Lallana pens new contract
Adam Lallana has signed a new long term contract at Liverpool, in a deal that is expected to be worth around £110,000 a week. Lallana joined from Southampton in 2014 and has so far made 117 appearances for the club. He has excelled under Klopp’s management and has evolved into an important first team player, scoring seven goals this season.
Speaking about the new deal, the Englishman said, “I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular.” He is also very optimistic about his own future and the future of the club. “We have a brilliant squad of players who are only going to get better the longer we are together. We have a world-class manager and coaching staff… I think my best years are still ahead of me because I feel so fresh and confident.”
The news comes just a month after Philippe Coutinho signed a new contract, as the club look to tie down key players.
Liverpool to leave Melwood
Plans have been unveiled for the club’s main training base to be moved from Melwood to Kirkby, so that the first team training facilities can merge with the academy. At the moment the bases are 5 miles apart, but the new £50million complex will bring them together, thus making the transition from the academy to first team a lot easier.
This development is something that Jürgen Klopp has been pushing for ever since he came in as manager. He hopes that having everyone together on one site will help the club build toward a brighter future. The move is expected to happen before 2019. They are looking to expand the current Kirkby site by 60 acres, while 160 family homes are planned to be built at the Melwood facility.
Lovren sees specialist in Germany
Dejan Lovren has travelled to Germany to get treatment for his knee injury. The Croatian has been out for two matches and stayed home from the recent training camp in La Manga. Although Klopp has been optimistic about the injury, this latest setback makes Lovren as serious doubt for the Leicester fixture on Monday night.
Matip and Stewart visit LFC Foundation
Joel Matip and Kevin Stewart went along to the LFC Foundation’s new disability programme on Tuesday. The programme was set up to help inspire and create opportunities for people with disabilities through the use of sport and is set to run for the next three years. The two players met with participants and joined in the activities which included accessible football and multi sports.
Gotze is NOT on Liverpool’s list
German legend, Lothar Matthaus has recently been talking about the future of Mario Gotze. The Mirror have been speculating that Liverpool could be lining up a bid for the 24-year-old. However, according Matthaus, Liverpool are no longer interested, and apparently no-one else is either. Gotze has been struggling at Borussia Dortmund this season, but Matthaus believes that a move is not the solution and that “Top clubs abroad no longer have him on their lists.” In fact, he considers a move to China would be the best solution for Gotze, should things not work out for him at Dortmund.
Brad Jones breaks Feyenoord record
Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Brad Jones has broken a 20-year-old record at his current club, Feyenoord. The Australian has enjoyed success during his time in the Eredivisie and picked up goalkeeper of the year in 2016, before breaking a club record at the weekend. Jones kept a clean sheet during the victory over ADO Den Haag meaning he now has 14 in just 22 league games this season, more than any other Feyenoord ‘keeper in history. With 11 matches still to play before the end of the season, his could be a record that stands for a long time.