Looking likely for a loan
Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe looks set to spend the season on loan somewhere, but as we march ever closer to the end of the transfer window, exactly where he’s going to end up remains an open ended question.
The 18-year old looked set to join Championship side Bolton Wanderers after boss Dougie Freedman appeared to have beaten off competition for the promising attacker, but they’ve since ruled themselves out with Derby County looking like his final destination and, at this time anyway, they look to be leading the race for his signature. Although it’s believed that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers sees a bright future for Ibe at Anfield, the addition of significant attacking options over the summer coupled with the youngsters relative inexperience at the top level means a loan would be best for all parties involved.
Good luck Jack
The Champions League draw has resulted in a bit of a news vortex as Kopites everywhere react to being drawn against Real Madrid in Group B, but we can assure you that other things have been happening in the world today — and one of them is Liverpool defender Jack Robinson moving to Queens Park Rangers.
The 20-year old, who’s made 11 first team appearances for the Reds since being handed his debut against Hull City at the tail end of the 2010 season, has penned a four year deal at Loftus Road for an undisclosed fee. Oddly enough, upon making the move official, he was immediately loaned out Championship side Huddersfield Town for the upcoming campaign.
Liverpool are returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2009 and they’ll be doing it in a big way after being drawn against FC Basel, Real Madrid and PFC Ludogorets in Group B.
The Reds, which were in Pot 3 for the draw, now face the tough task of getting out of the group and qualifying for the knock-out rounds, but in this competition, there’s no free rides with the clash against holders Real Madrid sure to be an occasion to remember. “They’re all tough groups but we’re pleased with the group and it’s particularly special to have got Real Madrid in the group,” Reds CEO Ian Ayre told Sky Sports. “We respect everyone but obviously we’ve great memories of games against Real Madrid so it’s very special for us.”
Despite the chatter linking Liverpool with a move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song quieting down over the last few weeks, the whispers are starting to increase in volume with reports out of Spain suggesting that the Reds are the front runners for the Barcelona midfielder’s signature.
With Lucas likely to leave the club — either permanently or on loan — before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to be keen on bringing in a replacement for the Brazilian with Song his number one choice. Although a the Catalan club are pushing for a permanent move, the Northern Irishman is keen on a try before you buy deal and is looking to bring him in on loan before making up his mind.
Mario getting to know his fellow newbies
While the rest of the Liverpool squad took a well deserved day off following the 3-1 defeat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Monday, new signing Mario Balotelli reportedly trained alone in an attempt to get his fitness levels back up to the appropriate levels.
Although he participated in a good portion of AC Milan’s pre-season matches — including a meeting with his new side in the Guinness International Champions Cup — apparently the striker isn’t quite up to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers high expectations. The Northern Irishman has hinted heavily that his newest charge could still be handed a debut when his side face off against Tottenham Hotspur this coming Sunday, but he also said that the Italian still has some work to do.