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Fabinho’s Mbappe ploy, Ox’s recovery & Alisson’s leadership – Liverpool News & Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - 43 min 41 sec ago

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as Jurgen Klopp‘s squad head for their pre-season tour of the United States.


Main Headlines Fabinho’s Plans to Lure Mbappe

UEFA Champions League Semi-finals 1st leg match between AS Monaco 0-2 Juventus at Stade Louis II in Monaco. (Photo by Maurizio Borsari/AFLO)

Fabinho was part of the Monaco side that won the Ligue 1 title in Kylian Mbappe’s last season with the club, as the teenager scored 26 and assisted 14 in 44 games in all competitions in 2016/17.

They have both since moved onto pastures new, with Mbappe joining Paris Saint-Germain for £165.7 million in 2017 and Fabinho making the switch to Liverpool for a modest £39 million this summer.

Mbappe was on the Reds’ radar prior to his move to Paris, and speaking to the Telegraph his former team-mate revealed his plan to convince the forward to Merseyside.

“He has already said for the next season he will remain at PSG, but I will try slowly to convince him to come to Liverpool,” Fabinho said.

Though his relationship with Mbappe could prove beneficial, it still seems unlikely Liverpool would be willing to double their club-record fee to sign the World Cup winner.

Ox’s “Significant Challenge” to Return to Top Level

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is carried off injured during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was revealed on Wednesday that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely miss the whole of the 2018/19 campaign as he recovers from a knee injury sustained in April.

Klopp insisted that Liverpool “will wait” for the midfielder’s return as he plots his long-term future at Anfield, but a knee expert has explained the difficulty he faces.

Speaking to Rousing The Kop, Dr. David Geier said that Oxlade-Chamberlain has a “significant challenge” ahead, but added that “reaching that level again is certainly possible.”

However, Geier warned that “it’s always possible that he returns but doesn’t look quite like he did before the injury,” referring to a medical journal from 2010 which studied elite-level athletes with similar issues over a 23-year period.

“Although 19 of 24 patients returned to sports with good functional outcomes and ligamentous stability, only eight of 24 athletes reached their pre-injury sports activity level,” he recalled.

The hope will be Oxlade-Chamberlain is able to fully recover, as his form under Klopp in 2017/18 suggested he could fulfil his vast potential in midfield.

How Alisson’s Leadership Has Fuelled His Rise

Liverpool’s world-record acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has been met with universal positivity, with Klopp securing one of the best talents in world football.

The manager places great emphasis on the character of his signings, and Alisson‘s childhood goalkeeping coach Daniel Pavan—who has continued to work with the 25-year-old throughout his career—has told Sky Sports that his leadership is key.

“He was captain of the youth teams and was always the leader in the dressing room,” Pavan explained, referring to how Alisson also wore the armband for Internacional at just 21.

Pavan’s counterpart with the Brazil national team, Rogerio Maia, described Alisson as “a leader on and off the field, loved by the group,” which should translate well at Liverpool.

This authority seems reminiscent of Virgil van Dijk, with Klopp adding strong characters throughout his squad.

Carragher’s Hopes For Alisson at Liverpool

Alisson‘s arrival follows a series of failed experiments between the sticks on Merseyside, with goalkeeper proving a problem position for Liverpool since Pepe Reina’s decline.

And welcoming the signing on Instagram on Thursday night, Jamie Carragher highlighted the severity of the Reds’ issues with the role.

“Since Ray Clemence we’ve had two good ‘keepers, Brucie and Reina,” he wrote.

“So [I] couldn’t care less about the fee if he’s the real deal!”

It is difficult to argue with Carragher—although his Champions League final team-mate Jerzy Dudek may disagree—and as he suggests, if Alisson is a success there will be little focus on his £65 million fee.

Jones Outlines Areas For Improvement

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Curtis Jones has been one of the key positives for Liverpool in the first four friendlies of pre-season, with the 17-year-old producing a series of bright displays in a variety of roles.

