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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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  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane hopes to turn goals into Champions League progression

    Forward Sadio Mane is confident Liverpool will continue to cause problems for defenders in the latter stages of the Champions League - although first they have to get into the knockout stages.

    Forward Sadio Mane is confident Liverpool will continue to cause problems for defenders in the latter stages of the Champions League - although first they have to get into the knockout stages.
    Heading into the final round of group matches, Jurgen Klopp's side are the second-highest scorers in the competition with their 16 from five games bettered only by Paris St Germain's remarkable 24 goals.

    They are only two short of their best group stage tally achieved in 2007/08 and that firepower should be enough to secure them the point they need at home to Spartak Moscow to make the last 16 for the first time since 2009.

    Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both have five European goals apiece with the other members of their key attacking quartet Mane and Philippe Coutinho contributing one and two respectively.

    Liverpool have put 10 past Maribor in two matches and scored three in Seville last time out and Mane hopes that kind of threat will keep opposition teams on their toes.
    "I think we have scored more goals than many big teams," he said.

    "It is important to score goals and win the games. It doesn't matter to us (who scores), we just want to win the games.

    "We are working hard every single day to be difficult for the defenders. We going to try to do our best and cause as many problems as we can for the defenders.

    "It is very important for us to be in the Champions League. It is the dream of each player in the world. The fans deserve it, the club also.

    "Liverpool is a big and great club; we want to play a big part in the Champions League. We want to go as far as we can."

    Mane is set to return to the side having been an unused substitute in Saturday's 5-1 win at Brighton after playing the starring role in the win at Stoke four days earlier.
    With a virtually a fully-fit squad, the Senegal international accepts rotation is something every player will have to get used to, even if it is frustrating.

    "Honestly, I won't lie: every player would love to play every single game, every single weekend. That is our job and we are still young," he added.

    "But we have a good team and I am happy to respect the decision of the coach. The team is always more important."

    While a point will be enough at Anfield, victory would see Liverpool top Group E.

    Klopp has no intention of playing for the draw as he knows how dangerous that could be with a Spartak victory putting them through and relegating his side to the Europa League.
    "It is all or nothing. A proper final," the German said.

    "All or nothing usually means you can either win or you lose. We know we can draw but this information is only useful for after the game.

    "We cannot play for that and we do not want to. If people (fans) are nervous or not I do not know.

    "If I knew 100 per cent how they will start the game I will say 'yes, they must attack' and it can cause us problems if we do not defend well.

    "Everyone is saying we are brilliant at counter-attacks. We scored some nice goals, that is true, but we have to do our job.

    "We are a possession team. We will have the ball and must have an idea for that."

  • Willian saves Chelsea after Mo Salah strikes again for Liverpool

    Premier League, Anfield - Liverpool 1 (Salah 65) Chelsea 1 (Willian 85)

    Willian came off the bench to snatch a freakish late equaliser as Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
    The Brazilian saw his dinked cross towards the far post drop over Simon Mignolet and into the back of the net five minutes from time as this fixture ended by the same scoreline for the third season running.
    Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring against his former employers with a cool finish in front of the Kop as he continues to makes waves in first season on Merseyside.

    The Egyptian did not celebrate as he took his tally to an impressive 15 goals in 20 appearances for the Reds.

    The result means Liverpool remain fifth, while Chelsea are third. The Blues are eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who can extend their lead if they win at Huddersfield on Sunday afternoon.

    TALKING POINT

    Salah shines again, but Liverpool can't hold a lead - again. The Reds went into the contest on a strong run of results, but the focus had been on the way they let a 3-0 lead slip in Sevilla in midweek. It's happened more than once this season, and unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp and Co it was a familiar story come full time. Willian's goal had more than an element of fortune but there's no doubt the defence remains an area of concern if Liverpool want to reach the next level. At the other end, Salah continues to stand out as one of the signings of the season. He's right up there with Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool's main men. He'll have enjoyed scoring against his former club but both sides will be well aware that leaders Manchester City will be happiest with this result.
    MAN OF THE MATCH

    Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). In a hard-fought game of few clear-cut chances, Salah was impressive. The former Roma man had the home side's best effort of the first half and thought he was going to be the match winner until Willian intervened.

