Liverpool transfer news – Alexis Mac Allister future, Mason Mount latest, Luka Sucic targeted

Welcome to our Liverpool FC live blog for Sunday, February 18, where we will be bringing you all the latest Reds news and transfer rumours.

Stick with us throughout the day as we bring you breaking stories and comments and reaction to all the big talking points from Anfield – as well, of course, the latest transfer gossip from all over the globe.

We will be bringing you coverage of Liverpool’s U21s clash with Chelsea as chief Liverpool writer Ian Doyle heads down to the AXA Training Centre.

Liverpool continue to be linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, with reports suggesting that Barcelona are also interested in the player.

Reports have also claimed that Inter Milan are considering letting Marcelo Brozovic leave the club this summer, with Liverpool having previously been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.

Plus, we’ll of course be providing all of the reaction to last night’s clash against Newcastle United in the Premier League.

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Istanbul heroics provide Liverpool with unique chance to save season

Bright lights, smoky atmosphere, charged crowd – everyone loves a bit of European football.

Whether it’s the exciting dynamic of playing a team from another country, participating in the type of fixture that is steeped in celebrated nostalgia or the intrigue of strategising a tie over two legs, there’s nothing quite like a midweek continental contest at Anfield.

Some of those enjoyable aspects were present when Liverpool faced Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Monday evening. A Kop full of colour following calls for a flag day certainly played its part along with a humming atmosphere against a fierce opponent. The end result was a much-needed 2-0 home win for the Reds – their first in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Over the course of the second half of the season, one suspects that Jurgen Klopp’s side will face significantly stiffer opposition than a toothless Everton, who’s current woeful plight is undoubtedly best served in a separate article, but after frankly embarrassing defeats on the road to Brentford, Brighton and a distinctly average Wolves, beating Everton is a start and a step in the right direction.

Richard Garnett has more, here.

Liverpool flew back from Newcastle game due to ‘short turnaround’

Liverpool reportedly flew back from Newcastle as opposed to travelling by coach due to the ‘short turnaround’ between Saturday evening’s match and Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

The Reds faced critcism from some on social media for choosing to complete a short journey by plane, which is believed to have taken 33 minutes to complete.

The Mirror have now reported Liverpool felt they had ‘little choice’ but to complete this journey by plane as the club looked to get players back to Merseyside in the quickest possible time ahead of Tuesday.

Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker (L) and Roberto Firmino (R) board the plane (Image: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Neil Critchley ‘sacked’ as QPR boss

Neil Critchley has reportedly been sacked as Queens Park Rangers head coach after only two months in charge of the Championship club.

The ex-Liverpool Academy coach left the Reds in 2020 to take on his first managerial role away from the Reds, which arrived at Blackpool. Critchley enjoyed great success with the Seasiders, but opted to leave this post to take on a new role at QPR.

Things have sadly not gone to plan for the 44-year-old, who has only been able to oversee one victory out of a possible 12 games while at the helm.

Ex-Liverpool Academy coach, Neil Critchley

Spurs secure derby win

Tottenham Hotspur have secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham United to leapfrog Newcastle United and move into the final Champions Leauge spot.

Antonio Conte’s side are now seven points clear of Liverpool, but the Reds have two games in hand.

Klopp is about to get more firepower as Liverpool youngster returns in Chelsea draw

Ben Doak was the standout as Liverpool suffered Premier League 2 frustration at home to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Doak returned after a spell on the sidelines with a muscle problem with a lively display in a goalless draw against the Londoners at the Academy in Kirkby.

The young Reds were dominant for long periods against a Chelsea side who went into the game just three points behind leaders Manchester City.

But Barry Lewtas’ side – which included Bobby Clark, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio in a strong starting line-up – couldn’t find a way beyond Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina.

After a cagey start, Liverpool gradually took control of a first half in which the direct running and pace of Doak was their most potent attacking weapon. It was one such run that forced a corner from which an outswinging delivery by Dom Corness was headed on to the top of the crossbar by Koumetio.

To read the rest of Ian Doyle’s U21s verdict, click here.

Ben Doak of Liverpool and Juan Castillo of Chelsea in action during the Premier League 2 game at the AXA Training Centre on February 19 2023(Image: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Mac Allister’s father speaks out on summer ‘possibilities’

Alexis Mac Allister’s father has admitted there will be ‘possibilities’ for his son to leave Brighton this summer.

