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Everton’s chief executive has claimed that Liverpool’s Champions League win earlier this month is “great” for the whole city, according to the Echo.

Jurgen Klopp’s side edged out Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid on June 1 to win the sixth European Cup in the club’s history.

And Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale suggested that in spite of the fierce rivalry between Everton and Liverpool, the victory was a good thing for the city in general.

READ: Serie A side bid €90million for reported Reds target

READ: Real Betis pondering summer move for Liverpool attacker

“In business terms internationally, it’s fantastic,” said Barrett-Baxendale, speaking at the Echo’s Regional Business Awards last week.

“It’s great for the game, the city and the visitor economy, and it’s a spotlight on Liverpool, which has two fantastic, high achieving, top-flight football clubs. That’s fantastic for the fans.

“Obviously, we are in a competitive arena for football and [that kind of success is] what Everton are striving for, and we have to acknowledge that people will win and achieve, but we have to be competing and challenging at all times.

“It’s good for the Premier League – for anyone from here to win the Champions League .”

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French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Inter Milan have thrown their hat in the ring for Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

The forward has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks, and continues to be so despite repeated denials by multiple outlets.

L’Equipe have now claimed that Italian giants Inter have bid around €90million for the 24-year-old, who has scored 37 goals in 79 appearances for Lille.

READ: Real Betis pondering summer move for Liverpool attacker

READ: Klopp on why Champions League triumph was “just the start” for his Reds

The French outlet also say that there continues to be English interest in Pepe, “especially from Liverpool”, though the Reds have denied any intention to pursue the player.

However, according to Le10 Sport , the Ivory Coast attacker is holding out for a move to Paris Saint-Germain and will turn down any approaches from other clubs, though a Paris switch would be depend on Neymar leaving the Ligue 1 giants this summer.

The news about Inter’s huge bid seem strange though, given that the club have admitted not being able to afford the signing of Man United’s Romelu Lukaku at around the same cost.

It could be that Lille are simply hoping to drive Pepe’s price-tag up as high as possible this summer, with the player increasingly likely to leave.

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Real Betis are preparing to swoop for Liverpool forward and Champions League hero Divock Origi, according to the Daily Mail.

The Belgian is currently contemplating whether or not he’ll extend his stay at Anfield ahead of next season, though he’s expected to sign a new deal before the 2019/20 campaign begins.

However, Spanish side Real Betis have identified the 24-year-old as a potential star signing and are considering making an offer for him.

READ: Klopp on why Champions League triumph was “just the start” for his Reds

READ: £45million-rated replacement for Moreno responds to Liverpool rumours

According to Estadio Deportivo, Betis will approach Liverpool soon in the hopes of striking a deal for the forward, who scored in the Champions League final to secure the Reds’ sixth European Cup.

Origi played 20 times last season under Jurgen Klopp, who hopes the striker will put pen to paper on a contract extension this summer.

Betis are currently unwilling to match Origi’s current salary but the prospect of regular first-team football could be enough to lure the Belgian away from Anfield nevertheless.

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham on June 1 was “just the start” of what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure as Reds boss, according to the Mirror.

Liverpool won 2-0 in Madrid to secure their sixth European Cup, forever immortalising the current team in the history of the illustrious club.

The manager, however, has laid out a warning to rival teams that his side are still just on the precipice of greatness.

READ: £45million-rated replacement for Moreno responds to Liverpool rumours

READ: Liverpool join race for 21-goal Ajax attacker

“The most important thing for Liverpool fans, when reliving the memories of this season, is to remember it’s the start – not a conclusion,” said Klopp.

“Madrid wasn’t the final chapter for us – I think we’re still writing the introduction.

“When we were travelling around Liverpool with the European Cup on that magical Sunday, the words I heard sung the loudest were: “We’re never gonna stop!”

“That’s what this team and club has to live by. We arrived at this point because we were hungry for moments like June 1.”

He added: “My players this year did remarkable things.

“I called them mentality giants after we beat Barcelona (in the Champions League last four) – but that’s not saying enough. Skill, intelligence, emotion, fitness – they have it all.”

“Take all the joy from this campaign and do so in the knowledge we want it again.

“Love the memories and use them to shape our future.”

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Real Betis defender Junior Firpo refused to rule out a move away from the club this summer, with both Liverpool and Real Madrid interested in signing him, according to the Echo.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a switch to Anfield this summer, with the Reds reportedly undeterred by the full-back’s £45million release clause.

Liverpool are in the hunt for defensive reinforcements now that Alberto Moreno is set to leave the club at the end of the month, but Firpo kept his cards close to his chest when asked about a potential transfer move recently.

