Liverpool are starting preparations for their game against Man United this weekend, while the rumour mill keeps going linking the Reds with Ibrahima Konate.
Konate still in sights and Leipzig aren’t too fussed
Our first rumour of the day is a safe one, but is also a bit of a non-event.
Nobody appears to know what his release clause really is.
Anyway, despite the dreadful losses sustained by the club over the past year, which also came to light yesterday, the report says we’ve got no plans to pull the plug on the deal and the bosses still want to improve the team.
That might alleviate any fears some fans had that the financial results could hamper our transfer plans.
But on the other hand, that would be nonsense. These are money matters from a year ago – are we to assume those inside the club, doing the transfer dealings and planning, wouldn’t know the scope of the financial distress the last 12 months have caused?
Are we expected to nod along and say ‘phew’ that our plans haven’t changed, as though the bookkeepers would not have passed on the odd message this year to say “hey, Mikey, tone down the expenditure in the market for 2021 – we’ve got no cash”?
Of course not. Whether or not you agree with the decisions, the club is phenomenally well-run nowadays and some bad results will be well taken into account.
Meanwhile, Leipzig themselves simply say they are not worried, bothered or fussed if Konate leaves along with Upamecano, Nagelsmann and Krosche.
“In the past we have had changes on the coach, director and player side time and again.
“And we have come back stronger every year and have been able to develop further. And I am also sure that we will take the next step again.”
Matip back in individual training
We don’t really know what the long-term future holds for Joel Matip, but it’s good to see him back out on the grass and overcoming this latest injury in any case.
One of three absent senior centre-backs – four if Nat is now a senior – Matip was pictured doing some individual training outdoors on Wednesday, taking him a step closer to an eventual return.
There’s no suggestion he’ll play a part this season – pre-season has always been the suggested date – but he looked to be running freely and might make a return to some light group work in the coming weeks.
A handful of youngsters were also involved, as Klopp prepares the squad for the game with Man United at the weekend.
Fans and futures
Some big calls coming up over the next few weeks, with players’ futures at the club front and centre.
- We’ve got a big list of 15 players who are available for a move away this summer…and another 12 who could feasibly follow them, too
- The fans have had their say on what they want for next season if the Reds don’t make the Champions League – and the results were pretty conclusive
- And the club have agreed to open talks with supporters over the reaction to the Super League fiasco
Quickfire LFC news
- Harvey Elliott is setting himself some lofty targets for next season after a good loan campaign with Blackburn
- Mario Gotze has explained he turned down the Reds because he felt he was more likely to win the Champions League by moving back to Dortmund in 2016
- The relationship between Liverpool’s income and wage expenditure has been made clear by the club’s latest published accounts
- And here’s a quiz for you: Name all our top assist-providers in four minutes!
Around the Prem
- Chelsea are looking at Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens as one of their summer targets, because three left-sided options including a near-£50m new one just isn’t enough
- Jesse Lingard has decided he wants to leave Man United this summer; presumably the headlines given to him for a world-class return of nine goals in 11 games has him wanting to reboot his Insta/TikTok brand with a move to PSG or Real Madrid
- Barcelona are so determined to ease their debt level of a billion or so euros that they’ll look to sign Juventus’ €75m man Matthijs de Ligt
- And Brendan Rodgers has reiterated he has no desire to give up power, prestige, control, adulation of fans, Champions League football and an ongoing culture of improvement to clean up the shambles of a mess Mourinho has left behind him once again
Obvious incoming transfer of the day
“I want to be winning the biggest prizes there are to offer and we are not quite doing that.”
City or United then, you reckon?
Tweet of the day
Andy Robertson hasn’t registered an assist for Liverpool since December – 24 appearances in total.
That would’ve been unthinkable in the last three seasons.
Not attacking as much because of CB injuries? Nackered? Confidence shot?
Been one of so many problems in 2021.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) April 28, 2021
Worth watching tonight
Another Champions League semi. Neymar against Foden.