Talksport broadcaster Ian Abrahams has suggested that Liverpool winger Harry Wilson will be playing to impress Jurgen Klopp in the Championship play-off final on Monday.
Wilson has been on a season-long loan at Derby County from Liverpool, and has enjoyed an impressive campaign scoring 16 goals and providing four assists for the Rams as they finished in the Championship play-offs, where Frank Lampard’s side beat Leeds United in the semi-final to reach the Wembley final.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer, with the Reds believed to have placed a £25million valuation on the talented winger, according to the Football Insider.
Abrahams has now suggested that Wilson will be looking to impress Klopp during the play-off final and will be hoping to prove his worth to the German’s plans for next season.
“Wilson and he’s got a £25million price tag on his hands, but he wants to go out and prove to Jurgen Klopp that he can play for Liverpool next season, not just be on the bench but play,” Abrahams told Talksport ahead of the Championship play-off final on Monday [10:42am].
Abrahams is right to suggest that Wilson will be wanting to use the opportunity of playing in the Championship play-off final to impress Klopp and prove that he can play a part for the Reds next season. Liverpool are thought to be willing to sell the 22-year-old for around £25million and there will be a lot of interested teams after he has had an impressive campaign in the English second tier. It looks like it will be very difficult for Wilson to get himself into Liverpool’s first team next season, with Klopp having the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to call upon within his squad. That means that Wilson might be better off going out and getting a move so that he can be assured of regular games time. However, if he does impress against Aston Villa at Wembley it could help to convince Klopp that he is ready to be given first team opportunities at Anfield.
Stephen Warnock believes Liverpool’s recent experiences in European finals will give them a crucial advantage in the Champions League final against Tottenham.
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, while Jurgen Klopp’s side also lost the Europa League final to Sevilla by the same score line in 2016.
Tottenham meanwhile will be competing in their maiden Champions League final when they take to the field against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
Warnock believes that despite Liverpool losing their last two European finals, the experience of competing in them could give them a crucial advantage against Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the final.
“Liverpool’s experience of having been in three European cup finals in three years will be key because they know what to expect in the build-up to the game and the hype around it, the expectation. I think Liverpool have that advantage,” Warnock told the Daily Mail.
“I look at Tottenham and think they can beat them, but the biggest fear is getting beaten by them. That is the biggest worry because to get to a Champions League final and then get beaten by another team from the Premier League is a tough pill to swallow.”
Warnock is right to suggest that Liverpool could hold an advantage over Tottenham in the Champions League final, given Klopp’s side have played in two European finals in the past few years. However, as Warnock alludes to Liverpool’s biggest problem could be the mental aspect of losing their previous two finals in the Champions League and Europa League, which could make the Reds feel extra pressure to ensure that they do not suffer a third defeat. As Warnock also states Liverpool will not be wanting to miss out on another major trophy this season, after they were just beaten to the Premier League title by Manchester City. Liverpool though have beaten Tottenham twice in the league already this season and they will be confident on making three wins against Spurs, which would see them lift the Champions League trophy. Reds supporters will be hopeful that the club can manage to secure the win, as Warnock expects and that the club can use the experience gained in the last few years to their advantage.
Paris Saint Germain are interested in making a potential move for Liverpool midfielder James Milner this summer, according to Le Parisien.
The French outlet report that Ligue 1 champions PSG are contemplating making a move for a midfielder capable of playing in a midfield three during the summer transfer window and are interested in a move for Milner.
Milner’s current deal with Liverpool worth £140,000-a-week [Spotrac.com] runs out next year and the 33-year-old has not yet managed to agree a new deal with the club, meaning that PSG could be able to secure a deal for the midfielder if they firm up their interest.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Milner’s future at Liverpool during the summer transfer window, with the 33-year-old being an excellent servant under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. Milner has been used as both a midfielder and in the less natural role of a left-back under the German, and has performed reliably in both positions. Therefore, it might be a mistake if Liverpool were to allow Milner to leave this summer, with the Reds wanting to build on this season’s progress which has seen them record 97 points in the Premier League and reach the Champions League final. However, Klopp has got a lot of options to select from in the midfield, which could mean the German is able to allow Milner to depart Anfield this summer. If Milner was to move to PSG it would be a valuable addition for the French champions, with the Englishman offering vast experience at the highest level and providing the flexibility to provide cover in a number of positions. For now the 33-year-old will be concentrating on helping Liverpool win the Champions League in Madrid when they take on Tottenham, before looking to sort out his future in the summer.
Liverpool are not planning on making a move for Lyon forward Memphis Depay this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claims that the Reds are not interested in the former Manchester United man, who has flourished since joining the French side in 2017.
