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Sheffield United switch branded as ‘good move’ for Liverpool loanee

Liverpool icon John Barnes is of the view that it was necessary for striker Rhian Brewster to leave Anfield and sign for Sheffield United last summer as big Premier League sides were not going to make a move for the player.

The 21-year old left the Reds last summer to join the Blades, having found it difficult to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.

However, Rhian has struggled to nail down a starting role at the Bramall Lane outfit, with just nine top-flight starts to his name and is yet to open his account for the Yorkshire club who are Premier League bottom at the moment and are on course to be relegated.

John has insisted Brewster had to depart Anfield for Sheffield United as no other big top flight sides were going to sign him, while the Blades, who finished ninth in the 2019/20 term, were a great option for him.

Barnes revealed the move has not worked out for Rhian, but stressed it was a was a gamble well worth taking with the talented striker being at a crossroads in his career back in October.

“With Rhian Brewster, he had a chance to go to a Premier League team [Sheffield United]”, he told Bonus Code Bets.

“Of course, they look as though they’ll go down [to the Championship], but at the time they were a top ten Premier League team.

“For Rhian Brewster to go to a top ten team and play regularly was a good move for him.

“Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out, but at the time, people thought it was a good move, so you never really know [if it is going to work out].

“To give him a chance to go to the Premier League, you can’t turn that down.”

Clubs queuing up for 19-year-old Liverpool central defender

According to The Athletic, multiple clubs in the Championship are keen on signing Sepp van den Berg from Liverpool this summer’s transfer window.

The report has stated that teams in the second division of English football want to sign Van den Berg on loan from the Reds.

One of the teams interested in the 19-year-old centre-back are in contention of getting promoted to the English top-flight, according to a recent report.

The youngster, who can operate as a centre-half or as a right-back, joined Preston in the EFL Championship on loan from the Anfield outfit in the January transfer window.

He is doing well at Preston at the moment, and there is no doubt that other teams in the EFL Championship are reportedly interested in him.

Described as a player who is “very good on the ball” and “quick” by former Preston manager Alex Neil in LancsLive a couple of months ago, as covered by HITC Sport, the Netherlands youth international has made 10 starts and one substitute appearance in the division.

The ace has played primarily as a right-back during his loan stint at Preston, but the player was also deployed as a right-winger on one occasion.

Liga NOS giants flirt with the idea of retaining services of Liverpool star

A couple of weeks ago, when Portuguese publications talked about the loanees who have been at Porto this term, they never considered the permanent signing of Liverpool’s Marko Grujic.

The Reds man hadn’t managed to earn a place in the starting XI, and was expected to return to the Merseyside giants at the end of the season.

Because of injuries and suspensions impacting teammates, Marko had the chance to feature in both UEFA Champions League clashes against Chelsea, and his positive displays drew some attention.

It was first the English media who stated other clubs are now interested in the player’s signing, and according to Portuguese newspaper Record, there’s a chance the Dragons will try to keep the player.

Their story says Marko has shown availability to stay with Porto, and that will make his current team stronger once they get to negotiate his summer transfer with Liverpool.

Record recalls there is no buying option in the deal. They say Jurgen Klopp’s side demanded €23m for the transfer last year, and now with his will to stay in Liga NOS, the Dragons could find a better price.

Grujic joined Liverpool in a €7 million deal from Red Star Belgrade back five years ago. Apart from his 16 appearances for them, he’s had loan stints at Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and now Porto.

Liverpool determined to snap up £122m Barcelona signing

Liverpool are ready to spend big to land Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for the Senegal international Sadio Mane.

It’s been a disappointing campaign for Mane, who has netted just 12 goals in all competitions and only five since the turn of the year as the Reds fell out of contention for every trophy.

Reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp’s side are considering cashing in on the 29-year-old in the summer despite his deal still having two years to run.

Real Madrid, who are on a six-match winning streak, go into the second leg at Liverpool with a 3-1 aggregate lead

And, according to a report by Fichajes.net in Spain, Ousmane is the man being lined up to replace the player.

The 23-year-old attacker has just a year remaining on his Barcelona deal but recently admitted that discussions over a new deal at the Camp Nou outfit still haven’t started.

Dembele has scored 10 goals this term for Barca but his time there, in general, has not lived up to the expectations of a player they paid Borussia Dortmund an eye-watering £122 million for.

With the Catalans hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic and seeking to raise cash in order to buy a new forward, they could be tempted to sell Dembele.

Bundesliga centre-half will receive contract offer from Liverpool

Liverpool will reportedly offer a five-year contract to RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate if talks continue to progress.

