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ESPN FC - Liverpool News 29 Jul 22:42

Trending: Paul Pogba set to complete move to Man United from Juve

Sources have told ESPN FC that Man United have agreed a fee for Paul Pogba. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop does not necessarily feel Man United or Real Madrid would best suit Paul Pogba. Here are the latest stories for Friday. MAN UNITED: Manchester United have agreed to pay Juventus' €120 million (£101.3m) asking price for Paul Pogba, sources have told ESPN FC, and are now hoping to come to an agreement over the final fees in order to clinch the deal by this weekend. It could even be done by Friday. - Henrik Larsson has backed his former Sweden teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be a success at Manchester United. LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp is...

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 29 Jul 04:37

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp takes swipe at spending 100m on a player

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp says every player in his squad will have an influence on the upcoming season. Jurgen Klopp had no problem with the nature of Liverpool's ICC loss to Chelsea, despite a sending off and numerous yellows. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the buck stops with him when it comes to making the final decision on transfers. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doesn't know if he will bring in more players during the summer transfer window. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is undaunted by rival clubs who sign players for big money and says he wants to do things differently on Merseyside. With Jose Mourinho's Manchester United seemingly close to sealing a deal for Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba for more than a £100 million, the former Borussia Dortmund boss is unfazed by his own club's transfer tactics. The Reds' two biggest signings in the summer have been Southampton forward Sadio Mane for £34m, and...

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 29 Jul 03:22

Liverpool FC unveil new 'toxic and thunder' lime green third kit including famous quotes from Bill Shankly and Gerard Houllier

The Anfield club unveiled their new third strip during a live Facebook broadcast from the social media giant's headquarters at Menlo Park, California, close to their Palo Alto training base.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 29 Jul 02:55

Antonio Conte determined to mould Chelsea in his own committed image and will not ask players to curb aggression after Cesc Fabregas' dismissal    

Antonio Conte will not ask his players to curb their aggression despite the red card for Cesc Fabregas in his first game of pre-season.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 29 Jul 00:37

James Milner could be played as emergency left back for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's pursuit of Ben Chilwell ends 

DOMINIC KING IN SAN JOSE: Jurgen Klopp is ready to abandon his pursuit of another left-back as he toys with the idea of handing James Milner that role in emergencies.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 29 Jul 00:00

Liverpool's Marko Grujic suffered concussion against Chelsea - source

Jurgen Klopp had no problem with the nature of Liverpool's ICC loss to Chelsea, despite a sending off and numerous yellows. Cesc Fabregas felt the referee failed to control proceedings during their 1-0 win over Liverpool. PASADENA, Calif. -- Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic suffered a concussion in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Rose Bowl, a club source has confirmed to ESPN FC. The 20-year-old was taken off at half-time in the International Champions Cup match after he collided with Bertrand Traore and took a nasty blow to the head. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters at a news conference following his side's loss that Grujic could not remember "anything" about the incident and was in the hospital.

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Jul 22:42

Trending: Jurgen Klopp unsure Liverpool will make more signings

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp says every player in his squad will have an influence on the upcoming season. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals the reason behind sending home defender Mamadou Sakho. Here are the latest stories for Thursday. LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp says he's unsure if Liverpool will bring in more players this summer. He continued: "To develop a team never ends so, you have only result, result, result, but then you will have to again decide. That's how it is. So we will see." WATCH VIDEO - Klopp has claimed he is "cooler" on the sidelines than fiery Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. "I saw him actually at the European Championships and, yeah, he was quite emotional [and] I...

ESPN FC - Liverpool News 28 Jul 22:03

Daniel Sturridge: Klopp's preseason 'most intense I have experienced'

Jurgen Klopp had no problem with the nature of Liverpool's ICC loss to Chelsea, despite a sending off and numerous yellows. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is "pushing his body to the limits" in preseason. The 26-year-old missed large chunks of the previous campaign as recovery from a hip operation delayed his first appearance until late September and then he was sidelined for two months with a hamstring strain around the turn of the year. Manager Jurgen Klopp maintained the England international would benefit from a proper full preseason and, having joined up with the squad at their Palo Alto training base in California...

