Liverpool: Hero discusses return; defender to leave on loan; striker being monitored
Liverpool fans will have been delighted to see their former striker Luis Suarez yesterday collect the European Golden Shoe for his superb goalscoring record last season, however he did dash their dreams of ever one day returning to Anfield as he told the press that he wants to end his career in Barcelona, saying:
“I want to thank Barca for bringing me here and allowing me to fulfil my goals. My team-mates play a part in all my goals. I have magnificent team-mates who make it easy for me but I don’t want to take anything away from myself – you still have to score. I hope I can finish my career at Barca but I need to be at the highest level to compete. I have fought a lot in my life and, since coming to Barca, I am trying to enjoy it, be happy and win trophies. I’m in the best team in the world with the best players.”
Since his £75 million move to Spain from Merseyside, the 29-year-old has scored 93 goals and created 55 assists in 108 appearances, a remarkable record. With two La Liga titles, a Champions League and a Copa del Rey since joining, it has clearly been a worthwhile move for the Uruguayan, who still has an affection for the club where he shot to prominence in the Premier League.
One of the best updates over the past few weeks has been the return of young defender Joe Gomez to training after a year out with a serious knee injury. The 19-year-old was applauded on his return to action, but could now be set for a January loan move according to the Liverpool Echo, with Bournemouth and Huddersfield keen on securing the versatile youngster’s talents.
Since signing from Charlton, Gomez made seven appearances in the first team under Brendan Rodgers, primarily at left-back, before getting injured over the international break in which Jurgen Klopp was appointed. Now, he may have to look elsewhere with Klopp unable to guarantee regular first team action but keen to ensure that he keeps getting minutes to aid his development.
Klopp has also been busy casting an eye over Napoli winger-cum-striker Lorenzo Insigne according to Calciomercato. The Italian has reportedly told his club that he wants £100,000 per week if he is to sign a new deal, something which the club have outright rejected from the start.
Tottenham are also monitoring the situation of the 25-year-old, who has created four assists in eight Serie A games to date. Insigne has many of the attributes to fit the Klopp mould for his attacking trio, so this one could be a deal to watch out for over the next transfer window.
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