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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 23 Feb 08:24

Liverpool defender eyeing long-term Van Dijk partnership

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes he can enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with club-record signing Virgil van Dijk.

The Croatian’s place was seen as being most under threat following the arrival of the £75million Southampton centre-back.

Fitness issues have forced the world’s most expensive defender to miss a couple of games and that has meant manager Jurgen Klopp has had to rotate his centre-back partnerships.

Lovren has played twice with the Holland international and together they have kept one clean sheet and conceded two goals, both against Tottenham with one a contentious penalty.

Joel Matip, widely regarded as likely to be first choice alongside Van Dijk, has played four times with him and conceded five goals, also keeping one clean sheet.

The Lovren-Van Dijk partnership has yet to be beaten with their last outing the 5-0 Champions League win in Porto.

“To be honest I didn’t expect that we would be so quick [to settle] together,” said Lovren.

“But when you are a top centre-back I think it is normal and Virgil is one of them.

“Of course he needs some time to adapt because Southampton to Liverpool is different but he understands what the manager wants – although sometimes I have to remind him also.

“I help him as much as I know. It is a difficult period sometimes to adapt but he is managing it quite well.

“Everyone is behind him and giving him support.”

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 23 Feb 02:08

Liverpool's Firmino enjoys date night with his wife

Liverpool haven't played since their 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the Champions League over a week ago, but return to Premier League action on Saturday at home to West Ham.

Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 23 Feb 01:27

Dejan Lovren hoping for fruitful partnership with Van Dijk

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes he can enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with club-record signing Virgil van Dijk. Lovren is also surprised at how quickly Van Dijk has settled in.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 20:08

Purslow: Liverpool could increase spending in transfer market

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has suggested the club may become more expansive in their approach to spending on transfers.

Purslow helped broker the deal that saw Fenway Sports Group takeover the club from the mismanagement of Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Since that deal in 2010, FSG, led by John W. Henry, has spent prudently, strengthening the playing squad, despite refusing to compete with the huge sums being spent by the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United.

Purslow believes the owners’ approach is an astute one.

He told the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast: “I think the club is in a very stable and improved position. It is financially managed in an extremely skilful, professional and responsible way – and those are words that are near and dear to me as a business person.

“It is prudently managed, and never again could I imagine – certainly under this ownership group – the kind of financial irresponsibility that characterised the previous period.

“That’s important, because it gives you a platform. But you can’t have everything in life, and when you’re up against rivals who have funding models that are limitless, as City do, and in United a competitor that haven’t had some of these distractions and have been able to in the last 15 years gain a huge commercial advantage. Those are very deep-pocketed competitors whose ability to pay wages and fund transfers is higher than Liverpool’s is today.

“I think Liverpool are in rude financial health, and so that would suggest that their par is somewhere between third, fourth and fifth.”

Purslow admits FSG have made mistakes, but the American owners have demonstrated that they have learned their lessons.

“I honestly feel that FSG, like Ronseal, did exactly what it said on the tin when they took over,” he said. “They had an iconic sports team in America, which they had been patient in restoring to its former glory. They had a case study in what not to do at a football club too, let’s face it. They had perhaps the most notorious case study in football history, actually.

“I think they would say that the first two or three years were tough, they made lots of decisions which they learned from.

“I think people know this, and it’s true, but the speed of the sale process was so fast that they didn’t have a lot of time to plan for the future. They were learning on the job. I don’t think they expected to be so in the deep end so quickly.

“Now we are seven-and-a-half years in, they have learnt well, have made big decisions around Anfield, have an A-list manager and a prudent financial approach. Those are the cornerstones of their approach.”

Now they have laid the foundations for future success, FSG may now become “more expansive with their capital” when it comes to the transfer market.

“There will be people – fans, media – who will say they want them to spend more, to buy Paul Pogba for £90m or whatever,” he said. “I think it’s a perfectly reasonable observation, and it might change. They might become more expansive with their capital now they have nailed down their cornerstones.

“The new domestic TV deal provides further stability, and the overseas revenue is likely to exceed last time. So I would have plenty of sympathy for the view that they can afford to be more expansive going forward.

“I’m an investor by background, and so are they, and I think you can make an argument as an investor that the strategy which makes most value for Liverpool in the long run is to make Liverpool a winning club as opposed to an ultra-competitive top club. To do that, you might have to speculate to accumulate.

“They have the potential, without doubt, to fight each year for the Premier League and to go deep and long in the Champions League.

“To shorten those odds by investing more absolute money is the choice they have in front of them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do so, but knowing their background I would be surprised if it wasn’t just a gradual ramping-up – always with the backdrop of financial responsibility.

