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All the latest transfer news on Jordan Henderson, Cheick Doucoure, Joshua Kimmich, Fabinho, Florentino Luis and Joao Palhinha Hello and welcome to our LIVE Liverpool blog for Thursday, July 20. On

All the latest transfer news on Jordan Henderson, Cheick Doucoure, Joshua Kimmich, Fabinho, Florentino Luis and Joao Palhinha

Hello and welcome to our LIVE Liverpool blog for Thursday, July 20.

On Wednesday evening the Reds enjoyed their first run out of the season with a 4-2 victory over German outfit Karlsruher SC. Goals from Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota (2) saw Jurgen Klopp's side come from behind.

The biggest talking point of the night came prior to kick-off, however, as captain Jordan Henderson was left out of the match day squad as his move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq appears to edge closer.

Meanwhile, back in England, Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped a £70m price tag on midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who has been linked with a move to Anfield this summer in the wake of Henderson and Fabinho's seemingly impending departures.

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Another busy day on the Red half of Merseyside, with some good reaction to yesterday's victory, Curtis Jones & Harvey Elliott reporting for duty and plenty of transfer rumours from across the continent.

We hope you have enjoyed following our Liverpool live blog today, take care and see you again tomorrow for more new updates!

According to L'Equipe, Sadio Mane has now agreed to join Al Nassr from Bayern Munich.

The forward only left Liverpool for Germany 12 months ago, but it now appears his time there is already coming to an end.

Other stars to swap Europe for Al Nassr are Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic and Seko Fofana. Former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino has already joined Al Ahli, whilst Jordan Henderson and Fabinho could soon be on the move to the Saudi Pro League.

According to Betfair, the Reds are third favourite to sign PSG's Marco Veratti this summer. The list of suitors is as follows:

Betfair - Marco Veratti’s club on September 3, 2023

Any Saudi Pro League Club - 11/4

Atletico Madrid - 3/1

Liverpool - 7/2

Inter Miami - 8/1

Juventus - 10/1

Inter Milan - 12/1

Manchester City - 16/1

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb are claiming that Manchester City have joined Liverpool and Newcastle in a battle for Inter Milan's Nicolo Barella.

City got a good look at the Italian during last month's Champions League Final and seemingly liked what they saw. Their attention in the midfielder comes as a result of Ilkay Gundogan's departure and Bernardo Silva's uncertain future.

Earlier in the window several publications had linked the Reds with preparing a bid for the 26-year-old and Newcastle with being close to an agreement, though both instances were wide of the mark.

Liverpool have been heavily-linked with Levi Colwill of Chelsea this summer, whose future remains uncertain with two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract.

On Tuesday the London club were rocked by the unfortunate news of Wesley Fofana undergoing surgery on a recurring ACL issue, with this potentially opening up a spot at centre back ahead of the new season. As one of Colwill's main demands is game time, this could influence him to stay at the club and fight for his place.

However, the Evening Standard's new report that Mauricio Pochettino is interested in a £50m move to bring Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi back to his boyhood club might equally place further doubts in Colwill's mind.

Will the Under-21 European Champion end up at Liverpool?

Liverpool have issued their latest update of the Anfield Road redevelopment. The new stand is set to be complete ahead of the first home game of the 2023/24 campaign against Bournemouth.

The last post from the club came on June 29, depiciting the view from the very top of new second tier. That view was obstructed by various pieces of scaffolding, cranes and other building equipment, but now a fresh look has given supporters a first view from the stand of the hallowed Anfield turf in all its glory.

Roberto Firmino scored his first two goals for new club Al Ahli during their 18-0 pre-season victory against USV Stuhlfelden.

The Brazilian left Liverpool upon the expiry of his contract this summer, since signing for the Saudi Pro League outfit and taking part in their Austrian training camp.

Also taking part as Firmino's team-mate was ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, whilst the club are also said to be close signing Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin, and are also pursuing Fulham's Marco Silva to become their new manager.

According to the Athletic, Sadio Mane is in talks over a move to Al Nassr.

They report that the former Liverpool forward's representatives met with the Saudi Arabian club's sporting director in Portugal to discuss the transfer, only a year after leaving Liverpool for a fresh challenge in Germany.

