Liverpool has just over a month to start defending the Premier League crown.
The Red Devils have won a long-awaited championship this summer and now there are only a few weeks left before the 2020/21 campaign begins in September.
While the new season is only a few weeks away from a resumption, much of the discussion surrounding Anfield has been around potential newcomers.
Winger Kostas Tsimikas is expected to arrive from Olympiacos this week, but what about the other recruits?
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ECHO Reds correspondent Paul Gorst has responded to questions about potential Liverpool transfers, as well as addressed a number of rumors surrounding recent days.
Here is the full webchat transcript:
Gini Wijnaldum about to sign a new contract? If not, Liverpool plans to sell you in this transfer window?
PG: This is really precarious, isn̵7;t it?
Liverpool, I have been told, have made the decision to halt all contract negotiations and transfer discussions, meaning that there will be little progress on Wijnaldum’s situation.
However, it is all up and running now and that is one of the biggest problems on the pitch at the club right now.
He played 37 times last season in the Premier League so it is clear he is a big name for Jurgen Klopp, so there is no way the club would not want to renew his contract with him.
The ball is probably in his field but as he enters the final 12 months the club has a big decision to make.
Personally, I don’t think they’ll offload him, though. They will do their best to make sure he signs it.
Who actually replaced Dejan Lovren?
PG: Difficult one, I believe Ben White was recruited for the majority of last season’s Championship campaign at Leeds.
And I believe there was – or at least – there was an interest in Sevilla’s Diego Carlos earlier this year. His asking price or release terms could be a bit too high for now.
However, Liverpool need an experienced midfielder to make up for Lovren’s loss. He played more than 200 Premier League games for Liverpool and Southampton.
A young player about to replace him is a big question.
Is Ismaila Sarr transferable? If so, wouldn’t that hinder Harvey Elliott’s progress?
PG: Yes, but it is not as black and white as saying he is going to Liverpool.
I was informed over the weekend that he was one of the options that have been reviewed and followed up.
His profile matches the bill when it comes to back-up for the three up front with high potential ceilings.
Like the pursuit of Jamal Lewis, Liverpool probably felt they could get quality from a relegated team.
However, the problem could be the price.
Watford paid him £ 25m last summer and he has only just raised his reputation in the Premier League. I wouldn’t be too confident to say that he will be a Red Devils player before the transfer window ends, but I have confirmed that he is of interest.
As Elliott’s progress, he has only turned 17 in the last few months so there is absolutely no pressure on him to demand a more regular place in the starting lineup.
The club has great hopes for him and sees him as a permanent Liverpool player for at least the next 10 years, so the arrival of someone more senior to fight for a place on the th front Those three are not considered major obstacles for Elliott right now.
I’ve always had the impression that we’ll see some evolve with the Thiago transfer after his season ends with Bayern Munich in Lisbon. Do you believe there will be a connection between us and Bayern after their campaign ends?
PG: It is a sensible school of thought, but I have been told twice separately that Thiago Alcantara is not considered in Liverpool’s recruiting room.
It seems he wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer and why doesn’t he want to go to Liverpool right now?
But, no, I don’t think he will sign the Reds. All the noise about this special deal seems to have come from Bayern.
At 29, I’m not sure he has a profile the club is reviewing.
Although he is a quality player, of course.
Klopp has a tradition of liking early rookies, do you expect movement on the next signings ahead of Evian training camp?
PG: Traditionally, Klopp wanted to sign the contract earlier.
Any manager would tell you the same, but with opening hours until the first week of October and the club still mostly evaluating their finances, I think maybe we can. will see movement a little later than usual.
Klopp said a few weeks ago that the club will play a game worth the wait, so it looks like that will be the plan.
The club has yet to confirm another trip to Evian-les-Bains but Klopp is keen on that to happen.
Last year, the Red Devils played with Lyon in Geneva, near the headquarters of the training camp and I know the manager is a huge fan of the intense work he can take on there.
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Anyone interested in Ozan Kabak?
PG: Is not. My colleague Connor Dunn recently wrote that he is not a player under consideration.
Have Liverpool lined up any pre-season friendlies?
PG: Currently, the club still does not have any concrete plans for last season.
They will be returning to Melwood today after a two-week break, so plans may begin to take shape over the next few days regarding friendlies.
I don’t think we’ll see too much.
The club also has a Community Shield to compete with later this month.
We see a few months back that the club was able to arrange a friendly against Blackburn pretty quickly, so I would suggest it could be a similar kind of program with some matches. on the Anfield pitch behind closed doors with teams within 50 miles or so.
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Does the club have a new sleeve sponsor? Anything on the plan regarding training field sponsorship?
PG: I believe the club is in talks about a sleeve sponsorship.
Their deal with Western Union recently ended and there is another avenue they can explore as a source of revenue.
However, I doubt that the club will be named on the new training ground.
The club explored the possibility of naming the stands as Anfield Road expanded but that is early.
It shows that the club is at least open to that field of funding. But there’s nothing in the pipeline as far as I know with the new Kirkby facility.
How long has the club been following Kostas Tsimikas? Is he better than Jamal Lewis?
PG: The club has known about Tsimikas for about three years.
The Scouts were sent to Willem II to monitor Pedro Chirivella’s development as they noticed Tsimikas and his abilities.
So Liverpool has kept tabs ever since.
However, as their scouting network expands and expands, they will see many players across Europe.
I don’t know if he’s “better” than Jamal Lewis.
I cannot claim to have watched him (Tsimikas) terribly other than the odd Europa League match against Arsenal and Wolves.
Lewis is prized and in fact he was the first person they bid to say many episodes but Tsimikas also has plenty of pedigree.
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