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Jul 18:29

Jurgen Klopp says there is unlikely to be any further arrivals to his Liverpool side before the transfer window closes

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the arrival of further additions to his side is something he is uncertain of, but each member of the current crop will play a significant role.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 28 Jul 17:26

How is your team performing in pre-season?

As Premier League teams clock up over 170,000 miles this pre-season, check how they are getting on with our full list.

Liverpool F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 28 Jul 16:54

Manchester United could revive interest in Joao Miranda as Chelsea eye up move for defender Nikola Maksimovic

SIMON JONES - THE TRANSFER COLUMN: Jose Mourinho has signed £30million Eric Bailly from Villarreal but would still like some more experience added to a relatively young defence.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 28 Jul 14:58

Your Says of the Day: Make Sakho skipper; Jese or Morata?

Mamadou Sakho should be made Liverpool captain, while Jese Rodriguez is suggested to Arsenal as a cheaper alternative to Alvaro Morata.

Have Your Say on any of these issues, or anything else you want to get off your chest.

Strip Henderson, hand captaincy to Sakho

This just came to me and as strange as it sounds he is the right man for the job. Ok, he has been late three times. Take that to one side. He is 100% committed on the pitch. He is liked by all and I am never talking about him for the wrong reasons i.e. not doing enough on the pitch. The added responsibility will make him a better person on and off the pitch.

Henderson should concentrate on his fitness and football. Please tell me what Henderson has won at domestic or national level? He needs to focus on his fitness without the pressures of being a captain. There are bigger personalities than Henderson in the team. The way he walks around on the training pitch makes me sick as he has done absoutely nothing in the game to warrant such a title. Stripe him now Klopp. You need to make this decision before the season starts.

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Howe to replace Wenger?

Been hearing rumours that we’re looking at Eddie Howe as a potential replacement for Wenger.

Well, I always had an idea he would figure on that list. You just knew we would not go for big names, but for managers who show a bit of adventure with their style of football but, as per Gazidis’s quotes yesterday, the most important qualification will be whether they would be able (and willing) to manage in line with the club’s core values – basically, play aesthetic football that flatters to deceive (aka “winning football�), and do it on a pittance! If we win, great, but there will be no pressure as long as the cash keeps coming in!

Always figured Sampaoli, Le Favre, Tuchel, Clement (before his spell at Derby, which has probably raised a few question marks about him as a manager) and Howe would make the shortlist. Never Klopp, Guardiola or any of those wishful thoughts! Is Sampaoli too big a name, perhaps? He’s at Sevilla now, regardless, and is clamouring for the Argie job even though he only started in June!

Anyway, on the one hand, it’s good that we’re not waiting for Wenger to pull a Fergie before we start the process. On the other hand, I expect more of the same regardless of who we get. The best we can hope for is that it’s a manager with a bit more all-round competence and less ego to actually make a lot more of the resources made available than Wenger has!

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Eddie Howe: Reluctant to criticise Bournemouth

Chance for Chelsea’s youth

Pre-season always see a lot of youth involved for obvious reasons, however Conte looks and sounds to be very open minded to giving our youth prospects first team game time. Ola Aina, who we almost lost on a free a few weeks ago, has played the most minutes bar Begovic pre season and has largely impressed on either flank.

I remember watching him last year pre season and thinking him and Moses were our best players.

With Baba failing to fully convince and Brana out injured, it is a huge chance for the kid. I wonder whether he will be given the chance to take it or we will dip back into the market? My preference would be the former but it would take a very brave/reckless manager indeed to head into the season with our current defensive options. Full back & wing backs are thin.

CB’s – I expect to see Papy, Hector, and possibly Miazga depart. Could this also mean another chance for Chalobah? I hope he still has a future. Hard to believe he is still only 21.

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Jese a cheaper alternative to Morata?

What do you guys think? He’s versatile too, although I would prefer us to sign a specialist striker – you know how Wenger is, I bet he tells a lot of players that potentially come to Arsenal that you may have to play out wide and that’s what puts them off joining us. Anyway, the one I wanted was Moratta but that’s not happening now. Personally, in all the times I’ve seen Jese play, I’ve been impressed with his cameos. Rather direct and nippy, I think he could do well. Still very, very young too.

