That’s the crux, right? It seems like fans and pundits recognize that their key midfielder is made of glass, his backup is made of wet cardboard, and the options beyond that force a system change.Well , to be fair I didn’t think they needed a mid until everyone got hurt.
Agree and Sander Berge's injury record might be worse than Konrad Lamier. Hard to believe it's either of these guys.Midfielder du jour is Konrad Lamier. Lamier came up through the RB system - Sulzberger then Leipzig - so he understand pressing and already plays in a comparable systems to Klopp’s. He’s 25 and his #4 comp on FBRef is …Keita. His passing and interception stats are light, big he shines in pressures, tackling, and progressive dribbles. Lamier is also in the last year of his contract, so Leipzig are in a tricky spot - keep a key starter or cash in.
His injury history is a little worrying. 2 years ago, he lost 75% of the season to a broken ankle - shit happens. But last season he picked up collarbone, knee, and hamstring knocks. And he has missed 2 matches this season with an ankle sprain. Any new guy has to be more healthy than what’s already in place.
That doesn’t mean that it’s a bullshit exercise. They have gone out of their way to proclaim they want the perfect fit. Which may not be possible this late.I think this is shaping up to be a "we turned over every stone but it was just too late in the window to make something that made sense to us happen" situation. They'll make it seem like they tried and then we'll hear about Curtis Jones returning and Thiago starting to train.
I agree if the prices get out of hand but waiting until the last week will almost always guarantee you have to overpay. The miscalculation was thinking they had enough midfielders earlier in the window. The problem is everyone they had was terribly injury prone and we're heading into a period of 19 games in 73 days (more for those who will play during the international break).That doesn’t mean that it’s a bullshit exercise. They have gone out of their way to proclaim they want the perfect fit. Which may not be possible this late.
Matheus Nunes? He checks a lot of the boxes and we know Liverpool have seen all over Portugal in recent years. But Nunes is also a Mendes client, so that always gets complicated when Wolves enter the picture.Huh. That was ancient history at this point though, right? The way Klopp said it, it made me think he was referring to something that happened more recently. But maybe I interpreted it wrongly.
Two Liverpools I think. Their press was very poor again today and Newcastle had little difficulty playing out. They greatly miss Jota and Nunez and Thiago. At least they pretty much controlled the game but just couldn’t create much …something we’ve seen on multiple occasions against a low block.Do we have a tale of two Liverpools or of one Liverpool and an absolutely awful Bournemouth?
Fuckin’ hell.And Henderson has a hamstring injury per the Klopp post game interview. It’s CB all over again with MF this year.
Sources say RBL aren’t willing to deal this late in the window and are willing to let Laimer walk on a free rather than break up their side now.“I don’t think so no. As long as there is time we should not close the door completely. Hendo injured a hamstring now which is absolutely not helpful, but I don’t think so.”
This makes me wonder if there is some kind of accounting value to this? I know clubs can value players under contract as assets...so maybe there is some bookkeeping/FFP manipulation value in this farce?I always think its funny when parent clubs negotiate these massive buy options that the loaning club is never going to take up. Spurs are the kings of this. Giving Sampdoria a 25m euro option to buy Harry Winks or Lyon a 65m euro option to buy N'Dombele. Its like a desperate attempt to maintain the fiction that these players are worth substantial money. Juve would probably have bitten the hand off any club willing to buy Arthur for 15m this summer.
Interesting idea. I'm out of my depth when it comes to the accounting side of football but that sounds plausible, especially with a club like Juventus in the thick of it.This makes me wonder if there is some kind of accounting value to this? I know clubs can value players under contract as assets...so maybe there is some bookkeeping/FFP manipulation value in this farce?
Seems about about right - I could see Gomez getting another start as Matip didn’t get off the bench last game.From Klopp’s presser:
No Arthur for the Derby, not cleared for work in the UK yet. Hopefully for Napoli.
Jota trained with the side. Klopp not sure how quickly he’ll be worked in.
Says Nunez benefitted from the time to train and bed in, ready to.
Thiago should be back in training next week. Konate after the international break. And Keita is gong be “a while”…
My baseless speculation for the derby:
Nunez for Bobby at the hour.