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  1. Crystal Palace Submit Bid For Sakho

    Reports are emerging from France Football that Crystal Palace have submitted a €28m (£25m) bid for Mamadou Sakho.

    There is also interest from West Brom and Leicester city but neither side have submitted a bid at this stage.

    Sakho joined Crystal Palace on loan last January and played eight games for them before suffering a ligament injury in April which kept him out for the rest of the season.

    He made a massive impact with Palace fans in the eight games he played for the club and was a contender for their player of the season award.

    The French centre back fell out of favour with Jurgen Klopp after a number of disciplinary incidents, one of which saw him sent home from the Reds pre season tour of the US in July 2016.

    Since then, Sakho has played his football with the under 23’s and does not feature in Jurgen Klopp’s plans despite being light in the centre back department.

    Liverpool hoped to get £30m for the out of favour defender but could be tempted by the bid this late in the window.

    Update: A deal has been agreed for the transfer of Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace for a fee of £20m. The fee could rise to £30m with add ons.

  2. 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.

  3. Klopp: Liverpool Already Working On Summer Signings

    According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool are already working on a number of transfer deals that will see the squad strengthened in the summer.

    Speaking from La Manga in Spain where the Reds are currently engaging in a warm weather training camp during the prolonged break from domestic football, Klopp said the the amount of business done will depend on whether Liverpool manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

    The Echo report that the primary target for Jurgen Klopp in the summer will be Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt and that the there won’t be many in-comings during that window but that those that do come in will be top class editions.

    Klopp said, “We are in talks with different people – players, agents, all that stuff. Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage? But we are on the way. At the end I’m sure we will have a really good squad.”

    “We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There’s a good base.”

    When asked if Liverpool needed Champions League football in order to secure the players on his shopping list, Klopp said, “I actually don’t think so but we will see. We don’t have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified.”

    “But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question.”

    “Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we’re through that now. We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year.”

    After the mass exodus of players out of Anfield last summer where 13 players left, it is unlikely that many players will leave the club during this summer’s window.

    “We have a long-term plan but a few things will change because you always have to react to situations. We have to perform until the end of the season and then we will do a review, looking back on the good things and bad things. Then we will make final decisions.”

    Klopp continued, “we don’t block opportunities, we don’t keep someone for just maybe one or two cup games. A few boys were among those who left last summer. I thought we gave them a really good education and they were ready to go somewhere else and play.”