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Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

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Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

13′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 0-1 Sheff Utd (Berge)

21′ CHANCE! McBurnie’s shot inches wide

22′ Robertson handball overlooked by ref

25′ CLOSE! Osborn’s shot denied by Alisson

41′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Sheff Utd (Firmino)

48′ CLOSE! Baldock’s shot inches wide

53′ CLOSE! Salah’s shot over the bar

62′ OFFSIDE! Salah’s goal disallowed

64′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Jota)

76′ CLOSE! McGoldrick’s shot over the bar

81′ OFF THE POST! Salah nearly scores

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jota, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Curtis Jones, N. Phillips, Neco Williams

Sheff Utd XI: Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Berge, Ampadu, Ramsdale, Brewster

Subs: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Sharp, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips, Burke.


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Mancity Vs Liverpool’s clash postponed till next month

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Manchester City’s crunch clash with title rivals Liverpool has been moved to Sunday, November 8 after the Premier League announced the next cohort of matches to be broadcast live.


A host of fixtures have been moved around in order to accommodate the broadcasting slots for television, with the league now announcing the run-down of games from match weeks 8 to ten.

City will now welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Etihad for a 4.30pm kick-off, following on from the earlier fixture of the day which will see Leicester City take on Wolves, as part of Sky Sports’ ‘Super Sunday’ package.

Revised schedule can be found at the bottom of this article

Other key fixtures to have been shuffled around for TV include Newcastle’s clash with Chelsea – now Saturday November 21 at 12.30pm – and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United welcoming Arsenal to Elland Road – now 4.30pm on Sunday, November 22.

The Premier League announced the dates and kick-off times via its official website on Friday, though included no mention of whether select games would continue to go ahead on the controversial pay-per-view (PPV) basis.

At present it has been indicated which games will be shown live by either Sky Sports or competitors BT Sports, though further word is expected regarding whether some games will remain accessible only by further payment.

In recent weeks fans across the entire Premier League have express their disdain at the money-spinning move, with many boycotting the PPV matches and instead donating money to other causes.

Last week it was revealed that both Sky and BT had refused to release the sales figures from their first weekend of paid for Premier League matches.

Sportsmail learned that even internal staff are not being briefed on the success or otherwise of the sales figures, although they suspect that is because the numbers are low.

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Sky said the information was ‘commercially sensitive’. However, they have previously revealed numbers for sports such as boxing. BT Sport have said that they do not typically release viewing figures for their broadcasts.

Newcastle fans responded by boycotting Sky’s PPV offering of their 4-1 home defeat by Manchester United and have instead raised £19,000 for the city’s West End Foodbank.

Other supporters’ groups, including Leeds, are now encouraging fans to give to charity rather than pay to watch matches.

Likewise, Arsenal supporters are calling for a boycott of their side’s upcoming PPV tie with Leicester, with fan groups urging others to turn their back on the game and instead donate to local north London causes including Islington Cares.

On Thursday Liverpool FC fan group Spirit of Shankly took to social media to state that supporters clubs of all 20 Premier League sides are now united behind the movement referred to as #CharitynotPPV.

Spirit of Shankly wrote: ‘In a time of crisis & struggle for so many, fans should not be asked to pay extortionate fees to watch their team #BoycottPPV.’

Liverpool’s match with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United takes the headline act on Saturday with the late 8pm slot, though thousands of supporters are expected to go without seeing their team play in refusal to pay the £14.95 viewing fee.


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Liverpool star, Sadio Mane test positive for COVID-19

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Liverpool and Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, his club said in a statement on Friday.


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‘When you win, you aim high, Anfield is my way’ – Thiago Alcantara

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After a summer of speculation Liverpool’s new midfielder is finally unveiled and Thiago Alcantara has big ambitions in the Premier League.


Liverpool have today announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich on a four-year contract. The deal sees Liverpool pay around £20million up front with another £5million of potential add-ons.

The Spaniard will take the number six shirt previously occupied by Dejan Lovren, the same he wore during his time with Bayern Munich. Speaking on LFCTV this afternoon, Thiago made clear that he feels a connection to the club and expects to win trophies on Merseyside:

“When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible.”

“It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.

“[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.”

