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Liverpool have trademark FSG transfer trick they now rarely want to use

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Gini Wijnaldum ticked a lot of typical Fenway Sports Group boxes during his time at Liverpool - but the Reds haven't followed suit for several years
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Liverpool have trademark FSG transfer trick they now rarely want to use

icLiverpool.co.uk - 46 min ago
Gini Wijnaldum ticked a lot of typical Fenway Sports Group boxes during his time at Liverpool - but the Reds haven't followed suit for several years
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I tried to put Liverpool off signing my star striker - but we were stunned by what they bid

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 2 hours 46 min ago
Liverpool signed Christian Benteke on this day in 2015
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I tried to put Liverpool off signing my star striker - but we were stunned by what they bid

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Liverpool signed Christian Benteke on this day in 2015
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What Liverpool squad could look like after pre-season tour as transfer wait goes on

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 4 hours 46 min ago
Liverpool head out to the United States on Tuesday but they will look much stronger on their return to England
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What Liverpool squad could look like after pre-season tour as transfer wait goes on

icLiverpool.co.uk - 4 hours 46 min ago
Liverpool head out to the United States on Tuesday but they will look much stronger on their return to England
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Matt O'Riley 'increased offer' made as Liverpool competition ramps up for Celtic midfielder

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 21:07

Liverpool has been linked with Celtic midfielder Matt O'Riley. But time could be running out if it wants to strike a deal, with multiple bids going in for him.

Outside of the Scottish top flight, O'Riley is a relatively unknown quantity. But the former Fulham academy prospect just had a hugely successful season with Celtic, earning his first Denmark caps and scoring 18 times from midfield in the league.

Liverpool was actually credited with transfer interest back in 2022. That might well mean he was originally on a Michael Edwards list, and it would be no surprise to learn that tabs have been kept on him at Anfield in the intervening years.

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And if ever there was a time to act, it may well be now, with Edwards back in the fold and O'Riley having just had such a brilliant campaign. At 23, he seems ready for the next step in his career — even if former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic has no need to sell.

But if Liverpool is genuinely interested, it needs to get a move on. His form has not gone unnoticed, and Atalanta looks particularly keen to secure his services.

According to Gianluca di Marzio, the Serie A side has now tabled three bids to Celtic. The latest is worth $18.5m (£14.5m/€17m).

Moreover, O'Riley has agreed the outline of a five-year deal with Atalanta. Having suffered a Europa League defeat last season, Liverpool will not now want to come off second-best in the transfer market.

Matt O'Riley of Celtic celebrates after team mate Paulo Bernardo scores their second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Livingston FC and Celtic FC at Tony Macaroni Arena on March 31, 2024 in Livingston, Scotland. O'Riley's form for Celtic has attracted suitors, with Liverpool reportedly among them. (Image: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Liverpool.com says: Of course, Liverpool would not be "losing" to Atalanta if it never had any intention of making a bid. And that's certainly a possibility, given the huge step up required from Celtic straight to Anfield.

Perhaps more pertinently than that, O'Riley does not meet a particular positional need for Liverpool. In fact, it signed three players in a broadly comparable mold last summer, adding Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch; if Arne Slot is to dip into the market in midfield, it will surely be for a specialist number six.

Much probably depends on just how high Liverpool thinks O'Riley's ceiling is. It's very believable that it is keeping tabs, but it will only move without having a clear space in the squad for him if it thinks he still has many more levels to find. Atalanta would be an intriguing transfer for him.

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Man Utd snubs transfer clause as Erik ten Hag opts against completing deal

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 20:39

Manchester United have reportedly decided not to take up their option to sign Sofyan Amrabat on a permanent deal this summer.

The 27 year old Moroccan international joined the Red Devils on loan after an impressive performance at the 2022 World Cup, but his season in the Premier League has been somewhat inconsistent.

As part of the agreement with Fiorentina last summer, United had the opportunity to make Amrabat's move permanent for a fee of $28m (£22m). However, earlier this month, it was suggested that United were unlikely to exercise this option. Now, with links to other defensive midfielders, it is reported that United will not be signing the playmaker.

