Gini’s twin heroics & goalkeeper rumour – Wednesday’s Liverpool FC News

20 November 2019

International week is over! Time to look forward to the weekend match…and the January transfer window, obviously.


 

Training ground taking shape

Looks like we’re definitely in our final months at Melwood—the redevelopment at Kirkby is coming along splendidly and Liverpool should be there for next season.

Today we have some pretty incredible (and exciting!) new images of the Kirkby site, the new building and the pitches.

There’s also some intriguing details released over the youth teams and first team, how they’ll work together…and where they won’t.

Definitely worth a close look, including a video.

 

Big end to international week

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Take a bow, Gini Wijnaldum.

As if his recent strike record at international level hadn’t been impressive enough, he only went and banged in a hat-trick last night on his first-ever start as Netherlands captain, didn’t he?

Magnificent stuff and great to have him in such good form, as well as showing his undoubted leadership prowess—you can watch the goals right here.

Divock Origi and Harry Wilson headline four others involved on Tuesday, too.

 

News on site

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 10, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Back at Melwood, meanwhile, attentions are turning toward the return of Premier League football, with the Reds facing Palace on Saturday.

 

Liverpool dominate ESPN awards

Heads up: the Reds are really good. So good, in fact, that we’ve scooped another bunch of media awards—this time, the ESPN 100.

As you can probably guess, that’s their writers’ ranking of the top 100 players and managers in world football, broken down into groups of 10 in each position or role.

And the Reds take home a whole load of first-place finishes.

Jurgen Klopp, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson all take top spot in their respective roles, while the likes of Mo Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane (and others!) all feature high in their areas of the pitch, too.

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 10, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

Around the Prem

Edin Dzeko, Roma (Foto Cesare Purini / Insidefoto cesarexpurini.)

  • Rafa Benitez says his feud with Jose Mourinho, a familar friction point in the Premier League during the mid-to-late 2000s, is over (FourFourTwo)
  • Spurs are paying Mourinho double the salary which Pochettino earned…and which Klopp earns at Liverpool (Mail)
  • Man United want to continue their much-vaunted focus on youth by signing ex-City striker Edin Dzeko, 33 (ESPN)
  • Weekend opponents Crystal Palace have received a timely boost with the news that striker Christian Benteke wants to leave them in January (La Derniere Heure)

 

Stupid comparison of the day

There comes a time when all ageing folk simply find themselves out of touch with the way of the world, with the accepted way of talking, with the words and phrases they choose to use.

Today, that day came for Harry Redknapp.

Speaking on a radio show, the ex-Spurs boss suggested that Arsenal should take Mauricio Pochettino and the fans would love him as long as he won—suggesting anyone is fine as long as they win:

“If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give a monkey’s! If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’.”

 

Tweets of the day

 

What we’re reading

Obviously, we need a more in-depth look at the Spurs circus; this from the Athletic and a trio of writers discusses how Pochettino “sulked his way to the sack”.

Also, to close out the international break, BBC Sport have a wide-ranging discussion over whether Euro 2020 will be one of the most exciting tournaments of recent times.

 

Worth watching tonight

A game for those interested in Liverpool’s youth teams: our Premier League International Cup group contains Wolves, Athletic Club and Paris Saint-Germain, with the Reds’ U23s starting their games in December.

Tonight it’s Wolves and PSG meeting at 7pm.

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