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PremierLeague-News.Com - Jude Bellingham transfer update, potential player exits and your questions answered in the latest Q+A with the ECHO's Paul Gorst
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liverpool’s preparations for the 2022/23 season began on Monday as 19 senior players returned to Kirkby for pre-season. After the initial sessions, the Reds then set off on their tour of Bangkok and Singapore next weekend. New signings Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay were among those returning and they will be assessed by Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff over the coming days. A number of Liverpool’s players have been given extra-time off by the club and will report to Kirkby later this week. After conducting their transfer business in swift fashion with the acquisitions of Carvalho, Ramsay and Darwin Nunez, the big news from the club dropped on Friday when it was confirmed that Mohamed Salah had signed a new three-year deal at the club. READ MORE: Throwing up and beating James Milner - inside the 'terrible day one' of Liverpool training READ MORE: Gary Neville's latest Liverpool dig has already backfired thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo It has been suggested the forward will earn roughly £350k a week, a significant rise on his current deal, reported to be worth £200k a week, to become the highest-paid player in the club’s history. The ECHO understands that the 30-year-old will indeed earn less than £400k a week, with his new deal heavily incentivised so he could earn more based on player performance. To discuss all things Liverpool, the ECHO’s Paul Gorst answered questions in a live Q+A earlier today and here is what was said. RamonRazor: Hi Paul, if Liverpool did offer a massive amount of money for Bellingham do you think Dortmund would think about it now ? From all the rumours it seems that Bellingham is interested in a move. Or do you think with this being a World Cup year he would stay out knowing that first team football is pretty much guaranteed where he is? Paul Gorst: I've no insight into what Dortmund feel behind the scenes but of course if a "massive" offer arrives for any player, most clubs would at least hold an internal conversation about it. The World Cup is an interesting one though as it's slap bang in the middle of the season so perhaps that has formed part of Bellingham's thinking? He's getting picked in England squads routinely at the moment so maybe he is happy with another year in the Bundesliga. He is only 19 after all. MattIOM: Hi Paul, with all the talk at the moment linking us with Jude Bellingham. Do you think it might take another team like for example Chelsea making a move for him in order for us to get him? Similar situation to the Diaz/Spurs scenario. Paul Gorst: That's an interesting scenario, definitely. I think it probably comes down, ultimately, to Borussia Dortmund's unwillingness to lose both Haaland and Bellingham in the same summer. The reports coming from Germany is of a prohibitive price tag that is likely designed to ward off suitors. Liverpool are clearly big fans of what he can do, but everything I've heard is that the club are relaxed over their midfield options so far. It would be interesting to see if they are forced into decisive action in the way Spurs' interest in Diaz did but for now, I think it's one that's on the backburner. Nquinn20: Instead of Jude, do you think Liverpool could target Amadou Onana from Lille, still only 20 and all top London clubs looking at him. Read More Related Articles Neymar sent blunt Liverpool transfer message amid Chelsea links Read More Related Articles Liverpool ready to make pre-season 'adjustments' to take Luis Diaz to new levels Paul Gorst: Not a player I've seen too much of but have heard the links to West Ham and Arsenal. I'm sure the Liverpool scouts are more than aware of him but not someone I've heard they are interested in. JDF1: Hello, Liverpool wanted Tchouameni, a number 6 who can play at 8. To sign Bellingham next summer, which I don't think any of us can plausibly be convinced we are 100% targeting, I wouldn't be surprised if we instead found a £20-30m gem, would still suggest to me that we would be looking at a number 6 such is Bellingham's offensive attributes. Now I know that Henderson can play at 6, but with Milner, Ox and potentially Keita (I don't see him signing a new deal) leaving we would indeed need 2 new midfielders (3 would give us 8 and I think that's too many, although we wanted Wijnaldum to stay and Tchouameni after that which means clearly the club want 9 - looking at the 8 we have now plus the 1 extra/yes, there is versatility there). I cannot see us signing say Rice and Bellingham for around £160m, so I would ask Paul, what does he think is realistic - nothing now and 2 next summer (one big signing and one cheaper option) for around £100m? Saying that, where is the money going to come from outgoings as it has done historically. Who will we make money from next summer? No one it seems, which makes me believe we WILL sign a CM this summer as it will be too big an outlay next summer. Coinciding with Klopp's comments that he wants a 'machine' this season. Finally, Liverpool saw the benefits of having 5 top attackers from February, with the reserves (Origi and Taki) on top of that. Why are we not applying this mantra to the midfield? Instead, I feel Klopp is using a main 4 with 4 reserves he can rotate when useful. Fair enough, but are we missing a trick? Paul Gorst: A lot to digest there. I think what you're ultimately asking me is if I think it will be two midfielders next summer or one this and one next? I think Liverpool are perfectly content to go into the season with the options they have now in midfield. We know Aurelien Tchouameni was looked at but it quickly became known he only had eyes for Real Madrid, so I think it will be one midfielder with a young profile next summer in the same way they signed Henderson at 20 in 2011. Someone who will feasibly be a key part of the squad for the best part of a decade. 6StarsGismo: Hi Paul, do you think we will be using a different formation this year? it seems some teams sussed us out last year with the 433. Also what role do you think Jota will have because he carried us in the winter months last year? Thank you. Paul Gorst: Hard to say Liverpool were "sussed out" too much last year. They only lost four games out of 63. But I do think the next few weeks give Klopp and his staff some time to work on a tweak in system and tactics for the new season. They have tried 4-2-3-1 sporadically, mainly when chasing the game, but I'd like to see them give it a more thorough try at some stage. Pep Lijnders often talks about the need to stay “unpredictable" so a change in formation will do that. These next few weeks are massive for Klopp ahead of the new season.
