Liverpool are set to table a renewed attempt to sign Thomas Lemar after their initial offer of £65m was snubbed by AS Monaco.
The France international is highly rated in the French Ligue 1 after his title-winning campaign with the Principality club last term.
Lemar, 22, was initially linked with a move to Arsenal, but the deal did not materialise with Monaco having refused to place a price tag on his services. As a result, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the deal was dead last week whilst insisting that the club may or may not bring in another recruit before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified for the Champions League proper via the playoff earlier this month, and they have since stepped up their pursuit for the former Caen man. The Reds have already had an opening bid of £65m turned down by the French champions, but according to The Liverpool Echo, and they are prepared to test Monaco’s resolve further with a £75m offer. (more…)
For a season that started with a refreshing capable mind and hand in the mould of Dutch man Frank de Boer plus the impressive run in the late stages of the previous, Inter’s collapse – yet again – is now downright depressing.
In winning the treble with Jose Mourinho 7 years ago, few could have imagined that even if the sun in Milan was going to go down, such nadir was least expected. Like a temporary twilight, champions have always had to get a few knocks right after triumphant eras, and they do bounce back most of the time.
No team stays champions forever, but Inter’s case has become something far bigger than common latent of form slumps that affect great teams.
It is good to note that outsides the law of diminishing return carrying out its course, an unfavourable economic climate that came over Italy back in the day – something that affected every club –was part of the factors that sent the Neazzurri down this path. (more…)
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could return to the team sooner than expected, based on comments of Coach Jurgen Klopp.
The Three Lions star has a heel condition Plantar fasciitis in his left foot that is limiting his return to the set-up.
Henderson has been sidelined since the February victory over Tottenham Hotspur. The player was ruled out for the rest of the season earlier but the recent comments of the German manager hint a possible return before the end of the season.
Klopp confirmed that Henderson should be fully fit for the team’s pre-season fixtures in July but he did not give a specific timeline on his comeback date.
“It’s too early to say. Next season is the latest moment of course but anything can happen. We stay positive because he is strong,” Klopp responded when asked how much time Henderson would require to fully heal.
Klopp said the player needed “the green light” to rejoin the team and that “the start if preseason” was the “latest moment” he is expected in the team. (more…)
Former Liverpool midfielder DietmarHamann has questioned the club decision to give the German manager Jurgen Klopp a six-year contract.
He believes that the board has led themselves carried by the emotion and not the head.
DietmarHamann said that Klopp has yet to convince the fans that he is a good manager and so far he has not done a lot. He stated that there is no way that Liverpool can challenge for the title at the moment and that major changes are needed if they wanted to win the title last season.
DietmarHamann said that Klopp has no plan B when it comes to winning matches when his Gegenpressing style is not working. For him, this tactic does not work in the Premier League because teams know how to sit back and hit you on the break.
The problem with Klopp is that he is so used to using this tactic in the Bundesliga that he is finding it hard to adapt in the Premier League. (more…)