It was another eventful weekend for Liverpool with a disappointing Premier League result plus news on a transfer deal apparently almost done.
Reds drop vital points against Newcastle
Liverpool failed to capitalise on several gilt-edged goal opportunities against Newcastle on Saturday to take all three points. Mohamed Salah put The Reds in front with an astounding touch and finish on the turn, just three minutes into the game. However, Salah, Sadio Mané, Diogo Jota, and Bobby Firmino all had chances to increase Liverpool’s lead and secure the three points in the 90 minutes of play that followed. Unfortunately, due to poor finishing and some great goalkeeping from Martin Dúbravka, Jürgen Klopp’s men were still only one ahead going into injury time at the end of the match. Callum Wilson then had a goal disallowed for a ridiculous handball decision. It should have stood. Newcastle did manage to equalise just a minute later through on-loan Joe Willock. It was pretty much the last kick of the game and, following Chelsea’s win at West Ham, means Liverpool are now four points off the top four with five fixtures remaining this season.
Ibrahima Konaté transfer reported being close to a done deal
French centre-back Ibrahima Konaté is reported to be very close to signing for Liverpool after the club apparently agreed to pay the RB Leipzig player’s release fee of €35 million.
According to The Guardian, Klopp and co ‘fought off competition from several other Premier League clubs to agree a five-year deal with the 21-year-old.’
The piece goes on to state that:
‘The club still have the option of signing Kabak on a permanent transfer for £18m in the summer and the Turkish defender has impressed after a difficult start, forming a solid defensive partnership with Nathaniel Phillips in recent weeks.
Liverpool have a good relationship with RB Leipzig, having signed Naby Keïta for £52.7m in 2018. Konaté has made 64 Bundesliga appearances for RB Leipzig since joining in 2017. Chelsea were one of the clubs interested in signing the player this summer but never got as far as making an official offer.’
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