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.9 slot with Nunez on the whole. Obviously he is a multi-functional player who can operate in a few positions but his best work, for me, is inside the box as a predator. Hally7: Hi Paul, could Chamberlain be off this summer? Paul Gorst: I don't think there is any major appetite to offload Oxlade-Chamberlain from within the club. If he decides to angle for a move then it is a decision the club will have to mull over but as things stand, he is back at pre-season training and is ready to play his part. I thought he did well at times last season, particularly when called upon in January. The value of a versatile squad player with his quality shouldn't be discarded so easily. He is worth more to Liverpool in the next 12 months than he would be to sell in the window now. Daniel4774: Could the number 10 be left vacant with Bellingham next summer in mind already? Paul Gorst: I don't think they think that deeply about squad numbers in all honesty. It's a nice theory though. Even if Bellingham is more of a No.8 than a No.10. If he joins, he should reprise the No.22 he had at Birmingham before they retired it, but that'd mean a switch for Calvin Ramsay. Deetown: Hi Paul. What do you make of Harvey Elliott's chances of establishing himself in the first team this season? Paul Gorst: Very high, as it goes. Had he not suffered that horrendous ankle break at Leeds who knows what he could have done last season? I thought he slotted into that right-sided role in the midfield three superbly. It was a key feature of how Liverpool played last season so I expect him to get a lot more opportunities there this season. He's a player to get excited about, for sure. It would be no surprise if he started at Fulham for me. Redman0302: If Keita won't sign a new deal, will Liverpool keep him or look to move him on & replace him this summer? Paul Gorst: I don't see Liverpool looking to offload Keita this summer. If he doesn't sign a new contract, it's likely he'll leave on a free transfer in the same way Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum have, but there's a long road to travel before that happens. I expect he will sign new terms at some point. James01: Has Chris Rohrbeck returned full time? Paul Gorst: Interesting one. I am not sure if the club have kept him on full time. I know he returned in the final months of the campaign to basically try and help keep everyone fit for the run-in, but I am not sure if that contract has been extended at this stage. AndreasLin: Who is going to wear the number 10 jersey next season? Paul Gorst: At the moment, it looks like it's staying vacant! Tomlfc26: Hi Paul do you think we could have a surprise signing at the end of July. If we sell all players we don't need and the loan signings are done ? Personally I hope we sign Nicolo Barella. Paul Gorst: Liverpool sources have stated their belief that the transfer work is complete on the incoming front but that is their own self-imposed deadline that they can change at any time. It'd take something sensational to present itself at this stage, in my view, but you cannot say for 100% that Liverpool are completely done in the market. I'm not anticipating anything imminent but there's a long way to go in the window. For now, I believe the focus is on outgoings and then the futures of Naby Keita and Joe Gomez. Joe88: Hi Paul. How do you see LFC lining up next season with Nunez in, Mane out and Salah now signed up to a long-term deal? Paul Gorst: With a full pre-season schedule behind him I can see Luis Diaz really kicking on next term and becoming a superstar down the left side for Liverpool. There have been some suggestions that Nunez is capable of operating off the left, but he looks more like a traditional, old-school No.9 to me. Shades of Fernando Torres, dare I say...Nunez will be central with a reinvigorated Salah on the right and a fully attuned Diaz on the left. Expect goals! READ NEXT Jurgen Klopp signed £43.7m replacement for Liverpool star who scored 'spectacular' goal Liverpool fans spot Jude Bellingham reaction to Fabio Carvalho transfer Cristiano Ronaldo 'mistake' led Manchester United to 'leave Liverpool' to £85m signing Liverpool make Jude Bellingham transfer 'decision' as 'offers rejected' for Mesut Ozil successor Didi Hamann fires back at Gary Neville over Mohamed Salah claim
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