Today’s Main Headlines
- Liverpool coach confirms ‘discussions’ over deal for Vorm
A potentially solid signing for the Reds.
- Klopp planning heavy rotation in all but two positions for Liverpool
The boss is set to utilise his squad depth.
- Carragher explains why Liverpool “watched” but didn’t pursue Sessegnon
Would the youngster have been a good signing?
- Sokratis has tempted fate for Arsenal with his comments on Liverpool
Are the Reds “more easy” to defend against than Burnley?
- Liverpool FC Loan Watch
Grujic’s mixed night, Ojo’s standing ovation & Wilson’s dream debut.
Liverpool Shouldn’t Suffer Financially from Coutinho Move
When Philippe Coutinho moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, who else envisaged him being shipped out on loan in the space of 19 months?
The Brazilian’s “dream” switch has turned into a nightmare and having been deemed surplus to requirements, Bayern Munich have snapped him up on a temporary basis.
According to the Evening Standard‘s David Lynch, Liverpool will only miss out on £4.5 million because of Coutinho’s switch to Germany.
The 27-year-old’s poor spell at the Nou Camp has “had little effect on the size of the fee received by Liverpool for his transfer.”
Liverpool were guaranteed to receive £111 million of the £146 million Barca paid for Coutinho’s signature, with the rest made up of “realistic add-ons”.
It is, therefore, expected that the Reds will make a cool £141 million from the sale of their former No.10.
Lewis Linked with Tranmere Move
According to Football Insider, League One side Tranmere Rovers are eyeing up a loan move for the left-back “in the final 11 days of the lower league window.”
In many ways, a switch to Prenton Park would make perfect sense, providing Lewis with the challenge of first-team football at senior level.
It’s also just a quick ferry ride across the River Mersey, allowing Liverpool to keep a close eye on his progress.
Although nothing is concrete yet, Football Insider‘s Pete O’Rourke was correct in reporting Corey Whelan’s move to US side Phoenix Rising earlier this summer.
Klopp Hails “Really Outstanding” Trio
It was Mane and Firmino’s turn to take centre stage at Southampton on Saturday, with a goal a-piece.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Klopp gushed about the trio, saying it is a joy to manage such special players:
“A lot of times in my life I had sensational players always [but] not world-class players. Now, thank God I have them and they make the difference. We don’t have to talk about that.
“They were a constant threat, however tired they are. That’s brilliant and, of course, made the difference. We don’t have to talk about that.”
Next up for Salah, Mane and Firmino is Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday – a fixture that saw them score five goals between them last season in a 5-1 win.
Wijnaldum Shrugs Off Adrian Error
Gini Wijnaldum isn’t worried about the Spaniard, though, saying that his reaction to the mistake is more vital than anything.
“How is he [Adrian] going to react to the mistake? I think that is more important than the mistake itself.”
The Dutchman also spoke about Adrian getting used to his new surroundings, saying: “Everyone needs time to adjust. He is just in for, not even two weeks, so we have to get used to each other.”
He is a sizeable step down from the Reds’ world-class No.1, but he should improve over time.
Emery Admits to Fearing Liverpool
Arsenal were destroyed at Anfield last season, as has been the case a number of times during the Klopp era, and even before it.
In an interview with Sky Sports, manager Unai Emery admits he isn’t cherishing the prospect of facing the Reds, but says it’s a great challenge for his team:
“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever. We’d prefer not to play against them.
“That is really our challenge, a good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good. Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. Next week is going to be a very good match.”
It promises to be a thrilling encounter at Anfield on Saturday, with goals to be expected between two of the country’s most dangerous attacking sides.
Liverpool will need to improve defensively if they are to keep out the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.
Klopp’s Brilliant Gesture to Wilson
The 22-year-old’s impact did not go unnoticed by Klopp, with the German’s brilliant man-management revealed after the game.
The Telegraph report that Wilson received a fitting WhatsApp message from the 52-year-old on Saturday – “a ‘selfie’ photograph of him clenching his fist with a short message of congratulations”.
It perfectly sums up the Liverpool manager as a character, with his delight so genuine when a loanee excels away from Anfield.
Wilson may never end up making the grade with the Reds – equally, he may still be in Klopp’s long-term plans – but gestures such as these will do his confidence the world of good.