The Reds head into the summer transfer market looking to bolster their defence. They began the campaign with only three senior central defenders, all of which have suffered long-term injuries.

Therefore, head coach Jurgen Klopp wants more variants in the event of another damaging run of bad luck.

France youth international Konate is one player who is supposedly firmly on the Anfield outfit’s transfer radar.

The Athletic‘s David Ornstein stated last month ‘advanced’ negotiations had begun between Liverpool and RB Leipzig.

Talk of the transfer has since gone quiet, but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided another update.

Indeed, David revealed details of the Reds’ contract plans if they make another breakthrough in talks.

Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter: “Liverpool are still working to reach an agreement with Ibrahima Konate.

“He’s one of the ‘top targets’ in the list and #LFC will be offering a five-year contract.

“Not done or agreed, as of today. RB Leipzig will only sell Konate if the full release clause will be paid.”

Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah is allegedly becoming increasingly concerned by the club’s attitude towards a potential new deal at the club.

According to The Athletic, he does not want to push through a transfer to another club but is concerned that the Reds might be open to a sale in the near future.

He is now unsure whether he’ll be signing a new long-term deal with the Merseyside side despite his success since arriving from Roma back in 2017.

Liverpool taking keen interest in 23-time France international

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been struggling this season as the Senegal international has scored only five goals across all competitions in 2021.

But only one came in the English top-flight and four other goals came in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, two competitions the Anfield outfit were eliminated from.

Fichajes.net explain the 29-year-old star’s days at Anfield are numbered for two reasons. He has offers from multiple major teams and his form this season has disappointed Jurgen Klopp.

The Merseyside outfit have already identified Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele as an ideal candidate to replace Sadio.

The 2018 World Cup winner has just over a year left on his current deal and hasn’t yet penned an extension.

The Reds want to take advantage of Ousmane’s contract situation as his profile fits perfectly in Jurgen’s plans at the club.

The board have offered a fresh deal to the winger, with the same salary. In the event Ousmane refuses to commit his long-term future to Blaugrana, the Camp Nou side will make the pacy winger available in the next market.

With a contract expiring in the summer of 2022, everything will depend on the former Borussia Dortmund talent.

According to the claims, the defending Premier League champions are ready to break the market, and they choose the Barca ace as Mane’s replacement, as the club begin working on summer transfer business.

Lazio goalkeeper expresses admiration for his old club Liverpool

Followers of Premier League will remember goalkeeper Pepe Reina from his time at Liverpool.

The Spaniard arrived at Anfield from Villarreal back in 2005, a year after his fellow countryman, Rafael Benitez, was appointed as Reds manager.

In his maiden season at the Merseyside club, Pepe pushed Jerzy Dudek, the then first-choice custodian, to the bench.

Pepe was Liverpool’s No.1 for seven campaigns in a row before losing his place to Simon Mignolet seven years ago.

His time with the Reds came to an end in 2014, after spending the 2013/14 term on loan at Napoli.

Since leaving Anfield, the custodian has had stints at Bayern Munich, the Naples outfit, AC Milan, Aston Villa (on loan) and now he s at Lazio.

Futbol Emotion interviewed Pepe and the keeper expressed his admiration towards his former club when revealing he spent his best years in England.

“I had a lot of fun in England as a footballer, they were the most competitive years of my career: always in the Champions League and every year we fought for the title,” Pepe was quoted as saying by Area Napoli.

“A dream to play at Anfield. To play around 400 games with the team. Liverpool was the best thing that happened to me.”

Liverpool declare interest in Ligue 1 club prized asset

Liverpool have supposedly joined Manchester United and Real Madrid in the race to sign much-coveted Rennes midfield sensation Eduardo Camavinga.

The 18-year-old Frenchman burst onto the scene under Julien Stephan in 2020 and remains a regular for Les Rouge et Noir, netting one goal and assisting one more in 30 Ligue 1 matches this season.

Camavinga’s existing contract at Rennes expires at the end of the 2021-22 term, and he has reportedly decided that he won’t extend his contract, so an intense bidding war for the player’s services is now expected to commence this summer’s transfer market.

According to The Express, the Reds have now identified the youngster as an ideal signing for the new season, as Georginio Wijnaldum’s impending departure at the end of the campaign inches ever closer.

The report adds that Jurgen Klopp’s side would have to fend off Los Blancos and the Red Devils for Camavinga’s signature.

But the German tactician will hope to lure the France international to the Merseyside giants with the promise of regular first-team action – something he wouldn’t be guaranteed of at Old Trafford or the Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in a deal for Camavinga, who netted his first goal on his first start for his country’s national team in October’s 7-1 friendly thrashing of Ukraine.