Yesterday the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel brought news that potential Cheick Doucoure was being valued at around £70m-£80m by his current employers, Crystal Palace.

This claim has recieved fresh backing from BBC Sport reporter Alex Howell, who also adds that Anfield chiefs believe this is a fair evaluation for the midfielder in the current market.

As mentioned earlier, the ECHO understands the Mali international is well-liked by Liverpool and could be eyed as a replacement for Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, should their respective exits go through.

According to the French publication L’Équipe, the Italian could be a target for the Reds this summer as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to construct a second midfield rebuild of the summer.

It is claimed that Atletico Madrid have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for the 30-year-old. However, it is also claimed that Verratti has proposals from two unnamed Premier League clubs - "one which could be Liverpool" - while Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal.

Would you be happy to see Verratti at Anfield, Reds?

The organisation behind the Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign have thanked Jordan Henderson for his role in campaigning for equality but called on the midfielder to continue the fight despite his impending move to Saudi Arabia.

The 33-year-old left Liverpool's training base in Germany on Thursday morning as he edges towards a £350,000 per-week move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq, where his former Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard was recently appointed as manager.

The Reds captain has been an unpromoted ally of the LGBTQ+ community over the last ten years, though, his departure from Anfield would see him move to a country, Saudi Arabia, where same-sex marriage is illegal. It is also against the law to be transgender.

And after both clubs agreed on an initial £12m deal for the midfielder, Robbie de Santos, the director of external affairs at Stonewall, told the ECHO that he hopes Henderson can continue his support of the community despite the controversies around a move to the Gulf state.

“We are grateful to Jordan Henderson for using his platform to stand up for LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports and fitness, including by wearing our Rainbow Laces," said De Santos. "In the ten years since our campaign started, public attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people in sport have improved considerably, and this is thanks in no small part to bold allyship from athletes such as Henderson.

"We can’t deny the reality of lives for the LGBTQ+ community in Saudi Arabia, and we hope that Henderson continues his work to build towards a world where sport is everybody's game."

Nicely taken, Cody pic.twitter.com/FkL0vPXp2l

Liverpool youngster Dominic Corness has joined Swiss Super League side Yverdon Sport on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old midfielder, who captained the U19s in the UYL last season, was not named in Jurgen Klopp's 32-man squad for this week's training camp in Germany.

Speaking to Sky Sports Germany, Jorg Schmadtke has lifted the lid on his short-term agreement at Liverpool:

"We've signed an annual contract, but have the opportunity to ask each other in August, are we both still sure or not. If someone isn't sure, then we shake hands and I might get a ticket if I want to stop by."

Speaking to Liverpoofc.com ahead of Friday's game with Kidderminster, under-21's manager Barry Lewtas said: "Kidderminster had a fantastic season last season, winning the play-off final to win promotion to the National League, so if anything we’re expecting an even greater challenge this time round,” the U21s head coach told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The beauty of pre-season is there’s lots of different aims in the game, building fitness, developing a style and trying to get players into form. So the result is part of it but you never know quite where each team is.

“For us it will be a real test and a real opportunity to try to see if we can establish our identity against senior opposition.”

Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want to sign Chelsea and England midfielder Conor Gallagher.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who claim the 23-year-old is admired by new boss Ange Postecoglou due to his "energetic approach".

Gallagher had previously been linked with a move to Anfield as recently as January.

Speaking to Betfred, the former Liverpool and England man said of the Reds' interest in Levi Colwill:

“I don’t believe Chelsea will, or need to, sell Levi. The plan at Chelsea is to keep the younger players for the future and he did really well for Brighton last season and for England’s under-21s this summer.

"You can understand why there’s interest in him, but it would be very interesting to see if Chelsea would be prepared to let a young, English centre-back go to a fellow Premier League rival, especially when he’s got a long-term contract and a lot of promise. I’d be very surprised if they let him go to Liverpool.”

Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones will both report to Liverpool's training camp in Germany today after being handed extended time off for their participation in this summer's under-21s European Championships.

