Liverpool have secured the signing of defender Andrew Robertson from Hull City for an initial fee of £8m.
The Scotland international has inked a long-term contract with the Merseyside giants and he will provide the necessary backup on the left side of the defence.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was overly dependent on James Milner to perform the makeshift left-back duties, and this stressed the need for a new signing with Alberto Moreno seemingly on his way out of Anfield.
Robertson, 23, played a fundamental role for the Tigers last season as they sought to preserve their Premier League status. However, their late effort came to no avail as a 4-0 thumping to Crystal Palace ensured that they would be heading back to the Championship for the second time in three seasons.
“It feels a bit surreal. There are not more special clubs than Liverpool. When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me. I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and do good things for this club,” he told the club’s official website.
Meanwhil, Robertson’s move to Anfield benefit the Reds in one way as they managed to instantly recoup £4m from the sale of midfielder Kevin Stewart to Hull City. The Englishman could not quite establish himself as a regular at the centre of the park, and he will now revive his career in the second tier of English football.
Liverpool have been selective in the transfer market this summer after having also recruited the likes of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke into their ranks – the latter the subject of a tribunal fee to be compensated to Chelsea.
Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Steve Nicol feels that his former club are taking a huge risk on Mohamed Salah, who is likely to cost in excess of £40m.
The player’s representative was spotted in London earlier yesterday, and it is suggested that the deal is close to completion with the Reds likely to surrender to Roma’s demands.
Salah failed to make a significant impact during his previous Premier League spell with Chelsea, and Nicol insists that the Merseysiders are wasting their time on the player, who is unlikely to be a regular starter. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane pick themselves in the starting line-up, and there is a doubt whether Salah would prop up through the middle – a position occupied regularly by Robert Firmino.
“It is a lot of money, yeah. It’s a lot of money for Liverpool to buy a player, who, if everybody is fit, I don’t think starts.You play Coutinho on the left, you play Mane on the right. I don’t think you play Salah through the middle that means he doesn’t start.As far as the squad, obviously Liverpool are in the Champions League yes, but for £40m? I don’t think so,” he told ESPN. Continue reading
Liverpool are reportedly plotting a last-ditch attempt to lure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Anfield.
The England international had a top season with Arsenal last term as he contributed six assists and 11 goals en route to their FA Cup triumph. The 23-year-old initially started the campaign on the flanks, but he was later drifted into a central midfield role before taking up an unfamiliar wing-back position in the backend of the season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a favourite among the Gunners faithful since his arrival from Southampton back in 2011, but he has not realised his full potential with Arsene Wenger opting to chop and change his attacking options. However, The Ox managed to prove his credentials during the recently concluded campaign as he showed a tireless work rate and the hunger to win games for the club. Continue reading
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that the club has finally proved that they can handle the pressure at the top end of the game.
The club has been criticised heavily for being unable to maintain the high standards week in and week out. After having been at a challenging position up until January, the club were in a position of losing the top four places. However, Liverpool are now just one win away from securing Champions League qualification for next season. The club managed a 4-0 win over West Ham in order to open up a four-point advantage over Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
The Reds will be able to finish in the top four with respect to of Arsenal’s results if they managed to win the final game of the season against Middlesbrough. The north-east outfit are already relegated after finishing 19th in the table. However, they have recently showed that they can provide competition after almost snatching an equaliser in the 2-1 loss against Southampton. Continue reading
Head coach of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been offered a new deal by the club, according to reports.
The manager joined the club in the last campaign. The club decided to extend the deal they made with the tactician only nine months ago. Klopp, who is 49-years of age, earlier agreed to a deal to remain at the club till 2018 with the option of another year but the club wants to ward off any potential issues in future, especially based on this pedigree.
The German coach took The Reds to two finals in his last season, and could have finished much higher in the English Premier League if he had not sacrificed it for the sake of winning a title. Liverpool lost both finals, first to Manchester United in the League Cup, then to Sevilla in the Europa. There are reports that the fresh deal might not necessarily involve negotiating new financial terms but the club wants him to commit, especially based on his status and achievements. Klopp led his former club Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and took them to a UCL final.
Liverpool’s inconsistent form continued after they could only manage a 0-0 draw in the Europa league match against Augsburg.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was expected to get the best out of his team against a German outfit, who he knows very well from his time at Borussia Dortmund. This much also witnessedKlopp returning to Germany for the first time as a manager is leaving Dortmund. The return, though, was not a happy one since Augsburg appeared to be handed the advantage after Liverpool failed to score an away goal or even get a positive result.
An away goal would have been crucial with the return leg at Anfield in a few days. The impetus has now shifted to Augsburg, who will hope to score away from home. Such a possibility will leave Liverpool searching for two goals in response. The club are in a precarious position as far as European football is concerned, but this has largely been the status since the arrival of Klopp a few months ago. The German has been unable to make a major impact on results, as Liverpool continues to struggle in the league. The weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of relegation threatened Aston Villa was bound to give some much-needed confidence to the team, but they were not able to imply that in the Europa League game. Continue reading
Conor Coady is keen to continue proving himself in the final months of his loan spell with Sheffield United in a bid to secure a future with Liverpool, the Daily Star understands.
The midfielder has helped the Blades embark on a nine game winning streak, culminating in the 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Atletico Madird will make a move for Luis Suarez if Diego Costa leaves the club at the end of the season, the Mirror understands.
The Premier League top scorer was linked with a move away from Anfield during the summer, before returning from suspension in fine form in the autumn, leading to him signing a new contract with the club.
Liverpool have joined the race to sign Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, the Metro understands.
The France international looks set to leave the Gunners at the end of the season, with the club reluctant to offer any player over the age of thirty more than a one year contract extension.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move for Swansea City defender Ben Davies, according to the Mail Online.
The 20 year old broke into the Swansea City first team last season, and has gone on to make seventy-two appearances in all competitions, scoring three times.