Small children woke up on Friday morning having known, for the first time in their lives, what it was like for Liverpool to lose a home league game. Weird.
Liverpool in the hunt to sign Declan Rice
Transfer news, is it?! An intriguing rumour, although an improbable one given reports over the past year.
90 Mins claim inside info from the England international’s family and close ties suggest that City, the Reds and United all want him in summer – as the Hammers will be forced to sell for a cut-price fee of £50m, having previously valued Rice at £80m.
That’s a huge discount, and of course it’s the ‘rona pandemic, no fans and all the rest of it which is supposedly forcing West Ham‘s hand.
Top-four clashes…or title make-or-breaks?
Quite honestly, we have to go with Klopp’s assessment at this stage: forget the title, focus on the next game. The next goal, even.
But the matches keep coming anyway and two upcoming league clashes are pretty huge, whatever the ambitions which remain are.
After United in the Cup this weekend, we face Spurs, West Ham and Brighton, then Man City and Leicester – the latter two are second and third, so we’re playing catch-up and they will be must-win games, if we have any kind of form by then again.
The Reds play City in 16 days; the Foxes in 22 days, so the latter will be right on the verge of his comeback.
The buck always stops with the boss
At any football club, whatever the objectives, when they’re not being met it’s always the manager who faces the questions…and has to come up with the answers. Good job we’ve got a great one, then, in Jurgen – time for him to work some magic.
- The boss has clarified his remarks on transfers this month and explained the club’s policy in doing deals
- Klopp has also shoudered the blame for our scoring woes, noting he must make the instructions on final-third play clearer
- And you can see all of the boss’ pre-United press conference here.
Quickfire LFC news
- The Reds are still in the running to sign David Alaba (Bild)
- Former goalkeeper David James has an interesting theory on the scoring slump: with the centre-backs injured, the strikers aren’t getting as sharp a training session as usual (Goal)
- Gini Wijnaldum says the Reds must be more greedy when it comes to finishing chances (Sky)
- And one incredible statistic from the last four games show just how unlikely it is to have ended up with zero goals (TIA)
Around the Prem
- Leicester officials have been literally ROFLing after receiving notice that Christian Eriksen wants £300k a week to prove he’s way past his best (Telegraph)
- Martin Odegaard is close to a loan move to Arsenal after realising Zidane is going to keep fielding the same Real Madrid XI until 2030 if he’s allowed (Sport)
- Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas says Villa’s offer for Sanson was “pathetic”, which ironically is what most fans remember his stints with Chelsea and Spurs as being (Mail)
Stupid press conference answer of the day
Frank Lampard no longer has the option of saying “I don’t read the headlines” after losing his head completely about some perceived negative articles about his team…who have won three of the last 10.
Lampard beefing Liam Twomey ? pic.twitter.com/Z8Avk82c4F
— Pys (@CFCPys) January 22, 2021
Tweet of the day
You’ll Never Walk Alone is more important than ever right now. No good comes from feeling sorry for ourselves and excuses won’t help. It’s on us, all of us,to fight our way back.We’re at our strongest when we are one force- players & supporters, TOGETHER ?#UnityIsStrength #YNWA pic.twitter.com/IKWurvZSFL
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) January 22, 2021
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Worth watching tonight
If you’ve forgotten what scoring goals looks like, ‘Gladbach vs Dortmund should provide a reminder. BT Sport, Bundesliga, 7:30pm.