Liverpool youngster Bobby Adekanye failed to renew his contract with the Reds as he ended his four-year relationship with Jurgen Klopp’s side last month.
After many speculations surrounding his future, the 20-year-old winger revealed his desire to join Serie A outfit S.S Lazio as a free agent, and the move was officially sealed on the first of this month.
12 days after he officially penned a long-term contract with Simone Inzaghi’s side, the former Barcelona youngster has revealed the reason behind his desire to leave Melwood training ground.
According to the Nigeria-born winger, staying under Klopp for another season practically means being a part of the youth team because he might fail to get any first-team opportunity throughout the upcoming campaign.
Though the youngster was certain of being in Klopp’s pre-season squad, he is upbeat he won’t be utilized by Klopp for any first-team duty in the 2019-20 season.
“At Liverpool I would go with the first team to the United States, but after that be with the Under-23s again,” he told reporters.
According to the youngster, who will be seeking to break into Simone Inzaghi’s list of regular starters, there were many suitors interested in his signature but he opted for the Serie A powerhouse.
Though Adekanye is a classic winger with pace and skills, his spell at Anfield was marred by numerous injuries and intense competition among the players.
Throughout his four-year stay at Anfield, the Dutch youngster didn’t register a single appearance for the senior team, though, he had over 40 caps with the U23 team.
Liverpool in talks to beat Man United to €130m-rated winger
Liverpool are reportedly set to compete with other European giants in the race for record-breaking winger Kai Havertz who became the youngest player to record 50 league appearances in Bundesliga’s history last year.
The 20-year-old has been in a red-hot form for club and country since the start of the year and his consistent display has caught the attention of many suitors.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are keenly interest in his services while Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also in the race for the youngster.
Germany-based media publication SportBild suggests that Liverpool are in talks with the player’s representative over the possibility luring the Bayern Leverkusen star to Anfield in January.
Bild further revealed that Jurgen Klopp is contend with the winger’s potentials and he hopes to have him under his watch in the second part of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Reds should be ready to launch a bid not less than €130m for the youngster if they are to meet Leverkusen’s price tag.
Havertz has managed three goals and one assist this season, and Sky Sports claimed that the German international is not desperate to leave his country before the end of the current campaign.
€70m-rated Star Spark Transfer Tussle Between Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham
French Ligue 1 side Lille could find it difficult to prevent in-form striker Victor Osimhen from moving to greener pasture in January as Premier League clubs are set to compete for his services.
The 20-year-old, who joined Lille from Sporting Charleroi in the summer, has been scoring goals for fun in the French League and he is being monitored by Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
According to Sky Sports, José Mourinho is in search of a capable backup to Harry Kane, and he has beamed his searchlight on Osimhen
However, the Portuguese will need slug it out with Frank Lampard in the race for his services because the Blues manager is equally interested in the player.
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The Blues have solely relied on Tammy Abraham for goals so far this season and Lampard believes signing the €70m-rated (according to Lille’s price tag) Nigerian will lessen Abraham’s goalscoring burden.
Though Liverpool are firing from all cylinders, Klopp is equally eyeing a possible swoop for the Lille forward as he wants to provide more competition for Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the second half of the season.
It should be recall that Manchester United were once linked with a move with Osimhen but it remains to be seen if the Red Devils are still interested in his services amid Solskjaer’s desire to reunite with Erling Haaland.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals difference between Liverpool and Arsenal
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has thrown a thinly-veined jibe at Arsenal over their inability to win the Premier League trophy after 15 years.
The last time the Gunners lifted the Premier League glory was in 2003-04 season during which they were unbeaten throughout the campaign.
Unfortunately, the Gunners haven’t been able to add to the number of the English Premier League trophies they have won.
They came closer to winning the League in 2015-2016 season but couldn’t defeat an in-form Leicester City in the race for the title.
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Revealing why the Gunners are yet to achieve a laudable success since the impressive unbeaten run, the former Arsenal player claimed that the North London club didn’t know how to get positive results when things are not going as planned.
According to Chamberlain while speaking to the telegraph, all of his former clubs — including Arsenal, lacked the kind of winning mentality currently possessed by Liverpool who have won most of their matches even when they weren’t playing to their strength.
Though Chamberlain didn’t specifically direct his comments at the Gunners, it is believed that the player could be referring to his time while he was at the Emirates Stadium during Arsene Wenger’s reign.
“I’ve been in teams that are fantastic teams when everything’s going great, we’re unbelievable and when we have an off-day we have an off-day,” Chamberlain said.
“The good thing at the minute with this group when we’re having off-days we’re still coming away with good results because we’re sticking to our basics and principles as well.
“That sort of winning culture spreads throughout the team. The manager, he insists that the leaders in our team – Jordan, Milly, Adam, Virgil – they’re all boys who demand the most of themselves first and foremost and then the rest of us.”
Having played 17 matches so far, the Merseyside club have recoded 16 victories and one draw. They are presently in pole position to win this season’s Premier League trophy.
On the contrary, the Gunners are in the 10th position with 22 points having won just five matches from the same number of matches.