Liverpool news Sancho shows big Liverpool transfer problem Klopp and Brewster must ponder MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - In this week's View From the Kop, Liverpool fan and football writer Hannah Pinnock gives us her views on Rhian Brewster, Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino and much more
Breaking News ! Liverpool beat Leeds over the weekend, with Mohamed Salah netting three. How good is he and is he still underrated? Salah has been consistently exceptional since he arrived on Merseyside - I’d struggle to see how he could be underrated. If anything, he’s a victim of his own success. His first season at Liverpool was so extraordinary that he’s still held to those standards - which can be difficult to replicate every single season. Of course, he’s had his goal droughts and tough periods over the last few years but that’s to be expected. His overall level has remained pretty consistent and the records he continues to break are a testament to that. Defensively, it was a little less promising for Liverpool. Is that a concern, and what can Jurgen Klopp do about it? It’s definitely a concern that we’re conceding more goals. The conversations we’ve been having over the last two seasons have centred around how solid we’ve been at the back. We used to be able to frustrate teams and often they would be reluctant to get forward in fear of our quick transitional play and clinical attack. Read More Related Articles Sign up for the Echo's Liverpool FC newsletter Read More Related Articles Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp facing Roberto Firmino headache and Joe Gomez question ahead of Chelsea Weaknesses in the defence are starting to be exposed and uncharacteristic mistakes from key players aren’t helping. Rivals will have looked at how easy it was for Leeds to cut through our backline. They were goals you wouldn’t expect this Liverpool team to concede and the more teams think they can get joy out of attacking, the more worrying it is for us. I guess the good thing is how potent our attack is and that if opponents do go toe-to-toe with this team, it only creates more chances and you’d fancy them to out-score anyone. Really, it should be an issue that can be fixed on the training ground. After all, this is the same defence that was previously labelled arguably the best in the league - they just need to find that rhythm and stability again. Rhian Brewster wasn't even on the bench for the game. Does that point to a potential exit for him, and would that be the right call? I’m sure there is no shortage of clubs interested in a talent like Rhian Brewster, whether that be for a loan or permanent move. He impressed whilst at Swansea last season and it’s no secret how highly rated he is by everyone at the club. His issue is he’s fighting for a spot in one of the best, most consistent front threes in the world that even someone like Jadon Sancho would struggle to break into while Salah, Mane and Firmino are all still at the club. Listen to the Analysing Anfield podcast by clicking HERE A permanent move may be a good option, especially if a buy-back clause is worked into the deal. For the player, a Premier League club would likely be the next step in his development but as for anyone at that stage in their career, getting the minutes and experience on the pitch is crucial - so it would need to be the right move. Frank Lampard was left 'amused' by Klopp's criticism of his spending this week. Lampard called him 'arrogant' a few weeks back. Are we about to see a new rivalry (re)emerge? Klopp wasn’t necessarily incorrect with his comments: Chelsea have spent a lot, but their financial situation and the way they’re run is completely different to the FSG-owned Liverpool. Lampard, too, wasn’t wrong in highlighting just how expensive Klopp’s team is - with players like Van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho added to the ranks in the last few years. The difference is that Chelsea have spent a lot this summer, while we haven’t, and I think that’s what the Reds boss was trying to get at. I don’t think it was a jab at Chelsea, but more highlighting that they’re in a position to spend during these turbulent times - while we have to take a more cautious, thoughtful approach. Sign up to our free LFC newsletter for all the latest transfer news Why should I sign up? Premier League champions Liverpool are looking to dominate again next season and we'll have all the latest news on any moves they make in the transfer market this summer.
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Klopp doesn’t strike me as the sort of manager to have a bitter rivalry; only respectful, competitive rivalries - like with Pep Guardiola. The media definitely seem to be pushing this; the managers will only answer the questions put to them. There are three weeks left in the transfer window. What more needs to be done by Liverpool in the market? With only one signing, it’s been another quiet summer for Liverpool. I think we would’ve seen a few more new faces had a global pandemic not turned the entire world upside down and caused significant revenue losses for football clubs up and down the country. It’s no secret just how much we’ve lost out on with matches behind closed doors and the financial hit we’ve taken since March. Timo Werner would likely be in red, not blue, had things carried on as normal. But, there is still time and with question marks still hanging over the futures of a number of senior players, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a little more activity before the October 5 deadline. If Gini Wijnaldum secures a move to Barcelona, a replacement would need to be signed. Especially with Naby and Ox’s injury records. The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Loris Karius, Marko Gruijc and Harry Wilson could all still be sold, freeing up space in the squad. Ideally, Thiago Alcantara is the one bit of business Liverpool fans are crying out for, especially at the price being talked about. I can’t see how we wait until January or beyond if we did want him; Bayern want to sell and if we don’t make an offer, another team will. Dejan Lovren is yet to be replaced, although it seems Klopp may look to utilise his current squad options to fill in if necessary. But, again, Matip and Gomez haven’t got the best injury records and we always seem to find ourselves short of centre-halves in the intense winter period, it’s happened the last two seasons. Now, we’re one short so it would make sense to bring somebody else in if finances allow for it.
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Any other business? I want to see more of Takumi Minamino. He was unfortunate not to get any minutes against Leeds, especially with how good he’s been throughout pre-season. I feel he could really shine this campaign and play a crucial role in our title defence - I just hope he’s given the opportunity.
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