Here are your Liverpool FC morning headlines as Cody Gakpo heads back to England early and question are asked on squad issues.
As Jordan Henderson prepares for England’s World Cup qualifier against Italy, it’s time for your Liverpool FC morning headlines on Thursday, March 23.
Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo was sent home from the Holland squad after a virus outbreak.
Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo is one of five players sent home after an outbreak of a virus in Holland’s international squad.
Gakpo has been struck down by an illness sweeping through the Dutch party ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifiers at France on Friday and home to Gibraltar on Monday.
Newcastle United defender Sven Botman, Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt, PSV Eindhoven midfielder Joey Veerman and Anderlecht goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen – this week linked with Liverpool – have also left the squad.
While the virus is yet to be determined, sources in Holland have stated it is not coronavirus.
‘Wouldn’t know where to start – Jurgen Klopp told squad overhaul is no ‘quick fix’ by Liverpool Champions League winner
Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Liverpool’s problems aren’t a “quick fix” ahead of a proposed busy off-season.
The German, a Champions League winner with the Reds under Rafa Benitez, has raised concerns about the summer plans. Jurgen Klopp is set to oversee an upheaval after problems emerged during what has been a disappointing campaign.
After chasing the quadruple last season, Liverpool has failed to compete at the same heights. As a result, holes have been picked in the Reds’ squad, namely the defense and the midfield.
Jude Bellingham has been one of the names mooted with a move to Anfield as part of a rebuild but Hamann thinks it will take a “couple of years” to ring the changes required.
“Liverpool got to a stage where players wanted to come to them above all other clubs, which has not been the case for much of the last 20 years,” the former Germany international said speaking to Best Gambling Sites.
“There was a reality that if a player wanted to win trophies and play in England, they would likely go somewhere else be that United, City, or Chelsea. So I feel Liverpool had a window when they were very successful when they were peaking two, three years ago, where players wanted to join Liverpool over any other club because they would feel something is building here and they’d come and win trophies.
“Players like Camavinga and Tchouaméni are the types of players that could have come to Liverpool if they had spent the money.”
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