by Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster)
Again it’s been a week of, well, speculation and guessing. Nothing concrete as yet – I’m sorry to say – regarding the man every Liverpool fan wants to sign – Thiago Alcantara. Just a few fleeting references from local journalists here and there and a whole load of (probably unfounded) claims from tabloids abroad suggesting that Liverpool will, in the coming hours, days, weeks… finally make their belated move.
The Athletic‘s Simon Hughes sums up the situation nicely: It’s a “waiting game” and very… very “complicated”. You see, whilst Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool remain interested in the Spaniard, they are yet to “secure (the) guarantees of revenues from outgoings” assumedly needed to fund the transfer.
As Hughes asserts, although Adam Lallana has left for Brighton, with the return of Marko Grujic from Hertha Berlin Klopp’s midfield options are in double digits. So there’s no pressing need, at this stage, for Liverpool to splurge money in the market, especially on a player nearing the back end of his career.
Some foreign news outlets seem almost blissfully unaware of these complications and expect – as they repeat insistently – that Liverpool will soon make an offer for the 29-year-old Champions League winner.
The ‘hitch’ (if you can call it a hitch) is not necessarily a financial one, even if it seems Liverpool will have to sell before they can buy. Rather the stumbling block is the fact that the Reds are well stocked in that area of the pitch and will only strengthen if there’s a change of circumstance.
And whilst it’s unlikely that midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, who has just one year left on his current contract, will exit this window, Ronald Koeman’s arrival at Barcelona could mean there’s such a change in the pipeline – potentially. But we’ll have to wait and see of course.
Koeman is keen on the Dutchman, but no bid or approach has been made. Nor is the player, for that matter, itching to leave a club which has recently conquered both Europe and the world.
Brewster out on loan + Ejaria to Reading confirmed
After a couple of impressive performances (and three goals) against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg, Rhian Brewster became the shining light of Liverpool’s 2 week Austria tour. He’s a deadly finisher who needs minutes, that’s for sure.
Given Liverpool’s quality at the top end of the pitch, Brewster would face an uphill battle to secure regular first-team football on Merseyside this season. So the youngster (as well as Klopp) will know his short-term future lies elsewhere; perhaps at a Premier League club like Sheffield United who are rumoured to be lining up a loan move for the 20-year-old.
But whilst Brewster’s long-term future may lie at Anfield, the same cannot be said for another promising youngster, Ovie Ejaria. The Liverpool academy graduate has secured a permanent move to Reading in a deal reportedly worth £3.5million. The midfielder scored three goals in thirty-nine appearances while on loan at the Madejski last season.
Ejaria made seven first-team appearances for Liverpool during his six years with the club.
- Celtic have enquired about the availability of young defender Ki-Jana Hoever. The Scottish champions are looking to secure Hoever on a season-long loan, but the Reds are yet to decide if they’ll let him leave. That’s according to @ReadCeltic.
- Shamal George, 22, has joined League 2 side Colchester United. The former Liverpool goalkeeper became a free-agent after leaving the Premier League champions earlier this summer.
- Marko Grujic could be set for yet another loan move. The nimble midfielder with an eye for a goal (or two) is the subject of interest from Italian side Atalanta. @CorSport report that the Italians want the Serbian on an initial loan, with Milan and Benevento also monitoring the situation.
- The Goal’s Neil Jones has confirmed that Loris Karius WILL be sold if a buyer is found. The German has not played a competitive game for the club since the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. French side Montpellier are one of a number of clubs interested in the shot-stopper.
- 16-year-old Melkamu Frauendorf has joined the Merseyside club, putting pen to paper on what is an initial “scholarship agreement”. The front-footed attacking midfielder will link up with the U-18 side.