Sport Hofmann: "The transfer request should also be realistic"
Liverpool are in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe about a 2021 transfer
Reliable French outlet L’Equipe reported last night that Liverpool are one of the clubs in ‘regular contact’ with Kylian Mbappe over a possible transfer next summer. Real Madrid are the other club reportedly in touch with the PSG man, who has hinted in recent times that he may look to leave the Parisians after this season. The 21-year-old has two years left on his contract, although there is no indication that he will sign a new deal with the French champions despite on-going negotiations. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has previously admitted that it would be extremely difficult to pull off a deal for the striker, owing to the extreme finances that would be involved.
The move from Philipp Hofmann to Union Berlin is off the table - now the striker is expressing himself and criticizing his club. Above all, he rejects the accusation that he went on strike last weekend.
In a kicker interview (Monday edition), Hofmann countered the accusation of KSC sports director Oliver Kreuzer, who, behind Hofmann's alleged refusal to play, suspected an attempt to force a move to Union Berlin: "If I had actually been on strike, I would have then sat on the bench and would train normally? " Rather, after a week of "very honest and open discussions" on the evening before the game, he sought contact with head coach Christian Eichner. "In my opinion, details about confidential conversations do not belong to the public," said the 27-year-old. Ultimately, Hofmann emphasized, everything went "as we discussed it" around the game in Hanover (0-2).
Hofmann does not move out: "My focus is back on football"
Philipp Hofmann caused some irritation on the eve of the season opener in Hanover (0: 2). As the top scorer of the past season, he was not used. Before the game against VfL Bochum, things have smoothed out - but a game could now prevent illness. © imago images Impact and head ball strength: Will Karlsruhe's Philipp Hofmann bring his strengths against Bochum? Oliver Kreuzer had stated before the game in Hanover: "Hofmann informed us last night that he would not be able to run up today." The KSC
The attacker emphasized that he had requested a change from the KSC officials some time ago. The fact that the change ultimately failed due to the transfer fee - which is said to amount to around five million euros - meets with incomprehension at Hofmann: "I came on a free transfer last summer, we had a wonderful year: I owe a lot to KSC , but I also paid back. Without the relegation I would have been free of charge, so I am of the opinion that the transfer fee should be realistic. "
"The last few days have done something to me"
How can it go on now? In any case, the situation seems to be quite precarious. "I always had a trusting relationship with those responsible and had great moments here," said Hofmann, who with 17 goals last season played a major role in staying up. "But of course the last few days have done something to me. And by that I don't just mean the conversations from the weekend, but also the conversations and signals in the days before."
Arsenal boss Arteta says Liverpool are the level his side must reach .
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes his squad will head back to Anfield on Thursday believing they can again give Liverpool plenty to think about. The Gunners suffered a 3-1 Premier League defeat by the Reds on Monday night, their first loss of the new campaign.Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead midway through the first half before Liverpool hit back with quick goals from Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson, new signing Diogo Jota adding a late third.