Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.
Jürgen Klopp has been fined £30,000 for his outburst against Manchester City. However, despite seeing red, he has avoided a touchline ban.
The FA noted in their statement (per the BBC) that Klopp had accepted his behaviour was ‘improper’. That was reflected in his post-match interview, where the Liverpool manager admitted he was ‘not proud’, and that he deserved his red card.
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The lenient decision means Klopp will be in the dugout against Leeds, this time with no imminent threat of suspension hanging over him. He will be hoping to guide his side to a win, building on the victory over Ajax and consigning the Nottingham Forest aberration to history.
The name Youssoufa Moukoko has been doing the rounds among Liverpool circles lately. As it stands, a transfer would not even be possible, with the player below 18 years of age — but that is all about to change.
Moukoko turns 18 late next month. A little over a month after that, he will enter the final six months of his contract, potentially prompting a scramble for his signature around the continent. PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all said to be keeping tabs.
But according to Football Insider, there has been another development. Moukoko has an agreement in place to join England-based agency Unique Sports Management on his birthday, potentially paving the way for a move to the Premier League.
The agency are said to have a ‘firm plan’ in place for the wonderkid, thought to involve bringing him to England. Klopp is said to be a personal admirer, having tracked the striker’s progress at his old club.
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Liverpool ready to ‘fight’
Moukoko is not the only wonderkid on the Liverpool agenda. At 19, Xavi Simons very much still falls into that category — despite already having been on the scene for some time.
Very few players can boast Barcelona and PSG on their CV. Fewer still can do so while still in their teens. Simons even went as far as to make seven senior appearances for the French giants, but ultimately made the move to Dutch side PSV in the summer.
That is looking like a highly mature decision. Simons is one of the stars at PSV, having already made 11 appearances — and scored eight goals, starring in a range of roles across midfield and attack. He is showcasing the kind of form that made him one of the most sought-after prospects in Spain during his time in the Barcelona youth ranks.
That has apparently done enough to pique Liverpool’s transfer interest. According to Fichajes, three clubs are monitoring Simons. That includes Klopp’s side, where it is believed he would ‘fit perfectly’ into the midfield rebuild project.
Liverpool would need to beat off interest from both Arsenal and Milan in order to land a transfer. The Gunners recently caught a glimpse of his qualities first-hand in the Europa League, where Simons starred in a 2-0 win. But with PSV’s record departure standing at £40m, a deal should be possible without having to break the bank.