Liverpool FC news recap: EXIT confirmed, Van Dijk WANTED, LIKELY transfer

Here’s our Liverpool FC news recap for Wednesday, 1st May. The Reds confirmed another exit ahead of the summer.

Liverpool confirmed yet another departure ahead of the summer on Wednesday, while there was also talk of another manager having been sounded out.

The Reds’ managerial search technically isn’t over, after all - Arne Slot hasn’t signed that contract.

And there could be even more change ahead. Virgil van Dijk is a wanted man, while there’s plenty of talk about potential signings in the transfer window.

Here’s our Liverpool FC new recap for Wednesday.


John Achterberg to leave Liverpool

John Achterberg, Liverpool coach to leave Reds

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Liverpool will see yet another departure this summer as they confirmed a 15-year servant is to leave the club. John Achterberg has fans across Anfield.

The Athletic reports on Wednesday that John Achterberg will leave Liverpool this summer. The goalkeeper coach’s contract expires and he won’t be a part of Arne Slot’s backroom team.

Achterberg first joined Liverpool in 2009, initially as a goalkeeper coach. Kenny Dalglish promoted him into a first-team role in 2011, though, and he’s remained there ever since.

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Virgil van Dijk wanted

Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool

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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk is the subject of transfer interest from Bayern Munich, according to a report in France. Furthermore, it adds that the Dutchman has received a ‘fantastic’ offer from big-money Al-Qadsiah in Saudi Arabia. 

Van Dijk, 32, plunged his future into doubt after Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he would be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.

The centre back stated that he would be ‘curious’ over what direction the club went once the German departed although he later rowed back those comments, claiming they had been taken out of context.

However, transfer noise around Van Dijk has increased as the season draws to a close withBorussia Dortmund also among the sides linked with signing the Reds’ skipper.

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Liverpool asked about Motta

Thiago Motta

Thiago Motta

Sky Sport transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that while he foresees Motta moving to Turin, other clubs have been in touch with Bologna regarding his availability. 

"A great club always has alternatives, [Juventus sporting director, Cristiano] Giuntoli will certainly have a plan B and a plan C, with all due respect,” Di Marzio said.

“We are not aware of this because Juve's idea is to bring Thiago Motta, who is also currently focused on the end of the season and will then communicate his choice to Bologna.

"There are several clubs that have inquired from abroad, Manchester United, Liverpool, Porto if Conceicao doesn't remain, but among all these teams I think that Juventus is the one with the most possibilities.

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Reds like Koopmeiners

Teun Koopmeiners, Liverpool Transfer target

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Liverpool may have found the goalscoring midfielder they’ve lacked for years. He won’t exactly come cheap, however.

Reports linking Liverpool to Teun Koopmeiners refuse to go away. The 26-year-old was first linked to them years ago, in fact - before he joined Atalanta from AZ Alkmaar.

But those links have intensified ahead of this summer. Sport Mediaset are the latest to report on it - they name-drop Liverpool and Juventus as wanting Koopmeiners.

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Geertruida likely joining

Arne Slot, Lutsharel Geertruida

2024-03-03 PSV v Feyenoord - Dutch Eredivisie EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 3: Head Coach Arne Slot of Feyenoord points with finger, Lutsharel Geertruida of Feyenoord throws a ball during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on March 3, 2024 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo by Broer van den Boom/BSR Agency Eindhoven Netherlands Content not available for redistribution in The Netherlands directly or indirectly through any third parties. Copyright: xBSRxAgencyx

One Dutch journalist now believes it’s likely that Liverpool sign one of Feyenoord’s current stars. Arne Slot will want him at Anfield.

It’s very common, of course, that managers look to bring in players they know when they arrive at a new club. Managers like to have players who are already a fit with their ideas, after all, as well as characters they know inside out.

Arne Slot may well be of that mind, and at least one Dutch journalist believes he’ll try to bring a Feyenoord star with him. Lutsharel Geertruida is the tip - a 23-year-old, versatile defensive player.

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