Liverpool are enjoying a quiet deadline day, not running around after mid-tier strikers and planning for a weekend game against Southampton.
Klopp’s massive praise for Gomez
Joe Gomez has been one of the best players in the Premier League over the last couple of months, no question.
He didn’t start the season in the team, due to fitness and the form of Joel Matip, but Jurgen Klopp has said his inclusion was never in question.
“Since he is a playing as a centre-half again – his natural position – together with Virg there is exceptional. He is a sensational footballer, which is good.
“He has outstanding speed, which helps us a lot to keep our last line high; he is a really good challenger; good in one-on-one situations; football-wise, I said already, good.
“The package is really nice. It was always clear in the moment he starts playing and can get rhythm again, everything will be fine – and that’s how it is.”
Plenty of stats have circulated recently about our brilliant No. 12, with one of the most notable being that we’ve conceded just eight goals in the last 35 league matches he has played in.
Reds duo return date set
Liverpool will be without James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri for the Premier League game against Southampton.
Both have missed the recent run of games, but Jurgen Klopp has elaborated over when he might be able to call upon them again.
Indeed, assuming there are no setbacks, this will be the last fixture they are absent for, with both ready to return after the winter break to face Norwich, then Atletico Madrid.
Sadio Mane should also be back for those fixtures, giving the Reds a fully fit squad to choose from.
Hopefully there are no further injuries in the meantime, giving us a good pool of talent to choose from in the fight on multiple fronts.
Ready for Saints
Jurgen Klopp isn’t worried about transfer business today – he is preparing for Saints. Here’s the best of his press conference and the match buildup:
- Danny Ings has explained the difficult choice he had when it came to leaving Liverpool
- The Southampton manager says playing the Reds is football’s most difficult challenge
- And you can see Klopp’s presser in full right here as usual
Jurgen’s view on new additions
It’s not a secret, but it is the truth: Liverpool have a very good side, which makes it difficult to improve it even further, as the number of players who are better and as-well suited than the ones already here grows smaller the stronger we get.
Klopp says that long-term plans are ongoing and potential additions could be made in summer, but that internal promotions and improvements will also play a big part.
The boss name-checks Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Jones as three who could step up even more.
The Reds have only spent £10m or so on transfers across the last two transfer windows, highlighting the great building work which has been done.
Quickfire LFC news
- Key dates for the diary – here are all the fixtures and other moments of note for February (TIA)
- Sadio Mane has posted images showing his rehab work is ongoing in Spain (Instagram)
- Klopp is yet again up for Manager of the Month; if he wins, he’ll set a new league record (LFC)
- And Takumi Minamino has given an interview detailing his first month at the club (LFC)
Around the Prem
Deadline day news from around the top-flight in England as it stands around 5pm…
- Man United‘s scrabble for a striker has seen them consider Teemu Pukki, Josh King, Danny Ings, Odion Ighalo, Salomon Rondon and Maxi Gomez. Diverse.
- Giroud is staying at Chelsea, who tried to get Dries Mertens but couldn’t. Spurs missed out on Giroud and Willian Jose.
- Jordon Ibe is wanted by Palace, after they missed out on three other targets; Sheffield United signed forward Zivkovic and are close to defender Retsos.
- And the Reds’ weekend opponents Southampton have loaned out right-back Cedric to Arsenal, with centre-back Maya Yoshida likely joining Sampdoria too.
Stupid rumour of the day
It’s a toss-up between any of the strikers Man United tried to go for and the late attempt by Spurs to land Gareth Bale on loan.
Tweet of the day
Luis Suárez's record at Liverpool was simply phenomenal ?
• 133 matches
• 82 goals
• 47 assists
He joined the Reds on this day in 2011 for just £22.8m ? pic.twitter.com/0V3mJbynf7
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 31, 2020
What we’re reading
While the focus is on the massive money deadline day, another question can be asked: when will we see the first big-money signing in Women’s football? BBC Sport look into the possibility.
And Ed Aarons has a funny and insightful interview with Cheikhou Kouyate in the Guardian.
Worth watching tonight
Hertha vs. Schalke in the Bundesliga. Klinsmann has two new forwards and Mark Grujic; Schalke have a Champions League spot to fight for. 7:30pm kick-off!