Footy Extras

Almost Done: Liverpool pair on the brink to sign new contract

Liverpool are in advanced talks with Naby Keita over a new deal, while they hope Joe Gomez will also put pen on a new deal with the club.

Neither man was a regular in the starting XI last campaign, with Keita playing 14 games in the starting lineup and Gomez just four in the top-tier.

The midfielder did play 40 games across all competitions, though, while the England international took part in 21, falling down the pecking order after the arrival of Ibrahima Konate.

Despite being on the fringes of the first team, the Merseyside Reds clearly feel both players have important roles to play at the team, with new deals planned.

The Athletic report that talks are ongoing with Naby Keita, with his current contract set to end next year. Jurgen Klopp stays a fan of the former RB Leipzig star, and with no new arrivals in central midfield this summer, he will have a part to play in the coming campaign.

The report does not suggest that talks have begun with Gomez yet, however, there is less pressure to get a deal done as his current deal runs until 2024.

Gomez is keen to play more regularly, having played just 10 Premier League starts over the last two campaign, however, the Reds want to keep hold of the 25-year-old.

The ex-Charlton man is primarily a defender, however, is more than capable of filling in at right-back and even on the left side of defence.

The Athletic’s report claims that if a big offer came in for Gomez then an exit is not impossible, however, it would have to be a very substantial fee.

Done Deal: Liverpool talented forward completes move to Preston

Preston North End have secured the services Wales international Ben Woodburn following his end-of-campaign release by Liverpool as well as Robbie Brady.

The 22-year-old forward has signed a one-year contract, with the club’s option of an extra year.

Meanwhile Brady, 30, joins having won promotion from the Championship with the Cherries last campaign.

Formerly of Burnley, Republic of Ireland international Brady arrives on a one-year deal at Deepdale.

North End’s Liverpudlian head-coach Ryan Lowe has tried to secure the services of Woodburn before.

“He’s tried to get me a few times and unfortunately things haven’t worked out there,” said Woodburn. “But now we can work together. I’m a fan of how he plays football, so I’m really excited.”

“Ben’s someone I’ve taken a real interest in over since he burst on to the scene at Liverpool at a young age,” said Lowe.

“We can develop him into a top player for Preston. We’ve only had him with us for a week but you can see the quality he’s got. He’s a good footballer with a good footballing brain.”

The Walse forward was just a teenager when he was given his debut by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield in November 2016 before scoring in a League Cup quarter-final winner against Leeds United just three days later to supplant Michael Owen as the Merseyside Reds’ youngest-ever scorer, at 17 years and 145 days.

He has since been on loan spells with Oxford United, Sheffield United, Blackpool and last campaigns at Hearts.

Salah happy to play with Liverpool’s £64m summer signing

Mohamed Salah claims that he will miss Sadio Mane at Liverpool next campaign, however, is really looking forward to linking up with summer addition Darwin Nunez.

It will be a new-look front three for the Merseyside Reds next campaign, with Mane departing for Bayern Munich and Nunez arriving from Portuguese giants Benfica.

After years of success alongside Mane, Salah says that he will miss to play with the Senegalese international forward.

‘I’m so excited, I want to play with him, he had a good season last season and he played good against us, home and away,’ Salah told Liverpool’s YouTube channel of Nunez.

‘Also Sadio is leaving, going to miss him, he had great seasons with the club.

‘So I wish him all the best and I wish Darwin all the best also to score many goals for us.’

Salah was speaking on the announcement of a new three-year deal at Anfield, putting to bed questions over his future with the team.

The 30-year-old was heading into the final year of his previous contract and it looked like he may depart at the end of the upcoming campaign, however, he is now set to remain at the club until 2025.

‘If I look back to that time when I came [here], the club were not winning many things but I think I told you I had come [here] to win trophies,’ he told the club’s website.

‘I think we have won good trophies together [since]! And I think we can do it again. We won so many things together. We had some disappointments, but this is football.

‘I have enjoyed my football here at the club and hopefully I will continue to enjoy it and win many trophies.’

Liverpool blocked transfer of 6 ft 3 defender

Liverpool have turned down a bid from Nottingham Forest for their promising defender Neco Williams, with the Reds holding out for £15m for the defender amid significant interest in his services.

Newly-promoted Forest are not the only team keen on the Welshman, with Fulham, where he spent the second half of last campaign, Southampton and PSV Eindhoven also credited with an interest.

