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Francesco Totti makes '€200m' Mohamed Salah claim
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been labelled as one of the world’s best players by Francesco Totti.
Salah was the subject of plenty of speculation throughout the summer as his contract situation rumbled on. This was put to rest, though, when he signed a new deal that has committed his future at Anfield until 2025.
Before becoming a star player at Liverpool, Salah showed his skills at Roma. It was here where the 30-year-old became friends with Italian legend Totti.
Totti and Salah played 29 matches together at Roma, and the pair have maintained a friendship since the Egyptian’s move to Merseyside Now Totti has explained how much he thinks Salah is worth in the current market.
“Salah is one of the 10 best players in the world and I have a relationship with him that goes beyond football,” said Totti on Egyptian TV, via Corriere dello Sport.
“Messi and Ronaldo remain. They are two different players, Messi is more technical, Ronaldo is more of a team man. Honestly, in 30 years of my career, I’ve never understood how the Ballon d’Or is won, whether it’s a team or an individual award.
“Salah before being a great player, is an exceptional guy, humble, polite and always available. With us he had had a great season, I knew that if he went to a team like Liverpool he would become even stronger.
“If I were the president of a team I would pay at least €200m for him.”
Liverpool to battle United for Moises Caicedo?
Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is the subject of speculation regarding a move to either Liverpool or Manchester United, according to the team over at Ecuador's Studio Futbol.
On translation, a Tweet shared with a video by the South American football newspaper reads: "MOSES CAICEDO THEME - He has a firm offer from Manchester United, via @majofloresm. - Liverpool is preparing an offer. Also: "Moises Caicedo doesn't feel like United today", information from @jamolestina in #DeUnaXSF"
So there you have it. Caidedo is reportedly wanted by United but it looks like he'd rather hang on for an offer from the Reds.
Casemiro deal agreed
Manchester United have announced they have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro.
However, the transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical. Which means it hasn't gone through in time for the Brazil international to face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday.
Van Dijk makes a racket with new investment
Liverpool centre-back Virgin van Dijk is now a business partner with Tennis star Andy Murray after buying shares in Game4Padel, the UK’s padel business.
Former Wimbledon champion Murray is huge investor in the project and it looks like VVD fancies a slice of the action.
Pep Guardiola gives sarcastic answer to Liverpool question
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn on the significance of his side's four-point lead over Liverpool in the Premier League table.
The current champions have got their campaign off to a flying start with two wins in their opening two games. The Reds, however, are without a victory following draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp 's side now sit four points behind their rivals in the table heading into this weekend's round of fixtures. City travel to face Newcastle on Sunday, while Liverpool are away at Manchester United on Monday night.
When asked in his pre-match press conference about Liverpool dropping points and how significant the early lead can be, Guardiola offered the perfect response.
"(It matters) a lot. Just the 111 points to play," he sarcastically replied.
"It's very early days. I'm sorry but after two fixtures we can not make any plans about the future" he continued. "We play Newcastle. Respect to all the other teams we will try to improve our game and win the game.
"It's just two Premier League games. We have a long way to training, we start the next month we try to improve our principles, our game. The best way to see that is in the games. First two games really good. Now we have to continue that game.
Read the full story HERE.
New contract confirmed for Alex Inglethorpe
Those advancing talks really were advanced weren't they?!
Liverpool have announced, via the club website, that Academy Chief Alex Inglethorpe has now signed a new long-term contract, committing his future to the Reds.
LFC sporting director Julian Ward said: “The work that has taken place at the Academy over a long period speaks for itself and Alex has been fundamental to everything that has been achieved so it is really good news that he will continue in a role in which he excels.
“The demands placed on an Academy director are significant – we want players to develop as sportsmen and as people, we want players to come through to the first-team squad, we want our youngsters to be given the best possible care, support and guidance – and, again, Alex has proven himself to be a leader in these fields and many more besides.
“In recent years, the progress of Academy talent towards the first-team environment and making their mark in the wider professional game is testament to the expertise and input of our Academy coaches and practitioners across the age groups. For this to happen, of course, a positive working culture has to be in place and under Alex this has always been the case.
“So Alex extending his commitment to Liverpool made perfect sense. The good thing is it made perfect sense for him too, which means he can continue this work, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit to us as a club and to the young footballers who we are entrusted with developing.”
Liverpool Academy chief closing in on a new contract
Alex Inglethorpe is closing in on a new contract to extend his spell as Liverpool's Academy manager.
The ECHO understands that talks have been ongoing for some time before being significantly stepped up over the last few weeks. They are now believed to be at an advanced stage as Ingelthorpe closes in on fresh terms to continue on at the club's Kirkby base.
Inglethorpe joined the club from Tottenham 10 years ago and has helped oversee the development of a number of young talents on the books that include local talents Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones.
The new contract is a reward for the thriving environment at the Kirkby hub and will come fresh off a season when a string of young hopefuls made their first-team debuts under Jurgen Klopp.
Read the full story HERE.
Gabby Agbonlahor bites back at Jurgen Klopp
Gabby Agbonlahor has fired back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager slammed the talkSPORT pundit over his comments about Manchester United. The former Aston Villa striker criticised United after their 4-0 loss at Brentford on Saturday evening.