READ: Liverpool join race for 21-goal Ajax attacker

READ: Reds defender tells friends he wants to quit for London club

“Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them,” he told El Larguero.

“I’m here with the national team and that’s all I want to think about.”

He added: “I have said that Real Madrid was more attractive to me because my father is from Madrid.

“This has nothing to do with where I would rather play.

“Honestly, the team that is most interesting to me right now is Real Betis, where I have been since I was young.”

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Liverpool have been linked with an approach for Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech, who is also being tracked by Arsenal.

The Moroccan international enjoyed a fine campaign last season with the Dutch side, bagging 21 goals and notching 24 assists.

His attacking prowess was also key to Ajax reaching the Champions League semi-finals, in which he scored against Tottenham in a game the Dutch club ultimately lost.

READ: Reds defender tells friends he wants to quit for London club

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However, De Telegraaf (via The Mirror)) claim a trio of Premier League sides are now interested in making a £30million move for the 26-year-old.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all monitoring Ziyech, who is currently playing for his national side in the African Cup of Nations.

Ajax manager Marc Overmars admitted that Ziyech is likely to leave this summer, stating: “He is much more in the spotlight because of his achievements in the Champions League.

“Very large clubs are hanging around him.

“By the way, we promised Hakim a nice transfer on his arrival.”

Ziyech is keen to join Arsenal this summer but would struggle to turn down Liverpool, who can offer Champions League football under Jurgen Klopp.

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Nathaniel Clyne has told friends that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer and join Crystal Palace, according to Football Insider.

The 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Bournemouth, who are also keen to keep him.

However, the right-back has set his sights on a move to London with Palace after falling down the pecking order at Liverpool in the previous campaign.

READ: Liverpool reportedly interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho

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Palace are preparing for the loss of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, with Manchester United on the verge of agreeing a £55million deal.

Clyne’s representatives will speak to the Liverpool hierarchy in the coming weeks in the hopes of working out an agreement to suit all parties.

The Reds have set a £12million price tag on the defender’s head.

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Liverpool are reportedly interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho back to the club this summer, according to reports in France, cited by Metro.

The midfielder left Anfield for Barcelona in January last year for a fee of £142million after forcing Liverpool’s hand by feigning injury in December.

However, the ‘Little Magician’ has endured a dismal time at the Nou Camp, falling well short of the considerable expectations that were on his shoulders.

READ: Liverpool legend completes coaching qualifications

READ: Liverpool linked with move for Paris FC striker

As a result, Barcelona are keen to move him on this summer, with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested him bringing him back to the Premier League.

And now, Le 10 Sport have claimed that the Reds are also in for the 27-year-old.

The player has himself admitted that he isn’t sure where his future lies anymore after suffering jeers from his own supporters in recent months.

“I don’t know if I will continue at Barcelona,” said Coutinho.

“Nobody knows about the future, and right now I am focused on playing with my [national] team [at the Copa America].”

PSG had also been linked with a move for the Brazilian but have since denied any interest.

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Former Reds captain Steven Gerrard has completed his UEFA Pro Coaching Football qualification following an 18-month course, according to Liverpoolfc.com.

The Rangers manager graduated recently from the course, which was organised by the FA.

Gerrard was among 27 coaches who received the FA’s highest football coaching qualification, awarded at a ceremony held at St George’s Park last night.

READ: Liverpool linked with move for Paris FC striker

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool’s Under-18 manager Steven Gerrard before the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

READ: Reds negotiating new loan deal for 22-year-old midfielder

The Liverpool legend transitioned into coaching in February 2017 during his time at the Kirkby Academy, after which he was appointed U18s manager for the 2017/18 season.

He went on to take up the role of Rangers boss at the end of the season, where he’s currently working hard on securing new signings to bolster the squad.

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for Paris FC striker Silas Wamangituka, according to reports in Portugal via The Independent.

Wamangituka enjoyed a strong season throughout 2018/19, scoring 11 goals in 32 Ligue 2 matches, helping his side reach the playoffs.

The 19-year-old is also being monitored by Marseille, Braga and Barcelona as the race for his signature hots up.

READ: Reds negotiating new loan deal for 22-year-old midfielder

Silas Wamangituka Fundu of Pfc during the Ligue 2 match between Paris FC and Sochaux at Stade Charlety on November 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aude Alcover/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

READ: Liverpool make decision on Alisson Becker understudy

Liverpool have reportedly scouted the Congolese forward earlier in the season and retain an interest in signing him this summer, with Jornal de Notícias suggesting that the Reds are ready to make an offer in the near future.

Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for a new forward with Daniel Sturridge set to leave at the end of the month.

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