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Lazar Markovic: Set to leave Liverpool this summer

Can Markovic still succeed?

I came in late to one of our pre-season games and the first thing I saw was Markovic slaloming around three or four players with the ball at pace. That is the Markovic we all know and love. Unfortunately he hasn’t shown enough and hasn’t been given the opportunity to express it either by managers and because of injuries.

This boy has real talent, I love the way he dribbles with pace with his head up (unlike Sterling).

I think a lot of it looks like confidence issues. He doesn’t seem to gel into the team, but then what do you expect? I remeber when people were calling Firmino a complete waste of money in the first few games, after he became acclimatised to the premiership he got into his stride and became confident. And thats Firmino getting stick, a regular best player contender from the strong German league!

Markovic came from Portuguese league where they play at a slower pace and I think like some foreign players he has struggled to adapt. Also Rogers used him initially in some weird positions that probably wasn’t suited to his natural game.

I personally think we should keep him but if we ge get a serious 15 million plus offer it might be difficult to justify keeping him especially as the likes of even Ojo are probably ahead of him, which I disagree with. Also, I actually prefer Markovic to Lallana, Markovic dribbles with purpose and intent and you can tell it is instinctive dribbling rather than the contrived shenanigans that Lallana entertains us with. Liverpool is known for loving players with great technical ability, we all love skill and dribbling and Markovic is that type of player, however I agree he definitely needs more game time and maybe a stint in the gym to improve his strength and aggression. I think having a fellow countryman in Grujic will also help him to settle and the assistant liverpool manager is also from Serbia I think?

Ultimately I say keep him for this season at least and if he doesn’t show signs of improvement then obviously we’d have to let him go but definitely there is a brilliant player in there waiting to be opened up. Sometimes you sell a young player and youre not too bothered but I really do think if we sell him we will regret it years down the line. I think he has that much potential…What do others think, sell or keep?

mwake

 

EFL Trophy farce

Terrible idea and it’s not wanted by fans across L1 and L2. Crowds will be incredibly low and clubs already strapped for cash will end up losing even more money. The idea if this trophy is supposed to give the lower league clubs the chance of silverware and a trip to Wembley but the bookies already have the Premiership clubs as all the favorites to win the competition.

It initially went to a club vote, but clubs were lied to during the planning stage. First they were assured all Premiership clubs will be involved, then they said it will be U21 players only.

Now we have seen the bigger clubs pulling out and 3 over 21 players allowed to compete. Peterboro chairman is now on record saying had he had known this he would never have voted yes.

Word is westham are now looking to break the rules already (no surprise there) and are refusing to have any games played at the taxpayers stadium as is it will cost them money !! Instead they want the 3 teams they are facing to carry the losses at their own grounds.

Even the draw was a farce, in the southern section Millwall were kept apart from Chelsea and westham by being put into different pots so instead ended up drawing WBA 140 miles away. How is that right? No one from either club will have any interest in that fixture. Competition is a joke, it will be boycotted by supporters across the country and scrapped completely next season.

NOLU

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 28 Jul 13:28

Rumour Mill: Arsenal to bid again for Lacazette; Crouch chase

Arsenal and Manchester United are rivalling each other for Besiktas star Oguzhan Ozyakup, while the Gunners will increase their offer for Alexandre Lacazette.

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Arsenal have spoken to the agent of Valencia’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi (Emanuele Giulianelli)

Chelsea and Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Gabriel Barbosa after the Santos president insisted Juventus’ move is far from done (Talksport)

Arsenal and Manchester United are showing a keen interest in signing Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup with the Turkey star available for £16.8m (Daily Star)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been “earmarked� by Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger when he steps down at The Emirates (Daily Star)

Arsenal will make an improved offer for Alexandre Lacazette (L’Equipe)

 

Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been “earmarked� by Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger when he steps down at The Emirates (Daily Star)

 

Diego Costa: Wanted at Chelsea

Chelsea

Diego Costa has asked Atletico Madrid to keep a place in their squad open for him, despite Chelsea’s reluctance to sell (AS)

Chelsea have bid £38m for Napoli’s 25-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Sky Italy)

Chelsea and Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Gabriel Barbosa after the Santos president insisted Juventus’ move is far from done (Talksport)

