Full focus on a difficult retention challenge
The Reds fulfilled the dreams of many when they won the title last season – but in true Ronnie Moran spirit, that was last season.
Now it’s all about 2020/21, when another league title is up for grabs and we’ve got to be just as good to earn the trophy again.
The squad concur, and as difficult as they know it’ll be, they are fully focused on being up to the task.
And the boss says that the Reds are fully committed to self-improvement, saying it’s our desire to get better which pushes us to improve in training and transfers, rather than teams around us spending to catch up.
It all bodes well for another year of the mighty relentless Reds.
Watford “set price” for Ismaila Sarr – and Reds are in for him
Last season’s destroyer of Reds’ hopes and dreams of going an entire league season unbeaten, Ismaila Sarr, has been rather heavily linked with a move to Liverpool.
It’s an on-again, off-again sort of rumour rather than a daily update of developments type, as Thiago has been, but there’s solid reasoning behind the interest.
He’s young, improving, has just had a first season of reasonably good impact in the Premier League – but there’s far more to come.
Sarr is also a good mate of Sadio Mane‘s, fills a couple of positions the Reds could do with depth in and has the pace and goalscoring potential to be a decent acquisition over the longer term.
The downside then? £40 million, say the Mirror, is the asking price.
It’s an amount we’d expect only to shell out if there are departures this summer, particularly concerning Origi or Wilson, as they’d fill similar squad spots as well as raise that type of funding if sold.
“No bid or formal contact” at this point, says the report in the Mirror – but Dominic King of the Mail says the Reds have enquired and are “seriously considering” him as a back-up option for the forward line. He also notes a slightly reduced asking price for the winger.
Transfer pace is picking up!
Countdown to Thiago…!
OK, ok…we’ll give you what you came for! Here’s all the latest on Thiago to Liverpool…
- The fee was agreed this morning and the fans reacted in delight accordingly
- We’ve got all the details on his fee breakdown, contract information and squad number with the Reds
- And we’re getting a great person as well as a great player, judging by his emotional departure from Bayern Munich
Quickfire LFC news
- Andy Robbo says Felipe Luis called him the ‘best left-back in the world’, which we agree with wholeheartedly (Goal)
- Trent says retaining the title will be the Reds’ “toughest challenge yet” after a trophy-laden couple of seasons (PL)
- Nathaniel Clyne is set to train with Crystal Palace and could be offered a contract after leaving the Reds (Sky Sports)
- New U23 coach Gary O’Neil is already having a positive impact on the club’s youngsters due to the recent senior experience he brings (LFC)
Around the Prem
- Gareth Bale is flying in on Friday to seal his probable loan to Spurs, which should help the club’s so-called push for ‘young’ signings for the ‘future’ (BBC)
- Leicester are close to signing Roma winger Cengiz Under, who has a reputation almost as big as his waistline but who has achieved little thus far (Telegraph)
- Gareth Southgate is now allowed back into Prem stadiums on ‘scouting’ missions for England, so maybe he’ll see a left-back or two for the next squad (Mail)
- And ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says he only watched 25 minutes of the Spurs Amazon documentary, which is about the same length of time until they were no longer in title contention under him last season (Independent)
Stupid decision of the day
Leeds came under fire for making Kiko Casilla captain in midweek, with the goalkeeper being banned for racist abuse last season and having not apologised for it.
Marcelo Bielsa defended the decision by saying the squad “think he deserved to be” skipper – so, instead of a single player thinking racial abuse is fine, they apparently have an entire group of them.
Tweet of the day
Thiago Keita and Fabinho at Liverpool next season pic.twitter.com/U30IZgRCPZ
— 19 Times (@LFCLiverbird96) September 17, 2020
What we’re reading
Can Van de Beek play alongside Pogba and Fernandes? Mark Critchley asks the question for the Independent.
And if you’ve been considering more of an interest in the growing world of women’s football, this year’s a good time for it after a slew of elite signings joined the WSL this summer. BBC Sport investigates which new arrival will make the biggest impact.
Worth watching tonight
We’re not going to actively tell you not to watch the Europa League qualifiers, but the best match on offer is Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan at 7pm. Take it as you will.