Such is his current ability, and his vast potential, that it would come as no surprise if Jones were to make his competitive debut this season.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com after his impressive turn in midfield against Blackburn, the Scouser explained how he was working to improve his off-ball work to earn a role under Klopp:

“For me, [the focus is on] the other side of the game.

“I think I bring a lot when I’m on the ball and dribbling in the final third.

“But it’s the other side of the game; the defending, the competing, heading, tackles and running back you have to do to help the defence.

“It was a different kind of 45 for me [against Blackburn]. I think it wasn’t a [normal] game for me when I get on the ball and use my dribbling skills.

“And it was more me getting the ball and keeping it and letting the team tick over.”

Klopp’s attention to Jones’ development should be hugely encouraging, as the manager has no doubt earmarked the youngster for a long-term role in the first team.

Liverpool Youngster Joins Wolves

 Liverpool's Paulo Alves in action against Norwich City during the Under-23 Premier League Cup Quarter-Final match at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jones’ progress at just 17 is a signal of the difficulty facing academy players aiming to break through; unless they are of genuine, top quality, they are unlikely to establish themselves.

An example of this is Portuguese midfielder Paulo Alves, who was named on the substitutes’ bench in Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup in 2017 but then released 18 months later.

But Alves, as with fellow summer departures Jordan Williams (Rochdale), Anthony Glennon (Burnley), Jordan Hunter (Sunderland) and Toni Gomes (Arouca), has now found a new club.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Wolves, and will begin the season with their U23s.

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Fabinho on Liverpool’s title hopes and his midfield battle with Jordan Henderson

ThisIsAnfield.com - 2 hours 29 min ago

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is confident of challenging Man City for the title this season, as he vies to keep Jordan Henderson out of the starting lineup.


Fabinho‘s arrival on Merseyside has been one of the biggest surprises of the summer so far, with the buildup to his £39 million move from Monaco flying under the radar.

The 24-year-old has slotted in well so far this pre-season, providing Jurgen Klopp with the specialist defensive midfielder the Reds have been lacking since the departure of Javier Mascherano.

His addition, along with those of Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, should propel Liverpool to become title contenders this season, having fallen short in both 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Having already been a Ligue 1 champion with Monaco, Fabinho brings a winning mentality to Anfield, and speaking to the Telegraph he stressed his belief that his new side can win the Premier League:

“We have a very good team and we will be able to fight for the title.

“I have just started with my team-mates and I understand we have excellent players.

“We have an excellent manager and a very good group.

“I understand City are the champions and produced excellent football last season, but we will do our best to get the title from them and make everyone here happy.”

Fabinho added that he is relishing the opportunity to face off with former Monaco team-mates Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, who both joined City in 2017.

“Off the pitch we are very good friends,” he continued, “but on the pitch is a different story.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson applauds the supporters before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho‘s arrival threatens Henderson’s place in Klopp’s side, with both operating regularly in the No. 6 role.

Given Liverpool significant outlay, and his standing as a top-class talent, Fabinho can be expected to head into the season as first choice, with Henderson perhaps shifting roles.

But addressing the competition, the midfielder showed his humility, and insisted he would be willing to play any role for the Reds:

“Henderson—he [had] an excellent World Cup. If he comes later on or not, it doesn’t count that much because I will have to apply myself.

“I can play wherever the manager wants. He has already said that he can use me in various positions.

“Last season when I was at Monaco, when we had the need for me to defend, I used to stay back and my team-mates would attack.

“If the same thing happens here, I don’t mind whether I have to defend or attack.

‘If they need a leg up front, I’m also happy to go up there as well. If they need a leg behind, I’ll assist behind.”

Klopp denied Henderson’s request to return to pre-season training early following England’s exit from the World Cup at the semi-final stage, with the captain not set to return until the end of the summer.

This would, therefore, suggest Fabinho will start at home to West Ham on August 11.

