Alisson reveals message from Mohamed Salah about Liverpool transfer

Alisson completed his move to Liverpool for £68.8m. (Getty Images)Alisson has revealed that Mohamed Salah got in touch with him shortly before his move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side completed a £68.8 million deal with Roma on Thursday to sign the Brazil international, who has become the world’s most-expensive goalkeeper.

Salah, meanwhile, already has experience of having Alisson as a teammate as the pair played together at Roma before the Egyptian made the move to Liverpool last year.

And Liverpool’s latest signing admits Salah was keen for him to join Anfield.

‘We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma,’ Alisson told Liverpool’s official website.

‘We met again in the game when we were up against each other [in the Champions League last season].

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‘Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’

‘I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again.

Alisson is set to become Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper. (Getty Images)‘As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing.

‘To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me.’

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Jurgen Klopp rates chances of Nabil Fekir transfer after Liverpool sign Alisson

Nabil Fekir was wanted by Liverpool this summer. (BPI/REX/Shutterstock)Jurgen Klopp has given a clear indication that Liverpool will not resurrect their deal to sign Nabil Fekir before the transfer window closes.

On Thursday, Liverpool completed their fourth signing of the summer with the £66.8 million deal for Alisson, which is a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Fekir, meanwhile, came close to joining Liverpool last month but Jurgen Klopp’s side pulled the plug on the £53m deal they had in place with Lyon.

Liverpool had expressed concerns over the midfielder’s right knee after he required two operations to heal a cruciate ligament injury.

Lyon had remained open to selling Fekir to Liverpool, and the midfielder hinted to a fan at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on Monday that his move could still be on the cards.

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But Klopp said on Thursday evening that Liverpool are unlikely to sign any more players following Alisson’s arrival from Roma.

‘We have everything we need for the next season, because I don’t think we will do anything more. I’m pretty sure of that,’ said Klopp.

‘We have the squad for now and that’s the most important thing.

Fekir helped France win the World Cup this summer. (Getty Images)‘We were not too bad last year but we had to improve and we tried that on the transfer market.

‘I’m really happy with our signings to be honest, so now let’s use the last few weeks to be as good as possible.’

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for entire Liverpool season

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Liverpool’s upcoming season. (AMA/Getty Images)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for Liverpool’s upcoming season with Jurgen Klopp claiming that it would be a ‘bonus’ if the midfielder featured at any point during the campaign.

The 24-year-old was ruled out of the Champions League final and England’s World Cup campaign after suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Roma in April.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is already recovering after undergoing surgery but Klopp has revealed that the midfielder did not disclose the severity of his injury as he didn’t want to disrupt his teammates before their Champions League final against Real Madrid.

‘It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,’ Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

Oxlade-Chamberlain required surgery after damaging his cruciate ligaments. (EPA)‘We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly.

‘There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.

Klopp says he cannot wait to have Oxlade-Chamberlain back. (AFP/Getty Images)‘It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.

‘His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.

‘But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it.

‘If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.

‘I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.’

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Gianluigi Donnarumma an option for Chelsea as Liverpool edge towards Alisson deal

The Milan shot stopper could still leave the San Siro this summer. (Picture: Getty)Chelsea will reportedly turn their attention to AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma should Alisson opt to join Liverpool this summer.

A growing number of reports claim the Blues are now on the brink of losing their number one shot stopper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.

The Belgium international has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge and has suggested his preference is to return to the Spanish capital, where his young children live.

Reports suggest Real are close to completing a £31m deal for Courtois, with Spanish radio station Onda Cero even suggesting the La Liga giants have already starting planning a presentation ceremony for his official unveiling.

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Chelsea would like to replace the Belgian with Roma’s Alisson, but the Brazil international now appears poised to join Liverpool in a world record deal for a goalkeeper worth £66.8m.

Liverpool have agreed a fee for Roma’s Alisson. (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp’s side are still to agree personal terms with the 25-year-old but are said to be already making arrangements for his medical.

Should that deal go through, Chelsea will rekindle their interest in Milan’s Donnarumma, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The Rossoneri are keen to bring in an established centre-forward this summer, with Chelsea’s own Alvaro Morata and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain linked with moves to the San Siro. However, they find themselves needing to sell to fund such moves.

Real are confident over a deal for Courtois. (Picture: Getty)Donnarumma could be key to that. The 19-year-old signed a new contract with Milan just last summer but the youngster’s agent Mino Raiola has encouraged his client to find a new club.