The midfielder has spent two spells with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, at Barcelona and Bayern, winning four league titles and a Champions League together. His first meeting with his former boss will come in November’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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FSG willing to spend to bring in “exceptional player”
The signing of a big-name 29-year-old marks a departure from Liverpool’s usual transfer dealings under the ownership of the Fenway Sports Group. The Reds have spent big on players like Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk in recent years but they were considerably younger and were viewed as players with the potential to improve.

Approaching 30, Thiago is already at his peak but is of such quality that Liverpool felt it a worthwhile outlay for a player who won the treble with Bayern last year. He featured as playmaker for the Bavarians and brings qualities that few else in the world possess to Anfield. He made more passes than any other player in the recent Champions League final victory and helped set up the winning goal with an incisive forward pass.

Bayern legend
His former Bayern coach Hansi Flick spoke about the departing midfielder in glowing terms on Thursday:

“Thiago is an exceptional player who spent seven hugely successful years here. He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding professional. It was very emotional today when he said goodbye to us all.”

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Under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool’s midfield has been very effective but sometimes lacks a degree of creativity that Manchester City boast in that department. The Reds’ full-backs tend to operate as wide play-makers to take the burden off the midfield trio but Thiago will give them a different option in the middle.

Barcelona interested in Wijnaldum
It had previously been reported that Liverpool would only make a move for Thiago if they offloaded one of their existing midfielders, with Gini Wijnaldum linked with a move to Barcelona to join former national team coach Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman is yet to sign an extension on his current deal which ends next summer, but seems likely to stay with an official bid from Barcelona yet to materialise.

Speaking in Friday’s press conference ahead of the Chelsea game, Klopp said that Thiago’s arrival “has no impact on anybody’s future in a negative way. There will be no impact.”

Thiago joins Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones as Liverpool’s midfield options. The Spaniard is expected to become a part of Klopp’s first-choice side but appears unlikely to feature from the start in Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge having only recently returned to pre-season with Bayern.


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Thiago release clause is massive but Liverpool impresses

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Liverpool will shell out an initial £20million for Thiago Alcantara as the longest running transfer saga of their summer comes to an end.


The Reds have been linked with a move for the Bayern Munich midfielder since before the end of last season, when he helped the German giants win their sixth Champions League crown in the revamped end to the tournament in Lisbon.

The former Barcelona midfielder effectively said goodbye to the club after that, as his seven year spell – in which he had won seven Bundesliga titles – was seen to be coming to an end.

But with one year left on his Bayern contract, a game of brinkmanship between Liverpool and Bayern began, with the Reds’ sporting director Michael Edwards becoming renowned in the game for driving a hard bargain.

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The result is an impressive deal which will see one of the game’s most revered central midfielders move to Anfield at a knockdown price.

The 29-year-old will sign a four-year contract at Liverpool, with his guaranteed £20million price take being paid over the course of that deal, meaning the Reds have only shelled out £5million upfront.

The remaining £6million of the £26million deal comes in performance related clauses and bonuses that could have to be paid to the German champions.

These include the Reds winning both the Premier League and Champions League again as Thiago plays a significant part in the victories.


There are also triggers relating to individual prizes that he may win while he’s at Liverpool,including the Ballon d’Or.

With the midfielder due on Merseyside for his medical, he could make his debut in next Thursday’s Carabao Cup third round tie at Lincoln City.

The Reds then face Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Monday, September 28.


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Final Score: Leeds 3-4 Liverpool

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A fearless Leeds equalised three times before eventually losing to a late penalty from Mo Salah. That also completed a hat-trick for Salah, who looked extremely sharp. The same can’t be said of both defences, though that only added to the entertainment.

2020/2021 Premier League
4-3
Salah (4′ PEN)
Van Dijk (20′)
Salah (33′)
Salah (88′ PEN)
J. Harrison (12′)
P. Bamford (30′)
M. Klich (66′).


