The Liverpool Tribune: July 2017 ".
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

SIGN KEITA ON A PRE-CONTRACT AND GET VAN DIJK FOR £70 MILLION

Despite Liverpool having made serious attempts to land RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita for a final figure of £75 million, they have failed in their bids to sign him this Season.


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I would suggest that Liverpool should instead try to tie him on a deal for next Season when his £48 million release clause comes into force.

Liverpool should instead look to buy Virgil Van Gijk for whatever money that selling club Southampton are looking for: £60 to £75 million, without tapping him up again.




Go about it the right way Reds, make an official bid, have it rejected, make a higher bid, have it accepted and we land ourselves a quality centre back as the current players Lovren, Klavan and Matip are collectively not good enough and need replacing Matip excluded.

Get it done Liverpool, whatever it takes.


Friday, 21 July 2017

VAN DIJK LOOKS SET TO JOIN LIVERPOOL AS HE IS BANISHED FROM TRAINING BY SOUTHAMPTON

Virgil van Dijk has in effect gone on strike at Southampton in an attempt to force a transfer to Liverpool, according to Mauricio Pellegrino. The manager said that the Dutch defender had told him he wanted to leave and was not available to play for the club. Pellegrino has responded by ordering the Holland international to train alone, away from his team-mates.







It now looks like a matter of when rather than if the talented Dutch centre back will join Liverpool. The Saints want a sizeable £75 million for the player they signed from Celtic for around £13 million in 2015.

So the Buy and Sell Merchants at Southampton stand to make another large profit on a player they have bought on the cheap if this deal goes through.

It remains that Van Dijk has still to hand in a formal transfer request before Liverpool can lodge the probable figure of £70 million needed to get the quality defender.
Otherwise, Southampton will accuse the Reds of tapping up their player once more to the Premier League.

Lets get this deal sorted if we are to be serious contenders for the League Title this Season.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

BARCELONA BID £72 MILLION TO BUY COUTINHO FROM LIVERPOOL

Barcelona have revived their interest in Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.They have bid €80 million (£72 million) for Coutinho but Liverpool have rejected it and want to keep their star man.

Barcelona will try again with a bid above the £75 million they paid the Reds for Luis Suarez with Neymar keen on the deal bringing his fellow Countryman to the Spanish giants.



This was always an annoying possibility as Coutinho is one of the most gifted attacking midfielders in the Premier League and was bound to attract the interest of Barca or Real Madrid sooner rather than later.

While Liverpool themselves have been bidding big sums on Naby Keita of RG Leipzig to no avail, Barcelona want Coutinho to join up with Luis Suarez again at the Nou Camp.

Let us hope that the little magician from Brazil rejects their overtures for another Season and remains a Liverpool player for another vital campaign in the Premier League.


Friday, 14 July 2017

LUCAS LEIVA IS LEAVING LIVERPOOL FOR LAZIO

One of Liverpool's unsung hero's Lucas, the original boy from Brazil, signed from his home club Gremio by Rafa Benitez back in 2005 is the subject of a £5 million bid by Italian side Inter Milan.




At first he didn't impress Liverpool fans with his clumsy tackles and ineffectual performances in midfield as a partner to Captain Steven Gerrard. However, as time went on as Lucas got accustomed to the demands of the break-neck speed of the Premier League, he began to gain something approaching cult-status with the Anfield following and supporters around the World.
His no-nonsense approach and tough tackling which usually earned him a yellow card in almost every game he played for the Reds epitomized his commitment to Liverpool FC and the City itself which he has grown to love over the years.

Although he has never won a trophy despite Liverpool winning League Cups when he was cruelly injured, he was awarded a special commemoration of his ten years of service to Liverpool Football Club last Season by Kenny Dalglish as a gesture to the Brazilian.

A £5 million fee has been agreed between Liverpool and Lazio for the player's transfer. I am sure that an agreement can be reached by both clubs and Lucas himself as he looks forward to a new chapter in his career.


 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SALAH SCORES AGAINST HIS NEW TEAM LIVERPOOL

THE CHAMPIONS CUP 2016



Dear Readers,

Did you all know that our new signing Momo Salah actually scored the winning goal against us in The Champions Cup last Summer while he was a Roma player?







Yes, our newest recruit scored the winner as AS Roma beat an experimental pre-Season Liverpool team 2-1 in The Champions Cup last August as Sheye Ojo's goal was cancelled out by Edin Dzeko and our new man Salah bagged himself a winner against his new team this year.

Funny old game, keep banging the goals in Momo Salah for Liverpool once you get back from your visa issues, (madness that).




