Liverpool’s transfer business seemed to be done following the acquisition of Diogo Jota from Wolves, but could there be one last twist in the tale?
Jota’s arrival followed the marquee signing of midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos.
But with no replacement signed for departing centre-back Dejan Lovren and the Reds short in that department, will they look to reinforce? Follow all the latest news, rumours and deals below.
NAPOLI DS MAINTAINS KOULIBALY IS STAYING
Napoli’s director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli believes that Kalidou Koulibaly is staying at the club.
The 29-year-old defender has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Liverpool throughout the transfer window.
However club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is a tough negotiator, and is unwilling to sell Koulibaly below his €80m price tag.
Asked about the Koulibaly situation, Giuntoli said:
Our squad is complete, so will now try to release players who won’t have much time on the pitch.
I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he.
He has three years on his current deal, I believe he is staying.
City have since moved on from Koulibaly, signing Benfica defender Ruben Dias, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes there will be no further signings.
CROUCH RAVES OVER NEW LIVERPOOL SIGNING
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch is in awe of new club signing Thiago Alcantara, saying the midfielder could play the game ‘with his slippers on’.
The former Barcelona player signed for Liverpool for a fee believed to be in the region of £20m after winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
Writing in his column with the Daily Mail, Crouch said:
He could play the game in his slippers. I watched that cameo at Chelsea last week and you could tell immediately that Thiago had blown people away in his first training session, as everybody wanted to give him the ball.
There were some similarities I could see in Thiago with Xabi Alonso. It was the way he gathered the ball, how crisply he passed it. Xabi was a wonderful footballer and he came to my mind when I watched Thiago.
Did you see those ‘no-look’ passes and how he was rolling the ball under his studs? There was so much to admire in those 45 minutes and he is going to be a big figure through the rest of the season.
DEFENDER TO VISIT MELWOOD
Motherwell defender Sam Campbell is reportedly set to visit Liverpool’s training ground with a view to joining the club.
The Scottish side accepted a bid from Liverpool for the 16-year-old defender, in addition to bids from Leeds and Brighton.
Website Football Inside states that Campbell wants to hold a meeting with the club in order to decide what’s best for his future.
Motherwell reportedly wanted to keep hold of the player, but Campbell decided to seek a transfer away from Scotland.
It’s unknown at this stage the figures involved in the deal.
KARIUS IN ‘GOOD MOOD’ AHEAD OF LOAN MOVE
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius states that he’s in a ‘good mood’ ahead of his move to Bundesliga side Union Berlin.
Karius arrived In Berlin today in order to undergo his medical with the German outfit, and confessed to Bild that’s in ‘a good mood’ ahead of the move.
Karius spent last season on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, and hasn’t played for Liverpool since the 2018 Champions League final.
It’s reported that Union Berlin won’t have the option to turn the loan deal into a permanent move.
THIAGO VISION EXCEPTIONAL SAYS KLOPP
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says new signing Thiago Alcantara’s vision is ‘exeptional’.
The midfielder signed for Liverpool during the transfer window and made his debut in the second half of the 2-0 win against Chelsea eight days ago.
Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports, says Alcantara is a great fit for the club.
“Thiago is obviously a very good football player,” said Klopp.
“You saw it [against Chelsea]. Some things are natural for him that are not natural for other players, but we won the league and we won the Champions League without Thiago.
“He won it (Champions League) with Bayern, so obviously it is a good fit I would say, but we now have to get used to each other.
“There are very special things [he has that separates him from others] in world football.
“His vision is exceptional, pair that with pretty good technical skills, and a nice passing ability and these kind of things, and you become a really interesting package.
“On top of that as a guy, he couldn’t be better. It’s incredible, when you give him a ball, he is still a kid.
“And when you take the ball away he is a really mature and experienced football person, who is interested in a lot of things, tactics and all these kind of things. He wants to learn which is very important.”
BLADES RUNNING OUT OF TIME FOR BREWSTER MOVE
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the club are running out of time to sign Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster.
Brewster has been linked with a move to The Blades for a number of weeks, but talks have stalled.
Liverpool would like a permanent deal, whereas the Yorkshire side only want to take Brewster on loan for the season.
Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Leeds yesterday, Wilder said:
“I have been focusing on the team but time is running out and we all understand that.”
SOUNESS QUESTIONS LIVERPOOL SIGNING
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has questioned the club’s signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves.
Jota was signed for £45m last week, and Souness wonders about his mentality.
Souness, writing in his column in The Times, said:
Thiago [Alcantara] will understand that you’re playing in cup finals every week because the opposition badly wants to beat you. He can deal with all that.
That would be my only question mark against Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s other new signing.
At Wolves, it wasn’t a cup final every week but it will be at Liverpool, so he has to show that he’s ready for that.
Otherwise, he fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He’s got great technique and understanding of the game.
WINDOW SHUT FOR FURTHER SIGNINGS
Liverpool won’t make any further signings during the remainder of the transfer window, states the Liverpool Echo.
The Premier League champions have added Thiago Alcantara, Konstantinos Tsimikas and Diogo Jota to their squad during the window.
However the Liverpool Echo believes that boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with his squad, and will only sign further players due to one of his players sustaining a serious injury.
The Reds will reportedly work on moving players on in the final week of the window.
KLOPP ON DEFENSIVE REINFORCEMENTS
Jurgen Klopp has had his say on whether or not Liverpool will look to take the pressure off of his defence, with a lack of depth at centre-back a potential issue as the season progresses.
Jurgen Klopp rules out signing a centre-back for Liverpool before close of window
Champions will not seek a replacement for Dejan Lovren to bolster their rearguard
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