Jurgen Klopp drops major hint over Liverpool’s deal to sign Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir is on Liverpool’s radar. (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has indicated that Liverpool are ready to make their move for Nabil Fekir after insisting his side need ‘more quality’ and are looking to replace Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool’s midfield will already be bolstered by the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig this summer, but the Champions League finalists are still in the market for further reinforcements.

Reports in France claim that Liverpool are in the driving seat to sign Fekir and are prepared to pay £60 million for the Lyon midfielder.

And Klopp has suggested that he is looking to sign a replacement for Coutinho as he wants an attacking midfielder to support his trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

‘We need more quality,’ Klopp said in an interview with the Daily Mirror.

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‘What do we do? We brought in Naby Keita already, an outstanding player.

‘We will bring in a couple more players, that will happen.

NABIL FEKIR 2017-18 STATS

MINS PLAYED: 3141

GOALS: 23

ASSISTS: 9

‘We played without Adam Lallana and half a season without Philippe Coutinho. Two of the best players in whole Premier League.

‘They didn’t play on the pitch for us.

‘Can you imagine Phil Coutinho still in the team? And we play with the three up front and Phil at No.8, that would have been nice.’

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How can I watch the Champions League final for free through BT Sport and YouTube?

Can Mohamed Salah inspire Liverpool to Champions League glory? (Picture: Getty Images)The world will be watching this Saturday night as Liverpool and Real Madrid contest the 2017/18 Champions League final in Kiev.

With both teams full of attacking flair it looks certain to be a memorable contest in Ukraine, and you will not want to miss out if you haven’t been lucky enough to go the match yourself.

Obviously the match is being shown in the UK, but thankfully, it is also being shown for free!

Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the contest…

Real Madrid go into the match as favourites (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Champions League final?

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Saturday, 26 May with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is the match on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp can make history in Kiev (Picture: Getty Images)But how can I watch it for free?

BT Sport have generously decided to let you stream the match without a subscription.

You can do so through their YouTube channel, on the BT Sport app and on the BT Sport website.

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Pete Oliver, managing director for marketing and sales at BT Consumer, said: ‘This season we have shown some absolutely amazing games and have had some of our biggest games to date with our UEFA Champions League viewing figures up by 47 per cent this season.

‘The final is set to be a classic and we can’t wait to bring it to football fans across the UK.’

What are the Champions League final odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Real Madrid 6/5

Liverpool 21/10

Draw 11/4

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ‘doesn’t deserve’ to face Real Madrid in Champions League final

Can trained on Monday ahead of the game after over two months out of action. (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been advised to omit Emre Can from his squad for this weekend’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Germany international is out-of-contract at the end of the season and is expected to complete a long-anticipated move to Juventus after Saturday’s showcase in Kiev.

Can had been locked in talks with Liverpool over a possible extension but looks set to make-way for Naby Keita, who already has an agreement in place to move to Anfield this summer from RB Leipzig.

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A back injury has prevented Can from playing since mid-March, but having trained on Monday he could be in contention to face Real in what would be a fitting Liverpool swansong.

However, with his move to Juve seemingly just days away, ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge doesn’t want Can anywhere near the club’s preparations for the final.

‘I’m not sure I want Emre Can in the squad for the Champions League final on Saturday because his heart isn’t at Liverpool,” he told Liverpool Echo.

‘It’s a tricky one for the manager. Do you use his experience now he’s fit or do you turn to people whose future is at the club?

Klopp has refused to rule out Can playing a role in Kiev. (Picture: Getty Images)‘A lot of fans wouldn’t want Can on the bench. The club has had a custard pie from him and his agent.

‘He’s been part of the journey to this final but he certainly doesn’t deserve to start against Real Madrid.

‘Why does he want to leave? Money. Is the Italian league better? No. Juventus are a huge club but Liverpool have won the Champions League more times than them. I would question the advice he’s been getting but if he wants to go this summer then go.’

Captain Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum made up Liverpool’s midfield in both legs of the semi-final victory over Roma but they could be broken up if Can proves his fitness before the weekend.

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Klopp confirmed the ex-Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen man was in contention to feature during his pre-match press conference on Monday when he was also pressed on Can’s future – but produced a flat-batted response.

‘No clue. [That’s] not important in the moment, to be honest,’ he said.

‘In this moment, he is 100 per cent here and that is the only thing I’m interested in. Anything else, I really have no idea but that’s not important to me at the moment.’

