Liverpool is gearing up to face Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend. Jürgen Klopp and the Anfield hierarchy are said to disagree over a new contract being dished out, while Dominik Szoboszlai is confident ahead of the rest of the season.
Jürgen Klopp wants Thiago deal but some officials degree
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp wants the club to extend Thiago’s contract beyond its expiry ahead of the season, according to 90Min. Thiago signed a four-year deal when he joined from Bayern Munich in a $31m (£25m/€29m) deal in 2020, so he may be in the final months of his Anfield career.
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Unlike the manager, senior figures ‘are not convinced’ that Thiago merits a new deal and are unsure whether the Spaniard has done enough to justify his salary, which is one of the largest at the club.
The 32-year-old has yet to play for the club this season as he recovers from hip surgery in May, and has only started 51 out of 120 Premier League games overall since he joined amid ongoing fitness struggles.
Thiago told the club that he didn’t want to leave in the summer amid interest from Saudi Arabia and Turkey and instead resolved to fight for his place, but fresh talks will be held before January. And depending on the outcome of those conversations, there’s a ‘distinct’ possibility that the veteran will leave the club in the winter window.
Dominik Szoboszlai makes bullish Man City prediction
Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has told his teammates that he expects to win their games against Manchester City this season, according to The Times.
Szoboszlai, who’s playing his first season of Premier League football following a $77m (£60m/€70m) move from RB Leipzig, apparently asked the players which matches in the schedule would be the hardest. They picked out clashes with City and Manchester United, but Szoboszlai declared that, in his mind, they would win them all.
Liverpool, currently two points behind Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the Premier League table, is due to travel to the Etihad in late November. It lost that fixture 4-1 in April as part of a miserable 2022/23 season, but it did manage to beat eventual treble-winner City 1-0 at Anfield.
Szoboszlai’s first taste of the rivalry with Manchester United, meanwhile, won’t arrive until the middle of December, when the Red Devils will be bidding to gain revenge for a historic 7-0 humiliation in March.