Liverpool are readying a summer move for Jamaal Lascelles according to reports on Monday afternoon.

With Liverpool in the ascendancy, having already qualified for next season’s Champions League and having the final to look forward to on Saturday, the Independent say their information is that Jurgen Klopp has identified the Newcastle captain as somebody he would like to add to his squad for next season.

Only Man City scored more than Liverpool’s 84 Premier League goals but none of the top five conceded more than the 38 the scousers leaked.

The arrival of Virgil van Dijk did improve things to an extent, which you would expect for £75m, Liverpool conceding just the 10 goals in his 14 starts and the reds keeping seven clean sheets in that 14 game run.

The Independent say that Klopp has narrowed it down to a choice of  Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Jamaal Lascelles as his intended centre-back purchase.

Both players have relatively little Premier League experience but the pair excelled this past season, as Burnley and Newcastle built from the back.

The two players also have the added appeal of being English, which helps a club keep to their quota of homegrown players in the squad.

Jamaal Lascelles has 42 Premier League starts in his career so far, whilst Tarkowski has only 35.

His rise to prominence has been even more dramatic than the Newcastle defender’s has been, signed for £3m from Brentford in January 2016, he started only two games in the Championship that 2015/16 season, then only four in the Premier League in 2016/17.

The £25m departure of Michael Keane to Everton giving him the opportunity and he has been first choice throughout this season.

As for Jamaal Lascelles, he obviously loves it at Newcastle but until/unless Rafa commits to the club then you would have to be worried if any club came in for him.

Especially with Mike Ashley seeing the £75m paid for Virgil van Dijk flashing before his eyes.

The Independent adds that a centre-back is a big priority for Jurgen Klopp this summer but not necessarily to automatically play alongside van Dijk, rather it would be somebody to compete with Dejan Lovren for that position.

Jamaal Lascelles needs first team football at this stage of his career and so if Liverpool or any other club wanted him as anything but a starting player, then you would hope it wouldn’t appeal.

Naturally we all want the focus to be on Newcastle who will buy this summer, rather than potentially sell, but it comes with the territory when you have players who are impressing other clubs.

You can’t help but think as well that it hardly helps when Gareth Southgate hasn’t called up Lascelles a single time (Tarkowski has picked up one cap this season), the reality we all know so well is that if he ended up at the likes of Liverpool or Tottenham, there is little doubt he would be picked straight away.



  • Vodkamagpie

    Tempting, not the best defender with the ball at his feet

    • Billmag

      Tempting.??

      • Jezza

        Don’t feed the troll, marra. Vodkamagpie is Fleckman.

        • Billmag

          Oops !!!

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Who are the top 3 Ashley HOOP lickers on here?
            Ghostrider
            Monkseaton Magpie
            Bobbi(girls name) Fleckman

    • Oval85

      A defender who is best with the ball at his feet is usually a useless defender.

    • Gianfranco Shola

      The best defender we’ve had in a long time complimented perfectly by a decent defender who is very good with his feet. We’d be crazy to not build the team around the defence and gk we had past few months but this is Newcastle tbf….

      • Vodkamagpie

        I know, great leader, great in the air, good partnership with lejeune, but in football everyone has a price. 50Mil is a reasonable price Imo, therefore it will be tempting

  • Billmag

    Rafa is the only thing keeping this club together, if he leaves the hierarchy deserve everything that’s thrown at them.

    • ghostrider

      Rafa isn’t the only thing that’s keeping this club together. What makes you think that?
      Who kept it together before Rafa?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Nobody fool,
        that`s why we were relegated twice

        • mentalman

          Wasn’t rafa here when we got relegated the second time

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Nobody could save the club the position it was in,
            not even a World Class Manager

          • mentalman

            Southampton were in a similar position this season and Mark Hughes managed to save them and i’ve never heard him described as a world class manager

          • panther

            neither has Mark Hughes

          • john stephenson

            What happened to his previous club stoke?

          • cmrowley

            Really?

