Liverpool’s youngster could be headed to Sheffield United
Liverpool seems to be finished bringing in new players this window and have moved on to getting players out of the club, either permanently or on loans. It appears that one player who could be on his way out is young striker Rhian Brewster, with Sheffield United being the most likely destination.
It’s being reported that the managers of the two clubs — Chris Wilder and Jurgen Klopp — have talked this week about the player. Brewster was left out of Liverpool’s squad on Thursday for the Carabao Cup tie against Lincoln Town. After the game Klopp was asked about this decision.
“It should not surprise you.” He told the media. “We don’t really speak about any transfer rumours. He was not in the squad, you can make of it what you want. We have nothing really to say. No news.”
It was reported that the two managers had spoken to each other earlier this week, with Wilder telling Klopp he wants to sign Brewster. On Friday Wilder told the media, “things need to happen from a negotiation point of view above me.”
Liverpool have put a £25m price tag on the forward. It’s also been reported that any sale must also include a buyback clause.
Klopp was apparently convinced they’d land the player this summer.
According to some English sources, Liverpool and Klopp were apparently snubbed by French hotshot attacker, Ousmane Dembele this summer. Klopp was convinced that the club would land Dembele on loan this summer with an option to buy down the road.
The French attacker arrived at Barcelona to much fanfare in 2017, but consistent time on the injury table has hampered his progress with the Spanish giants.
The Premier League champions were monitoring Dembele’s situation, and were ready to take advantage in this window. However, it is appears that Dembele wants to stay in La Liga and prove himself at Barcelona rather than move anywhere else.
Since then, Liverpool have acquired both Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota to join their ranks, and so it seems like a big money move for the 23-year-old superstar is off the table. Liverpool’s options in attack are already plentiful, and if they do strengthen more in this window, it will likely be in other areas.
The Reds have shown the firepower they have in their arsenal, racking up a ridiculous 13 goals scored by several different players in their first three games of the season.
The Barca boss wants to bring his fellow countryman to the Camp Nou.
The belief as Liverpool publicly courted Thiago Alcantara and then stealthily added Diogo Jota to the rolls soon thereafter, people assumed that the price of these new attacking additions would be seeing Gini Wijnaldum leave. For weeks, his name has been linked to a move to the Camp Nou, where fellow Dutchman and former Netherlands National Team manager Ronald Koeman currently heads floundering FC Barcelona.
Koeman is said to be very keen on bringing Wijnaldum to the club, and the business Liverpool were conducting gave the rumour some weight. However, word began to spread that perhaps Liverpool would hang onto Wijnaldum after all and keep competition fierce within the first team. Should this prove accurate, it will be a relief to many people who admire Wijnaldum’s intelligent performances in Liverpool’s midfield.
One person who reportedly won’t be happy about this, though, is Koeman. According to the extremely reliable and not at all biased media out of Catalunya, the manager still has Wijnaldum high on his wish list to strengthen his side.
Barca are rarely coy when they are really interested in acquiring talent from other clubs, a fact about which Liverpool is well aware. So if the Spanish giants are truly vying for him, then that will become abundantly clear soon. Probably through Barcelona cheekily offering to pay half of what the player is worth and acting like they’re doing us a favour.
The Senegalese striker leapfrogged Luis Suarez to become one of the club’s top 20 all-time goal scorers. And he’s not done yet.
Years from now, we’ll realize just how lucky we all were to watch this team of living legends play. This Liverpool squad has three strikers—the attacking trident of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Mohamed Salah—in the all-time top 30 list of club goal scorers. As of last Sunday, the latter two are in the club’s top 20.
Mané’s second half brace moved him ahead of the prolific, turbulent, and short-lived Liverpool career of Luis Suarez, to join Albert Stubbins (one for the kids) in 19th place, with 83 goals.
It’s one of those stats that is usually far more important to journalists than the players, and this was precisely the case when Sadio was asked about the achievement.
“I didn’t know it before, for sure,” Mané told the club’s official website. “I’m really, really proud and really happy about it because as a player you always have targets and it’s one of my targets.
“So, I’m in the 20 top scorers [now] and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to scoring more and more goals for the team and to be closer [to the rest of the names on the list].
“I’m really happy, of course I’m really happy especially as a striker to score goals and the team win, that’s one of the best things that can happen to you.
