Liverpool consider £18million transfer for Nick Pope after checks on goalkeeper

Liverpool are monitoring Nick Pope (Picture: Reuters)Liverpool have run background checks on Burnley’s Nick Pope as the Reds weigh up moving for the goalkeeper, according to reports.

Pope capped a breakout season for Burnley by clinching a spot in England’s World Cup squad as the Three Lions’ reserve stopper.

The 26-year-old stood in for the injured Tom Heaton at the start of last season, and went on to collect 12 clean sheets and help Burnley finish seventh in the Premier League.

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Liverpool are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer, but have been knocked back by their top targets.

Roma star Alisson and Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak are out of Liverpool’s reach and Jurgen Klopp has been forced to redraw his target list.

The Mirror claim Pope now occupies a spot on that list and Liverpool have already run background checks on the Englishman.

Pope took over the No.1 spot at Burnley last September (Picture: Getty)

The Englishman flourished in Tom Heaton’s absence (Picture: Getty)A move to Liverpool would cap a remarkable year for Pope, and the Reds have been enquiring about his personality and mentality.

Liverpool have also been linked with Stoke’s Jack Butland and Lazio stopper Thomas Strakosha.

Burnley rate Pope at £18million, which would make the former Charlton goalkeeper the cheapest option on Klopp’s target list.

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Pope is in Russia with England at the World Cup (Picture: AP)

(Picture: Getty)Liverpool stepped up their pursuit of a new No.1 after Loris Karius’ horror show in the Champions League final.

Two costly errors derailed any hope of a Liverpool upset and seems to have at the very least lost Karius the No.1 spot at Anfield.

Liverpool have been put off by the asking prices for Alisson and Oblak, but are expected to sign a new goalkeeper this summer.

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Nabil Fekir hits back at Liverpool over ‘failed’ medical

Nabil Fekir was set to join Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Lyon forward Nabil Fekir insists his knee is ‘super good’ after his move to Liverpool broke down over a disagreement about his long-term fitness.

The Frenchman was expected to complete a £53m move to Anfield but the Reds were concerned about Fekir’s knee during his medical in Paris.

Though Fekir technically passed his medical, Liverpool wanted to renegotiate a reduced fee with Lyon that acknowledged the supposed weakness in his knee after his ACL reconstruction.

However, Fekir insists he’s back to his previous level after knee surgery and refused to deny Liverpool wanted to agree a lower fee in light of his medical.

Liverpool were concerned by Fekir’s medical (Picture: AP)‘My knee is super-good. We work a lot on it, we reinforce it. But I honestly feel like before my injury,’ said Fekir.

Asked whether Liverpool trying to lower a fee for him after his medical, Fekir smirked and said: ‘You know I am here with France, I am happy, and I am not here to discuss my personal situation. We will see about all that later’.

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Fekir’s agent last night revived the chance of him moving to Liverpool by claiming his move to Anfield is ‘not over’.

‘He didn’t sign because um… it is not over! This is not the end of the story,’ said Jean-Pierre Bernes.

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Nabil Fekir’s agent gives Liverpool hope of completing transfer

Nabil Fekir has been linked with Liverpool for much of the summer (Picture: Getty)The agent of Lyon star Nabil Fekir has hinted that the forward could still join Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool have been linked with Fekir for several weeks and were on the cusp of signing the 24-year-old only for a £53million deal to be called off earlier this month.

While Fekir is understood to have agreed personal terms with the Reds, Lyon have insisted that the Frenchman will be going nowhere ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

However, Fekir’s representative, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has given Liverpool hope of landing the attacking midfielder.

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Asked about Liverpool’s pursuit of the France international, Bernes said: ‘Um he didn’t sign because um… it is not over!

‘This is not the end of the story.’

Nabil Fekir is with France’s national team at the World Cup (Picture: Getty)In an official statement earlier this month, Lyon claimed that Fekir’s move to Anfield was off.

‘Lyon is announcing that the negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of the Lyon captain have not succeeded,’ the statement read.

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‘And Lyon have decided to put an end to the negotiations tonight at 8 p.m.

‘Although Liverpool have been Nabil’s priority among a number of offers from ambitious clubs, Lyon are overjoyed that they can count on the presence of their captain, who will be a significant part of their 2018-19 season as they enter the Champions League after finishing in third.’