        • ghostrider

          So what.
          We came up as champions and won a trophy each time. It counts.
          It doesn’t have to be elite trophies.
          The main thing is we came back up straight away which is a fantastic achievement from the owner as much as relegation was a downer for the owner, the fans and some of the players.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Dear me, i`ll have to block you i can`t abide Fools

          • ghostrider

            Ok.

          • Jezza

            I can’t believe you haven’t blocked those two trolls long before now.

          • Alex

            I wish it did count, then Fatty would’ve fekked off because he promised he’d go after delivering a trophy. Oh, but wait, he doesn’t keep his promises, does he?

          • ghostrider

            I don’t know, does he?
            You seem to know he doesn’t, somehow when there’s nothing official about what’s been promised and delivered…unless you know the reality.

            Let me know.

          • KRS1

            Fatty is a proven liar, he is a cancer eating away at our club and you are pr#ck of the week!

          • ghostrider

            Ashley is the saviour of this club and people need to remember that.
            He might not be a Mr giving on a whim but the same man saved this club from a potential Sunderland.

          • Chuck D

            While Ashley is the owner we still are a potential Sunderland.

            Rafa goes and the club will fold like a pack of cards.

          • ghostrider

            Ashley goes and the club could potentially fold like a pack of cards in short order.

          • Toon Arnie

            Yeah overseeing those two relegations was critical to our survival and I dread to think what would have happened if he had invested after we finished 5th and qualified for Europe – what a hero !!

          • ghostrider

            Anything could have happened…and not necessarily all good.

          • panther

            we just won Hong Kong 7s he can go now

          • Big Hairy Man

            So all trophies are an achievement for a club like ours? Give your heed a shake you 🔔end.

          • ghostrider

            All trophies are an achievement for any club.
            Go and look at the lower league teams who win cups and titles and tell me the fans aren’t jumping for joy. They wouldn’t jump much higher with joy if they won the premier title.

            That’s what football’s about. It’s the excitement and the hope and taking part to win any trophy that’s on offer at any particular time in any particular position that club finds itself in that determines which trophies are on offer.

          • Toon Arnie

            Yep – you’ve nailed it there, it’s all about the hope. Remember that YOU said that the next time you blindly defend Ashley for not wanting to compete but merely survive. Dear oh dear that was a serious schoolboy error on your behalf ha ha !

          • ghostrider

            No error on my part.

          • Toon Arnie

            You seem to be missing the point again – we could be so much more if Ashley would just invest. Speculate to accumulate. Rafa has turned over a profit in the last two years and the tv money should now be in the bank – there is no excuse for him not to invest this season. Surely even you, as blinkered as you are, can see this ? If not you may get your wish, Rafa might leave and we could be chasing another ‘trophy’ .

          • ghostrider

            I remember not too long ago when fans were saying ” we should be following Southampton’s model, proper investors.”
            Some were lauding Everton for the big spends.
            Some were lauding West Ham earlier on when they were buying Hernandez and co.
            I could go on about how many clubs we should be following and yet nearly all of them have risked their entire budgets on a whim or actually risked their club’s status.

            So what does investing actually mean?
            It’s not just a case of spending pots of money or a set amount on a set player.
            It’s about identifying quality and ensuring that you can afford that quality and ensuring that you have a contingency plan for if it goes teets up.

            We do this at Newcastle and although it doesn’t seem ideal at times, it’s a fine line in balancing ourselves against what we we are up against with the gungho challengers.

            That’s why we are stable and many clubs are simply not stable and are basically running on a beg steal and borrow system after the big money has been frittered away.

            Saying we could be so much more if Ashley invests. What do you mean by so much more?
            Take over Man City, Man Utd, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea?
            If so, tell me at what cost…and if not…and you mean so much more than other clubs other than those, then we are so much more close to them by investing how we are and simple tweaking is the key, under a manager and coaches and scouts that can get the best from the talent they identify.

            Very few clubs have the managerial stability to see things through…even at the very top.
            But many managers are handed money galore to see that it’s done…whatever the “see that it’s done” is.

            The old days of the build is a whole lot harder today, because there’s not a level playing field in general and it’s a case of adapting as we move on.

