Keita Covid-19 latest & Reds get Anfield rebate under ‘Project Big Picture’ – Liverpool FC Roundup

Liverpool are predictably facing losing at least one player from this international break, though the situation remains far from clear with Naby Keita.


‘Project Big Picture’ latest shows Reds could be due Anfield repayment

It has divided Premier League football, fans and clubs alike, over the past day or two.

The emergence of a Project Big Picture proposal, stemming primarily from Liverpool and Man United, is looking to restart much of how the English football system is run – and one latest caveat spied in the documents is sure to be more ammunition for those claiming the big clubs want everything their way.

The Telegraph report that one part of the document states clubs could apply for and backdate payments relating to stadium works.

That would mean the Reds could claim for their Main Stand improvements, while Spurs could get £125 million back toward the cost of their entire new stadium.

The payments would come from within, with the report saying “Premier League clubs will set aside £150 million per year from central funds for subsidising stadium improvements,” with more money available to long-standing top-flight clubs than those only spending fewer than eight of the last 10 years in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the EFL chief Rick Parry says the proposals are for the good of the entire game, top to bottom.


Keita situation develops as Guinea accused of protocol breach

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 12, 2020: Liverpool’s Naby Keita shakes hands with manager Jürgen Klopp as he is substituted during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita has been reported to have tested positive for coronavirus, but Liverpool still haven’t received confirmation of the fact.

Just a few days before he’s due home and with the Merseyside derby on the horizon, it’s a clear indication of how ludicrous this international break was in the first place.

But now the Guinea national team have been accused of ignoring protocols, with a report suggesting four players were in an apartment together, two to a room, which has eased the transmission rate through the team.

Guinea’s second friendly has been cancelled, with players apparently opting out of the match due to safety concerns.


Overseas scenes

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Wednesday, July 11, 2018: England's Jordan Henderson is substituted by England's manager Gareth Southgate during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Semi-Final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

International break, day two thousand and fifty-six…


Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 6, 2016: Referee Michael Oliver Watford during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Klopp has shown his approachable nature yet again with a personal letter sent to a young fan suffering with anxiety (TIA)
  • Liverpool and Chelsea are monitoring Grimsby teenagers Louis Boyd and Ben Grist (Athletic)
  • Michael Oliver will be the ref for the derby on Saturday (PL)


Around the Prem

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge dances with the European Cup following a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

  • West Ham say they are “very much against” PBP, though given the way that club is run it’s not the most damning indictment of the proposals (BBC)
  • Josh King is wanted by Everton and the Hammers before the domestic window shuts (TS)
  • Daniel Sturridge says he has an imminent move lined up to return to elite football, having left Trabzonspor in March (Echo)
  • And Brighton‘s CEO is calling on MPs to do more to get fans back into football grounds (Argus)


Stupid logic of the day

Man City say they turned down an £18m bid from Barcelona for Eric Garcia because he is “worth more” than that fee. So instead, they’ll get…nothing for him, when he leaves for free next summer.


Tweet of the day

It’s not footy, but…


Worth watching tonight

France U21s at 8pm are better than most national teams’ senior sides.

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