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Short film: The story of the Champions League final

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UEFA have released unseen footage from the Champions League final in a brilliant new short film that fans can watch online for free now.

Liverpool secured the trophy for a sixth time by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Estadio Metropolitano on June 1, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi.

Now a newly-released UEFA clip tells the story of the day with some never-before-seen shots before, during and after the fixture in the Spanish capital, as well as on-pitch audio snippets.

You can watch and savour it below now for free via our official YouTube channel.

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Short film: The story of the Champions League final

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UEFA have released unseen footage from the Champions League final in a brilliant new short film that fans can watch online for free now.
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Liverpool FC Women announce pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - 3 hours 24 min ago

Liverpool FC Women will play a pre-season friendly against Coventry United Ladies as they begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.

Vicky Jepson's side will travel to the Midlands on Sunday July 28 with a 2pm kick-off at the Cryfield Sports pavilion.

Coventry United Ladies will play in the women’s Championship this season after earning promotion by winning the southern league title. They were also awarded club of the year at the FA awards evening.

New Liverpool FC Women signings Becky Jane and Melissa Lawley will be among the Reds squad which will travel south for the game.

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Liverpool FC Women announce pre-season friendly

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Liverpool FC Women will play a pre-season friendly against Coventry United Ladies as they begin preparations for the 2019-20 season.
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Liverpool make surprise U-turn in decision over Simon Mignolet’s future

ThisIsAnfield.com - 5 hours 33 min ago

Liverpool were expected to be in pursuit of a replacement for Simon Mignolet ahead of his exit this summer, but now that appears to have changed.


The Reds have been widely reported as weighing up options in goal, at left-back and in attack, with Mignolet linked with a move away to follow Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

Having served admirably as Alisson‘s backup in 2018/19, making just two appearances but proving the ultimate professional behind the scenes, the Belgian could be forgiven for seeking a departure.

Southampton‘s Alex McCarthy, Cardiff’s Neil Etheridge and Adrian, formerly of West Ham, have all been touted as possible replacements.

But it seems Jurgen Klopp has changed tack, with the Times‘ Paul Joyce reporting that the club “expect Mignolet to remain at the club next season.”

This comes with “Klopp valuing his attitude and approach to being backup goalkeeper” and for “how he has dealt with a period in his career in which he has been demoted.”

Backhanded compliments aside, Joyce cites how Mignolet “signed a long-term contract in 2016,” believed to run for a further two seasons, puts Liverpool in a strong position.

And he adds that “for the situation to change, there would need to be the offer of a permanent move from a club that excited Mignolet and also guaranteed Liverpool a fair fee.”

“There is no suggestion that an attractive move and fee is about to force a rethink,” Joyce claims, unlike with Lucas Leiva‘s £5 million move to Lazio in 2017.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is, of course, all well and good, but it remains difficult to believe that Mignolet would be content to spend another season on the bench.

In fact, last summer the 31-year-old criticised the club’s “bizarre” decision to allow Loris Karius to leave on loan while not being prepared to sanction his permanent exit.

“A goalkeeper who was preferred to me last season may leave on a loan basis. Strange,” he said.

“[Karius leaving] does not change anything for me. I have always been clear: I want to play. No. 2 or No. 3 makes little difference. Playing minutes is the most important.”

Klopp later warned Mignolet that “discussing your individual problems in public doesn’t make too much sense,” and instead last month, a similar message came via his brother.

He confirmed Liverpool would “have to find a replacement,” as Mignolet “wants to play and will need to change club to do that.”

How this stance would have changed in just over three weeks is unclear—and, seemingly, unlikely.

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'47 launch Pride collection in collaboration with LFC

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'47 have launched a collection supporting Pride in collaboration with Liverpool FC.

A range of t-shirts and caps are available to purchase in official club stores and online now, with the apparel modelled by members of Liverpool FC LGBT+ fan group ‘Kop Outs’.

This is the seventh year LFC have officially supported Pride and the club will also be participating in Liverpool’s annual Pride march.

This year's theme is 'Come as you are’ – a simple message which invites all like-minded people to walk together and show their support for inclusion and diversity, whoever they are.

Dave Merchant, a member of Kop Outs, said: “Seeing LFC flying the rainbow flag makes me even prouder to be a fan of this incredible club.” 

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Junior Firpo not on Jurgen Klopp's radar

HEAD NEWS - 6 hours 40 min ago

Liverpool are not interested in signing Real Betis defender Junior Firpo this summer.