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp highlighted how he listened to talkSPORT on his drive home and 'almost phoned in' after comments made by Agbonlahor irritated the Liverpool boss.
Klopp referenced his Liverpool side beating Aston Villa 6-0 - a game that Agbonlahor played in - and spoke of how he didn't remember the forward being a 'mentality monster'. Agbonlahor, who features frequently on talkSPORT, took to his Instagram account to fire back at Klopp's comment.
Read what he had to say HERE.
Steve McManaman on Man United vs Liverpool
Steve McManaman told Horseracing.net : "I wouldn’t have thought that it would be another pasting. The way Manchester City have played means that Liverpool just have to win. Arsenal have six points, Chelsea and Tottenham have four, so Liverpool just need the victory. I’d be surprised if Liverpool won at Old Trafford in the fashion they did last season because United are going to have to have a plan that can curtail the way that Liverpool play, stop them playing, then see if they can get a result."
Arteta confident on Saka new contract
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident Bukayo Saka will sign a new deal to extend his stay with the Gunners.
Saka has been linked with a move to Liverpool, but a move is highly unlikely if he was to sign a new deal with Arsenal.
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Casemiro wants to leave Real Madrid
Casemiro looks set to leave Real Madrid with Manchester United poised to make him their latest big money signing.
The midfielder will not be eligible to play against Liverpool even if the deal was completed today.
'Nunez won't succeed if he doesn't learn'
"Liverpool and Man United’s start certainly wasn't in the script for either team," Jason McAteer told LV BET.
There are big problems at Man United and I don't know when or how they will turn it around. Brighton and Brentford tactically outdid United and the first 45 minutes vs Brentford highlighted the problems Ten Hag has to deal with.
Liverpool didn’t put in a ‘Liverpool-like’ performance against Fulham. You can't let complacency creep into your game, and it happened with Liverpool - they got away with a draw by the skin of their teeth.
Patrick Viera’s game plan against Liverpool was great and sadly for the Reds, Darwin Nunez got sent off, which he has to learn very quickly from if he wants to succeed in the Premier League."
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Klopp gives injury update
Roberto Firmino is back in contention for Liverpool's clash with Manchester United on Monday.
The Brazilian forward did not make the matchday squad for Monday's clash with Crystal Palace as a precaution, meaning Darwin Nunez was selected to lead the line.
However, the £64million summer acquisition was shown a red card in the second half and while Liverpool fought back to draw 1-1 on the night, manager Jurgen Klopp was short of attacking reinforcements from the bench as the Reds chased a winner.
Red the full story HERE
Gary Neville's wish
Gary Neville wishes Manchester United had appointed Jurgen Klopp as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. United approached Klopp, but the German turned them down - leading to David Moyes being appointed.
"Ex-Manchester United star Gary Neville says he 'wishes' his former club had appointed Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool boss was approached over taking charge at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013. However, it went no further than just a conversation with the Scot as Klopp 's sole focus was on Borussia Dortmund and the job at hand with the Bundesliga club."
Read the full story HERE
Roberto Firmino update
Jurgen Klopp will confirm Roberto Firmino's availability in his press conference in an hour, but the Brazilian was spotted in training with the Reds yesterday as he recovers from a hamstring injury that kept him out of Monday's draw with Crystal Palace.
Firmino is expected to lead the line alongside Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz on Monday night at Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp press conference
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be talking to the media at 9:30am ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Monday night.
The Reds and Manchester United are both winless in their opening two matches in the Premier League and a win for either side would provide a massive boost.
Klopp should provide an injury update ahead of the clash with United.
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How long is Keita out for? ›
Since Liverpool paid £52.75M to sign him on a delayed deal in 2018, Keïta has been ruled out for 62 games and 323 days due to 16 different injuries according to Transfermarkt, meaning that of his four completed Liverpool seasons he has been ruled out entirely for an entire year of football since joining the club.Whats up with Naby Keita? ›
“Naby Keita is injured and he is recovering from his injury,” Diawara explained after naming Keita in his 24-man squad. “His situation is improving and he is even ahead of schedule.How is Keita injury? ›
"Naby Kéita is injured and he is recovering from his injury. His situation is improving and he is even ahead of schedule."Is Naby Keita back from injury? ›
Naby Keita has returned to Liverpool training after recovering from a hamstring injury. The Guinean midfielder has not featured since the Community Shield victory over Manchester City in July.Why is Keita not playing? ›
Illness meant Keita missed the Reds' opening-day draw at Fulham last weekend, a match during which Thiago Alcantara sustained an injury. Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also sidelined, leading Klopp to be asked whether he is considering entering the transfer market to reinforce his squad.Is Naby Keita injured for Liverpool? ›
Keita is currently sidelined from the Liverpool team with a serious hamstring injury. When it was first announced that Guinean Manager Kaba Diawara had selected Naby Keita to join the Guinean squad there were vocal objections from the Liverpool faithful.Where is Keita now? ›
Naby KeïtaWhere Naby Keita? ›
Naby Deco Keita (born 10 February 1995) is a Guinean international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liverpool, with the Reds having completed a £52,750,000 deal to sign him from RB Leipzig, making him the second most expensive player in the club's history at the time.How many games has Keita missed through injury? ›
He has missed a total of 62 matches due to various setbacks.Who are Liverpool's midfielders? ›
How many players are out for Liverpool? ›
Updated: 16 October 2022. All the latest Liverpool FC injury and team news. See which Liverpool players are currently sidelined due to injury, and those who are doubts for the Reds' upcoming fixtures. The Reds currently have 6 players out injured or with an illness.What Liverpool players are injured? ›
- Darwin Nunez. The striker missed the trip to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League with a muscle issue. ...