“And given the circumstances which existed when I was at the club, where we were drowning, nobody wants to go back there.

“Ideally, you want financial rectitude and trophies. The other way, financial prudence and no trophies? That doesn’t feel so great for the average fan.

“Finding that medium is what the business of owning football clubs is all about, and I have to say the American model is about erring on the side of caution, making money, financial sense, common sense, and that isn’t the way Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain are being run, so it’s going to be hard to knock those teams off top spot.”

Purslow believes the appointment of Jurgen Klopp was one of FSG’s smartest decisions and the former club executive has backed the German to deliver the title back to Anfield. .

“It was a coup to get him as manager. Because he fits beautifully with our club in every respect,” Purslow says.

“The way he goes about his work, the way he treats people, the way he plays football, he feels like a brilliant fit.

“And more importantly than that, he has won titles without being the number one spender. And that is the job description at Liverpool.

“We will never be the No.1 spender in English football, and yet we want to be champions. So we have got a manager who believes it isn’t just about the money. You can see that what he believes, I believe it too, and that’s why I think we have got the right person.

“We are well positioned to cement third, fourth on average, over say a five-year period – but do I believe Klopp can deliver the title on any given year? Absolutely!”

 

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 22 Feb 18:42

Liverpool stars train ahead of West Ham league clash

Liverpool's assault on a top-four Premier League finish continued on Thursday as they prepared for the weekend's visit of West Ham by training.

Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 22 Feb 18:11

Gerrard still adjusting to life at Liverpool academy

The former Reds captain Steven Gerrard guided his young side to victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Youth League to set up a quarter-final next month against Manchester City.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 18:04

Euro Paper Talk: Real playmaker tipped to snub Chelsea; Liverpool handed big boost in chase for La Liga star

Chelsea have been tipped to miss out on a Real Madrid playmaker, while Liverpool have been given hope of a summer deal for a top target after he sought showdown talks with Real, according to Thursday’s European papers.

 

CHELSEA SET FOR ASENSIO DISAPPOINTMENT

Real Madrid will not allow playmaker Marco Asensio to join Chelsea this summer, according former MLS star Alejandro Moreno.

The Blues are one of a number of top clubs who are monitoring the Spain star’s situation at the Bernabeu, as Real prepare for a summer clear-out of some of their top stars.

Asensio, however, has been a regular under Zinedine Zidane this season, scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances for the La Liga giants.

And ESPN pundit Moreno believes there is no way that the 22-year-old will allowed to move on at the end of the season.

“I don’t think Real Madrid is in a position to allow a talent like Marco Asensio to go,” the Venezuelan said.

“I think he has been one of the players that has turned Real Madrid around over the last couple of weeks.

“It feels as though this is the sort of player that you can build around rather than just send them somewhere else.

“I think he stays at Real Madrid.”

 

28-SECOND APPEARANCE BRANDED AN INSULT AS STAR ASKS FOR REAL MADRID EXIT

Dani Ceballos has demanded showdown talks with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, according to reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo claim the player is fuming with the Real boss after finally giving him his first taste of first-team football this calendar year during Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Leganes. But the player feels his injury-time introduction, in which he failed to touch the ball, is an insult and is now demanding clarification from Zidane if he has a future at the club.

According to reports, Ceballos will use the meeting to demand the chance to join Liverpool in the summer, should the Reds renew their interest.

It’s suggested he will demand Zidane gives him guarantees and more match action before the season is out – or he will push to leave in the summer.

The player has played only 188 minutes in La Liga games so far this season – not enough for a man considered one of the brightest young talents in Spain.

Ceballos has a €500m release clause in his contract, but it more likely to be valued at around €40million should a move materialise this summer.

Spanish journalist Cristobal Soria, who has a close relationship with the midfielder, meanwhile has told El Chiringuito TV that he was keen to join the Reds in January.

“Ceballos wanted to go to Liverpool in winter and the club wouldn’t let him. Something’s going on,” he said.

“He went on to say that the Spaniard is doing all he can to get more game time.

“He works and sacrifices himself as the most. That’s why he doesn’t understand. But he wants to keep fighting.”

