It’s that time again, here’s a roundup of the last weeks LFC news in the shape of 5 talking points.
After an interesting kick-off of the pre-season schedule with an 0-2 away win at Tranmere Rovers, successful run continued with two wins against lower-league teams. Fleetwood Town fell last week with an entertaining 5-0 victory, with Marko Grujić rounding off a brilliant performance with the first goal for the Reds. Roberto Firmino added two goals, with Lucas Leiva and 16-year old youngster Ben Woodburn scoring also. Great form for Woodburn continued in our last game against Wigan, as both he and Danny Ings scored in an easy win against the Championship side. Phillipe Coutinho also returned for this game and delivered an outstanding performance, hitting the woodwork twice. True challenges for the Reds come from Thursday, when the Reds embark on a US tour, but must face Huddersfield Town first on Wednesday.
What were transfers waiting to happen last week, were completed in the last few days. Martin Škrtel ended his eight-and-a-half year stay with the club and signed for Fenerbahce for a 5.5 million pounds fee. Slovakian defender had numerous ups and downs in his Liverpool career, with his high-point definitely being the 2011/2012 Player of the year award.
Škrtel will be followed by talented winger Jordon Ibe, who completed a 15 million pound switch Bournemouth, after agreeing personal terms with the club. While there is some sadness in the air about the 20-year old, it is probably best to part ways for both parties after a mixed campaign for him. Liverpool got the best possible amount for the winger and has also secured a buy-back clause, should Ibe prove his potential and establish himself as one of the finest wingers in England.
Adam Bogdan has also left today, heading to Wolves on a season long loan deal.
Arriving at the club today is experienced center back Ragnar Klavan, having signed from Augsburg the left footed defender will add depth to Klopp’s options in defence following the departures of Martin Škrtel and Kolo Toure. More here
There is a strong indication that another player might join Reds before they travel to the US on Thursday. Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is strongly linked with a transfer to the Reds, after scoring an impressive eleven goals in the attacking midfielder role. His transfer is however under big doubt, as Newcastle is asking for up to 25 million pounds for the Dutch player. Rafael Benitez is keen to keep the player among his ranks, but a lucrative offer might tempt the 25-year old to switch teams.
Euro Players Return
Liverpool will welcome back number of the EURO 2016 participants ahead of Thursday’s trip to America, as Belgian trio and five English players set to return to the squad. Several returning players will face severe competition in the club after their EURO 2016 competition, as Mignolet, Origi, Lallana and Henderson face fresh competition for a place in the starting line-up. Joe Allen and Emre Can will return on Saturday and the first complete Liverpool line-up will head off on the USA tour.
Sakho Signs (shirts)
Liverpool’s fan favourite Mamadou Sakho made headlines this week as well, as he switched his number from 17 to 3 in the upcoming season. As a great way to celebrate his relationship with the fans, he will sign all jerseys with his name and number 17 on it. What a guy!