Deal sealed for defender as €75m bid for Keita rejected

Afternoon Bulletin

Liverpool Seal £10M Andrew Robertson Deal

According to The Liverpool Echo, a base fee of £8M plus a potential £2M further in add-ons should Robertson succeed at his new club has been agreed between Liverpool and Hull City. The player is expected to complete the move by this week and to then join the club on tour when they head to Germany next week.

It also appears that Kevin Stewart will be heading to Hull in a deal that could rise to £8M with add-ons. Stewart has been given permission to fly back from Liverpool’s Asia tour to begin talks with the Championship club.

RB Leipzig reject €75m bid for Liverpool target Keita

RB Leipzig have rejected an offer of €75 million (£66m) for Liverpool target Naby Keita and insists the Guinea midfielder is not for sale. Red bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz also pointed out that selling Keita would send the wrong message to RB’s other stars.

“We were flattered when an offer of €75 million offer for Naby Keita recently landed at our door. No way! He still has a contract and he will fulfill it.” Mateschitz told Sport Bild.

“To sell him (Keita) would not only be a sign of distrust for our fans but would also send out the wrong signal to our other players, such as Timo Werner, who are also in demand.

“We are not, and will never be Manchester City. I have not only the responsibility for the fans from Leipzig but also for the path which we have taken so far.

“We’ll do it our way or not at all.”

Dominic Solanke fires Liverpool into Premier League Asia Trophy final

Liverpool have booked their place in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy courtesy of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong Stadium after summer signing Dominic Solanke scored his first goal for the club to break the deadlock.

Mohamed Salah shone on his second outing for the club but never really quite tested the keeper as the first half ended all square. But it is the inclusion of Solanke in the 51 minute that changed the game. The England U20 star unleashed a stunning 25-yard screamer to give Liverpool the lead.

Liverpool put the game beyond doubt with just over 10 minutes remaining when Philippe Coutinho’s blocked shot fell into the path of Divock Origi, who applied the finish from close range.

Liverpool will now face Leicester City in Saturday’s final, before which Crystal Palace will take on West Bromwich Albion in the competition’s third-place playoff.