Mohamed Salah was the only Liverpool player to be named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year that was officially released today.
Last year, Liverpool had only one representative as well in the form of Sadio Mane, who misses out this year. The common players from the 2017 and 2018 lists are Man Utd goalkeeper David de Gea, Man City right back Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.
Salah crossed 40 goals for the seaon across all competitions against Bournemouth this weekend, becoming the first player in England to do so since Ronaldo a decade ago, and the first Liverpool player to achieve the feat since Ian Rush in the 80’s.
We had reported a couple of days ago that the German press were linking Liverpool with a move for Timo Werner in the summer, but if the Echo is to be believed, the Reds are in fact, NOT interested in acquiring the player with Jurgen Klopp thinking of promoting promising youngster Rhian Brewster to the first team in 2018/19.
After the winter departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool have a front three of Mane, Firmino and Salah but their replacements aren’t at the same level (perennially injured Sturridge, currently out on loan, Ings and young Solanke), which would make another signing quite understandable.
If the press in Germany are to be believed, Liverpool are keeping tabs on Leipzig’s young striker Timo Werner. The Reds have already agreed a deal with the German outfit to sign Naby Keita in the summer and now allegedly have the striker on their wishlist too.
Werner could potentially fit in well with Liverpool- they have a German manager in Klopp and have a front three (Salah, Mane, Firmino) whom Klopp is reluctant to rotate owing to the drop in quality of their replacements.
A transfer fee of something close to the 100 million euro mark has been mooted. Werner recently helped Leipzig claim their first ever victory over Bayern, but RBL might not be willing to sell two key players in the same transfer window.
Liverpool went temporarily second in the Premier League as they easily saw off the challenge of West Ham at Anfield. West Ham under Moyes had proven to be no easy beats for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City, but they collapsed in the second half at Anfield, extending Moyes’ winless run as manager at the ground to 15 games (7 draws, 8 defeats)
Liverpool’s front trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino all got on the scoresheet, and many records were broken by the Reds during the game
West Ham gave a debut to Patrice Evra and Moyes’ plan seemed to revolve around playing a strong defensive five and relying on the counter attacking skills of loanee Joao Mario, the returning Manuel Lanzini and the immensely talented Marko Arnautovic, who has been in the form of his life since Moyes’ arrival Continue reading
How about a back four of Clyne, Alderweireld, Van Dijk and Robertson? Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it?
Well, that dream could become a reality for Liverpool fans, with the Times reporting that Spurs are ready to listen to offers for Toby Alderweireld after negotiations over a new contract stalled. The Belgian reportedly wants to be on £150,000/week, and the Lilywhites don’t want to break their wage structure for the 29 year old. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is also in favour of the board’s decision.
It would seem to be a no brainer to go for Alderweireld, who at 29, is still one of the best centre backs in the business, and would definitely be an upgrade on the likes of Klavan and Lovren and even Joel Matip. Whether Spurs would be willing to sell to a league rival is another matter altogether, but they did sell Kyle Walker to Man City £50m not too long ago. Alderweireld is also in the last year of his contract with the Lilywhites. Continue reading
Mo Salah notched up his 30th goal of the season as Liverpool’s first knockout Champions League game in nearly a year saw them demolish Porto in Lisbon.
Senegal international Mane became the first Reds player to score a European away hat trick since Michael Owen in 2002, netting in the 25th, 53rd and 85th minutes of the game Continue reading