 

Crystal Palace

West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace are all reportedly eyeing Jose Enrique following his release from Liverpool (IB Times)

 

Everton

Everton defender John Stones, 22, is set to join Manchester City for £50m – and the deal could be finalised this week. (Daily Mail)

Everton are already preparing for life without Stones and have earmarked Sunderland’s Lamine Kone, 27, as a possible £14m replacement for their defence. (Sun)

Axel Witsel has offers from Juventus and Everton (Gazetta Dello Sport)

 

Hull

Middlesbrough’s hopes of pushing through a swift deal for Harry Maguire have been dented by the ongoing uncertainty at Hull (Northern Echo)

 

Fernando Llorente: Sevilla striker linked with Middlesbrough

Leicester

Leicester have agreed a £7.4m deal to sign Bartosz Kapustka from Cracovia (Daily Mail)

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa has told Claudio Ranieri he wants to leave the champions to join Swansea in a £10m deal (The Sun)

 

Leicester midfielder Andy King, 27, will sign a new contract to stay at the club until 2020 (ESPN)

 

Liverpool

Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli has been offered a career lifeline with a potential move to Besiktas (Various)

Liverpool could be beaten to the £20m signing of 22-year-old Benfica midfielder Anderson Talisca – by Championship side Wolves (A Bola)

The Reds are interested in signing Lyon defender Jordy Gaspar (L’Equipe)

 

Manchester City

Everton defender John Stones, 22, is set to join Manchester City for £50m – and the deal could be finalised this week. (Daily Mail)

If City fail to tie up a deal for Stones, manager Pep Guardiola has Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, 29, as a back-up option. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 25, could replace Mustafi at Valencia – if City sign Stones. (The Sun)

Atletico Madrid are worried about losing Lucas Hernandez to Manchester City and want to increase the 20-year-old’s release clause (AS)

Eliaquim Mangala: Talks up Man City's prospects

 

Manchester United

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, is set to complete his move to Manchester United for a world record £112m, with a Juventus source saying the deal is done. (Various)

Arsenal and Manchester United are showing a keen interest in signing Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup with the Turkey star available for £16.8m (Daily Star)

 

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough’s hopes of pushing through a swift deal for Harry Maguire have been dented by the ongoing uncertainty at Hull (Northern Echo)

 

Southampton

Southampton are interested in signing Barcelona striker Cristian Tello, 24, for around £10m and Malaga midfielder Recio for £5m (The Sun)

Southampton are readying a bid for Sporting Lisbon centre-back Ruben Semedo (A Bola)

 

Stoke

Stoke remain interested in West Brom’s 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino. (TalkSPORT)

Swansea have joined Newcastle in the battle to sign Stoke striker Peter Crouch (The Sun)

 

Sunderland

New Sunderland manager David Moyes has turned down the chance to sign Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, 28, for £5m. (Northern Echo)

Micah Richards: Captain of a sinking ship at Aston Villa

Swansea

Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, has told manager Claudio Ranieri he wants to leave the Premier League champions to join Swansea in a £10m deal. (The Sun)

Swansea have joined Newcastle in the battle to sign Stoke striker Peter Crouch (The Sun)

Swansea also want to sign Sevilla and Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 31, on loan (IUSport)

However, the former Juventus player could be close to a move to Real Sociedad (ESPN)

 

Tottenham

Tottenham forward Clinton Njie’s transfer to Marseille is expected to be delayed until the end of the week (L’Equipe)

Spurs are set to offer Danny Rose a new contract amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

 

West Brom

Stoke remain interested in West Brom’s 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino (TalkSPORT)

West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace are all reportedly eyeing Jose Enrique following his release from Liverpool (IB Times)

The Baggies have ended their interest in Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina (Birmingham Mail)

 

West Ham

West Ham, West Brom and Crystal Palace are all reportedly eyeing Jose Enrique following his release from Liverpool (IB Times)

West Ham are very keen on signing Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra (Gianluca Di Marzio)

The Hammers are exploring a move for £8m-rated Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew (L’Equipe)

 

 

 

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 28 Jul 13:07

Fabregas sent off in Liverpool friendly

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is shown a straight red card for a foul on new Liverpool signing Ragnar Klavan.

