Liverpool have confirmed a deal to sign RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, with the midfielder moving to Anfield in July 2018. The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow Naby Keita to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium. Keita had been one of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig refused to sell. The deal surpasses the record £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011. Liverpool confirmed the deal on Tuesday, and Naby Keita said: "I will become part of a project that excites me greatly. "My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. "Until I join my new club, next summer, I will re
Liverpool are in talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for forward Gelson Martins as they fear being priced out of a move for Roma's Mohamed Salah. Reports in Portugal claim Martins, 22, is the Reds' latest target as talks over Salah stalled after Liverpool's opening offer of £28m was rejected. Roma are believed to want even more than the £40m touted as the original price tag for the 24-year-old Egypt international - leaving Liverpool to consider moving on alternative targets unless the Italian side compromise. Liverpool are understood to have now made contact with Sporting for Portugal international Martins, who has a release clause of about £50m. But this is likely to be negotiable as Sporting have not automatically qualified for the Champions League group stage and are fa
Liverpool's Sadio Mane will miss Wednesday's match with Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp says it is "possible" the Senegal forward could be ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season. Mane, 24, had to be taken off after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton. There were reports that Mane, a £34m signing from Southampton last summer, might miss the rest of the campaign. But manager Klopp said: "It is not 100% clear. We have to wait a bit." When asked if the injury would be "season-ending", the German added: "Unfortunately it is possible. But why should I say that now? "The only thing I can say for sure is he will not be available for tomorrow. The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment." However, England striker Dani
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is set to miss Saturday's Merseyside derby with a thigh injury sustained on England duty, and could be out for up to four weeks. Lallana played in England's 1-0 defeat against Germany, and set up Jamie Vardy's second-half goal in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania at Wembly on Sunday. However, the 28-year-old midfielder, who has played in all but two of Liverpool's 29 Premier League matches this season, sustained a thigh injury in the World Cup Qualifier. The former Southampton captain has scored seven goals and contributed seven assists for Jurgen Klopp's side this campaign. Sky sources have confirmed Lallana returned to Melwood with an injury but refused to speculate over a timescale for his return. Lallana, who played the ful...
Philippe Coutinho says being above Everton in the Premier League is the only thing Liverpool have to think about ahead of the Merseyside derby. Liverpool host their local rivals at Anfield on April 1 after the international break, with Coutinho on duty with Brazil. Everton have not beaten the Reds since 2010 and are without a win in an away derby since 1999, but come into this game on fine form having lost just once in the top-flight in 2017. Despite Ronald Koeman's men now sitting within six points of fourth-placed Liverpool, Coutinho insists he is not concerned about those runs coming to an end. "I don't think about that or worry about that," Coutinho told reporters about the prospect of Everton finishing above them in the table. "Right now, Liverpool is higher in t
Teenager Ben Woodburn has received a first call up to Wales' squad for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on 24 March. The 17-year-old has made seven appearances for Liverpool this season and became their youngest scorer. Woodburn, the Nottingham-born forward qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather and has already played at under-16, under-18 and under-19 level. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are also included after returning from injury. Manager Chris Coleman's side are third in Group D, four points behind Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland, who are top. Source: BBC Sports
Liverpool's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is set to return from Africa in time for the Chelsea clash on Tuesday night. The Premier League leaders will visit Anfield in a crunch game for Jurgen Klopp’s faltering side and Mane’s presence could prove the lift needed to get the season on track. Mane missed a penalty in a shootout against Cameroon in the AFCON quarter finals on Saturday night following a 0-0 draw and that has ended Senegal’s participation in the competition. Liverpool have looked a very different side without the former Southampton man since he departed for Africa earlier this month and the return of his pace and directness will be a welcome one for the club. It is expected that he will only be able to make the substitute bench for the game after arriving back o
Liverpool are still waiting on FIFA to clear Cameroonian defender Joel Matip after pulling out of his country's African Cup of Nations competition in Gabon. The club withdrew him from their squad to face Manchester United on Sunday because they are unsure about his international clearance. Matip, 25, was named in Cameroon's preliminary squad for this month's Africa Cup of Nations, but the defender said he did not want to play. He was not in the final 23-man squad, but the Reds are seeking "clarity" from Fifa about his availability. Germany-born Joel Matip has not featured for Cameroon since September 2015. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "In our understanding, Joel is officially retired from international football. "The club did everything we had to do to make this clea...
Sadio Mane's goal deep into injury time sank Everton and settled a scrappy Merseyside derby in Liverpool's favor at Goodison Park. The Reds' £34m summer signing from Southampton reacted first to a loose ball after substitute Daniel Sturridge's shot had hit the post in the fourth of eight minutes of stoppage time. Everton, who had lost goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to injury in the second half, have now won just one of their past 20 meetings with their local rivals. Liverpool - who moved up to second - created the better chances, with Stekelenburg and his replacement Joel Robles saving well from Roberto Firmino. There was a flashpoint in the second half when a dreadful tackle by Ross Barkley on Jordan Henderson sparked angry scenes and the Everton midfielder was fortunate
Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Philippe Coutinho will miss around six weeks with an ankle injury. The Brazilian was stretchered off during the Reds’ 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, having collided with Black Cats midfielder Didier Ndong. It was feared that the 24-year-old playmaker could have been facing even longer on the sidelines, but the good news is that he will not require surgery. The news was reported on Monday afternoon by the Daily mail– although none of the usual Liverpool press reporters have yet commented or reported it. It means he will miss the league matches against Bournemouth (Dec 4th), West Ham (Dec 11th), Middlesbrough (Dec 14th), Everton (Dec 19th), Stoke City (Dec 27th), Man City (Dec 31st) and Sunderland (Jan 2nd).