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.
Nice left-back Dalbert has confirmed that Liverpool are one of the clubs to have enquired over his services during the current transfer window.
The Brazilian is still keen on pushing through a move to Inter Milan this summer.
The Brazilian was in good form for the Ligue 1 outfit last term as he helped them to third in the league standings which in turn guaranteed them a place in next season’s Champions League. A host of clubs including Liverpool have expressed an interest in his signature, but the 23-year-old admits that he has personally intervened in order to seal a switch to San Siro this summer.
Dalbert was quoted on L’Equipe: “More than ten European clubs contacted my agent; amongst them are Liverpool and Inter Milan. Inter made an undeniable offer for me and Nice and I think we will have a favourable outcome for all the parties. I am counting on the understanding of the leaders and it was a difficult decision, but I am sure when I say that I want a new project.” Continue reading
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
Jurgen Klopp has denied suggestions that Liverpool have a mentality problem when it comes to facing the teams from the bottom half of the table.
Even though Liverpool have an outstanding record against the top teams, the club has struggled against lower opposition. Losses against the likes of Leicester City, Swansea, and Burnley standout from the crowd in the second half of the campaign. As a result of these and defeats, Liverpool have been unable to make progress in the league table despite getting high-profile victories against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham since the turn of the year.
Klopp has in fact had an excellent record against the top teams since his arrival at Anfield. The record against the lower opposition is certainly not spectacular. This has led to suggestions that the club may possess a mentality problem against the lower opposition. Continue reading
Liverpool FC prepares to bolster their attack ahead of next season with plans to sign top European targets when the transfer window re-opens in August.
According to the latest reports, the Anfield outfit is keen on capturing the signatures of Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dynamo Kyiv’s Andriy Yarmolenko.
Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp worked with the Gabon striker, Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and is considering the speedy striker as the perfect replacement for struggling Daniel Sturridge who has had a difficult campaign in front of goal with just two goals in the Premier League haven made five league starts this term. The former Chelsea man has spend much of his time either on the bench or being laid-off due to injury.
The director of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Waztke has disclosed that Aubameyang would be available at a fee around £60m, putting top clubs like Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea in a race for his signature. The 27-year-old has been enjoying another successful season at Dortmund scoring 20 goals in all competitions this term. Continue reading
Jurgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool will avoid the same fate as Arsenal when they take on Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.
After having gone more than five games without a win, Everton finally managed to secure a victory in the league. It came in the form of a comeback success over title chasing Arsenal. The 2-1 win over the gunners was achieved in incredible circumstances, as the club were clearly buoyed by the home support, who acted as the 12th
man. Since then, Arsenal have gone on to lose against Manchester City by the same score.
As title chasing Liverpool come to Goodison Park, the possibility of a similar fate suffered by Arsenal has been put forward to manager Jurgen Klopp. Incidentally, this will also be his first taste of the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. The Liverpool manager, who has already seen his team throw away games in the 4-3 loss against Bournemouth and 2-2 draw with West Ham, says that his team are more than well-equipped to deal with the threat posed by the home team. Continue reading
Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven matches after a 2-1 win over West Brom.
The game also marked a return to winning ways for the Reds, who were only able to manage a disappointing goalless draw against Manchester United in the previous game. A win was very much essential for Liverpool, partly as being the home team, in order to take advantage of teams like Tottenham and Arsenal dropping points. One of the few positives from the Manchester United game was a clean sheet, but Liverpool failed to keep one against West Brom.
In fact, the clean sheet against United was the first of the season for Liverpool. This has led to suggestions that the club may have a problem with defending. Manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the suggestions saying that playing against West Brom – with their focus on set pieces – was always going to be difficult. He says that he would rather focus on the victory rather than the club’s inability to keep a clean sheet. The victory coupled with other teams dropping points has helped Liverpool moved level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp has sarcastically taken a dig at Manchester United by claiming that the game against the Red Devils was a great preparation to face Tony Pulis’ West Brom.
Tony Pulis is regarded as a manager who favours physical approach to a game, while he makes no secret of the fact that set pieces count a lot when it comes to getting results in football. He is the only top England manager not to have been relegated throughout his career. Pulis may have slightly altered his approach since moving to West Brom, but the club do have a physical element towards them.
Liverpool’s run of four straight wins in the Premier League came to an end after a goalless draw against Manchester United. The result on Monday night at Anfield was highly disappointing for Liverpool, but they did everything to overcome a defensive minded United team. Many criticised José Mourinho for adopting a highly defensive approach in a game of this magnitude. Some Liverpool players have tried to console themselves over this result saying that it was a sign of United and giving them a lot of respect. The attitude towards United does not seem to have changed, as Klopp took a dig at United’s tactics with a direct reference to facing Pulis’ team.
Mino Raiola reckons Mario Balotelli was humiliated during his last days at Liverpool as he was not considered to be good enough to be given a single pre-season fixture.
Raiola reveals his client was willing for a fixture as he could not be properly prepared for the season just by training and he had told that to his boss, but, Klopp turned a deaf ear towards him which was a sign of lack of respect.
Raiola, however, denies that he would never like to talk to Klopp about the transfer of his other clients.
The Italy native believes that he doesn’t have to contact any manager for any kind of business. It’s the managers who would come to him if they have an interest in his clients and he would not be reluctant to take the call of Klopp if it comes at any point, but, if Klopp himself shows reluctance to speak to him, he can’t do anything and will just make his clients aware of that and will suggest them to hire a different agent to get the deal done.