Lyon president sends warning to Liverpool over Nabil Fekir transfer

Nabil Fekir has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have been sent a warning by the Lyon president as they continue to be heavily linked with a summer move for Nabil Fekir.

Fekir, 24, has emerged as a top target for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and recent reports claimed a deal to bring him to Anfield was close to completion.

But Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas says ‘nothing is done’ and has told Liverpool they must be prepared to break the bank to secure a deal.

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France international Fekir has enjoyed a stunning season in Ligue 1, scoring 23 goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.

‘There has been no contact with Liverpool or any other club so we haven’t discussed the future,’ Aulas told SFR Sport.

‘I know that Nabil, now that we have qualified for the Champions League, would really like to stay, so we will discuss things calmly.

Jurgen Klopp wants to strike a deal with Lyon for the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp considering former Liverpool coach as replacement for Zeljko Buvac

Pepijn Lijnders, who left Liverpool in January, could make a swift return (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is ready to bring former Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders back to Anfield following the shock departure of Zeljko Buvac last month, according to reports.

The Serbian coach, who has been alongside Klopp since they were at Mainz 17 years ago, left the club just days before the Reds’ Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

Buvac is believed to have wanted to become a manager in his own right and was linked with both the Arsenal job and a return to Germany with Frankfurt.

Lijnders, centre, is well liked by Klopp and the Liverpool backroom team (Picture: Getty)However, the Gunners now look set to appoint Mikel Arteta as their successor to Arsene Wenger, while Young Boys coach Adi Hutter is the favourite to land the Frankfurt job.

That leaves Buvac in limbo, and the Daily Mail report that, although he is still currently employed by the club, Liverpool are preparing to reshape their backroom team without Buvac in it.

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Instead, Klopp is giving serious consideration to inviting Lijnders back to Liverpool, with the coach having left Merseyside in January to take charge of NEC Nijmegen.

After failing to win promotion from the Dutch second division, however, the former Academy coach has now left the club.

Lijnders left NEC Nijmegen at the end of the season after missing out on promotion (Getty)Klopp has remained in contact with Lijnders and the pair had a strong relationship, and Liverpool are considering the possibility of having him fill the void left by Buvac.

While Klopp has already given some thought to the makeup of his backroom team, he will not make any appointments until after the Champions League final a week on Saturday.

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What TV channel is the Champions League final on? Live stream, date, time and odds for Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Liverpool have romped into the Champions League final (Picture: AP Photo/Dave Thompson)Liverpool fans still have over a week to wait till the biggest game of their season as they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

After a thrilling run through the competition, the Reds now head to Kiev to take on the Spanish superstars in what could be a classic final.

A lucky few will be in Ukraine watching the match live, but for the rest of us who are staying at home, we will have to find ourselves a television screen.

Here is where will be showing the game and everything else you need to know…

Will Cristiano Ronaldo be celebrating in a Champions League final yet again? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When is the Champions league final?

The final will be held on Saturday 26 May 2018 with kick off at 7.45pm BST.

It will be held at  the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.

How to watch the final

BT Sport will be providing coverage of the final but they not yet released full details of the schedule.

There will be a live stream available for BT Sport customers who can watch the match through the BT Sport Player or on BTSport.com.

Can Jurgen Klopp create history? (Picture : AFP/Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Real Madrid 11/10

Liverpool 9/5

Draw 13/5

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New Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to contact Jurgen Klopp over move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

Steven Gerrard was appointed as Rangers boss earlier in the month (Picture: Getty)Steven Gerrard wants to convince Jurgen Klopp to allow Rangers to sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke on loan next season, reports say.

Liverpool legend Gerrard was announced as the new Rangers boss earlier in the month and he is already busy preparing for the 2018-19 campaign.

The 37-year-old, who will be joined at the Ibrox Stadium by former Reds midfielder Gary McAllister, has his sights set on attacking reinforcements.

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The Daily Record say he wants Solanke and Jermaine Defoe to spearhead his Rangers attack next season as he bids to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

Solanke, 20, has started just six games for Liverpool this season following his summer move from Chelsea and Klopp may decide that a loan stint at Rangers would be worthwhile.

Gerrard is also keen to secure a deal for Premier League goalscorer great Defoe, who moved to Bournemouth from Sunderland last year.

Gerrard wants to secure a loan deal for Dominic Solanke (Picture: AFP)

Rangers are also interested in striking a deal for Jermaine Defoe (Picture: Getty)The Cherries are confident Defoe will see out his contract, which expires in 2020, but could be open to the possibility of sending him on loan to rediscover his form following a difficult campaign.

