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€150m-rated forward insists he has no plans to leave Liverpool

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah insists he is happy at Anfield following claims from the former Manchester United player Gary Neville that he will depart the club.

The Egyptian star has lit up the English top-flight since his arrival at Liverpool from the Serie A heavyweights AS Roma for what has proven to be a bargain £37m transfer sum.

Salah – who was at the Reds’ league rivals Chelsea before joining Giallrossi – has occasionally been connected with a move to the likes of Real Madrid but Gary expressed his belief the 27-year-old forward will depart the club within 12 months.

Neville told The Debate: ‘Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already.’

He [Jamie Carragher] knows, he won’t say it. He will [leave], I can absolutely guarantee it. ‘I can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it.’

However, Mohamed has moved to quash those claims, claiming he is happy on Merseyside.

Speaking to CNN, Egypt international said: ‘I’m happy at Liverpool ‘I’m happy in the city – I love the fans and they love me. ‘I’m happy at the club.’

Meanwhile, the promising Liverpool ace Bobby Duncan has reportedly appeared as a transfer target for Nordsjaelland.

In spite of being regarded as one of the top talents at Anfield, the 18-year-old is unlikely to gain any senior-team action with Liverpool this campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, Nordsjaelland have registered an interest in signing him, stating that they’ll provide him with senior action throughout the coming months.

Brazilian playmaker expressed desire to rejoin Liverpool this summer

Philippe Coutinho wanted to return to the former club, Liverpool before completing his transfer to Bayern Munich, according to the latest reports.

Barcelona were open to selling the Brazilian star this summer but he has now joined die Roten on a season-long loan, while the Bundesliga champions have the option to buy for €120m (£109.8m).

Coutinho was heavily connected with a return to England with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all reportedly keen on a deal.

But according to The Athletic, Philippe’s representatives ‘made it clear’ to the Reds chiefs that he would prefer a switch back to Anfield.

However, the report states that Liverpool were not interested in an expensive loan agreement which would include the option to buy.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is also said to have privately concluded that Philippe would not dramatically improve his team, while he is also content with the various attacking options he has in his roster.

Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that the transfer was too costly for the club. ‘It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it [to sign Coutinho], we have already spent the cash that we got for him,’ he told Goal.

Meantime, Liverpool have identified shot-stopper Michel Vorm as a potential addition to their main team squad.

Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has confirmed that an approach may be made for him, who is available on a free transfer after being released by the EPL giants Tottenham Hotspur.

John told NOS: “A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said.”

“The arrival of Vorm has been discussed. Lonergan has more than 250 matches at Championship level and that is the sort of experience not to be underestimated.”

Talented Liverpool left-back could be on his way to Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers are eyeing a loan swoop for Liverpool youngster Adam Lewis, according to an exclusive report from Football Insider.

The Prenton Park side got their campaign up and running at the weekend with a 5-0 victory over crisis-club Bolton Wanderers, but head coach Mickey Mellon is keen on adding to his roster as they move towards the transfer market.

The 19-year-old Adam Lewis is a highly-rated left-sided youngster who could be seen as a cover for current Scottish left-back Andy Robertson.

He has represented England up to U20 level and is a valued part of the Liverpool roster.

He’s regular for their U23 side and according to the club’s official website, he regularly trains with the senior team squad at Melwood.

Adam has yet to make his competitive senior-team debut for Liverpool, but the talent played for them in the pre-season campaign.

Tranmere Rovers usually operate a flat 4-4-2 system, with Liam Ridehalgh at left-back and Corey Blackett-Taylor ahead of him this weekend on the wing.

Adam would almost certainly be challenging for one of those positions if the star were to make the switch.

Meantime, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has reiterated that he remains “happy” with life at Anfield.

He has been a revelation at the Reds since arriving from Serie A club AS Roma in 2017, contributing a total of 72 goals from 108 matches in all competitions.

The 27-year-old Egypt international told CNN: “I’m happy at Liverpool. I’m happy in the city – I love the fans and they love me. I’m happy at the club.”

Ex-Tottenham goalkeeper emerges as transfer target for Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has revealed there have been discussions within Anfield over a move for ex-Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper Michel Vorm.

He is still a free agent after being released by Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the end of the last campaign and was one of the most popular variants when considering short-term additions at Liverpool.

With Alisson becker still sidelined, Adrian has been filling in between the sticks thus far, while 35-year-old Andy Lonergan has been considered as an emergency backup.

But with Andy lacking top-level experience, and young Caoimhin Kelleher yet to debut, the possibility of a more proven third ‘keeper has been mooted.

According to Achterberg, speaking to the Dutch outlet NOS, he and the rest of the German manager Jurgen Klopp‘s backroom staff had “discussed” the prospect of landing Vorm.

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said,” John explained.

He did add, however, that Andy’s record at Championship level is “not to be underestimated,” while it’s “not for nothing” that Caoimhin is established in the Republic of Ireland setup.

It is possible that Michel was considered prior to the decision to land Lonergan, but Achterberg’s “superfluous luxury” line indicates that he’d come in as the competition for Adrian.

This isn’t the first time the Dutchman has been on Liverpool’s radar, of course, and they made a concerted effort to secure his services when he was at Swansea back in 2014.

He instead joined Tottenham and remained there for five campaigns, but spent his entire stint in north London as backup to France international Hugo Lloris, making just 47 matches for the club.

