Wataru Endo, a Japanese defensive midfielder, was signed by Liverpool, but they are still willing to strengthen the position further.
Joao Palhinha, a Portuguese playmaker, has been connected to the Reds for some time, and they have now decided against signing him. According to a Football Insider exclusive, Liverpool are prepared to pursue a high-priced defensive midfielder even after luring Endo away from Stuttgart.
The news source noted two reasons why the Reds’ interest in the Fulham star has stopped.
The first is that Palhinha missed the initial Premier League match for the Cottagers due to a shoulder ailment he sustained during the preseason.
Second, according to Football Insider, Liverpool believes Fulham is pricing them out of a move. Thus, the asking price is yet another barrier.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Palhinha is valued at roughly £60 million and that the Merseysiders might not want to pay the asking price.
Romeo Lavia was available for hire, and Jurgen Klopp even agreed to pay the Anfield club £60 million for his services, but the Belgian is just 19 years old, while Joao will turn 29 in 2024.
The former Sporting CP DM had an outstanding first season here in England last year and is one of the most excellent play breakers in the Premier League. For those who were looking to buy tickets this season, Lavia here, would’ve been an excellent signing for their club.
Doubts over Endo
Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Liverpool this summer on free transfers, and Jordan Henderson and Fabinho completed moves to the Saudi Pro League. As a result, Liverpool’s midfield has undergone a total makeover. This summer, replacement players Alexis MacAllister, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Endo have all been hired.
However, Richard Keys and Mike Grey think the Japan international is a panic purchase and that Liverpool only started negotiations with Stuttgart about a move for Endo after Chelsea beat them to the signings of Caicedo and Lavia. Keys remarked on beIN Sports, “You sell a 33-year-old [Henderson] and buy a 30-year-old.”
Hendo is only a little older than him. Is it slightly panicky that they don’t have Caicedo and others? Keys only acknowledged this by saying, “Yes.” “I know he’s the captain of Stuttgart, a decent player, crucial to the Japan national team, and he’s the type [of player] they need,” Grey continued.
“He is not an attacking midfielder; he is a six. But having lost two or three midfield players, he is the kind of guy they have been seeking to sign all summer. I’m curious where on the list of candidates they had for the job he was at that point.”
“First, I wonder if we get him if he’s under 30. Second, he was always on my list; moreover, athletes this age typically need to be signed. We will have a great time with him here because he is a top fit.
“I’m confident he can assist us immediately, which is terrific given that the season has already begun. He will therefore demonstrate his talent on the pitch, and I am excited to have him around.
Liverpool pay tribute to Everton stadium worker.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, and his team have put flowers at the scene of the terrible workplace accident at the new Everton stadium.
Michael Jones passed away after working at the facility, which is under construction close to the River Mersey, on Monday.
According to his relatives, the 26-year-old was a “lifelong blue who was so happy to be working on the new stadium”.
A day after Everton manager Sean Dyche left flowers at the scene, LFC paid tribute.
Laing O’Rourke, the stadium’s general contractor, expressed their “shock and sadness” over Mr Jones’ passing while working for a subcontractor.
The Health and Safety Executive and Merseyside Police have begun an inquiry, and construction on the site, set to start in 2021, has been put on hold.
Before their play at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joined the team in silence outside the Bramley-Moore Dock complex.
The extended family of Mr Jones wished to “pass on their many thanks and respect” for the club’s tribute, according to a social media post by Mr Jones’ sister.
The spokeswoman for Everton continued, “This was a lovely heart-warming gesture which shows how united our city is in times of grief.”
In response to allegations that Liverpool is interested in Cheick Doucoure, Football Insider reports that Crystal Palace has set an asking price of £70 million for the midfielder here. This summer, the Reds have been linked with several stars as potential Jordan Henderson and Fabinho successors. Even though they recently signed Wataru Endo, rumors claim Doucoure is still on their shortlist.
The Football Insider report claims that because of the Mali international’s success at Selhurst Park, Palace will not accept bids below £70 million. Although they haven’t started negotiations, the Reds are confident they can close a deal despite the price tag.
Al Ittihad of the Saudi Pro League is getting ready to make a large £60 million offer for Mohamed Salah, according to Al Riyadiah, and the club is very eager to capture the Egyptian this summer. Salah only agreed to a lucrative contract deal with Liverpool last summer, but current rumours claim that he has caught the attention of many Saudi Arabian clubs.
The Reds have already lost several players to Saudi Arabia, and while they have no desire to lose any more, they might not have any choice. According to Al Riyadiah, Al Ittihad is prepared to offer Salah a two-year deal worth about £180 million. However, Salah’s agent has dismissed any reports of him leaving Anfield, which makes any possible move by Al Ittihad more difficult.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Liverpool has made a preliminary offer of €25 million for young player Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo to bolster their roster. This summer, several clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona, and others, have shown great interest in the young midfielder here in Spain.
In June, Fabrizio Romano disclosed that talks about a prospective move between Liverpool and Chelsea and Celta Vigo had already occurred. Blues’ interest has diminished, but Jurgen Klopp’s team has now formally proposed. The La Liga club, however, wants the 21-year-old’s €40 million release clause to be paid before any potential sale can move forward. Thus the bid falls far short of what they are asking for.
According to Sport, Andreas Christensen is a target for Liverpool this summer, and any deal is expected to cost over €50 million. According to rumours, Barcelona has already turned down a value of about €30 million from the Reds, who are actively seeking defensive reinforcements. The La Liga powerhouses are allegedly willing to negotiate even though they are keen to keep Christensen.
On the other hand, Fichajes claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp prefers to develop a young, left-sided defender into a star player. Even though the former Chelsea defender might not precisely meet that requirement, Fichajes shows that Liverpool are willing to take a gamble.
With Liverpool’s season already underway, talks here in Liverpool suggest that there is new hope in the club this season with the revamped midfield despite the lack of Champions League football. New signings Alexis Macallister and Dominik Szobozslai have already positively impacted Liverpool’s playing. They will be expected to kick on as the Merseyside Reds gear up for another challenging title race.
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