Liverpool news today circulates around the reaction to our Champions League progression, transfer talk and an eye on the future.
Fans back on the Kop against Wolves
Having originally stated that the Main Stand would be the only one in operation for the return of supporters, Liverpool have now changed their mind.
Three-quarters of the 2,000 tickets are general admission and those will be spread between the Kop and Main Stand, subject to social distancing measures of course.
It will be a massive 271 days since the last time fans were on the Kop – hopefully this is the first significant step to getting back towards a full capacity crowd as soon as possible.
SportBild say the Reds are now seriously considering sinking money into the deal to get Ozan Kabak in during January.
The end of the year is fast approaching and with it comes the opening of the transfer window again – and the Reds might well strengthen the back line.
Kabak is one of the defenders most-frequently linked with an Anfield switch and the quoted price has come down from near €40 million in summer to €25m now – and there’s a suggestion Schalke will do business even lower.
They are in a horrid predicament, with empty bank accounts, embarrassing results and abysmal form again this season and Kabak himself isn’t exempt from that bad run.
But a change of scenery might do the trick – along with better coaching and team-mates, obviously – and the decision of whether to sign him or look elsewhere looks certain to be made in the coming weeks.
After a night when two Academy youngsters took the headlines it’s only right we cast an eye to the future…
- Keeper Kelleher has revealed the messages both Alisson and Adrian sent him before the match against Ajax
- Klopp has praised Curtis Jones and revealed he had a “long talk” with Neco Williams, too
- And the U18s have gone top of their league – with a 15-year-old scoring last night in a big victory
Quickfire LFC news
- Tyson Fury has asked to be taken out of the running for the Sports Personality of the Year award, where he’s up against Jordan Henderson (Twitter)
- Gini Wijnaldum says he’s “blessed to stay fit” and that it’s just “matches and resting” right now after his long run as one of the Reds’ only fit midfielders (FCupdate)
- And the Reds could be part of a Champions League group stage overhaul from 2024, with a much bigger ‘division’ leading on to knock-outs (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Transfer restrictions have been confirmed for signing players post-Brexit and there are big changes for youth signings (TIA)
- Mikel Arteta wants temporary concussion subs brought in as the case for protecting against head injuries continues to dominate headlines (BBC)
- Spurs and Arsenal are among a massive group of clubs hoping to sign Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, which will make it even more fun when he rocks up at Anfield instead (Eurosport)
- And Arsenal want Emi Buendia in January too, as the answer to their creativity woes. Thought Arteta had fixed them last year?! (football.london)
Stupid rumour of the day
Barcelona have come to the decision that Shkodran Mustafi or Antonio Rudiger, neither of whom get in the team at their current clubs, are the answers to their many, many, many, many problems in defence.
Oh, and they’re also not going to sign anyone until after the presidential elections, which will give them about five days in January to wrap up any potential deals.
Good, solid planning from the biggest shambles of a club in Europe in 2020, which is saying something.
Tweet of the day
What could have been, hey?
18-year-old Lazar Markovi? for Partizan during the 2012/2013 season:
Superb talent wanted by many top European clubs back then. Such a shame he never lived up to the hype. pic.twitter.com/BtYTzUOwDA
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) December 2, 2020
Worth watching tonight
Can Man United hold their nerve and take a point from their last two games, part 1: a nine-man defence against Neymar and Mbappe. 8pm on BT Sport.