Liverpool – teamtalk.com 28 Jul 12:49

Red Letter: Case for Liverpool?s defence looks weak

Our man Dave Tindall is worried about Jurgen Klopp’s newly-formed Liverpool rearguard, in fact he’s very worried and outlines why with the three I’s.

On the face of it, our defence has done a solid enough job in pre-season.

Tranmere 0-1 Liverpool, Fleetwood 0-5 Liverpool, Wigan 0-2 Liverpool, Huddersfield 0-2 Liverpool, Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool.

One goal conceded in five matches and that to Premier League heavyweights Chelsea in the U.S. But it’s surely not off the mark to say that Liverpool’s backline looks unsettled and unconvincing with the new Premier League season just over a fortnight away.

The problems? The three I’s. Indiscipline, inexperience and injury.

Let’s start with the first. Mamadou Sakho is a hugely popular figure amongst team-mates and fans. He does a lot of great work in the community too. He’s a character. But he’s also not the sharpest tool in the box. You’d think that after causing the club all sorts of negative publicity by failing a drugs test in April he’d be doing everything in his power to be a model citizen despite eventually being cleared. And it doesn’t necessarily mean lying low and suppressing his obvious enthusiasm.

But, despite not being fit for selection, it’s somewhat dumb to act like a lackadaisical teenager on Liverpool’s trip to America and be late for the plane, miss a treatment session and fail to make a meal on time. In isolation, all are petty; as a series they smack of unprofessionalism and taking the p*ss.

As soon as I saw the clip of an apparently jovial Jurgen Klopp making mention of Sakho holding the flight up, I thought trouble was brewing. So when the stories emerged that he’d sent the Frenchman home it was no surprise that indiscipline was the cause rather than those hopeful counter-stories about him going back to get more treatment.

Sakho. Silly boy. Raise your game mate.

We need the Frenchman’s passion and leadership on the pitch because there are problems elsewhere.

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— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) July 28, 2016

It begins in goal where Klopp has been giving Loris Karius a run of games. As yet, the young £4.7m signing from Mainz hasn’t had an awful lot to do but so far we’ve seen him almost commit a howler against Wigan after letting a back-pass slip under his foot and then punch Dejan Lovren in the head when coming for a cross against Chelsea.

Okay, it’s pre-season and he’s settling in but that’s the point. If Klopp does promote him above Simon Mignolet, errors are also likely to creep in when the real stuff starts. That’s not a criticism; just an acceptance of reality. The alternative is sticking with Mignolet and last season the Belgian just wasn’t reliable.

Nathaniel Clyne is a strong presence on the right side of defence but how about the back-up? Connor Randall is still learning the ropes so again it’s not an area overflowing with options.

In the middle, there are more question marks due to injury and inexperience. Joel Matip is a proven performer in the Bundesliga and a Cameroonian international but he has no knowledge of the Premier League and there have been comments in pre-season that he’s been knocked off the ball a bit easily. It hardly helps that he’s suffered a bruised ankle and had surgery over the summer to remove a screw in that same area.

Cover has been provided by Ragnar Klavan (who?), the new £4.2m signing from Augsburg. Reaction in Germany was that he was more suited to a mid-table Premier League side (awkward cough given that we were eighth last season) but, to be fair, the Estonia captain did a good job against Chelsea and Kolo Toure couldn’t go on forever.

Klavan will be fourth or fifth choice though (Joe Gomez surely above him in the pecking order) when everyone is fit so that’s the reality.

And so finally to the very confusing issue of left-back. Alberto Moreno was a huge weak link last season despite his obvious athleticism and brightness going forward. But here’s what the Liverpool Echo said about his performance in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Chelsea: “A bit of a nightmare 82 minutes for the Spaniard. He was shown a yellow card early on for a rash challenge on Willian and generally used the ball poorly. Needs competition to push him further.�

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In other words, nothing has changed. In addition, the Echo’s last comment resonates further given that earlier this week we sold young Aussie left-back Brad Smith to Bournemouth.

Okay, getting £6million for a squad player is good business on one hand but it’s a drop in the ocean in a Premier League awash with more money than ever. We need players not loose change and I can’t quite fathom out why Smith was let go.