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Arsenal and Liverpool target Hirving Lozano ready for Premier League move

Hirving Lozano of Mexico during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow, Russia(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)Mexico’s Hirving Lozano is ready for a move to the Premier League, amid interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to his national team coach.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a £42m move to the English top flight pair after enjoying a fruitful first season with PSV Eindhoven.

Lozano went a long way to justifying that price tag by netting the winner as Mexico shocked holders Germany in their World Cup opener on Sunday.

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And his manager Carlos Osorio is predicting big things for the forward, who is braced for a big role with his country this summer.

‘I think Hirving, since he moved to PSV Eindhoven, I think he has made the next step up,” Osorio told Sky Sports. ‘He’s an unbelievable prospect.

‘His pace, his ability to take people on makes me believe that he is a player that will go very far, hopefully he can show that in the next game.

‘I just think that whoever takes a chance on him will do well. His pace and again his ability to take people on, he can play in any league and any place.

‘I think he will be able to – and he has the tools to play – in the Premier League.’

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Lozano netted 19 goals and contributed 11 assists in all competitions for PSV last term, his first campaign in a major European league after leaving Pachuca last summer.

Everton, Manchester United and West Ham United have also been linked with Lozano, who can play on either wing or centrally and the volume of suitors tracking the player is likely to swell this summer should his impressive performances continue.

For the time being, Lozano’s focus will be on helping Mexico qualify for the last 16 at the World Cup. They face South Korea in their second group game on Saturday before their concluding group match against Sweden next week.

Liverpool considering the £35 million release clause of Porto star defender Alex Telles

Telles is an important part of the Porto starting XI (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are interested in signing Porto defender Alex Telles, according to Portuguese media outlet A Bola.

Telles, who reportedly has a release clause of £35 million, has been a Porto player since his switch from Galatasary in 2016 for £5.7 million and has gone on to make 62 appearances for the club.

Despite a decent stint for the Portuguese team, the 25-year-old had a far less successful time for Galatasary who loaned him out to Inter Milan.

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Inter Milan were equally unimpressed with Telles and decided against making his transfer permanent.

However, Telles seems to be much improved in Portugal and has reportedly caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool who are keen to strengthen in the full-back areas.

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The Brazilian bagged three goals and 13 assists for Porto during their most recent league campaign, and played 42 times in all competitions including seven times in the Champions League.

Spurs, Chelsea and Juventus are also said to be monitoring his services after a successful 12 months, but Liverpool has emerged as the likliest destination of all the clubs at the moment.

If Telles does land at Anfield, he’s likely to battle it out with Andy Robertson for a starting spot, with many suspecting Alberto Moreno could be forced to leave if he wants regular football.

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Liverpool suffer Alisson blow as Roma set to agree fee with Real Madrid over transfer instead

Alisson has played 27 times for Brazil (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid and Roma could finally reach an agreement for the transfer of Alisson Becker, according to reports from the Spanish media outlet Marca.

Madrid’s initial offer of £43.8 million plus bonuses was considerably short of Roma’s £61.3 million valuation, but the two clubs are said to have now agreed on a fee.

The two sides are expected to settle in the middle at £52.6 million, much to the disappointment of Liverpool who are also heavily interested in the Brazilian goalkeeper.

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Alisson is currently under contract with Roma until 2021, but it’s known that he wants to leave to a bigger club despite a brilliant season for the Serie A side in which he played a vital role in them reaching the Champions League semi-final.

He played 61 games over the course of the 2017/18 season, including 37 of Roma’s 38 league games.

The 25-year-old is now currently on international duty at the World Cup for Brazil, and he started ahead of other strong option Ederson in their opening game against Switzerland on Sunday.

Brazil’s next game is against Costa Rica in Group E before a final match against Serbia.

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Gary Neville SLAMS Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri for being ‘unprofessional’

Shaqiri played in Switzerland’s 1-1 draw vs Brazil on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has admitted he’s not a fan of Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri and branded him ‘unprofessional’.

Shaqiri endured a dismal season for Stoke in the Premier League which eventually ended in relegation to the Championship.

Since the club’s relegation, Shaqiri has been attracting attention from a host of other clubs, including Liverpool.

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However, Neville insists he’s not as good as people think he is.

