Salah DECISION, Thiago RETIRES, Gordon STILL on the radar - Liverpool FC news recap

After months of speculation, Liverpool appear to have finally made a decision over the future of Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian forward, whose current deal expires next July, has entered the final 12 months of his contract, and the club is working to persuade him to remain at Anfield beyond 2025.

Liverpool’s new sporting director, Richard Hughes, alongside Michael Edwards and Julian Ward, is tasked with securing the futures of key players, including Salah, captain Virgil van Dijk, and vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"We expect all three to be totally committed to Liverpool next season," Hughes stated, indirectly ruling out a summer sale for Salah.

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Thiago hangs up his boots

Former Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has decided to retire from professional football at the age of 33.

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After a career marked by both accolades and injuries, the highly decorated Spaniard is set to hang up his boots, according to multiple reports.

The news comes after the former Barcelona man's contract with the Anfield club officially came to an end on 30 June.

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How Trent brought Wimbledon to a standstill

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold caused a stir at Wimbledon during Novak Djokovic's third-round match against Alexei Popyrin, as fans were distracted by England's penalty shootout against Switzerland.

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The excitement reached a peak when Alexander-Arnold scored the decisive penalty, securing England's place in the Euro 2024 semi-finals.

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Liverpool not giving up on Anthony Gordon

Liverpool are planning to approach Newcastle United with a SECOND bid for England winger Anthony Gordon after having their initial interest rebuffed.

That’s according to a new report in Football Insider, which claims the Magpies are prepared to start negotiations for a deal worth an initial £70 million.

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Manchester City hoping to HIJACK Gordon deal

However, in a possible blow to Liverpool's hopes of signing the Newcastle star this summer, Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Anthony Gordon.

Reports indicate that City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to add a “lethal” forward to his ranks amid uncertainty over the futures of Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva.

The Citizens are reportedly open to offers for Grealish, while De Bruyne and Bernardo have been attracting interest from Saudi Arabia and Barcelona, respectively.

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Slot puts immediate end to Klopp-era staple

Things are already beginning to change at Liverpool. The squad will no longer use the famed lactate test to judge player fitness ahead of the season.

Arne Slot at Liverpool

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As highlighted by STATsports on X, the new staff have players running a 6MRT (6-minute race test). The test measures very similarly to the lactate test but it's a different way of doing things. And really, it's our very first example of a change under Arne Slot and company.

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Mac Allister drops future hint with property purchase

Alexis Mac Allister looks like he will be at Liverpool for the long term as details emerge of him purchasing a property from former Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers. 

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The World Cup winner has a contract until 2028 at Anfield and appears to be making plans to settle in for the long term following the acquisition of the property.

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Joel Matip still struggling to find a new club

As a 32-year-old free agent with a concerning injury record, former Reds centre-back Joel Matip faces an uncertain future.

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The Cameroonian still has no concrete offers on the table despite speculation about a potential return to Germany.

Former club Schalke 04 had been linked, but financial constraints make this move unlikely even if he significantly reduces his wage demands.

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