Liverpool to make improved contract offer to Egyptian attacker

A British tabloid newspaper the Sun has reported that Liverpool are considering making a massive financial offer to amend the deal of Mohamed Salah which would make the star the highest-paid player in EPL history.

If Mohamed agrees to the Liverpool management proposal, he would receive £22.4 million euros a year at £430,000 a week.

This package is believed to rival the wages of Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Sun.

The newspaper also pointed out that Reds officials want to protect Moahemd against any temptations in the next year’s transfer market, especially after Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane expressed interest in him.

Salah helped his side win the UEFA Champions League the previous year and the Super Cup this campaign. Mohamed was named the Premier League top scorer twice in a row.

He had previously turned down two major offers to join Juventus and Real Madrid, opting to stay at Liverpool until he won the EPL trophy.

Another British outlet the Daily Mirror reported on June that Mohamed received the offers following the Reds’ Champions League triumph.

Both Juventus and Real Madrid were lining up record-breaking £150m offers for him and Mohamed has put the teams’ higher-ups on red alert by declaring that he’d review his situation next year.

In other news, Liverpool were never keen on bringing former midfielder Philippe Coutinho back from La Liga side Barcelona this summer, The Athletic reports.

The 27-year-old star joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, a transfer that will see the German heavyweights pay an £8m loan fee and cover his £250,000 per week wage bill with a view to making the deal permanent next summer for £110m.

Former Fulham ace signature chased by Liverpool this summer

Liverpool had scouted the ex-Fulham man Ryan Sessegnon before the prodigy sealed a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer market, according to Jamie Carragher.

Tottenham purchased Sessegnon from Fulham for £25m but according to the one-time Liverpool defender, Liverpool had also been keeping a close eye on the England U21 international.

However, according to the club legend, Liverpool saw the versatile player as a player for the future rather than the left-back who would be direct competition now for the Scottish star Andy Robertson.

“I know Liverpool watched Ryan Sessegnon. And saw another player for the future rather than someone who could go straight into the team at left-back.” Jamie said via the Telegraph.

Liverpool had a quiet transfer market as coach Jurgen Klopp looked to secure the long-term future of several aces rather than spend big in the summer.

In spite of a lack of marquee signings, Liverpool did bring in three players to the club: the central defender Sepp van den Berg, goalkeeper Adrian and midfielder Harvey Elliott.

Dutch centre-half Van den Berg joined for a reported £1.3 million from PEC Zwolle, but that sum could rise to £4.3 million with add-ons and Harvey is one for the future.

The prodigy cannot turn professional until his 17th birthday next April – after which his previous team Fulham will be entitled to a substantial compensation package as part of the summer deal.

The Spanish shot-stopper joined on a free transfer, as a back-up to the first-choice Alisson Becker, after Liverpool sold the experienced Simon Mignolet to Club Bruges for €7 million (6.4m).

Back-up winger may push for move away from Liverpool

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has hinted that he may look for a transfer away from Anfield, with a “solution” required to his lack of regular game time.

The Switzerland international arrived at the Reds in the summer of 2018 aware that he faced heavy competition for places.

There seemed to be acceptance at that point that he was signing for Liverpool as a squad player.

Opportunities would come Xherdan’s way, but the star was being charged with the task of operating as back-up player.

Shaqiri did make 30 matches across all competitions, becoming a two-time UCL winner in the process, but was handed just 11 EPL starts.

Some key contributions were made, including a memorable double versus Manchester United, with his ability never in question.

Jurgen has, however, continued to favour other variants in both midfield and attacking berths.

Xherdan is now being forced to weigh up his variants as a result, with transfer windows still open across the continent.

The enigmatic 27-year-old forward told Langenthaler Tagblatt on his current standing: “I’m disappointed that I did not play anymore.”

“Nobody likes to sit on the bench. It’s clear that I want more time. I have to look at the situation and find a solution.”

It has been claimed that Shaqiri has already drawn interest from Turkey and France, with Galatasaray and AS Monaco among his suitors.

The former Inter Milan and Bayern Munich player is, however, adamant that no offers have been put to him.

He added: “I have no idea where this came from. I do not know about these offers.”

27-year-old Liverpool star in line for fresh contract with major pay rise

According to The Sun, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are preparing to offer Mohamed Salah a new contract worth £430,000 per week (£22.4 million a year) in a bid to keep him at Anfield amidst interest from Real Madrid.

The report does also claim that Alexis Sanchez earns a similar amount at Manchester United and there is no debate to be had over who would deserve that salary more.

They go on to say that Mohamed did sign an extension last Summer but the reds are still keen to get him locked down to a new deal.

He has been utterly sensational for the Reds since he joined from AS Roma in the summer transfer window of 2017.

Over the past two campaigns, he’s scored 71 goals across all competitions and has been vital to the squad that won the UEFA Champions League and came close to winning the Premier League last campaign.

Chelsea supporters must be kicking themselves that Salah is not the only world-class player they undervalued and let go in the latest years. Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have also gone on to be superstars in world football since departing Stamford Bridge.

Although the Spanish transfer market is still open there is no suggestion at this point that Los Blancos would be looking to try and land him this summer.

He is so important to the German manager and the way he wants the team to play that it is hard to see Liverpool being willing to let Salah go anytime soon.