Liverpool are facing a long spell without not just one, but two senior centre-backs as the fallout from Joe Gomez‘s injury becomes clear.
European teenagers linked with Reds
The links never stop with Liverpool in the transfer market and we can probably expect a few more to come up over the coming weeks at centre-back.
Today, though, it’s another area of the pitch where we’ve apparently been casting our eyes.
First up, Barcelona’s Alejandro Balde has just been called up to the first-team scene after starring in the UEFA Youth League and the Reds, along with Chelsea, want to sign him from the Catalan outfit according to Sport.
Secondly, Sporting CP’s Nuno Tavares is again linked with us, but this time with Record suggesting we are front-runners to sign him and Sporting want to raise his release clause accordingly, up to €70 million.
Both teenagers are left-backs, which makes it incredibly unlikely we’ll fork out that much given we’ve recently signed Kostas Tsimikas.
Hope springs eternal for fans’ return to games
A new quick-turnaround Covid-19 testing procedure has given football fans renewed hope of returning to stadiums [relatively] soon.
Nobody has been to Anfield, or any other stadium (other than one successful pre-season test at Brighton) since March and at present it doesn’t look great for a return in 2020/21.
But a report in the UK news today suggests that a £5, 15-minute testing process could allow users a “day pass” to public events such as the theatre or indeed football matches if they display a negative result.
There’s clearly still a way to go, both for the procurement of such tests and the vaccine itself. But maybe, just maybe, we’re getting there.
Joe Gomez latest
Have we bought Joel Matip that big bouncy woolly duvet yet?
- Joe Gomez has had surgery on a knee tendon injury, but the Reds haven’t ruled him out for the entire season
- The fans have had their say on the defender’s injury and news of his long-term absence
- And in Gomez’s absence (and Van Dijk’s), we can expect Jurgen Klopp to come up with a ‘Mascherano’ solution in defence
Quickfire LFC news
- Gini Wijnaldum has apparently given the club a recommendation to sign ex-Watford right-back Daryl Janmaat, who is on a free transfer (Star)
- And Alisson says he’ll return to Brazil to play for Internacional before he retires…but that’s a long way off yet (Mail)
Around the Prem
- Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic is out of tonight’s play-off final after testing positive for Covid (BBC)
- Son Heung-min is going to get a new contract at Spurs for £200k a week, and at this rate he’ll be about 52 before they give him enough raises to actually pay him enough for what he’s worth (Guardian)
- James Tarkowski says he rejected a new Burnley contract because it was “totally unacceptable” – apparently one of the clauses stipulated that he had to keep playing for Burnley, so we understand entirely (Telegraph)
- And Arsenal are keen on Leipzig duo Ibrahima Konate and Christopher Nkunku, which isn’t a surprise. If they actually manage to sign them, however, it would be (Bild)
Stupid internationals of the day
God almighty, this international break is idiotic. Domagoj Vida, Croatia centre-back, took a coronavirus test with the rest of his team yesterday morning. They didn’t get the results back until after the match had already started. He was positive. He was playing. He was subbed off.
WHAT IS THE POINT?
Tweet of the day
If Jota gets injured can we sign Rinsola Babajide to Klopp’s side?
— Mighty Red (@MightyRed_LFC) November 12, 2020
What we’re reading
The 22 weirdest things to happen in football, featuring the beach-ball goal, Tim Sherwood sticking a fan on the managerial bench, a chicken at Blackburn and a lot more – on FourFourTwo.
Worth watching tonight
Where are you from? England face Ireland in a friendly, Scotland face Serbia and Northern Ireland host Slovakia – the latter two games a play-off final to reach Euro 2020 or 21 or whatever we’re calling it. In any case, stress, sweat, swearing and beers are expected, one way or another. 7:45 kick-offs.