Liverpool increase bid for Roma’s Alisson and close on £66.9m record deal

  • Liverpool preparing for Brazil No 1’s medical
  • Fee would be world record for a goalkeeper
Liverpool have made a new bid of €75m (£66.9m) for Alisson and are close to sealing a world-record deal for the Roma goalkeeper. The Premier League club made an initial €70m bid for the Brazilian on Tuesday, which was rejected, but the clubs are now close to reaching a deal and Liverpool are making arrangements for the 25-year-old’s medical. Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

Danny Ings to leave Liverpool in search of first-team football

• Liverpool striker has suffered injury blighted time at Anfield
• Will attract interest from European and Premier League clubsDanny Ings has taken the difficult decision to seek a move away from Liverpool this summer as he aims to relaunch a career that has been blighted by injuries throughout his time at Anfield. There is no real desire within the club’s hierarchy to part company with a striker who has become a useful squad player under Jürgen Klopp, but the 25-year-old craves regular first-team football and recognises he will struggle for game-time on Merseyside. He will depart with Liverpool’s blessing. Continue reading...

Mohamed Salah ‘honoured’ with gift of citizenship from Chechen leader

• Liverpool forward presented with order at celebratory dinner
• Egyptian FA has been criticised for choice of World Cup baseRamzan Kadyrov has given Mohamed Salah honorary citizenship in Chechnya, taking advantage of the Liverpool forward’s short stay in Russia’s most controversial republic. Egypt’s national team are based in Chechnya for the World Cup despite outrage from rights organisations pointing to the region’s crackdown on political opponents and a widely reported anti-gay pogrom, which Kadyrov has denied. Continue reading...

Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the powers that be take this opportunity to give it a more appropriate name? Upskirting sounds like something you would purchase by the yard at B&Q, rather than the sexually abusive, insidious crime that it really is.
Maggie D’Araujo
Bristol • Kenny Dalglish, the first knighted ex-Liverpool player (Report, 9 June; Letters, 13 June)? What about Sir Matt Busby, 122 Liverpool FC appearances between 1936 and 1939, cut short by war? Or does his subsequent Old Trafford move make him a non-person?
Andrew Bailey
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Sir Matt Busby airbrushed from Liverpool FC history? | Brief letters

Upskirting | Sir Matt Busby | Sign language | Vegetarianism | Thameslink | Clive JamesOnce the law is eventually passed to class upskirting as the criminal offence it clearly is (Upskirting bill is blocked by single Tory objection, 16 June), can the powers that be take this opportunity to give it a more appropriate name? Upskirting sounds like something you would purchase by the yard at B&Q, rather than the sexually abusive, insidious crime that it really is.
Maggie D’Araujo
Bristol • Kenny Dalglish, the first knighted ex-Liverpool player (Report, 9 June; Letters, 13 June)? What about Sir Matt Busby, 122 Liverpool FC appearances between 1936 and 1939, cut short by war? Or does his subsequent Old Trafford move make him a non-person?
Andrew Bailey
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How Mohamed Salah managed the impossible: to unite Egypt

Salah’s stunning form for Liverpool, key role in Egypt’s qualification for the World Cup and charitable, humble nature have turned the boy from Nagrig into an icon for a nation Mamdouh Abbas wants to set the record straight. A wealthy businessman who has built a vast real estate and petroleum empire is these days better known in Egypt as the man who refused to sign Mohamed Salah in 2011, when chairman of Zamalek – one of the country’s leading teams. “Salah needs much more work,” he said in a televised interview that year. But contrary to what his successor at the club (and apparent arch nemesis) says, a separate committee took the decision at the time. “I am not responsible,” insists Abbas. Related: Mido: ‘The doctor said if I continued with my lifestyle I’d die before 40’ Continue reading...

How Mohamed Salah managed the impossible: to unite Egypt

Salah’s stunning form for Liverpool, key role in Egypt’s qualification for the World Cup and charitable, humble nature have turned the boy from Nagrig into an icon for a nation Mamdouh Abbas wants to set the record straight. A wealthy businessman who has built a vast real estate and petroleum empire is these days better known in Egypt as the man who refused to sign Mohamed Salah in 2011, when chairman of Zamalek – one of the country’s leading teams. “Salah needs much more work,” he said in a televised interview that year. But contrary to what his successor at the club (and apparent arch nemesis) says, a separate committee took the decision at the time. “I am not responsible,” insists Abbas. Related: Mido: ‘The doctor said if I continued with my lifestyle I’d die before 40’ Continue reading...