 

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AND THE REST

Manchester United are ready to throw everything at beating Real Madrid to the €200m signing of Neymar – should PSG give any indication they are willing to sell the €250m-rated Brazilian (Don Balon)

Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to sanction a swap deal that would see €105m Barcelona man Ousmane Dembele leave for Atletico Madrid – with Antoine Griezmann moving the other way for his €100m release clause (Diario Gol)

Arsenal and Roma target Yannick Carrasco is close to joining Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid in a €70m deal (Marca)

Emre Can won’t make any decision or announcement over his future while Liverpool remain in the Champions League – in case the Reds draw one of his potential suitors in Juventus, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Manchester City (Tuttosport)

Real Madrid would be willing to sell Gareth Bale this summer should his €90m asking price be met (Marca)

AC Milan have put talks with Antonio Conte on hold – thanks to the success of Gennaro Gattuso (Calciomercato)

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri believes one-time Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski has the potential to be as good as Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne (Corriere dello Sport)

Liverpool target and Valencia loan star star Geoffrey Kondogbia has revealed that if he had the money he would pay his own €25m buyout clause to push through a move away from Inter Milan (Calciomercato)

Gremio midfielder Arthur has confirmed his move to Barcelona is ‘on track’  – but he has not yet signed a deal with the Catalan giants (Diario Gol)

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City have shown interest in longstanding Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax (Mundo Deportivo)

Mauro Icardi’s agent/wife Wanda Nara has given Real Madrid and Manchester United fresh hopes to sign the Argentinean at the end of the season (Corriere dello Sport)

Experienced Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari has earned a contract with Deportivo La Coruna after a successful trial (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Chelsea and Manchester United have received mixed messages over €60m target Alex Sandro (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Zenit defender Domenico Criscito has agreed to make return to Genoa at the end of the season (Il Secolo XIX)

David De Gea has told friends that Jose Mourinho is willing to let him leave for Real Madrid at the end of the season, provided the La Liga giants offer German midfielder Toni Kroos in exchange (Don Balon)

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Barcelona teammates that Liverpool are in the market to sign Karim Benzema (Don Balon)

AC Milan left-back Luca Antonelli is interesting Fiorentina this summer (Gazzetta dello Sport)

 

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 15:07

Klopp miss costly as Liverpool target is compared to De Bruyne

Liverpool have enjoyed plenty of success in the transfer market in recent years – but their failure to land Piotr Zielinski could prove one of their more costly misses.

The Reds have brought in the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez for modest fees in recent years, with both players moving on to Barcelona for a combined fee that has netted the Merseysiders close to a £190m profit.

The likes of Roberto Firmino, Emre Can and Joe Gomez have also proved astute signings for the Reds in recent times – but the club could be left to rue the one that got away in Poland star Zielinski.

The Poland star was one of Jurgen Klopp’s first targets after arriving at Anfield in October 2015, with the German enduring a long drawn out chase for the then-Udinese player in the transfer windows of January 2016 and again that summer.

The player even met with Liverpool officials over a move, but Liverpool’s refusal to pay the £13million asking price let in Napoli and their loss is very much the Neapolitans’ gain.

The 23-year-old has had a good season so far, scoring six times for Serie A title chasers.

Piotr Zielinski: Still wanted at Anfield

His manager Maurizio Sarri is clearly a big fan, even comparing him to Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne.

Sarri told Tuttomercato: “He is an absolute talent, he also has great physical skills and if he grows in the level of personality, he can play in any area of ​​the court, the new De Bruyne.”

It might be quite the claim from Sarri, but it’s clear the Poland midfielder is on the right path and looks destined to move on for a far higher fee should he ever leave Stadio San Paolo.

 

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Liverpool FC News plus Fixtures, Results and Transfer Updates | Mail Online 22 Feb 14:40

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 22 Feb 14:17

Former Liverpool star impressed with Van Dijk?s ?nice arrogance?

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that Virgil van Dijk has already made a big impression in the Anfield dressing room.

The Holland star joined the Reds from Southampton for £75million last month and has become an immediate mainstay of Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have taken turns to partner Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, but it was in the thumping Champions League win over Porto in Portugal that Aldridge really noticed how good the 26-year-old actually is.

“I was urging my old club to sign Van Dijk for a year before they finally got him,” Aldridge told The Herald.

 

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“As I sat in the stands while Jurgen Klopp’s side demolished FC Porto 5-0 in the Champions League last week, a number of missing ingredients have been injected into this team with the signing of this one player.

“Liverpool have lacked leaders in key areas for far too long and while the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane got all the credit after the thumping win in Portugal that all but booked a Champions League quarter-final spot, Van Dijk (along with Jordan Henderson and James Milner) is already established as a vocal presence.

“It is not easy for a player to join a big club like Liverpool and instantly adapt to what is expected of him, but I have been so impressed by Van Dijk’s demeanour on and off the field.

“He has a nice arrogance about him, an authority Liverpool so badly needed and the centre-backs he has played alongside have looked better standing next to him.”

 

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