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Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to the Liverpool ECHO 's Tuesday live blog for all your very latest Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip. The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world. We'll have all the latest on rumours linking Liverpool with Florian Neuhaus, who has apparently spoken about his future. Plus we'll have the latest on Jordan Henderson's groin injury suffered during the Merseyside derby. We will also have all the latest injury updates on the likes Diogo Jota, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk as and when it happens. Send your thoughts to @LivEchoLFC or @CBeesleyEcho, subscribe to our FREE Liverpool FC newsletter, our YouTube channel and listen to our Blood Red Podcast. 15:01Chris BeesleyLiverpool physio Chris Morgan responds after criticism of lengthy injury listVirgil van Dijk leaves the field with Liverpool first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan having suffered a serious knee injury at Everton in October 2020 (Image: LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Liverpool physio Chris Morgan responds after criticism of lengthy injury list, writes Ian Doyle.Some Liverpool supporters on social media have pointed to the injury list coinciding with the appointment of Morgan who, having previously been at the club for a decade, returned last summer as first-team physiotherapist after four years away with spells at Crystal Palace and Arsenal.14:40Chris BeesleyLewtas praise for young RedsBarry Lewtas was pleased with his side's workout today.14:11Chris BeesleyMane: Firmino deserves more creditSadio Mane celebrates with teammate Roberto Firmino after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 28, 2021 Sadio Mane has stuck up for Roberto Firmino with his fellow Liverpool forward coming in for some flak of late, writes Ian Doyle.The Senegalese international told ESPN:"He deserves more credit than me and Mo, for sure."But it is part of football, (people) always seeing the goals scored. But without Bobby, I don't see me and Mo score as many goals as we have, to be honest." 13:24Chris BeesleyOcampos 'wants' Liverpool move - and so does former clubSevilla's Lucas Ocampos (Image: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)Liverpool have been linked with a summer swoop for Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos and one of his former clubs would like to see the deal done so they can benefit from a potential financial windfall, according to a report.Sport Witness cite El Instrasigente as claiming the player wants a move that could see his former club pocket €2.5m as a result.Their article states:Ocampos has a €65m release clause in his contract and them likely to want close to that.That asking price has apparently seen his former club, River Plate, ‘open their eyes’ as they still have ‘training rights’ for the player.This equates to 3.5% of any future transfer, and so, if the player was to move to Liverpool for €65m, they would be set to pocket €2.5m from the deal.There is no indication from the Argentine outlet of whether Liverpool are actually going to move, or if they’ve even made any approach as yet, but it is certainly a story that has caught the attention in the Monumental offices.It’s stated that those in charge at the club ‘want it to be done’, a sentiment that is apparently shared by the player. 12:45Chris BeesleyMoss gets Reds trip to Bramall LaneJonathan Moss is in charge of Liverpool's next game at Sheffield United.Could the 50-year-old referee from West Yorkshire be a lucky omen for the Reds?The two Liverpool games he has officiated on so far this season have both produced away wins for Jurgen Klopp's side - lastly 3-1 at West Ham in January and the month before that he did the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace!12:32Chris BeesleyOn this day...Today in 2014, Liverpool edged out Swansea City 4-3 in an Anfield thriller.11:56Chris Beesley'Only one way' Liverpool will qualify for the Champions LeagueMohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto FirminoLiverpool legend Steve Nicol has warned that there's "only one way" that his former club are going to secure a top four spot this season.A 2-0 Merseyside Derby defeat to Everton at Anfield on Saturday left the reigning Premier League champions in sixth place - five points adrift of West Ham United in fourth.However, the Reds are still backed by the bookmakers to finish in the top four.The Express quote Nicol, who won four League Championships, three FA Cups and a European Cup with Liverpool, as telling ESPN FC:“It's not usually a smart move to go against the bookies because they're normally right. But I'm trying to figure a way of how they're going to be right.“They must think Liverpool's front three are going to catch fire, because that's the only way they’re going to qualify for the Champions League next year.“Nobody can put their hand on their heart and say that's going to happen, because right now the front three don't look as if they could score against anybody.” 