    PLAYER RATINGS

    Liverpool: Mignolet 7, Gomez 7, Matip 7, Klavan 7, Moreno 6, Henderson 6, Milner 6, Coutinho 7, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Salah 8, Sturridge 6. Subs: Wijnaldum 6, Mane n/a, Lallana n/a.

    Chelsea: Courtois 6; Azpilicueta 7, Christensen 7, Cahill 7, Zappacosta 7, Drinkwater 7, Kante 7, Bakayoko 6, Alonso 6; Hazard 7, Morata 7. Subs: Fabregas 7, Pedro 6, Willian 7.
    KEY MOMENTS

    21' - CHELSEA CHANCE. Hazard counters and cuts inside from the left after producing a wonderful piece of control. The Belgian wastes little time rasping in a low effort that Mignolet is forced to push past his right-hand post.

    41' - LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Salah spins beyond Cahill once again and curls a lovely effort just past the far post.

    60' - CHELSEA CHANCE. Hazard surges forward dangerously. It's played wide for Zappacosta, who flashes in a low cross from the right byline that Morata can't convert at the far post.

    63' - LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Salah turns on the edge of the box and feeds Sturridge to his left. The striker pulls the trigger but sees his goal-bound effort brilliantly blocked by Azpilicueta.

    65' - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea. Salah breaks the deadlock as he coolly slots home after the Ox had prodded a pass through following Coutinho's surging run.

    82' - CHELSEA CHANCE. Alonso arrives on cue to meet a right-wing cross, but he volleys woefully over the top.

    85' - GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea. Willian drifts beyond one challenge into the right of the area and clips a cross towards the far post that completely bamboozles Mignolet and drops in at the far post.

    90+2' - LIVERPOOL CHANCE! Salah sees his drive from the edge of the box beaten away by Courtois after a nice nod down fell nicely for the Egyptian.

    KEY STATS

    Mohamed Salah has scored 10 goals in his first 13 Premier League apps for Liverpool, the joint-most by any Liverpool player in their first 13 apps in the competition (level with Daniel Sturridge).
    Mohamed Salah is the first player to score 15 goals in a season for Liverpool since Luis Suarez (31) & Daniel Sturridge (24) in 2013-14.
    Willian scored just 144 seconds after coming on as a substitute - the fastest in the Premier League this season.

  • Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo told players of cancer diagnosis during Liverpool match

    Sevilla coach Eduard Berizzo told his players he is suffering from prostate cancer at half-time of the Champions League match against Liverpool, before his team came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.

    When Guido Pizarro scored an injury-time goal to equalise for the home side, the club's players ran to celebrate with their coach, and the club later confirmed a prostate cancer diagnosis after the match.

    A club statement read: "The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma (malignant tumour) of the prostate.

    "The future examinations will allow us to decide which are the steps to follow regarding the treatment."
    Liverpool took a 3-0 lead at half-time, but the Sevilla players were told of Berizzo's diagnosis which appears to have spurred them on to claim a point with a dramatic comeback.

    After the match, midfielder Ever Banega told reporters: "We had to come out (after being 3-0 down at the break) with a different attitude, for the fans, who have always supported us, and also the coach, who has reversed our situation.

    " He's the biggest fan we have. "
    "He has taken us on the right path and we're with him all the way," he added in comments made before Berizzo's diagnosis had been made public.

    Berizzo took over at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in the summer after spending three seasons at Celta Vigo, who he also played for between 2001-05.

  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted to hospital

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took himself to hospital after falling ill on Wednesday.

    The German, who missed training as a result, was assessed by doctors, but is expected to return home in the evening.

    The full Liverpool squad returned to Melwood from international duty to train late on Wednesday afternoon.
    "Klopp is being assessed by doctors and will be absent from training on Wednesday as a result," said a statement from Liverpool.

    "There are currently no plans for Jurgen to remain in hospital beyond his appointment and he will therefore return home this evening; however, he may require further check-ups in the coming days.

    "The club urges that the privacy of Jurgen, his family and other patients is respected while attending hospital visits."

    Liverpool host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • 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."

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