Liverpool take on Bologna on Thursday afternoon, and the Italians have three players for whom Jürgen Klopp could ponder future transfers if they catch the eye. From Mohamed Salah waltzing through Liverpool in a pre-season tournament in the States. To Sadio Mané tearing Liverpool defenders to shreds in the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp will be eager to shift Divock Origi in the transfer market. The Belgian is causing a homegrown quota problem, and Liverpool need to raise funds. Divock Origi finds himself in a peculiar position. The Belgian striker has been at Liverpool for six years at this point, but has never really stood out.
Under tweaks to offside VAR checks, at least two of Liverpool’s disallowed goals last season would stand. However, the Premier League changes won’t fix things. If Liverpool fans were split on VAR heading into the start of last season, the Premier League campaign that followed was surely enough to turn the majority of supporters against the video assistant technology.
Media Watch: Liverpool are ramping up their contract renewal efforts, with two deals ‘imminent’. It could see Mohamed Salah shatter a Luis Suárez club record. Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all.
Liverpool signed Keïta from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018 for around £52 million, and are contemplating moving him on to raise funds. Naby Keïta is running out of time at Liverpool. The Guinean international arrived to much fanfare three years following his big money transfer from RB Leipzig.
A former Liverpool man has compared Harvey Elliott to midfield greats Xavi, Iniesta and Thiago, but Jürgen Klopp will want to allow the youngster to be himself. Big things are expected of Liverpool's Harvey Elliott. The 18-year-old is shining in pre-season, and it’s been thought that Jürgen Klopp wants to keep the player at the club ahead of the new campaign.
Liverpool’s first two goals against Hertha Berlin both came via cutbacks, from Kostas Tsimikas and Mohamed Salah respectively. Jürgen Klopp will be delighted. “When there are problems in a season, it’s so important to recognise it, to admit it, to learn from it.”
Jürgen Klopp's players have been subject to enormous pressure, and the risk of burnout at Liverpool is real. Empathy and support is more important than ever. The experience of a number of professional athletes over the last few weeks has once again put the spotlight back onto the issue of burnout and the unique and extraordinary demands placed on sportspeople over the last year.
Liverpool have only made one signing thus far, Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig, and a lack of further signings from FSG could see the club lose ground. Can Liverpool challenge for the title this season? This is a question that has been on the minds of many fans over the last several weeks, and especially so given recent transfer developments from competitors.
The Lijnders Files: Pep Lijnders has once again singled out Diogo Jota for praise, also crediting Jürgen Klopp with advancing ‘total football’ at Liverpool. Pep Lijnders is excited about Diogo Jota. He labelled the Portuguese forward a “ pressing monster ” when he first reported back from Euro 2020 duty, and has now singled the former Wolves man out for praise once again in his latest pre-season diary entry.
Roberto Firmino has struggled in front of goal of late. The stats suggest Jürgen Klopp may wish to utilise him at no.10 for Liverpool, turning to the transfer market for a new striker. Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho are all back in training today. As Liverpool's three Brazilian players join the rest of the squad for the remainder of pre-season, the Reds appear ready to start the new season with pretty much the same team as last year — having dipped into the transfer market just once so far.
Media Watch: A player Jürgen Klopp called ‘unplayable’ is the subject of a transfer bid from Leeds United. A teenager tracked by Liverpool is also on the move. Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all.
Liverpool can expect movement in the transfer market with a month remaining before the deadline and a fortnight until the new season starts. Ben White's £50m switch to Arsenal could be key. It will not have gone unnoticed among Liverpool supporters — particularly those who are frustrated at the lack of transfer activity — that Arsenal are among the clubs splashing serious cash this summer.
Diogo Jota showed his class in an impressive but injury-hit debut Liverpool campaign. Jürgen Klopp has reason to hope for even more from the winger this season. A season has passed since Liverpool secured the signature of Diogo Jota from Wolves, and expectations are high for the Portuguese star after a flying start to life at Anfield.
Harvey Elliott's pre-season offers an insight into the role he could fill at Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp can use him in the style of Kevin De Bruyne or Mason Mount. Since Jürgen Klopp's arrival on Merseyside, Liverpool have gradually added to their squad using the transfer market by identifying what is missing and plugging those gaps.
Jude Bellingham is a generational talent and Liverpool will be among the clubs keeping an eye on his progress at Borussia Dortmund during the upcoming season. When thinking of a player who is perfect for Jürgen Klopp and the Liverpool midfield, a certain Jude Bellingham springs to mind.
Media Watch: Jürgen Klopp’s transfer hunt for a new Liverpool midfielder goes on. A £34 million move could be on the cards, but another target is off the table. Welcome to our Liverpool.com media watch piece. Maybe not the first, we've definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it's not that new at all.
Joe Gomez has returned from his latest Liverpool injury, with Virgil van Dijk alongside him. Jürgen Klopp won't need reminding that the duo have come a long way during their time out. Joe Gomez does not look like a man for whom fitness is a problem.
Liverpool might have lost 4-3 vs Hertha Berlin, but there were plenty of positives that could be taken from the friendly for Jürgen Klopp. Mohamed Salah and Naby Keïta are among them. There was only one thing that Liverpool 3-4 Hertha Berlin will be remembered for, and it wasn't the incredible goal in the first half from Suat Serdar that soared past Caoimhin Kelleher.
Liverpool players and staff observe a 97-second silence yesterday as it was confirmed another Hillsborough disaster victim has died. Coroner Andre Rebello said Andrew Devine's death on Tuesday was "more likely than not" a result of the brain injury he suffered in the tragedy 32 years ago.