The Dutch international bagged 12 goals and 15 assists in all competitions for Bruno Genesio’s side this season, increasing speculation about his future.
The Daily Mirror reported in April that Jurgen Klopp was aiming to bring the £50million-rated attacker back to England this summer. That, however, no longer appears to be the case.
Depay is the sort of player that any club would love to have at their disposal, but he simply isn’t needed at Liverpool at the moment. The Reds need quality attackers who are going to be content with playing a back up role to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Depay doesn’t seem like the sort of character who would be content with a bench-warming role. With that said, it’s probably best that Klopp doesn’t move for him this summer. He has a great group of players at Liverpool at the moment, and none of them are what you would call trouble-makers. It would be harsh to paint Depay with that brush, but he seems like a slightly volatile character, at least. Despite his immense ability, he just doesn’t seem like the right fit for the Reds. Plus, he’d cost a bucket load whereas Liverpool, by all accounts, aren’t looking to spend loads after their huge investment a year ago.
Former England international Jermaine Jenas has claimed that the battle of the full backs could be key in Liverpool’s Champions League final clash with Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson have both enjoyed unbelievable seasons on Merseyside, and Jenas feels they could be the most important players on the pitch for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“There’s no doubt the battle of the full backs will be crucial,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column. “Those assist stats from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are phenomenal. And Tottenham must be ready for them.
“The last time they played in March, when Tottenham lost in the last minute to Toby Alderweireld’s own goal from Hugo Lloris’s error, is a case in point. In the first half, Spurs played a back three as Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose ended up deep in a back five. That can’t happen again. Even if it’s a back four, they need to get high up the pitch and get in the faces of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.”
Obviously everything Jenas says about how Tottenham can deal with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson is easier said than done. However, he’s right that it would be suicidal for Spurs to sit deep in a back five and invite pressure from Liverpool. If you give these Reds stars time, particularly the two full backs, then they will carve you open. If Alexander-Arnold has space to pick out men in the box then he will find them every single time with his superb crossing ability. Robertson, too, is excellent when allowed to bomb forward and link up with the frontmen, Sadio Mane in particular on that left hand side. Having said that, if Tottenham’s full backs push up and get in the face of the Liverpool double act, as Jenas says, then they might be able to limit their offensive impact. It’s a risky strategy, because the Reds’ midfielder could then use the space in behind the Spurs full backs to release the team’s phenomenal attackers. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what approach Mauricio Pochettino takes for the final.
As one of the more strange transfer rumours of the window so far, it was reported on Sunday that Hull City’s David Marshall has attracted interest from Liverpool, according to reliable journalist Alan Nixon. It is thought that the Scotsman, who has 27 international appearances to his name, would come in as back-up for Alisson Becker, assuming Simon Mignolet leaves in the summer as expected. However, the Reds’ reported pursuit of the Championship keeper has caused quite the stir amongst fans, but it seems there are quite a few who are seeing the logical side to the potential move, in that it would free up some funds for wages. The move would depend on the future of Mignolet, however if he were to leave Anfield, his £60,000-per week wage bill (Source: Spotrac) would be freed up for use with another player. Although the reported pursuit may not have made sense at first, fans began to see the reasoning behind the link, whilst also realising that there is a logical explanation behind it. One fan even claimed that they have urged the Reds to sign Marshall for ages referencing the player’s Cardiff days. Marshall played for the Blue Birds from 2009 before signing for Hull City in 2016. Another fan even went as far as referencing the last signing that the Reds made from Hull, which was Andy Robertson, saying: “Our last signing from Hull wasn’t bad…”
Live 4 Liverpool have rounded up some of the best tweets below:
Mignolet leaving to get replaced by David Marshall is not that weird , Migs is on £60,000 a week most keepers let alone 2nd keepers don't get that kind of money.Marshall is a decent back up and he'd be happy with £20,000 a week and playing a few cup games.
If there’s one area of the Liverpool team that you’d think doesn’t need a lot of tinkering with this summer, it’s the defence.
It came as something as a surprise, then, when the Reds were linked with an audacious move for Real Madrid centre back Sergio Ramos by Spanish outlet AS on Friday.
Luckily for the Reds faithful, that doesn’t seem to be a move that the club are actually pursuing. The Daily Mirror claimed on Saturday that they had been informed by a club source that there is 0% chance of Liverpool signing Ramos because he doesn’t fit the profile of player manager Jurgen Klopp wants.