Saturday, 8 July 2017

VAN DIJK HAS REQUESTED A TRANSFER TO LIVERPOOL


Virgil Van Dijk is reportedly ready to force Southampton’s hand by pushing for a move to Anfield this Summer, snubbing the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the process.
The ambitious Dutch defender has his sights set firmly on a transfer move to Anfield despite the Reds being reprimanded by the Premier League earlier in the Summer for tapping up the defender.





If Van Dijk formally submits a transfer request at St Mary's then Southampton will have little option other than accept a bid upwards of £50 million for the cultured Dutch defender.

Van Dijk is a classy centre-back who moved from Celtic to Southampton last Season after a poor European experience by the Hoops in which they were knocked out of the Champions League and then the Europa League by average opponents.

So the Dutchman craves success and is prepared to move around to achieve it.

Let us hope he finds it with Liverpool FC.

Friday, 7 July 2017

NABY KEITA DEAL NOW DEAD IN THE WATER


Liverpool's hopes of signing RB Leipzig's Naby Kieta now appear to be over according to a hardline statement from Ralf Rangnick issued on Friday where he stated that even a sum of £100 million would not interest Leipzig into selling the player to Liverpool.



Keita, who has attracted the interest of many of Europe's elite, is open to an Anfield switch to advance his career - a message that has been communicated to the Bundesliga club.
However, the response received from Ralf Rangnick has been strong and consistent: No exit will be sanctioned.

Initial indications were that a figure in the region of £50 million would be enough for Liverpool to make Leipzig reconsider their stance over the Guinea international, before sources suggested that Ralf Rangnick spoke with Die Bullen saying Red Bull Leipzig are not enticed by financial reward and even setting a new record for a transfer in Germany would not tempt them into a sale.

It was also widely reported that Keita has a £48m release fee that can be triggered next summer, but Rangnick has dismissed all these claims and reiterated the club’s hardline position.

“There are no players in our squad who have an exit clause,” he said at a press briefing.
“I will repeat it one more time, we will not sell any of our key players. There are a lot of reports about there being a certain figure where we could be open to a sale, but they are all false.
“We are not selling anyone even if we are talking about a three-figure transfer fee and the players know that.
“I have already said that before and nothing has changed in that aspect.
“It is only normal that there is interest in our players after a season like this, also because of what guys like Keita  has done for his national team.  That does not change our stance.
“There is no reason for the players to leave, we have directly qualified for the Champions League.”

So that seems to finally it then Reds fans, no signing of Keita.

Midfield newcomers are needed, if they are good enough.



Sunday, 2 July 2017

THIS TORTUOUS TRANSFER WINDOW TRUNDLES ON

So we signed Salah for £35 million, we are after Naby Keita for £70 million and got our fingers rapped for tapping up Virgil Van Dijk in another possible £70 million move.

At least Liverpool are going for quality players and not just Markovic and Aquilani type gambles that never worked before.



The more I hear about this Naby Keita player at Leipzig, the more I am impressed.A box to box player, sturdy in a tackle, dazzling in attack, good purchase if we can do it, if he costs around £70 million or less, get it done Liverpool. We desperately need this player if we are to challenge for trophies this Season. 

The cat and mouse games over Van Dijk of Southampton continues, Liverpool's absolute apology was issued for tapping up the defender which was reported to the Premier League a couple of weeks ago. But that doesn't mean we can't sign him before the transfer window shuts later this Summer.



If we manage to acquire Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk along with Mo Salah this Summer then it will be some piece of £180 million business by FSG and Jurgen Klopp. Lets hope it happens.






Saturday, 1 July 2017

NABY KEITA SET TO JOIN LIVERPOOL IN £50+ MILLION DEAL

RB Leipzig are believed to have began serious negotiations with Liverpool over the sale of their prized young midfielder Naby Keita.




Given that both teams are about to enter the Champion's League this coming Season, there had been major doubts about Keita's transfer to any club, let alone Jurgen Klopp's side this term but with personal terms and wages already agreed with the player this week, the only hold-up would appear to be the price at which Leipzig are willing to sell the star midfielder.


With eight goals and eight assists in his 31 league appearances for the club last season, Keita was one of the most prolific players in a team packed with attacking talent. 
He could not only direct an attack from the edge of the final third, but also pop up as a poacher in the penalty area. 

Little wonder then that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are after the Ghanian International.

The opening bid of £50 million is probably too little for Keita, closer to £70 million will need to be lodged in Leipzig's coffers in order to seal the deal for this quality player.




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