From there he can hope to establish a grip on the role of first-choice deep-lying midfielder.

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Video: Naby Keita's best bits v Blackburn

LiverpoolFC TV - 2 hours 56 min ago
After a performance that was described as 'exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, take a closer look at Naby Keita's best bits from Liverpool's win over Blackburn Rovers in our latest 'In Focus' video.
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Salah, Mane return to Reds training

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - 3 hours 43 min ago
Mane takes number 10 shirt previously worn by Philippe Coutinho

Last Updated: 20/07/18 1:38pm

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah return to training for the first time since playing in the 2018 World Cup Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah return to training for the first time since playing in the 2018 World Cup Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah return to training for the first time since playing in the 2018 World Cup

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane reported for pre-season at Liverpool's training ground on Friday after returning from the World Cup.

The pair were given additional time off following their participation at the World Cup and took part in physical testing at Liverpool's training ground, Melwood.

They will both fly out to the USA with the rest of the squad on Saturday as preparations ramp up before the new Premier League season.

Liverpool take on Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup while in the US.

The club also announced on Friday Mane will wear the number 10 shirt next season. The Senegal international has switched from his previous number, 19, which he has had since joining the club from Southampton in 2016.

The number was previously worn by Philippe Coutinho before his departure to Barcelona in January and has also been owned by some past Liverpool legends, including John Barnes, Michael Owen and Jan Molby.

New signing Naby Keita has been allocated the number eight shirt, famously worn by Steven Gerrard, after completing his transfer to the Reds from RB Leipzig.

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Watch free: Klopp interrupts Alisson’s first LFC interview

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 5 min ago
Alisson Becker’s first interview as a Liverpool player was drawing to a close - and then, there was an interruption.
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Watch free: Klopp interrupts Alisson’s first LFC interview

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 5 min ago

Alisson Becker’s first interview as a Liverpool player was drawing to a close - and then, there was an interruption.

The Reds’ new goalkeeper had one question left to answer after sealing his transfer from AS Roma on Thursday, when someone entered Melwood’s press conference room unexpectedly.

That someone was a certain Jürgen Klopp.

Brazil international Alisson duly shared a warm greeting with his new boss - as you can see in the free video below…

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Information for fans who purchased 2018-19 Mane replica shirts

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 14 min ago
Liverpool Football Club will offer supporters who bought a 2018-19 replica shirt printed with 'Mane 19' a like-for-like exchange for a 'Mane 10' jersey.
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Information for fans who purchased 2018-19 Mane replica shirts

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 14 min ago

Liverpool Football Club will offer supporters who bought a 2018-19 replica shirt printed with 'Mane 19' a like-for-like exchange for a 'Mane 10' jersey.

The offer – which applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC online store – follows today’s announcement that the Senegal forward will wear the Reds’ No.10 shirt this season.

To claim this offer, supporters should return their 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt to any official LFC club store, where the shirt will be exchanged. Proof of purchase will be required and the original shirt will be retained.

Fans who purchased a 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt online via the official LFC online store should follow the standard returns procedure as outlined in the store’s terms and conditions. We strongly recommend supporters send the shirts via recorded delivery as the club cannot accept responsibility for items lost in the post.

Supporters who wish to exchange their shirt must do so before Friday August 17, 2018. Any shirts received after this date will not be valid for an exchange.

Retained shirts will be donated to the club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, who will work with KitAid to distribute them to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.

For full terms and conditions, please click here.

Please click here to contact LFC customer service for more information.

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Sadio Mane to wear No.10 shirt for new season

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 14 min ago
Sadio Mane will wear the No.10 shirt for Liverpool for the 2018-19 season.
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Sadio Mane to wear No.10 shirt for new season

LiverpoolFC.TV - 4 hours 14 min ago

Sadio Mane will wear the No.10 shirt for Liverpool for the 2018-19 season.

The Senegal international has switched from his previous number, 19, which he has worn since joining the club from Southampton in 2016, ahead of the new campaign.