Arsenal monitoring £18m-rated Borussia Dortmund craftsman

According to a report published by The Mirror, Arsenal are supposedly monitoring the availability of Borussia Dortmund’s midfield craftsman Mario Gotze, who scored the pivotal goal against Argentina to gift Germany the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Following his famed heroics on the international stage, Gotze was regarded as one of the modern game’s most […]

When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters

Arthur C Clarke | Vegan tropes | Hadrian’s Wall | Honoured Liverpool FC players | Morris MinorsAs with so many things, Arthur C Clarke foresaw the contamination of other worlds (Letters, 14 June) in his short story Before Eden, published in Amazing (June 1961), which relates the arrival and departure of an Earth spaceship to Venus, and its consequences. He also foresaw the rise of internet pornography in I Remember Babylon, published in Playboy (March 1960).
Tom Dawkes
Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan • How sad that Dave Collins (Letters, 13 June) felt the need to trot out the trope about vegans and meat-free versions of sausages and burgers. It’s the animal cruelty inherent in the consumption of meat that we abhor. We’ll eat our plant-based diet in whatever form we choose, thanks. And if we want to get more youngsters to sit at the vegan Continue reading "When the Kop worshipped a saint | Brief letters"

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha?

Today’s fluff is feeling slightly overshadowed Once, after his spectacles were knocked off and broken during boisterous goalscoring celebrations by Liverpool at Norwich, Jürgen Klopp was moved to note: “I have a second pair but I couldn’t find them. It’s hard to find glasses without glasses.” The Mill doesn’t know what has happened to Klopp’s eyewear this week but there are extraordinary reports that he is having trouble finding a better goalkeeper than Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet. That has been interpreted as a slight on traffic cones, not to mention members of the scarecrow community, but Klopp is unrepentant and for a while bystanders were worried that if Liverpool couldn’t work out deals for Alisson or Jan Oblak, their manager would be happy to start next season with Karius or Mignolet between the sticks. Those fears have been allayed, however, by rumblings that Liverpool have started sniffing around Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha?"

Arise, Sir Kenny: Dalglish is knighted in Queen’s birthday honours

• Liverpool great wins recognition for football and charity work
• Scot joins elite group after support for Hillsborough victims The “King” is to become a knight. The Liverpool and Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours in recognition of his services to football, charity and the victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. Dalglish’s absence from honours lists since being made a MBE in 1984 has been a source of bewilderment and consternation at Liverpool’s Anfield home, where his status is reflected in the “King Kenny” moniker. That has been rectified with the announcement that the 67-year-old will join a select band of knighted former footballers and managers, a list that includes England’s World Cup winning manager Alf Ramsey, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Robson and Dalglish’s one-time Manchester United adversary Alex Ferguson. He is the first Liverpool player or manager to be given Continue reading "Arise, Sir Kenny: Dalglish is knighted in Queen’s birthday honours"

Liverpool’s £53m move for Nabil Fekir placed in doubt after delays

• France international’s move on hold over fitness fears
• Liverpool had hoped to announce signing on Friday Nabil Fekir’s proposed £53m move to Liverpool has been put on hold due to concerns over the France international’s fitness. Liverpool had hoped to announce the 24-year-old’s signing on Friday afternoon having reached agreement with Lyon over the terms of his transfer on Thursday, contrary to a strongly-worded denial by the French club. Continue reading...

Liverpool interested in Xherdan Shaqiri after Stoke’s relegation

• Shaqiri has release clause in his Stoke contract
• Other Premier League clubs also keen on winger Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri following Stoke City’s relegation. The Switzerland international has a release clause in his contract – understood to be set at around £12m-£13.5m – that can be activated after the club lost its Premier League status. Shaqiri has made clear he has no interest in playing in the Championship would “love to stay in England” having arrived from Internazionale for £12m in 2015. Continue reading...

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profit Financial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2016-17. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Crystal Palace have missed the deadline for filing their accounts; as a consequence, all rankings of clubs are out of 19, not 20. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are listed according to the wording in individual club’s accounts and are each rounded up or down, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure. Continue reading...

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos hits back over Salah and Karius criticism

• Spain defender insists he was not to blame for injuries
• ‘I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified’ Sergio Ramos has dismissed suggestions that he was to blame for the challenge that hurt Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final. Salah left the field in tears after injuring his left shoulder in a tussle with Ramos with the score 0-0 in the first half of the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev. Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 and their third straight European title, with Ramos also accused of deliberately elbowing Loris Karius – an incident that is believed to have caused the goalkeeper to suffer concussion. Continue reading...

Roma fans banned from next European away game

• Uefa action follows violence at semi-final against Liverpool
• Buffon suspended for three games over Oliver protestRoma have been fined and banned from selling tickets to their own fans for their next away game in Uefa competition following crowd disturbances in their semi-final with Liverpool. Roma received a €50,000 (£43,600) fine from Uefa and were given a two-match ban on selling away tickets, with the second deferred under a probationary period of two years. Continue reading...