The Argentine international has caught the eye since signing for the Seagulls in 2019 and further raised his reputation at the World Cup in Qater, having helped his country to glory.

Similarly to his midfield partner Moises Caicedo, the 24-year-old has continued to be linked with a move away from Brighton in favour of a big-money move. Liverpool are among the teams to have been linked with Mac Allister, who looks set to have his pick of the clubs come the end of the campaign.

Sharing his stance on his son’s future, Mac Allister’s father, Carlos, told TyC Sports: “For now, he is at Brighton,” he to “It seems to me a very good thing that he has returned from the World Cup and has not despaired about leaving

“He is enjoying success calmly and in peace, in a team that loves him very much. The reception he received has been the best. He is very well in the club.

“We all know that in July there will be possibilities to be able to leave,” he added. “But prior to the World Cup, Alexis renewed his contract so that the club also has the opportunity of an important transfer, so that a lot can reach Brighton. It is the idea.”

Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton & Hove Albion

FT: Liverpool U21s 0-0 Chelsea U21s

Full-time and Liverpool U21s have been frustrated with a goalless draw against Chelsea in their Premier League 2 clash at the Academy. The young Reds were the better team and Doak was easily the best player.

Stephenson strike

Luca Stephenson has a curling shot in injury time that Slonina does well to beat out.


Three minutes of additional time will be played.

Time almost up

Entering the final minute and Liverpool have run out of ideas against a Chelsea side who didn’t really look like they many attacking ones anyway. Still goalless.

Koumetio effort

Koumetio tries a shot from inside his own half. He scored against PSG with one, but this one drops narrowly over the crossbar.

Billy Koumetio of Liverpool

Instant impact

Blair instantly gets involved and wins a free-kick that leads to a booking.

Second LFC switch

Another Liverpool change as Blair comes on for Frauendorf on 71 minutes. Still goalless against Chelsea.

Woltman introduced

First Liverpool change as Woltman, another player back from a loan spell, replaces Musialowski. The young Reds are still 0-0 after 65 minutes.

Max Woltman of Liverpool looks on

Beck booked

Beck goes into the book. The referee is having no nonsense from players. Well, no nonsense from the Liverpool players anyway.

HT: Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Liverpool have had their chances and Slonina has been called into action a handful of occasions in a half that the Reds have grown into.

Not to say Chelsea haven’t had their chances, Castillo forced Davies to tip over and before that they came close in the box but couldn’t tap in.

Ben Doak impressive.

Chelsea under pressure

Beck the latest player to be denied by Slonina.

Liverpool much better in the last 20

Edging closer to half-time, still goalless.

Chelsea’s team this afternoon

Former Arsenal prospect Omari Hutchinson starts.

No penalty for Liverpool but Chelsea right-back proving to be eye-catching

Claims for a penalty aren’t given for Liverpool as Brooking has some choice words.

Liverpool ramping up the pressure

Doak continues to be a threat for the Reds as Rhys Williams heads wide.

Liverpool having joy running at Chelsea defence

Gabriel Slonina now called into action to deny Doak and Musialowski.

Chelsea’s time to go close

Harvey Davies now springs into action. End to end now. Still 0-0.


Koumetio goes close as he clips the crossbar from Corness’ corner.

Liverpool growing into the game.

Early frustration leads to a Doak booking

Ben Doak’s on his return to the starting line-up has earned himself a card. Although not one he’d have wanted. A yellow one.

Early Liverpool let-off

The young Reds can breathe a sigh of relief after Chelsea probe but with no penetration.


We’re underway in Kirkby!

Liverpool U21s team to play Chelsea

Neymar stretchered off for PSG

Liverpool have been linked with PSG star Neymar in recent days. However, he has just been stretchered off two minutes into the second-half against Lille.

The Brazilian was offered to Premier League clubs, according to 90min, with the Reds among five English clubs said to have held talks.

Newcastle United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were the other clubs reportedly in dialogue with his representatives. His contract at the French giants doesn’t expire until 2025.

It had been a good afternoon for Neymar on Sunday, he instinctively fired in PSG’s second against Lille after a cute cutback from Vitinha.

However, five minutes into the second-half he was stretchered off. The incident occurred on the centre circle where he rolled his ankle following a tussle with the visiting defender and received lengthy treatment.

He tried to walk off the pitch himself but was forced to admit that he couldn’t continue further and was carried away from the field of play.