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The Italian news outlet claims that United have informed both Amrabat and Fiorentina that they will not be making an offer for the midfielder, who is now set to return to pre-season training with the Serie A side.

Despite uncertainty over his future in recent months, it was reported that Amrabat hadn't given up hope of a return to Old Trafford. While this now seems unlikely, there are other clubs, including some in the Premier League, who remain interested in him.

A previous report from Corriere dello Sport suggested he could leave Fiorentina for just $16m (£12.7m) this summer. United are still expected to sign a new defensive midfielder this summer amid doubts over Casemiro's future at the club, with several names being linked with the Red Devils in recent weeks.

Paris Saint-Germain's Manuel Ugarte appears to be topping United's wish list, but Martin Zubimendi and free agent Adrien Rabiot are also on the club's radar.

More departures are likely as United look to boost their coffers after splashing out on deals for Joshua Zirkzee and Leny Yoro. The Red Devils have already waved goodbye to Donny van de Beek, Willy Kambwala and Mason Greenwood since the summer transfer window opened last month.

Liverpool.com says: Amrabat arrived at Old Trafford with a decent reputation but never really looked up to speed with the Premier League. United is clearly shifting to sign younger players and will be eyeing a replacement, with Casemiro also potentially leaving before the window shuts.

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Erik ten Hag sends 'obvious' transfer demand to Man Utd chiefs after $95m deals

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 19:36

Erik ten Hag has lauded the proactive approach to transfers at Old Trafford, stating that it's 'what clubs like Manchester United should do'.

The Red Devils have already secured deals for Joshua Zirkzee and Leny Yoro in the transfer window for a total of $95m (74m) and Ten Hag is pleased with the forward-thinking structure implemented by Ineos.

Zirkzee and Yoro's signings have addressed two key positions for the summer, with Yoro making his debut in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Rangers at Murrayfield. These acquisitions were made under the guidance of Ineos, featuring Dan Ashworth as sporting director, Jason Wilcox as technical director, and Christopher Vivell as interim head of recruitment.

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United now need to offload players to generate funds, a task Ten Hag acknowledges as a balancing act. He aims for a larger squad this season to cope with an increased number of games, given the Europa League group stage now includes two additional matches.

He also seeks more quality within the squad, and United are still pursuing Matthijs de Ligt, while Manuel Ugarte and Martin Zubimendi are considered for a central midfield role.

United are set to bolster their squad with a new centre-back and midfielder this summer, while also considering a full-back if Aaron Wan-Bissaka departs, amid Premier League interest in the ex-Crystal Palace defender.

Erik ten Hag emphasized the need for both quality and depth, saying: "Competition, yes, we need quality players. But you also need quantity because the season is even tougher than last season so we have to be ready for that.

"That [we need to sell] is also obvious but we want to have a strong squad, as strong as possible. I think at the moment the football leadership is very on the front foot. I think that's what clubs like Manchester United should do."

Leny Yoro Leny Yoro impressed against Rangers (Image: No credit)

United's transfer strategy has shown a clear focus on youth, with the signings of Zirkzee and Yoro, who impressed during his 45-minute stint at Murrayfield. Ten Hag praised Yoro's debut performance after just one training session, signaling to the senior defenders that the young talent is poised to play a significant role in United's defense this season.

He added: "We're very pleased we've done business - we have Yoro in, we have Zirkzee in - two high potential assets for the future. But when I say future, the future also starts today. The next game is always the most important, next season is always the most important.

"He's here, we think he can play but there's so many games to come that he'll be in a group of four or five. I think for the first time, after just one training [session], it's a very mature performance. That's what we saw when we scouted him. It's great to have him. He's a very young, talented centre-back and there's a lot to come."

Liverpool.com says: United has made some impressive moves early in the transfer window but there is still clearly work to do with the squad. Ten Hag will know other arrivals will probably only happen once some players are shown the exit door.

