by Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster)
After a three-month hiatus, the Reds returned to Melwood this week. Despite it being touted a ‘small step’ – the training sessions, for example, are staggered (groups of players are training at different times of the day) – Klopp’s excited.
In an interview posted on the club website, the boss said: “The morning started already really well – I woke up even earlier than usual, and then I realised it is my first day. It felt like the first day at school; for me, it was 46 years ago, but it must have been similar…
I drove to Melwood and was really happy to see all the boys. I didn’t see all the boys yet, I only saw 10 of them and the coaches, which is a good start, I would say….”
Soon enough (one hopes), captain Jordan Henderson will be jumping for joy as he lifts Liverpool’s first English league title in thirty years – a mouthwatering prospect. So mouthwatering in fact that the transfer mill – and talk of potential deals for Sancho, Harvetz and Werner – has taken a back seat of late.
Perpetual uncertainty: Timo Werner
True enough, more focus has been placed on the ramifications of the global pandemic. In a piece for The Athletic this week, James Pearce detailed the potential difficulties that Klopp, Micheal Edwards and co will have in the market given financial uncertainties. Timo Werner’s transfer to Anfield, he speculates, might be put on hold as a result.
But on the Red Agenda podcast, Pearce and Simon Hughes (who also writes for The Athletic) made clear that the interest is real. “Jurgen”, the latter asserted, “has held conversations with the player. He doesn’t go out of his way for players he doesn’t want”.
We hope it didn’t escape your notice that @lfctransferroom were lucky enough to chat with Christian Falk (@CFBayern) – head of sport at the BILD – earlier this week. On Werner, the German reverberated the points made above, but also added yet another interesting nuance to the ongoing transfer saga…
Falk said: “I think the transfer is happening (Werner to Liverpool). Interestingly, Timo Werner now has a new Social Media & Marketing agency. The boss of this agency is also Jürgen Klopp’s manager“.
For more from Falk in our exclusive interview, click here.
Presumably, the underlying question is whether Liverpool have the financial muscle to justify such a substantial outlay during these precarious times. Or perhaps it’s not as simple as that?
Liverpool’s recruitment drive under Klopp is carefully calculated. Werner, or a player of his ilk, is gold dust (that’s obvious). But the times the club is presiding over, coupled with the on-field success, means that the Reds will be in no rush.
It’s speculated that a Keita-orientated deal for Werner – whereby Liverpool pay what is tritely termed a ‘retainer fee’ – could become an option.
- Pedro Chirivella, who looked set to leave Anfield, is now buying is time. The midfielder has been offered a new 5-year-deal by the Merseysiders, but the French side Nantes are also showing interest. The Spaniard struggles for minutes under Klopp. Nevertheless, Neil Jones reports that he is yet to make up his mind.
- Numerous outlets from Italy, including @ilmessaggeroit, suggest that Klopp is keeping tabs on Roma midfielder Nicolo Zanilo. He is a precocious talent who manager Roberto Mancini labels “extraordinary”. It’s said that the Italians may be forced to sell in order to clear club debt. *watch this space*
- According to @RealKevinPalmer, neither Manchester Utd nor Chelsea are in the running for Timo Werner because the RB Leipzig man has his heart set on a move to Anfield. He has taken every opportunity to publically embrace the reported interest from Klopp.
- Caglar Soyuncu’s former agent has aligned the Turk with Liverpool. He’s quoted as saying that Liverpool are the ‘only’ Premier League club capable of signing the Leicester City man. (@diarioas)
- Nathaniel Clyne (remember him?) is attracting interest from the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth, where he enjoyed a short spell at the end of 2018/19. Adam Lallana – a player Liverpool would dearly love to keep – is also set to leave. (@neiljonesgoal)
- Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas states that Liverpool have cooled their interest in Werder Bremen centre forward Milot Rashica. The Kosovo prodigy is still being chased by the likes of Wolves and Aston Villa.