No Shaqiri Deal Yet
Liverpool are yet to open negotiations for the transfer of Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri, says James Pearce of Liverpool Echo.
The controversial forward has just finished his involvement in the World Cup and is currently on holiday. He spoke a few days ago about his future, but all he revealed was that he hasn’t had the time to think about his next club due to international engagements. He was focused on the tournament in Russia and his national team of Switzerland, eventually defeated by Sweden in the round of 16.
There have been various claims that a deal was already in place and that the transfer of Shaqiri to Liverpool was about to be confirmed in the coming days, but those claims are well-wide of the mark, apparently. The club, however, remain interested and are set to open the negotiations soon.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports have reported that Manchester United might enter the race to sign Shaqiri. No comment on that one.
Karius Still No.1?
According to various sources, Liverpool refuse to be pushed into a panic-buy when the goalkeeper position is concerned.
There is hardly a goalkeeper in the world who hasn’t been linked with a move to Anfield since the Loris Karius horror show in the Champions League final. As you’re probably aware, Alisson Becker of Roma and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid have been mentioned in very serious tones, but it appears the Reds have been priced out of a move for either of them.
If this remains the case, manager Jurgen Klopp is ready to do the same thing he did when the transfer of Virgil van Dijk fell through last summer and wait for the right moment to get his man, rather that sign someone just for the sake of it. With Simon Mignolet still likely to leave, that would almost certainly mean Karius would remain his first choice between the posts for now.
It’s fair to say this particular report has completely split the fanbase.
Whatever happens, it’s crucial that the man standing in front of the goal, whatever his name may be come August 11, gets our full support.
The Wilson Dilema
Harry Wilson has been an object of interest throughout the Championship. Hull, Aston Villa, Leeds, Derby, Stoke, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Preston, QPR, Reading, Swansea and West Brom have all asked questions about the availability of the youngster on loan, but Klopp is in no hurry to make a decision.
Celtic and our old friend Brendan Rodgers have also knocked on the door with the same question, but James says that the Scottish champions are not an option as Liverpool aren’t overly impressed with the way they’ve treated the players they recently had loaned to them.
Wilson will get his chance to impress Klopp and prove he would be useful if he remains at the club in pre-season. If he does impress sufficiently to convince the manager to count on him next season, it would be interesting to see what happens with the Shaqiri interest.
Matip and Lallana to Miss Chester
Klopp has spoken about the fitness of the squad and revealed that Joel Matip still isn’t ready to play. The Cameroonian centre-back had surgery on his thigh injury suffered in March and still hasn’t begun full training. He is set to do so next week, so the first game of the pre-season will come too soon.
Adam Lallana has apparently been ill this week and will therefore also skip the Chester game on Saturday. The attacking midfielder missed out on the World Cup due to his 2017/18 season being plagued with injuries, and with the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita, he’s another one that will be keen to impress before the Premier League starts on August 11.