Sancho ‘prefers’ Reds move & 2020/21 start date confirmed – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool are in the news today with transfer rumours, kit leaks, the new season start dates and more. Normal Wednesday, then!

 

New season countdown is on

One month – that’s it. That’s how long the Reds have between right now and the new campaign officially kicking off.

The players are now starting their close season, but it’ll be an extremely short one with the Community Shield now set for 29 August, against either Arsenal or Chelsea.

It’s highly likely that Jurgen Klopp will be using the game as one of his friendlies, essentially, so don’t be surprised to see different players to a potential strongest XI, depending on their workload in the build-up to the game.

The Wembley fixture could have fans in attendance, that’s yet to be decided, and the Premier League season will kick off two weeks after the Community Shield.

And we’ll be defending champions, of course!

 

Sancho prefers Anfield, obviously

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund celebrates a not given goal after video assistant referee (VAR) during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on February 8, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

Unless you live under a rock, you’ll probably be aware that Jadon Sancho is wanted by Manchester United this summer, and that he carries an almighty price tag of close to £100m, if not more.

English media have recently reported that United are alternately close to agreeing a deal, haven’t made a bid, will only pay £80m or will wait until next summer to make their move – but German news today offers a different angle.

Kicker say that Sancho, in fact, prefers a move to Liverpool over Manchester United, as he’d have a greater chance of winning trophies with us.

Probably true. But United might well make a run deep into the latter stages of the League Cup, Jadon. Wait a year and then we’ll bid for you!

 

So much to look forward to

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It has been one hell of a year…and everything points to next season’s side being just as amazing, just as enjoyable, just as capable of winning major trophies.

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 26, 2020: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the first goal during the final match of the FA Premier League season between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St. James' Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • Here’s a brilliant photo diary of Liverpool’s 2019/20 season (TIA)
  • The U23s will be playing TNS in a friendly ahead of the new season (OBC Advertizer)
  • Virgil loves trophies, clean sheets and Naby Keita, who he says is “world class” (LFC)
  • In contrast to most reports, the Reds have absolutely no interest in Thiago and are intent on sealing a new deal for Gini Wijnaldum (ESPN)

 

Around the Prem

MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Bayern Munich's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Phil Coutinho has the choice of Leicester, Arsenal or Spurs and honestly, the thought of him being deployed 90 yards from goal under Mourinho is just depressing (Sport)
  • West Ham will continue their push toward the Championship by signing another player from the second tier – Ebe Eze from QPR. In seriousness, he and Bowen are both better than plenty of other ‘top’ signings they’ve made (Guardian)
  • David Silva could be set for the surprise move to Italian side Lazio, because obviously they need a replacement for Liverpool-bound Joaquin Correa – remember that rumour (AS)
  • And Palace will “consider” a move for Ryan Fraser, which about sums them up. He’s free, better than what they’ve got, they’re about to lose Zaha and he’s not 30 years old like the rest of their team. But they’ll just muse over it for now (Telegraph)

 

Stupid owner of the day

Bournemouth‘s owner says his club belongs at the highest level and he’ll be committed to getting them back there. Possibly the supporters might feel this is an approach and interest in proceedings which might have been better-served six or 12 months ago.

 

Tweet of the day

 

What we’re reading

Tony Evans in the Independent on why Jordan Henderson really won Footballer of the Year and why it’s a representation of his importance to Jurgen Klopp and beyond.

And a discussion in the Athletic over whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should stay at an underperforming Arsenal or try his luck elsewhere at 31.

 

Worth watching tonight

Brewster and co trying to reach Wembley! Swansea’s second leg against Brentford is at 7:45pm on Sky Sports Football and Main Event.

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