Klopp loves to make players better through training but Moreno is the boy at the back of the class not taking anything in.

Jon Flanagan? The stories of a loan move to Burnley suggest he’s not the answer for now. Of course, the other option is that our German boss could have some surprise new signing up his sleeve. But, even if he has, it’s asking a lot for a new man to come and slot in straight away.

The bottom line is that Moreno is our first-choice left-back going into the new season. Concerned? I am.

We’ll know a bit more after the upcoming friendlies against AC Milan and Barcelona (exciting but gulp) but, right now, the foundations on which winning teams are built – the defence – look far from secure.

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 28 Jul 11:31

Inter Milan prepare fresh bid for Liverpool target

Liverpool and Chelsea are among four clubs to have had bids rejected for in-demand Portugal midfielder Joao Mario with Inter Milan set to make another move.

The player’s father yesterday claimed in the Portuguese paper Diario de Noticias that both Liverpool and Inter had seen offers rejected for the 23-year-old.

And now the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian has confirmed those reports.

“A European champion must be rewarded,� he said. “From now on, we either discuss a new contract or the sale to another club.

“Sporting received four offers. Inter Milan and Liverpool, certainly, with amounts between 35 and 40 million, plus bonuses. Sporting turned down all bids.�

Portuguese newspaper Record claims that the other two clubs to have bids rejected were Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

Mario impressed at Euro 2016 and helped Portugal win the tournament, making six starts in the competition, including the 1-0 final win over France and that led to Jurgen Klopp lodging a €40million bid for the player, while Inter made a bid of €35million plus €10million in bonuses.

Inter could make a fresh attempt to sign Mario if they sell Stevan Jovetic to Napoli, according to reports in Italy. Sky Italia report that Inter are ready to move for former Manchester City man Jovetic for a fee of around €13million and that would prompt them to go back in for Mario, who is believed to have a €60million release clause.

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Liverpool – teamtalk.com 28 Jul 11:25

Klopp delivers fitness updates on Liverpool trio after defeat

Jurgen Klopp has given fitness updates on Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan after Liverpool’s friendly defeat to Chelsea.

Grujic and Klavan both picked up injuries on Wednesday, when Gary Cahill scored the only goal in Los Angeles.

Summer signing Klavan picked up a “knock� after a challenge from Cesc Fabregas, who was sent off in the friendly.

Klopp revealed that the Chelsea midfielder apologised after the game.

“It’s a red card and I hope it’s not a mentality issue,� he said. “He came in the dressing room and said sorry, he came too late in the challenge.

“Sometimes in life if you are too late then you get a red card. That’s how it was.

“It was just a knock for Klavan. I think he will be okay.

“It was a normal intensity with a few hard challenges,� he added, discussing the game. The players are not in 100% shape so sometimes they can be a bit late with their challenges. That’s how it is.

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“The ref thought from the beginning he would show yellow cards.

“I don’t think the game was too hard but it was far away from a friendly game. That’s okay. That’s why we’re here.�

Klopp added that his biggest concern is over midfielder Grujic, who suffered a clash of heads with Bertrand Traore.

“In general the biggest problem for me is that Marko Grujic is in hospital,� Klopp said. “He can’t remember anything. That’s not too cool for a young boy in this situation.

“Injuries happen in pre-season. It can happen. It’s unlucky but it’s not too good for us.�

But the manager had more positive news on the fitness of defender Matip, who has been sidelined with an ankle problem.

“Matip will be ready for the start of the season,� Klopp said. “In the first two and a half weeks of pre-season he was really good. Now he’s been out for a week.

“He trained today so hopefully he will be back in team training soon.�

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 28 Jul 08:46

Sakho return 'not that serious' - Klopp

Defender Mamadou Sakho's banishment from Liverpool's pre-season tour is "not that serious" according to boss Jurgen Klopp.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 27 Jul 15:00

Smith completes Bournemouth move

Bournemouth sign Australia international defender Brad Smith from Liverpool for a reported £3m fee.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Liverpool | BBC 25 Jul 21:07

Liverpool's Allen completes Stoke move

Stoke City sign Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Premier League rivals Liverpool for £13m on a five-year deal.

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