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

4′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Leeds United (Salah)

9′ OFFSIDE! Costa’s goal disallowed

12′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Leeds United (Harrison)

17′ Disallowed! Mane scores but Robertson challenged Keeper on offside position

20′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Leeds United (Van Dijk)

28′ CLOSE! Robertson nearly makes Strujik a own goal

30′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Leeds United (Bamford)

33′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-2 Leeds United (Salah)

40′ Mane’s double attempt blocked

49′ Meslier makes decent save to stop Wijnaldum

53′ Van Dijk’s header over the bar

59′ Subs! Fabinho in, Keita out

62′ Mane fires his shot into the sky

65′ Subs! Curtis Jones replaces Henderso

66′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-3 Leeds United (Klich)

75′ Curtis Jones goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

77′ CLOSE! Phillips’ free-kick nearly score

79′ Disallowed! Van Dijk scores but Curtis Jones has an earlier foul

82′ Alexander-Arnold’s lob almost score

88′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United (Salah)

89′ Subs! Matip in, Alexander-Arnold out

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Van Dijk, Mane, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Matip, Minamino, Origi, Fabinho, Curtis Jones

Leeds United XI: Pablo Hernández, M. Klich, Ayling, S. Dallas, Hélder Costa, P. Bamford, Koch, K. Phillips, J. Harrison, P. Struijk, I. Meslier

Subs: Kiko Casilla, Rodrigo, E. Alioski, T. Roberts, I. Poveda-Ocampo, J. Shackleton, O. Casey


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Liverpool tells Barca they want £15M for Wijnaldum

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Liverpool have reportedly informed Barcelona that they want £15million for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Recently-appointed Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, who managed Wijnaldum when in charge of the Dutch national team, is eager to work with the 29-year-old again.

Barcelona had been hoping to sign Wijnaldum for £10million, but that doesn’t match Liverpool’s asking price, as reported by The mirror.

Wijnaldum is into the final year of his contract at Anfield and is open to a move to Barcelona.

Barcelona have already brought in Miralem Pjanic but are seeking further reinforcements in midfield.

Liverpool are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, but are reluctant to pay the Bundesliga side’s asking price of £30million.

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from Newcastle in 2016 and has made 187 appearances for the Reds.

Last season Wijnaldum played a key part as Liverpool ended their lengthy wait to win the league title.

However, he has yet to be offered a new deal and there is a possibility that he could depart before the closure of the transfer window.

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Liverpool still links up with Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara

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Spain midfielder Thiago remained cautious and refused to comment on specific transfer links following Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

The 29-year-old had been set to leave Bayern Munich this summer, but insisted in a post-match interview that he was “happy” to be at the club.

This comes after Bayern head coach Hansi Flick conceded that he expects the decorated playmaker to leave the club this summer.

“Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there,” Thiago told ZDF reporters.

Thiago’s campaign with the German club restarts on September 18 but the transfer window remains open until October 6 – so negotiations over his future could still take place for another month.

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Liverpool’s Epl fixtures for 2020/21

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Champions Liverpool will host newly-promoted Leeds on the opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who won the 2019/20 title by 18 points, welcome Leeds back to the Premier League after their 16-year absence on the weekend of September 12, before going to Chelsea on the weekend of September 19.

Liverpool then host Arsenal on September 26, then go to Aston Villa on October 3.

That’s followed by the first Merseyside derby of the campaign on October 17 at Goodison Park, following the international break. The return Merseyside derby at Anfield is scheduled for February 20.

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Liverpool go to last season’s nearest challengers Manchester City on November 7, and then host City at Anfield on February 6.

Their busy winter schedule sees Liverpool go to Crystal Palace on December 19, followed by a home game with newly-promoted West Brom on Boxing Day. They then take a trip to Newcastle two days later on December 28, before travelling down to the south coast to face Southampton on January 2.

Liverpool host bitter rivals Manchester United on January 16, and go to Old Trafford on May 1. They face Crystal Palace at Anfield on the final day of the season on May 23.

