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Agents representing Saul Niguez reportedly will fly in to the UK on Monday to hold talks with Manchester United and Liverpool, while the Reds were handed a boost in the race to sign Manuel Locatelli as Juventus reportedly are unable to meet Sassuolo's demands.

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Naby Keita set for new Liverpool chance that could shape transfer plans

Pre-season always seems to bring around newly-found optimism and cause to look forward to the campaign that lies ahead.

For Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, there will be expectation rather than hope for the new season following a year without any major trophies.

Granted, the Reds did remarkably well to finish third in the Premier League after the lengthy injury list that they had to endure for the majority of the campaign.

Now that term is over and done with, attention is firmly on the 2021/22 season and what can be won 12 months from now.

Players are returning from injury; Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are the obvious three that get mentioned, but there are some that will be looking to prove a point this time round.

Midfield is the area of the pitch that is getting scrutinised the most this summer, mainly due to the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.

A replacement in the transfer market is yet to be found, so the players that are there will be hoping to put their hand up and take on the responsibility.

One of those is bound to be Naby Keita, whose time at Anfield has been rather underwhelming after the hype surrounding his signature.


Naby Keita of Liverpool FC looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Tivoli Stadion Tirol (Image: Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images/Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Liverpool 'in love' with Martin Odegaard

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Martin Odegaard.

The Reds were tentatively linked with the Real Madrid playmaker during the latter stages of his loan spell at Arsenal.

According to Fichajes, Liverpool are “in love” with Odegaard, and could make a move for the 22-year-old this summer.

The report goes on to say that both Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in signing the Norway international.

It is also being claimed that Odegaard would be a “good addition” for the Reds following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serie A striker following Erling Haaland path has dream to play for Liverpool

A striker who featured in yellow and black last season and whose father played for Nottingham Forest in the 90s has declared his desire to play for Liverpool.

However, it is not Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland. No, instead it is Sydney van Hooijdonk, the son of former Tricky Trees frontman Pierre who appeared alongside Alf-Inge Haaland at the City Ground back in 1997.

And this week, Dutchman Sydney will face Liverpool after joining Bologna earlier this month.

Coming through the ranks of his hometown club NAC Breda, the attacker scored 23 goals in 70 Eredivisie games to seal a move to Serie A and played in Friday's friendly with Borussia Dortmund.

However, in an interview with Voetbalzone last October, Van Hooijdonk claimed he will not consider his career until he has played in the Premier League and picked the Reds out as his favourite team in England.


Sydney Van Hooijdonk of FC Bologna and Antonios Papadopoulos of Borussia Dortmund battle for the ball (Image: Getty)

Diogo Jota 'frightening' Liverpool as Takumi Minamino talent emerges

Pep Lijnders admits Diogo Jota has been "frightening" Liverpool since joining up with their pre-season training camp.

Jota made his first appearance of the summer for the Reds as a second-half substitute in Thursday's 4-3 friendly defeat to Hertha Berlin in Austria.

The Portuguese had been given an extended break having featured for his country in the European Championships, during which he scored twice.

Jota made an instant impact during an injury-affected debut season at Liverpool last term, scoring 13 goals in 30 appearances.

And the forward has wasted no time in underlining he can make a similar contribution during the coming campaign.


Diogo Jota will be hoping to build on an encouraging debut season with Liverpool

Dusan Vlahovic competition

Reported Liverpool transfer target Dusan Vlhaovic appears to be attracting interest from elsewhere.

According to Calciomercato, Inter Milan will make a move to sign Vlahovic, but only if Lautaro Martinez leaves this summer.

Martinez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and the reigning Serie A champions would look for a replacement in the form of Vlahovic should a deal get over the line.

Liverpool have been frequently linked with Vlahovic in recent months, and he excited fans last week after scoring seven goals in a single half in a pre-season friendly for Fiorentina.

Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina (Image: Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Liverpool warned over transfer 'problem' as Raphael Varane point made

It would be fair to say that this summer's transfer window has been a reasonably quiet one for Liverpool - in terms of incomings, anyway.

The Reds have only made one addition so far, having officially signed centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig on July 1, after agreeing to pay his £36m release clause.

In terms of outgoings, Jurgen Klopp has allowed Harry Wilson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Grujic to leave the club - receiving around £30million for the trio.

It is no secret that Liverpool could still make signings this summer, particularly in the midfield and forward areas.

Yet, concerns are starting to appear at the lack of Anfield incomings, and it is not just fans that are beginning to get frustrated, either.


Raphael Varane of France celebrates

What happened to the 15 teenagers Jurgen Klopp gave debuts to at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has given first-team debuts to 15 teenagers in his managerial stint up to now.

Liverpool have a strong tradition of promoting players from the academy and the German is certainly not afraid to give debuts to teenagers in pressurised fixtures - if he believes they're ready to play, it is then up to them to go and perform.

Klopp's appreciation of the club's philosophy of promoting youth players and openness to give them an opportunity to perform has been a strong element of his success at Anfield.

Plenty of youth players have made their mark on Merseyside or have been sold for a healthy profit to generate transfer funds to sign first-team stars.

The emergence of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, among many others, has been incredibly pleasing to see.

Here are the 15 teenagers who have debuted under Klopp so far.


Jurgen Klopp has called on his youth players during his spell as Liverpool manager

Liverpool transfers

Liverpool's Premier League campaign kicks off in just under two weeks when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.

The Reds are yet to add to the signing of Ibrahima Konate after confirming his capture before the window had opened.

