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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When does the transfer window open and close over summer 2018?

Transfer speculation over Willian is already rife (Picture: Getty Images)The Premier League season may be over, but we still have the Champions League final and World Cup to look forward to, not to mention the usual summer excitement surrounding transfers.

Thankfully we are being treated to actual football this summer, but that won’t stop the hype around which players are coming and going from all the major leagues across the world.

Speculation is already rife over the future of some players and we can expect some huge deals to go down this summer, but when can they be done?

Here is everything you need to know…

Will Anthony Martial be on the move this summer? (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer window open?

The transfer window is already open!

Yes, it was officially unlocked and pushed ajar on 17 May, but this is only for domestic transfers.

International transfers can only be made from midnight on 8 June (when FIFA’s Transfer Matching System opens).

Emre Can looks likely to leave Liverpool (Picture: PA)When does the transfer window close?

The window closes at 5pm on 9 August.

This is earlier than in previous years as clubs wanted to avoid disruption after the season starts on 11 August.

However, they can still sell players to foreign clubs after this deadline, until the deadlines in other countries are reached.

Liverpool to begin talks with Lyon over £60m Nabil Fekir transfer after Champions League final with Real Madrid

Nabil Fekir is aware of Liverpool’s interest. (Getty Images)Liverpool plan to begin talks with Lyon over the signing of Nabil Fekir after their Champions League final against Real Madrid, according to reports in France.

The 24-year-old has been in sublime form for Lyon this season with 23 goals and nine assists in all competitions.

According to L’Equipe, Fekir will be leaving Lyon this summer and is fully aware of Liverpool’s interest.

But the report claims that Liverpool have asked Lyon to put negotiations on hold until after their Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday evening.

Whilst Lyon are prepared to allow Fekir to leave for a fee in the region of £60 million, the French club are adamant that the midfielder’s exit will not spark an exodus.

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Fekir was in tears and consoled by teammates after the final whistle of Lyon’s final Ligue 1 match on Saturday.

When asked if it was his final game for the club, Fekir replied: ‘Maybe. Frankly, I don’t know.

‘I spent an exceptional season here with the player, the fans and the staff. It ended beautifully.

‘You have to pass a course, it’s true. I think I gave everything in Lyon. Now it’s time to look into the future.’

Lyon are open to selling Fekir this summer. (AFP/Getty Images)Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulashas also indicated that the club are prepared to sell Fekir this summer.

‘We wanted to see which competition we would be playing next season before discussing it,’ he said.

‘I am someone who always respects my players’ wishes once they have brought what they have brought, like Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette.

‘We will discuss to see what Nabil wants.’

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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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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool rival Manchester City in race to sign Jorginho from Napoli

Jorginho is wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. (Getty Images)Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are competing with Manchester City to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

The 26-year-old, who is valued at £60 million, is one of Europe’s most in-demand midfielders following his impressive season in Serie A.

Jorginho is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets for the summer transfer window and City are understood to be confident of winning the race for the Italy international.

But the midfielder’s representative has confirmed that City face competition from three other Premier League sides, even though Arsenal have yet to appoint Arsene Wenger’s successor, while Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain.

‘I’m in Brazil, nobody called me from Naples, but English teams have called me, Liverpool, Manchester City, but also Arsenal and Chelsea,’ Joao Santos told Italian station Radio CRC.

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‘It depends on Napoli and sports director Giuntoli.

‘Of course it is not difficult to find agreements with teams like these.

‘I don’t know if Maurizio Sarri’s possible exit would speed up Jorginho’s transfer, for Napoli it will be positive to capitalise on the offers then we will talk.

‘I don’t know if Jorginho’s future depends on Sarri’s future.’

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Jamie Carragher gives Jurgen Klopp Liverpool transfer advice for this summer

Carragher played 38 times for England (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool need to sign at least one more forward while also strengthening Liverpool’s central midfield this summer.

The Reds take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26, and while all eyes are on that remaining fixture, Carragher believes they are still far from the finished product.

He told Goal: ‘You have to be concerned. I thought the squad was very good at the start of the season, but I think what it lacks is cover for the front three. When one of them misses out, the quality coming in is not enough.

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‘[Naby] Keita will add quality to the midfield, but I think we do still lack a little bit since [Philippe] Coutinho went in terms of that final pass. Defensively we’re fine in terms of numbers, but I think we need something more in the final third.

‘We don’t need a striker. We need a multi-functional player. Another Mane, if you like.

‘You could probably play Mane up front if you wanted to. He can play left, right or up front, like someone like Alexis Sanchez can.

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‘There’s no point bringing in a striker to cover for Firmino and sitting him on the bench. You need someone who can come in and cover for one or two players with quality, start games when he needs to and compete with the others.’

