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LIVERPOOL EYEING SHOCK SUMMER TRANSFER SWOOP FOR EX-MAN UTD MAN

LIVERPOOL EYEING SHOCK SUMMER TRANSFER SWOOP FOR EX-MAN UTD MAN

Memphis Depay on Liverpool’s radar as Real Madrid eye a move for Anfield favourite Sadio Mane

Liverpool are watching Memphis Depay — four years after missing out on the Dutch winger when he joined Manchester United .

Depay, who is now rated at £50million, is looking to leave French club Lyon for ­another shot at one of Europe’s major leagues.

And he is back on Anfield’s radar, following Real Madrid ’s interest in Sadio Mane .

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Depay looked Merseyside-bound in 2015 – only for Louis van Gaal to sanction a ­£30m bid, which saw the 25-year-old leave PSV ­Eindhoven for United.

Liverpool have no intention of selling the talismanic Mane to Madrid.

But they are determined to have a replacement in the frame should Mane try to force the issue. They have been ­watching Depay regularly this season for club and country.

He has scored six goals in his last eight ­appearances for ­Holland and Dutch boss ­Ronald Koeman ­reckons he is now ready to move to a bigger club.

Koeman said: ­“Memphis is dangerous in the box. He creates goals and scores a lot of goals.

“He has been vital to ­Holland and has helped us get to the Nations League finals in June.”

Klopp on how Henderson is stepping up to be ‘new Gerrard’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is also attempting to fill the boots of ­ Steven Gerrard .

Klopp sums the task up ­perfectly, describing it as “the most difficult job in 500 years of football”. No wonder, then, the Liverpool boss was singing the praises of the club’s current skipper Jordan Henderson after he came off the bench to inspire a 3-1 comeback victory at Southampton .

The England midfielder, 27, seemed like a man possessed as he produced a cameo ­display that had similarities to Stevie G.

Henderson was everywhere at St Mary’s – tackling and driving the Merseysiders back to the top of the table. He even scored his first league goal since September 2017.

Afterwards, Klopp’s glowing admiration for the ­oft-maligned playmaker knew no limits.

With Liverpool’s ­two-point lead over Manchester City at the Premier League summit restored, the German beamed: “I’ve seen him a lot like that. That’s ­Jordan, that’s him.

“Hendo, from my point of view, is a ­brilliant player. He’s our ­skipper, he’s a fantastic ­character. If I had to write a book about Hendo, it would be 500 pages. So I’m very positive. That’s how it is.”

Much of that respect stems from the way Henderson has handled the pressure of following Gerrard.

Klopp said: “The most difficult job in the last 500 years of football was to r­eplace ­Gerrard. In the mind of the people, it was like, ‘If it’s not Stevie, it’s not good enough’.

“And Jordan has dealt with that outstandingly well, so he can be really proud.

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“He is a very, very important part of our team.”

Next up in Liverpool’s title battle is a home showdown against Chelsea next week.

And the perfect opportunity for Henderson to earn some redemption on Merseyside.

Five years ago, he was ­suspended for the vital visit of the Blues. The afternoon ended in a 2-0 defeat for Brendan Rodgers ’ Liverpool – courtesy of Gerrard’s infamous slip – and killed their title dreams in the process.

Judging by the ­explosive way he ­celebrated his goal against the Saints, ­Henderson is hell-bent on making amends.

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