Saul Niguez and other rumoured midfield targets remain the topic of conversation following Georginio Wijnaldum's exit.

After confirming as many as four departures, there could still be more to come with Kostas Tsmikas touted with a move away from Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to add to his squad and challenge for the Premier League title next term, but what players will they actually sign?

Here, we take a lookout some of the latest rumours doing the rounds and how likely they are to happen.


Atletico Madrid make signing that could signal Saul Niguez move as Liverpool rumours continue

On this day

It's 25 years to the day since Liverpool signed Patrik Berger from Borussia Dortmund.

What a player he was on his day.

Who else remembers THAT pass in the 2001 FA Cup final?

Renato Sanches price tag

Liverpool have reportedly been informed of the asking price for Renato Sanches.

The Reds continue to be linked with the Lille midfielder, as do fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal.

Reports in recent days have claimed that Lille would be willing to sell Sanches this summer, as they attempt to raise funds for their own deals.

According to L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, the Ligue 1 club would want €35m (£30m) for Sanches’ services this summer.

Bayern Munich, who sold Sanches to Lille in 2019, are also said to be interested in the 23-year-old midfielder.

Renato Sanches of Lille (Image: Matthieu Mirville/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

PSG star Idrissa Gueye makes Gini Wijnaldum admission after Liverpool exit

Former Everton star Idrissa Gueye welcomed the arrival of Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer and relishes the added competition in the PSG midfield.

The Dutchman signed for the Parisian side in July on a free transfer after his contract with Liverpool expired.

Wijnaldum's arrival at Le Parc des Princes means PSG now have 14 midfielders battling for a starting spot in Mauricio Pochettino's side.

However, his new teammate Gueye welcomed the added competition claiming it was what the team needed.


Idrissa Gueye will compete with Gini Wijnaldum for minutes in the PSG midfield (Image: Getty)

Liverpool prepare Franck Kessie contract offer

Liverpool have reportedly outlined their contract offering to AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.

The Reds continue to be linked with the Ivory Coast international, despite his public desire to remain with Milan.
According to Corriere dello Sport, via Paisley Gates, Liverpool are prepared to offer Kessie a contract worth £115,000 per week.

Kessie’s current deal at Milan expires next summer, and the player has publicly stated his wish to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.

Franck Kessie of AC Milan indicates during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Image: Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Liverpool have held strong relationships with a number of different clubs in the transfer market in recent years, writes Andrew Beasley.

Jokes persist that the easiest way to get into the Liverpool first team is to play for Southampton. The Reds signed six of their players in under four years, including the trio of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in a single summer.

More recently, the club has maintained a strong relationship with the Red Bull group, purchasing Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino from Leipzig and Salzburg respectively. Ibrahima Konate became the latest Red Bull recruit earlier this summer after the Reds triggered the £36m release clause in his Leipzig contract.

If you were to believe everything you read, you might think that Wolverhampton Wanderers were next in line to be a feeder club of sorts for Liverpool.

Diogo Jota moved from Molineux to Anfield last summer, and enjoyed a flying start to his career with the Reds - despite his progress being derailed through injury.

The Portuguese forward forced his way into the first-team and looks set to be a key part of the long term future of the Reds’ attack.

When Jurgen Klopp was clearly in the market for a centre-back in January, former Red Conor Coady and his Wolves colleague Romain Saiss were among the many names who were reportedly in the frame for a move to Merseyside.

While those purchases didn’t come to pass, there’s another possible Wolves transfer which is sure to see Liverpool linked until the player’s future is resolved.

The man in question is Adama Traore, who is reportedly declining to sign a new contract with the club.


Adama Traore has been heavily linked with Liverpool (Image: Getty)

Manuel Locatelli disagreement

Manuel Locatelli’s move to Juventus continues to stall amid reported interest from Liverpool.

The Reds have recently been linked with the Sassuolo midfielder, who looked destined to move to Turin this summer.

However, recent reports have suggested that Juventus may not be his next club after all, leading to Liverpool supposedly joining the race.

According to Sky Italia, via the Daily Mail, Juventus and Sassuolo are in disagreement over the fee required to sign Locatelli.

The report states Sassuolo want £34m for the 23-year-old, while Juve are only willing to do a two-year loan deal with an option to buy.

Manuel Locatelli of Italy in action during an Italy training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano (Image: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Schalke consider drastic Ozan Kabak action after Liverpool transfer decision

Liverpool decided against signing Turkish defender Ozan Kabak on a permanent deal this summer, despite having an £18m clause inserted into his loan spell that would have made it a simple deal to get across the line.

Since they already had Ibrahima Konate coming in from RB Leipzig - a much more highly-rated central defender - and plenty of other options in that area, it made little sense.

But for Kabak, that has left him in limbo, with his former side having since been relegated from the Bundesliga and unable to keep him and other key players, but no new club having made an offer just yet.


Ozan Kabak could leave Schalke on a free transfer (Image: Getty)

Saul's agent to travel to UK for deal

Saul Niguez appears to be edging closer to a move away from Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, as have arch rivals Manchester United.

According to a report in The Mirror, Saul’s representatives are due to fly to the UK on Monday to discuss terms of a deal for Saul.

The report goes on to say that both Liverpool and United are in “pole position” to sign Saul from Atletico.

It has also been claimed that the La Liga champions would be willing to accept an offer in the region of £35 to £40m, despite the player’s £125m release clause.

Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid Looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Atletico Madrid at Red Bull Arena on July 28, 2021 (Image: Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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