Mane now takes up the No.10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho upon his move to FC Barcelona in January, which has also been worn by John Barnes, Joe Cole, Luis Garcia, Michael Owen and Andriy Voronin during the Premier League era.

Liverpool FC will offer supporters who have purchased a 2018-19 replica shirt printed with ‘Mane 19’ a like-for-like exchange for a ‘Mane 10’ jersey. Please click here for full details.

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Sadio Mane takes No. 10 shirt ahead of expected new Liverpool deal

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 28 min ago

Sadio Mane has adopted the vacant No. 10 shirt at Liverpool, in what could prove to be a big indication of the club’s plans moving forward.


The Reds were initially expected to have reserved Philippe Coutinho‘s old number for Nabil Fekir, but a deal to sign the Lyon captain broke down in June.

Though there remain hopes a move for the 24-year-old could be revived, speaking after Thursday’s 2-0 win at Blackburn, Klopp suggested there would be no further signings made this summer.

Instead, the next hopeful development could be a new long-term contract for Mane, following similar extensions for both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

And the club confirmed on Friday afternoon that Mane will now wear the No. 10 shirt.

Mane wore the No. 10 in his final season with Red Bull Salzburg, before taking it on his move to Southampton, and it is also his number for the Senegal national team.

In a statement released along with the news of Mane’s number change, Liverpool explained plans for those who had already purchased new home and away shirts with his previous No. 19:

Sadio Mane will wear the No.10 shirt for #LFC for the 18/19 season. ?https://t.co/Z1oIR836lM pic.twitter.com/9wGXMiJtH0

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 20, 2018

“Liverpool FC will offer supporters who have purchased a 2018/19 replica shirt printed with ‘Mane 19’ a like-for-like exchange for a ‘Mane 10’ jersey. Please click here for full details.

[…]

“To claim this offer, supporters should return their 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt to any official LFC club store, where the shirt will be exchanged. Proof of purchase will be required and the original shirt will be retained.

“Fans who purchased a 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt online via the official LFC online store should follow the standard returns procedure as outlined in the store’s terms and conditions. We strongly recommend supporters send the shirts via recorded delivery as the club cannot accept responsibility for items lost in the post.

“Supporters who wish to exchange their shirt must do so before Friday August 17, 2018. Any shirts received after this date will not be valid for an exchange.

“Retained shirts will be donated to the club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, who will work with KitAid to distribute them to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

 Liverpool's Sadio Manes celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between AS Roma and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Olimpico. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane returned for pre-season training on Friday, and this could be followed by the announcement of a new contract for the 26-year-old.

He has been widely touted with an improved deal, and this would see the club continue to tie down their most important players—particularly in the wake of rumoured interest from Real Madrid.

Securing Mane’s future would be one of the biggest successes of a transfer window that has already seen Liverpool sign Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson.

Along with Salah, Rhian Brewster and Taiwo Awoniyi have also agreed new terms this summer, as the club also seek to cement the future of Klopp’s attacking ranks.

However, Mane taking up the No. 10 shirt is likely a hint that a move for Fekir won’t be revisited, due to concerns over the Frenchman’s fitness.

But as has been proved throughout the summer so far, Liverpool are certainly capable of pulling off a surprise after averting the media’s gaze.

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Photos: Salah, Mane and Grujic make Melwood return

LiverpoolFC TV - 4 hours 41 min ago
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Marko Grujic reported for pre-season training at Melwood on Friday morning - and our photographer was there, too.
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WATCH: Sturridge scores in Reds win

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - 5 hours 33 min ago

Last Updated: 20/07/18 11:48am

0:54 Daniel Sturridge scored the second goal as Liverpool continued their pre-season programme with a defeat of Blackburn (Pictures courtesy of LFCTV) Daniel Sturridge scored the second goal as Liverpool continued their pre-season programme with a defeat of Blackburn (Pictures courtesy of LFCTV)

Daniel Sturridge and Lazar Markovic were on target as Liverpool's preparations for the new campaign continued with a 2-0 win at Blackburn.

