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Liverpool news round-up: Reds get Ziyech boost, Cakir latest, double injury blow



Liverpool handed huge boost in pursuit of 6-goals Ajax playmaker

Edwin van der Sar has confirmed that Ajax will lose more stars next year.

The Ajax CEO’s comments come amid reports that Premier League sides are interested in several of the Dutch club’s players, notably Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan impressed in the recent 4-4 draw versus Chelsea in the UCL, contributing two assists for the Eredivisie outfit.

Hakim was also instrumental in Ajax’s run to the UCL semi-finals last season before they lost to Tottenham Hotspur.

Ajax’s success last season came at a cost, as they lost two of their best players in the summer market with Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt being sold to Juventus and Barcelona respectively.

And speaking to the Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, former Manchester United shot-stopper says the club are resigned to losing more top of their players.

“Next year Ajax will undoubtedly also lose players again.” – said van der Sar.

Spurs have been connected with a move for Ziyech, with the north London side reportedly looking for a successor for Christian Eriksen, whose contract expires in the summer.

Former Tottenham player Van der Vaart revealed he had been in contact with Spurs about Hakim, urging the North London side to move next summer after his eye-catching displays on the continent in recent seasons.

“I really hope he goes to Tottenham Hotspur, I sent a message today to [Daniel] Levy, I said: Get Ziyech after this season,” He told Voetbal Primeur.

“I am convinced that he becomes a sensation in London, and I also wish him that. I hope Spurs takes him and we will see.”

Liverpool still pursuing £18m deal to bring in Super Lig star

Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir is on Liverpool’s transfer radar and the Turkish star’s agent has touted an £18m deal.

The club experienced life without Alisson Becker earlier in the term and Jurgen Klopp is believed to be convinced that he needs a new, long-term back-up.

Having scouted the 23-year-old star, Liverpool are named by Cakir’s entourage Engin Kirkpinar as among the clubs tracking his progress.

Engin told Turkish-football.com: “Liverpool are one of four English sides keeping close tabs on Ugurcan. Liverpool are among the sides interested in Cakir, and they have been monitoring his progress.

“Trabzonspor value Cakir as being worth a minimum £18m, and will not sell him in January. An end-of-season move could however be on the cards.”

Adrian ably backed up Brazil international for 11 matches earlier in the term but, at 32, may not be considered strong enough to challenge the South American in the long run.

Meanwhile, Uguracn made his Turkey debut in May to help their stunning defensive form in Euro 2020 qualification.

Featuring as Mert Gunok’s deputy, the keeper has conceded just one goal in his two caps – matching his similar eye-catching numbers for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea outfit sit third in the Super Lig after letting in just 24 goals in their 18 matches across all competitions this campaign.

By contrast, the Reds’ impeccable defence has somewhat deserted them this campaign. The club have not kept a clean sheet in almost two months and are yet to keep a home shutout.

Liverpool duo looks likely to miss upcoming match against Palace

Liverpool could reportedly be without Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah for Saturday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

The duo were forced to pull out of international duty (both ankle injuries) and are now serious doubts for the trip to Selhurst Park.​

But manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to have England international Joe Gomez available after the star withdrew from the England roster before their 4-0 win over Kosovo last week after suffering a minor knee injury in training.​

Midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, both of whom suffered some illness during the international duty, are also expected to play.​

Mohamed has been struggling with an ankle problem since a heavy challenge from Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury during the Anfield outfit’s 2-1 win early last month.​

It forced the Egypt winger out of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw versus Manchester United at Old Trafford – the only time they have dropped points in the PL this season – and he aggravated the problem after being caught by Fernandinho, the Manchester City star, during the 3-1 win at Anfield this month.​

Salah flew to his homeland to be assessed and returned to Merseyside wearing a protective boot after withdrawing from Egypt’s matches against Kenya and Comoros.​

Robertson was also forced to withdraw from his country’s international games against Kazakhstan and Cyrpus with a swollen ankle sustained in the City win.​

The potential loss of two highly influential stars will be a blow as Liverpool bid to maintain or extend their eight-point lead at the top of the PL.