Reports in Spain over the weekend claimed the European champions were ready to trigger a €50million buyout clause to land the versatile Firpo.

Madrid newspaper Marca suggested the Reds were not put off by the fee required to sign Firpo as Jurgen Klopp chases down cover and competition for current left-back Andy Robertson.

Manchester United are also reportedly interested, with the two Premier League giants set to fight it out to land Betis' 22-year-old left-back, according to the Spanish publication.

With Alberto Moreno set to leave Anfield this month, the Reds have something of a pressing concern on the left side of their defence with Robertson the only senior member of the squad who specialises in the role.

James Milner played there for virtually the entirety of the 2016-17 season, but the 33-year-old was returned to his favoured midfield role when Robertson was brought to Anfield two years ago.

Despite a lack of depth at left-back, however, claims that Firpo will become the first signing of the summer at Anfield are inaccurate.

The ECHO understands the Santo Domingo-born Firpo is not on the Reds' radar and has not been discussed by manager Klopp or sporting director Michael Edwards.

Liverpool won't be paying a €50m buyout clause for a player who would come into the fold as back-up to the influential Robertson.

Unlike the events of last year when Liverpool paid out around £170m to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson Becker, Naby Keita and Fabinho, the Reds are set for a much more subdued summer.

A left-back is likely to be on the agenda before the close of the window on August 8, but a big-money move for Firpo won't come to fruition.

The Spanish U21 international was asked about his future over the weekend, with Real Madrid reportedly also interested.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," Firpo was quoted as saying. "I’m here with the national team and that’s all I want to think about.

"I have said that Real Madrid was more attractive to me because my father is from Madrid. This has nothing to do with where I would rather play.

"Honestly, the team that is most interesting to me right now is Real Betis, where I have been since I was young."

Liverpool are set for a more conservative spending spree this window with Klopp happy to merely tweak a squad that finished as Premier League runners-up with 97 points and Champions League winners.

Daniel Sturridge's exit has perhaps increased the need for another addition to the forward areas while Moreno will need replacing, but blockbuster deals are not expected to be forthcoming.

Liverpool spent close to £250m across two transfer windows in 2018 to bulk up Klopp's squad with top-class talent and enable the club to challenge for honours long term.

As such, Klopp is relaxed about the prospect of adding to his ranks as the Reds get set for another big season.

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Junior Firpo not on Jurgen Klopp's radar

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 40 min ago

Liverpool are not interested in signing Real Betis defender Junior Firpo this summer.

Reports in Spain over the weekend claimed the European champions were ready to trigger a €50million buyout clause to land the versatile Firpo.

Madrid newspaper Marca suggested the Reds were not put off by the fee required to sign Firpo as Jurgen Klopp chases down cover and competition for current left-back Andy Robertson.

Manchester United are also reportedly interested, with the two Premier League giants set to fight it out to land Betis' 22-year-old left-back, according to the Spanish publication.

With Alberto Moreno set to leave Anfield this month, the Reds have something of a pressing concern on the left side of their defence with Robertson the only senior member of the squad who specialises in the role.

James Milner played there for virtually the entirety of the 2016-17 season, but the 33-year-old was returned to his favoured midfield role when Robertson was brought to Anfield two years ago.

Despite a lack of depth at left-back, however, claims that Firpo will become the first signing of the summer at Anfield are inaccurate.

The ECHO understands the Santo Domingo-born Firpo is not on the Reds' radar and has not been discussed by manager Klopp or sporting director Michael Edwards.

Liverpool won't be paying a €50m buyout clause for a player who would come into the fold as back-up to the influential Robertson.

Unlike the events of last year when Liverpool paid out around £170m to sign Xherdan Shaqiri, Alisson Becker, Naby Keita and Fabinho, the Reds are set for a much more subdued summer.

A left-back is likely to be on the agenda before the close of the window on August 8, but a big-money move for Firpo won't come to fruition.

The Spanish U21 international was asked about his future over the weekend, with Real Madrid reportedly also interested.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," Firpo was quoted as saying. "I’m here with the national team and that’s all I want to think about.

"I have said that Real Madrid was more attractive to me because my father is from Madrid. This has nothing to do with where I would rather play.

"Honestly, the team that is most interesting to me right now is Real Betis, where I have been since I was young."

