Here are your headlines for the evening in Liverpool for Wednesday March 25th:
Liverpool’s transfer plans
Echo’s Liverpool correspondent Paul Gorst took part in a Q&A with supporters today to discuss a number of issues, including the Reds’ plans that go into the summer transfer window.
“Liverpool will no doubt be keeping an eye on Timo Werner’s season with RB Leipzig. The German international has had an excellent season in the Bundesliga and is a player the Reds have been watching for some time.”
“Could this summer be the year they finally take a step? However, Liverpool’s scouting team works in advance, which means that all reviews of potential goals have already been submitted, so the club can switch when the opportunity arises.
“The perfect example of this is Takumi Minamino, which Liverpool encountered in November after setting the £ 7.25m release clause in his deal.
“Another midfielder could be on the cards with Adam Lallana, and Xherdan Shaqiri’s future means another versatile front man could be chased.”
Read the full Q&A log HERE
The latest training plans of the Reds
Liverpool still has to decide when it will return to training this week according to the latest government guidelines.
The Reds decided to voluntarily cease activities in Melwood for two weeks after Premier League football ceased on March 13.
Players were given individual training plans during the suspension phase, and the club has regularly contacted the squad since that last session in Melwood almost two weeks ago.
Jurgen Klopp and his team initially planned a fortnight away from the Reds’ West Derby training base. A handful of injured players were allowed to use the facilities during the shutdown.
This included goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who worked with a skeleton team in Melwood. The Brazilian international worked ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech on Monday night to recover from a hip injury.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne and Yasser Larouci were the other three who were given permission to visit Melwood. Their arrival times were staggered to limit interaction with one another and to comply with social distance measures.
Read the whole story HERE
Self-insulating with Oxlade-Chamberlain …
Perrie Edwards has opened up to self-isolation with Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Little Mix singer has announced that the couple have opted for isolation in London. The Liverpool season was interrupted until at least April 30th.
“I’m probably so close to burning or just cutting straight through the PlayStation wire,” Edwards told Kiss Radio. “There will be a situation here.
“Frankly, I just sat in the lounge trying to play Netflix and relax. It’s just ‘It’s behind you, buddy behind you.’
Read the full interview with Edwards HERE
“Klopp took him to a completely different level”
Sadio Mane showed flashes of his world-class talent at RB Salzburg, according to one of the former teammates of the Liverpool star.
Thomas Dahne, who played briefly next to Mane in the Austrian club, is not surprised that he is now at the top of football – but insists that the Malian’s trajectory could not be predicted.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper also pointed out the key change, which he believed has helped take Mane to the next level.
Speaking to Goal and SPOX, Dahne said: “He was very unremarkable, a calm guy. The only time he was noticed on the field you could see immediately that he had made it.
“He is now one of the Premier League stars and a Champions League winner.
“When he came in 2012, you could already imagine that he could be really good, but that he would be one of the 10 best players in the world eight years later? Of course, it was difficult to predict due to his age.
“When he had the ball at his feet and started dribbling, phew, it was lightning fast.
“As such, he was the same player as today, of course at a different level of quality. Klopp has brought him to a completely different level.”
“He generally seemed very introverted to us and he’s humble, you can see that in all the community service he does for his home country.”