Liverpool will face Real Madrid in Paris’ Champions League final, but they cannot afford to ignore the transfer market in the midst of a busy summer.
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Liverpool will face Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final, with the aim of winning a seventh European Cup. The Reds beat the Spanish giants in Paris in 1981, and won the competition by a score of 1-0. They were defeated 3-1 by Real in Kyiv four years ago. It is difficult to predict how Saturday will end.
While all eyes are focused on Paris, Liverpool’s sporting director Julian Ward will still be trying to figure out how he can help Jurgen Klopp’s team in the transfer window. Here, Mirror FootballHere are the latest Anfield rumours.
Final results crucial
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According to Record via, the Champions League final result will impact Darwin Nunez’s future. Sport Witness.
Real and Liverpool are believed to be interested, as well as Manchester United. Nunez has scored 34 goals this season in all competitions, including two against Reds in the European quarter-final.
Klopp is said to be a fan the Uruguayan and is aware of his €100million (around £85m) price tag. The result of Saturday night’s match will determine whether Liverpool or Real pursue a transfer. However, it’s not clear what outcome will impact.
Firmino dismisses speculation
Roberto Firmino has committed his future to Liverpool, after Jerzy Dudek, ex-goalkeeper, urged him to sign Robert Lewandowski.
33-year-old Poland international is one of Europe’s best strikers, scoring 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern Munich this season. His current deal expires in one year and he isn’t interested in prolonging his stay in Bavaria.
“He has been the best striker in Europe for many years and the last 10 seasons at Bayern have been incredible, with eight championships and I think six times top scorer in the Bundesliga,”Dudek spoke to Spanish newspapers Marca.
“He is an incredible player and I am surprised that Barcelona are interested in him. I think the best thing for him would be to go to the Premier League, because he is strong, fast and, in my opinion, where he would fit best is in Klopp’s Liverpool.
“I know that Firmino is there, but he is not always one hundred per cent and I think that for Lewandowski it would be the best scenario.”
Firmino, contrary to Dudek’s statements, wants to remain on Merseyside. Firmino, 30, has been a key player in Liverpool’s recent success. He scored 98 goals in 326 matches since July 2015, when he joined the club. His current deal has him remaining for 13 months.
“I’m very happy here,”Firmino said Friday. “I’m grateful to God that I’m here playing for a great club with great players, winning titles. And my will is to stay. My wish is to stay here. I want to be here. I’m happy here. So that’s all I can say, I want to stay.”
Mane’s decision coming
Sadio Mane promised to share his future after the Champions League final.
His current deal expires 13 months from now and there are rumours that he may be joining Bayern. Mane is a favorite to win this years Ballon d’Or. Liverpool will try to secure a new contract for him.
“Honestly I think the answer I can give you now is I feel very good, and I am fully focused on the Saturday game, that is the answer I must give before the final,”Mane. “But come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.”
Mane continued to say: “For now let’s go and win the Champions League because I have no time for other things. I will do everything possible to win it because it is my and all the boys’ biggest dream, then I will give you the answers.
“I love what I am doing and I sacrifice myself all the time; I am working hard every single day on the pitch and in the gym and I get better and better, that’s the most important. I do my best for the team.