Premier League reject reform proposals & Wilson bid turned down – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Three days to the Merseyside derby. One more night of internationals to get through. And a whole lot of news regarding the Reds on Wednesday!

 

Premier League say no to proposals

Not unexpected: the Premier League as a collective has said there’s no chance of implementing the changes suggested in Project Big Picture – at least in the current format.

Liverpool and Man United‘s creation suggested a raft of changes to the world of English football, but the charter was turned down “by a majority of clubs” at an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

There are still going to be talks over changes, and structural reform is badly needed throughout the pyramid in addition to EFL payments in the short term.

But PBP isn’t happening, and the league won’t be heading to 18 teams any time soon.

Meanwhile, fans won’t be coming back to matches any time soon, despite the government acknowledging they’re a useless bunch of tools.

 

Wilson loan bid rejected with two days until deadline

Derby County's Harry Wilson (Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

We might be a little closer to seeing Harry Wilson back in a Derby County jersey.

Swansea City made a formal bid to take the winger on loan, and Liverpool have just as formally rejected that offer.

The Athletic’s Stuart James says the offer was “a non-starter” from a financial perspective, suggesting either the Swans couldn’t cover Wilson’s wages or else made no up-front payment to take him for the season.

Derby are the favourites, but Cardiff and Nottingham Forest are also known to be keen.

 

Fitness and fortunes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bobby and Fab are on their way home, while there’s a big boost in the defensive department.

 

Quickfire LFC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 21, 2019: Everton's Richarlison de Andrade (L) and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 236th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison 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 David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Loris Karius has spoken about his Reds’ exit, lack of future and Klopp (TIA)
  • BT Sport have rejected the call to make the derby free-to-air this weekend (Independent)
  • Former Reds CEO Ian Ayre says the success the club has earned has made the “harrowing and difficult” time during the sales process worthwhile (BT)
  • And Tom Hill has signed a new deal with the Reds despite a season-long injury (TIA)

 

Around the Prem

Todd Cantwell (14) of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road, Norwich on Saturday 15th February 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto)

  • Leeds are making a late move for Norwich attacker Todd Cantwell, after he impressed so much in the latter stages of 19/20 (YEP)
  • Paul Pogba retains the “support” of the dressing room despite saying he’d like to play for Real Madrid, probably because most of the United squad are thinking they’d rather be there than stuck at Old Trafford too (MEN)
  • And Palace will sign up our ex-right-back Nathaniel Clyne on a short-term deal, which isn’t exactly a major sign of saying “we want you” to a free transfer but ok (Athletic)

 

Stupid rumours of the day

Fulham and West Brom are preparing to sign Championship duo Terence Kongolo and Karlan Grant respectively, which sounds like a nice way to prepare for life in that division again next season.

 

Tweet of the day

 

What we’re reading

Just the one: a Jordan Henderson feature on BBC Sport. From ‘expensive flop’ to Premier League captain and champion.

 

Worth watching tonight

Pick your international. We’ll be going with the World Cup final, volume two: Croatia vs France at 7:45. It’s actually volume three, as they played each other last month – and that finished 4-2, as well.

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