Real Madrid ‘to offer star player in bid to drive Salah asking price down’

Liverpool could be offered Lucas Vazquez by Real Madrid in a bid to bring down Mohamed Salah’s price tag.

Real are reportedly keen on bringing in the Egyptian superstar, who is in the Ballon d’Or race following a spectacular first season at Anfield.

Liverpool are said to be unwilling to sell Salah, but could be tempted by a world record-equalling £200m offer.

Reports in Spain suggest that in a ploy to bring down the price, Liverpool could offer winger Vazquez as part of the deal.

Vazquez, 24, has been at Real since he was a child and is now a regular starter under Zinedine Zidane – and even kept Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema out of the starting XI in the Champions League semi-final first-leg with Bayern Munich last week.

Firmino signs extension until 2023

Roberto Firmino has delivered Liverpool the perfect news ahead of their Champions’ League showdown in Rome, by agreeing a new, long term contract.

The Brazilian star as been in talks over a new deal for several months, with the Anfield board keen to tie him up on improved terms, following the departure of Philippe Coutinho in January.

There were fears Firmino would consider following his close friend out of the door, with the striker getting closer to the end of the five year deal he signed when he joined the club back in 2015.

But he expressed his desire to stay at Anfield for the rest of his career when he spoke on the subject back in February, and now Liverpool have given him that chance with an improved contact which will run until 2023.

Gomez claims attack will be best form of defence at Roma

Joe Gomez claims attack will be Liverpool’s best form of defence against Roma on Wednesday.

Liverpool take a 5-2 lead into the Champions League semi-final return at the Stadio Olympico and Gomez says they will not sit back.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are unbeaten in their six away games in Europe this season, having scored 20 goals, and Gomez claims they will be positive.

“We’ve shown this season our best form of defence is attack, so we’ll probably just do that again,” said the defender.

“Obviously we will be wary they have their threats and the two goals they scored will keep us on our toes. We will be defensively aware.

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