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Liverpool Have Opened Talks With A Barcelona Man ‘Behind Their Back

There had been some doubt over Curtis Jones’ involvement for England U21s last night, but he came off the bench to assist the winning goal for his side.

After Rhian Brewster had been sent off against Andorra, Jones counter-attacked superbly to set up Arsenal man Emile Smith Rowe.

In a game of little quality, it was Jones who managed to help his side win the game with a moment of magic, setting up a cool finish from his teammate.

Jones should now be fine to play against Watford at the weekend with his slight injury problem clearly now behind him — a big boost, given Liverpool’s midfield options are limited.

According to Marca, Real Madrid have made Aurélien Tchouaméni a ‘key target’ alongside PSG forward Kylian Mbappé ahead of next summer.

Tchouaméni has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus and others and has been impressing for AS Monaco in Ligue 1.

He filled in for N’Golo Kanté this international break during the UEFA Nations League as his country won the tournament, beating Spain in the final.

Real Madrid supposedly see him as a long-term replacement for Casemiro, and Tchouaméni is valued at around £30m.

Liverpool and Portugal forward Diogo Jota is struggling to train at the moment and is a doubt to face Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier later today.

“I’ll make the decision shortly, and if he can’t play, he’ll head back to Liverpool,” said Portugal boss Fernando Santos.

“He trained a while ago, increased the intensity today with [physio] João Brito, but he didn’t train with us. The probability [that Jota will play] will be little. I’ll talk to him and see how he feels.

“If we see that he is in any condition to be on the bench and then he can come in, that’s fine. If we don’t, we won’t take the risk with a player who hasn’t been able to train with us for a long time.”

Liverpool’s ‘Greek Scouser’ has made a very good start to the season and he has been asked about his new nickname.

“I like it when I see the fans call me that — also sometimes I hear them on the pitch when I play the game,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“This makes me happy. This gives me extra power when you know the fans of your team are supporting you and call you like that.

Ousmane Dembélé can leave Barcelona for nothing at the end of the season four years after signing for £96m, and Liverpool are one of the teams who are supposedly interested in signing him up.

If the Frenchman hasn’t signed a new deal by January then he can start negotiating with other clubs abroad, but, according to Spanish outlet Cuatro, Barcelona believe that is already happening.

The report states that the club think that Dembélé’s agent has already spoken to Liverpool and Manchester United behind the scenes and they are therefore likely to lose him.

Juventus and PSG have also supposedly been spoken to by the player’s representatives, while Man City have also been linked with the 24-year-old forward.

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