Liverpool’s countdown to the new season is firmly on, with only two days before we host Leeds and lots still to sort out in terms of transfers this month.
Trent ready for Leeds
The total number of pre-season minutes played by Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool this summer is zero, which isn’t ideal.
He wasn’t training with the squad in Austria and wasn’t training with them at Melwood, either, as he was away with England last week.
In essence, these couple of days pre-Leeds match are the first time he’s really with the squad at all since the end of last season – but the right-back says he’s ready to start all the same.
I felt good, I felt fit, and obviously no niggles or injuries off the back of that. So, I’m feeling good,” he said to the club site.
“Coming back into training today, obviously excited for the weekend. It’s obviously a tough test, a newly-promoted team is always a little bit tough on the first day – but I’m sure we’ll be ready for it.”
Is it the best idea to start him straight away? He’s crucial to us, but he’s crucial across 50 games, not just one. Might it be best to see Neco get this game, at least to start with?
Brewster’s revolving rumour mill
Rhian Brewster could have a gossip column devoted to just himself this summer.
He’s staying, he’s going, we’re selling, we’re keeping…now we’re loaning.
The latest rumour suggests that he’s not being offloaded, nor indeed going to be playing in the Premier League, but instead potentially heading back to Swansea City on loan.
A season-long switch there would make Brewster a guaranteed starter, rather than a top-flight move where the pressure would be on to deliver from day one.
Doesn’t seem likely he’ll be sticking around, ultimately, though his long-term future could still be at Anfield regardless.
Bring on the season!
Ok, enough talk – let’s get on the pitch! What awaits the Reds in 2020/21?
- Opening day opponents Leeds say they won’t change their style just because they’re facing the Reds
- The Premier League hope the changes they’ve made will aid the improvement of VAR use this season
- And the Reds’ international contingent will face a massive backlog of games thanks to two England triple-headers in the coming months
Quickfire LFC news
- Ben Woodburn is heading to the Eredivisie for a loan with Sparta Rotterdam (Goal)
- And the Reds are back in for Jeremy Doku, Belgian striker prodigy, once again (Nieuwsblad)
Around the Prem
- Troy Deeney wants to move back to the Premier League and Watford won’t stop him, probably because his lack of goals helped them go down in the first place (Mail)
- PSG and Barcelona are both in for Hector Bellerin, that rock-solid part of a formidable Arsenal defence (Independent)
- Rennes have confirmed they are in talks with Chelsea over the Blues signing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Goal)
- And it has taken one year for Moise Kean to decide Everton was a bit of a mistake – he wants to go back to Juventus. Can you blame him? (Calciomercato)
Stupid rumour of the day
Danny Drinkwater says he’s had a “wake-up call” and needs to clean up his act.
Actually, what he says is “I had a wake-up call after the drink-driving, another wake-up call after the nightclub and then another wake-up call after the incident at Villa. Then it’s like, this has got to stop.”
Oh, well, we’re glad you finally got the message that being a complete tool isn’t ideal.
Tweet of the day
Two of the greatest managers in the world in awe of Liverpool’s famous ‘You’ll never walk alone’
Class ? pic.twitter.com/mG9h3asmk3
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) September 10, 2020
Worth watching tonight
Champions League finalists PSG start their Ligue 1 campaign tonight – without seven players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Should make for an interesting start, away to Lens on BT Sport 1 at 8pm.