Liverpool Round-Up: Swap Deal, Transfer Boost, Injury Blow

By | February 24, 2021

Liverpool ready to use Takumi Minamino in a swap deal to sign Sevilla forward

Liverpool are reportedly ready to offload creative midfielder Takumi Minamino this summer as they look to secure services of Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos.

While Argentine forward has endured a mixed season at Sevilla this campaign, the 26-year-old stays on the radar of some of European football’s top teams after his form in the Europa League during 2020.

The Merseyside Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the Argentine midfielder as Jurgen Klopp looks to freshen up his team at Anfield.

According to La Razon, the Merseyside Reds are prepared to include out-of-favour Minamino in any proposal for Argentine winger.

Despite impressing during the early weeks of his loan spell at Southampton, it is reported that the Japanese is unlikely to reclaim a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI and it would be wiser to sell him in the summer.

Minamino made just four starts in the Premier League season during his first year at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, The Merseyside giants have identified Borussia Monchengladbach player Denis Zakaria as their desired replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum. As such, the Merseyside giants now feel they are in need of midfield reinforcements in the summer and have targeted Switzerland international.

The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, who is regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in Germany, has already attracted a lot of attention across Europe, with a move away from Borussia Park likely on the horizon.

Liverpool on Alert: PSG 22-year-old forward demands release clause in new contract

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is reportedly requesting that a release clause is inserted into any potential new deal signed with French champions, which would allow him to depart from the club whenever he chooses.

The 22-year-old forward who will see his current contract expire at the end of next campaign, has been rumoured with the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool in recent months, with both teams considering making a big-money offer next summer.

According to French news outlet Foot Mercato, Kylian Mpappe is willing to sign a lucrative new contract with the Ligue 1 giats as long as a few conditions are agreed.

Firstly, the World Cup winning forward wants a salary that would match the club’s top earner Neymar, who is currently earning around £520,000 per week.

France international forward would also like a release clause included which states that he has the option to leave PSG at the end of any future campaign if the right offer comes in for him.

It stays to be seen whether Ligue 1 champions would agree to these requests, as they may not be keen on accepting such insecure terms for one of their star players.

Mbappe has played 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season were he has managed to found back of the net 21 times and providing nine assists.

Liverpool dealt another injury blow as Henderson sidelined for several weeks

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson could be sidelined for several weeks following to the groin injury he sustained against Everton, according to the reports.

The 30-year-old went down with the adductor problem on the half-hour mark of Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield – a game that Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to lose 2-0 in the absence of the makeshift defender.

Klopp revealed at his post-match press conference that the injury “does not look good” and England international midfielder is believe to have had a scan on it today.

While the Merseyside Reds are yet to confirm the extent of Jordan Henderson’s problem, the Daily Mail states that the Reds are preparing to be without their skipper for several weeks.

As a result, Henderson will likely miss the second leg of  the Merseyside Reds last-16 Champions League showdown with RB Leipzig – a tie that Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to win 2-0.

The Premier League champions already have Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez believed to be out for the 2020/21 campaign, while Fabinho and James Milner are also struggling with their own injury crisis.