Liverpool are now just days from starting the defence of their Premier League crown and the rumours seem to be lacking imagination – or is is just us feeling that way?!
Financial analysis details Reds’ inactivity
The Reds haven’t gone big this summer with transfers, not yet, at least.
We’re expected to spend only what we bring in via sales, but other clubs are throwing cash around like no tomorrow.
Football finance expert Swiss Ramble has detailed a long explanation of why the Reds aren’t in a spending frenzy while at the top.
You can check out our breakdown of the reasonings here, but the highlights include revenue mainly being spent on huge wages and bonuses, player amortisation an important factor and why sales are a big factor in bringing new players into the club.
Let’s get the “old news” duo out the way first.
They do not, however, say what that step is. Agreeing terms? Having a bid accepted? Even making a bid? It’s made to feel an inevitability at this stage, but with Wijnaldum away on international duty and absolutely nothing seeming to be progressing on Barca’s outgoings yet, it’s hard to envisage any steps at all having been taken.
Again: he’s been away with Spain. Maybe in a day or two things will kick into gear…but we’re doubtful it will be quick, if at all.
Finally, the Reds are ludicrously linked with Nuno Mendes by O Jogo.
In case he has understandably slipped your memory banks, he’s the €45m-rated 18-year-old who plays for Sporting CP and is wanted by Arsenal also.
Oh, and he’s a left-back. You know, the position we’ve actually signed someone in this summer.
Liverpool have some extremely exciting young players coming through and three of them have impressed of late.
- Neco Williams‘ attitude is hailed as top-class as his road to the top is mapped out
- Billy Koumetio‘s error doesn’t concern the boss at all and he’s sure the defender has all the traits to go far
- And Harvey Elliott has set himself a few targets for the season ahead
Quickfire LFC news
- Michael Oliver will be the ref for Liverpool’s match against Leeds (PL)
- And the club have compiled a guide for fans surrounding behind-closed-doors game for the season ahead (LFC)
Around the Prem
- Newcastle have signed Callum Wilson (£20m), are signing Ryan Fraser (free) and have agreed a deal for Jamal Lewis (£13m), so perhaps they’ll be more interesting to watch this season than your average freshly painted wall (BBC)
- Leicester want Wesley Fofana for £18m, but Saint-Etienne want £27m. Must not be a centre-back Brendan has picked out himself this time – he’s reliable and consistent, as well as young (Mail)
- James Tarkowski says he’d like to play in the Champions League, which might be his nice way of saying “erm, no ta” to West Ham‘s bid (Telegraph)
- And Solskjaer has “spoken to” Sancho over a move this summer. Bet that was a short chat, by the looks of things (Express)
Stupid little boys of the day
Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, the pride of Manchester! Booted out of the England squad for smuggling girls into their hotel room, they’ve “broken Covid guidelines” and essentially would have put the rest of the squad at risk had they not been caught out.
And then the rest of the squad would have gone back to their own clubs, all over the country, potentially furthering the spread.
And on and on it goes.
Tweet of the day
90 seconds, nine goals – go on then!
Warming up for the new season ?
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 7, 2020
What we’re reading
A tactical breakdown of how teams need to play to “beat” Liverpool…from games where they “beat” us on expected goals, because obviously there aren’t actually enough games we’ve genuinely lost. Still, interesting reading, on the Athletic.
And a look at the Irish national team’s set-up and how they’re trying to change their style, in the Telegraph.
Worth watching tonight
Got to be Netherlands vs Italy in the Nations League. 7:45pm on Sky Sports Premier League.