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Liverpool to bid £50m for Naby Keita; Man City moving for Benjamin Mendy

May 26, 2017 04:56 PM PDT

The FC panel try to sort through the conflicting messages and swirling rumours regarding Antoine Griezmann's future. Liverpool are trying to raid RB Leipzig for their box-to-box midfielder Naby Keita. The football world's gossip mill is in full swing, and Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Liverpool eye record Keita bid Liverpool could break their transfer record to sign RB Leipzig's Naby Keita, with the Mirror claiming the Reds are prepared to bid as high as £50 million to get the box-to-box midfielder. The Guinea international would command a fee in excess of the £38m they paid for...

Liverpool must respond to Manchester United glory in Europa League

May 26, 2017 03:51 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Liverpool's hopes for next season. There was a solitary moment of humour for Liverpool fans after Manchester United won the Europa League on Wednesday. It was when Jose Mourinho encouraged his players to hold up three fingers, indicating United had won a treble this season. It was a tenuous claim which triggered Liverpool memories of their own treble in 2001, one derided for the most part by United supporters as "plastic" or even "Mickey Mouse" as one banner subtly described it. At least Liverpool's included the FA Cup, not...

Liverpool loan arranger: No move for Ben Woodburn but Ojo needs minutes

May 26, 2017 03:33 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses the possible ins and outs at Liverpool this summer. Liverpool's attitude toward loaning out youth players has changed considerably under the management of Jurgen Klopp. When he arrived at Anfield in October 2015, the German manager was surprised to find 17 Liverpool players out on loan. The following summer, the Merseyside club were extremely selective about the players they thought would benefit from a spell away, while they believed it would be best for other prospects to be nurtured at Melwood and the club's Kirkby academy. With Liverpool...

Antonio Conte vs. Jurgen Klopp: Who wins in a touchline "emotion-off"?

May 26, 2017 12:56 AM PDT

The FC crew recall the defining moments that stuck out for them during the 2016-17 Premier League season. "I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." So wrote Oscar Wilde in "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and there are a couple of managers in the Premier League who regularly use, enjoy and dominate theirs. Many coaches convey a sense of robotic blankness on the touchline for fear of giving too much away, but Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp are notable exceptions. a pair of touchline tacticians who are like exposed...

Who had the better season: Liverpool or Man City? Spurs or Man United?

May 25, 2017 06:55 AM PDT

The FC crew rate the success of Manchester United's season and debate which Prem team will have the most UCL success next season. Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Steve Nicol breaks down the latest rumours, including Man City's links with Kyle Walker and Alexis Sanchez. They've all qualified for the Champions League but in contrasting ways. Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United: Who had the better season? Each side's fans will have a case for why their team enjoyed the best 2016-17 behind Chelsea. Tottenham finished second, while Manchester United finished sixth and won two trophies. Elsewhere, Liverpool and Manchester City finished in the top four.  We have pitted Tottenham and Manchester United together to settle the age old debate about...

Flashback to Liverpool's first European Cup triumph in 1977

May 25, 2017 06:00 AM PDT

On this day in 2005, Liverpool came back from 3-0 down at half-time against AC Milan to win the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool's (l-r) Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes and Jimmy Case share Liverpool's first European Cup triumph with the travelling fans. May 25 is a significant date in Liverpool's history -- it is a date synonymous with the club lifting the European Cup on two separate occasions. In 2005, Liverpool produced one of football's most famous comebacks to win the Champions League, but it is also four decades on since they won the European Cup for the very first time. On the 40th anniversary of Liverpool's win over Borussia Monchengladbach at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, ESPN FC looks at the importance of the victory and just how it laid the...

