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Konate contract, teenage defender linked & 2 Chelsea setbacks – Latest LFC News

Liverpool news has come from around the world as Jurgen Klopp‘s attention turned to Union SG in the Europa League.

 

Bad news for Chelsea

It has been a bad day for Chelsea, who learned that Reece James will likely be out until March with a hamstring injury.

Also, the Premier League have voted so clubs are now only able to amortise the cost of players over five years. Chelsea have been spreading the cost over about eight years, when signing Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez, for example.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 21, 2023: Chelsea's Mykhailo Mudryk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bizarrely, it appears Chelsea actually voted for this rule change, bringing the Premier League in line with UEFA, according to the Athletic – make of that what you will.

The rule won’t be backdated, though, meaning it will only apply to new transfers. However, other FFP problems seemingly loom over Todd Boehly and Chelsea.

 

4 things today

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 16, 2023: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) is shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver after celebrating with supporters after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Rhys Williams is set to be recalled from Aberdeen early, report the Mail – he hasn’t played a single minute for the seniors, largely due to injury
  • Liverpool’s home fixture against Chelsea has been rearranged for Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 8.15pm (GMT) – why so late, TNT?
  • The Reds have been linked to Club Brugges’ 18-year-old centre-back, Jorne Spileers, whom Liverpool have “instructed their scouts to follow closely,” according to Voetbalkrant

 

Latest Liverpool FC news

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 29, 2023: Liverpool's Ibrahima Konaté during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Ibrahima Konate has “just opened opened discussions” to renew his Liverpool contract, report Le10Sport – his current deal expires in 2026

  • Argentine outlet TyC Sports have implied doubt over whether Alexis Mac Allister will be fit to play before Christmas – we could really do with him back next week

  • Mo Salah was beaten to the 2023 African Footballer of the Year award by Napoli’s Victor Osimhen – perhaps predictably given the Nigerian was the only finalist at the presentation

 

Latest chat from elsewhere

  • The president of Turkish top flight club MKE Ankaragucu, Faruk Koca, punched referee Caykur Rizespor on the pitch – the official has since been visited by Turkey’s president Erdogan and Koca arrested

  • More from Turkey as Eric Bailly’s agent says the defender’s “rights are being violated” after he was removed from first team duties by Besiktas (BBC Sport)

  • Last night, Anfield hosted nearly 10,000 fans for the Anfield Road End test event, with Klopp giving an enjoyable interview on the pitch – watch it all below!

 

Video of the day and match of the night

This full video of Klopp at the Anfield Road End test event is well worth your time.

He covers topics including the transfer window, the Man United match and gives the new stand its first fist pumps!

The Champions League is back, with Man United vs. Bayern Munich the pick of the games.

It kicks off at 8pm (GMT) and is on TNT Sports 1. Anything less than a home win would see Erik ten Hag’s team eliminated.

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