Sunday 25 February 2018

Liverpool transfer talk: Klopp keen on Benfica star while Flanagan could be on the move

Jon Flanagan could leave Liverpool and (right) Anderson Talisca is being tracked
Jon Flanagan could leave Liverpool and (right) Anderson Talisca is being tracked

Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca is still being tracked by Liverpool, with O Jogo claiming that there has been dialogue between the two clubs ahead of a possible deal.

A client of Jorge Mendes, the talented Brazilian has a reported €45m release clause stipulated in his contract, but it is a fee that Liverpool are willing to meet.

The only sticking point at the moment is his work permit, but Liverpool are working with the Premier League to resolve this.

The Liverpool Echo report that former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger is set to join Liverpool on a one-year deal.

The 39-year old Austrian has been training with the club in the past few weeks, and after the loans of Danny Ward (Hudderfield Town), Adam Bogdan (Wigan Athletic) and Ryan Fulton (Chesterfield), they now only have two goalkeepeers in their first team squad.

Simon Mingolet and Loris Karius will battle it out for the number one spot, while Manninger will be on hand to provide back up.

According to the Daily Mail, full back Jon Flanagan may move to Burnley in the hope of getting more first-team football.

The 23-year-old has had rotten luck with injuries, but despite making a return last season, it seems as though he has fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp.

And after being left out of the squad to face Huddersfield on Wednesday evening, he is now considering a move to Turf Moor.

Speaking in De Telegraaf, former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt revealed that the Anfield side had scouted fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum around seven years ago when he was still at the club.

Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Liverpool in a £25million deal

He also went on to endorse the signing of the £25m midfielder.

Kuyt said: "It's a wonderful transfer for Gini. The best compliment for him was that his name in my time at Liverpool buzzed inside the club.

“He was watched by the scouts already in his youth days at Feyenoord as a very great talent. When I played for Liverpool, I heard them frequently say that he would be a wonderful asset one day.

“He eventually ended up at PSV and Newcastle, before moving to Anfield. He is now at a top club in England and he’ll be at home.

“Led by Klopp, Liverpool want to go way up again. I myself have been at the semi-finals in the Europa League and then I noticed that something is growing. Klopp sees Gini as a nice player. I know him well, he also did well in Brazil."

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