11:34Chris BeesleyCarragher: Reds can't use Van Dijk as an excuse for individual gamesFormer Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher (Image: Sky Sports)Jamie Carragher says that while Virgil van Dijk's absence through injury will prevent his former club Liverpool from retaining the Premier League title this season, the Reds cannot use it as an excuse for individual results.He told Sky Sports:"I said during commentary that 'l am sick of talking about Virgil van Dijk'. And what l mean is that we have highlighted that throughout. "Liverpool can't win the league. I said that after the last league derby game. They can't win the league with Van Dijk being out the whole season. That's the big picture. "But the problems Liverpool have, with centre backs out and midfielders at centre back, does not mean they can't win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom. Manchester United, maybe. And Manchester City are real top quality."It's not an excuse for individual games. No matter what problems you have as a Liverpool player, you can't not win at home for six games. That is not acceptable. It's not."The reason I don't want to use Virgil van Dijk as an excuse because Liverpool started the game against Everton with 10 Champions League winners."That is why it is not an excuse in individual games. They have to find a way to win."11:07Chris BeesleyLiverpool 'must rebuild individuals as well as the team'Roberto Firmino reacts as his team concede a penalty during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Rio Ferdinand has highlighted the individual struggles of Roberto Firmino this season and believes the Liverpool striker needs a pick-me-up.Rousing the Kop quotes Ferdinand as telling his YouTube channel Five:Don’t forget, you had a front-three where everything they touched hit the back of the last season and the season before.“It’s not quite the same this season – although Salah is the top goalscorer in the league, Firmino can’t hit a barn door. "So, it’s very different. You’ve got to rebuild certain individuals as well as the team.” 10:29Chris BeesleySpurs set to battle Liverpool for BotmanSven Botman in action for LilleTottenham are eyeing a move for Lille centre back Sven Botman but face a tough task to win the race for his signature with Liverpool also in the hunt, according to a report.The Daily Mail cites France Football as claiming that Spurs are hoping to convince the £40million-rated defender to head to north London but he has also attracted attention from the Reds and Serie A leaders Internazionale.Their article states:There had previously been suggestions that Tottenham had already convinced the Dutchman and his representatives to make the move to London but this is not the case.And Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho knows he will face a difficult task to prise Botman away from France with European giants Liverpool and Inter also in hot pursuit.Jurgen Klopp's side were reportedly interested in the 21-year-old during the January transfer window as they looked to solve their injury crisis at the back but instead Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were signed. 10:09Chris BeesleySuarez desire recalled by CanosLiverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoringLuis Suarez's desire to go out and play, whatever the circumstances, during his time at Liverpool has been recalled by his former Reds team-mate Sergi Canos.The Uruguayan striker is now with Atletico Madrid afrer quitting Anfield for Barcelona back in 2014, but Canos, who went to Brentford, told Goal:"He was fantastic. "It was the first time I thought okay, this is Luis Suarez who is scoring goals every weekend, earning who knows how much, and he’s training like this on a Monday?!“I remember the very beginning of one training session. I was very good friends with Jose Enrique, and all the Spanish guys used to have breakfast together. Luis had something going on with the nail on his foot. I don’t know what happened, but he was limping.
. Luis was like: 'Maybe, maybe, I’ll ask the physio’.“And he went out and trained, limping, on Monday! They’d just played on the Saturday! I went home and I was amazed. I was like: ‘This guy loves football!’He just said: ‘I can’t stay inside, I just want to go outside and train with you guys!’ We were like: ‘Yes, but what’s the point?!’“Now I understand that there is a point. Now, I’m like this. That’s why the standard has to be up here.” 09:45Chris BeesleyMourinho bored Spurs players preparing for LiverpoolTottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho on the touchlineJose Mourinho bored his Tottenham Hotspur players by spending hours working on defending throw-ins ahead of their most recent game with Liverpool, according to a report.The Metro cite the Athletic as claiming that the self-styled 'Special One' is losing the support of several influential players in the Spurs squad due to his 'tactical overload.'Their article states:While Mourinho has not lost the entire dressing room, a significant number of players are questioning his approach with some players, particularly those with natural attacking instincts, concerned that training sessions are too focused on negating the threat of the opposition.Mourinho is said to have spent ‘hours’ working on defending throw-ins before his side faced Jurgen Klopp’s injury-ravaged champions last month in a game which saw a series of defensive blunders punishedm as Liverpool ran out comprehensive 3-1 winners.09:04Chris BeesleyMerson backing Reds to cling on for final top four spotSky Sports pundit Paul MersonAt the start of the season you'd think that securing a top-four spot would have been a shoo-in for reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.However, with the Reds currently down in sixth place and five points adrift of West Ham United in fourth, Jurgen Klopp's men have a significant task on their hands between now and the end of the campaign.Paul Merson has tipped Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City for a 1,2,3 but as for the final Champions League qualification slot, he's not so sure.The Metro quote him as telling Sky Sports:"Despite their superb season so far, I don’t see West Ham lasting the distance, and that means a spot is up for grabs. "Moyes’ side have been brilliant, but I saw enough in that second half against Spurs to tell me it’s just too much for them to do in the reminder of the season. "Everton have got the fixture list to make a challenge, but I do worry about their consistency. "For me, it’s between Chelsea and Liverpool for that final spot."If Chelsea have a good March, that’s it, they are in. But, I worry about Chelsea scoring enough goals. I can’t see them blowing teams