Reaction to Hoever’s “baffling” red card & a Rabiot bargain – Tuesday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

15 January 2019

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Tuesday, on a day when the Reds suffered another injury blow before the weekend’s action.


Today’s Main Headlines

Critchley on “Baffling” Hoever Red Card

Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever (Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Liverpool U23s were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton on Monday night, although they had to play three-quarters of the game with 10 men.

Ki-Jana Hoever was sent off in harsh fashion for a professional foul in the 21st minute, and manager Neil Critchley told LiverpoolFC.com he was exasperated by the decision:

“It was a baffling decision, to say the least.

“The referee had a yellow card in his hand and had given a free-kick outside the box, which it was – it was a clear foul and a booking.

“George Johnston is there to defend. The linesman got involved and changed the decision. That changed the whole complexion of the game.

“Hopefully we can get that overturned.”

It was only Hoever’s fifth start for the U23s, and his 17th outing across the age groups since joining from Ajax.


Rabiot to Leave on the Cheap?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot in action against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This feels like a transfer story not to be taken too seriously, given the source!

Regardless, according to Paris United, Paris Saint-Germain will allow Adrien Rabiot to leave for a cut-price fee of £13.4 million this month, and he would be looking for a £170,000-a-week salary.

The France international has confirmed he won’t be signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 giants, meaning he will currently leave when his contract expires in the summer.

Liverpool’s interest in Rabiot appears to have cooled significantly, however, so there’s not a huge amount to see here.


Liverpool ‘Interested’ in Militao

According to Brazilian outlet UOL, Porto centre-back Eder Militao is eyeing up a move to England.

Liverpool are one of the clubs claimed to be interested in the 20-year-old, who has a release clause of £45 million.

The Reds’ biggest rivals, Man United and Everton, are also said to be monitoring the situation closely.

It could be one to keep an eye on in the summer, with Jurgen Klopp highly unlikely to add to his squad this month despite calls for reinforcements.


Kent Earns High Praise

Rangers' Ryan Kent celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at the Hope CBD Stadium, Hamilton (Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images)

Ryan Kent impressed in Rangers’ 1-0 win over Celtic last month, as his loan spell at Ibrox continues to go from strength to strength.

One particular admirer of the youngster’s Old Firm showing was former Rangers and Netherlands favourite Ronald de Boer, who spoke glowingly about the Liverpool man.

“I was very impressed with Rangers in the Old Firm game. They were obviously very pumped up but I thought they played the ball around well, too,” De Boer told the Mail.

“I liked Ryan Kent a lot. He is a very good player. I hadn’t seen him before and I looked up that he is on loan from Liverpool but I really liked him.

“His movement, his skill on the ball and his pace were all big assets.”

Kent is next in action on Friday evening, as Steven Gerrard’s side visit Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup.


Referee for Palace Confirmed

London, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 23, 2018: Referee Jonathan Moss during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jonathan Moss will take charge of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Only Mike Dean (nine) and Michael Oliver (five) have produced more red cards this season than Moss (four), who awards an average of 22.07 fouls per game—the eighth-most of the 18 top-flight officials.

He took charge of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Watford in November, rightly giving Jordan Henderson his marching orders.

Roy Hodgson returns to Anfield hoping to put a dent in the Reds’ title hopes, as they aim to go seven points clear of Man City again.

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