Liverpool are set for a more conservative spending spree this window with Klopp happy to merely tweak a squad that finished as Premier League runners-up with 97 points and Champions League winners.

Daniel Sturridge's exit has perhaps increased the need for another addition to the forward areas while Moreno will need replacing, but blockbuster deals are not expected to be forthcoming.

Liverpool spent close to £250m across two transfer windows in 2018 to bulk up Klopp's squad with top-class talent and enable the club to challenge for honours long term.

As such, Klopp is relaxed about the prospect of adding to his ranks as the Reds get set for another big season.

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Junior Firpo not on Jurgen Klopp's radar

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Liverpool are not interested in signing Real Betis defender Junior Firpo this summer.
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Fantastic future in store - Van Dijk

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - 6 hours 44 min ago
"So much quality" at Anfield, says Netherlands international defender

Last Updated: 24/06/19 12:06pm

Virgil van Dijk was in imperious form for Liverpool all season Virgil van Dijk was in imperious form for Liverpool all season Virgil van Dijk was in imperious form for Liverpool all season

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident of a bright future for the club following their sixth Champions League success.

The 27-year-old Netherlands international was instrumental to Liverpool's European conquest last season, as he started every league game and appeared in all but one game on the way to the Champions League final in Madrid.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Van Dijk with the Champions League trophy Georginio Wijnaldum and Van Dijk with the Champions League trophy Georginio Wijnaldum and Van Dijk with the Champions League trophy

"I think the future looks pretty bright," said Van Dijk, who also collected the PFA Players' Player of the Year award last term.

"We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.

Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year

"[There is] so much quality in the team; sometimes you don't even realise how good [a group of] players we have - and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up."

Van Dijk was a key member in a Liverpool defence which conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League last season as they amassed 97 points, missing out to eventual champions Manchester City by a single point.

Van Dijk also praised team-mates like Andy Robertson for their efforts last season Van Dijk also praised team-mates like Andy Robertson for their efforts last season Van Dijk also praised team-mates like Andy Robertson for their efforts last season

But while Van Dijk acknowledges his high level of form, he prefers to see praise shared collectively by the back four and the rest of the team.

"I have been consistent. I've been feeling great, with the help - obviously - of all my team-mates. But everyone has been fantastic," he added.

"If you look around the team, Robbo (Andy Robertson) has had his best season ever. Trent (Alexander-Arnold) has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature. And all the centre-backs... and obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level."

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Reliable journalist explains why Liverpool are “biding their time” this summer

ThisIsAnfield.com - 7 hours 28 min ago

Liverpool have started the summer transfer window particularly quietly, and Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft believes they are “biding their time.”


The Reds are yet to make an addition to Jurgen Klopp‘s squad following their Champions League triumph in Madrid over three weeks ago.

Pre-season begins for the majority of the side in just under two weeks’ time, with the first warmup friendly coming at Tranmere Rovers on July 11, and the Community Shield is set for August 4.

That clash with Man City will be Liverpool’s first competitive game of a long campaign in which they’ll vie for seven trophies, and it can be argued that the ranks need to be strengthened.

But speaking to The Transfer Window podcast, Northcroft explained why the club may be “biding their time” with a squad that is “almost complete.”

“I think this is a sign of Liverpool’s evolution. They’ve been building towards getting themselves in this position probably for six years now,” he said.

“And I spoke to Michael Edwards, the sporting director, about this last year.

“They feel they’ve gone through that phase of trying to sign in volume and trying to sign players to develop, to take the club forward on the pitch, to a position where they are almost complete.

 Liverpool's Director of Football Michael Edwards during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 2nd Leg match between Liverpool and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I think that’s the phrase I heard around Liverpool, talking about transfers last year: almost complete.

“That doesn’t mean complacent about anything, but that means a feeling that they’ve got a high-grade squad, high-grade players in most positions, and most importantly that the manager really identifies with and wants.

“And now they’re in a position where they can just pick off—they feel—the top players that they need at the top end of the market.

“So Van Dijk and Alisson for world-record fees, I think is a trend that we’ll see continuing.

“And I expect to see Liverpool biding their time, trying to sort out smaller deals—outgoings, like Simon Mignolet for example, some of the younger players going on loan, tying up Divock Origi on a new contract, which I expect to happen.

 Liverpool's Divock Origi during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“[Then] saving their energies for maybe signing a couple of very young players to develop and trying to pick off those top players at the top end of the market that are going to take them forward.

