In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Elijah Dixon-Bonner signs contract extension
Teenage midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner has signed a contract extension with Liverpool, as reported by the club’s official website.
As noted by liverpoolfc.com, the 18-year-old has penned a new deal just nine months after signing his first professional contract at Anfield, having joined the club from Arsenal in 2015.
According to liverpoolfc.com, Dixon-Bonner is “a creative midfielder” who carries “a noticeable attacking threat” and scored twice against Wigan recently, although a record of five goals in 72 games for Liverpool’s underage sides prior to that brace suggests otherwise.
He has captained the Reds’ under-23 side on several occasions this season and has seen team-mates such as Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster getting chances with the first team in the Carabao Cup this season,
With Jurgen Klopp’s side facing 14 games in six weeks, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, Dixon-Bonner might be called upon for a first-team debut soon, having been rewarded with a new deal this week.
Pundit expects transfer battle for Xherdan Shaqiri
Former England striker Darren Bent feels that Tottenham and Arsenal could engage in a battle to sign Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri in January.
Bent told Football Insider: “I think Arsenal would probably take him, Manchester City nope, Chelsea nope, Spurs may potentially take him as well. I think there will be no shortage of takers so he has nothing to fear about that.”
Football Insider recently reported that Shaqiri has told close confidants that he is considering leaving the Reds due to a lack of game-time.
Having played just 25 minutes all season, Shaqiri’s reported desire to move on from Liverpool is understandable, with the Swiss winger sidelined for the last two months with a calf injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.
The 28-year-old has not scored once in 2019 for the Reds, but he ended last year in excellent form with six goals in nine league games, illustrating the threat he can bring to the team when at his best.
With fellow winger Mohamed Salah nursing an ankle injury and no return date set (as per Sky Sports), Shaqiri could yet have a key role to play for Liverpool this season, which may instigate a change in stance from the player.
Pundit advises Liverpool to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Former Scotland player Craig Burley believes that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be an ideal signing for Liverpool, saying that the 38-year-old would bring “something different” to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
He told ESPN FC: “We’re talking about coming off the bench and bringing something different for 20 or 30 minutes. I really think he could offer something to a team like that for six months. There is not many better that can produce something magical when needed.”
Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic’s goal-poaching instinct is as sharp as ever, with 31 goals in as many games for LA Galaxy this year.
With centre-forward Roberto Firmino on a comparatively low three goals for the season, having a natural goalscorer in Ibrahimovic to call upon should be very beneficial for Liverpool, especially if they need someone to tip the balance in tight games later in the campaign.
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