Liverpool beat West Ham on Monday night and today we have all the reaction, the news around the squad and look ahead to the week.
Bargain hunting in the Bundesliga
Liverpool have long been linked with Timo Werer, with the Leipzig striker causing more headlines this week after praising Jurgen Klopp.
Now, latest reports out of Germany suggest that his price tag is even lower than previously expected, with Sport 1 claiming that he can be signed for as little as an initial €30 million.
That price would come with a “guarantee of performance-related bonuses,” which would presumably be what are normally classed as add-ons, such as the Reds’ league and European progress and Werner’s goals and achievements.
Previous reports have suggested that the exit clause Werner has will expire midway through the season, so we can expect this to continue developing and providing further revelations over the coming weeks.
Especially when he bats his eyelids the way of Anfield after every goal.
Hendo’s absence keenly felt
The captain’s importance has been questioned at times over the years, but he keeps bouncing back and proving himself even more.
Now even without playing his influence is being felt, as fans and players alike pointed to Monday’s up-and-down display against West Ham as proof of his impact.
Both full-backs said that Henderson’s absence is bad for the team, in terms of leadership and helping out the team with his enormous work-rate, with Andy Robertson saying “the quicker he’s back the better.”
Hendo can do no wrong right now – don’t back against him getting another critical goal in a big game to further showcase his captaincy skills.
West Ham win fallout
It wasn’t the most straight-forward of matches, but Liverpool kept their winning run going in the end on Monday night.
- Tough month ahead, says Klopp, but the Reds are ready to get back to work
- Here’s Trent’s verdict on another big performance and what the rest of the squad thought after the game
- And the media are running out of good stuff to say about the Reds, after that massive mentality shone through once more
No slowing down for Gini
Monday night’s goalscorer Gini Wijnaldum has hit the headlines a few times of late, with questions over his contract situation with the Reds.
He’s got another year left to run after this season, but it’s the last likely period where the Reds would sell or renew the contract of the Dutchman.
Whatever happens, don’t expect Wijnaldum to be dropping down the European ladder: if he leaves Liverpool it’ll be for another big team.
The No. 5 says he wants to “play at a high level until I’m 38” – nine years from now – while also potentially finishing his career at one of his former clubs in his homeland: PSV, Feyenoord or Sparta.
He still has plenty to give, so don’t be surprised to see him agree to extend his Anfield stay a while longer.
Quickfire LFC news
- Anfield will host one final Hillsborough memorial service this year (TIA)
- Paul Pogba says he doesn’t want Liverpool to win the league, but that the Reds deserve to be where they are and have been even better than last season (Sky Sports)
- And the winning run is all down to no nerves when things don’t go to plan, says Big Virg (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Chris Smalling says he has a tough choice to make over whether to stay at Roma or return to Man United. Clearly, actually playing football doesn’t factor into the decision, then… (Sky Sports)
- Carlo Ancelotti has put a centre-back top of his wish-list for summer, with Gabriel of Lille in the frame. Presumably replacing Jordan Pickford isn’t “top of the list” because he just couldn’t reach (Mirror)
- Leeds will spend just under £50m making loans permanent this summer if they reach the Premier League, no doubt after seeing the approach has worked so well for Aston Villa (The Athletic)
- And Moyesey is talking a good game but must back it up with wins, which should be easy enough as they now face Southampton, Arsenal, Wolves, Tottenham and Chelsea in succession (BBC Sport)
Stupid rumour of the day
Hollywood moneybags George Clooney wants to buy Malaga CF and turn them into a super-attractive, super-expensive team.
If only there was a club who had the same sort of plan a decade ago which didn’t go so well that he could take a few lessons from…
Video of the day
Great chat with Trent on MNF. Click here if you can’t see the video below.
What we’re reading
Serge Gnabry has had a remarkable ascent to the top with Bayern, but it wasn’t always that way. BBC Sport’s Alex Bysouth looks at the forward’s rise.