Corriere Dello Sport claim the Blues could turn to the Italy international to solve a potentially huge problem facing the club and new manager Maurizio Sarri ahead of the new season.

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When does the transfer window close and the Premier League start?

Chelsea’s new signing Jorginho with new head coach Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)The World Cup may have only just come to an end but we are right around the corner from the start of the Premier League season.

There is little rest for the Premier League stars that reached the World Cup final who have less than four weeks until they are back in action.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris, Dejan Lovren and N’Golo Kante will have to recover very quickly.

So when does the Premier League get back underway and when does the transfer window slam shut?

Naby Keita has arrived at Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)The 2018/19 Premier League season starts on Friday, August 10 with Manchester United hosting Leicester at Old Trafford.

There are then six games on Saturday and three more on Sunday, completing the opening weekend.

Premier League | Opening Day Fixtures

Friday 10 August

Man Utd vs. Leicester

Saturday 11 August

Newcastle vs. Spurs

Bournemouth vs. Cardiff

Fulham vs. Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Chelsea

Watford vs. Brighton

Wolves vs. Everton

Sunday 12 August

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Southampton vs. Burnley

Arsenal vs. Man City

Fixtures to be played on on the weekend of August 11

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal (Picture: Getty)When does the transfer window close?

Thanks to new rules put in place by the Premier League, the transfer window will close much earlier than normal as clubs wanted it to coincide with the start of the season.

Therefore, the transfer window closes at 5pm BST on Thursday, 9 August 2018.

Fred will be on show at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)It used to be much closer to the end of August that the transfer window would close, and that remains the case across Europe.

In Spain, Italy, France and Germany, the transfer deadline remains on 31 August, as it will in Scotland.

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Dejan Lovren claims he is one of the best defenders in the world after Croatia beat England

Dejan Lovren claims he is one of the world’s best defenders (AFP/Getty Images)Dejan Lovren claims he is one of the best defenders in the world after Croatia beat England to reach the World Cup final.

The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances for Liverpool this season but has played a key role in Croatia’s success in Russia this summer.

And Lovren claims that he should be recognised as one of the world’s best after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool and now the World Cup final against France, which takes place on Sunday.

Speaking after Croatia’s 2-1 win over England, Lovren told beIN Sports: ‘It’s something special, for me.

Lovren impressed in Croatia’s win over England. (Getty Images)‘From my point of view, I had people saying I had a difficult season, but I don’t agree with that.

‘I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League, and now with my national team we are in the [World Cup] final.

‘I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense.’

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Liverpool prepare £80m offer for Paulo Dybala once Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus

Paulo Dybala is on Liverpool’s radar. (AMA/Getty Images)Liverpool are ready to submit a €90 million (£80m) bid to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus, according to reports in Argentina.

On Tuesday, Juve and Madrid agreed a €105m (£92.7m) deal for Ronaldo and the 33-year-old is now set to finalise his move to the Serie A champions.

TyC Sports report that Liverpool are ready to make their move for Dybala once Ronaldo completes his transfer and have told the Argentina international’s representatives that they are prepared to pay up to £80m.

The report claims that following Argentina’s World Cup exit, Dybala travelled to Cordoba but was not informed by Juventus about their plan to sign Ronaldo.

And the 24-year-old has not been told by Juventus about whether he remains in Massimiliano Allegri’s plans alongside Ronaldo.

Dybala was not told about Juve’s plans to sign Ronaldo. (Getty Images)

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Dybala has already welcomed Ronaldo to the club with a post on Instagram on Tuesday evening.

And the Argentine played an integral role in Juve’s domestic league and cup double last season with 23 goals and seven assists in 37 appearances.

Juve will need to offload one of their key players to accommodate Ronaldo’s arrival, given that the 33-year-old has agreed a salary worth €30m (£26.4m) per season.

Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly looking to leave the club and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the Argentine.

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Daniel Sturridge drops strong hint over Liverpool future

Sturridge returned to the Liverpool team for the first time this year. (Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge has dropped the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stay and fight for his Liverpool future.

The England international marked his first appearance for the Reds in any competition by scoring twice during a second half outing in a 7-0 win over Chester FC.

Following the game, manager Jurgen Klopp refused to speculate over Sturridge’s future and insisted a decision over whether the 28-year-old will leave had not yet been made.

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Sturridge’s career at Anfield looked bleak last season after he was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion where he made just six appearances during an injury-hit spell.

The ex-Chelsea and Manchester City forward has spiralled down the pecking order since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside and he now lies behind Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings in the race for a starting berth.

But is appears Sturridge is unwilling to give up on his Liverpool career after posting a bold message on his Instagram page.