The first half at Ewood Park was goalless thanks to a penalty miss from James Milner, and two narrow escapes from Adam Lallana, who struck the post and saw a shot blocked on the line late on.

Liverpool made 10 changes at the break - bringing on Naby Keita and Fabinho among others - but it was Sturridge and Markovic who struck to seal victory for the visitors.

Watch the highlights by hitting play on the video at the top of the page!

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Curtis Jones learning from 'top players' Keita and Fabinho

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Curtis Jones is feeling the benefits of playing and training with ‘top players’ such as Naby Keita and Fabinho during pre-season.
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The Kop goes rainbow in support of Pride

LiverpoolFC TV - 6 hours 13 min ago
Liverpool FC is proud to be supporting Liverpool Pride again this year, and to mark the celebrations the club is lighting up Anfield's famous Kop in the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag.
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LFC Foundation kicks off new multi-sports sessions for local youngsters

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 9 min ago

LFC Foundation's Premier League (PL) Kicks programme has begun a new range of multi-sports activities for local youngsters.

Delivered alongside Liverpool organisation Spartacus Events, the new activities form part of the existing PL Kicks sessions at Speke Youth and Community Centre.

Zorb Football, UV Dodgeball and Combat Archery - a hybrid of paintball, archery and dodgeball –  are among the new sports available, offering local young people an alternative to the regular PL Kicks football sessions.

Tony Cosgrove, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "A high percentage of youngsters in Liverpool don’t participate in football or other widely-available sports, so these new sessions aim to engage them in something different.

"It's so important to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people and encourage them to take part in regular physical activity, and the Spartacus sessions have already proven extremely popular.

"We have seen a huge increase in participants and it’s been a real boost for the local community of Speke.”

Sandra Riley, centre manager at Speke Youth and Community Centre, added: "The multi-sports sessions have gone down extremely well with the young people and engagement levels have been excellent.

"The LFC Foundation coaches and Spartacus staff have built fantastic relationships with the participants, and they’ve provided them with activities that they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience.

"They really look forward to coming along on a Monday night."

Premier League Kicks multi-sports sessions take place every Monday from 6-8pm at Speke Youth and Community Centre and are free to attend. Activities are suitable for boys and girls aged 11+.

For more information visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com or follow @LFCFoundation on Twitter.

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LFC Foundation kicks off new multi-sports sessions for local youngsters

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LFC Foundation's Premier League (PL) Kicks programme has begun a new range of multi-sports activities for local youngsters.
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Jordan Ayew 'becomes shock Liverpool target'

HEAD NEWS - 7 hours 16 min ago

Jordan Ayew is a shock target for Liverpool, according to reports.

The Swansea forward has been linked with a move to Anfield as the Welsh club look to sell their higher-earning stars following relegation.

Swansea are reportedly looking to sell both Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, in a bid to save cash.

Football Ghana , based in the duo's homeland, claim that both Liverpool and Celtic are interested in landing Jordan, while Newcastle and Besiktas are after Andre.

It is claimed that Swansea want to raise about £12million from the sales of both men.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Jordan Ayew 'becomes shock Liverpool target'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 16 min ago

Jordan Ayew is a shock target for Liverpool, according to reports.

The Swansea forward has been linked with a move to Anfield as the Welsh club look to sell their higher-earning stars following relegation.

Swansea are reportedly looking to sell both Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, in a bid to save cash.

Football Ghana , based in the duo's homeland, claim that both Liverpool and Celtic are interested in landing Jordan, while Newcastle and Besiktas are after Andre.

It is claimed that Swansea want to raise about £12million from the sales of both men.

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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Jordan Ayew 'becomes shock Liverpool target'

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Jordan Ayew is a shock target for Liverpool, according to reports.
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