That sounds a bit more like it, doesn’t it? There’s no need for Klopp to rock the boat by bringing the volatile Spaniard to Anfield. Yes, he’s a serial winner, but he’s only up for grabs because he’s had a huge falling out with the Madrid president. Is that the sort of character Liverpool need?
He’s a wonderful footballer, undoubtedly one of the best centre backs of his generation, but Klopp’s got his stance spot on here. There’s simply no need to sign someone like Ramos at the moment.
Firstly, the 6ft Madrid star [Source: Transfermarkt] is 33 years of age. Secondly, he’ll be on massive wages and will only be at his peak for another year or two. Thirdly, and most importantly, he’s unlikely to be particularly popular amongst the Liverpool squad after his antics in last season’s Champions League final.
The Mirror’s report insisted that that wasn’t the reason why the Reds aren’t in for Ramos, but it’s surely a contributing factor on some level.
No, Klopp’s team are better off without the veteran defender. They’re doing pretty well without him after all, aren’t they?
This is an interesting one. Kent obviously showed real promise in Glasgow this campaign and his stock has gone up hugely as a result. However, is he really going to become a fixture of the Liverpool first team in the years to come? That still seems rather unlikely. He’s a talented youngster, but Jurgen Klopp’s team are just a different level at the moment. If the Reds can cash in on him while they have the chance, then they should ensure they do just that. Perhaps Aston Villa could be where he ends up, then. Dean Smith’s side will be looking to reinforce their squad whether they secure promotion to the Premier League or not in the Play Off final on Monday. However, you’d have to think that they’d be far likelier to spend what Liverpool want on Kent if they do come up to the top flight. Villa Park would be a good landing spot for the winger, too. He’d have a far better chance of first team football than he would at Anfield, while still playing his football for a big club. What’s not to like?
Tottenham should be worried about facing Liverpool attacker Mo Salah after teammate Jordan Henderson had a few words to say on the player ahead of the Champions League final.
In an interview with the Sunday People (Sunday May 26th, page 59) Henderson had a few words to say regarding the Egyptian’s experience in last years final, saying: “Obviously that was a massive disappointment to him, everything he had done leading up to the final and then having to come off early.
“Of course it will be a big motivation to him to go out and show what he can do in the Champions League final and – touch wood – he can do it in the whole game.”
Salah is obviously desperate to prove himself on the biggest stage in European football, without his time being cut short, and it’s clear to see that Henderson realises this ahead of the fixture.
Spurs should certainly be worried about the 26-year old, as he will no doubt be completely spurred on by the fact that he could not see the full game out in last year’s Champions League final due to injury.
It’s no mystery to Mauricio Pochettino that Salah is a real danger to his hopes of winning Spurs’ first ever Champions League title, considering the Egyptian has scored 26 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season, four of which have come in Europe.
Henderson’s remarks suggest that Salah has been once again training hard in the lead up to the final, and you’d expect the front man to be on top form for the Reds in Madrid.
Last year’s final will no doubt be stuck in the mind of the attacker, and he will be motivated to make sure that this seasons final exceeds last year’s, which can only be bad news for Pochettino’s Spurs side.
There will be no Sergio Ramos this year to stop Salah from doing the business in the final, but the question still remains, will Spurs be able to handle a fully fired-up, in-form Salah who is capable of lighting the final up? Only time will tell.
Liverpool are pondering making a move Hull City’s David Marshall in case they lose Simon Mignolet in the summer, according to Alan Nixon.
The reliable journalist claims that the Reds are looking at Hull City’s number one as a potential replacement for Mignolet, who could be on his way out this summer.
The 6ft 1in tall stopper has made 44 appearances for the Tigers in all competitions this season, keeping eleven clean sheets along the way, and his contract is due to run out in June. (Source: Transfermrkt)
LIVERPOOL. Looking at a move for Marshall at HULL if lose Mignolet
In a tweet posted from his personal Twitter account, Nixon said: “LIVERPOOL. Looking at a move for Marshall at HULL if lose Mignolet”
On the face of it, this move seems a little bit strange. However, if Mignolet, who is currently on a whopping £60,000-per week (Source: Spotrac) proceeds to leave the club in the summer, then Jurgen Klopp will have to look elsewhere for a back-up keeper, and it seems he may be interested in the Scottish Championship stopper. The former Celtic man has had a good season with Hull, and been their number one all season with no real competition, and surely a move to Anfield would be a dream move for the player, if you take away the fact that he most probably wouldn’t be getting too much game time. The 34-year old is out of contract this summer, so would be arriving on Merseyside for free, which would arguably be a pretty good deal for the Reds, assuming Marshall was happy with being in the reserves for the most part of his time with the club, which is more than likely.