‘I’m not a fan of Shaqiri to be honest with you,’ Neville said. ‘I think that was to be fair made worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke.

‘They were unprofessional last season Stoke there’s no doubt and he epitomises it.

‘He could score the goal of the tournament and he could have the most amazing game.

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‘But he could also be there for three matches, do nothing and just amble and wobble around.

‘To be honest with you, with him, players like that I can’t have. I struggle with it.’

Switzerland face Serbia in their second game on Friday evening before finishing their group campaign against Costa Rica.

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Edinson Cavani reveals his class reason for wanting Mohamed Salah’s shirt

Mohamed Salah and Edinson Cavani swapped shirts after the final whistle (Picture: AP)Uruguay Edinson Cavani revealed that he asked for Mohamed Salah’s shirt as his children are fans of the Egypt forward.

Salah, who is working his way back to full fitness, had to watch on from the bench as Jose Gimenez scored an 89th-minute winner for Uruguay in Ekaterinburg.

Liverpool’s talisman is expected to return for Egypt’s next Group A clash with Russia after recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League final.

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While Salah did not feature on Friday, Cavani managed to track the forward down after the final whistle.

‘I took Salah’s shirt as a gift for my children, who also see him as a star,’ the Uruguay striker explained.

Edinson Cavani’s kids are big fans of Mohamed Salah (Picture: AP)

Mohamed Salah is expected to start against Russia (Picture: AP)Cavani admitted that Uruguay have room for improvement following their World Cup opener.

‘A draw would have left a bitter taste because Uruguay deserved to win,’ he claimed.

‘We created a lot of chances, maybe without playing so well and in a moment we all fell into the feeling that the ball did not want to enter the net.

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‘We won and that is what matters. We are happy although we know that we have things to improve.

‘Now we have to rest and think on Wednesday.’

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Chelsea given chance to sign Nabil Fekir ahead of Liverpool

Nabil Fekir has been reportedly offered to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals. (Getty Images)Lyon have offered Chelsea the chance to sign Nabil Fekir ahead of Liverpool, according to reports.

The France international came close to completing a £53 million switch to Anfield only for the deal to be called off last week.

Fekir had agreed personal terms and had even chosen his squad number but Liverpool opted to pull out of the deal after concerns were raised about the midfielder’s right knee, which was operated on twice inside the space of a year due to a cruciate ligament rupture.

According to The Sun, Lyon remain open to selling Fekir but have raised the player’s asking price to £66m.

The report also claims that Fekir has been offered to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals after they pulled out of the move.

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Last week, L’Equipe claimed that were not completely satisfied with the results of his medical and attempted to renegotiate Fekir’s valuation with Lyon.

The midfielder required surgery after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture in September 2015 and he needed a second operation on the same knee nearly a year later.

Fekir made 40 appearances for Lyon last season, scoring 23 goals and registering eight assists.

The 24-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in France’s 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

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World Cup fans celebrate BBC decision to mute Phil Neville’s view on VAR after France beat Australia

Joshua Risdon’s foul on Antoine Griezmann resulted in a penalty for France (Picture: Getty)Football fans celebrated the BBC’s ‘decision’ to mute Phil Neville with the former Manchester United defender ready to launch into a rant against VAR.

The controversial system helped award France the penalty which broke the deadlock in Saturday’s Group C opening game between France and Australia.

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Referee Andres Cunha’s original decision not to penalise Joshua Risdon for a foul on Antoine Griezmann was overturned and the Atletico Madrid forward converted the resulting penalty.

Mile Jedinak drew the Socceroos level almost immediately afterwards with a spot kick of his own, before Paul Pogba stole the win for an underwhelming France side with a deflected lob 10 minutes from full time.

VAR correctly awarded a penalty to France (Picture: Getty)

Paul Pogba scored France’s winning goal with 10 minutes remaining (Picture: Getty)Afterwards, Neville, now the manager of the England women’s national team, was asked for his opinion on VAR but was cut short after declaring he ‘wasn’t a fan’ of the system, despite its implementation resulting in a correct decision.

Having been subjected to the complaints of co-commentator Mark Lawrenson for 90 minutes it came as blessed relief for most onlookers when the screen went blank with Neville in full Luddite mode…

Phil Neville’s analysis of VAR is the worst thing I’ve ever heard
— Shane (@shanewalters91) June 16, 2018

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