PSG forward Neymar is stretchered off against Lille.(Image: Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool ‘target’ Luka Sucic

Liverpool are reportedly targeting a move for RB Salzburg midfielder Luka Sucic, according to Football Transfers.

The Reds have marked the 20-year-old on their preliminary list of players they are looking to target. As per Football Transfers, it has been said that the Croatian has a low release clause reportedly in the region of €15m to €20m (£13m-£17m).

He has played 57 times in the Austrian Bundesliga, scoring nine times in three seasons with Salzburg. Already he has courted interest from the Premier League with Newcastle United among the parties interested last summer.

Furthermore into the report from Football Transfers, Jude Bellingham is the Reds’ main target with the likes of Khephren Thuram, Kouadio Konae and Sucic among the players liked by Liverpool. Declan Rice also among those but “not a priority” at this stage.

Luka Sučić of Red Bull Salzburg.(Image: Photo by Jasmin Walter – FC Red Bull Salzburg/FC Red Bull Salzburg via Getty Images)

Liverpool push on

Liverpool have now leapfrogged Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur in the bookmakers odds following yesterday’s win.

The triumph cut away at the deficit between the Reds and the top four after a nine-point gap was reduced to six with a game in hand on the teams around them.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Crystal Palace next Saturday for another late kick-off.

After that, it’s a spell of back-to-back home clashes against Wolves, Manchester United before a trip to Bournemouth.

Liverpool odds to finish top 4

via Betway

Manchester United – 1/7

Liverpool – 6/5

Newcastle – 13/8

Tottenham Hotspur – 9/4

Brighton – 9/1

Chelsea – 20/1

Cody Gakpo celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal during the Premier League match against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on February 18 2023(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

How good was AB1 yesterday?

An important save at an equally important time yesterday.

Somehow wasn’t given Player of the Match!

Let’s what that save against Callum Wilson again, shall we?

Three players named to be top of Jurgen Klopp’s summer list as Liverpool need more than Bellingham

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has named three players that should be top of Jurgen Klopp’s summer shopping list.

The Reds are set for a busy off-season as they look to add major investment into the squad after their problems have been laid bare this season.

Liverpool’s midfield has been susceptible at times and prone to being overrun. Jude Bellingham is among the names linked with a move to Anfield.

The Spaniard has named Max Aarons, Denzel Dumfries and Bukayo Saka as players they should target.

While he is a world-class player, Enrique believes they need more than the 19-year-old, he told Genting Casino:

I wish that both Bellingham and Rice would come to Liverpool next season, but I highly doubt it will happen through FSG. I still believe we can get Bellingham if Liverpool don’t qualify for the Champions League. The problem with Liverpool is that they don’t just need one player, they need several. They need at least two midfielders, as well as one right winger to compete with Salah as there is no competition for him there.

You also need a player that will compete with Trent for his position as Calvin Ramsay came in, but suffered a long term Injury. It is not realistic to sign both Bellingham and Rice. It is not always quantity over quality. Look at Chelsea, they just buy whatever they want and haven’t been successful. But in Liverpool right now they need to buy not just one or two players, but four or five players. If Klopp is backed with £300m pounds for example I will say ‘’yes, go on and get Rice and Bellingham,” as well as other players in the positions I mentioned.

A player who has impressed me is Norwich’s Max Aarons, who is playing in the Championship right now. That is a player who can compete with Trent at this level. Though, when Alexander-Arnold is at the highest level no one can compete with him, don’t get me wrong. He has been at this level for so many years. I think Max Aarons is also an inexpensive alternative and is a proper right-back who can compete at that level.

Denzel Dumfries is also a good player that comes to mind from Inter Milan, but he will want to play all the time and not be a substitute to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

This is unrealistic for a winger, but I like Bukayo Saka. That is not going to happen, so I am also a fan of Bowen.

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund.(Image: Photo by Mika Volkmann/Getty Images)

Liverpool ‘eye free transfer’ for Adrien Rabiot

Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot as his contract in Italy is set to expire at the end of the season.

Reports from Italy, namely Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness, suggest that the Reds are exploring the possibility of signing Rabiot on a free transfer when his contract expires at the Serie A side in the summer. He joined Juventus in 2019 after leaving PSG and he could look for a move to England.

