For the first time since the early days of Jürgen Klopp’s tenure, Liverpool are entering a season that few observers seriously expected to win the league.
Manchester City, three-time winners last season, are favorites to retain the title. But Arsenal are expected to present a new challenge after responding to a break late last year with England’s record-breaking deal for Declan David Raya.
Liverpool got off to an exciting start to the transfer window with deals for Alexis MacAllister and Dominic Zhoboslai but currently look underpowered after letting Fabinho and Jordan leave. With Henderson moving to the Saudi Pro League, the Reds are heading into their season opener against Chelsea on Sunday without a specialist No. Southampton’s Lavia
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At this point, most people expect Liverpool to battle arch rivals Manchester United for third place, although be wary of threats from Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and New York. Newcastle United as well
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Newcastle turned down when Federico Chiesa wanted Liverpool
Juventus forward Federico Chiesa Turned down an approach from Newcastle United and instead wanted to join Liverpool. As reported by the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via Paisley Gates).
Chiesa has been given the chance to join the Magpies, who have qualified for the Champions League this season ahead of the Reds, as well as compatriot Aston Villa and Saudi Pro Leagues clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli.
But none of the moves are of interest to the Italian, who is ready to join Liverpool as Juventus attempt to sell him for $55m (£43m/€50m).
No offers have come from Merseyside and Juve manager Max Allegri is ready to integrate Chiesa into his two strikers alongside a move on target Romelu Lukaku if no move is made.
Liverpool.com says: Chiesa may need a move. But he is highly unlikely. Despite the loss of Roberto Firmino, Liverpool are ready in attack following the signings of Luis Diaz, Cody Cappo and Darwin Nunez over the past 18 months.
Yes, you could argue the Reds could do with Mohamed Salah’s back-up specialist, but Chiesa is unlikely to accept such a small role. The forward is due to turn 26 in October. Therefore, he cannot be branded as a long-term successor either. Ultimately, this seems to be the case for the right player – Chiesa showed what he can do at Euro 2020 when he made his team at the tournament after Italy’s victory – at the wrong time.
Man Utd leads race for Benjamin Pavard
Manchester United are currently ‘favourites’ to sign Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich, according to Sky Germany. Florian Plettenberg.
Erik ten Hag is pushing for a signing. and talks about negotiations ‘Going on and being positive’, with Pavard open to activism
Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel remains hopeful he can keep the Frenchman. It is worth around $33 million (£26 million/€30 million), but Pavard wants to leave.
The same journalist once tweeted on June 3 that Liverpool were among the ‘options’ for the 27-year-old World Cup winner.
Liverpool.com says: United are preparing a defensive vacancy as Harry Maguire nears a move to West Ham United, but there is an argument Liverpool want more Pavard (via BBC Sport).
The struggles of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate’s poor fitness record make the Reds look rather weak in that department. And this new system might also require players like Pavard.
He can play as both a central defender and a full back. And that could make him the ideal patriotic receiver to insert behind Trent. Alexander-Arnold and gave the Englishman the freedom to work in full-time midfield.
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