Initially, it was a rumoured that the hold-up in completing QPR striker Loic Remy’s move to Merseyside had to do with some pesky paperwork, but it’s now looking like it was actually a medical issue that caused the Reds to throw the breaks on the deal.
Although the club have declined to officially comment on the reasons the transfer broke down, after the Frenchman spent several days in America with the Liverpool medical staff, it’s believed that a number of issues cropped up that made the move untenable. With personal terms agreed and the famous Number Seven shirt set to be handed to the 27-year old, the news comes as a blow to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers preparations for the new season.
After falling 1-0 to AS Roma in Boston, Liverpool got their Guinness International Champions Cup campaign off to a great start by downing Greek powerhouses Olympicos at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
It took a little bit, but Liverpool are now able to officially announce the signing of Southampton defender Dejan Lovren from the South Coast side.
The Croatian defender will be in good company at Anfield with former Saint’s duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana already on Merseyside after completing moves earlier on in the summer. As per usual, no facts or figures have been made official by the club, but we know for sure that the 25-year old has put pen to paper — as you can see here — on a “long term deal” with various news outlets reporting that the club shelled out a fee in the region of £20mil to secure his services.
With Liverpool and Napoli unable to reach an agreement over the permanent transfer of Reds ‘keeper Pepe Reina, rumours linking the Spaniard with a move to German giants Bayern Munich have started to come out of the woodwork.
Though it seems tenuous at best, apparently their on the look-out for back-up for World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Bayern manager Pep Guardiola has the 31-year old near the top of his wishlist. The veteran shot-stopper not only has experience playing in the “sweeper ‘keeper” role, but he’s also come up against some of the best sides in Europe in both the UEFA Cup and Champions League during his stints in Spain, England and Italy — something that would certainly appeal to the former Barca boss.
Now that Liverpool have made a long awaited returned to the Champions League, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is setting his sights on adding some silverware to Anfield’s already packed trophy cabinets.
“My focus when I signed my first contract was purely to get us into the Champions League because we felt that’d put the club back where it belonged at that level and give us greater resources as a football club. We’ve achieved that goal” he said ahead of tomorrow’s match against Olympiacos at Chicago’s Soldier Field. “Now, as the philosophy is starting to become defined in the team, the next goal is for us to win a trophy.”