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Sunday, 18 June 2017 08:53

All the latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours from across the British and European press on Sunday, June 18.

Loris Karius is wanted by Bundesliga club Augsburg, which is giving Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a headache, according to reports in the Sun on Sunday.

The German only arrived at Anfield from Mainz last summer, but the goalkeeper then lost his place in the side to Simon Mignolet before Christmas.

The same paper says Bournemouth are set to make a £6m move for Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent and also want defender Joe Gomez on loan.

Gomez had been expected to feature in the Reds first team next season having now fully recovered from a long-term knee injury.

And finally, Liverpool are closing on an agreement over the £35m transfer of Mohamed Salah from Roma, reports the Mail on Sunday.

The Reds had seen an initial offer of £28m for the Egypt international forward rejected by the Serie A club.

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  • Juan Mata: There is no game like Liverpool v Manchester United

    Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that no other game in the Premier League calendar compares to Liverpool against Manchester United.

    The two bitter rivals go head-to-head on Saturday, with the unbeaten United sitting joint top of the table while Liverpool are five places back in seventh.

    Liverpool have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions and will hope to reignite their season with a victory in front of their own fans.

    Mata has fond memories of Anfield, having scored twice in a 2-1 win during the 2014/15 season – including a stunning scissor kick.
    And the midfielder has revealed he cannot wait for kick off on Saturday lunchtime.

    When asked if the fixture is United’s biggest game of the season, he told Sky Sports: "I believe so, since I came here I always knew the rivalry was big over the years. Everyone in the training ground, fans in the street, they remind you that Liverpool is the game.

    "There is no game like this. Through the history there have been great games, big rivalries, and it is a special game to play in, and we feel very lucky to have the chance to play in these games.

    "The view from Spain I think is that all of the big Premier League games are viewed similarly. Once you are in England you realise United v Liverpool stands out.
    "I have pretty good memories from our games against Liverpool. Every United supporter even now, after a few years, remind me of that goal. When you play for United and score at Anfield and win the game, it stays in peoples' minds."

    The Anfield crowd are sure to provide United with a hostile atmosphere, but Mata is adamant his side can quieten them down if they go into the game with the right attitude.

    "It's tough. It's a tough atmosphere. Obviously, the stadium is full of supporters wanting their team to go over us and win. That's what makes football special. Not speaking about violence at all, but about the atmosphere. You have to have personality to play in these games,” he added.

    "If we manage to impose ourselves in the game to control the emotions from the crowd, and play good football, I think we have a chance to win."

  • Parker: Mourinho has got United right in one season, the same can’t be said of Klopp and Liverpool

    Paul Parker has been impressed with Manchester United’s improvement under Jose Mourinho and expects the Old Trafford club to win their fixture against Liverpool this weekend.

    I think Manchester United will beat Liverpool this weekend. The match represents United’s biggest test this season. However, United are a different proposition to last year. Mourinho’s men have absorbed everything that has been thrown at them. Unlike last season, Mourinho will go there and look for more than a point.

    Mourinho’s default is to be conservative, particularly in away games, so don’t expect swashbuckling attacking play. However, they will actually try to do more with the ball than they did at Anfield last season, when they were more than content to leave Liverpool monopolise possession. Mourinho has more trust in *his* team now. Last season he went there looking not to lose and served up one of the worst ever Premier League games. United started well but then it was 80 minutes of cold custard.

    This time United have a strong backbone - they look solid, they have improved. If you look at Liverpool, they have failed to address the glaring issues from last year. Yes, they signed Mohamed Salah but they still lack a goalkeeper and the defence remains ramshackle. Their centre-halves simply aren’t good enough.


    Both sides had huge issues last season. However, United addressed theirs, while Liverpool have let them fester. United have signed well (more on that below) but Mourinho has also improved the players he inherited, take for example Marouane Fellaini. Klopp has neither improved defensive players at his disposal nor signed better players to address their issues.
    Defensively, the Reds look like they have gone backwards and look more porous than they were back under Brendan Rodgers. At least his side were great going forward; defensively they might not have survived in the second division and they appear to have gotten worse.

    "Mourinho has got Manchester United right in one season but Liverpool still look all at sea after two years into Klopp’s tenure. "
    The pressure will eventually start to ramp up on Klopp – he will definitely get to the end of the season, but if there are no signs of improvement between now and then he might be in trouble. It is pretty poor that they did not have a back-up plan when they missed out on Virgil van Dijk. They identified the problem and did not solve it.

    Every championship-winning team has a standout goalkeeper and back four. Liverpool have neither. Yes, they have Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah but when Liverpool dominated the league, it was because of their defence. Not anymore. Klopp brought in a goalkeeper (Loris Karius) that is no better than the one they already had (Simon Mignolet).

    The defence have no trust in Mignolet. You need a keeper with a personality and Simon Mignolet does not have one; he lacks the arrogance that all greats have. Liverpool look worried at set-piece situations and his concentration levels are not good enough.


