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
Arsenal appear to have entered the race to sign Luis Suarez after one bookmakers made the Emirates the Uruguayan’s most likely destination after the summer transfer window.
William Hill have slashed the odds of the Gunners signing the 26 year old to just 6/5, with Real Madrid next in the list.
Swansea City are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according the the Mirror.
The Welsh side are reportedly in talks with their former manager Brendan Rodgers, regarding the potential purchase of the England U21 midfielder, who will be allowed to go if the price is right.
Andy Carroll has finally completed his £15million transfer from Liverpool to West Ham United.
The 24 year old was signed by Liverpool for £35million, a record fee for a British player, two and a half years ago but struggled to make a real impression for the Reds, scoring just six goals in forty-four league appearances.
Andy Carroll is set to complete his £15million move to West Ham United after passing his medical with the club.
The England international, who spent the majority of last season on loan at Upton Park, was due to undergo his physical assessment today though the Hammers were able to bring proceedings forward by 24 hours.
Shakthar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to today fly Liverpool to undergo a medical, according to the Mirror.
The Armenia international, who has also been tracked by clubs in Germany, Italy and France looks set to move to Anfield to become part of Brendan Rodgers new look side.
Andy Carroll’s chances of completing a permanent move to West Ham United have increased, according to Hammers co-chairman David Gold.
Responding to a question from a supporter on Twitter, Gold said: “The chances of AC joining West Ham has risen from 50/50 to 75/25 in the last few hours. Will keep u posted”.
West Ham had a £15million bid for Carroll accepted by Liverpool last month, though there have been suggestions of discrepancy regarding the player’s wages.
Representatives of the 24 year old had reportedly asked for wages of £100,000 per week, demands that were dismissed out of hand by the London club.
That figure would have represented a £20,000 pay rise on for the striker, who’s wages were paid by West Ham whilst he was on loan their last season.
Elsewhere, Spanish under 19 international Suso has expressed his desire to remain at Anfield amid speculation that he could be moved on.
The midfielder made 20 appearances in all competitions for the Reds last season, though is yet to score for the club.
Meanwhile, Conor Coady has been named as England’s captain for the forthcoming under 20’s World Cup in Turkey.
The defender made his Premier League debut in the 3-1 win at Fulham in the penultimate game of last season.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has reportedly been told to lower his wage demands if he is to secure a permanent move to West Ham United, according to Mirror.
The 24 year old has been heavily linked with the club where he spend the majority of last season on loan, though his representatives have demanded he receives £100,000 per week.