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Liverpool target’submits transfer request’as Newcastle hits same problem as Jürgen Klopp



Liverpool target’submits transfer request’as Newcastle hits same problem as Jürgen Klopp

With just one game left to play this season, the attention of many Liverpool supporters is now turning to the summer and beyond. A host of new signings are expected to arrive at Anfield and one major development may have just emerged.

There is no doubt that it has been a disappointing season for the Reds by their own high standards, however the upcoming transfer window does allow Jürgen Klopp and his staff a chance to start the ball rolling on a new era. With four long-serving stars having said goodbye to those on the Kop at the weekend, it is likely that Liverpool’s squad will have a different look come the start of next season.

Of course, with the Merseyside almost certainly set to miss out on a place in next year’s Champions League, the next campaign will certainly be different but there are still a lot of positives to hold onto. What is also certain is that next season will likely be a major acid test for Liverpool’s rivals.

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The Reds have had a lot of success in Europe down the years but there is no doubt that fighting on multiple fronts can push a squad to the limit and the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle United will have to face up to this reality.

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

Liverpool target ‘submits transfer request’

With four first-team midfielders set to depart Liverpool at the end of this season, it is expected that a host of replacements will duly arrive in the coming months. It appears as though one long-term Reds ‘target’ may have made a big decision on his future.

Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has found life tough since moving to the Bundesliga from fellow European giants Ajax for $20m (£16m/€18m) last year. Now, it seems that the highly-rated Dutchman has decided to call time on his stay in the Bundesliga, which will be music to the ears of the clubs chasing his signature.

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, the 20-year-old has grown frustrated with life in Bavaria after struggling for game-time under both Julian Nagelsmann and then Thomas Tuchel and actively wants to pursue a move. There is no doubt that he would tick a lot of boxes for Liverpool.

Read the piece from Matt Addison here.

Newcastle hits same problem as Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will know only too well that success often means that you end up with a proverbial target on your back as teams begin to view you as a potential scalp. With Newcastle United having qualified for the Champions League for the first time in two decades, they may be about to find this out for themselves.

With only one game to contend with a week this season, the Magpies have looked fitter and more energetic during points of this season, particularly compared with Liverpool who fought it out on four fronts last season and played in the Champions League again this term. Crucially, Eddie Howe may find that teams start to line-up more conservatively now they are aware of Newcastle’s attacking threat.

Liverpool’s attackers will attest that most teams now come and ‘sit-in’ when they come to Anfield in the hope of keeping the score down and nicking a point in the process. It would not be a major surprise to see sides doing the same at St James’ Park next season and this will pose a major new test for Howe and his staff.

Read the article from James Martin here.

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