    Mourinho has Romelu Lukaku realising how good he is. And he compares very favourably to Ibrahimovic, the Swede scored great goals for United but was he a great goalscorer? Lukaku has the makings of a great goalscorer and suits them perfectly. He has been in the right place at the right time and has that hunger to play.
    However, the player who has made the real difference to United is Nemanja Matic. He has been a very shrewd signing, who gives United perfect balance. He is a big man but is certainly more brains than brawn, with smart passing and cute interceptions. There is no doubt that he has freed Paul Pogba, too. Pogba no longer feels he has to take on the world to justify his price. Matic has made the rest of the team look and feel better.

  • Sadio Mane ruled out for six weeks with hamstring injury

    Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is facing six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

    The 25-year-old was taken off in the closing stages of Senegal’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

    It means Mane will miss Saturday’s clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday, with early estimations suggesting the Champions League clash with Sevilla on November 21 could be his comeback date.
    Mane has endured a difficult last six months after a brilliant start to his Liverpool career.

    He tore the meniscus in a knee during April's Merseyside derby which prematurely ended his season and required surgery.

    Having worked hard in pre-season to get back to fitness the forward began the campaign with three goals in his first four appearances, before a red card at Manchester City for catching goalkeeper Ederson with a high boot resulted in a three-match ban and halted his progress.
    Since his debut in August 2016 Liverpool average 2.2 Premier League goals with Mane in the team, compared to 1.6 goals in his absence.

    It’s a huge blow. Liverpool’s struggles in 2016-17 often coincided with Mane’s absence – either through injury or Africa Cup of Nations duty – as they failed to break down opponents who sat deep. The Senegalese international offers a different threat to the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who thrive on short intricate passing rather than runs in behind.

    However, there is one crumb of comfort for Liverpool fans: the form of Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian’s desire to run with the ball at pace should prevent their attack becoming stale – although he will need one of Firmino or Daniel Sturridge to start scoring soon, or he may be left carrying the attack on his own.

  • Lacklustre Liverpool held by Newcastle

    Premier League, St James' Park - Newcastle United 1 (Joselu 36') Liverpool 1 (Coutinho 29')

    Liverpool were held 1-1 by Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday as Philippe Coutinho's stunning strike was cancelled out by Joselu.

    Coutinho was hardly involved in the opening 25 minutes but just before the half-hour mark he was given room 25 yards out and he let fly, unleashing a curling effort into the near corner.

    Newcastle responded almost immediately as the Liverpool defence parted and allowed Joselu in. As he was about to pull the trigger the Spaniard was tackled by Joel Matip but the ball came back off the striker, past Simon Mignolet and into the net.

    Liverpool pushed hard for a winner but couldn't find it as Newcastle, well drilled by the Red's former manager Rafa Bentiez, held firm and in fact it was the hosts who had the best chance to win it late on but Mo Diame's deflected effort ended up in the arms of a relieved Simon Mignolet.

    The result lifts Liverpool to seventh on 12 points, one off fourth-placed Chelsea, while Newcastle's 10 points leave then ninth.


    Liverpool’s defence costs them again. Jurgen Klopp seems pretty fed up of answering questions about his defence, but if they keep conceding goals like this those questions will keep coming. Newcastle created very little but scored an incredibly easy goal – Jonjo Shelvey dissected their backline with a simple forward pass – and that was enough to undo all of the Reds’ good work. Conceding soft goals is a recurring pattern, it keeps costing Liverpool points and as a result they currently look well off the pace being set by the Manchester clubs.


    Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool). In a scrappy game, he provided the sole moment of brilliance and was the only member of Liverpool’s usually electric frontline who looked anywhere near to his best.


    23’ –TRIPLE CHANCE! First Wijnaldum flicks a corner onto the near post, then Lovren can't quite reach the rebound but Matip can and he squares the ball to Lovren, six yards out, who sees his shot blocked and finally Mane fires wide from a tight angle.

    29’ – GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool (Coutinho). A stunner from Coutinho! He picks the ball up 30 yards out, manoeuvres away from two men and then unleashes a fierce shot that curls into the near top corner. That's quality, and that's why Liverpool wouldn't sell him.
    36’ – GOAL! Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool (Joselu). Out of nothing, Shelvey slices the Liverpool defence open to release Joselu, who takes his time and is caught by Matip, but Matip’s tackle ricochets the ball off Joselu and past the goalkeeper into the net. Lucky boy!

    50’ – CHANCE! Clark completely miscues a routine clearance on the edge of the box, meaning Sturridge is in, but he can't beat Elliot and Salah follows up by firing the rebound over. What a let off!

    90+2’ – CHANCE! A Newcastle corner isn't dealt with at all and the ball falls for Diame, eight yards out and dead centre in front of goal, but his scuffed shot is deflected straight into Mignolet's arms.


    Newcastle: Elliot 7, Yedlin 7, Lascelles 7, Clark 6, Manquillo 6, Merino 6, Shelvey 6, Ritchie 6, Perez 5, Atsu 6, Joselu 5. Subs:, Diame 5, Hayden 6, Gayle 6.

    Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Gomez 6, Matip 5, Lovren 6, Moreno 5, Henderson 5, Wijnaldum 6, Coutinho 7, Salah 5, Mane 5, Sturridge 5. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Firmino 5, Solanke 6.
    In 45 Premier League meetings, these sides have never played out a goalless draw.

    Liverpool have only won on one of their last seven visits to St James’ Park.

  • Wasteful Liverpool held at Spartak Moscow despite Philippe Coutinho strike

    Champions League Group E - Otkrytie Arena – Spartak Moscow 1 (Fernando 23) Liverpool 1 (Coutinho 31)

    Liverpool’s wait for a Champions League group-stage victory goes on after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow.

    Philippe Coutinho’s well-worked goal levelled matters for Liverpool in the 31st minute after Fernando fired the Russian champions ahead.
    Despite recording 16 shots in total, and seven on target, Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to find a winner as their troubles in front of goal came to the forefront once more.
    Liverpool had plenty of early opportunities, but again their profligacy in front of goal cost them as Loris Karius couldn’t keep out Fernando’s 23rd minute free-kick, meaning Liverpool’s almost eight year wait for a Champions League clean sheet goes on.

    Down the other end, Liverpool continued to play fluid, exhilarating football, and were level eight minutes later through Coutinho, after a brilliant one-two with Mane to play in the Brazilian.

    The second half was much less intense, as Spartak got men behind the ball to preserve what is for them a very good point.
    Nonetheless, Liverpool had more than enough chances to snatch three points, but that final pass, and poor finishing, let them down, with Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge guilty of missing great chances late on. Liverpool's winless run in Europe's elite competition stands at seven, piling the pressure on their trip to Maribor next up.


    Death, taxes and Liverpool missing chances. Jurgen Klopp has seen it all before - Liverpool’s matches this season have all been eerily similar. They had enough chances to win by a handsome margin in the Russia capital, but again wastefulness in front of goal was their undoing. It is as much the final pass being poor that is the problem. Liverpool got into good positions time and again, but the decision making was inept in the extreme, from players who should know better.

    Artyom Rebrov. An injury brought his game to a premature end, but a string of fine saves earns the Spartak goalkeeper the man of the match award. He was like lightning off his line, didn’t fumble a single cross, and showed tremendous reflexes whenever called upon.


    Spartak Moscow: Rebrov 8, Eschenko 7, Kutepov 6, Tasci 7, Bocchetti 7, Dzhikiia 6, Samedov 6, Fernando 7, Pasalic 6, Popov 6, Adriano 5… Subs: Selikhov 6, Melgarejo N/A, Pedro Rocha N/A.

    Liverpool: Karius 5, Alexander-Arnold 7, Lovren 6, Matip 6, Moreno 5, Henderson 5, Can 5, Coutinho 6, Salah 5, Mane 6, Firmino 4… Subs: Wijnaldum 6, Sturridge 4.

    16’ - DOUBLE SAVE! Quick free-kick catches Spartak out, Salah is in, the angle is tight but he forces a good stop from Rebrov, but less then 30 seconds later, the Spartak stopper brilliantly denies Firmno after Mane had planted a cross right on the Brazilian's head.

    23’ - GOOOOOAAAALLLL! Spartak Moscow 1-0 Liverpool. Fernando fires the free-kick into the net to send the home fans into raptures. Questions will be asked. Firstly there was a catalogue of errors that led to the free-kick being conceded. Secondly, the free-kick itself was very close to Karius. Should he have saved that?

    28’ - SAVE! Mane does well to carry the attack to Spartak, cuts inside, fires for goal, but Rebrov is down smartly to smother.

    31’ - GOOOOAAAALLL! Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool. Brilliant, brilliant equaliser from Coutinho gets the Reds back on level terms. Coutinho carried the ball to the edge of the area, laid it off for Mane, who threaded it back to Coutinho, first time, before the Brazilian slotted the ball high into the net. Exhilarating, attacking football. 40 goals in games involving Liverpool this season.
    53’ - SAVE! Another good stop from Rebrov, low to his right. Coutinho's free-kick wasn't hit completely true, but still needed parrying away.

    81’ - CHANCE! Awful defending gifts Firmino a chance on the edge of the box, but he panics and lashes the ball over the top. Had time to pick his spot.

    89’ - CHAAAANCE! The flag stays down, Sturridge is unmarked on the end of a pinpoint Moreno cross, but he volleys over the top.

    90+7’ - SAVE! This is getting ridiculous now. Super ball into the middle from Alexander-Arnold, Salah meets it, but heads straight at Selikhov, who throws out and arm to keep out the header.

    Liverpool have drawn four consecutive Champions League games for the first time since March 2002, while managed by Gerard Houllier.

    The Reds extended their longest ever winless streak in the Champions League to seven games (D4 L3), having last won in September 2014 against Ludogorets.

    Jurgen Klopp has not won any of his last six Champions League games (D3 L3); this after winning five in a row beforehand, while in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

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