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Liverpool FC keen on £20million-rated defender

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool Football Club has today been linked with Burnley defender Michael Keane.

The British media claim that the 24-year-old centre-back is under consideration by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp ahead of the summer transfer window.

It is reported that Liverpool ‘could do battle’ with Everton and Manchester City to try and land the defender at the end of the season.

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Reports suggest that Liverpool would have to table an offer in the region of £20million to try and secure a transfer for the highly-rated defender who was selected for international duty by England last week.

KOPTALK revealed last September that Liverpool were tracking Keane and that Jürgen Klopp had personally been scouting him, whether or not we’ll step up with an offer though, we’ll have to wait and see.

The latest on Keane plus additional transfer news insight is available to our members whose support make KOPTALK possible.

‘Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp is monitoring Burnley centre-back Michael Keane … Keane starred against the Reds during last month’s 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor but his name had already been put forward to the manager in the summer by the Anfield scouting department,’KOPTALK, 27.09.16

Liverpool FC Transfer News: Timo Werner – LATEST

Timo Werner

Timo Werner is not interested in a move to Liverpool Football Club, or any other club at the moment, as he wants to continue his development with RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old forward has been linked with a possible transfer to Anfield in the summer with recent, credible reports stating that Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp has been keeping an eye on his performances in the Bundesliga.

Speaking at the weekend and in response to the transfer chatter, Werner said: “I want to keep growing together with RB Leipzig and keep developing here.

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“I am still only 21 years old and still have plenty of years ahead of me.

“I am very happy at Leipzig. Joining this club has been a stroke of luck. I have found my way again under [boss] Ralph Hasenhuttl.”

Werner, who has netted 14 times in 24 games so far this season, was selected for international duty with Germany for the first time last week and could make his debut against England on Wednesday.

It’s worth pointing out that his Leipzig team-mates, Naby Keita, a 22-year-old central midfielder and Emil Forsberg, a 25-year-old winger, are also said to be attracting interest from Liverpool scouts at the moment.

Liverpool considering move for highly-rated defender

Ryan Sessegnon

Liverpool FC scouts are closely monitoring Fulham’s 16-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon.

It is claimed that a number of Premier League outfits including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and ourselves are all impressed with his performances for the Championship outfit after becoming alerted to him when he broke through into their first team back in August.

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Our interest is genuine but there is nothing to suggest, at this time, that we will make an official approach. However, sources close to Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp say he is already a big fan of the attack-minded defender who has scored 6 goals in 23 for Fulham in his debut season and there’s a suggestion that he could make a move for him in the summer.

Liverpool’s current left-back options aren’t very inspiring at the moment. Midfielder James Milner is ‘doing a job’ there at the moment but he’s not a long-term answer while Spanish defender Alberto Moreno should be moved out in the summer after falling down the pecking order.

Dinamo Zagreb linked with Marko Grujić

Marko Grujić

Dinamo Zagreb are interested in taking Liverpool FC midfielder Marko Grujić on loan.

The 20-year-old has failed to make an impact at Anfield since he was brought in by Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 and question marks remain over his long-term future.

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Dinamo Zagreb adviser Zdravko Mamic has been quoted as saying that Grujić is now on their wanted list.

“I wanted to bring Andrija Zivkovic in from Benfica for €5million, but I failed,” Mamic told Serbian outlet Blic.

“Now I want to get Marko Grujić from Liverpool on loan.”

Grujić was handed an outing with the Liverpool FC Under 23s last night as he finally attempts to make a name for himself following a number of injury problems that have blighted his progress.

Michael Oliver to referee Manchester City v Liverpool

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver has been selected to referee the Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool at The Etihad on Sunday.

The 32-year-old official from Northumberland was the man in middle for last night’s FA Cup match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

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He made a number of controversial decisions during the match which left United boss Jose Mourinho describing him after the game as a referee “with fantastic potential”.

Oliver has taken charge of a number of Liverpool games this season including Leicester City (a), Manchester United (a), Stoke (h), Watford (h), Swansea (a) and Arsenal (a).

During his 32 games this season he’s issued 97 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

Former Liverpool coach comments on Klopp’s kids

Michael Beale

Former Reds’ Under 23s coach Michael Beale has been talking about the youth set-up at Liverpool Football Club.

Beale, who left Anfield for South America in December 2016 to become the assistant manager at Sao Paulo, joined Liverpool in September 2012 from Chelsea. He coached the Under 15s and Under 16s before his promotion to coach the Under 21s in August 2014.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Beale said: “The two managers I worked with at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers and Jürgen Klopp, have been a breath of fresh air for young players because they give them opportunities.