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LIVERPOOL’S PREMIER LEAGUE 2020/21 FIXTURES
September

12: Leeds (h)

19: Chelsea (a)

26: Arsenal (h)

October

3: Aston Villa (a)

17: Everton (a)

24: Sheffield United (h)

31: West Ham (h)

November

7: Man City (a)

21: Leicester (h)

28: Brighton (a)

December

5: Wolves (h)

12: Fulham (a)

16: Tottenham (h)

19: Crystal Palace (a)

26: West Brom (h)

28: Newcastle (a)

January

2: Southampton (a)

13: Burnley (h)

16: Man Utd (h)

27: Tottenham (a)

30: West Ham (a)

February

3: Brighton (h)

6: Man City (h)

13: Leicester (a)

20: Everton (h)

27: Sheffield United (a)

March

6: Fulham (h)

13: Wolves (a)

20: Chelsea (h)

April

3: Arsenal (a)

10: Aston Villa (h)

17: Leeds (a)

24: Newcastle (h)

May

1: Man Utd (a)

8: Southampton (h)

11: West Brom (a)

15: Burnley (a)

23: Crystal Palace (h)

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The key dates of the Premier League 2020/21 season
The Premier League has revealed the 2020/21 season will start on Saturday September 12.

The season is scheduled to finish on Sunday May 23, 2021 – just 19 days before the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament kicks off.

The transfer window opened on Monday July 27 and will close on Monday October 5 at 11pm. An additional domestic-only window will run from October 5 to 5pm on October 16 but Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs.

Premier League ins and outs
Who has your team signed? Who has been shipped out?

Check here for a comprehensive list of all the Premier League ins and outs from the 2020 summer transfer window, which opened on July 27 and closes on October 5.

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PSg to rival Liverpool in signing Thiago Alcantara

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Liverpool’s interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago remains a subject of much debate, with conflicting reports about the likelihood of the Reds clinching a deal.

The Spanish international is out of contract in 2021, prompting suggestions Liverpool will push for a cut-price deal when Bayern’s involvement in the 2019/20 Champions League comes to an end.

However, Klopp’s team aren’t the only ones being linked with the player, with European finalists Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to steal a march on the English champions.

According to French publication Le10Sport (via NobleSports), PSG could hold an advantage thanks to their willingness to act quickly, with Liverpool said to prefer a January move and the French side ready to bid for the 29-year-old before the start of the new season.

The same report claims PSG are eyeing up Thiago due to doubts about Idrissa Gueye, who joined last summer from Everton for £30million but was left out of the starting 11 as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-finals.

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Liverpool sets to surprise Thiago Alcantara

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Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has again confirmed his belief that Thiago Alcantara wants to move to the Premier League – but the question remains, how does he get there?

Thiago shone in Bayern’s 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea at the weekend, as they booked a quarter-final showdown with former club Barcelona.

But despite Bayern’s desire to keep the 29-year-old with a new contract in Bavaria, he remains intent to move on this summer for a new challenge.

That is something which Flick, named Bundesliga manager of the year this week, can appreciate.

“As a person and as an athlete, I can understand him,” the Bayern head coach says.

“Thiago played for Barcelona, and seven years for Bayern. Now he wants a new challenge, which in my opinion must be the Premier League.”

Liverpool have been heavily touted as Thiago’s preferred destination.

Jurgen Klopp is a long-time fan of the Spanish international, while he would add a little extra quality to the Reds midfield.

However, spending around £25-30million on a player of his age, who has suffered injury issues in previous years, and who would command a major salary – his current deal would mark him out as one of the highest earners at Anfield – doesn’t really fit with Liverpool’s transfer policy of recent years.

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Speculation persists that Klopp is convinced he can take his side to the next level, and isn’t quite seeing eye-to-eye with his board over the deal.

Now, unsurprisingly, Sport Bild claim that Thiago’s former mentor, Pep Guardiola, is eyeing a possible move to Manchester City

The City boss nurtured Thiago at Barcelona, before singing him for Bayern in 2013, telling Bayern chiefs in his debut summer that it was “Thiago or nothing.”

As City prepare for David Silva’s exit when their Champions League campaign is over, a move for Thiago as his replacement is now being touted.

Guardiola has previously assured that Phil Foden will take Silva’s role at the heart of midfield at the Etihad.

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But as City look to close the gap on Liverpool, and with Foden capable of occupying a number of other positions, could Thiago move to Manchester?

Certainly, the “fair” transfer fee Bayern want, and the player’s salary, aren’t an issue for City.

Thiago’s immediate future remains tied to Bayern for as long as they remain in the Champions League.

But then perhaps Guardiola could be set to move on the blind side for his former charge, to offer him the Premier League solution his current boss believes he is looking for.