The size of the offer from Forest is not clear, however, it is less than the £15m that the Merseyside Reds expect to get for the defender and they are not willing to budge on their valuation.

Williams has played 33 first team games for the Merseyside Reds, turned out for Fulham 15 times as they were promoted from the Championship, and has already picked up 21 caps for Wales.

Whether Forest will come back with an improved bid is yet to be seen, while it has been made clear to his other suitors that £15m is the offer they must make to get hold of the Welshman.

Steve Cooper has already made one substantial addition to his Forest side, bringing in forward Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin for a team record fee of £18.45m.

The Nigeria international spent six years as a Liverpool player from 2015-21 before making a move for Berlin on a permanent transfer where he shone last campaign, founding back of the net 15 Bundesliga times.

Cooper said: ‘There’s been a lot of interest in Taiwo from other Premier League clubs, and other clubs across Europe, so we’re delighted that he’s chosen Nottingham Forest.

‘Our recruitment and coaching teams have been monitoring his progress closely over the last few months. He’s a player who we really believe in and we look forward to him going on to fulfil his potential and become a top Premier League striker with Nottingham Forest.’

Done Deal: Liverpool goalkeeper leaves club on loan

Stockport County have secure the services of Vitezslav Jaros on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

The 21-year-old stopper has joined the Reds at the age of 16 and spent the latter half of last campaign on loan at Notts County.

“We were one of several options that he had, so to have him choose us is a big positive,” boss Dave Challinor said.

“He’s a goalkeeper with a big future ahead of him and is very highly regarded at Liverpool and comes with real positive references.”

During the current transfer window Liverpool have managed to secure the services of Darwin Nunez from Portuguese giants Benfica, Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, and Aberdeen full-back Calvin Ramsey.

Liverpool have agreed a 41m euro (£35.1m) contract to sell Sadio Mane to German champions Bayern Munich.

The Mersesyside Reds will get a fixed 32m euros (£27.4m) with an additional 6m euros based on appearances and 3m euros based on individual and team achievements.

Since then, Mane has managed to found back of the net 90 times in the Premier League for the Anfield club and finished last campaign with 23 goals in all competitions.

Liverpool keen on to agree deal for Brazilian forward

Liverpool are reportedly considering a surprise move for Real Madrid forward Rodrygo as a possible replacement for Sadio Mane.

Mane’s six-year tenure at Anfield came to an end earlier this month, as the Senegalese international forward made £35m switch to Bayern Munich.

Mane was set to become a free agent at the end of the next season, and the Merseyside Reds turned down two bids from the Bavarian heavyweights before an agreement was struck.

Jurgen Klopp’s team have already signed Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez to negate the impact of Mane’s departure, however, Mohamed Salah’s future is still being called into question.

As a result, Spanish outlet El Nacional claims that Jurgen Klopp has identified Brazilian forward, Rodrygo as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane, and the Brazil international is not 100% happy at Santiago Bernabeu.

Rodrygo was instrumental in Real Madrid’s run to the Champions League trophy last campaign, coming off the bench to score vital goals against Man City and Chelsea in the knockout rounds.

The ex-Santos starlet registered 9 goals and 10 assists in 49 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s team in all tournaments last season, but he failed to cement a place in the first XI.

Amid competition from AS Marco Asensio and Federico Valverde on the right-hand side of the attack, Rodrygo started 17 games in the Spanish top-tier and only came on for the final minute of the Champions League final.

The 21-year-old is believed to be left dissatisfied with his role under Ancelotti, who still views him as a player who can make an impact from the bench rather than a guaranteed starter.

The report claims that the Merseyside Reds have informally tabled a €60m (£51.7m) offer to Real president Florentino Perez, however, Rodrygo is prioritising becoming a star at Los Blancos, even if Klopp plans to line up with him, Salah and Luis Diaz as his first-choice attack.

Liverpool keen on to sign Real Madrid versatile attacker

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly among the teams who are stepping up their efforts to secure the services of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Marco Asensio.

Despite the number of players that are due to depart the Red Devils on free transfers, Erik ten Hag is yet to make his first addition of the summer transfer window, while Liverpool have secured the services of Darwin Nunez.

However, that is allegedly about to change with Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia believed to be on the verge of moving to Old Trafford.

