(Video) Matip can’t stop laughing at Van Dijk’s ‘swagger’ walk in Liverpool promo

Beyond being appreciated for his defensive prowess, Joel Matip has endeared himself to Liverpool fans as a cult hero, being a constant source of joy for supporters.

Whilst shooting a promo, the Cameroonian centre-half couldn’t stop himself from laughing at Virgil van Dijk’s walk up the bowling alley.

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The 29-year-old has been ever-present in the Reds’ pre-season, impressing alongside summer signing Ibrahima Konate ahead of the start of the season proper.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez yet to feature in a fixture since being ruled out with long-term injuries last term – though the former could be in line for some minutes against Hertha Berlin – it’s possible that Matip could be set to start in the club’s opening league tie.

You can catch the clip below, courtesy of Liverpool’s Twitter account:

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‘You can never say…’ – Reported Liverpool target responds to Anfield links

Christoph Baumgartner has responded to reports linking him with a switch to either Liverpool or Manchester United, appearing to confirm his contentment with remaining at Hoffenheim.

The 21-year-old was briefly rumoured to be a target for the Reds’ recruitment team, with the club said to be searching for a potential replacement for former No.5 Gini Wijnaldum.

“It is, of course, better if there are positive rumours instead of negative ones,” the Austria international was quoted as saying by Sport 1 (via Sport Witness).

“But I feel very comfortable here and can develop well here. In football, you can never say 1000 per cent of what happens within a few months – but I am very happy here and see a great opportunity here to develop myself and the team.

“Last year, I slipped into a role that I really like and that I can use to develop personally.

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‘You worry for Liverpool’ – PL rivals are highlighting major concern for Reds, says ex-England No.1

Paul Robinson has noted that the potential spending power of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea highlights the lack of financial flexibility on Liverpool’s part.

Player exits have dominated the Reds’ window thus far, with it being accepted that sales will play a critical role in freeing up the funds necessary to bring in further new signings beyond Ibrahima Konate.

“It is a really big window for them. There is talk about Salah and Henderson leaving,” the former England shotstopper told Football Insider.

“Yes, they have recouped close to £30million but we know they did not have a huge transfer budget before that. So they could probably only add one quality player with that money.

“When you look at what Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are planning to spend in this window, you worry for Liverpool. You question their financial power.”

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Fabinho references 2018/19 Champions League moment that once infuriated him during Instagram Q&A – ‘Just ball ref’

When questioned about his favourite tackle on an Instagram Q&A session, Liverpool star Fabinho pointed to one against Luis Suarez in the club’s famous Champions League semi-final overcoming of Barcelona in 2019.

The Brazil international included a picture of his challenge against the former Reds star, during the Catalan giants’ second-leg clash, with the caption of: “Just ball ref”.

The 27-year-old was a vision of fury after the tie’s official handed him a caution in the form of a yellow card for his efforts, despite having apparently won the ball in the process.

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Liverpool ace Harry Wilson set to make £12m switch to Fulham – Joyce

Liverpool are set to bank £12m for the sale of Harry Wilson to Fulham, with the Welshman having departed the Reds’ training camp in Austria.

It’s the club’s fifth player sale of the summer window, with the 24-year-old following Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kamil Grabara and Liam Millar out of the exit door.

It takes the Premier League outfit’s sales total beyond the £30m mark, just over half the £60m target reportedly set by the side.

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With us having reached the halfway mark, one might reasonably predict that the club can begin to seriously consider further incomings – at the very least one, at this point in time.

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Liverpool close to agreeing exit of seven-goal attacker – report

Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing the sale of out-of-favour winger Harry Wilson to Fulham, with reporter Bruno Andrade claiming that Marco Silva’s men could secure the Welshman for €12m (£10.2m).

As has been noted by club journalist David Lynch in a tweet, the 24-year-old – who registered seven league goals in the Championship last term – was not included in the Reds’ pre-season clash with Mainz.

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Sadio Mane reveals why Yaya Toure attended Liverpool training this week

Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane has revealed why former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure attended a Reds training session on Thursday.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Senegalese explained the 38-year-old has been his friend for a number of years and wanted to get some coaching pointers from watching Jurgen Klopp.

I said, ‘Yaya, do you think it is the best idea to come to watch our training?!’ He said, ‘My friend, I’m coming there! Just ask your boss!’,” Mane said.

He is a very, very good guy and I have known him since 2004. He’s a good friend of mine so we always keep in touch.”

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‘No way…’ ‘Clear upgrade’ – Some Liverpool fans divided over PL transfer target

A handful of Liverpool fans have provided a mixed reaction to news of the club’s reported interest in West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen.

Reporting for The Athletic, James Pearce revealed that the 24-year-old frontman had been included in the Reds’ transfer shortlist for the summer window, with the side considering potential options to bolster the forward line.

It remains unclear as to how high up the Englishman features on the list, with the Merseysiders’ potential transfer business beyond Ibrahima Konate evidently reliant on further outgoings taking place.

READ MORE: New report reveals FSG’s transfer plans as Liverpool set to enter critical new phase – Independent

As far as low-key signings go, we certainly have a track record for showing (not to mention acting upon) interest in players far from being considered world-beaters.

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Three surprise stars stand out as Liverpool register draws in Austria

Liverpool faced Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in two mini-games at their pre-season training camp in Austria on Tuesday night.

Both clashes lasted just 30 minutes each and featured a total of 22 players for the Reds, with the XIs entirely swapped-out at the break.

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The debut of Ibou Konate and the returns of Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnond will steal the headlines, but Liverpool had three surprise packages on display against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart.

In the game against the more recognisable German outfit, Kostas Tsimikas proved to be a problem on the left flank, zipping up and down the touch-line and creating chances. The Greek capped off his outstanding performance with an assist for Sadio Mane.

Kostas Tsimikas has got his pre-season off to a strong start

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Youri Tielemans and Ivan Toney tipped for Liverpool switch

The transfer window has been open for several weeks, but it will only start to gather some momentum now that Euro 2020 has come to an end. Liverpool fans will be aware the club has been linked with certain players with some regularity this summer – Saul Niguez being just one example.

Other suggestions have just started to appear. Stories linking Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans are starting to gain pace, while isolated reports claim the Reds are about to test Brentford’s resolve with a bid for Ivan Toney.

Hard Act to Follow

Having come so close to completing an unbeaten season in 2019/20, it was always going to be tough for Liverpool to follow up their title-winning campaign. Ultimately, supporters would have been happy that Jurgen Klopp’s men squeezed into the Champions League places last term, after being outside of the top four for much of the campaign.

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