It has certainly been an interesting few days, and we bring you a small selection of Liverpool-related news.
As all of you probably know already, the deal to sign Lyon’s Nabil Fekir that had seemed imminent has now been declared dead. It remains the subject of many different speculations whether it really is dead or it could possibly be resurrected after the World Cup, but at the moment there is no valid information on the matter except that all negotiations have been halted.
The reasons for this unwelcome development haven’t been disclosed by either club. Most journalists have reported a medical issue as he suffered an ACL rupture in 2015 and several injuries to the same knee since. Others think it’s a financial disagreement between the clubs, while some believe it’s a financial disagreement caused by the medical issue.
Whatever is the root of the problem, let’s leave this aside for a while and see what happens.
The story of Alisson potentially moving to Anfield this summer has also been twisted and shaken up quite a few times. Ever since Jurgen Klopp lost faith in Simon Mignolet and benched him we’ve been linked with a move for the Brazilian sweeper-keeper, as have Real Madrid.
On one hand, Sky Sports report that Liverpool are unlikely to put in a bid, and on the other, Brazilian outlet Terra claim the Reds have done exactly that by offering Roma some £57.5 million for Alisson. To be perfectly honest, neither of these reports seems very credible at this point. It remains to be seen whether there will be any developments within the next 48 hours. After that, any potential deal would have to wait until the World Cup is over.
Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle now reports that there was no bid submitted, that there was no contact between Liverpool and Roma, and that Liverpool haven’t changed their stance from when they informed Alisson’s representatives not to expect a bid this summer. Roma have no intention of selling the goalkeeper except in the case of an offer hard to refuse, thought to be over €70million (just under £62million), nor has Alisson asked to be allowed to leave.
It has recently come out that Liverpool are interested in Stoke’s Shaqiri. The story revolves around a reported £12million relegation release clause and Liverpool’s need for an attacking backup option in the form of a versatile forward. The Mirror’s David Maddock claims there has been some encouragement on that front, and that Shaqiri is keen on the idea of moving to Anfield.
He also stresses that Shaqiri is NOT an alternative to Fekir, believing that there is still some hope for the Frenchman to arrive. The fact that Liverpool’s interest in the Swiss international was initially reported while the Fekir deal was still very much on the cards seems to back that theory up.
Arise Sir Kenny!
Liverpool fans (and many others) have been calling for Kenny Dalglish to be knighted for ages, and it has finally happened. The legendary player and manager of Liverpool FC has received this honour in recognition of his immense contribution to football, and even more so for his relentless support for the Hillsborough families. Being the club manager at the time the infamous disaster took place, Dalglish felt it his duty and moral obligation to give his all to the cause. He personally made sure there was a club representative at each of the 96 funerals, of which he attended many himself.
It is widely believed the events on that fateful April 15, 1989, as well as those that followed, were a huge factor in his decision to step down from the manager position in 1991 after six hugely successful years. At the moment, the last trophy won by Liverpool remains the League Cup won during his second stint in the Anfield dugout, in 2012.
Apart from the knighting of King Kenny, Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has been awarded an OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation. The way Defoe befriended young Bradley Lowery and made the last part of his far too short life happy will always remain a strong testimony to his qualities as a human being. Bradley passed away last year at the age of six.