If Liverpool aren’t keen, it may well be the only way he arrives in England in the coming months.

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Liverpool’s trending

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faces a rather precarious transfer window.

The Reds opened a huge gap on the chasing pack in the Premier League last season as they totted up 99 points.

That phenomenal points total added to 96 from the 2018/19 campaign to give Klopp very few areas to improve upon in the transfer market.

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To some extent, that proves a rare opportunity for the Reds to take stock and go again next season with a similar side. Financial restrictions dictate that it is very hard, if not impossible, to improve on the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.

Nevertheless, Klopp will be eager to keep his side fresh ahead of a busy 2020/21 schedule, and added depth should be a target in one or two areas.

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumours.

Liverpool complete first summer signing
Olympiacos defender Kostas Tsimikas has completed his £11.75million move to Liverpool.

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The left-back, who featured against Wolves in the Europa League earlier this month, has been signed as much-needed cover for Andy Robertson.

Liverpool moved for the Greece international having walked away from their pursuit of Norwich’s Jamal Lewis after the Canaries set their asking price at double the initial £10million offer the Reds made to the relegated Premier League club.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said: “We have watched Kostas for a long time.

“He is a very good footballer with an attitude to win and to compete, and I really like his mentality. It fits perfectly with the mood and the desire we have in our dressing room already.”

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Rivals join race for Reds target Sarr

Liverpool are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Watford winger Ismaila Sarr in this summer’s transfer window.

The 22-year-old was relegated to the Championship with the Hornets last season but interest from several high-profile sides could see him playing in the top flight come September.

Tottenham and Manchester United are also tracking the winger’s situation, which could provide stiff competition for Liverpool.

If the Reds are to pursue a move for Sarr, it could heavily depend on possible outgoings being used to finance the move.

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Brooks interest could spell end for Shaqiri

Liverpool’s interest in Bournemouth wideman David Brooks could bring Xherdan Shaqiri’s time at Anfield to an end.

Adïï’s NobleSports cites reports of the Wales international attracting interest from the Premier League champions after the Cherries suffering relegation from the Premier League.

Given the departure of Adam Lallana to Brighton and the possible exit of Xherdan Shaqiri, Brooks is believed to be on the club’s shortlist of players who can add width and depth in attacking areas.

Brooks spent the majority of the 2019/20 season recovering from a long-term injury but increased interest from Premier League clubs could make it hard for the Cherries to keep him this summer.

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Liverpool latest rumour

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Liverpool didn’t make any major transfer signings last summer, but it didn’t prevent them from racing out of the traps and winning the Premier League title this season.

While they passed up the chance to sign Timo Werner, the number of rumours circulating regarding players potentially signing for the Reds suggests they may be busier in the market this time around as they look to bolster their squad ahead of their title defence.

And there are certain players who may look to follow Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren in leaving the club.

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer stories...

Sell before Thiago can join

The saga of whether the Reds are going to sign Thiago or not continues to rumble on. The latest update from Kicker is that Liverpool’s owners have declared no players can be brought in unless money is raised from player sales.

This renders the deal even more unlikely, as Bayern Munich are reportedly holding out for £32million, so Klopp would have to sell one of his key players in order to raise that kind of money.

But until Thiago’s future is formally settled, this is one rumour which will continue to do the rounds.

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Lewis ‘desperate’ to sign for Reds

While Liverpool’s squad doesn’t require extensive work, one area in which they are short is cover at left-back.

James Milner has filled in for Andy Robertson in the past, but the Reds could certainly benefit from acquiring a specialist for the position.

Enter Jamal Lewis. The Norwich City defender has been linked with Liverpool, though their offer of £10m is reportedly only half of what the Canaries are looking for.

However, the Mail have claimed that Lewis is ‘desperate’ to move to Anfield.

And if your choices were the Championship or the champions, wouldn’t you be?

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Ex-City star says Traore could cut it at Liverpool

Liverpool’s apparent reluctance to spend big money this summer probably rules them out of the running to sign Adama Traore, a player with whom they have been repeatedly linked in recent months.

While the deal seems unlikely, the Spaniard has been backed to be able to play for either of the Premier League’s top two clubs.

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott spoke to Football Index and provided his thoughts on Traore’s ability.

