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Breaking News ! Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO Friday live blog for your Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip. Jules Kounde is reportedly on Liverpool's transfer shortlist, Reds linked with Ezequiel Garay and Virgil van Dijk undergoes successful surgery. Send your thoughts to @LivEchoLFC or @TheoSquiresEcho, subscribe to our FREE Liverpool FC newsletter, our YouTube channel and listen to our Blood Red Podcast.Key EventsJurgen Klopp press conference LIVE12:08Van Dijk undergoes successful surgery11:0320:02U23s lead at half-time19:10Rick Parry slams 'evil' Liverpool accusations18:35Which player were you?18:08Klopp could make more history16:52Goalkeeper claims Karius makes him a better playerLoris Karius is yet to make his competitive debut for Union Berlin as he spends the current season on loan at the Bundesliga side from Liverpool.Instead, the German club has 33-year-old Andreas Luthe as their number one between the sticks and he has welcomed the competition brought on by the Reds signing temporarily. In fact he claims Karius’ presence makes him a better player.Speaking to German magazine Kicker he said: “I am a fan of maintaining a little competition. “It doesn’t make me worse when I know Loris is behind me, rather better.”Loris Karius in action for Union Berlin16:37Listen to the latest Blood Red Podcast16:09Napoli defender speaks out15:24Thiago and Naby Keita injury updateJurgen Klopp has refused to put a timeframe on how long Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Joel Matip will remain out for.However, the Reds boss has hinted that his summer midfield signing could be available for tomorrow evening’s clash with West Ham at Anfield.Reds star Thiago was injured in the Merseyside derby after finding himself on the receiving end of a wild lunge from Richarlison, for which the Everton forward was sent off.Read the full story hereLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a press conference at MelwoodRecap every word Jurgen Klopp said in his press conference earlier here12:08KEY EVENTJurgen Klopp press conference LIVEJurgen Klopp faces the press at 12.30pm this afternoon ahead of Liverpool's clash with West Ham this weekend.Follow LIVE updates in our special blog HERE.11:44Theo SquiresLiverpool linked with GarayWith Liverpool rather short at the back after Fabinho joined Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip on the sidelines, the Reds have been linked with an unlikely move for Ezequiel Garay.The 34-year-old is a free agent and according to Fichajes, via Media Referee, has been considered as a possible arrival at Anfield.Ezequiel Garay is currently available on a free transfer (Image: David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images)I wouldn't expect this to happen. The defender asked for his Valencia contract to be cancelled in February after suffering a knee injury of his own that would rule him out for six months.Throw in his wage, age demands, whether Liverpool even have space in the squad for an overseas player and the fact he wouldn't be eligible for the Champions League and you can safely rule this one out it would seem.11:03KEY EVENTVan Dijk undergoes successful surgeryVirgil van Dijk has undergone surgery on the knee ligament injury he sustained earlier this month Liverpool have confirmed.The defender’s planned operation took place in London and was conducted successfully.Virgil van Dijk receives treatment after being tackled by Jordan Pickford (Image: Getty)Van Dijk will now immediately focus on the beginning of his rehabilitation with the support of the Reds’ medical department.No timeframe has been placed on the Dutchman’s return to action.09:58Theo SquiresAC Milan 'join hunt' for KabakLiverpool continue to be linked with Ozan Kabak, despite the ECHO understanding they are not currently interested in the centre-back.But the Reds aren't the only side said to be monitoring the Turk, with AC Milan reportedly joining the race for his signature.Ozan Kabak of Turkey (Image: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Reports in Gazzetta dello Sport, cited by the Mail, claim Kabak is Milan's number one target with the Serie A giants keen to strengthen their defence in January.And with rumours of interest from the Reds, they will make their move to wrap up his signing before the transfer window re-opens.09:19Theo SquiresMoyes on LiverpoolDavid Moyes has also had his say on playing at Anfield with no fans and Virgil van DIjk's injury."Obviously you'd rather play Liverpool without Virgil van Dijk but the big thing is going to Liverpool without any supporters. No crowd behind them might make a big difference. "You're playing the champions and it is always a tough game. We saw the run of fixtures, we knew it would be difficult but we have to make the most of it, We are in a good players, results make a big difference,"Last year we were really unfortunate not to get a result at Anfield, there have been real signs of improvement.
."09:17Theo SquiresMoyes confirms Antonio absenceDavid Moyes is currently speaking to the press and has confirmed Michail Antonio isn't fit to face Liverpool."He's been great for us, he's an important member of the team. We don't think it is too bad but it is enough to kepe him out of this game that is for sure. "We have really shown a great team ethic. We can score from all different areas, we are playing well. I am sure Liverpool will say the same with Van Dijk. We will miss him, Micky has been as good as any striker in the league."08:58Theo SquiresMbokani regrets snubbing LiverpoolRemember Dieumerci Mbokani?The striker had spells at Hull City and Norwich City and actually scored against Liverpool for the Canaries in that epic 5-4 victory a few years back.Well he's revealed he turned down the Reds when playing for Standard Liege in 2010, instead opting to join Monaco, and has admitted to Gazet van Antwerpen, cited by Sport Witness, he's always regretted the decision.Dieumerci Mbokani (L) of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Russel Martin (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)"At Standard, Liverpool wanted to get me. But then I chose Monaco, which in hindsight, was not so smart.“I would have liked to have made a career in the Premier League. I ended up playing there for two years, but then I was owned by Dynamo Kiev and they didn’t want to sell me.” The 34-year-old joined Monaco in July 2010, meaning it was Roy Hodgson looking to sign him, but was loaned to Wolfsburg the following January before signing for Anderlecht the next summer.And to think, Liverpool were robbed of witnessing him alongside his close friend Milan Jovanovic at Anfield.If it's any consolation, he probably wouldn't have lasted too long at Liverpool either, though if the Reds had signed him, it might have ensured £35m wasn't spent on Andy Carroll in January 2011.08:06Theo SquiresKounde 'shortlisted' by LiverpoolLiverpool have been linked with a move for Sevilla's Jules Kounde after losing Virgil van Dijk for the season. 90min.com claim the centre-back is one of five options lined up as cover as the Reds continue to struggle with a defensive injury crisis.Jules Kounde of Sevilla FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match against Stade Rennais (Image: 2020 Quality Sport Images (via Getty))Schalke's Ozan Kabak, Villarreal's Pau Torres, Shakhtar Donetsk's Mykola Matvienko and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano are also said to be on Liverpool's shortlist.However, the report acknowledges the high asking-price on Kounde's head could see the Reds delay recruiting until next summer.07:57Theo SquiresWest Ham dealt Antonio injury blowWest Ham look set to be without Michail Antonio when they face Liverpool tomorrow. The forward has been one of the Hammers' star performers this year with three goals from six outings.West Ham United's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Peter Byrne/PA Wire. However, he was forced off in their 1-1 draw with Man City last weekend because of injury.And reports claim he is facing at least a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury, with scans showing it is worse than first feared report TalkSPORT.23:01Must read storiesDon’t forget to subscribe to our FREE Liverpool FC newsletter, our YouTube channel and listen to our Blood Red Podcast23:00Good morning!Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO Thursday live blog for your 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.Liverpool are being linked with a possible move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, while the Reds reportedly face competition from AC Milan for the siging of Ozan Kabak and we’ll have the latest updates of Fabinho’s injury ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s press conference.
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