Jurgen Klopp has made some successful signings for the club since his arrival, bringing in Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk and this year’s Player of the Season Mohamed Salah.

Their first player to land in Liverpool this summer will be Keita to help shore up the midfield from RB Leipzig, but they are yet to disclose any other plans yet.

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the Premier League’s best player

Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, says Ander Herrera. (Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera claims Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League.

The Spain international is preparing to face the Belgian this Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Antonio Conte’s men in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned PFA Player of the Year after an impressive season at Liverpool, while the Egyptian also won the Premier League’s Golden Boot with his record-breaking 32-goal campaign.

But Herrera believes Hazard should still be considered the division’s best player.

‘For me, Hazard is the best player in the league,’ the United midfielder said on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter.

Mohamed Salah is considered the Premier League’s best after his impressive season. (Getty Images)

Herrera impressed against Hazard at Old Trafford last season. (AFP/Getty Images)More: Football

‘In my opinion he’s the best player in the league, I’ve said that since my first day here.’

Herrera also believes his United teammate David De Gea is comfortably the best goalkeeper in world football.

‘For me, David is the best by far,’ said Herrera.

‘I think he has something that comes from god.

‘God chose him in the goal and god chose Messi on the pitch.

Herrera says David De Gea is easily the best goalkeeper in the world. (AFP/Getty Images)‘You cannot train what he did against Liverpool [at Anfield].

‘You cannot train what he did against Kun Aguero when he was two metres in front of him and he put the hand out, you cannot train it.

‘You can train when he receives the ball from the left defender and he passes the ball to Antonio Valencia pefect.

‘You can see when he receives the ball he knows always what to do.

‘He has some special abilities that I think he hasn’t trained them, because you cannot train them, you just have them.’

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Thierry Henry claims Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker

Roberto Firmino is the most complete striker in England, according to Thierry Henry. (PA Wire)Thierry Henry claims Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker ahead of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

The Brazil international has spearheaded Liverpool’s attack this season and has scored 26 goals in all competitions with the Champions League final still to play.

Mohamed Salah has received the majority of the plaudits for his impressive debut season at Anfield, but Henry believes his Liverpool teammate should also be held in high regard.

‘His movement, his work-rate, the way he makes the two central defenders move to allow Mo Salah to make those runs,’ Henry told Sky Sports.

‘Firmino is the most complete striker in the league.

Firmino has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. (EPA)

PREMIER LEAGUE TOP SCORERS 2017-18

1. Mohamed Salah | 32 goals

2. Harry Kane | 30 goals

3. Sergio Aguero | 21 goals

4. Jamie Vardy | 20 goals

5. Raheem Sterling | 18 goals

6. Romelu Lukaku | 16 goals

7. Roberto Firmino | 15 goals

8. Alexandre Lacazette | 14 goals

‘I’m not talking about the best finisher or the best work rate, I’m talking about all round.

‘The most complete in the league.’

Firmino has also been named in Brazil’s 23-man squad for their World Cup campaign this summer.

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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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Harry Kane issues challenge to Mohamed Salah after Liverpool star wins Golden Boot

Salah netted 32 times in his maiden Premier League campaign with Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Tottenham striker Harry Kane has congratulated Mohamed Salah on winning the Premier League Golden Boot after the Egyptian set a new record for most goals in a 38-game season.

Kane had been the division’s top scorer in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns, but, despite his best ever haul in a Premier League season, still fell two goals short of Salah’s 32-goal haul.

Far from being resentful of Salah, Kane believes the Liverpool star’s goalscoring feats will push him to get even better – and he’s already targeting Salah’s record.

Salah struck his 32nd goal against Brighton to claim the record (Picture: Getty)‘It’s good to have competition and it’s great for the Premier League to have two players at the 30-goal mark,’ Kane told reporters.

‘For me, it was a target to improve on last year, when I got 29, and it was nice to get to that 30-goal mark.

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‘Mo has done great this year, he deserves it, he deserves the Golden Boot. I am looking forward to the competition again next season.

‘I haven’t seen Mo to talk with him. But this is what you want at the highest level – you want to be fighting for things and I think we pushed each other.

‘He broke the record for a 38-game season and that is what I will try to do next season.

Kane was also on target on the final day of the season, scoring twice (Picture: Getty)‘For me, it is about doing it year after year. This is my fourth year now and the first time I have got to 30 goals in the Prem.

‘Now it’s about getting to 30 goals for the next two or three years. That’s the aim.

‘Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis and that’s what defines a good player from a great player. Mo has done amazing and he looks like a great player. We’ll see if we can both continue it next season.’

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