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Lucas Leiva is on his way to Inter
Inter Milan could be strengthened by Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva in coming weeks. Liverpool will allow Lucas to leave the club on loan to join Inter Milan this January, according to The Guardian. The Brazilian has started only three Premier League games this season and Inter are on the lookout for a central midfielder to join on a temporary basis.
Promes on Liverpool radar
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Dutch star Quincy Promes. According to Daily Mirror, Liverpool will step up their bid to land Dutch star Quincy Promes in January. The report suggests the Reds boss will make his move for the 24-year-old after missing out on their number one target Julian Draxler, who has joined PSG.
Former Liverpool man to join Besiktas
Ryan Babel’s transfer from Deportivo La Coruna to Besiktas is seemingly imminent after the forward was pictured at the Turkish giants’ stadium. According to DHA, Babel has agreed a contract with Besiktas until the end of the season, worth €850,000 – eight times more than the €110,000 he earned in three-and-a-half months with Depor. There is also the option of a two-and-a-half-year extension with the Turkish giants if he impresses, which would pocket him €1.75m a season. The Dutchman was seen in the stands of Besiktas’ stadium for their game against Gaziantepspor on Saturday, greeted by former Barcelona man Adriano. Babel announced on Thursday that he would be leaving Depor once his contract expired on December 31 after four goals in 11 appearances for the Galicians.
Klopp: Only reason to go to China is money
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp commented on the recent new of Chelsea midfielder Oscar joining Shanghai SIPG and the idea of good players joining Chinese Super League teams in general “If a player decides to go there, usually it’s in another part of your career,” Klopp told his press conference. “I think in this moment it’s not a league you want to play, the only way to get players to go there is the money. “In all the big European leagues you can earn a lot of money, it should be enough. “It’s not an option for me. Maybe for a holiday but it’s absolutely no option for me,” the manager finalized.
Koeman: 8 extra minutes killed us
Everton head coach Ronald Koeman gave his assessment following the city derby with Liverpool. His side lost after conceding a goal in the 93rd minute. "I think that my team played a good game. This was our best first half during the season. We were very aggressive and had a great moment to open the score after the corner kick. We suffered a bit more in the second half. Liverpool's substitutions made the result. We couldn't control the ball after the break. However, we didn't deserve to lose. 8 additional minutes complicated our lives even more. Referees? Why did they show a yellow card to Coleman and didn't punish Lovren? Because Dejan already had a booking. Maybe Barkley was lucky not to be sent off. We are disappointed to concede a goal in the dying minutes. Those 8 minutes killed us. We weren't able to stop Liverpool attacks in the second part of the game. I know by heart how fast Mane is, but we didn't deserve to allow this goal in the end," Koeman said.
Liverpool will battle for Santos midfielder
Liverpool prepare a bid move for Santos midfielder Thiago Maia. According to ESPN, Liverpool have already made a proposal to sign Maia. Nonetheless, the Premier League side could face an competition for the 19-year-old's sighing. Zenit Saint Petersburg, Schalke, Monaco and Napoli, reportedly, will try land him too, while Chelsea and Manchester United also keen.
Liverpool and Chelsea eye Inter midfielder
Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia remains on the January shopping list of Premier League clubs. According to GazzaMercato.it, Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in signing Kondogbia. Premier League two clubs, reportedly, want to make a bid during winter transfer window. It's understood, Inter want around 20m euros for Kondogbia .
Merseyside Derby. Everton vs Liverpool. PREVIEW
English Premier League. Week 17 December 19, 20:00 UTC Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England Referee: Mike Dean The Merseyide derby has always been and will always be one of the central clashes of the week. Even Manchester City vs Arsenal game cannot put a shade on this historic opposition. You do not need information on the standings and forms of these teams to get motivated of watching the game… but that information is always in handy before a Big Clash. Overview on Forms Everton have had one of the worst seasons in the latest years. They have won only two of the last ten games in all competitions, have lost four and drawn four games. However, the latest game against Arsenal turned out to be a come-back win (2-1) which might have encouraged the Ronald Koeman side to aim for the bigger. Moreover, Everton’s unsatisfactory performance is mostly visible in the away games, while they are undefeated in the last 11 home matches. Liverpool, on the other hand, are having one of the most stable seasons lately, as the fans are starting to recognize Jurgen Klopp’s signature on the Reds performance. After all the other games of week 17 are played Liverpool are residing on the third position in the league table, but Arsenal’s second loss on a row let the Merseyside club have hopes for settling right below the league head. Liverpool are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 games in the Premier League and hope to keep the stable performance up. Head-to-head statistics As expected, the head-to-head statistics are skewed towards Liverpool wins. Everton managed to win only once in the last 20(!) Liverpool games. Ten clashes were drawn with nine losses accompanying them. However, Goodison Park magic seems to work in here too. Only one home game out of last six was lost, another one won. The last four home game against Liverpool Everton managed to make draws. Missing Players Everton will have several main players off squad for the Merseyside derby. The center-back Matthew Pennington and defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic are injured which alongside with suspended Phil Jagielka (center-back) create headache for Everton manager Ronald Koeman in forming the defensive center of the team. By the way, Phil Jagielka is suspended after being sent-off during the Arsenal clash (2-1) last week. Winger Yannick Bolasie is also injured and will not be available for the Merseyside derby. Liverpool, on the other hand, are also having a couple of squad problems, but Klopp has already dealt with those injuries as they seem to have a long-term nature. This way, winger Phillipe Coutinho (out until the end of the month) and attacker Danny Ings (out till the end of the season) are still unavailable for Klopp. Some other players’ fitness is yet under a question mark. The list of the ‘doubtful’ players counts for forward Divock Origi, midfielder Emre Can and striker Daniel Sturridge. Probable Lineups Everton (4-3-3) vs Liverpool (4-3-3)
Two Premier League clubs eye Kondogbia
Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to GazzaMercato.it. The PL duo are reportedly ready to make a bid in January with Valencia reportedly also keen on his services. The report suggests Inter want around 20m euros for the French midfielder.
Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool [Goals and Full Highlights]
Premier league, Week 16 Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool Goals: Lallana 29', Origi 60', Lallana 68'