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  1. Liverpool Reject Third Bid For Sakho

    According to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Crystal Palace for Mamadou Sakho.

    The bid reported to be an initial £22m up front with a further £3m in addons was submitted by Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish earlier today.

    Liverpool are adamant that the player will not be sold for less than their valuation of £30m and have no intention of accepting anything less than the asking price.

    Interest in Sakho is high with West Brom and Leicester also interested in the French centre back but apparently Sakho has told the club that he is only interested in a move to Crystal Palace.

    If Crystal Palace are to secure the out of favour defenders signature, they are going to have to come up with an offer that includes more cash up front.

    Sakho who has been out of favour at the club since his relationship with Jurgen Klopp broke down after being sent home from the clubs pre-season tour of the US last year moved to Anfield from Paris Saint Germain for £18m in 2013.

  2. Liverpool Offer Contract To Left Back Sead Kolašinac

    Liverpool are believed to have offered a contract to Schalke’s Bosnian left-back Sead Kolašinac according to a report in German publication Bild.

    Kolašinac’s contract expires in the summer and he is currently one of the most in demand free agents to become available.

    Among the suitors for the Bosnian’s signature are five other clubs, Manchester City, Arsenal, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma meaning Jurgen Klopp will most likely have a fight on his hands to secure the highly sought after defender.

    The 23 year old would bring a wealth of experience to the Liverpool defence having already played five seasons for Schalke’s first team.

    Kolašinac would most likely slot right into Jurgen Klopp’s back line as midfielder James Milner has been offering cover in that position for the season due to the inadequacies of our left back, Alberto Moreno.

    Milner has done a stellar job and has been the ultimate professional after being asked to take up the unfamiliar role.

    Competition from the other teams mentioned would make it difficult to secure Kolašinac’s signature but if we secure Champions League football, we would significantly improve our chances of signing him as we would also be able to offer first team football.

    Kolašinac is primarily a left back but can also play on the centre of defence as well as on the left side of midfield.

    He has made 30 appearances for Schalke this season in all competitions scoring three goals and providing seven assists.

  3. Liverpool Linked With Dortmund Defender

    Liverpool have been linked with 23 year old Borussia Dortmund centre back, Matthias Ginter. The versatile German international defender can play across the centre of defence as well as doubling up as a right back and defensive midfielder.

    Ginter is said to be considering his options after Dortmund agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign defender, Ömer Toprak who will join the club in the summer.

    The 23 year old is seen as a proactive defender who plays in a team that uses a similar type of pressing football to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

    His defensive numbers measure up to both Matip and Lovren but it’s on the ball where he excels. His pass completion rivals that of Jordan Henderson with an 87.2% passing accuracy over 90 minutes, averaging 78.6 passes per game.

    He’s not afraid to get involved in attack where his pressing and passing capabilities would perfectly suit the Liverpool system under Klopp and he’s also good in the air.

    It’s reported that Dortmund value the defender at £13m: a fee which would cover the cost of the incoming Ömer Toprak.

    Liverpool could easily cover the cost of the transfer should the sale of outcast Mamadou Sahko go through during the summer window which looks very likely.

    The defender has seen plenty of game time this season with 30 appearances across all competitions.

  4. Lovren: I Wanted To Jump Into The Crowd

    Dejan Lovren spoke out about how he felt when he scored his goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Lovren scored to put Liverpool 2 -1 up at Selhurst Park to make amends for gifting James McArthur an equalizing goal on 18 minutes.

    Lovren was quick to recover from his mistake when he headeded home Liverpool’s second goal to put the reds back in front just 3 minutes later.

    “I was angry. I was definitely angry,” said Lovren. “The lads asked me in the dressing-room, ‘What did you want to do when you scored the goal?’ I said I wanted to jump into the crowd. I didn’t know what to do, because I would say I didn’t deserve this.”

    “I said to myself, ‘It’s not possible, I am working too hard to do a mistake and to lose the game’. I said I was angry and I wanted to score the goal.”

    “When you have a winning team you have to have your character and to move on quickly and I think we showed that, especially in the first half after the mistakes.”

    “If you want to be in the top four at the end of the season or be champions, you need to win the smaller games like today and even the next game against Watford. And then we will see against the big teams.

    “But I think we have shown this year that we can play against the big teams, we are not scared. I think the biggest opponent for us is us.”

  5. Guardiola Sets Clyne As Primary Transfer Target

    Pep Guardiola looks set to continue his history of targeting Jurgen Klopp’s players as he has his sights set on Nathaniel Clyne.

    Pep signed Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze from Klopp’s Borrusia Dortmund when he was in charge at Bayern Munich.

    Guardiola will continue to put his mark on his Manchester City side and he is looking for a younger model of his current right backs in Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta, both now over 30.

    Clyne has proved to be one of the most consistent right backs in the Premier League and is one of the first names on Jurgen Klopps team sheet.

    He joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for what is proving to be a bargain at £12.5m.


  6. Liverpool Sign Giant 15 Year Old Defender

    Liverpool look to have completed the signing of 6ft 5ins 15 year old defender, Emaki Obi from Bury.

    Obi has been on the reds radar for a while and has been scouted on a number of occasions by Liverpool.

    Touted by Bury boss, David Flitcroft back in August of this year as being “the best talent right now at 15 years old in the entire country.”

    “He only came in the building two years ago and nothing fazes him. He’s been training with the first team and he’s going back to school next week.”

    “We’ve had him for five weeks, training with the first team, training with Ryan Kidd and he’s been playing with the under-18s.

    “He’s just turned 15, he’s a man mountain, but we teach them how to play football and he’s going to be an unbelievable asset to the football club. He’s a kid that’s really switched on, I’ve watched him while he’s been on summer holidays and he’s been in every single day.”

    According to the Liverpool Echo, Obi would command a six-figure fee up front with Bury also negotiating a number of add-ons based on his future development.

    If completed, Obi would move straight to the Academy and into Neil Critchley’s under-18 side. The young defender has already changed his Twitter account description to “Footballer at Liverpool FC” so it looks like the deal may be complete.

    It’s understood the move was held up due to visa issues as Obi is of Nigerian heritage.

    Obi, 15, became the youngest ever player to feature for Bury’s first-team when he made his debut for the League One outfit back in August.