away. "I’ve always said Liverpool will make it but when push comes to shove, it so hard to stick with them, at the moment. "It’s hard to get away from their form and the fact the luck is not with them. "You look at the games they’ve lost, and you look at the games they have coming up and wonder if they can turn it around. "They should beat Sheffield United but there is doubt there, especially with no defenders. "I’ve shown so much faith in them, but the players keep dropping like flies."The one player I want on the pitch out of all of their players at the moment is Jordan Henderson."When things are not going well, he’s the leader. He’s the player that gets people going. "With him now being out of the team it’s a bit of a worry. ‘It feels like I’m just going with the name and not looking at the performances and results."The teams they haven’t beaten is very worrying. I don’t know why, but I have to stick with Liverpool. "Please don’t ask me why but I’m keeping the faith with Jurgen Klopp and his side."08:43Chris BeesleyWerner could have been 'a good one' for LiverpoolTimo Werner is challenged by Fabinho during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool.For several months last season in looked like Timo Werner was going to end up joining Liverpool but the RB Leipzig striker ended up going to Chelsea instead.The 24-year-old has netted 10 goals in 32 games in total so far for the Londoners but just half of those have come in the Premier League.While Werner has hardly set the world on fire at Stamford Bridge, former England international Jermaine Jenas still believes the player could have made an impact in Jurgen Klopp's once prolific forward line that has been struggling of late.HITC quote Jenas as telling BT Sport:“There was talk of Timo Werner going to Liverpool at one point, wasn’t there?“I know maybe he has not exactly caught fire at Chelsea, but under a different manager, different circumstances maybe that might have been a good one to get over the line.” 08:14Chris BeesleyLiverpool eye Sevilla hot shotYoussef En-Nesyri of Sevilla (Image: Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)Liverpool are lining up a potential move for Sevilla hot shot Youssef En-Nesyri, according to a report.The 23-year-old Moroccan international striker has netted 17 goals in all competitions so far this season, including 13 in La Liga.His prolific form has attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe with a £27million offer from West Ham United rejected in January.The Express cite 90min as claiming that Liverpool and Manchester United have now asked Sevilla to keep them in the loop as they remain interested in signing the prolific forward.07:55Chris BeesleyHolgate makes Klopp Derby claimJurgen Klopp and Alisson Becker embrace after Divock Origi's late winner against Everton... engulfed in blue smoke (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)Everton defender Mason Holgate says that memories of Jurgen Klopp running on to the pitch in wild celebration in a previous Merseyside Derby motivated the visitors ahead of their 2-0 win at Anfield on Saturday.The Liverpool manager sprinted to the centre circle to embrace goalkeeper Alisson following Divock Origi's late winner in the fixture back in December 2018 - an act that that prompted him to receive an £8,000 fine for misconduct and a promise from the German that it “would not happen again.”Everton secured their first victory at Anfield since 1999 and The Boot Room quotes Holgate as telling Rio Ferdinand's YouTube channel, when asked about the Reds boss' actions: “Yeah it definitely plays on your mind.“Things like that, I don’t even know how to say about it."To be able to put it nicely, I’m not really sure how to do it. It just gets to you so bad. And then you’re seeing it for weeks on videos. So to get one over like that was good.”07:23Chris BeesleyLiverpool want MilenkovicLiverpool want Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic, according to a report.Rousing the Kop cite Sky Germany as claiming the 6ft 5in Serbian international has been the subject of enquiries from the Reds plus Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.Their article states:It follows a recent report from Fiorentina News. They believe that La Viola will try and sell Milenkovic this summer.The player is up for grabs, then, and there’s a potential bidding war on the horizon. But Dortmund’s interest suggests it’s one Liverpool can win. The 23-year-old, who has been capped 26 times to date, has played in Serie A since 2017.07:03Chris BeesleyLiverpool-linked Konate has release clauseIbrahima Konate in Champions League action for RB Leipzig against Istanbul BasaksehirLike his previously Liverpool-linked RB Leipzig team-mate Dayot Upamecano - who has agreed a summer switch to Bayern Munich - Ibrahima Konate also has a release clause, according to a report.HITC cite SportBILD as claiming that Konate could be prised away with a £40million offer.Their article states:On paper at least, Konate would slot in perfectly alongside Virgil van Dijk at Anfield. In the eyes of some, the Paris-born 21-year-old is actually a better defender than the latest addition to FC Hollywood’s all-star cast – more aggressive and uncompromising than Upamecano.And, according to BILD, Konate also has an affordable release clause in his contract. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United can snap up the former France U21 star if they are willing to pay the £40 million fee required.The report adds that, in Strasbourg youngster Mohamed Simakan, Leipzig are on the verge of signing a new right-sided central defender. Konate’s successor, perhaps? Peter HarrisMust-read storiesPeter HarrisGood morning!Welcome to today's live blog!The ECHO will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Anfield as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world.
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