Liverpool and the rest of the league are just starting to recover and deal with the back end of two days’ worth of incredible levels of nonsense and arrogance, as the Super League story remains front and centre.
Reds and Red Devils to clash twice more
We played them in the league. We played them in the cup. We’ve got to play them again in the league again soon.
Thankfully we don’t have to face them twice more each term in the ESL anymore – on what planet did they seriously think we wanted that more often? – but the Reds will still face the Old Trafford shower this summer.
Twice in fact, if plans go ahead.
Liverpool and United are in talks over two friendlies this summer, one at each ground, as a means of avoiding big overseas trips but still having the glamour ties which might attract the cameras and a few spare pennies.
If all goes to plan with the lockdown measures being lifted, it could be a capacity crowd for each game.
Grujic saga rumbles on
It seems marginally odd how the Portuguese media are turning this potential transfer into a very big thing, considering Marko Grujic isn’t even an established must-start midfielder on loan at Porto this year.
But perhaps they are just enjoying the constant links with a player from a top-five league. Or need the clicks, whatever.
Anyway, a couple of days on from his price tag being “at least €10m”, the Serbian powerhouse is now rated at between €15m and €20m, leaving Porto to bide their time and be patient before arranging a deal.
Grujic is also keen to explore other options it seems, as he wants to play Champions League football.
He’s one of perhaps half a dozen we could move on this summer to raise funds for new signings.
Super League shambles
Apologies, backtracking and promises to learn. We’ve heard it before, haven’t we? Anyway, here’s all the fall-out from our exit from the Super League, two days after joining.
- Fans are very much split on the sincerity of John W Henry’s message and apology – and if you haven’t seen the video itself, that’s here
- This isn’t the end, however, as fans’ groups say this moment must be a catalyst for real change and they’ll be turning their attentions to broadcasters and governing bodies alike
- And the government isn’t ruling out a German-style reform of ownership models in football after the absolute train wreck which the past few days have been
Quickfire LFC news
- Two of the Reds’ upcoming Premier League matches have been moved for TV purposes, including the trip to Man United
- Hendo taking a leading role among players yesterday came as no surprise to Adam Lallana, who says players didn’t want the Super League to happen
- A Spanish journalist with apparently very little clue of the matter says Premier League clubs are “cowards” for walking away from the Super League in the face of opposition
- And former defender Jamie Carragher says it’s a long road back for FSG to re-earn the fans’ trust after this latest incident and apology
Around the Prem
- The ‘big six’ could still face sanctions domestically despite leaving the Super League, though points deductions aren’t expected
- Brendan Rodgers says he has no interest in taking over the vacant post at Tottenham this summer, because why would you drop from third to mid-table in fairness
- Man United and West Ham are so impressed by West Brom having the worst defensive record in the league that they are going to fight it out to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone
- And for all our Irish fans, it seems Dublin will sadly miss out on hosting Euro 2020 matches this summer – the Aviva was set to see three group games and a round of 16 clash
Stupid egg incident of the day
“Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests,” police said in a statement. “Eggs were thrown at the players, who were also verbally attacked.”
Schalke players there, being relegated and pelted with eggs at the same time. Bad week all around.
Tweet of the day
I am looking forward to Sky and BT slashing the pricing of their football coverage now they care so much about the fans.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) April 20, 2021
Worth watching tonight
Spurs vs Saints in the early kick-off as Ryan Mason gets his first game in charge. Dortmund vs Union Berlin a little later if you fancy something more exotic.