-season spell in the English second tier.
“Liverpool have been seeking guarantees that Grujic would start matches rather than simply be a squad player,” James Pearce writes.
“A host of Championship clubs having contacted the Reds to express their willingness to give him the regular first-team football he craves.”
Crucially, it is claimed that “Klopp rates Grujic highly and still sees him as part of his long-term plans,” with a loan within England designed to further his development.
Grujic is a strong, powerful midfielder with an eye for goal, and is able to operate in a number of roles, though he is currently best suited as a No. 10.
In his last season before joining the Reds in 2016, Grujic scored six and assisted seven in 29 games as Red Star Belgrade surged to the Serbian SuperLiga title.
But while his attacking merits are clear, Grujic would certainly benefit from focusing on his off-ball work, with a lack of defensive discipline clear since he’s moved to Merseyside.
Spending the rest of the campaign in the more physical climes of the Championship could provide the 21-year-old with the ideal apprenticeship.
It remains to be seen where he will end up, however, with Villa clearly not the only side to have expressed their interest.
Liverpool have already seen both Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town) and Ryan Kent (Bristol City) leave the club on loan this month, with more departures likely.
Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan visited St Andrew’s Community Network on Friday to make a donation to their North Liverpool Foodbank collection.
The Estonian handed over a number of essential items - which will be made into three-day emergency food parcels for local residents in need – before chatting to centre volunteers about the vital work North Liverpool Foodbank does within the Anfield community.
Food poverty and food education is one of the key focus areas of LFC’s Red Neighbours programme, working alongside the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative to tackle local food poverty.
Foodbank collections take place at every home game at Anfield; supporters attending matches can drop off any non-perishable food donations and toiletries at the foodbank collection points, which are open three hours before kick-off and located on Anfield Road, next to the club’s Family Park, and inside the new LFC Anfield superstore.
So far this season, matchday donations have totalled over 3,675kg – feeding roughly 1,150 families in need in North Liverpool.
For more information on the Red Neighbours programme, follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.
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Emre Can believes Liverpool sent out a message to teams across Europe in beating Manchester City 4-3 on Sunday.
The Reds became the first side to inflict a Premier League defeat upon Pep Guardiola's men this season, edging an unforgettable game at Anfield.
The hosts pressed relentlessly and showcased their pace and quality in attack to put the previously unbeaten league leaders to the sword.
And Can expects perceptions of Jürgen Klopp's team to have changed in the aftermath of their impressive performance against City.
“It was unbelievable,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“Look at how we pressed, I think it was the best game. We played against Manchester City, you don’t have to forget that!
“We were always on the front foot, everyone pressing and everyone doing a brilliant job. I don’t know how many kilometres we ran...
“If the teams saw us playing like that, they will give us a lot of respect and we will take a lot of confidence.
“We don’t have to pick one player out. Every single player performed and did an amazing job. Teams watching our performance will think ‘oh wow!’
“They will see we are a strong side but it’s just one game and we have to keep going. It’s Swansea next.”
The Reds' midfield trio of Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played a crucial role in preventing the visitors from settling into their typically expansive passing game.
The No.23 was particularly impressed by Oxlade-Chamberlain, who kickstarted arguably his best Liverpool performance thus far with the opening goal.
He added: “Alex was brilliant. He played all his life as a winger but against Man City he played as a No. 8 and you could see he is an amazing player. He’s quick, he’s strong in tackles and he can score goals.”
Roberto Firmino's sublime strike against Manchester City on Sunday bore a striking resemblance to a goal expertly scored by Robbie Fowler at Manchester United back in 1995 - but which one is your favourite?
The efforts were uncannily similar; both players brushing off an opposing defender with the shoulder to reach a ball forward from midfield before deftly lofting a chip over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.
Our free video below shows just show remarkably alike they both were - watch it now and then cast your vote underneath.