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Jugen Klopp wanted him in 2016, Filip Kostic set for cut-price exit

The Serbian is set to be relegated with Hamburg.

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In the summer of 2016 Liverpool were being linked with the signature of Serbian winger Filip Kostic. The Independent reported that Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur, had both watched the player, but had missed out. Hamburg instead signed Kostic from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart for £12 million.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would have known all about Kostic through his Bundesliga links and seeing him move elsewhere would have been frustrating. But, nearly two years on from Kostic’s Hamburg move, Liverpool may feel they dodged a bullet.

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This summer, if Liverpool still wanted Kostic, they could get him cheap. The reason why? His performances have not lived up to his ability since the Hamburg move. Now, the Bundesliga side look doomed to relegation. The result will be a firesale in the summer, as HSV look to meet financial demands. Kostic, being one of the most valuable players and highest-earners at the club, will be available.

Based on his form for Hamburg, Liverpool would be unlikely to take an interest in the player.

But, rather than dodging a bullet, perhaps this situation could work out perfectly for Klopp and Liverpool.

Whilst Kostic has had a rough time at Hamburg, a lot of that is down to the running of the club.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

For the Serbian national team the 25-year-old has still been in good form and Liverpool might just be able to bring Kostic in at a cut-price.

With the World Cup coming up this summer, Kostic will look to shine. A deal for Liverpool before then may prove to be a masterstroke.

Liverpool can look at Kostic in two ways. One, a transfer failure they should be happy with. Two, an opportunity for a bargain this summer.

Either way Klopp and Liverpool cannot really lose.

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How Liverpool fans reacted to signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker

Liverpool have been in the market for a goalkeeper throughout this transfer window.

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Premier League giants Liverpool made a real statement of intent on Thursday evening when they completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker who arrives at Anfield from Roma.

The Daily Mail confirmed the £65 million deal late last night and it is a move that is sure to send a message to the rest of the top flight with the Reds seemingly meaning business when it comes to challenging for the title next season.

It has been a well courted situation that boss Jurgen Klopp has been in the market for a new custodian following high profile errors by current stoppers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius during last season.

The German boss has finally got his man and the real pressure is now on the Reds’ boss who, following a glut of new arrivals, is now under pressure to deliver some much needed silverware to the football club.

The Brazilian number one kept 17 clean sheets for the Serie A outfit last term and was an instrumental part of Roma’s team that reached the semi-final of the Champions League before losing out to Liverpool over two legs.

As with any transfer deal, the world of Twitter has reacted and TBR Football looked at exactly what some Liverpool fans were saying about this deal…

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Liverpool fans should ignore Jurgen Klopp’s claims that spending has ended

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Speaking after confirming the signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not expect the club to make any further signings this summer despite ongoing speculation.

Exits are expected with doubts surrounding several members of the squad who may depart Merseyside in the remaining few weeks of the summer transfer window, but the German was clear that he is not looking for many signings.

Yet there may still be reasons for Liverpool fans to believe that Klopp could turn out to be wrong with his assumption.

“We have everything that we need for the next season, I don’t think that we will do any more (signings), I’m pretty sure…”

Jurgen Klopp made the claim after the signing of Alisson was confirmed.

The immediate reaction was, perhaps surprisingly, one of disappointment with many fans thinking of one man in particular in the form of Nabil Fekir.

Negotiations broke down in June before the World Cup and had gone quiet, though Dominic King of the Daily Mail claimed that the deal was dead in the water, despite coming only 24 hours after Dean Jones of Bleacher Report suggested that talks had begun again.

News that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss all of the 2018/19 campaign with a number of knee ligament injuries has sparked fears about the lack of depth in attacking midfield, with no real replacement having been found for Philippe Coutinho.

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It is worth remembering that only a week ago the Liverpool Echo said that Klopp was public with his desire to give Danny Ward a shot as number one, yet seven days later he is on his way to Leicester City after a fee was agreed, according to Sky Sports.

Klopp is no stranger to playing with the media and will do whatever he can to strengthen his club’s negotiating hand, yet fans could be forgiven for retaining hope of a deal for Fekir.

What may affect the reality is whether or not Olympique Lyonnais are prepared to sell this summer, as the Reds showed last summer that they would prefer to wait for their man rather than shop for alternatives, with a move for Virgil Van Dijk being dragged over into the next window.

Either way, Liverpool fans can have little to complain about the dealings that have been done in this summer’s transfer window with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker all having arrived.

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One winner and one loser with implications from Liverpool’s win over Blackburn

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Liverpool eased to a pre-season friendly victory over Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers thanks to second half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Lazar Markovic on an impressive evening for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp took a strong squad to Ewood Park with Georgino Wijnaldum and Danny Ings the only notable absences due to injury concerns.

Naby Keita and Lazar Markovic were two of the stand out performers on the evening, but who else exceeded expectations and let themselves down?

Winner: Daniel Sturridge

Much has been made of Sturridge’s future after yet another injury hit campaign in which he failed to make an impact on loan at West Brom, but the striker has tole the Mirror that he expects to remain at Anfield in the 2018/19 campaign.

On Thursday evening he wore the captain’s armband and impressed throughout, recording a goal and assist in his 45 minutes of action as he continued to feature in every pre-season match to date.

“He has looked really good for us and with the armband in the second half it’s completely normal, the guy who is the longest-serving for the club and most experienced, so that was clear. So he played a really good game and helped us a lot, and the link-up play especially with Naby was brilliant, so good game.”

Jurgen Klopp was impressed.

Sturridge’s sharp movement and pinpoint finishing, one golden chance aside, were reminiscent of the England man at his best and showed that he may be the back-up striker that Jurgen Klopp is looking for.

He clearly still has work to do to prove his fitness, but there won’t be much more that Sturridge can do in pre-season action to stake his claim and prove a point.

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Loser: Dominic Solanke

The young striker has been questioned ever since his arrival on Merseyside as an under 17 World Champion, scoring just once in 27 appearances in his debut season, and his display against Blackburn did little to boost his hopes.

Solanke did win a first half penalty, which saw David Raya redeem himself for hauling the forward down by saving James Milner’s effort, but missed several guilt edged opportunities.

The former Chelsea man looked low on confidence and was off the pace throughout on a big night where he would have been well aware that he had the chance to show that he should be ahead of Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings in the pecking order.

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