Joel Matip wants Premier League stay and Barcelona pushing for Reds winger

  • The Spanish giants have made no secret how much they admire Diaz
  • The departing Matip still thinks he can handle a role in England.   
  • News is always floating around a club like Liverpool.
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Good morning and happy Monday, Reds! We begin another week catching up on the news that was from over the weekend surrounding Liverpool.

A departing player wants to take his chances with another Premier League side while Barcelona won't go away with their transfer interest in Luis Diaz.

Joel Matip still believes he can play in the Premier League

Matip had his season cruelly ended by a serious knee injury that took away his chance to truly give the coaching staff and the club's fans a proper farewell.

Now comfortably in his thirties, and coming off a serious knee injury, the club has decided it best that he moves on as a free agent this summer. With that aspect decided, it has been reported that Matip still feels he has something to offer this league and their might be a suitor ready for him.

Bournemouth have been touted as a viable option for him. They are a solid enough side that could use his veteran leadership in the back. Matip would also be reunited with former teammate at Anfield, Dominic Solanke.

This has a real good chance of happening in my view.

Barcelona still very keen on Luis Diaz

The rumors around the Catalans and Lucho have not quieted down. In fact, they might actually be cranking up.

While AS is reporting that Barca really do want the Colombian, his reported £75 million means they would have to sell the likes of Raphina to fund the move.

Diaz has stated that he is happy at Anfield but in the same breath, it was also confirmed by his father earlier this season that Barcelona would be his 'dream move'. Liverpool could very well use these funds to instantly reinvigorate the side, but Diaz is a top class player so it will be interesting to see where it goes.

It's not quite a coin-flip, but if the La Liga giants do raise the funds, they will surely test Liverpool's resolve.

VAR report confirms Reds misery

Liverpool, along with Brighton and Nottingham Forest, were on the wrong end of four incorrect VAR decision this past season. That was the most in the league.

In addition, Liverpool did not get one call in their favor. It was a brutal report but also confirmed what many Reds fans have been saying all season. The VAR jokes in favor of Liverpool never made much sense and this report proves that.

As is also noted, the four incorrect decisions does not seem to include every poor officiating decision that went against Liverpool. The Jeremy Doku kung fu kick for example, was not listed.

It's no great relief to players or fans, but this report at least brings a little bit of accountability into things.