“I think that is the position all clubs will want to be in, it’s the exact opposite of the overheated situation United are in.

“Liverpool will be working from lists that they’ve compiled over the last three or four, five years even, but now they’ll working on the one, two or three choices, and maybe not from choices one to 10.

“They can afford to look at the cream now.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 tp win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Northcroft went on to reinforce his position—which has been publicly held by all of the Merseyside press so far this summer—by assessing the stability of the squad.

“If you look at the squad they’ve got pretty much everyone tied down expect James Milner until at least 2022, some of them 2024,” he said.

“It will cost a lot of wages to do that but they’ve just scooped about £96 million by winning the Champions League.

“They have their record profits, they’re getting more and more money from their gate receipts.

“So they’re in a pretty good position, Liverpool, at the moment.

“And I guess the one other position they might wanting to strengthen this summer is another goalkeeper with Mignolet going.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the final FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“But go back to the fact that I think most clubs would like to be in that position, where really you’re almost trying to do admin with the squad, and looking at the very, very big ones, either for now or for later.”

And he suggested that it would take another near-miss in the Premier League to coax Klopp into more drastic measures in the transfer market.

“It would only be next year, if there’s another failed campaign to win the league, that I think Klopp would start to feel impatient about strengthening the squad,” Northcroft added.

“At the moment, his vibes are very calm and positive about what he’s got.”

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Handout/UEFA)

Interestingly, Northcroft was also presented with the scenario of Mohamed Salah—for example—being sold if a big-money offer arrives, and he explained that this could be feasible.

Lille’s Nicolas Pepe was highlighted as the obvious long-term target for Salah’s hypothetical replacement, and he agreed that the Ivorian “very much fits” the club’s vision:

“There’s no pressure, there’s no desire at the moment to sell.

“But they are in that nice position now when if someone wants to offer Philippe Coutinho money—which probably wouldn’t come in the next year for Salah, obviously, but might come somewhere down the line—they can present the head coach with the option.

“They can also take into account whether the player wants to go. That was obviously the position they were in with Coutinho.

“So let’s say, in a year’s time, Real Madrid did materialise with £150 million to £200 million for Salah, and the player wanted to go and Jurgen Klopp thought ‘well, that’s a good deal in terms of being able to reinvest in this squad’, I think they’d be in position to do that.

“They would have things lined up, and the way they have worked with transfer is that the targets they get, they’ve been working on for at least a season, if not longer, a lot of them.

“And Pepe very much fits into that.”

Northcroft’s stance is a convincing one, which is in line with the rest of the local journalists so far, in that Liverpool will only “do admin” in replacing the likes of Mignolet, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

Moves are in the works to bring in some “very young players,” such as Dungannon United’s Conor Bradley, while any high-profile deals are seemingly due only if the opportunity presents itself.

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Euro papers: Liverpool, Utd battle for Firpo

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - 8 hours 18 sec ago
By Tom Bodell, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 24/06/19 11:19am

Liverpool and Man Utd will go head to head for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo Liverpool and Man Utd will go head to head for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo Liverpool and Man Utd will go head to head for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo

The weather in the UK is expected to hot up this week and so is the transfer market with Matthijs de Ligt's future edging closer to a resolution.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured the day's European press to bring you the very best of the transfer rumours doing the rounds.

Spain

Barcelona pulled out of the race for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt due to the extraordinary cost for the 19-year-old. They were unwilling to pay a total package of €200m (£178.48m) which would include the fee, add-ons and a salary of €12m (£10.71m) a year. (Marca)

Barca have pulled out of the race for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt Barca have pulled out of the race for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt Barca have pulled out of the race for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt

Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos will not be allowed to leave the Bernabeu for less than €50m (£44.62m) this summer. Tottenham are reportedly keen. (AS)

Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United will go head-to-head for the signature of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo. (Marca)

Real Betis are keen to sign the hero of Liverpool's run to the Champions League final, Divock Origi. The Belgian forward's contract is up next summer. (Estadio Deportivo)

Dani Alves has offered his services to old club Barcelona this summer after confirming he will leave Paris Saint-Germain. Barca, however, are not considering a move for the 36-year-old. (Marca)

Atletico Madrid have not received any offers for forward Diego Costa. Despite a bad 2018/19, which yielded just two La Liga goals from 14 starts, the Spaniard retains the faith of coach Diego Simeone. (AS)

