The Liverpool Roundup

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What a week of mixed emotions. From on going transfer problems, to an outstanding debut by the record signing Virgil van Dijk, in the Merseyside Derby. The week started with some of the same disappointing news as we’ve come accustomed to during the transfer window.

We should have known we were in for one of the worst weeks in our transfer history after the massive loss in, Pepijn Lijnders. A huge blow to Klopp and the rest of the team – as the link between the reserves and the senior team takes leave for a bigger job, as he takes the next step in his career and joins Nijmegen, as their new manager. Best of luck to a man who did some great things during his time at Anfield and Melwood.

For a winter window Liverpool is quite busy and has seen movement in both directions. After adding a defender that was needed more than any other transfer during this busy period where Liverpool failed miserably last season, you’d think we’d settled and take our time in signing players. However, due to the exit of key first team players, the Reds are said to be adding more personal in search of a strong end to a challenging campaign.

Trusted journalist Melissa Reddy, stated the club will look to add another player to the defensive line, the midfield and, could look to bring in a goalkeeper. Klopp is an attacker down as of yesterday and will be down by a midfielder, come the end of the season. Business needs to be completed and it needs to be completed swiftly and soon.

The club’s just progressed to the next phase of the FA Cup after a brutal derby and time draws closer to the elimination round of the Champions League. All this while leading the race for a top four finish, as we try to reach the Champions League for a consecutive season. Something the club hasn’t achieved in the last nine years (2008/2009 to 2009/2010 season.), show the improvement and progress Klopp has made.

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Virgil van Dijk

Philippe Coutinho

Emre Can

Pepijn Lijnders

Transfer news and rumours making its rounds:

Philippe Coutinho: The little magician finally gets his dream move and follows in the footsteps of other Reds, who’ve achieved great success at the Camp Nou. It was only a matter of time before it happened. Unfortunately for the club, the timing was not right and the time came now. In another record-breaking deal between Liverpool and Barcelona – Klopp and the club agreed a deal in the range of £140 million. The third most expensive transfer in the world behind Neymar and Mbappe. A sad day surely, but no player can do what Phil has done during the two transfer windows. A big loss for Klopp but by no means the end of the world. Best of luck to him at his new home. Extremely happy the drama is finally all over between the Spanish club and Liverpool.

Emre Can: The second key player said to be leaving – but only when the season concludes is Emre Can. He will leave on a free and join another giant in Europe, Juventus. The Old Lady has expressed their interest and desire for the German long before this window. It was too – only a matter of time before we’ve seen the last of Emre in a Reds shirt. He’ll walk over to Italy on a free in the summer, the only business I believe Liverpool were extremely poor at. Yet, it makes the most sense the player wants to stay and be apart of a team taking part on Europe’s biggest stage. The no sense is the fact he will be leaving on a free. 

Riyad Mahrez: The latest player to be heavily linked with a move to Anfield is Leicester’s, Riyad Mahrez. The pacey winger is said to be nearing a move and is set for a medical as early as tomorrow (Monday). The deal is said to be close to £55 million for the Premier League winner, who’s incredibly keen on the move happening before the window closes. He’s wanted out of the Foxes for successive seasons since winning his Premier League medal, and was strongly linked in a move to the Emirates – with Wenger a big admirer of the player. The rumour to Liverpool comes as a surprise – but it’s a necessary inclusion to a team an attacker short, as we come to the knockout stages of the Champions League. However, senior sources at Liverpool have been quick to deny any link to Riyad Mahrez.

Thomas Lemar: A player whose name’s been mentioned as much as Philippe Coutinho’s name was mentioned with a move to Barcelona. There’s a high possibility of the Frenchman coming to his preferred destination, Anfield. It would be an immediate response to the loss of Coutinho. It’s said it could happen now if the club met the asking price of Monaco – but it could also only happen by the next window.

No other players have really hit the headlines of joining or exiting. The players on the fringe at the club and are rumoured to want out, because of no first team action. Are both, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings. With Firmino showing world-class form up front, it’s been difficult for these two players to make their way back into the starting line up and get regular game time. No player wants to be on the bench with the World Cup around the corner.

Mo the new Magic Man:

The signing of the season takes another award home and this time the most prestigious award for any African player – The CAF African Footballer of the Year. His had one hell of ride since been ordained a flop by many after his first appearance in the Premier League. Since then – the Egyptian has evolved into one of the most electrifying wingers in the game today.

Salah has also given the impression he will take the title from Coutinho as the magician and will do so, effortlessly. Already having a way better start to life at Anfield – Mo the Magic Man, will only get better as time goes on. Joint top-scorer in the Premier League and already boasting 22 goals in his maiden season, I’m sure this man will heal the burns left by Phil.

A sad week to watch our players walk away from the club we lover – but the silver lining is quite visible to us all with Salah and van Dijk, leading the way. Hopefully one of the names mentioned above joins imminently and the club’s moral boosts to another level, ahead of an important match against, Man City. Where Liverpool can be the first team to stop them from going unbeaten in the league campaign.

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