But the Bayern Munich midfielder, frequently linked with a move to Anfield, insists they have not discussed a potential transfer.

However, see ‘Transfer Rumours – LFC’ below on ‘Monday’.


Liverpool Football Club today announced that Ian Ayre is to step down as chief executive officer at the end of May 2017, when his current contract expires. (LiverpoolFC.com)

New dates for Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures against Everton and Chelsea have today been confirmed.

The second Merseyside derby of the season will now take place at 8pm BST on Wednesday April 20, at Anfield.

Meanwhile, the home meeting with Chelsea is set for an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday May 11. This fixture is subject to further change.

Sky Sports will broadcast both matches live.

Robbie Fowler is working towards his Uefa Pro Licence in a bid to break into management. He told the Liverpool Echo:

“I’ve got the other coaching badges and now I’m doing the Pro Licence, which is the highest one you can do.

“I started it in January and it will take around a year. By next June I should have completed it. Everyone knows I want to be a manager. It’s what I have always longed for and I am almost there now.”


Liverpool face having to pay £120,000-a-week striker Christian Benteke, 25, to play elsewhere if they want to offload him this summer. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are interested in signing Benteke but are unlikely to be be willing to offer the Belgium international more than £80,000 a week, meaning Liverpool may have to contribute towards his wages. (Times – subscription required)

Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool have an “outstanding talent” in 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza, who has had to be loaned to Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense because of work permit issues. (Liverpool Echo)

Roberto Firmino believes Liverpool’s players fed off the Anfield atmosphere last week in the 2-0 victory over Manchester United. (Goal)

The Reds overwhelmed the visitors in the opening leg of the Europa League last-16 encounter, with the passion from the home crowd replicated in their performance on the pitch.

Asked whether he’d ever heard, seen or felt such animation from fans before, the Brazilian told Goal in an exclusive interview:

“No, it was the first time ever for me.

“When we came out for the warm-up, the supporters were already singing loudly and that was so motivating to the team.

“They helped us with their passion to get a positive result. The fans were really going for it and that pushed us to also go for it. It was an incredible experience.”

Sheyi Ojo has been included in England’s U19s squad for the elite round of the UEFA U19 European Championships. (LiverpoolFC.comRyan Kent is among the U20s group for their upcoming friendly.


Klopp revealed his love for rivalries and derbies developed from a young age:

I love derbies. Since I was six years old, when I really started thinking about football, I always loved to play games like this – against the next village, against best friends and things like this. Manchester United, it was clear before I came here, is a big game. Now I’m here and part of it – that’s really great. I’m enjoying this. It’s not easy but it’s possible and that’s pretty cool.

And of course in this season, if we can go through after two defeats in the league against United then it would be a little bit of payback if you want things like this. That’s what we wanted to do when we heard about the draw, that we could play again against United. Of course, you always have to think that you can go through and we thought it, we were not sure but we thought it and we saw the possibility – that was enough. Now we want to make the next step.

Jon Flanagan is expected to sign a new three year deal on Friday morning according to various reports.

“I don’t think players and people like Flanno grow on trees to be honest,” said Henderson last month.

“You have people like him and Stevie and Carra who have come through the academy and the fans feel as though they are one of them really, which they are.

“His whole family supports Liverpool. He has been a Liverpool supporter since he was a kid and he has had a difficult time for the last year, two years, but what I have seen him do behind the scenes is incredible really. (Express)

Jurgen Klopp questioned the consistency of Uefa’s disciplinary procedures after Marouane Fellaini escaped a ban before Manchester United’s Europa League second leg against Liverpool at Old Trafford. (Liverpool Echo)


Jürgen Klopp on Coutinho’s genius moment’ last night (LiverpoolFC.com):

“It was brilliant what he did. It was the most unexpected thing you could do in a situation like that – it was a perfect goal.”

Manchester United and Liverpool being charged by Uefa after crowd trouble during the Europa League last-16 second leg.

Rival fans were seen fighting in the stands, seats were thrown from the Liverpool section into United’s and flares were lit at Thursday’s 1-1 draw, during which five men were arrested.

Both clubs have been charged with crowd disturbances and throwing of objects.

Liverpool, who won 3-1 on aggregate, have been charged with illicit chants and the setting off of fireworks.

The case will be heard by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on 19 May, the day after the Europa League final in Basel.

United were not punished by Uefa after some of their fans sang offensive Hillsborough disaster chants during the first leg at Anfield.

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