Mo Salah set to STAY, Van Dijk future IN DOUBT & TV doc up in the air - Liverpool FC news recap

Liverpool have received no indications that Mohamed Salah wants to leave the club this summer and are expecting him to stay at Anfield next season, according to David Ornstein. 

The Egyptian has faced significant criticism for his poor performances in recent weeks and things reached boiling point on Saturday following a touchline spat with Jurgen Klopp during the West Ham clash.

However, despite his contract expiring in 2025, Liverpool are expecting Salah to stick around next season.

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Salah backed to silence critics

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes it's far too early to write Salah off and has backed the attacker to rediscover his best form.

The Sky Sports pundit believes that a summer break might be all the 31-year-old needs to reset himself and get back to his ruthless best.

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Van Dijk considering his options

Even if Salah is to stay, the future of another key man is also up in the air this summer for Liverpool.

According to the Mirror, captain Virgil Van Dijk is in no rush to sign a new deal with Liverpool as things stand, and the centre-back is supposedly at a 'crossroads' as he decides whether he wants to continue at Anfield.

He was reportedly 'disappointed' with Klopp's decision to leave Liverpool, but it's said that one of Arne Slot's top priorities when he replaces Klopp this summer will be sorting out Van Dijk's future.

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Slot, the fourth most expensive manager in history

While Liverpool are yet to officially confirm Arne Slot as Jurgen Klopp's successor, reports suggest that Liverpool will be sending £9.4m in the direction of Feyenoord to secure the Dutchman's services - £7.7m as a base fee with £1.7m in potential add-ons.

As per GiveMeSport, that would make Slot the fourth most expensive manager of all time.

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Reds legend admits he had to Google Slot

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has admitted he knew little about Arne Slot prior to last week.

“I’ll be honest, I hadn’t a clue Slot was even in the conversation among the power brokers who run Liverpool,” the 49-year-old wrote in his Daily Mirror column.

“He wasn’t someone who jumped out at me as a candidate. In fact, I knew nothing about Slot at all or the way he plays and, ­probably like many people, I dived into Google to check him out."

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Dutch journalist slams LAZY English reporting

Dutch journalist Süleyman Özturk has spoken out expressing frustration with the English media's portrayal of Arne Slot.

The Merseyside club's approach for the 45-year-old Dutchman caught many by surprise and Özturk singled out the English press and analysts for their seemingly shallow analysis, calling them "islanders [with] a habit of not looking beyond the island".

He then described Fowler's aforementioned admission as "a reason to take you off the air".

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Feyenoord star could follow Slot to Liverpool

Meanwhile, Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertruida would 'love' to follow Arne Slot to Liverpool this summer and the Dutch club are already expecting his departure. 

Geertruida has caught the eye for his impressive displays with Feyenoord and his versatility has been key under Slot, featuring at right-back, centre-back and in defensive midfield.

The 23-year-old is out of contract in 2025 and is expected to take the next step in his career this summer, with plenty of clubs likely to show significant interest in the Dutch international.

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How Slot's appointment could have ramifications for Arsenal

Now that a deal over a compensation package has reportedly been reached between Feyenoord and Liverpool for Slot's release, the Rotterdam-based club are now believed to be eyeing Albert Stuivenberg, currently serving as Mikel Arteta's assistant manager at Arsenal, as one of their top targets to fill the managerial vacancy this summer.

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Two MAJOR factors put Liverpool off Ruben Amorim

Journalist Melissa Reddy believes that two significant factors ultimately led Liverpool to pursue Slot instead of Sporting CP's Ruben Amorim.

Reddy said on Sky Sports: “He had ticked quite a few of the criteria to get onto the shortlist, but the big sticking point was that his playing philosophy was so different.”

She also explained how the club placed importance on maintaining a consistent style across all levels, something that Amorim's strategy did not align with.

"Remember, Liverpool play the same way through all the age groups up, so you don’t want to disrupt that.”

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No takers yet for beside-the-scenes documentary

The much-anticipated TV documentary capturing Jurgen Klopp's final season as Liverpool manager now hangs in the balance, with negotiations over streaming rights still not reaching a conclusion.

Despite the initial buzz surrounding the project, The Athletic reports that no streaming service has secured exclusive rights yet.

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Premier League clubs agree to introduce spending cap

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce a new spending cap in a bid to promote better sustainability across the division, The Times reports.

Under this proposed system, from the 2025-26 season onwards (the season after next), clubs would only be allowed to spend five times the amount of the bottom club's broadcast revenue.

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Reds to fight fierce rivals for Brighton midfielder

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Brighton midfielder Carlos Baleba this summer but will have to fend off interest from rivals Manchester United and Arsenal

Brighton only signed Baleba last summer, recruiting him from Lille for £23.2m, but the youngster has impressed during his debut season in England.

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Bajcetic edges closer to first-team return

In a major boost for the Reds, midfielder Stefan Bajcetic got more minutes under his belt at the weekend as he edges closer to a first-team return. 

The 19-year-old Spaniard was the most high-profile Liverpool starter during the U21s' 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

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