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Liverpool 'enter race' for Dani Olmo as Barcelona feelings on transfer battle emerge

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 19:27
Liverpool are yet to make any first-team signings so far during the summer transfer window
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Liverpool 'enter race' for Dani Olmo as Barcelona feelings on transfer battle emerge

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 19:27
Liverpool are yet to make any first-team signings so far during the summer transfer window
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Liverpool transfer stance paves way for Bayern chief to make dream £100m signing

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 18:51
The latest Liverpool transfer news as Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß addresses interest in Liverpool-linked playmaker Florian Wirtz
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Liverpool transfer stance paves way for Bayern chief to make dream £100m signing

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 18:51
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I watched Darwin Nunez at Copa America – here’s what Liverpool can learn

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 18:00
Darwin Nunez started the summer of international football in good goalscoring form at Copa America, but what happened next will be familiar to Liverpool fans.

I arrived at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, just in time for the opening minutes of Uruguay’s second group game of the 2024 Copa America, against Bolivia – just in time to see Darwin Nunez miss two chances.

Despite having left Liverpool much earlier that morning, for a moment it was like being back at Anfield.

This game on the east coast of the United States was a 9am kickoff, but also a 2am kickoff for anyone still on British Summer Time, as I was.

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But the exciting attacking play of Nunez, missing chances and eventually scoring – always a threat and always entertaining – keeps you alert and interested.

Who knows what will happen next when he is on the pitch?

Later in the tournament, though, the goals dried up and there were some similarities with the way he ended last season at Liverpool.

The levels of entertainment he provides probably depends a lot on whether he is playing for a team you support, and whether or not that team is winning.

This is Uruguay Nunez, same as Liverpool Nunez?

2T7PJ2K Uruguay's Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Argentina during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup 2026 at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

2T7PJ2K Uruguay's Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Argentina during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup 2026 at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

This Uruguay version of Nunez is the same as Liverpool Nunez. Mostly.

One who scored 10 goals in 15 games in all competitions for Liverpool in the middle of last season, but then only scored once in the 13 games following that.

One who scored a hat-trick in a friendly against Mexico in Uruguay’s final Copa America warm-up match and a goal in each of the first two group-stage games against Panama and Bolivia.

However, he didn’t score again for the rest of the tournament.

The difference between Liverpool and Uruguay’s Nunez is that Marcelo Bielsa kept picking him even when the goals dried up.

During Jurgen Klopp‘s final games at Anfield, meanwhile, Nunez sat on the bench for five of the last six league fixtures.

When the games became bigger towards the end of the season for Liverpool and in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and third-place game for Uruguay, Nunez failed to score.

But somehow, despite his misses becoming almost inevitable, he still looked like the most dangerous attacker on the pitch.

This is the conundrum of Nunez, as seen at Liverpool for two seasons since his move from Benfica in 2022 for an initial £64 million.

The trust of Bielsa and Suarez

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez (R) and Luis Suárez during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez (R) and Luis Suárez during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Uruguay, the 25-year-old started every game at the Copa America as the striker in Bielsa’s 4-2-3-1 formation, playing 475 of their total 540 minutes of action.

Though he wasn’t scoring, Bielsa stuck with him.

Even in the third-place game that many managers might use to give squad players a chance, Bielsa kept a strong side, and there is a sense he wanted to use all the time available to get his best players used to the system.

Nice moment with Marcelo Bielsa giving Darwin Nuñez a hug after the 3rd place match on Saturday

• Darwin hadn’t scored in Uruguay’s last 4 games and was still having a difficult time due to the post-match incidents vs. Colombia
pic.twitter.com/a4qqACNJXg

— Uruguay Football ENG (@UruguayFootENG) July 15, 2024

The manager clearly thinks Nunez is one of his best players. Luis Suarez was in the squad for a swansong tournament but remained on the bench for much of it.

There was a lot of mutual respect between Nunez and Suarez, with the former Liverpool man enthusiastically supporting the current Liverpool man, even though he has taken his place in the side.

Nunez showed the same love for Suarez when the 37-year-old scored in the third-place game against Canada, having been replaced by him at half-time.

Missed chances

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez lines-up before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Uruguay's Darwin Núñez lines-up before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Education City Stadium. The game ended in a goal-less draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the quarter-final against Brazil, Nunez missed Uruguay’s only big chance of the game.

