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Liverpool forward injures shoulder during injury

Klopp congratulates Mane after the win over Arsenal on Sunday. Credit: PA

Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of Sadio Mane after their big-money signing sustained a shoulder injury in training today.

The £30m Senegal international suffered the problem in a collision at Melwood today and was immediately escorted to hospital for tests by a club physio.

Losing Mane for a lengthy period would be a huge blow to Liverpool after his starring role in Sunday's 4-3 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Southampton man tormented Arsenal’s inexperienced defence with his trickery and pace, twisting and turning before dispatching an unstoppable strike that effectively sealed all three points.


West Brom interested in signing Liverpool striker

Benteke is attracting interest from Crystal Palace and West Brom. Credit: PA

West Brom have joined the race to sign Christian Benteke from Liverpool.

The Baggies need to rebuild their strike-force with Saido Berahino expected to leave, and Benteke is under consideration, Press Association Sport understands.

The forward will be allowed to leave Anfield, although Liverpool are keen on recouping as much of the £32.5million they paid Aston Villa last year meaning any deal will break Albion's transfer record.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the 25-year-old, who scored nine goals in 14 league starts last season but has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

Albion pulled the plug on a record £15million deal for West Ham's Diafra Sakho last week after it became clear he would not be fit enough until September.

The Baggies want to line up a new signing before allowing Berahino to leave with the club having accepted it is time to cash in on the former England Under-21 international.


John Barnes backs Liverpool manager over Sakho

Barnes believes the power should lie with managers. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp's hardline stance in relation to Mamadou Sakho has helped swing the balance of power back towards managers.

The France defender was sent home from the club's pre-season tour of the United States earlier this week because of his poor time-keeping.

Barnes believes that immediately sent a message to the rest of the squad.

The ex-England international, speaking at the Silverstone Classic in support of Prostate Cancer UK, said:

Managers needs to be given that autonomy. The manager needs to be given that strength to then say if 'I take a decision to drop somebody or to send them home or tell someone off then you will have to back me' - and the fans do.

There are certain managers, (Jose) Mourinho, (Antonio) Conte, (Pep) Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, they can take decisions and the fans will back them.

That's not happened in the past. Players have been too powerful at the clubs in the past where things have gone wrong and you blame the manager.

– Former Liverpool and England star John Barnes

Klopp happy with 'democratic' Liverpool transfer policy

Democracy makes Jurgen Klopp smile. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with the way the club's 'democratic' transfer policy is structured.

The German is used to working with a sporting director from his time at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund as the model is common in his homeland.

Liverpool's much-criticised transfer committee, a source of frustration for former boss Brendan Rodgers, has been re-evaluated and revamped since Klopp's arrival with the 49-year-old having the final say on all deals.

But that does not mean Klopp is against an all-round approach to sourcing and securing targets.

He told ESPN FC:

Improvement can come in all kinds of life and in all parts of life and it's based on experience.

So I don't think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that's why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership.

Hopefully it stays like this and because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision.

– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Bournemouth confirm signing of Smith from Liverpool

Australia international Brad Smith has joined Bournemouth. Credit: Reuters

Bournemouth have completed the signing of full-back Brad Smith from Liverpool for a reported £6m fee.

The 22 year-old Australia international has penned a four-year deal with the Cherries after failing to impress Jurgen Klopp during his time at Anfield.

Smith made four Premier League appearances for the Reds last season and has only featured in 21 senior matches during his entire career.

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