            The stark reality of sections of fans is….if Ashley handed Rafa 500 million and said ” just get who you want and offer them the wages they want to come and let’s give the fans something to shout about”….and then Rafa managed to get us to 6th or something…..it would be Ashley’s fault for allowing mercenaries to take the pee…….or it would be Charnley messing the players about with their wages and that’s why they didn’t play their best.

            Or any other excuse as long as it was a dig at Ashley and Charnley.
            Am I going overboard with what I say?…….well, yes, I am….but the issue is simple. No matter what money Rafa gets, it’ll either be not enough or too much and a desperate attempt by Ashley to do this that and the other.

            So tell me what we need to do to be so much more….because the only way I can see us being so much more, is if the elite clubs….the blank cheque financed clubs somehow get stopped from being sugar daddied and become working in house economy.

            If anyone’s noticed…the bigger clubs….the elite are simply playing swap shop with big money players.
            They rarely lose…any of them……including the Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s.

            It just appears like they spend a fortune but it’s just a literal game outside of the game to these people who run it all.

            As for us……..who knows.
            Do we get a chance to have a run as the only north east club still batting or do we get cast aside as just another also-ran..and maybe Ashley knows it and understands that throwing money at it over and above feasibility….is a death knell, just like Sunderland tried.

            That’s why Steve Gibson always lives to fight another day as Middlesbrough. He knows when to stop and he knows to always have a contingency plan if things fail.

            Do we expect more?
            Of course we do. We expect what all fans expect of bigger clubs.
            The reality is, it’s not in our hands. It’s in the hands of those that dictate how football’s run, which will determine whether we get a bigger run as time goes on.

      • cmrowley

        It was falling apart, no one was keeping it together. The club spent 80 million on players the coach had no say in, who followed a series of clown managers who had no say in anything to do with players. The board consisted of a scout, the manager, a tea boy and an ex-player turned part time commentator. The club was relegated after flirting with relegation for years,

        • ghostrider

          It’s never been falling apart with Ashley as owner.
          It’s been stable consistently.

          • panther

            in stable decline, I agree

          • cmrowley

            If by stable you mean in the same way a yoyo is stable then yes, I agree.

          • pedrodelgardo

            Did I ever tell you the one about me mother-in -law? There was this Englishman an Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar… Did I imagine the two relegations?

          • ghostrider

            No, they happened. What’s the issue?

          • Toon Arnie

            Apart from the two relegations ?

      • panther

        nobody it was an effing shambles

      • Wor Lass

        It was Geordie John!

      • Big Hairy Man

        Nobody

  • Paul Patterson

    Anything north of £40m and he’ll be off quicker than you can say ‘Is that Ashley’s helicopter?’ . .

    • KRS1

      I am actively looking for a surface to air missile and it’s got Ashleys name on it!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Oh Dear,
    That`s the Helo in the air as so as a bid comes in
    🚁

  • mentalman

    it all depends on the player, if he’s happy to jump ship for a big payday to sit on a bench or happy to improve as a first teamer.

    If he loves the club he is under contract so it’s up to him if he goes or stays

  • ghostrider

    If a club come in with a ridiculously high transfer offer for Lascelles and offering him mammoth wages, Lascelles is gone or he’s unsettled so best gone.

    It hasn’t happened to Lascelles or any other player and is not worth worrying about until something does happen…and even then it all depends on what transpires from there, if it should happen.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    welp, that’s that then.

  • Geordie-7676

    Why would they want Lascelles when they have Van Dijk? it makes no sense at all……in the centre of defence you want 2 players that compliment each other – it is a pairing that is supposed to compliment each other. You need 2 players with different strengths that when put together leave zero holes.

    Lascelles and Van Dijk are just too similar – on paper it looks fantastic but in reality i dont think it works.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      no matter how mismatched Lescelles is with Van Djik, he couldn’t possibly do any worse than Lovren…

    • Gianfranco Shola

      I disagree I think that they’d be a quality partnership both young as well it’d be a great move for Liverpool, not so much for us

      • Geordie-7676

        Do you not think they are too similar? The reason lascelles and lejeune worked so well is because Lejeune covered Lascelles general ball play (In other words, Lascelles is awful with the ball at his feet, Lejeune isn’t).

