Euro Paper Talk: Jurgen Klopp U-turn revives January transfer, but Liverpool have PL rivals

Date published: Wednesday 13th October 2021 12:26 - Matthew Briggs

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Dr Andreas Schlumberger September 2021

Liverpool and Newcastle look set to be rivals in January as they look to get a deal done for an unwanted Barcelona man, while Newcastle also have a Chelsea striker in their sights, all in the Euro papers.


It’s been a while since Liverpool were linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho, but the story is back.

Apparently Joan Laporta “wants to get rid” of the Barcelona flop in January.

The £142m man has been a huge disappointment for the Catalan giants and Laporta thinks it’s time to sever ties with the midfielder.

Coutinho left Anfield for Barca in January 2018 and is understood to be keen on a return.

And now El Chiringuito TV claim that Liverpool also want the player back.

Jurgen Klopp is always believed to have vetoed the idea of the 29-year-old returning. However, per the report, his stance has changed and still without a playmaker, Klopp is now open to a deal.

Klopp never replaced Coutinho when he left, instead he opted to use a three-man attack with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum the insurance behind them.

But, still without a real No.10 Klopp is believed to be keen to discuss a return for the Brazilian, who scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for the Reds.

Philippe Coutinho prior the Trofeu Joan Gamper match between FC Barcelona and Juventus FC at Estadi Johan Cruyf

They could have competition though, with Newcastle, now backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), also keen.

Newcastle interest

According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Newcastle have held serious discussions about signing Coutinho.

Fabrizio Romano though says that the Magpies have yet to make an offer for Coutinho.

He said: “Coutinho – a lot of rumours, but Coutinho’s camp have not received any proposal or approach from Newcastle yet. Let’s see what is going to happen like in December, in January, when the transfer market will be in the key period.

“But for sure, Newcastle are starting something incredible for the future of the club.”


Timo Werner Karim Adeyemi Germany October 2021

Newcastle United, backed by their new mega-rich owners, want to sign Chelsea striker Timo Werner (Bild)

Fenerbahce want to sign Arsenal outcast Sead Kolasinac (Yeni Asir)

Inter Milan are ready to enter contract talks with Marcelo Brozovic after coming to an agreement with Lautaro Martinez (Calciomercato)

Monaco and Nice are interested in signing Jonathan Clauss from Lens (Foot Mercato)


Inter Milan stars Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko, Nicolo Barella and Milan Skriniar 2021

Inter Milan could face a fight to keep hold of midfielder Nicolo Barella, with the player’s representatives struggling to find a middle ground on wage demands in a new deal (Corriere dello Sport)

Real Madrid are back on the trail of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (AS)

Diego Simeone has admitted that he wanted to bring Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid this summer and asked Atletico striker Luis Suarez to ask if a deal was possible (Diario Ole)

Paris Saint-Germain could join the race for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic (Le10 Sport)

AC Milan are trying to sign free-agent goalkeeper Antonio Mirante (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Centre-back Alessio Romagnoli wants to stay at AC Milan despite new contract talks stalling (Tuttomercato)

Newcastle United will target a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana in January despite him being a long-term injury absentee (RMC)

Manchester United will go head-to-head with Inter Milan for the signing of Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne (Gazzetta dello Sport)


Franck Kessie of AC Milan warms up during the Serie A 2021/22 football match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium

Barcelona will sell Sergio Busquets to make room for Franck Kessie (El Nacional)

Hector Bellerin, currently on-loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, has hinted he will stay in LaLiga (ELDesmarque)

Man Utd are still interested in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde (Fichajes)

Dusan Vlahovic the Fiorentina striker is in the sights of Spurs, despite Fabio Paratici’s denials (Tuttomercatoweb)

Nahitan Nandez is an ‘object of desire’ of several clubs in Italy and across Europe. Spurs were linked with  the midfielder in the summer (Calcio Casteddu)

Ralf Rangnick would be interested in a move to Newcastle United, should they offer him the chance to replace Steve Bruce (SportBild)


Sergi Roberto, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona celebrate La Liga goal

The agent of Ousmane Dembele has approached Liverpool and Man Utd over a transfer  (Cuatro)

Newcastle United are ‘a possibility’ for Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule (Bild)

Christopher Nkunku has batted off talk of a move to Chelsea after an explosive start to the season with RB Leipzig (Bild)

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