In the midst of the World Cup, some interesting developments have been revolving around Liverpool.
Although the usual abundance of transfer rumors has dwindled somewhat due to the prestigious tournament taking over the summer, some news has come out regarding contracts and potential signings.
Rhian Brewster has reportedly signed a five-year contract with Liverpool. The deal with the 18-year-old striker came after speculation that the youngster may move to Germany and play in the Bundesliga. However, Jürgen Klopp has expressed his faith in the forward and he is set to join the senior squad for pre-season.
Brewster’s professional contract raises questions over how Klopp will incorporate home-grown youth talent and what his strategy will be for signing established players later in the summer.
After negotiations fell through between Liverpool and French forward, Nabil Fekir, it seemed that a deal for the player would be fairly unlikely. This saga took another twist on Monday when Fekir’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, told French TV channel LCI that Fekir’s future is still uncertain.
“He didn’t sign because um… it is not over! This is not the end of the story” Bernes said.
Liverpool have been rumored to sign a new keeper this summer after Loris Karius’s brutal performance in the Champions League Final. Roma keeper, Alisson Becker, and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid are big names that have been tossed around.
Recently, some more realistic goalkeeper targets have been talked about over a potential move to Anfield. Jack Butland of Stoke City has been rumored to join Klopp and the reds. However, his worth has been questioned by Liverpool fans, many actually preferring to stick with Karius. Liverpool have apparently expressed interest in Lazio goalkeeper, Thomas Strakosha, and, very recently, another English goalkeeper, Nick Pope. Liverpool are reportedly conducting “background checks” on the 26-year-old according to the Daily Mirror.
In the World Cup itself, Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson shined in a 2-1 win for England over Tunisia on Monday. The Englishman solidified the midfield and played some lovely balls forward, washing away any criticism for his selection over Eric Dier.
On Tuesday, Liverpool stars Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both made their debuts in Russia.
Mané captained Senegal against Robert Lewandowski and Poland. Senegal won the match 2-1 and Mané helped create Senegal’s first goal. Overall, it was a very sound performance from Mané and his Senegalese compatriots.
Salah started for Egypt in Tuesday’s final match of the day after sitting out Egypt’s first match due to a shoulder injury sustained during the Champions League Final for Liverpool. Unfortunately for Salah, Russia was able to dismantle the Egyptian defense and win 3-1. Salah’s penalty in the 73rd minute was not enough to come back from after being 3-0 down. Two losses for Egypt will almost surely knock them out of the tournament after the group stages.
As the World Cup progresses, more news will likely come out of the Liverpool camp as pre-season draws nearer.