Liverpool are back in action on Thursday night, which means a big injury list update from the Reds today. We’ve also got the latest transfer news and incoming rule changes likely.
Premier League finally move to stop the farcical postponements
It has become a bit of a joke hasn’t it? Two or three Covid cases and teams are getting games put back days and weeks – how is it that much of a difference now to what they’ve had to cope with the last 20 years?! Injuries have apparently been as contagious as coronavirus at some clubs, it seems.
Anyway, the Premier League is finally moving to adjust its rules after the weekend, reports the Athletic, after no fewer than 21 match cancellations over the past month or so.
Shall we throw out some suggestions? Suspensions do not count toward your ‘unavailable’ players. It’s supposed to punish the team, after all. Nor should you be able to do so in the days before and after sanctioning three or four players to depart who you don’t consider good enough for the first-choice team.
- Thiago Alcantara has a return date! Cardiff in the FA Cup, after the international break, should see him back. The same cannot be said for Divock Origi, though
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also out for the Arsenal second leg – but his injury doesn’t appear to be as bad as feared and he may return at the weekend
- Harvey Elliott is back in full training, a big boost to the squad and midfield options after his long-term absence. Don’t pile up the expectations on him just yet though!
Latest Liverpool FC news
- The Reds have rejected a loan-to-buy offer for centre-back Nat Phillips during the January window – while Rhys Williams is due to return from his loan
- A French journalist claims Liverpool have offered a “proposal” to PSG 17-year-old Ismael Gharbi. He wants more game time than Poch has given him, but his “priority” is still to stay
- And Sheyi Ojo – yes, he’s still ours – has suffered a bad ankle injury which probably ends his latest loan move, leaving him pretty downbeat about it all
Latest Premier League chat
- Mario Balotelli is the man Newcastle want to save them from relegation. Holy [enter all the expletives], who the hell is making decisions at that club?!
- Paul Pogba and Franck Kessie are the free transfer deals PSG are trying to make to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club beyond the summer. Because the strategy worked so well with Ramos, Gini and Messi when Mbappe wanted to leave a year ago?!
- Christian Eriksen is wanted by Leicester, Newcastle and Brentford as they all battle for the right to be most desperate now and appear most magnanimous later. “We believed in the person, we gave the footballer the chance…” Now, who does that sound most like, we wonder?
Tweet of the day and match of the night
In fairness, we remember him for that mad dinosaur video too…
Special presentation tonight for Iago Aspas after reaching 400 games for Celta. Greatest player in the club's history? Probably. Leading scorer by far (176), and second most appearances. Yet some people still prefer to remember him for one bad corner…
— Andy West (@andywest01) January 19, 2022
Tonight’s late fixture sees Man United drop points in dismal fashion at Brentford. Leicester vs Spurs might be interesting too, but then there’s also Mo’s Egypt vs Sudan at the AFCON…decisions, decisions.