A cross was swung in from the right and he just had to head it in from six yards, but the ball hit his shoulder and went over the bar.

Against Colombia in the semi-final – which Uruguay went on to lose 1-0 – Nunez had a few chances in the opening half an hour. He did brilliantly to create them through good movement, speed and strength, but sent each of the three shots wide.

Uruguay had been one of the best teams in the group stages but struggled against stronger opposition in the knockout rounds, even failing to comfortably see off a poor Brazil side in the quarters – having to win a penalty shootout to do so.

By the time penalties came around, Nunez had been taken off.

Liverpool’s No. 9 cut a frustrated, angry figure in those moments of missed chances, but a later incident off the pitch was to rile him even further.

WWE Nunez

 Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez (19) engages with hostile fans in the stands after the CONMEBOL Copa America semifinal between Uruguay and Colombia on Wednesday July 10, 2024 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

 Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez (19) engages with hostile fans in the stands after the CONMEBOL Copa America semifinal between Uruguay and Colombia on Wednesday July 10, 2024 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Bah gawd, it’s Darwin Nunez with a steel chair!

It was like a scene from WWE, only more real and much more serious.

At the end of Uruguay’s semi-final against Colombia in Charlotte, Uruguay players feared for the safety of their families after hearing reports they had been attacked by Colombia fans in the stands.

Nunez was, let’s say, one of the most active players who came to the defence of the friends and families.

The speed and rumbustiousness that he shows on the pitch were on display as he rushed towards the stands.

Once there, standing side-on with fists up, like he was doing a session down Rotunda, he took on the fans.

This footage shows a bit clearer what happened between Darwin Nuñez and the Colombian fans. pic.twitter.com/AHKjDGIj42

— Uruguay Football ENG (@UruguayFootENG) July 11, 2024

After returning to the pitch, he decided he hadn’t finished, and ran towards the stands with a chair, flinging it at the hoardings just below where fans were situated.

It was one of the incidents at this tournament that led to criticism of the security operation. A precursor to the much more serious events at the final in Miami.

“The players were forced to act this way,” said Uruguay manager Bielsa. “The players reacted like any human being would have done.

“If you see your wife, mother, sister or baby being attacked, and no one is helping, what are they supposed to do? And they are going to punish the people who came to defend them?

“Any sanctions should not be for the players but for those who did not prevent this from happening. They had no choice.”

Back to Anfield

 Liverpool's Darwin Núñez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Darwin Núñez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nunez will return to Liverpool this summer with a bronze medal and a new coach to impress, one who has already talked up how he will fit into his system.

“I assume he will fit really well into this [playing style] because I like him,” Arne Slot declared.

“He might have had some struggles with finishing opportunities but he came a lot of times into those positions.”

There is always the enticing possibility that if Nunez can combine that incessant running, the untrackable movement, the uncatchable pace and the unmatchable strength, he will become the best centre-forward in the world.

Even if it doesn’t happen, he will still be useful for Slot’s Liverpool, on and off the ball, possibly playing up front in a similar system to Bielsa’s (don’t call it 4-2-3-1).

But he might need Cody Gakpo and Mo Salah to score the goals.

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Liverpool £20m flop signs for ninth club since Anfield nightmare began

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 17:00
As supporters await Liverpool's first activity of the summer transfer window, plenty of former Reds have been taking new steps in their careers
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Liverpool £20m flop signs for ninth club since Anfield nightmare began

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 17:00
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Liverpool midfielder absence explained as Arne Slot waits on injury return

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 15:33
Liverpool teenage midfielder Bobby Clark has yet to resume full training after last season was ended early by a back injury
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Liverpool midfielder absence explained as Arne Slot waits on injury return

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 15:33
Liverpool teenage midfielder Bobby Clark has yet to resume full training after last season was ended early by a back injury
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Seven Liverpool players on notice as Arne Slot looks for transfer windfall

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 15:28
Liverpool have yet to make any major moves in the transfer market - but some of their players could soon be on the move
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Seven Liverpool players on notice as Arne Slot looks for transfer windfall

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/21/2024 - 15:28
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