Barcelona are considering an offer for former academy graduate Dani Olmo. The attacker is impressing at the European U21 Championships in Italy and currently plays in Croatia for Dinamo Zagreb. Bayer Leverkusen have already offered €25m (£22.3m). (Marca)

Italy

If Juventus complete a deal for De Ligt, the Dutchman would become the highest-paid player at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo and only the second member of the squad whose salary will run into the tens of millions. (Tuttomercato)

Inter Milan have yet to meet Manchester United's valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The are currently €25m (£22.3m) short of a price the Red Devils will consider. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Inter have yet to meet United's valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku Inter have yet to meet United's valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku Inter have yet to meet United's valuation of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku

Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torreira to AC Milan after the Italian club made an opening offer for the Uruguayan enforcer. (Sport Mediaset)

Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi is a target for Inter. Roma have put a €30m (£26.77m) valuation on him which would force Inter to include a player, possibly Dalbert, in the deal. (Sport Mediaset)

Defensive reinforcements are Roma's priority with Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen, who is also wanted by Arsenal, and Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj the two targets. (Il Messaggerro)

New AC Milan sporting director Paolo Maldini has met Real Madrid full-back Theo Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Real Sociedad, in Spain. (Tuttomercato)

Germany

A deal to take Manchester City forward Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich is looking increasingly unlikely, even though the German champions are prepared to pay €90m (£80.32m) for him. (Bild)

A deal to take City forward Leroy Sane to Bayern is looking increasingly unlikely A deal to take City forward Leroy Sane to Bayern is looking increasingly unlikely A deal to take City forward Leroy Sane to Bayern is looking increasingly unlikely

Borussia Dortmund are interested in a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach's French forward Alassane Plea. (SportBild)

France

Inter Milan have joined the race for highly-rated Lille's Nicolas Pepe with an £80m bid for the Ivorian winger. Liverpool are also thought to be keen on the 24-year-old. (L'Equipe)

Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. The former Newcastle player is one of Marseille's most saleable assets with the threat of Financial Fair Play sanctions lingering. (Le10Sport)

Portugal

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pleaded with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to move quickly to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (Record)

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United and and Liverpool in competition to sign Junior Firpo

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Manchester United and Liverpool are set to compete over the signing of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, according to Marca.

The 22-year-old has broken through at the La Liga side over the past 18-months and caught the eye this season, scoring three goals and providing four assists in 24 league games.

Betis face a fight to hold onto the Dominican Republic-born Spain U21 international, though, as he has a €50m release clause in his contract that both United and Liverpool could trigger.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for young players this summer with 21-year-old Daniel James joining from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, also 21, expected to move from Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, is in the market for a left-back after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract and Firpo’s attacking instincts would fit well with his team’s philosophy.

Andrew Robertson is nailed on as Liverpool’s starting left-back after supplying an impressive 11 assists in the Premier League last season, but Klopp is eager to sign someone to challenge the Scotland captain for his place.

Firpo, who was linked with Real Madrid prior to their signing of Ferland Mendy from Lyon, has amassed 43 appearances for Betis since making his debut in February 2018.

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United and and Liverpool in competition to sign Junior Firpo

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Manchester United and Liverpool are set to compete over the signing of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, according to Marca.

The 22-year-old has broken through at the La Liga side over the past 18-months and caught the eye this season, scoring three goals and providing four assists in 24 league games.

Betis face a fight to hold onto the Dominican Republic-born Spain U21 international, though, as he has a €50m release clause in his contract that both United and Liverpool could trigger.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for young players this summer with 21-year-old Daniel James joining from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, also 21, expected to move from Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, is in the market for a left-back after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave Liverpool at the end of his contract and Firpo’s attacking instincts would fit well with his team’s philosophy.

Andrew Robertson is nailed on as Liverpool’s starting left-back after supplying an impressive 11 assists in the Premier League last season, but Klopp is eager to sign someone to challenge the Scotland captain for his place.

Firpo, who was linked with Real Madrid prior to their signing of Ferland Mendy from Lyon, has amassed 43 appearances for Betis since making his debut in February 2018.

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United and and Liverpool in competition to sign Junior Firpo

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Manchester United and Liverpool are set to compete over the signing of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, according to Marca.
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Ox, Trent & Woodburn train in LA – with the coach who helped fuel Divock Origi’s Liverpool revival

ThisIsAnfield.com - 9 hours 34 min ago

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all trained together in LA this off-season, with a coach familiar with Divock Origi.