Liverpool legends, current stars on display in 3-0 friendly win in Australia

May 24, 2017 09:39 AM PDT

Jurgen Klopp expresses his gratitude to Sydney FC for welcoming Liverpool to play in Wednesday's friendly. Liverpool's "past, present and future" were on show as the Reds travelled halfway around the world for a 3-0 friendly win against Sydney FC in Australia on Wednesday. Manager Jurgen Klopp selected a number of his regulars alongside some of the club's most talented youngsters but his squad also contained four "legends" in Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger. Their inclusion gave interest to what would otherwise have seemed a fairly pointless exercise. Money-spinning...

Transfer Rater: Antoine Griezmann to Man United, Iker Casillas to Liverpool

May 24, 2017 02:48 AM PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United Atletico Madrid star Griezmann has told French newspaper L'Equipe he is set to move on this summer. "I'm ready to go,"...

Liverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum makes one Reds fan's day at Anfield

May 23, 2017 01:47 AM PDT

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses Liverpool's needs in the transfer market. It would appear that Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum had a rather eventful day on Sunday. Not only did he score a goal that helped his team to a top four finish, but the Dutch international also surprised a young Reds fan after the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough with a heartwarming random act of kindness. After making the trip across from Limerick, Ireland, Louise Mackessy treated her Liverpool-mad son Patrick to shopping trip to the Adidas store in Liverpool city centre. It was here that she...

Jurgen Klopp's hard work begins now that Liverpool finished in the top four

May 23, 2017 01:04 AM PDT

Steve Nicol evaluates what Liverpool need to do over the summer in order to manage their return to the Champions League. The hard work starts now for Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool manager has taken his team into the top four, and that is an impressive achievement, but the next few weeks will determine whether qualification for the Champions League is a staging post for success or an aberration. It will take significant strengthening of the squad to enable the German to compete in Europe and consolidate Liverpool's position in the Premier League. Anfield has had only one season of Champions League football this decade....

Daniel Sturridge's Liverpool fate a complicated decision after injury woes

May 23, 2017 01:00 AM PDT

Steve Nicol evaluates what Liverpool need to do over the summer in order to manage their return to the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp loved Liverpool's showing against Boro, but stresses the importance of their return to European football. Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will be able to keep hold of all their key players over the summer. Daniel Sturridge's Liverpool future is up in the air. The striker insists he his happy at Anfield, but says it's for the club to decide whether he stays or moves on this summer. It has been a difficult season for the England international. With Liverpool once being so dependent on him, Sturridge has had to settle for the role of a squad player this term, making just 11 starts in all competitions. Liverpool find themselves in the remarkable situation that it might be best for all parties concerned...

Trending: Real Madrid win La Liga, Liverpool book Champions League

May 22, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga. Watch the match highlights for LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid Catch all the goals scored in LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Malaga vs Real Madrid Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... REAL MADRID: Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema swept Real Madrid to their first La Liga title in five years as they cruised to a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday night. - Zinedine Zidane said clinching the Liga title was the "best day of my professional life." - Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics in the media, saying he's not the "delinquent" that he believes he's often made out to be. BARCELONA:...

How will Liverpool approach this summer transfer window?

May 22, 2017 08:42 AM PDT

Steve Nicol evaluates what Liverpool need to do over the summer in order to manage their return to the Champions League. A top-four finish means "mission accomplished." The first full season of the Jurgen Klopp era ends with a spot in the Champions League, which brings relief to the club coffers and, psychologically, more of a sense that they're moving in the right direction. Steve Nicol talked on the show about the club needing five or six major signings to compete for the title. The big question this summer is whether you go all in and make that many changes that quickly or whether you build through youth and, maybe,...

Liverpool's season a major success but improvements, reinforcements still needed

May 22, 2017 02:00 AM PDT

Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Emre Can lead the list for Liverpool's top goals of the Premier League season. A joyous Jurgen Klopp revels at securing UCL football for Liverpool and finishing above rivals Man United and Arsenal. Steve Nicol defends Jurgen Klopp's comments about the intensity of the Premier League weighing clubs down in Europe. Landing 76 points and fourth place is a significant improvement on last season, although changes will still be needed to help keep pace with the rest of the league's best teams and deal with the extra football in Europe. Rating out of 10: 7 Highlight In the very first half of football this season Liverpool had clearly been second best away to Arsenal. 1-0 down, it could and should have been more. Just before half-time, Philippe Coutinho unleashed a trademark free kick of curl and power to equalise....

