Liverpool eye £40m Real Madrid man as Reds given Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino scare

Media watch: Liverpool could move for a £40m star that Real Madrid have put up for sale, while quarantine rules could impact Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino.

Jordan Henderson nears contract extension

According to The Athletic, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has agreed a new deal ‘spanning three years, with the option of a fourth contingent on how many appearances he makes’.

The contract is not signed yet, but it is reported that it is ‘heading in the right direction’, after Jürgen Klopp was adamant that it would be taken care of just a couple of days ago.

Klopp, the report states, was a big part of making sure an agreement was found, with Liverpool fans earlier in the summer being worried by reports Henderson could leave amid interest from PSG and Atletico Madrid.

John Terry’s Van Dijk ‘worry’

Terry believes that Liverpool should be easing Virgil van Dijk back into action slowly after so long away from playing.

“It’s a big injury,” he told Stadium Astro. “I think it’s going to take time and settle. I hope not — I hope I’m wrong on that — but I think he’ll need bleeding into that team and managed throughout the team.”

Nothing appears to have gone wrong with him being thrown back in against Norwich City, though, and at some point, that was going to have to happen.

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The difficulty is that with a centre-back, it is harder to play them for an hour and then take them off, because you need the substitutions for further forward.

But Liverpool’s medical team will take no risks and they have all of the necessary information available to make the right call.

£40m Real Madrid man available

Martin Ødegaard has been made available by Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, according to Goal, with the Norwegian midfielder for sale after having been left out of his side’s squad over the weekend.

Still only 22, Liverpool tried to sign Ødegaard in 2014 when he first left Norway, and have since kept tabs on him.

Liverpool fans spotted Klopp speaking to him after the Reds played Arsenal in the second half of last season, where he was on loan with Mikel Arteta’s side, and the player’s talent is clear.

And with Gini Wijnaldum gone, there is a space for another midfield option.

Liverpool set to lose Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino

FIFA have decided that clubs will no longer be allowed to stop their players from going on international duty to countries where they would have to quarantine upon their return.

That means that Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino could miss Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United in October.

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Brazil play Peru less than 48 hours before Premier League games return in September (when Liverpool travel to Leeds United) while they have another triple-header in October, when the Manchester United game is scheduled.

Because Brazil is on the UK ‘red list’, anyone travelling there must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days upon their return, with no exceptions.

Rule changes could be made to allow Premier League players to return without quarantine, but the Daily Mail point out that other sports have not been granted an exemption by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Ben Davies set to move

Without having played a single competitive minute for Liverpool since signing from Preston North End in January, Ben Davies is set to move back to the Championship with Sheffield United.

The move will be a loan deal, which might not make immediate sense from a Liverpool perspective, but does once you dig a little deeper.

Regular Championship watchers regarded Davies as one of the best defenders in the second tier when he arrived at Anfield, but having not played at all for Liverpool, his value has dropped significantly.

Should Liverpool sell him now, they would make very little on him. But after a year to inflate the price-tag back up again, they could get considerably more for Davies next season.

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Luis Suárez involved in brawl

Former Liverpool forward Luis Suárez is never far from confrontation on the field, and that was the case once again last night as he was the centre of attention.

Celta Vigo player Hugo Mallo stamped on the Uruguayan and a big altercation ensued as La Liga champions Atletico Madrid won 2-1 away from home.

Mallo and Atletico Madrid defender Mario Hermoso were shown red cards in added time for clashing off the ball while players all over the pitch could be seen confronting each other in the melee.

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