“When Klopp first arrived at Liverpool he sat down with myself, [academy director] Alex Inglethorpe and [first-team development coach] Pepijn Lijnders and identified five or six players. He said ‘I’m not sure if they’re ready, but give them to me and they can stay with the first team for a prolonged period of time because that way they will become ready by being around the first-team players on a regular basis’.

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“When a coach comes from abroad, you don’t know if it is going to be a lean period for the academy, in terms of getting opportunities for young players. But I was overjoyed as a developer of young players by Klopp’s approach.

“He’s very patient with young players but he expects high standards of them. He expects them to be focused on developing themselves, working hard every day and to show humility as people. He looks at a lot of the personal qualities of the player.

“Everyone agrees the squad at Liverpool is a developing squad. The owners have a clear plan around development of staff, the academy, players and facilities.

“I could say something controversial after leaving the club but it’s hard to, because Jürgen fits the profile of where the club is going, while players such as Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold are close to breaking into that first team on a regular basis, and I think that’s quite exciting.”

Liverpool and Chelsea linked with Anderson Talisca

Anderson Talisca

Liverpool and Chelsea continue to be linked with Benfica forward Anderson Talisca.

The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds on-and-off with Liverpool for some time, but to be honest there’s no credible suggestions that we have a genuine interest in him.

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Currently on loan at Turkish outfit Beşiktaş, the Brazilian has today been linked with Lazio and we are mentioned in a number of those specific reports. That’s it. Nothing more.

It is claimed that Chelsea are favourites to secure his signature … although we don’t believe that either.

Liverpool said I could replace Coutinho, says former target

Maxime Lopez

Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez has admitted that he turned down a move to Liverpool to concentrate on his career in France.

The 19-year-old, a regular in Marseille’s team since October, says the opportunity to move overseas came too soon in his career.

Liverpool apparently had so much confidence in him that they told him he had the potential to replace Philippe Coutinho one day.

Lopez said: “They said to me: ‘In five years you get Coutinho’s place’.

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“They approached me in a good way. I even met Steven Gerrard at the stadium after a game.

“I wanted to go there, but also to stay at Marseille. To go like that, at this age and even with your family, is very hard.

“I had noticed that they had thirty young professional players, not to mention the regulars. You really have to be mentally prepared.”

Lopez signed a new 4-year contract with Marseille last month following our interest.

Emre Can rubbishes contract cash claims

Jürgen Klopp & Emre Can

Emre Can has rubbished claims that he has failed to agree a new contract with the Reds due to financial reasons.

It has previously been suggested that the 23-year-old Liverpool midfielder was holding the club to ransom over his wage demands which naturally upset supporters, especially as such claims were made during a period where he hasn’t been at his best. You may recall that we urged you to ignore those claims.

Fortunately, the player has now come out and commented that he’s very happy at Anfield and he insists the contract delay is not about money. In fact, he goes as far as to suggest it’s actually about where’s played in the team.

Can explained: “I read it was about money but it isn’t about money. It is never about the money.

“We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine.

“I am happy at Liverpool. You never know what will happen in football but I am happy here and I am still contracted here. Everything is fine.

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“It is about the future, what happens. The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.

“We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens.

“I want to play injury-free. The meetings are with my agent but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future, I can play for many years at Liverpool.

“I know I could do much better. I’ve had a few problems, calf problems, but I kept going and I played. Maybe it was not good that I played and did not have a break but the last few weeks were better and I feel strong again. I know when I am fit and pain-free I am confident. I know what I am going to do.

“I feel good at the moment. I have to come back to the old Emre because when I am fit I know what I am able to do and I am confident enough to know I can play much better than in the past.

“I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me because I’ve played out of position, which means more sprints. Ten minutes into the game I’ve not been able to feel my feet in a few games. I didn’t like to go to the media and say ‘I am injured’.

“I didn’t play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don’t sprint too much. Last week was good, against Burnley was good and I was pain-free.

“When I play as a number eight I have to go forward and sprint more and I had a few problems with my calf. When I play at six you don’t have to sprint too much, you are in the middle and you have to make challenges and don’t have to go too far away.

“Maybe the trainer has to decide.”

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp urged to bid for goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has been urged to consider making a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (23).

Uncertainty remains over the future of first choice Reds’ ‘keeper Simon Mignolet while it would appear too soon for Klopp to turn his back on Loris Karius following his less than impressive start to his Anfield career.

Danny Ward has impressed while on loan at Huddersfield but while he is rated by some, question marks hang over him too.

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Klopp insists that he’s happy with the trio and won’t be looking to change his goalkeeping options in the summer which would appear to suggest that he needs the funds for other areas of the team.

A source revealed on our members’ website last week that while during a recruitment meeting at Melwood, that scouts had singled out Jordan Pickford and his possible availability if Sunderland are relegated.

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  • ‘KOPTALK sources claim that Liverpool are monitoring Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’KOPTALK, 28.12.16