Today we remember Reds legend Sir Roger Hunt on what would have been his 85th birthday pic.twitter.com/0yOyGvtgEk

Analysis from Ian Doyle in Germany after Liverpool beat Karlsruher SC 4-2 in pre-season friendly, here.

The former Liverpool forward appears to be out of favour at AC Milan just 12 months after signing.

Divock Origi and Ante Rebic, not part of AC Milan squad travelling for pre season tour as they're both currently available on the market.Ballo Touré also remains out of the squad as talks are taking place to sell him asap. pic.twitter.com/EtCaYCGXDx

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has reportedly left Liverpool's training camp in Germany to finalise a move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq.

That's according to the Daily Mail's Dom King, who reported on Wednesday night that the 33-year-old would spend the forthcoming days with his young family "deliberating" the move.

According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace will demand at least £70m for midfielder Cheick Doucoure this summer.

The Mali international, the ECHO understands, is well-liked at Anfield and could be eyed as a replacement should Fabinho and Jordan Henderson complete their respective transfer to the Saudi Pro League.

However, after winning the Fans' Player of the Year during his first season at Selhurst Park, the Mail claim the former Lens midfielder will not be allowed to leave for less than £70m.

Thoughts, Reds?

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he took the decision to omit Jordan Henderson from Liverpool’s opening friendly as the skipper edges nearer a move to Saudi Arabia.

Henderson missed the 4-2 friendly win at Karlsruher SC on Wednesday night after the Reds agreed in principle an initial £12million deal with Al-Ettifaq for the midfielder.

Despite continued speculation over his future, the 33-year-old had trained as normal with the squad after they travelled to their training camp in Germany last Saturday.

But Henderson’s absence at the BBBank Wildpark stadium was an indication the Reds are paving the way for the skipper to depart after 12 years at the club.

And asked who made the decision for Henderson not to play on Wednesday, Klopp said: “There’s actually nothing to say. As long as things are not really finally decided, we don’t have to talk about it. There will be a moment where we probably have to talk about it, but it’s not now.

“I don’t know that anything is decided, which means nothing to say in the moment. But that’s even better for you because you can speculate, which is much more fun! If I say something then it’s finished!

Read the full story, here.

Diogo Jota has revealed his excitement at lining up with Alexis Mac Allister this season after the pair combined in Liverpool's victory over Karlsruher SC.

The Portuguese forward led the line for Jurgen Klopp's side in the second half and sealed a 4-2 victory for the Reds with a two-goal salvo in added time. His strikes added to those of Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez earlier in the game.

Jota lined up alongside 17-year-old Ben Doak and 18-year-old Calum Scanlon in attack, while Gakpo and Alexis Mac Allister were deployed in deeper roles as they supplied an inexperienced front line.

For the Argentine, it was his first appearance for the Reds since sealing a £35m transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in the summer. Mac Allister played an inch-perfect ball for Jota to grab his second and Liverpool's fourth after a challenging night's work in Germany's Black Forest region.

Speaking after the game, the 26-year-old admitted his excitement to be linking up with the 24-year-old on a regular basis this season as Liverpool look to secure a return to the Champions League.

"I really like these kinds of players," he told LFCTV. "They just see these passes.

"I just need to make the run and he will make it. I think I will link up very well with him."

After all three forwards found the net on Wednesday evening, Jota is set to contend head-to-head with Nunez and Gakpo for the starting role in Liverpool's attack for next month's visit to Stamford Bridge.

Jota, Gakpo and Nunez will all look to strengthen their claim on Monday when Liverpool face Greuther Furth.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE Liverpool blog for Thursday, July 20.

On Wednesday evening the Reds enjoyed their first run out of the season with a 4-2 victory over German outfit Karlsruher SC. Goals from Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota (2) saw Jurgen Klopp's side come from behind.

The biggest talking point of the night came prior to kick-off, however, as captain Jordan Henderson was left out of the match day squad as his move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq appears to edge closer.

Meanwhile, back in England, Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped a £70m price tag on midfielder Cheick Doucoure, who has been linked with a move to Anfield this summer in the wake of Henderson and Fabinho's seemingly impending departures.