The Reds are set to report back to Melwood for pre-season training on July 6, with the majority of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad currently enjoying time off.

But the demands of modern football mean this is no longer ‘downtime’ for players, who are required to maintain their fitness over the summer, and follow individual training programmes.

For Oxlade-Chamberlain, Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold, this came during their holidays in Los Angeles, with the trio pictured with performance and fitness trainer Nicky Holender on Sunday.

“A great 5-a-side at the end of a busy day of training!” Holender wrote on Instagram.

“Thanks for going easy on me [Trent] and [Ben] and thanks for feeding me the ball [Alex].”

It is another marker of the closeness of the Liverpool squad, that they would choose to spend their time away from Merseyside working together.

Both Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain are expected to retain their key roles under Klopp this season, while Woodburn is in line for another loan move after a difficult time at Sheffield United at the start of 2018/19.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has also spent time with Danny Simpson, Kieran Gibbs, Jeffrey Schlupp and his brother, Notts County midfielder Christian, while in LA.

This saw him link up with injury prevention specialist Andy Barr, DPT, who worked with Daniel Sturridge in 2017 and has been described by Vincent Kompany as a “world-class physiotherapist.”

Given the Reds’ new No. 15 spent the majority of last season on the sidelines, following a serious knee injury, the hope will be he can avoid any further setbacks in 2019/20.

Holender could be seen as something of a good-luck charm given Origi’s turnaround in the second half of the campaign, having worked closely with the personal trainer in recent years.

Their association dates back as far as 2017, prior to the striker’s temporary switch to VfL Wolfsburg, and Holender has posted a series of supportive messages to Origi on Instagram:

An ex-footballer, who enjoyed spells as a professional in England, Norway, Sweden and the United States, injury forced Holender’s early retirement and his switch to personal training.

He also worked with Danny Ings this summer at UCLA, ahead of the striker’s £20 million move from Liverpool to Southampton.

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Liverpool prepared to battle rivals for Bruno Fernandes transfer

HEAD NEWS - 9 hours 35 min ago

Liverpool have ‘interfered’ with Manchester United’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes as Jürgen Klopp eyes his first summer signing.

That is according to Italian journalist Pietro Balzano Prota, who has been covering the transfer saga.

Fernandes scored 31 goals from midfield for Sporting Lisbon last season – a European record eclipsing Frank Lampard’s tally of 27 in 2009-10.

The Portuguese playmaker has four years left on his deal and is valued at £62.2million (€70m) by Sporting.

Manchester United have been described as ‘frontrunners’ for the 24-year-old but have faced stiff competition from Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool were understood to have retracted their interest but fresh reports claim Anfield chiefs are eyeing up Fernandes once more.

Prota, who has been covering the storied pursuit of the player for Radio Rossonera, revealed on Sunday evening that Liverpool could usurp United to Fernandes.

“Two teams are now contesting for #BrunoFernandes,” the journalist tweeted.

“#ManUtd were really close to sealing the deal but now #Liverpool have interfered the negotiations.

“The player has been dreaming about the PL since childhood. Who will be the winner?”

Source: Daily Express

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool prepared to battle rivals for Bruno Fernandes transfer

LiverpoolFC.TV - 9 hours 35 min ago

Liverpool have ‘interfered’ with Manchester United’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes as Jürgen Klopp eyes his first summer signing.

That is according to Italian journalist Pietro Balzano Prota, who has been covering the transfer saga.

Fernandes scored 31 goals from midfield for Sporting Lisbon last season – a European record eclipsing Frank Lampard’s tally of 27 in 2009-10.

The Portuguese playmaker has four years left on his deal and is valued at £62.2million (€70m) by Sporting.

Manchester United have been described as ‘frontrunners’ for the 24-year-old but have faced stiff competition from Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool were understood to have retracted their interest but fresh reports claim Anfield chiefs are eyeing up Fernandes once more.

Prota, who has been covering the storied pursuit of the player for Radio Rossonera, revealed on Sunday evening that Liverpool could usurp United to Fernandes.

“Two teams are now contesting for #BrunoFernandes,” the journalist tweeted.

“#ManUtd were really close to sealing the deal but now #Liverpool have interfered the negotiations.

“The player has been dreaming about the PL since childhood. Who will be the winner?”

Source: Daily Express

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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