LONDON, July 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that Egypt's Mohamed Salah is fully fit after the shoulder injury that saw him miss a portion of Egypt’s World Cup campaign and the bulk of the UEFA Champions League final.
The last couple months have been quite difficult for Salah personally after Sergio Ramos’ controversial tackle saw him damage ligaments in the joint and withdrawn from the final after just 30 minutes of play.
Salah returned to club duty Friday for his first day of pre-season training before joining the rest of the squad on their trip to the United States.
He subsequently missed the opening game of Egypt’s campaign in Russia and despite scoring two goals, his country’s elimination from the tournament soured what was supposed to be the crowning moment in his career.
“He has fully recovered,” said the Liverpool manager.
“We were constantly in contact [during the World Cup] and he was fine. Shoulder-wise, he had no problems. We were in really close contact and it was clear that if he had any problems still then he would have waited for the next game.
“He is a very serious person and he knows that it’s his career. Whatever people want from you, if you can’t, you can’t. But he was completely fine and is completely fine now," Klopp added.
“He looks full of joy and is really happy to be back. It was nice to see him yesterday for the first time, the same for Sadio [Mane]. They had an intense year behind [them] but they are really looking forward to the season already.
“It’s good to have them back and they can start training now and all that stuff. It was not a long time they were out but I think it was very important that they had at least three weeks.
“Now they still have a good basis. They look very fit – we made tests. Both have fantastic values so they did the work they had to do, so now they can start quicker than the rest of the team from another basis. That’s good for us but the season starts on August 12, not this week, so good.”
Liverpool take on Manchester City in New Jersey on July 26 and Man United in Michigan on July 28.
LONDON, July 21, 2018 (News Wires) - Leicester City have signed goalkeeper Danny Ward from Liverpool on a four-year contract, both clubs confirmed. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported Leicester paid around £12.5 million for the 25-year-old.
Ward, who joined Liverpool from Wrexham in January 2012, made only three first-team appearances for the Merseyside club, and was the third-choice keeper behind Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet last season.
“I've come here to develop my all-round game and hopefully help deliver some more success,” Ward told the LCFC TV.
“The club has had that in recent years and hopefully there’s more to come in the future.”
Ward, capped four times by Wales, will compete with first-choice Kasper Schmeichel and Eldin Jakupovic in manager Claude Puel's squad for the 2018-19 campaign.
Leicester kick off their Premier League campaign with an away game against Manchester United on August 10.
LONDON, July 21, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool's world-record signing of Alisson could trigger a reshuffle of goalkeepers at top clubs across Europe, with several others seemingly set for a move on the merry-go-round.
Liverpool signed Brazil international Alisson from Roma on Thursday in a deal valued at 72.5 million euros ― a record for a goalkeeper ― beating Chelsea to his signature.
Liverpool swiftly sold reserve goalkeeper Danny Ward to Leicester City.
Wales international Ward had been back-up to Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, who made two costly blunders in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May.
Ward going to Leicester could either provide competition or back-up to the Foxes' Kasper Schmeichel ― or see the Denmark goalkeeper on his way.
Sky Sports News reported that Chelsea are interested in Schmeichel after a series of impressive performances at the World Cup.
The Blues could be in need of a new goalkeeper. Thibault Courtois has been openly torn for months between his post at Stamford Bridge and his family in Madrid.
“My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid, it's known. My two children live there with their mum,” he told Belgian magazine Sport back in February.
“Yes, my heart is in Madrid. It is logical and understandable.”
Courtois shone at the World Cup, winning the Golden Glove for goalkeeper of the tournament as Belgium finished a best-ever third.
However, with his contract running down, he has been linked with a move to Spain.
Were Courtois to head to Real Madrid, the future of their current number one Keylor Navas would be in doubt.
Stoke City's England back-up goalkeeper Jack Butland could be a prime target for pre-season shoppers at wealthier clubs.
Meanwhile at Arsenal, Petr Cech, the English Premier League's all-time clean sheet record holder, could be another target after Berd Leno's arrival at the Emirates.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he wants to “find a solution” for Joe Hart so the former England keeper does not have to see out the final year of his contract in the reserves, having spent two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.
The English transfer window closes on August 9, although players can move to other countries up to August 31.
LIVERPOOL, July 20, 2018 (MENA) - Liverpool winger and Egyptian national football team player Mohamed Salah began his training with Liverpool in preparations for the next season.
Liverpool posted on its Twitter account photos of Salah's training with his teammates.
Last season, Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions and made 16 assists
in 52 matches.
LIVERPOOL, July 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Striker Daniel Sturridge wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for a starting role under manager Jurgen Klopp at the Premier League club, the 28-year-old has said.
Sturridge has been hampered by a spate of injuries during the last few years with the England international passing the 10-goal mark only once over the last four seasons, scoring 13 in the 2015-16 season.
He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion in January but failed to make an impact at the Hawthorns outfit, failing to score in six appearances for the relegated club.
Local media reports linked Sturridge with a move away from Liverpool but manager Klopp said this week that the striker still has a future at Anfield.
"I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out," Sturridge told the Daily Mirror.
"Pre-season is going well, so for me it's keeping my head down and building on that. I'm excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back."
Sturridge, who was left out of Gareth Southgate's England team for the World Cup, has played in all three of Liverpool's pre-season friendlies so far.
Liverpool continue their pre-season fixtures against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday before heading to the United States to face Borussia Dortmund, league rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.
LONDON, July 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool have boosted their attacking options with the signing of Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City on a long-term contract, the Premier League club said.
The details of the deal were not disclosed but local media said Shaqiri had joined on a five-year contract after Liverpool paid his 13.5 million pounds ($17.86 million) release clause.
“It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach (Juergen Klopp). So I’m really glad and happy to be here," Shaqiri, 26, said on the Anfield club's website Liverpoolfc.com.
Shaqiri started all of Switzerland's games at this year's World Cup, where they lost to Sweden in the last 16, and has scored 21 goals in 74 games for his country, including a last-minute winner against Serbia in the group stage in Russia.
The talented Swiss playmaker is Liverpool's third signing in the transfer window so far after the arrival of AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho and Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.
“...he (Shaqiri) is someone who makes a big difference to the squad and team, because he can fit in so many positions in oursystem. He gives us greater flexibility in how we can use our current players also," said Klopp.
Shaqiri began his career with FC Basel and joined Bayern Munich in 2012, spending 2- 1/2 years at the Bundesliga giants before a six-month spell with Inter Milan.
He won league titles in Switzerland and Germany plus the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.
“I know him well from his time in Switzerland and especially Germany – I have been a
long-time admirer," added Klopp.
"But the added bonus now is that he knows the Premier League and what it takes to perform in this uniquely intense environment. He also did really well at the World Cup – so he comes to us full of belief and confidence."
Shaqiri joined Stoke in 2013 and scored 15 goals in 84 league games over three seasons at the Midlands outfit, who were relegated from the top flight last season.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen," added Shaqiri, who was linked with Liverpool in 2014 when Bayern reportedly blocked a move.
"I’m really happy that now I’m finally here. I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”