Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Reds set for cash windfall from Joe Allen sale?
PLUS: Sadio Mane is out for the season and Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to reinvent themselves for the run-in
Liverpool will receive a cash windfall of £500,000 from the sale of Joe Allen to Stoke City – if the Potters finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.
That is according to The Telegraph, who say Stoke will fork out an extra chunk of money should they secure a top-half finish.
The Welshman made the switch from Merseyside to Staffordshire last summer in a deal worth £13million.
He has impressed with his new club this season, with boss Mark Hughes backing him to make a big impression when Stoke host his former employers this afternoon.
Mane out for the season
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane will miss the rest of the season and undergo season-ending surgery.
The Senegalese international went down with a knee injury in the Merseyside derby after scoring the opener against Everton, writes Mirror Football’s Jack Rathborn.
The German manager bemoaned the loss of his star at a crucial period of the season as the Reds push for a top four finish.
“Pretty sure he needs surgery and then it is season over,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference. “Pretty much impossible he will play again this season.”
Klopp urges Reds to ‘reinvent’ themselves
JURGEN KLOPP SPEAKS AHEAD OF LIVERPOOL’S TRIP TO STOKE CITY
Jurgen Klopp has told his side to stop believing they always need to ‘play like Liverpool ’ and start making opponents fear them instead, writes Mirror Football’s David Maddock.
The Reds boss takes his side to Stoke today, aware it is the classic banana-skin for them – the type of physical contest against set-piece experts they tend to mess up miserably, even without their current crippling injury crisis.
“We have to be a real challenge for them. We can be this. That is how most of the teams are playing against us – to defend as good as possible and then use the situations to create with this.
“That is how we will play, 100 per cent. You can win football games with each line-up. That is what I know, I feel it and for sure will say it in different ways for the next 24 hours.”