Betting suspended on Van Dijk
Major bookmaker Ladbrokes have announced that they will no longer be taking bets on whether or not Virgil Van Dijk will join Liverpool in the summer. The Southampton centre-back has been at the forefront of all transfer rumour columns for the last few months, with his future very much in the balance. The club at which Van Dijk will play his football next season has been changing almost every other day and it looked as though he was set to join Manchester City just a few days ago. However, this latest development suggests that there is an impending announcement which could result in the Dutchman moving to Anfield.
Alex Rea, from the Liverpool Echo, has also recently spoken to Van Dijk and the target described Liverpool as a “beautiful club”. It was also revealed that he had been speaking to international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum about a potential future at the club. Van Dijk has apparently been impressed with Jurgen Klopp’s personal involvement in the negotiations which could make Liverpool his desired destination.
Limited edition shirt released
After next season’s away shirt was released earlier this week, a limited edition has also been announced which surprisingly features the colour blue. The strip pays homage to the first ever kit that was worn in 1892 when the club was first established. Liverpool Football Club was founded after fallouts on the Everton board, which led to the new Merseyside team playing in blue and white for their first four seasons. The special kit is the same design as the regular away kit but features light blue stripes instead of green. Only 1,892 shirts will be made available.
Solanke on the scoresheet
Future Liverpool player, Dominic Solanke scored the decisive goal in England’s U20 World Cup quarterfinal against Mexico. Solanke was played in by a through ball and found himself in space on the edge of the area. The resulting shot was too hot for the ‘keeper to handle as it comfortably found the back of the net. It proved to be the only goal of the game as England secured a 1-0 win to book their place in the final four of the tournament, where they’ll face Italy. Ovie Ejaria also featured as a second-half substitute but made little impact during his 15 minutes on the pitch.
Welsh trio called up
Three Liverpool players have been called up to the Wales team ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Serbia on Sunday. Danny Ward, Ben Woodburn, and Harry Wilson are all part of the 23-man squad.