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Liverpool boss Klopp: Jota unable to train



Liverpool boss Klopp: Jota unable to train

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Diogo Jota is carrying a back injury.

Jota struck the winner against Tottenham on Sunday, despite being unable to train last week.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Fulham, Klopp said: “If we have only three for three positions, it’s easy to lineup, but we have five to name, it’s just a job to do.

“Bobby (Firmino) is out, Diogo is struggling [back issue]. Couldn’t train v Spurs but played and hasn’t trained since.

“He is a doubt, I hope he recovers.”


Thiago linked with transfer return as Feyenoord will’find it hard’to stop Liverpool signing

Welcome to the daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.

Barcelona ‘target’ Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara

Much has been reported on Liverpool’s need for midfield reinforcements during the summer transfer window. However, there has also been speculation about players being potentially on the move.

One such report involves Thiago Alcântara, and how he could be heading for the exit door this summer. That’s if you believe a report from journalist Jacque Talbot.

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According to the report, Barcelona has expressed an interest in signing Thiago during the summer transfer window. The claim does not go any further, other than to say that the 32-year-old’s contract with the Reds is due to expire.

Thiago began his playing career at Barcelona, progressing through the club’s youth ranks before going on to make 100 appearances for the Spanish club. He would leave in 2013 to sign for Bayern Munich, before he, of course, made the switch to Anfield seven years later. says: Given the major rebuild that’s needed at Liverpool this summer, especially in midfield, you would think it’s unlikely that the club would consider selling a player as important as Thiago.

Jürgen Klopp is a big fan of the Spaniard, and it would take a sizable offer for Liverpool to even think about letting him leave. That being said, his age, injury record and contract length may give the club something to think about should an offer come in from Barcelona.

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Liverpool ‘scout’ Eredivisie captain

Liverpool will be looking to sign midfielders this summer, without a doubt. How many will be on their list of targets, though, remains to be seen.

One report has named a player that the Reds have apparently been scouting in recent months. The report comes from Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan on the Telegraaf podcast Kick-Off, via SoccerNews.

It has been claimed that Liverpool has sent scouts to watch Feyenoord midfielder and captain Orkun Kökçü. They are not alone in being mentioned in the report, though, with Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester City, Aston Villa and Brighton also being named as apparently sending officials to watch Kökçü, with Feyenoord set to find it ‘very hard’ to keep the midfielder. says: Liverpool is likely to have sent scouts to watch a whole host of midfield prospects over the last few months. With the likelihood of several new players needing to be signed, it’s even more probable that the number of players on the list of potential targets is sizable, to say the least. Whether any of that leads to an actual transfer, though, is another matter.


Liverpool $92m transfer bargain becomes clear as Bayern Munich makes Sadio Mané decision

Liverpool will have a rather busy few months ahead both on the pitch and in the transfer window during the summer.

The Reds still have a chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four to qualify for the Champions League, but it remains an unlikely possibility at this stage. Liverpool has just five matches left to play and has the small matter of overcoming a seven-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Manchester United.

All the signs point toward Liverpool playing, at best, Europa League football next season. While it may not be the competition that Jürgen Klopp would want the club to be competing in as his first choice, it will still be a European trophy up for grabs for the club.

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Before any of that talk gets serious, though, Liverpool have five Premier League matches left to play before the season draws to a conclusion. And while a top-four finish is still mathematically possible, the club will give everything to make sure every game results in three points and a win.

Here are the two stories from today that you shouldn’t miss.

Bayern Munich make Sadio Mané decision

While Liverpool is going through a rebuild, one of their former stars is not having the best season since leaving Anfield.

Sadio Mané left Liverpool last summer to join Bayern Munich, but there have been fresh reports that he could be on the way out of the Bundesliga club.

One article in particular even claimed that the Senegalese international could return to the Premier League with one of the Reds’ top-four rivals.

Read the full story right here.

Liverpool $92m transfer bargain becomes clear

Liverpool has not had the season that anyone would have wanted before a ball was kicked at the start of August.

While the final few weeks of the season still have a glimmer of hope for Champions League qualification, there will be critiques made against how the Reds went about this season.

One such criticism that has been used in sections of the media has been the transfer fee paid for Darwin Núñez. However, the reality behind that shows that the Reds secured bargain deals for two of their other players.