While that addition would represent a boost to the English top-tier, the newly-appointed Ten Hag wants to add further fresh faces to a group of players who struggled at both ends of the pitch the last campaign.

According to Sport, the 20-time English champions and the Merseyside Reds are one of three teams who are ‘pushing’ to win the race for Marco Asensio

With just a year left on his current deal, the 26-year-old attacker is currently deliberating over whether he should leave the Santiago Bernabeu over the coming weeks.

The Spain international is not regarded as the first choice by Carlo Ancelotti, and the move to a new team would come with the demand for first-team football.

Just 19 of his 31 appearances in La Liga during the 2021-22 season came from the first XI, Ancelotti preferring the likes of Federico Valverde and Rodrygo on the right flank.

A report earlier this month reported that Real Madrid officials are ready to demand in the region of £35m for Marco Asensio, although it stays to be seen whether any team will be prepared to meet that valuation.

Liverpool eyeing move for Premier League No.10 wing wizard

Liverpool reportedly have no plans to pursue a deal for Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic this summer.

The USA international winger has only made 13 starts for Thomas Tuchel’s side in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign and has been tipped to head for the exit door within weeks.

Pulisic’s current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire in the summer of 2024, and the 23-year-old forward has found it tough to displace the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in the attack.

The Mersesyside Reds were rumoured to be keeping a close eye on Christian Pulisic amid their attacking shake-up, as Sadio Mane and Divock Origi both departed from Anfield.

However, CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs reports that the Reds are currently not interested in a move for Pulisic, who has also been rumoured with Juventus and AC Milan.

The Merseyside Reds have already added to their attacking ranks with the signings of Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, while right-back Calvin Ramsay has also joined from Scottish giants, Aberdeen.

Jacobs adds that the Merseyside Reds could still pursue a deal for another attacking player before the window shuts following Sadio Mane and Divock Origi’s exits, despite previous reports suggesting that the Reds will not sign another player this summer.

Pulisic banked a total of eight times and five assists in 38 games for the Blues in all tournaments last campaign, taking his total for the Blues to 25 goals and 18 assists in 114 outings.

Since arriving in a £57.6m contract three-and-a-half years ago, Pulisic has won the Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup with the London club.

Liverpool £20m-rated defender linked with surprise move to direct Premier League rivals

Premier League outfits, Southampton have reportedly made a ‘serious enquiry’ to Liverpool over the availability of  Neco Williams.

The 21-year-old defender spent the second half of last campaign on loan with Championship outfits Fulham, where he has managed to found back of the net twice and provided two assists in 14 league games.

Following the arrival of Calvin Ramsey from Scottish giants, Aberdeen, Williams could now be allowed to depart from Liverpool this summer in search of regular first-team football.

According to Sky Sports News, via the Daily Mail, Southampton have enquired about adding Williams on a permanent basis in the summer, with the Merseyside Reds valuing the full-back in the region of £20m.

Fulham, PSV and Nottingham Forest are also keen to secure the services of the Wales international, who has three years left on his current deal at Anfield.

With Valentino Livramento set to miss the rest of 2022 with an ACL injury, the Saints have identified 21-year-old Liverpool star as a potential target to strengthen their options at the backline.

Williams has played a total of 33 games for the Merseyside Reds since his senior debut in 2019, including just six starts in the English top-tier.

Austria Vienna finalise transfer of Liverpool wonderkid

Liverpool have announced that 19-year-old defender Billy Koumetio has joined Austria Vienna for a season-long loan deal.

Billy Koumetio has spent the past three-and-a-half years at Anfield since arriving from Orleans and previously spent four years in Ligue 1 giants, Lyon’s academy between 2014 and 2018.

Koumetio has since become a regular for the Merseyside Reds’ Under-23 side, and he has also played two first-team games under Jurgen Klopp.

Koumetio came on for the second half of a Champions League match against Danish outfits, FC Midtjylland back in December 2020 and made his first senior start for the team in last campaigns EFL Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City.

The France Under-20 international will now be spending one year on loan in Austria to secure regular first-team experience, and the 2021-22 season was a productive one for the defender at youth level.

Koumetio has found back of the net twice and provided one assist in 24 Premier League 2 games and also played every minute as the Reds youngsters reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League.

The Frenchman heads out on loan after fellow defensive starlet Conor Bradley signed a short-term agreement with Bolton for the upcoming season.