“As a team we played very well and we won both of the two [Premier League] games, which was really important for us. Now we are looking forward to the next game, at home against Arsenal.”
Roberto Firmino only needs 5 more goals to join his teammates in the top 20 list, but the lads will have some work ahead of them to get into the top 10. Sam Raybould (another one for the kids!) sits in 10th place with 130 goals in all competitions for the club.
Mohamed Salah, with 97 goals, is the closest, but it’ll take another couple of prolific seasons to get there. Still, Salah has some massive club legends in his sights this season: he could realistically expect to pass Kevin Keegan (100 goals), John Barnes (108 goals), Jack Balmer (110), and Ian St. John (118).
Mané, too, could easily surpass the century mark of club goals this year if his form from the previous seasons continues. And there’s no reason to think that it won’t.
We’re living through another golden era of Liverpool talent and success. It’s a fact that we should all remind ourselves about every time we’re privileged to watch these lads play.
Klopp spoke in favor of COVID-19 financial support as he believes those in a better fiscal position should help those in need in life and football.
For the past six months, COVID-19 has prevented spectators around the world from attending sporting events in person. One could be excused for thinking that fans not being able to see their favorite teams and athletes compete live and up close certainly feels like an inconsequential complaint in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly one million people to date. However, it’s proving to be a much more serious problem for the teams and leagues that rely on gameday revenue streams to stay in business.
For Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts, the loss of revenue from ticket sales, merchandise, and concessions has certainly been felt, but most have the means to continue operating thanks to extremely lucrative television and sponsorship deals. Unfortunately, teams in the English Football League are much more reliant on gameday revenues. Without this vital revenue stream, the folding of teams is likely a question of when, not if.
There was some hope that the plan to begin allowing limited fan attendance on a trial basis at the beginning of October was a sign of things returning to normal. However, with coronavirus cases on the rise again in the United Kingdom, the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport has announced the ban on fans attending sporting events will continue, possibly through the first few months of 2021.
With this announcement, the talk of the Premier league providing financial support to the EFL has become more important. Though this is a complex issue that will likely require intense negotiation, many are acknowledging the importance of the EPL supporting the EFL in their time of need. Jürgen Klopp, a man who has never been shy about expressing his belief that the haves should support the have-nots, was among those who spoke out in support of this proposed financial assistance.
“In general, people in a better position should help people in a less good position, 100 percent,” Klopp said.
He did acknowledge that the split between the EPL and EFL makes things more difficult than they are in other football pyramids throughout Europe.
“I don’t understand the structure 100%,” Klopp admitted. “In Germany you have Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga, so they have to share the problems so that makes things slightly easier.”
However, there can be no mistaking that despite the complications created by the structure at the top of the English football pyramid and the financial losses of all clubs in the midst a global pandemic, Klopp believes the Premier League still has an obligation to provide the support the EFL needs to keep afloat.
“There isn’t a general answer. People in a better position should help other people but the position in this moment for all clubs is not really easy. I don’t know how the government finds time to think about that, but I get it 100%. So yes, football should try to help themselves, ourselves, however we should say it. I agree 100%.”
Klopp’s stance here shouldn’t come as a shock to any who are familiar with his political leanings and desire for the fortunate to help the less fortunate, but that doesn’t mean it’s not encouraging to hear him speak out on it anyway. It is yet another example of how Klopp is a perfect match for LFC on so many different levels.
Also encouraging is that Klopp is not the only manager calling for the Premier League to provide financial assistance to the lower levels of English football. Earlier this week, Chelsea paid for Barnsley’s coronavirus tests ahead of their 3rd round Carabao Cup match, which manager Frank Lampard called “a sign of a club in the Premier League doing the right thing.” Lampard then went on to highlight the importance of the Premier League lending a helping hand.
“I think it’s important that the Premier League as a collective looks at supporting the EFL, the leagues below, and grassroots football, absolutely,” said Lampard. “I started and a lot of the young players started in Sunday league football. I’ve managed in the Championship. I understand a lot of the difficulties clubs are having, so I think there certainly can be a conversation.”
Hopefully Klopp and Lampard, managers of two “Big Six” clubs, openly speaking out about helping the EFL get through these difficult times will provide extra pressure on the Premier League to find a way to provide the much needed financial assistance. A thriving football pyramid is good for everyone involved, and nobody wants to see clubs folding and more people losing their jobs as a result of this pandemic that has already caused so much heartache and hardship around the world.