Maximiliano Allegri’s side were handed a points deduction which plunged their season into difficulty and it has been claimed that their chances of keeping the 27-year-old are slim should they miss out on the European places.

Stefan Bajcetic has continued to flourish in the midfield three but it has become no secret that the department is in need of modernisation. Jude Bellingham has been a name hotly tipped to be added to the midfield but Liverpool are bracing themselves for a busy summer.

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.(Image: Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Liverpool injury latest: Darwin Nunez

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Darwin Nunez needs further assessment after being forced off with a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

The Uruguayan opened the scoring for the Reds early on, finishing well from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s lofted pass forward. But he was forced off just before the hour-mark after landing awkwardly on his shoulder despite initially trying to play on.

Liverpool are next in action at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League round-of-16 on Tuesday night, before travelling to Crystal Palace next Saturday.

And speaking to reporters after the final whistle, Klopp admitted that the striker is injury doubt after the painful blow.

“The bad news is Darwin has something on his shoulder,” the German told reporters. “We will see. In that situation, I don’t know what he whistled at to be honest, against him.

“In the end he had to go off with a shoulder issue and we need further assessments. I don’t know in the moment. In the moment it’s painful. Hopefully it’s just painful and nothing more.”

Darwin Nunez holds his shoulder as he goes off against Newcastle(Image: Getty Images)

Liverpool told price to sign Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Liverpool will need to splash in excess of £100m if they want to land Napoli star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, according to Fichajes.

The attacker has shot onto the scene after a number of scintillating performances in Serie A and in the Champions League for Luciano Spalletti’s side.

The 22-year-old has 12 goals and 14 assists this term as the current Napoli squad look to immortalise themselves into the club’s folklore.

According to Fichajes, Liverpool will need to break the bank if they are to snap him up. Of course, they will face competition as top clubs from around Europe circle the Georgian.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli celebrates(Image: 2023 Insidefoto)

Jurgen Klopp has best playmaker back as unlikely Virgil van Dijk truth emerges

Plenty has been said about Trent Alexander-Arnold this season, with the England international ultimately one of a number of Liverpool players not at their best.

Scrutiny regarding his defensive abilities has grown louder and louder, with a mid-season World Cup and the debate regarding his England place admittedly an unwanted distraction.

Meanwhile, his attacking returns have been nowhere near their previous rate. Boasting 18 assists last season as the Reds so nearly landed an unprecedented quadruple, he amazingly failed to record any before the break for the World Cup.

And even heading into Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle, the right-back had only officially registered two assists this season. Yet that doesn’t tell the full story.

Credited for setting up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Brentford and Darwin Nunez against Wolves at Anfield in the FA Cup, it was Alexander-Arnold’s cross that led Wout Faes’ first own goal in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Leicester City in December. Meanwhile, his assist for Cody Gakpo’s goal against Everton on Monday night was taken off him courtesy of a deflection.

Click here to read the analysis from St James’ Park

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk(Image: Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Inter ‘to cash in’ on Marcelo Brozovic

Italian giants Inter Milan are said to be looking to cash in on midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

The Croatian is one of the many midfielders that have been linked with a move to Liverpool and again with the reports from Calciomercato, Jurgen Klopp’s side are among those said to be interested.

According to the Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport via TeamTalk, Inter are looking to sell the midfielder in the summer to earn funds.

Tottenham are also among those as they look to bolster their midfield ranks. In recent weeks, they have suffered a number of injuries, including a season-ending knee problem for Rodrigo Bentancur.

Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan(Image: Mattia Ozbot – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Barcelona monitor Mount

Barcelona have joined the race to sign Mason Mount, according to reports.

Xavi’s side are monitoring the Chelsea midfielder as his time at Stamford Bridge remains clouded with doubt.

Some of his teammates have put pen to paper on new bumper deals but he remains on his current terms. Now, his contract edges towards its final year.

Liverpool are said to be linked with the England international and in recent weeks, there has been reports that Jurgen Klopp’s side have been monitoring the situation that is unravelling.

According to Calciomercato, the Catalan giants are ready to join the race for the 24-year-old’s signature.

Mount’s current contract is not due to expire until 2024, but with numerous new arrivals at Stamford Bridge last month, including Enzo Fernandez and Joao Felix, Mount has reportedly been seeking a considerably enhanced contract that would put him on comparative pay level with some of his big-name peers.

Mason Mount of Chelsea(Image: Dennis Bresser/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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