Alongside an image of his opening goal against the National League North side, he wrote: ‘Nice to be back in an LFC shirt with a win and some goals. Just the beginning.’

Reports this week had suggested Klopp was ready to choose between Sturridge and Divock Origi, with the Belgian have spent last term on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

Origi also endured a tough spell away from Liverpool, scoring just seven times in 36 appearances to throw his future in England into major doubt.

Origi’s future at Liverpool is also uncertainty. (Getty Images)Klopp however does not appear ready to make a decision over either forward having stated that Sturridge’s future will be addressed at a later date.

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‘We are not thinking about his future yet,” he told reporters. ‘At this point, everyone has a chance to show me what they can do.

‘Most of the time he hasn’t played for me because of injuries. We will see what happens but if he plays like that, it helps us.

‘I saw a lot of good things from Daniel so he needs more that he can still impress me. I know about his quality. A very positive week, very positive today, he looked really good.’

Lyon president expects Liverpool target Nabil Fekir to remain at the club next season

Nabil Fekir appears set to remain France (Picture: Getty)Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas expects Nabil Fekir to remain at the club despite suggestions Liverpool will renew their attempts to sign the France international.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were thought to have completed a £53million deal to sign the 24-year-old prior to the World Cup.

The forward had agreed personal terms and even appeared in a video that was to be published through the club’s official website announcing his arrival, before the move to fall through at the last minute.

Reports have suggested however the Premier League side may look to resurrect the deal following the World Cup.

The Lyon forward has been used off the bench so far in Russia (Picture: Getty)Fekir is currently with the France squad in Russia having come off the bench in each of his side’s five matches so far, having progressed to the semi-final stage.

Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio was recently unable to guarantee whether one of the key members of his side will still be at the club next season.

However, Aulas has now suggested the player wants to remain in France.

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‘Nabil will be at Lyon next season I think,’ Aulas told RMC. ‘I have almost a father-son relationship with my players.

‘I gave him the opportunity to go to Liverpool because it was his dream club. I did it with [Corentin] Tolisso and [Samuel] Umtiti, he is our captain and it is the coach’s wish to keep him.’

The 24-year-old scored 23 times for Lyon last season. (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have already made two significant additions to their squad with Naby Keita arriving on Merseyside after a deal was struck with RB Leipzig last summer, with Fabinho also joining from Monaco.

And Klopp has suggested the club’s work this summer might not be done yet. ‘I am happy,’ he told LFCTV. ‘The work is going on and why should we stop until the window is done?

‘It is all good but we will see what happens. If all the players come back healthy from the World Cup, then we already have a really good team and that is all I need to know.

‘What happens on the other side [of the World Cup], we will see.’

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Liverpool open transfer talks over signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa

Jack Grealish has already linked up with Villa during pre-season training. (Getty Images)Liverpool have reportedly taken the first step towards securing a deal for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish after opening talks with the Championship club.

The Mirror understand the 22-year-old’s valuation has reduced from £40million to £20m due to Villa’s need to raise funds to improve their own squad.

Grealish scored three goals and made six assists as Steve Bruce’s side reached the Championship play-off final, missing out on promotion to the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Fulham at Wembley.

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Tottenham Hotspur are also understood to be interested, but are only willing to pay £15m to bring the England Under-21 international back to the Premier League.

Villa are hopeful that interest from two Champions League clubs will drive up the price for Grealish, but it remains to be seen whether a bidding war will follow after Liverpool began discussions with the Midlands outfit.

Following their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool have strengthened their squad in the form of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

Jurgen Klopp’s side began their pre-season with a big win over Chester FC (Picture: Getty)

(Picture: Getty)Both players made their debuts in the 7-0 friendly win over Chester FC, with Fabinho playing the first 45 minutes before making way for the Guinea international at the break.

Naturally, a host of players have been linked with a move to Merseyside including a flurry of goalkeepers after Loris Karius’ errors in the Champions League final last May.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is content with his business so far but admits he will continue to pursue new signings until the transfer window closes in August.

‘Yes, I am happy,’ Klopp told Liverpool’s official website ‘And the work [on new signings] is always going on, that’s how it is. Why should we stop until the window is closing?

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‘It’s all good in the moment. We will see what happens and I will not – and don’t want to – say it looks a little bit better in that department or this department.

‘If all the players are coming back and healthy from the World Cup then we have already a really, really good team – and that’s the only thing I need to know.

‘What happens on the other side, we will see, but we don’t finish thinking about it before the last day of the window.’

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