- Thiago Alcantara. Thiago was also ruled out of the game at the City Ground as a result of an ear infection. ...
- Luis Diaz. ...
- Diogo Jota. ...
- Naby Keita. ...
- Ibrahima Konate. ...
- Joel Matip. ...
- Arthur Melo.
He reached the 100-appearance mark for the club in March 2022 and played 40 times across all competitions in 2021-22 as the Reds won two major trophies, as well as reaching the Champions League final and finishing second in the Premier League.How do you pronounce Keita? ›
How to Pronounce Keita - YouTubeHow old is Keita? › What nationality is Keita? › Where is Ibrahima Konate from? ›
Konaté was born in Paris. He grew up on a council estate in the 11th arrondissement of Paris and is the second youngest of eight children born to immigrants from Mali. He is a Muslim.How old is Henderson? › Where is Joel Matip from? ›
Matip was born in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, to a German mother and former Cameroonian footballer Jean Matip. He is the brother of the fellow Cameroon international Marvin Matip and is a cousin of Joseph-Désiré Job.Who is Liverpool's best defender? ›
Currently the best defender in Liverpool FC is Virgil van Dijk with total 76 pass interceptions. With this top performance he ranks number 8 of all top 5 European league defensive players and number 52 in the overall ranking of the Premier League.
Who is Liverpool most famous player? ›
- Kenny Dalglish. Regarded by many as the greatest player ever to wear the red shirt and a managerial great as well - King Kenny is an Anfield icon.
- Steven Gerrard. ...
- John Barnes. ...
- Ian Rush. ...
- Phil Neal. ...
- Ian Callaghan. ...
- Billy Liddell. ...
- Bill Shankly.
Naby KeïtaIs Fabinho injured? ›
The No. 3 was forced off in the first half of Tuesday's Premier League victory at Aston Villa due to a muscular injury. That issue will sideline Fabinho for the meeting with Chelsea at Wembley on the weekend, though the Reds boss hopes there is a possibility he can appear again in 2021-22.How long was Thiago injured for? ›
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out of action for up to six weeks because of injury, sources have told ESPN.Are Liverpool the best team? ›
According to a list compiled by ClubElo, Liverpool are ranked the best team in Europe despite not winning their domestic league and losing in the European final.How do you pronounce Keita? ›
How to Pronounce Keita - YouTubeHow old is Keita? › What nationality is Keita? › How long will Fabinho be out? ›
Liverpool's key holding midfielder will miss the FA Cup final and the last two games of the Premier League season.
How serious is Fabinho injury? ›
Fabinho is currently struggling with a hamstring injury and managed just 30 minutes of Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa before having to come off as a result, and there are now serious doubts over his availability for the rest of the season as they continue to fight on all fronts.Is Mo Salah injured? ›
Salah sustained a thigh injury in Liverpool's FA Cup final victory at Wembley and was replaced after 33 minutes, and the Egypt's national team doctor has provided an update on the forward. Available on Eurosport app.How long will Thiago Alcantara be out? ›
Thiago Alcantara Injury Latest: Liverpool Games Midfielder Could Miss With Hamstring Injury. After reports emerged suggesting Liverpool could be without midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, for up-to six weeks, LFCTR take a look at the games he could miss during that period.Why isnt Thiago playing for Liverpool? ›
He received a scan on Saturday and was deemed to have a hamstring strain that means Liverpool will be without him. This isn't a new position for Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool teammates. Since arriving at Anfield from Bayern Munich, the Spaniard has unfortunately dealt with several injury lay-offs.What happened to Thiago? ›
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out for a number of weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Fulham. The Spanish midfielder limped out of the Reds' season-opener at Craven Cottage and Liverpool now do not expect him to play for them again in August.Is Liverpool better than Chelsea? ›
Currently Liverpool FC has a better 1vs1 performance index with 94. Chelsea has 16 goals and Liverpool FC has a total of 22 goals. Our opinion is that currently Liverpool FC would win the match.Who is the best Liverpool ever? ›
- Kenny Dalglish.
- Ian Rush.
- John Barnes.
- Xabi Alonso. ...
- Jamie Carragher.
- Fernando Torres.
- Robbie Fowler.
- Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool lead in terms of total trophies won, 67 to 66, following their win in the 2022 FA Community Shield. Manchester United lead in the head-to-head record between the two teams, with 82 wins to Liverpool's 70; the remaining 58 matches have finished as draws.