        I would look at a pairing like that in the same way that Gerrard and Lampard never worked in the centre of England’s midfield. Again, on paper it looks brilliant but you have no variety to your play.

        Just my opinion of course.

        • Gianfranco Shola

          You’re forgetting that Van Dijk is very decent with the ball at his feet and they also have Henderson who likes to drop back to help dictate the play from the back. Then they have 2 very good fullbacks who are great going forward I think personally he’d fit in perfectly he’s far superior to Lovren, Matip etc.

          • Geordie-7676

            Fair enough – Different opinions, but no arguing…..how refreshing for a change on this site :)

          • Jezza

            If this forum was left to us Newcastle supporters there would be no arguing or nastiness. The unpleasantness only occurrs because of two Manchester supporting brothers and trolls who post on this forum under around 30 different ID’s purely to stir up trouble.

          • Vodkamagpie

            How do you know this?, can’t they just be normal people?,think you called me one of those people, and I know you wrong about that because, I am me, I’m real

          • Dillon Tovak

            I’m not, im a bot. I’m learning to love though.

          • Mike D

            Replicants are people too.

          • Gianfranco Shola

            Hopefully we don’t have to find out who’s right and who’s wrong and Jamaal stays here for many years, wishful thinking perhaps?

        • gallowgate26

          I rate Lejeune highly. I think next season he will be even better. I think he’s a class player with both feet but has a little more of the pace and strength that Colo lacked. I actually think we have some of the best CBs and CMs in the league. If anyone thinks that’s a joke, look at the likes of Lovren, Jones & Cahill.

        • GeordieZebra

          Unfortunately makes sense. VVD is a ball playing centre half who reads the game and Lascelles is a leader. Let’s hope they approach Burnley as FCB won’t blink in selling him…

      • Jezza

        Agreed 100%. Lascelles to Anfield for £40 million would be a great move for Liverpool, a fantastic piece of business for Ashley and a complete disaster for NUFC.

        • Gianfranco Shola

          Summed up perfectly, it’d also be the nail in the coffin that would convince Rafa to leave and probably some of our best players aka Shelvey. Ashley could replace them with cheap foreign alternatives, a subpar cheap manager and gamble that we finish 17th, wouldn’t be surprising

        • StevieB

          Sad….but true. More worryingly it could very likely happen

        • KRS1

          That ticks all the boxes for Ashley then!

          • Jezza

            Well not quite. It would be even better for him if Lascelles went to Chelsea because that way he’d also be strengthening the team he supports.

  • Tino o

    Fantasy news somebody imagined it at the independent to cover a paragraph lets share it on the mag possible but no truth in it!! Klopp is planning for a champions league final why would he speak of lascelles

  • robbersdog

    Can you imagine a Virgil van Dijk/Jamaal Lascelles partnership? Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense.

  • Leazes.

    Big test for the honesty of the Rafalution!

  • Wezza147

    If Lascelles is sold for 40M you can bet that it won’t be reinvested in the squad because after all we’re broke!

  • 1ewis

    Won’t fault Lascelles for leaving. This would be more than a big payday. Joining Liverpool would mean joining a club that is aiming for the title and constantly chasing honours. Liverpool has more ambition than us and that’s an undeniable fact.

  • MadMag83

    Bad career move for either of them if they end up as a squad player. Both need experience from game time. Lascelles would be better off waiting at least another season, raise his profile to a level where he can move to a top club and expect to start. Or if miracles do happen we might close the gap and there would be no need for him to leave.

  • SAMTHECAT

    The big sharks will always pick on the small fish, we are small fish, if we scout and buy a Championship player and turn him into a 1st class defender they will be after him, if you produce a good player thru your Academy, not that we do that, but the top 6 will be after signing him. It is very hard to build a team and of course players and agents chase the money.

  • Kev Newcastle England

    He is not our best player