After his unveiling at Rangers, Gerrard also reportedly identified Martin Skrtel as a target for the club.

The Slovakia legend played over 300 games for Liverpool during his eight-year stay at Anfield and could leave Fernerbache this summer.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold reveals how Jurgen Klopp told him he’d made England World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate gave the honour of breaking the news to the Liverpool boss (Picture: Getty)Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that manager Jurgen Klopp broke the news of his place in England’s World Cup squad just before Liverpool departed for their training camp in Marbella.

The Reds will spend four days in Spain ahead of the Champions League final, though Alexander-Arnold got a surprise on the day of their flight when he was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The 19-year-old has only previously represented the Three Lions at youth level, and Southgate was keen to let Klopp have the honour of revealing the news to Alexander-Arnold.

Alexander-Arnold is yet to play for England at senior level (Picture: Getty)Speaking about his inclusion to Liverpool’s official website, he said: ‘I’m honoured, excited and feeling really proud.

‘It was an unbelievable moment to find out I was going to go to the World Cup, especially at a young age. It’s probably capped off a really good season for me.

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‘I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane.

‘He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, “no” and he said, “Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?” I was like, “No, no holidays or anything…”

‘He said to me, “OK, good… You’re in the squad!” It was a really proud moment. On England’s behalf, it was nice of them to let the manager tell me.’

Alexander-Arnold has established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice right-back (Getty)Klopp added: ‘Gareth Southgate gave me a call this morning and told me that I am allowed to tell him, but then I had some press work to do and didn’t have time.

‘So, in the bus to the plane, I saw Trent for the first time. I thought maybe he knew already and someone else had called him.

‘I had the honour of telling him and it was nice to see his eyes. It’s fantastic, it’s well deserved, what a season. What a season!’

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Naby Keita pictured wearing Liverpool scarf ahead of official transfer

Naby Keita is preparing for his move to Liverpool. (Instagram)Naby Keita has been pictured wearing a Liverpool scarf ahead of his transfer to Anfield.

The midfielder will officially complete his move on July 1 after Liverpool agreed a deal with RB Leipzig last summer.

Keita’s final transfer fee depended on the success of RB Leipzig’s season and after the German club finished sixth in the Bundesliga, Liverpool will now pay around £52.75 million for the Guinea international.

Liverpool were facing the prospect of paying £59m for Keita if RB Leipzig finished in a Champions League place.

Keita will officially link up with his new Liverpool teammates for the start of their pre-season campaign.

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But Jurgen Klopp has invited Keita to Kiev for Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

‘Bringing him in the dining room and saying: ‘Boys, he will play for you next season!’ doesn’t really make any sense. It’s not my first problem, but I will think about it,” Klopp said last week.

‘I have not been thinking about things like this, but if Naby is reading this and he wants to come with us to the final, he is invited!

‘Hopefully, Naby will have a big effect on the team immediately because of his quality.

‘This was a difficult season for Naby in Germany, and for Leipzig, in general but he still had outstanding performances.

‘Maybe not the same number as last year, but the whole Leipzig team didn’t do exactly the same as last year either.’

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Mohamed Salah will get even better next season, warns Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is tipping Mohamed Salah to get even better (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s Premier League rivals that Mohamed Salah could get even better next season.

The Egyptian was crowned PFA Player of the Year after an astonishing campaign for the Reds that saw him break the record for the most goals ever scored in a 38-game season.

Salah’s been the driving force behind Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final and he scored 40% of the club’s Premier League goals this term.

However, Klopp believes the 25-year-old is young enough to keep improving and says Salah can get even better in the next campaign.

Salah broke the record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League season (Picture: Getty)‘He has played this season outstandingly, but he is young enough and has enough potential to improve.

‘That’s really good news for all of us and him as well. He still has work to do, and I am really happy about that. But what he is in his mind is a real goal-getter and that’s cool. He wants to. I’ll mix it up in a few moments and there’ll be goals again

‘I have no idea of numbers now because obviously it’s difficult to score that many goals otherwise other people would have done it already.

‘I’m happy for him that he gets the Golden Boot. But it’s very important that he has two weeks to prepare for our biggest game so far, that’s for sure. It’s a massive one.’

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Liverpool confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League with a 4-0 win against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Reds now have a 12-day break before they take on Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League in Kiev.

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