Liverpool Kaoru Mitoma interest, Ibrahima Konate fitness hint, Virgil van Dijk suspension

Liverpool transfer news, rumours, gossip and speculation including the latest on Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Kostas Tsimikas, Diogo Jota and more.

Hello and welcome to our Liverpool FC live blog for Saturday, September 9.

Liverpool are seven days away from returning to Premier League action, when they go head-to-head with Wolverhampton Wanderers seeking redemption for their humbling defeat last season.

One player they will be without is Virgil van Dijk. The Reds captain saw his one-match ban extended after a ruling by an independent Regulatory Commission following his red card against Newcastle United.

The Holland defender was also fined £100,000 as he broke his silence on the verdict on Friday night.

Diogo Jota was left in the cold by Portugal on Friday. Roberto Martinez opted against bringing the Liverpool attacker on as they edged past Slovakia in Bratislava.

Liverpool may have retained the services of Mohamed Salah following Saudi Arabia interest. However, the Pro League director of football has revealed that the doors ‘haven’t closed’ despite missing out in the summer.

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Summer signing Wataru Endo was in familiar surroundings as he captained Japan in an away friendly against Germany on Saturday evening.

The Samurai Blue defeated their hosts in emphatic style, scoring two injury-time goals to run out 4-1 victors.

Endo played the entire 90 minutes whilst Liverpool-linked Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma played 83 minutes.

Speaking to Football Insider, Alan Hutton has suggested that the only reason Liverpool could have opted to send Nat Phillips on a six-month loan deal to Celtic is so that they could sell him permanently in the next transfer window.

He said: “But it could also be from Liverpool’s point of view – do they want to sell him on? Do they want a fee in? Could that happen in January? Was it close to happening in the summer?

“There could be multiple things going on in the background. If he kicks on and does well it could possibly be a permanent move for Celtic we will wait and see.”

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