Liverpool to snatch Keane and another Sturridge injury

Afternoon Bulletin

Liverpool closing on £30M defender

According to reports, Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Burney centre-back, Michael Keane in a £30 million deal. The Sun claimed that Jurgen Klopp joining the race to sign the defender has led to a U-turn from the player who was set to join Everton. Manchester United are also keeping close tabs on their academy product.

It was reported last week that Michael Keane would prefer a move to Tottenham over the other suitors if he decides to leave Turf Moor.

Klopp lining up shock move to sign Costa

Liverpool are reported to be leading the chase to sign Douglas Costa. The Bayern Munich man has been increasingly unsettled in recent months due to their stance over a new contract. Tuttosport claim Costa believes Bayern are showing him a “lack of respect” over their refusal to open negotiations with him.

The unresolved contract situation has sparked rumours which led to Juventus and Tottenham entering the race to sign the £35million-rated winger. However, the report said that it is Liverpool who are leading the chase to sign the Brazil international.

Having just started 13 games this season for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, club president Uli Hoeness has recently hinted that Costa could be sold in the next transfer window when he suggested every player has their price in reference to the players’ future at Bayern Munich.

Daniel Sturridge could be out for the rest of the season

Daniel Sturridge latest injury could signal that the England international may have played his final game for Liverpool. It is feared that his latest injury could see him being sidelined for the rest of the season.

Sturridge had missed over two months with a hip injury and illness this season thus restricting the striker to just 384 minutes of football. After returning for games against West Brom and Stoke, Sturridge once again falls victim to injury as the recurrence of a hip problem kept him out of the matchday squad against Crystal Palace.

With only four fixtures left in the Premier League, Daniel Sturridge could have very much played his final game for Liverpool.

Ben Woodburn stars in Premier League 2 thriller

The Welsh striker was at the heart of Liverpool’s attack as Liverpool under-23s edged Manchester City under-23s in a thrilling match at Prenton Park. Two goals from Ben Woodburn and an injury-time winner from substitute Matty Virtue secured the win for the young reds as Manchester City drop three points to hand the Premier League 2 title to Everton with one game remaining. Manchester City needed a win to keep up the pace with leaders Everton and to bring the title fight to the final game where Everton will face Liverpool in a Merseyside derby.

Woodburn looked incredibly sharp and would have scored a hat-trick if not for the crossbar. The young striker put in another man of the match display which Jurgen Klopp would have been proud of.

Reds boss Mick Garrity fielded a strong Liverpool team with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marko Grujic both starting after substitute appearances at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Sunday, alongside Woodburn, Rhian Brewster and Joe Gomez, who was also on the bench against Crystal Palace. Ovie Ejaria made his first start as he returned from an ankle ligament injury while Sheyi Ojo was also back in the starting line-up.

The result means Liverpool under-23s are third in the table with 40 points and two points behind Manchester City.