“Traore could easily play for Manchester City or Liverpool. I have never seen such speed and strength on a football pitch before,” he said.

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Hornet to sign for Liverpool?

Traore’s potential exit from Wolves could have other implications for Liverpool in the transfer market.

According to the Watford Observer, if he leaves then Nuno Espirito Santo could make a move for Ismaila Sarr, the Senegalese star who is also believed to be of interest to the Reds.

Similarly, Crystal Palace may make a move for Sarr if Wilfried Zaha departs from Selhurst Park, so while this could be a merry-go-round rumour, other transfer moves may ultimately determine where Sarr plays in 2020/21.

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Adama Traore receives assurance on Liverpool move

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Adama Traore is “easily” good enough to play for Liverpool or Manchester City, according to former Wolves and City star Joleon Lescott.

The 24-year-old wide man has been tentatively linked with a switch to Anfield this summer, with Jurgen Klopp on record discussing just how big of a fan he is of the Spain under-21 international in the past.

But with Liverpool’s front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah such a finely-tuned unit that has helped the Reds to win the Champions League and Premier League in successive seasons, there have been concerns over just how much game-time Traore would get if he swapped Molineux for Anfield.

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Lescott, though, is backing the Spaniard to succeed if he makes the move.

“Adama Traore has the ability to play for any side in club football,” Lescott told Football Index.

“Traore could easily play for a Manchester City or Liverpool. I have never seen such speed and strength on a football pitch before.

“Before this season, there were question marks over his game management and his final product, but he has really improved over the last 12 months. Traore has simplified his game and has taken his foot off the pedal.

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“He used to sprint at his absolute fastest to beat defenders which meant he had no time to deliver a telling cross or shot.

“He now beats defenders only running at 80% which has given him that extra bit of time he needs to make the position count with a goal or assist.

“He was a star in the Premier League this season.”

Traore is set to line up for Wolves in their Europa League last-16 tie at home to Olympiakos on Thursday evening.

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Liverpool latest transfer rumour

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Liverpool’s transfer business has been quiet so far compared to the other top Premier League sides.

Manchester City have announced the signing of winger Ferran Torres and centre-back Nathan Ake, while Manchester United continue to be linked with a move for Jadon Sancho, although no official fee has been agreed between the top clubs.

Chelsea have already been active with the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, as well as the possible arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

With that in mind, Reds supporters will be eager to hear of any transfer news at Anfield as they look to strengthen ahead of the new season.

However, 196 points over the last two Premier League campaigns indicates there is very little for Jurgen Klopp to change.

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Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumours.

Thiago ‘would prefer’ PSG transfer over Liverpool


Thiago Alcantara would reportedly prefer a move to Paris Saint-Germain over Liverpool this summer.

Thiago has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks but reports in Germany suggest the Bayern Munich midfielder would rather move to the French capital.

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It is believed that PSG have recently entered the running to sign the 29-year-old this summer with just one year remaining on his contract at Bayern Munich, and the report further states that he would like to play alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

It remains a possibility that the Reds will make a move for him.

Liverpool keen on highly-rated Norwich left-back

Liverpool are interested in signing young left-back Jamal Lewis from relegated Norwich City this summer.

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Klopp is keen on a move for the 22-year-old, who impressed for Daniel Farke’s side last season.

Despite the Canaries’ relegation to the Championship, the Reds are believed to hold Lewis in high regard.

Liverpool signed Andy Robertson from relegated Hull City back in 2017 and a move for Lewis could replicate a similar pathway as long as he is willing to play back-up to the Scotland international.

However, while Liverpool are willing to pay around £8million, Norwich are believed to be holding out for £20m.

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Huge fee to sign reported transfer target
Liverpool would have to pay up to £68m to sign reported transfer target Diego Carlos from Sevilla this summer.

The Reds are believed to be in the market for a central defender following the departure of Dejan Lovren but the Sevilla’s player’s release clause is likely to put them off.

Spanish news outlet AS report that a fee of nearly £70m would be needed to sign the centre back, with Sevilla not interested in engaging with negotiations this summer.

Considering Liverpool sold Lovren for around £10million, plucking up such a high fee for Carlos appears unlikely and the Reds will probably look elsewhere.

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