Oh, what a week that was. We take a look at top five moments from last week,. Make sure to comment and offer your opinion on current affairs with our beloved club.
Klopp Commits for 6 Years
What became as a mere speculation turned into a fact later last week, as our manager Jurgen Klopp agreed to extend his current contract and sign a new one, lasting until year 2022. Klopp’s assistants Željko Buvač and Peter Krawietz are also on board with the new deal. Owner John Henry stated that they are very excited to what Klopp and his assistants offered the club in the last ten months. No matter how much we are happy with the new deal, it comes as a big surprise, considering the fact that most managers get three year deals at best, but we are sure it is a risk worth taking.
Ings Scores at Tranmere
Liverpool opened their busy pre-season schedule with an away game to Tranmere Rovers, which ended up 1-0 in our favor. Danny Ings scored the only goal of the game, after a brilliant run by youngster Alexander-Arnold. Besides the mentioned duo, newly signed Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Joel Matip all delivered solid performances. One of the landmarks of the first pre-season game was the omission of out of favor Italian forward Mario Balotelli, who is now set to leave the club, by any means necessary.
Skrtel Medical at Fenerbahce
After a long eight year stay with the red family, Slovakian defender Martin Škrtel is set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce for a reported 5.5 million pounds fee. The 31-year old is expected to finalize his deal later this week, as he has already landed in Istanbul. Škrtel leaves after arguably his worst campaign with our club, which has prompted him to be relegated as the fourth-choice centre-back, behind Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure. Škrtel’s reign at Liverpool can be marked as successful after all, as he has shown signs of a world-class defender, but those moments became a rarity in the last two seasons.
Ibe Agrees Terms at Bournemouth
Another player looks set to leave the club in the coming days. Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has reportedly agreed personal terms with Bournemouth and is poised to complete a 15 million pounds switch. 20-year old Ibe has enjoyed a rather mixed campaign with the Reds, starting the season as the first choice winger under Brendan Rodgers, but ending as squad player under Klopp. His brilliant goal against West Bromwich remains his only goal in the league for Liverpool and an exit was a logical solution. Liverpool did some great piece of business here, assuring that there is a buy-back clause and a hefty sell-on fee for the highly rated winger, should he succeed at this Premier league club.
Sakho Cleared but Injured
After a pretty turbulent couple of months for Mamadou Sakho, it seems as our defender has finally found peace and can come back to play for the club. Sakho was cleared of all charges about the alleged doping scandal earlier in the season, which caused him to miss Europa league final and the EURO 2016 with his country. Sakho now must wait on the court of arbitration to clear his case and might even consider suing UEFA for clear damage of his career. Sakho will also most likely miss out the start of the season anyway, he’s recovering from treatment of an achilles injury. the treatment took place during the ban, although there was no surgery the centre back could be missing for the first 4 weeks of the season. Looks like Matip and Lovren will be the first defensive partnership in what’s to be a competitive place on the teamsheet.