Transfer Rater: Ryan Sessegnon to Liverpool, Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea

May 22, 2017 01:37 AM PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to leave Lyon this summer and sign for Atletico Madrid, subject to the Spanish club's...

Chelsea, Spurs fly high; Klopp ousts Arsenal, United; Allardyce redemption

May 22, 2017 12:39 AM PDT

Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. With the Premier League season behind us, take a look at the latest predictions of how the top 4 will shape up next season. And just like that, the 2016-17 Premier League came to an end. It has been a campaign of highs and lows, as Iain Macintosh points out. Heroes Eighteen months ago, Chelsea were sliding toward the relegation zone, with Jose Mourinho apparently as welcome in the dressing room as an outbreak of trench foot. After five months of drift under Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte was charged with fixing them. And it has to be said, he has done a pretty decent job. That dressing room has bitten many a manager in...

Wijnaldum, Coutinho and Lallana send Liverpool to Champions League

May 21, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side fully deserve a place in the Champions League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side fully deserve a place in the Champions League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side fully deserve a place in the Champions League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side fully deserve a place in the Champions League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side fully deserve a place in the Champions League. With 45 minutes gone, Anfield was threatening to be consumed by tension and anxiety, but Georginio Wijnaldum's strike in first-half stoppage time settled the nerves and the Reds ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Middlesbrough in the end to secure a well-deserved place in the top four. Positives In recent times Liverpool have often fluffed their lines on the big occasion, so getting the job done under pressure this time this was a big step in the right direction. Negatives No negatives, just relief...

Liverpool back in the big time, but Klopp must spend wisely to compete

May 21, 2017 10:05 AM PDT

Liverpool deserve their place in the Champions League, according to boss Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool deserve their place in the Champions League, according to boss Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool deserve their place in the Champions League, according to boss Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool deserve their place in the Champions League, according to boss Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool deserve their place in the Champions League, according to boss Jurgen Klopp. Within seconds of the final whistle blowing at Anfield, the PA system rang out with "The Boys are Back in Town" as the stadium began to celebrate Liverpool's return to the Champions League with a 3-0 home victory against Middlesbrough. The Anfield DJ had plenty of options -- "The Long and Winding Road" might have been more appropriate -- but he went for the Thin Lizzy hit to reflect both the joy and relief after Liverpool secured a top-four Premier League finish for only the second time in eight...

Klopp must change Liverpool's image of failure to secure UCL spot vs. Boro

May 20, 2017 02:42 AM PDT

Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes predict whether Middlesbrough can surprise Liverpool on the final day. Liverpool's season boils down to a single match. Beat Middlesbrough on Sunday and they've earned a chance to compete in next season's Champions League. There are even some result permutations that would give the Reds third place and automatic entry into the group stage. For now, the message is simple: win, then let the pieces fall where they may. How wonderful it would be if things actually were so simple. The team in fourth at home against the team in 19th, one that's already been relegated after...

Kylian Mbappe signing would be a massive statement for Liverpool

May 19, 2017 06:27 AM PDT

Julien Laurens discusses teenage phenom Kylian Mbappe's potential transfer destinations, or if he'll remain in Ligue 1. Liverpool have been linked with a sensational move for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, with Spanish newspaper Marca reporting on Thursday that Monaco had rejected a €75 million offer from the Merseyside club. However, sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool have yet to approach the Ligue 1 champions, but added that the Reds have been monitoring the 18-year-old's rapid rise. ESPN FC lists five reasons why Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should break the bank to sign Mbappe. 1. It would be a statement...


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